Wellside Cottage is located in the lovely unspoilt village of Biddestone on the Southern edge of The Cotswolds. The cottage has been refurbished but retains many original features. The furniture and fittings are of a high standard. Freshly laundered bedding and towels are supplied. There is a sunny secluded garden with table and chairs, recliners and a barbecue for guests use.
- Cottage269 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 nights
Wellside, 13 Cuttle Lane
This beautiful cottage on the southernmost tip of the Cotswolds has recently undergone sympathetic restoration whilst retaining many original features.
It provides flexible accommodation for holiday makers throughout the year. The living room is tastefully furnished, with sofas arranged around the log burning stove and a large farmhouse table and six chairs in the dining area. There is a TV with Freeview, a video recorder, and many board games in the cupboard. A small study with desk, a library and maps of the area leads off from the living. There is free Wifi available. The kitchen has a washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster. Crockery, glasses, cutlery and utensils are all provided. There is full central heating and logs are provided during the late autumn, early spring and winter.
On the first floor is a fully furnished double bedroom with king size bed, wardrobe, dressing table and bedside tables. The two single bedrooms have 3ft beds, bedside tables and chest of drawers. Cots a stairgate and highchair are also available, on request, which makes it an ideal stay for families with younger children. The bathroom has a large bath with shower above.
Freshly laundered bedding and towels are provided. For guests staying for a second week, or longer, the housekeeper will clean, change beds and towels.
There is a pleasant and secluded cottage garden to the rear of the property overlooking fields. The patio area has a table, four chairs and a barbeque. The decking area, which catches the evening sun, has teak loungers. There are a number of garden games in the shed.
WELL END COTTAGE
Well End was totally refurbished when my son purchased it in 2014. On the ground floor there is a kitchen which retains the original quarry stone tiles and now has all new equipment for all your needs with washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, glasses, crockery and cooking utensils,
There is full central heating and a wood burning stove set in the original Bath stone fireplace. Logs are provided in late autumn and writer months. The living room has been tastefully furnished with sofa and easy chairs, round dining table and 4 chairs. The TV has Freeview and video recorder. Free Wi-Fi is available.
On the first floor the bathroom has a new suite with shower over the bath. The master bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe and 2 bedside tables. The second bedroom has a full size single bed, with retractable under bed making it suitable for two children to sleep comfortably. There is a chest of drawers and a bedside cabinet.
All the fixtures and fittings are new. The cottage is small but has been sympathetically restored.
A stairgate, cots and high chair are available on request.
Well End doesn’t have a garden but if Wellside is unoccupied the garden attached may be used.
The heart of Biddestone village is The Green surrounded by mellow Cotswold stone 17th and 18th Century cottages and a duck pond. There are two pubs in the village, The White Horse (on The Green) and The Biddestone Arms both offering homemade food and traditional ales are within easy walking distance of the cottage. Just off The Green is a beautiful 12th Century Norman Church, and all around the village are local footpaths for those who like a short or a longer walk. There are OS maps for the walks in the Wellside library.
The cottages are ideal situated for many sporting events such as Badminton Horse Trials (about10 miles), Cheltenham Race Course (about one hour drive), exploring the Cotswolds, Wiltshire Downs, as well as delightful local villages and small towns. Woods and fields in the nearby idyllic Bybrook valley provide cool and gentle walks, whilst downland and Ridgeway walks are within half-hour drive.
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 31, 2018
About Gwen Shillaker
My son, who owns both cottages was born in Corsham Wiltshire, 2 miles away from Biddestone. Michael lives and works in Spain with his wife and children. Most of his family still live near Corsham and he still enjoys coming back 'home' so Wellside was bought as his country retreat. When he comes back to England he stays in Wellside or Well End depending on how many are visiting. When he had twins and wasn't able to visit as often as he had planned it was decided to let the cottage when he wasn't in England and I have taken on the unofficial job of Property Manager.
Gwen Shillaker purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Gwen Shillaker chose Biddestone
I am a local person born and brought up in Corsham where most of my family still live. I now live and work in Spain but spend as much time as possible in Wiltshire. For me Wiltshire is a beautiful area where I can relax.
What makes this Cottage unique
Biddestone is an ideal base for visiting a variety of places of interest. Our children love going to Bowood Adventure Playground, Longleat Safari Park, Lackham Agricultural College for lambing and other seasonal activities, Whitehall Garden Centre for various children’s activities and Swindon and Didcot Railway Museums. Many archaeological sites are close by including Avebury and Stonehenge. The village itself has all the charm of a Corswold village but without the commercialisation.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Best holiday cottage ever!
We were greeted very warmly by Gwen and shown into the delightful cottage. It was a real treat to have cookies, fruit, milk and fresh flowers provided when we arrived. The cottage and garden are simply beautiful, maintained to a high standard and very clean. The finishing touches are excellent. The cottage is very well provisioned with anything you could possibly need; from a pencil sharpener, pegs, books, dvd's, games to tea bags, coffee, bubble bath, shampoo and much more. The beds were extremely comfortable, with good quality bedding and towels.
The village and surrounding area is beautiful and we had two weeks of glorious weather exploring the Cotswolds on foot, by bike and car. The Biddestone Tennis Club were very friendly and allowed us to join in their social tennis sessions and use their courts at other times.
We would definitely recommend this cottage to family and friends and hope to return in the future. We would like to say a huge thank you to Gwen for everything she did to help make our holiday so amazing!
Thank you for your kind remarks.
It was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to you and your family and friends visiting.
Lovely and charming cottage
We loved staying at this cottage. It suited our every need. The kids (4 and 2) loved playing with all the toys and in the garden. Hope to come back some day.
Lovely, wonderful cottage!
