Leigh Bake House
- Set within its own private walled garden
- Sleeps 4 in one double room and and a family room with a double and a single bed
- Lovely lounge with woodburning stove
- Dining table and 5 chairs
- Access to on site state of the art gym and sauna
- 10 min walk into historic Bradford on Avon
- 2 on site parking spaces
- Minimum 3 night stay during peak seasons
This Grade II listed ancient dwelling dates back to the 14th Century. The old bread oven and meat/ fish smoking oven are still evident and the old stone floor bears the marks of the axe where the wood was cut to fuel the fires. Leigh House is believed to date from 1574 and was part of a farm estate given by Elizabeth I to Robert Leigh. The property extends over 4.5 acres and includes the Tithe Barn and the Bake House. It was a wealthy estate in its day and the depth of the well in the courtyard indicates that it was a property of significant importance. In the early Eighteenth Century it was owned by Robert Taylor who lived in the main house and manufactured cheeses in the cheese loft, now a bedroom over the kitchen. It was converted in 2006 and has been completely refurbished by the current owners who have retained the original features, selected fine furnishings and original works of art.
The Bake House (sleeps 4)
The Bake House is reached through an old latchet gate beneath arched boughs and opens into a courtyard with topiary trees, lavender beds and a pretty fountain tumbling into a pond of water lilies. Beautifully furnished, this compact cottage style home has been painted throughout with Farrow and Ball paints and has a comfortable 'L' shaped sofa and armchair to seat 4 and large TV with DVD. There is a cosy wood burning stove in the old fireplace with a window seat and curtains in Ian Mankin fabrics. There is a pull out dining table with 5 chairs The downstairs double bedroom has beamed ceilings and its own original fireplace (no longer in use). One window opens onto the courtyard whilst the other overlooks the potager and walled garden. There is an oak wardrobe, an oak framed bedstead and a little hand basin with fluffy white towels. The room upstairs has a spacious king sized bed under oak beamed ceilings, two oak bedside tables, chest of drawers and hanging space. A hand basin under the window looks down across the Victorian green house to the vegetable garden..
The little kitchen overlooks the central courtyard and has a gas hob, with electric oven and grill, a microwave and small fridge. The newly renovated bathroom has a large walk in shower, a hand basin and WC.
The Old Dairy
The former dairy has been renovated to encompass a state of the art gym including resistance machines, free weights, treadmill and rowing machine. There is a large sauna and shower for your use. We have a resident Personal Trainer who trains private clients during the week and is available to guests by prior arrangement. The facilities are available every evening and weekend when the PT is not on site and are shared with the owners and other resident guests.
In this rural setting, The Barn, The Bake House and Leigh House, (the owner's residence) are clustered in a 'u' shape around an idyllic planted courtyard with the original well that supplied the farm. These wonderful old buildings are surrounded by cobbled paths, gardens, orchard, paddocks and fields with southerly views towards Salisbury Plains and The Whitehorse at Westbury . Behind the Bake house is a large secure walled garden with a lavender walkway leading to a rose arbour and plans for a pottager with flowers, fruit, veg and herbs. There are outdoor tables and benches dotted all around the grounds so as to relax and take in the country air. Pick your own apples, pears and plums from the Orchard or head towards a large south facing paddock with lovely views, seating and BBQ area. Bring wellies for lovely local walks into Bradford-on- Avon (just 10 mins. away)or longer walks to South Wraxhall.
Local Babysitters are available and come with the recommendation of the owners who use them for their own family.
- Welcome pack
- Linens and towels
- Weekly clean (min 11 night stay)
- Weekly linen change (min 11 night stay)
- Free internet access
- All utilities (except telephone charges)
Leigh House along with The Barn and Bake House are 1 mile from Bradford-on-Avon and 7 miles south-east of Bath. The nearest railway station is Bradford-on-Avon with links to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, the South west, London Paddington or London Waterloo. Taxis are available from here, call Bradford-on-Avon Taxis Tel 01225872277. The nearest convenience store and petrol station is Texaco towards Bradford-on-Avon.
