Health issues prevent travel in 2019, 2020 looks like being a good year.
We are ideally located in central southern England with very good travel links to the whole country. Locally there is plenty to see and do:- Avebury, Stonehenge. Oxford / Bath / Bristol are all accessible within the hour. Heathrow Airport is 80 mls (a reliable Taxi collection service available at a reasonable cost). Bournemouth & other sandy beaches 65 mls. Cardiff & Swansea in Wales are just over and hour away. London and Historic Portsmouth are less than 2 hours away. For trains to London Kemble station is 15 minutes away and then London just over an hours train ride.
If you want to be close to the Royal Family Prince Charles and his wife Camilla live 5 miles away at Highgove House. See if you can spot William and his wife or Prince Harry in Tetbury or one of the fantastic pubs in the area. It is possible to get tours of the grounds if you book well in advance - we booked in Feb2017 for Oct 2017 tour.
Malmesbury is a very historical site on the edge of the Cotswolds and the Abbey is stacked full of history and is famous as having the first King of England (Athelston) burried here. Also the flying monk, Elmer, flew for 200metres off the Abbey tower before breaking both his legs. He was not allowed to fly again and lived into his 70's!
Located right in the heart of the town, the Old White Lion is steeped in history having been first recorded as an inn in the 1200s and remained as such until 1970 when it became a private home. Tradition says that Edward IV stayed here before the battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. The property is most notoriously famous for the sad demise of Hannah Twynnoy who died on 23rd October 1703. At this time our back yard was used by a travelling circus and Hannah, a maid at the inn, teased a tiger that escaped from it's cage and killed her. Her gravestone is in the Abbey grounds. We bought the property in 2014 and have extensively renovated the place back to its former glory maintaining many of the original period features and well as adding a modern twist.
Stepping out from our front door you can start the day with coffee in one of the local cafes, hopefully basking in the warm sunshine. Malmesbury has the best bakery around and the danish pastries and croisants (all freshly baked on their premises each day) are simply a must.
The famous city of Bath is half an hour away by road or train (best method of getting there) and the Therma Spa is an absolute must along with the Abbey and walking around the beautiful streets and river paths. The American Museum is a short bus ride from the town centre. Bath is fabulous and will demand a few days here.
Cirencester, or Corinium as it was known in Roman times, is the capital of the Cotswolds is under half an hour away and many quaint Cotwold towns and villages (Stowe on the Wold, Morton in Marsh, Burford, Bourton on the Water and Bibury)are all less than an hour away and have to be visited.
If you feel energetic the Cotswolds Water Park is not far away and has miles of cycling or walking routes and there is also a lake with beach for children.
If you want a tour guide to take you out for a day or two please look up www.seeitinaday.com Bob will take you out and show you the best sights and an insight into English life that you might not get from visiting on your own.
After the travel and days out, time can be spent walking along the river or enjoying a wine or beer in the local pubs.
The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a must, drinks or snacks in Jacks Bar at The Hare and Hounds is recommended afterwards!
If you prefer to spend time in the garden is very easy to manage as it is small! Our back courtyard with lights make for a relaxing evening sitting or dining al fresco.
I am sure all guests will find plenty to do and have a good time here. It is not ideal for children as the front door goes straight onto a path and road. In addition it is an old and fragile building and not a playground. The garden is fully enclosed and safe with gates to shut the road out.
We are looking for or a week or two so we can visit family and friends.
Thanks for looking at our listing. All enquiries will be replied to. Paul and Frances Smith.
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