The Leat is the ideal middle-ground for those looking for a peaceful escape with town on the doorstep, with everything you could need within walking distance. Forming the upper floors of the old Wynyard Mill, the River Avon lies at the very heart of the property (flowing directly underneath), framing the property's frontage with beautiful riverside views. Although the cottage doesn't have a garden, the upper floor's balcony offers a welcome outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic sites and sounds of the river flowing beneath. Malmesbury's town centre is just a (very) short stroll over a traditional stone bridge from the cottage's front door, as are numerous walks along public footpaths through the countryside that surrounds the town's outer boundaries. A real benefit in this busy market town are the two parking spaces which come with the property, found out front alongside the River Avon. Owners Vanessa and Tim also live just next door, on hand for recommendations should you need.
Things to Do
Malmesbury boasts an impressive variety of great pubs, cafés and restaurants to suit whatever you fancy, many of which are within walking distance of The Leat's front door. For a relaxed bite to eat or celebratory drink or two, head to The Smoking Dog - an honest pub with great grub owned by Butcombe Brewery, just a 5-minute walk from the cottage on Malmesbury's High Street - or the Rose and Crown; a stylish country inn and locals' favourite, just outside of Malmesbury's centre in the pretty village of Lea (5-minute drive). For daytime grazing, the famed Hobbs House Bakery (5-minute walk) offers a fantastic daily selection of fresh sandwiches, sweet treats and coffee, whilst The Summer Café (5-minute walk) boasts a brilliant breakfast menu as well as quiches, salads and sandwiches for lunch; topped off brilliantly with a giant slice of freshly-baked cake. Come evening, there's plenty to choose from to whet your appetite in the town centre and slightly further afield. Connoisseurs of Italian cuisine won't be disappointed by The Birdcage (5-minute walk), a traditional Italian eatery famed for its pizzas, named in homage to Malmesbury's winding streets. Slightly further afield, those in search of a memorable feast need look no further than The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, just a 10-minute drive from the cottage, where Michelin-starred dining courtesy of celebrated chef Niall Keating comes to life in an exceptional setting. Slightly more affordable but just as impressive is The Rectory Hotel in nearby Crudwell (10-minute drive), serving up traditional dishes with a modern twist in the boutique hotel's elegant dining room, whilst sister pub The Potting Shed over the road offers a more relaxed alternative for foodies with a real country-pub vibe.
Despite its town-centre location, The Leat is perfectly placed for a host of walks no matter what your age or ability. We recommend the Malmesbury River Walk, a fantastic circular walk which you can join directly from the cottage's front door. Following the River Avon as it meanders its way around the outskirts of the town, this gentle 2-mile stroll through Malmesbury's streets and picturesque fields takes in a host of the town's ancient landmarks, including Daniel's Well, Malmesbury's 19th Century Silk Mills, The Old Courthouse and the pretty Abbey House Gardens, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the riverbanks and the wildlife it attracts. The perfect way to discover this Saxon hilltop town's rich history whilst enjoying as much fresh Cotswold air as you can.
Malmesbury's vibrant history as England's oldest borough affords this ancient hilltop town with bags of character, including plenty of interesting relics, landmarks and buildings which any visitor to the town simply must discover. Malmesbury Abbey is a must-see for history buffs and architecture lovers; the town's iconic 12th Century abbey that sits at its heart, homing the tomb of Athelstan the Glorious, the first King of England. Alongside the Abbey are the vibrant Abbey House Gardens, straddling the River Avon across 5 acres and housing over 2,000 different roses, 100,000 tulips and 10,000 different plant species that burst to life from March to November each year. A haven for independent boutiques, Malmesbury's winding streets are worth exploring of their own accord, with a weekly farmers' and artisan market taking place every Friday for those who love to indulge in a little retail therapy. Further afield, the many attractions, market towns and quaint villages of this corner of the South Cotswolds are all within easy driving distance of The Leat. We recommend heading to nearby Tetbury, where the spectacular Westonbirt Arboretum offers nature-lovers a beautiful spot to stretch their legs amidst over 15,000 trees; particularly worth a visit during the Autumn months, where the Arboretum is transformed into a sea of golden leaves. The historic Chavenage House, a 16th Century manor house with ties to the English Civil War and key landmark used in the popular Poldark series, is also just a 20-minute drive, offering a refined day-out destination for older guests. On the flip side, younger guests and adventure seekers will love The Cotswold Water Park (25-minute drive); an extensive wetland area just outside of the beautiful market town of Cirencester, where a host of outdoor activities such as sailing, rowing, horse riding, shooting and even a purpose-built beach will keep all ages entertained, no matter what the weather.
Parking for 2 cars
Balcony Dining Area
Mini Assenza Nespresso Machine
Adjustable High Chair x1
Travel Cot (can also be used as a playpen/changing unit)
DAB/FM Radio (bluetooth/connector to play your own music)
Amenities within walking distance