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Beautifully Appointed Country Cottage Between Bath and Bristol

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom Cottage in rural location, Bitton, near Bath, Somerset, England

Boyd Cottage is a lovingly converted barn on a working farm, one of three neighbouring cottages tucked in the Golden Valley outside the village of Bitton. It has two bedrooms that can be either configured as a double and two singles, or alternatively as two doubles. One has an ensuite shower and wc, and the second has an adjacent bathroom. Upstairs is open plan, with a living area one end and a kitchen/diner the other. There is a private walled patio at the back and a paved front garden with teak chairs, table and recliners, plus a play area with swings, a climbing frame and slide and a trampoline. There is also a walk to the River Boyd where there is a picnic table by the Mill Pond.

Popular with cyclists, riders and walkers, the valley has many footpaths as well as being close to the Bristol & Bath Railway Path. The historic cities of Bath and Bristol are both 15 minutes drive away and many further attractions are within reach. Tracey Park Golf Club is two miles away. The property is 100 metres from the owners' house, and there is often plenty going on to entertain visitors.

More Details

Owner
Robin Allison-Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

About Robin Allison-Smith

We are a busy and successful writer (Bel) and photographer (Robin - semi-retired!) who find Boyd Farm the perfect place to live and work. We love the peace of our ten acres, only six miles from all the amenities of Bath and Bristol. Very special is the little community we have created on the homestead - with Dan (son) and his wife Aimee running the Splitscreen Ice Cream Company from their cottage, while in the adjoining cottage live close friends. Between them they have two children and a baby on site - which means a huge climbing frame, swings etc for visiting children to use too. Sometimes the cluster of 300 year old buildings which makes up our property is utterly silent, sometimes bustling, but always friendly and interesting. We make you very welcome and are always on hand to help.

Robin Allison-Smith purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Robin Allison-Smith chose Somerset

We moved out of the centre of Bath because we wanted no traffic noise and to experience the perfect peace of this rural backwater. But because we love the arts we like the fact that we can be in the centre of Bath in 15-20 minutes, to go to the theatre, the art galleries and museums, the Bath Thermae Spa, and so on. Bristol is easily reached, but just a little further away. All in all we chose a perfect spot for enjoyment of the countryside AND sophisticated city life. From here it's easy to drive to places like Wells and Cheddar Gorge (and so many other places too) then come back at night to light the woodburner and be cosy. After all, who doesn't want the best of ALL worlds?

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy looking for wildlife and take great delight in the knowledge that otters, owls, kingfishers, badgers, deer, rabbits, trout, crayfish, herons, ducks and of course the foxes (our chickens safe in a run!) are all co-existing with us. Guests who sit for long enough in the special picnic spot by the river may be rewarded with sightings too. This is a magical spot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'You've furnished Boyd Cottage beautifully. It's really lovely and I feel totally rested.' Rebecca A



'Thanks for a wonderful stay. We love the stylish cottage and the warm atmosphere of the whole place.' Steve R
Jul 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bristol in West Country

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Next to bedroom 2.
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with wc and shower Second bathroom on ground floor with wc and bath with hand-held shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Either 2 single beds or a large double.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, 1 king size bed Bedroom 2, either 1 king size bed or two singles
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Notes:
Outside: Completely walled back patio with seating, electric light, fairy lights and a chimney - for an atmospheric evening. And there is a beautiful spot by the river with picnic seating and picnic plates etc provided. You could swim in the mill-pond but it's very cold. We can also supply additional sun-loungers if needed - and there is a large climbing frame/activity centre for visiting children as well as those who live here. Utility Cupboard: Washing machine, small folding drier, iron and table-top ironing board. There is also a pull-out drier over the bath.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

5

Very comfortable cottage with welcoming and friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated cottage in the most lovely setting. Very dog friendly which was a must for us. Lovely walks in the surrounding fields and lanes but only a few miles from the centre of Bath. Great little farm shop a mile away. Robin and his family were extremely helpful and welcoming. Very comfortable cottage with everything you would need. A definite 5 * rating from us!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dorothy, thanks for the review and I hope we see you again!
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5

Fantastic property and countryside

  • 5 of 5

So relaxing and very comfortable

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Close to so much but far from ordinary

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property over the Easter weekend with our daughter and small dog. Having looked at many properties beforehand we kept returning to this one and are so glad we did. The cottage is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Bath and Bristol has to offer but with the benefit of being able to return in the evening to relax in peaceful, gorgeous surroundings and enjoy a great night's sleep. The cottage is quirky and very comfortable with good quality towels and bedding and the kitchen was very well equipped with all that we needed. This was the first break we have taken with our dog who enjoyed meeting the friendly resident dogs and walking the nearby fields and lanes! The Old Crown at Kelston allows dogs in the bar area where we ate one evening and we also had lunch at Chapel Arts Cafe in Bath which was very dog friendly. We really enjoyed experiencing 'upside down' living for a few days and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lovely property.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Great property in a lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property well planned out. Everything we required was there. Property owners lived right by but were not imposing and were very helpful with recommendations of places to eat and visit. Property clean and tidy, our bedroom on the front had a really comfy bed and all linen was spotless clean, even though I always take my own towels the ones provided were plentiful and again spotless clean. All in all the barn was situated in beautiful surroundings and a great base to get around from. Would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Donna, I'm glad you had a lovely stay and I hope we see you again soon!
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5

A beautifully comfortable and peaceful place.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully relaxing time. Robin and family were very welcoming and friendly hosts. A perfect place to have family time and a rest.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect New Years Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my boyfriend and another couple. We had the best time. We stayed in both nights as there was everything needed to cook with and we just had the most lovely time. Robin and his family are lovely people and it was so nice walking around their lake and land. Couldn't recommend this place any more it was just perfect. Everything is clean and comfortable, beds are a delight to sleep on with the coziest duvets and pillows. We would love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Bank Holiday
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£296
for 2 nights
From
£148
£740
 
 
Early Summer
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£248
for 2 nights
From
£124
£620
 
 
Summer
30 Jun 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£296
for 2 nights
From
£148
£740
 
 
Early Autumn
4 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£248
for 2 nights
From
£124
£620
 
 
Autumn
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£224
for 2 nights
From
£112
£560
 
 
Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£248
for 2 nights
From
£124
£620
 
 
Winter
30 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£180
for 2 nights
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£90
£450
 
 
Christmas
20 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£316
for 2 nights
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£158
£790
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£180
for 2 nights
From
£90
£450
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Book by calling or email

Changeover Day:
Friday

Notes on prices:
Payment by cheque or bank transfer
50% deposit on booking, the remainder on arrival
Short break pricing as follows
1-2 nights - 65%
3-4 nights - 70%
5 nights - 75%
6/7 nights - 100%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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