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Period cottage on the River Avon with wonderful views



Updated: 28-Mar-2016
Cottage in East Chisenbury, Nr Pewsey, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England - Delightful situation with sunny terrace overlooking river for outdoor eating, plus cosy summerhouse

Simple but comfortable cottage on several levels with full central heating. Downstairs. Sitting room with Victorian fireplace and French windows to terrace. Dining room with wood burning stove. Kitchen with double oven, fridge, freezer, slimline dishwasher and microwave. Cloakroom with separate WC.

Upstairs. Double bedroom with river view. I single bedroom with river view I bedroom with twin beds. 1 small single bedroom with wash basin, Family Bathroom, Utility room with washing machine tumble dryer and sink. Access to car parking area.

Outside there is a paved terrace with vine covered pergola, table and bench, a summerhouse with sofa and garden chairs. Steps from the terrace lead down to a garden with lawn and flowerbeds. A gate at the bottom of the garden leads into a small wood running alongside the river.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

This 150 year old cottage has been owned by my family for many years.

We have used the cottage for weekends and holidays since I bought it in 1976. Now my grandchildren also enjoy going there.

I used to run a children's dancing school, so I was lucky that my holidays coincided with those of my children.

We would enjoy staying there in every season, and

in those days we would walk and go for picnics, paddle on the river in a rubber canoe in the Summer, build bonfires in the Autumn, and make snowmen and go tobogganing in the Winter.

Watching the wildlife from the terrace overlooking the river has always been a joy, and is appreciated by anyone who visits the cottage.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved the cottage, cosy and homely, and the terrace with it's 'Meadow View'. I have never seen so many butterflies, especially on the Buddleia. Plus the Kingfisher flashing up and down the river, fast and low over the water. Wonderful!

We spent a very enjoyable week in this very well appointed and equipped cottage. We have never stayed somewhere that seems to have thought of everything that you might need and more. ( home from home! )

We have had a lovely break in this idyllic cottage. It is a perfect setting, and we have enjoyed watching the birds on the feeders.
Mar 2015
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week with my husband and two daughters and my mother. My brother and his wife also joined us for the weekend. Antonia did a great job in making our stay enjoyable. The cottage was spotless and charming and the key handover was a breeze. There are a ton of books, games and toys for kids of all ages, which we really appreciated, and a pack n play and high chair as well, so this was ideal for us. The interior is set up with a number of doors so it was easy to block noise which meant the kids slept well and it also stopped the baby roaming over the steps. We had a crawler and a toddler and although there are a number of steps we didn't find it a problem. There's a double bedroom, a room with two twins, a twin bedroom and the 4th bedroom has a bed that's a little smaller than a twin and a sink in it, so although the bed would have worked well for our toddler, she couldn't sleep there as we didn't want her playing with the water. The garden was lovely to sit in, or on the deck to enjoy the view of the river, and there are a number of short pleasant walks in the village. The village is charming and the pub is excellent (although a bit pricey) and has a fruit and veg garden and chickens which the girls enjoyed, and there's a ton of stuff to do in the surrounding area. We visited Avebury, Laycock Abbey and a ton of pubs and breweries. I was also very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at the local grocery store in Upavon, the next closest village. Antonia was very accommodating and helpful and very easy to deal with. All in all I would totally recommend this cottage for a family vacation with kids of any age.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad this tenant enjoyed her stay at the cottage. She has written a very appreciative review. I hope future tenants will be happy there too. Antonia Young
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Beautiful river setting

  • 4 of 5

This comfortable cottage has a marvellous terrace and lawn stretching down to the Avon. We were able to enjoy the proliferation of bird, butterfly and other wildlife over 4 unexpectedly warm days in April. There are interesting river walks from the door, and an excellent gastropub in the village. The cottage is conveniently situated for Stonehenge, Salisbury and many other attractions. Well worth booking.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

As I had spent much of my childhood in Wiltshire I wanted to find something in the area where I could take my children for weekends and holidays away from London. The cottage has been the ideal place for us all to enjoy time away from the city. There are many local pubs and tea rooms. The Red Lion in the village has excellent food. The Swan at Enford (1 mile) is also very popular. There are many places of interest a short drive away including Avebury with it's famous stone circle, Silbury Hill, Savernake Forest and Stonehenge, as well as towns such as Salisbury, Devizes and Marlborough, which are all well worth visiting. Bath, Longleat, Stourhead, Wilton and Bowood are also popular places to visit.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : The Red Lion at 100 Metres Nearest Golf : Upavon Golf Course at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Pewsey at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M4 at 19 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Red Lion at 0.25 Miles Car: recommended


Upavon 1 mile

Pewsey 5 miles

Marlborough 10 miles

Devizes 11 miles

Salisbury 19 miles

Further Details:

Excellent local shop in nearby Upavon. Larger shops and supermarkets in other local towns, including a large Waitrose in Marlborough. Bank in Pewsey.

Many Pubs which serve food, Tearooms such as Polly Tearooms in Marlborough.

The Barge Inn at Honey Street on the Canal.

Famous flight of locks on the canal at Devizes.

Boat trips on the canal.

Pick-your-0wn raspberries, strawberries etc. at Woodborough Garden Centre.

West Woods near Marlborough. Famous for it's bluebells in Spring.

Excellent Farm Shop ( Plank's ) with cafe, just off the Devizes Road.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
30 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit taken and repaid when let is finished providing no damage has occurred
Payment by Bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Friday. Please arrive after 4.00 pm and leave by 10.00 am on the day of departure

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From the Owner

East Chisenbury is easily accessible, but not remote. The Avon valley it is surrounded by downland, and is still unspoilt. There is a main line station at Pewsey with fast trains to London and the West Country. An hourly bus service runs between Marlborough and Salisbury. The bus stop is on the other side of the valley just 10 minutes walk away. Anyone who enjoys being by a river will be enchanted by the entertainment provided by the waterlife. Swans, mallard, grebe, moorhen, coot and heron. The occasional flash of brilliant colour when a kingfisher darts up or downstream, and the pale barn owl gliding silently by at dusk. Many birds visit the feeders on the terrace, which are always a pleasure to watch, and now otters have been spotted in the river, at the bottom of the garden.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • village

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • WC and cloakroom on ground floor. Bathroom with bath with electric shower, WC and wash basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with single bed, Bedroom 4 with single bed and wash basin


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is simple but comfortable, with some antique furniture and many pictures and ornaments. There are children's toys in a cupboard in one of the bedrooms. Garden furniture and barbecue in the summerhouse. One well behaved dog accepted Outside: The paved terrace has a vine covered pergola over it. There is a wooden garden table and bench. The summerhouse has a sofa, and there are further chairs for the terrace and also a barbecue. There is a gate at the top of the flight of steps with handrail leading down to the riverside garden with lawn and flower beds. Please note the river has only a low wire fence in front of it. Small children should not be left unsupervised near the water. Next to the garden is a gate leading into the wooded area which runs alongside river. Off-road parking for one car at side of cottage. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier and sink. Iron and ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Weekly changeover. Towels and linen provided Other: Dining room with large wooden table, window seat and chairs. French woodburning stove

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