This was absolutely the most darling cottage in a wonderful village! Gwen - the caretaker - was sweet and accommodating. The cottage was spotless and had many amenities that made my stay easy and pleasant. Everything was better than advertised. The garden was gorgeous and relaxing to sit and have a glass of wine at the end of the day.
I highly recommend this property and would definitely stay here again! Thank you, Gwen!
Disappointing Stay, Wouldn't Recommend
The Cottage was quaint but the general upkeep of the property was terrible. The lights throughout the property were temperamental at best if they worked at all. To the point we had to have electricians in the cottage for two full days meaning we couldn't use the Kitchen or Bathroom during this time. When speaking to the owner she suggested we would be given some form of a discount for the inconvenience and disruption caused during our holiday stay. However when we followed up about this Gwen the host was extremely rude.
We were told this was a three bedroom cottage which it was but one of the beds couldn't be slept in because it was in such a bad state and the other two were very uncomfortable. The bedding was terrible, in the middle of winter we would expect blankets to keep us warm but were supplied with feather duvets that had over half the feathers missing. The fitted sheets did not fit the beds, they were too small. The towels supplied were like sandpaper.
The bathroom fan did not work to the point where we had to wipe the entire bathroom down after every shower as the walls were dripping. The side of the bath was also hanging off for our entire stay.
All in all the host was rude, we were put out by maintenance during our stay, the beds were terrible and we would definitely not be staying here again or recommending it to anyone.
Rosamunde Hanney booked the cottage 11 months in advance from 13th December until 13th January and during the following months we exchanged a lot of very pleasant e mails as she had lived near to us before emigrating to Australia. They were offered a very much reduced price for a long booking.
As the booking was made early my plans changed as we were invited to spend Christmas with our son. I explained this and the housekeeper made sure the cottage was completely ready for them.
Extra blankets were supplied as the Hanneys were coming from summer in Australia to winter in England.
The beds have pocket sprung mattresses.
The housekeeper usually goes in each week to change the beds and towels and to clean. As this would have been Boxing Day I asked Rosamunde if she would mind changing the beds. She agreed and even offered to wash the sheets and towels.
After their first week I received an e mail from Rosamunde telling me they loved the cottage and it was perfect for them.
I returned home on the 30th December and received an e mail from Rosamunde telling me the sheets would not fit the beds. I couldn't think how that could happen as we have standard sizes but immediately took over replacements.
Rosamunde e mailed me a few days later to say a couple of bulbs had blown so I asked the maintenance man to replace them. On further investigation it became apparent that there was an electrical problem which the maintenance man thought should be dealt with as soon as possible. We do have an up to date inspection certificate.
I apologised profusely for any disturbance and the Hanneys arranged to visit old friends whilst the work was in progress.
Our bedding and towels are all hotel quality and everything is sent to the laundry to ensure cleanliness.
I always endeavour to be helpful to guest and am never rude as the guest book and other reviews reflect. This is the first time in 4 years that anyone has complained.
The Hanneys were given a refund for the disturbance caused by the electrical work.
Stunning home from home
We had a wonderful holiday at Wellside. There was absolutely everything that you could need, quality appliances and a gorgeous garden backing on to a field. We had cows in the field on more than one occasion and even saw bats in the evening! Top that off with comfy beds, quality bedding and light bright and airy rooms it really is a home from home.
Gwen our lovely hostess made sure that we had everything that we needed and was readily available if we had any problems (which thankfully we didn't). We can't recommended this cottage highly enough and would definitely return in the future.
A lovely pre xmas break
a really enjoyable 4 day break in an excellent homely cottage ,well equipped ,well maintained, clean, and looked after by the welcoming friendly owners , situated in the lovely village of biddistone with its two pubs, plenty of walks all ending in more pubs at ford,giddihall,castle comb(prettiest village in England) and the bell at yatton keynall for great food. easy drive to bath. looking forward to our next visit.
Biddestone is easily reached by road being only 10 minutes from Junction 17 off the M4 and by train, Chippenham Station is 4 miles away, Bath station is 9 miles.
Airports: Bristol 30 miles, Heathrow London 85 miles, Birmingham 100 miles
If you are not travelling by road a hire car would be recommended.
Taxi services are available.
Historic Market town of Corsham (2 miles) has 3 cash points and The Porch Doctors Surgery and 2 Dental Surgeries. Visit the Elizabethan manor house, Corsham Court with a fine art collection. Flemish Weavers Cottages and the C17th Almshouses. Independent shops pubs and restaurants.
Chippenham 3 miles with Morrisons and Sainsburys Super Stores. Allington Farm Shop 2 miles. Lacock and Castle Combe 4 miles, Bath 9 miles.
Longleat is just 35 miles away.
The local villages have been the location for many films and period dramas.
There are many white horses carved in the chalk hillsides.
The Fosseway, Ridgeway and Cotswold Way are within easy distance.
Swindon (20 miles) and Bristol (20 miles) linked by the former Great Western Railway which passes through the 2 mile long Box Tunnel. Swindon has a fine Railway museum and Bristol has the SS Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol waterside and the Science Museum are worth visiting.
Booking Notes: 10% deposit payable at time of booking, or in full if booked less than eight weeks in advance. Balance eight weeks prior to arrival plus £100 key and breakages deposit (refunded on departure). Short stays by arrangement. Minimum stay three nights. No Pets. Strictly no Smoking. Changeover Day: Change over day Friday preferred for weekly bookings but are fairly flexible. Arrive after 3pm and leave by 11am. Notes on prices: Wellside is generally £100 a week more because it is a larger cottage and has a pleasant secluded garden. Well End is more compact but is as well equipped as Wellside. It is ideal for families or friends of Wellside guests but is a completely self contained cottage. Ideal for a couple or small family wishing to visit the area. Guests returning for further visits to either cottage will be given a 10% discount.