In recent years this was the local watering hole in the tiny hamlet of Bradford Leigh not far from Bath. Like many country pubs these days it went into decline but now it’s been rescued and transformed into supersize group holiday accommodation for 27 people, with room for an extra two guests at an additional charge per person. It’s gated and secure with plenty of parking, and a garden with lawns and a big patio where there’s a lovely eating area beneath a leafy arbour; sit beneath the twinkly lights at night and chat into the small hours, have a relaxing soak in the covered hot tub. That's the stuff that holidays are made of.
Inside you’ll find a huge kitchen, a capacious sitting room where there’s a pool table, and a dining room that used to be the main bar; interiors are stylish and of-the-moment, blending seamlessly with original features – chunky timbers, exposed Bath stone walls and wood floors. It's all so calm and relaxing you won't have any trouble unwinding here.
Less than two miles away is the charming town of Bradford on Avon where you'll find some interesting shops and several good places to eat, like The George and the Bunch of Grapes; there's a Saxon church and a museum, and if you go down to the wharf you can take a ride on a narrowboat along the Kennet & Avon Canal, or you can hire bikes and canoes from the Towpath Trail Hire Centre. You might just prefer to stroll along the towpath and perhaps go to the friendly Lock Inn Cafe for a sneaky cuppa and their famous Boatmans Breakfast.
A trip to Bath is a must of course; it's only 6 miles away and there is so much to see and do there. Take your pic of art galleries and museums, though we recommend the American Museum and the Fashion Museum. Visit Bath Abbey and have a tour of the tower, stroll around Prior Park, see the sights on the Bath Skyline Walk. Don't miss the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent, and you must sample the famous Bath Buns at Sally Lunn's.
Not far away you'll find some gorgeous country houses and gardens to visit; book a guided tour at Great Chalfield or Westwood Manor, or have an afternoon out at Stourhead House and Gardens, or Dyrham Park. Go to Farleigh Hungerford Castle or the 14th century Tithe Barn and find a nice spot for a picnic; take the little ones to Hope Nature Centre where they can see the animals and let off steam in the play area. Lots to see and do and a wonderful holiday home to return to; it'll be perfect, book it now.