Pubs and Restaurants
There are 3 pubs within a short walking distance. The Castle is a gastro pub, The Bunch of Grapes is renowned for Sunday roasts and award winning pies and The Dandylion which is a good for a pint and pub fare. In Bradford-on-Avon, The Café Amichi is very convivial Italian restaurant, The Bridge tea rooms are famous for its 3-tiered afternoon teas. Try the Thai Barn for delicious food with great service, or Avon Spice for Indian Cuisine that can be delivered.
Local Shops and Supermarkets
The nearest convenient store with good fresh produce is Co-op, 2 mins by car towards Winsley.
There is a large Sainsbury's Supermarket in Bradford-on-Avon.
Places of Interest
Bradford-on-Avon is a pretty market town built from warm bath stone, on the River Avon. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman origins and it has several buildings dating to the 17th century, when the town grew due to the thriving English woollen textile industry. The town Library has a little museum charting its interesting history. Longboats and canoes are for hire to explore the river or bikes can be hired to explore The Kennet and Avon Canal which flows to Bath or Bristol. Call the Tourist Information Centre in Bradford-on-Avon Tel. 01225 865797. The train station is a 15 minute walk from the properties.
Only 7 miles away, Bath is a beautiful world heritage city with many historic places to visit, as well as fascinating museums, galleries, wonderful shops and a great selection of restaurants. Open-top city bus tours are a great introduction to all the sites. You could book a show at The Theatre Royal, Komedia comedy club, or a relaxing soak in hot mineral waters of the Thermae Spa. There are frequent trains from Bradford-on-Avon. (approx. every 15 mins. until 11.30pm) There are hot air balloon flights available in Bath, as well as bicycle and boat hire. Call the Bath Tourist Information Centre Tel. 0906 711 2000.
There is a great history of shipping to explore at Bristol, with fascinating docks, ferry rides, art centres, Theatres and plenty of shopping. There are fast comfortable trains from Bradford-on Avon taking 15 mins.
There are many beautiful National Trust gardens to visit nearby, including Lacock Abbey and The Courts in Holt. Bowood House has extensive grounds including a large adventure playground for children. There are ancient stone monuments in Avebury and giant chalk horses carved into hillsides around Wiltshire along with mysterious crop circles. Further a field is the extraordinary Stonehenge, beautiful Stourhead Gardens and Magnificent Longleat House and Safari Park.
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- Hair Dryer
- TV & DVD
- Garden Furniture
- Games Room
Floor Plans & Access Statements
You can download floor plan and access statements for this property from the links below.Floor Plan
The warm welcome, and the eggs, were much appreciated , as was your advice with regard to visiting the city - it made it so much easier - and we were pleased you recommended spending some time in Bradford upon Avon. We loved the Bakehouse 'experience', it suited us just fine...all in all we could not have wished for anything better, so thank you once again..
Perfect place for first trip to England. Property was lovely, town beautiful and friendly. Hosts couldn't have been more accomodating and informative. For a uniquely British experience, stay here!
Good time had by all
It worked really well for us as an extended family get together. the accommodation in both places was perfect for us and of course we were able to make use of the games facilities and play cricket in the evening on the grass behind and eat together which was lovely as we are not able to get together often enough.
I would say for it fitted the bill perfectly for us.
We hope to visit again in the future.
Thank you for all your assistance with our visit, for your restaurant & sights recommendations, and for your efforts in making our time in your region of England so memorable.
Thanks so much for the wonderful stay in the Leigh Bake House. Our family of two adults and three children had a great time. The house was spacious, the kids love the game room, and the location was just a few minutes walk from a great and family friendly pub. Best of all, Sue and her family were so welcoming - it really felt like we were staying with relatives! She gave us the best recommendations for locations to visit, to include Lacock Abbey and gave us a great tip about taking the train to Bath. I can't say enough great things about this property!
- beautiful typical english cottage
-nice peole and great hospitality
-beautiful place and surroundings
-sauna and gym were great!
-good facilities in the neighbourhoud like a pub and a supermarket
Chargeable Services Available
- Additional cleaning, £36 per 2 hours
- Additional linen changes £36 per bedroom
- Admin fee
- High Chair
- Travel Cot (Sheet/bedding not included - Please note, base mattress is a standard thin travel cot mattress)