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Beautifully Appointed Country Cottage Between Bath and Bristol

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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

Robin Allison-Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

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 trampoline, a 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 Bristol

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bristol in Bitton

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 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
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.


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Beautifully Appointed Country Cottage Between Bath and Bristol
average rating of 4.948718 based on 40 reviews

Superb cottage in quiet countryside easily accessible to Bath and Bristol

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at Boyd Farm. Situated in lovely countryside. Very comfortable and warm. Loved the woodburner. Lots to see and do in surrounding area. Bath & Bristol both easily accessible. Lots of footpaths for walking. Good eating places nearby. We will definitely return

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christine, I'm glad you had a good stay and look forward to seeing you again!
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Warm cosy and spacious, peaceful too. Plenty to explore Lso Close to the city of Bath and Bristol, owners were on hand if you needed anything. My dogs loved it too..

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characterful property,great facilities and friendly hosts.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a lovely break - something for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic hideaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is situated on a rural farm. It is very private and peaceful.

It is very well equipped and as it was February it was very warm and made even more cosy by a wood burner. The beds were very comfortable and clean.

Robin the owner was very helpful and friendly and we also met the dogs too who were to us a bonus as we are animal lovers.

Overall the the whole experience was fantastic and we will certainly be back.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with such nice surroundings. Will definitely be returning with the dogs.

  • 5 of 5

Will also be recommending to friends and family. Had such a lovely time.

Thanks for everything

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice conversion in a super location.

  • 4 of 5

Robin arrived very soon after us and was very welcoming. What a good idea to make this property upside down living. All the rooms were very comfortable and very nicely fitted out. As our week end was mostly wet, returning to the barn and a great log burner after our days out visiting family was very welcoming. We all said we would like to return in the spring. My husband and brother-in-law were fascinated by the other barn workshops and Robins information about some of their contents. We did enjoy our stay thank you Jo. Mick, Diane and Tim Beal.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Bristol Airport 40 minutes

Bath and Bristol railway stations 20 mins

A car is pretty essential as we're in the countryside!


Bitton 1 mile

Bath 6 miles

Bristol 6 miles

Further Details:

Both Bristol and Bath have lots of attractions, plus shops and galleries, pubs and restaurants. The entire city of Bath is a World Heritage Site, known internationally for its Georgian architecture and Roman Baths, its refurbished Spa and its many festivals. Bristol is known as the city of bridges, balloons, boats, bikes, Brunel and Banksy and its attractions include SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, M Shed, Clifton Suspension Bridge and a host of others. In the surrounding area we have Westionbirt Arboretum, Tyntesfield House, Dyrham Park, Berkely Castle, Cheddar Gorge, the Avon Valley Railway, Avebury, Glastonbury, Wells.

Locally we have two pubs within walking distance that do food and one village shop that sells basics. We also have a farm shop that has a cafe attached. Further afield, Keynsham (3 miles) has banks plus Tesco and Waitrose, and Longwell Green (3 miles) has a giant Asda, as well as Boots and M&S


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Book by calling or email

Changeover Day:

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.