3 (all year)
The Old Stables is a wonderfully welcoming property with ample space for four guests, plus a sofa-bed in the living room extending the accommodation to sleep six. The beautiful Cotswold stone building has been skilfully converted to provide a comfortable home-away-from-home for couples, families and friends who appreciate its period features but who do not want to compromise on modern conveniences like central heating and WiFi. Within walking distance of Castle Combe’s amenities, including excellent pubs like The White Hart.
If you have only heard of Castle Combe due to its nearby racing circuit and claim to fame for being one of the film sets for Spielberg's War Horse, you may be surprised at how peaceful it is. The village is part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of the prettiest villages in Britain for its warm honey-coloured stone buildings, medieval church, market cross, and the stone packhorse bridge that spans the Bybrook River. The motte and bailey castle which gave the village its name was built in around 1140. Sadly now, little more than earthworks and a few stones remain but it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Walking is the perfect pace to appreciate the beauty of the countryside around Castle Combe fully. There are some excellent footpaths, including a four-mile circular walk that goes through the golf course, alongside the stream that used to power Nettleton Mill, across an ancient stone clapper bridge and through beautiful beech woods.
Castle Combe is ideal for exploring both the Cotswolds and Wiltshire. It is around six miles from the historic market town of Chippenham, where there are excellent shops and an excellent array of pubs, restaurants and nightlife. It is also close to the beautiful town of Corsham which was used to film the famous BBC Series Poldark, and where peacocks roam the streets. The National Trust Village of Lacock, home of Lacock Abbey where some scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed, is nine miles from Castle Combe; and Bath, with its magnificent architecture that includes impressively complete Roman baths, is thirteen miles away. Badminton is six miles from Castle Combe, and you can even reach Stonehenge in under an hour, making The Old Stables the perfect base for a fantastic holiday.
Maggie Watkins joined Independent Cottages in October 2017
The accommodation in The Old Stables is all on one level and has no steps, so a good choice for guests who prefer to not climb stairs. It retains many original characteristics like thick stone walls but has been sympathetically converted to provide a comfortable holiday home for guests who don't like to go without modern conveniences such as WiFi and central heating.
Outside: A private patio area has a wooden picnic table and seating for six people. There is a charcoal barbecue for guest use. The owners have provided secure bicycle storage. Off street parking for at least two cars.
Additional Information: All utilities, linen and towels are included in the hire cost. Short breaks may be possible out of season, depending on availability. Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement with the owner and for an additional fee. No smoking.
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