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Beautifully Converted Period Cottage in The South Cotswold Countryside

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cosy cottage in lovely, peaceful village, close to Bath & walking distance from Castle Combe Is

Recently converted from an old stable block, Dovenby Cottage has been transformed into a romantic, cosy, rural retreat of the highest standard. With owners next door you have access to a wealth of local information should you need it, but will have privacy to hunker down in this charming period property, complete with open fire. We run short & longer breaks, all starting and ending on either a Friday or Monday. See for more information.

Justin Haines
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Justin Haines

This a family owned property with the family living next to the property. We are a married couple with a 9 year old son. We are both professionals and work during the week, whist our son goes to a local village school.

Justin Haines purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Justin Haines chose Wiltshire

Built in 1900 as a stable block and tack room Dovenby Cottage has been used to house horses, donkeys, sheep, chickens, carts and even soldiers on leave from WWII.

In spring 2013 we lovingly converted it to a cottage of the highest quality, whilst keeping many of its period features.

We love this area of the South Cotswolds because whilst being a beautiful part of rural Wiltshire it has great accessibility to a wide range of amenities. We are surrounded by National Trust sites and properties such as Dyrham park, Laycock Abbey and Avebury, plus are very close to Bath and Bristol. One of our favourite things to do at the weekends is to walk to Castle Combe for lunch.

What makes this cottage unique

Dovenby Cottage is a lovely place to snuggle up on a cold day. It has underfloor heating throughout, but if you prefer this can be switched off and you can light a log fire. On warmer days you have a garden and patio, with bbq to enjoy.

The property is just a minutes walk to the village shop and 20 minutes from an award winning pub. It is a slightly longer walk to famous Castle Combe.

Ideally located to venture in to Bath, yet escape the crowds for rural tranquillity at the end of the day.


Nettleton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Luxurious wet room with open shower, double-ended roll top bath and lovely toiletries.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Stunning bedroom with vaulted ceiling, oak beams and a super king double bed (can also be twin). Egyptian cotton sheets and silk blinds, with LED TV on the wall.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
See further details at the owners website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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Beautifully Converted Period Cottage in The South Cotswold Countryside
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

Very nice cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent standard of interior

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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dovenby cottage

  • 5 of 5

Such a lot of thought has gone into this place with top quality Bathroom, lovely flagstone flooring which has under floor heating, Denby china. We met Justin the owner who was very helpful and friendly. Close to bath, castle combe, laycock. fantastic.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A comfortable cozy cottage

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our 3 day holiday at Dovenby cottage. The cottage was clean and very nicely decorated. Justin welcomed us with a luscious lemon cake, a bottle of wine and fresh eggs-very nice touches. To our surprise we found 2 terry cloth bathrobes for our use in the closet! The large bathroom was a nice treat, with the a deep tub and separate open shower. We didn't use the fireplace but I'm sure that would have made our stay even cozier. Thank you Justin and Philippa!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage in the South Cotswolds

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay to explore the Cotswolds from. The cottage has been renovated to a high standard and had every thing we needed for the week's stay. Not that we needed it, but a new wood burner had just been installed which will be fantastic to sit beside during stays in the colder months. A bottle of wine, eggs from the hens on the property and a home baked cake awaited our arrival. Hosts Phillippa and Justin were great and have put a lot of work into to the information booklet about walks, places to eat and places to visit. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests! We often don't get to meet our guests, or just say a quick hello as we hand over the key, but were lucky enough to share a glass of wine/beer with Paul and Kathy one very warm evening. Our son Charlie was sad that 'the tall Australian guy' had left as he was fun playing catch with a tennis ball. Enjoy the rest of your UK tour and thanks for visiting Dovenby cottage.
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  • 5 of 5

This property is stunning. There is everything provided that anybody could wish for, & has been converted to the very highest standard.

The owners are just as you would wish; on hand if you have any problems, but also almost invisible if you want peace & quiet.

The property is well located for sightseeing, walking, relaxing etc.

There is a local general store for immediate provisions, and a good selection of towns & supermarkets just a few miles away for any larger shopping trips.

If you are looking for a high quality, easily accessible property, then look no further. We will definitely be booking again.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, we're really pleased you had a great stay. We try to be available to help, but to also leave guests completely alone to enjoy their break and are pleased that this balance was appreciated.
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The property is beautifully decorated to high standards

  • 3 of 5

Unfortunately with our stay started with the open fire kept smoking badly. The smoke kept pouring out into the living area due to it being to low the build of the fireplace being to high. On the 3rd nite our final nite my partner managed to highten the fire with large bricks found outside & was lovely cosy & toasty.

We also had a big problem with the underfloor heating not working. After the plumber changed the pump it was on again but no underfloor heating in the bedroom throughout our stay. The owners did provide us with fan heaters.

The last morning there was no hot water but & the owner had to reset the boiler & was up & running again.

The cottage is beautifully decorated but for us due to the problems we occurred it was not as relaxed as we wanted & thought.

Justin was helpful in trying his best when he could to make it comfortable.

Castle Coombe is a really lovely 40 min walk.

The more expensive pub out of the 2 pubs there is a 10/10 roast but costly.

The short 15/20 walk to the pub is great too but the food over priced & Don't forget the torch.

Boat trip in Bath was good I expect it's much more pleasant in summer. Cold in Feb!

Bath is a 20/30 mins drive from the cottage.

overall as the owners live right opposite for us our privacy was invaded.

I think this could be a quiet relaxing retreat if everything was in working order.

The wet room is absolutely revitalising yet relaxing in that bath.

cake eggs & milk were a nice surprise. :)

sofa would be nice bigger - not big enough for 2 ppl to snuggle up in front of the fire & fall asleep watching the fire burning.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were alerted on the Saturday morning that the heating was not getting warm enough. We offered a full refund should the guests wish to leave, (which was declined) purchased and provided electric heaters and had a plumber out within two hours on a Saturday. He fixed the problem promptly and we apologised and gave a discount for the inconvenience. Regarding the other feedback I would encourage readers to read our other reviews and draw their own conclusions. I am pleased that the guests were impressed with the quality of accommodation and our efforts to resolve their issue.
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Special interest holidays:

The area is particularly popular for cyclists and horse-lovers, as Badminton horse trials take place nearby.


Bristol airport: 30 miles.


Castle Combe: 40 min walk, Laycock 14 miles, Bath 15 miles, Bristol 15 miles, Tetbury 16 miles, Cirencester 26 miles, Malmesbury 12 miles, Cheltenham 30 miles.

Dyrham park 5 miles, Badminton horse trials 3 miles, Bowood house 16 miles, Avebury 30 miles, Stonehenge 32 miles, Longleat 30 miles

Further Details:

Shop and Post office 60 seconds walk from the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Nettleton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak season
Jun 2 2017 - Sep 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid season
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low season
Oct 13 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low season
Jan 2 2018 - Apr 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover days are Monday or Friday, all breaks start & end on a Friday or Monday.
Pay Owners direct via their terms, or enquire direct via where terms are: 25% deposit and the balance 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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