Stable Cottage

Milton Lilbourne, near Pewsey, Wiltshire
4 Guests
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    Stable Cottage offers light and airy luxury ground floor accommodation for four guests and both bedrooms are en suite
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    Situated in the unspoilt heart of Wiltshire, Stable Cottage is a unique timber clad detached dwelling
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    Sitting area in the large open plan living room
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    Large open plan sitting room with a dining area at one end
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    Large open plan sitting room with a dining area at one end
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    Large open plan sitting room with a dining area at one end
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    Dining area in the large open plan living room
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    Well equipped kitchen with breakfasting table
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    Well equipped kitchen with breakfasting table
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    Double bedroom with 5′ bed and an adjoining bathroom with a shower over the bath
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    Adjoining bathroom to the double bedroom with a shower over the bath
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    Twin bedroom with 3′ beds and a small en suite shower room
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    En suite shower room to the twin bedroom
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    The cottage overlooks fields which are almost level so there are plenty of easy walks from the front door
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Situated in the unspoilt heart of Wiltshire, Stable Cottage, sleeping four, is a unique timber clad detached dwelling, a recent conversion of an old farm building. Offering luxury ground floor accommodation, the living area has a wonderful airy open feel with a comfortable sitting and dining area and there is a separate well-equipped kitchen. The two bedrooms provide easily accessible accommodation with a double bedroom and adjoining bathroom and a twin room with an en-suite shower.

Stable Cottage is on the very edge of one of the finest villages in the Pewsey Vale, Milton Lilbourne, which is itself on the edge of Salisbury Plain. The cottage overlooks fields which are almost level so there are plenty of easy walks from the front door. There are plenty of “hilly” walks too, if you prefer. Being at the end of a cul-de-sac, the site is very quiet and only disturbed by the occasional tractor or sound of horse’s hooves. The Kennet & Avon canal is about a mile away.

There are many pubs offering food in surrounding villages and the nearby village of Pewsey, a 5 minute drive, has a Co-op. Marlborough is 15 minutes’ drive away and is much larger with a fine wide High Street, busy shops and a Tesco supermarket.

People have lived in the area for thousands of years and there are many ancient hill forts, medieval churches and lovely little villages with thatched cottages all set in the most beautiful countryside with stunning views everywhere. The famous stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury are also within easy reach.

 

 

Overview

  • 4 Guests
  • The accommodation is on the ground floor
  • Two bedrooms – one double and one twin
  • One bathroom, one shower room
  • Suitable for a baby under 6 months old in own moses basket
  • Children over 5 years old are welcome
  • The cottage welcomes well-behaved dogs by arrangement
  • There is a small unenclosed grassed area for sitting out
  • To the rear you look out onto sheep in the paddock and on the other side there is a stable yard with horses
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Ample parking

Features

  • Ideal for a Romantic Retreat.
  • Guests look out onto sheep in the paddock to the rear and there is a stable yard with horses on the other side.
  • The property commands its own privacy and individuality with tasteful, high specification furnishings.
  • The village is a no through road and the cottage is situated almost at the far end so is extremely peaceful.
  • Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 2 nights.
  • The nearest pub is The Bruce Arms (17 minutes’ walk, 0.9 miles) and the nearby village of Pewsey has a further selection of pubs and restaurants.
  • Whatever time of year you book, there is always plenty of wildlife to see and lovely countryside to explore from your doorstep.
  • Make the most of some of the best walking and off road cycling in the country, or try a day’s trout fishing, a canal boat trip or a round of golf. Enjoy stunning views of the landscape from horseback.
  • Wiltshire can also be seen from the water – the Kennet and Avon Canal stretches through the area and passes through some of the choicest sections of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • A relaxing base from which to explore the many attractions of this lovely part of the country with its unforgettable landscapes, famous and intriguing prehistoric sites, historic buildings, stately homes and gardens.

Property layout

  • Ground Floor Accommodation

    Large open plan sitting room with a dining area at one end.

    Well equipped kitchen with breakfasting table.

    Small cloakroom near the front door, ideal for dog baskets etc. with a clothes airing rail.

    Double bedroom with 5′ bed and an adjoining bathroom with a shower over the bath.

    Twin bedroom with 3′ beds and a small en suite shower room.

Equipment

  • Electric heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV in the sitting room, DVD player
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Ample parking

 

”Centrally located for country walks (just 1 mile to Easton Royal) and visiting sights such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Marlborough, visiting the Marshall Bakery in Pewsey, and numerous nice pubs around. The cottage has only 1 step up and if needed Peter will provide a ramp, as he did for our daughter who requires a wheelchair. The layout is open and very comfortable, lots of windows! I could retire in this spacious cottage. Located at the end of a non-through track across from a horse stable. The greeting committee of sheep welcome you as you drive up. If you love the quiet of the country, it is the best! Country kitchen with all you need; Peter provided a lovely welcome basket with wine, eggs, butter, apples, grapes, bananas, biscuits, cereal, bread and milk. We found coffee and tea in the cabinet. The tea: English Breakfast and a Twinings Lapsang Souchong, I’d never tried, that was wonderful. Two toilet rooms, 1 with shower and the main with shower within the tub. English showers are small compared to the American equivalents, but the instant hot water had good power and maintained a constant temperature. The main bathroom was plenty large enough for the wheelchair to manoeuver. The couches were comfortable and the layout quite functional. We enjoyed the artwork on the walls, especially the picture over the television in the living room area and the picture in the main bathroom. There were also maps of the area on the wall to guide one to the bridle and walking trails and other local color. Truly delightful!!!!”
Karen Cochrane USA – August 2017
”What a great cottage in a wonderful location. Enjoyed touring the area and coming “home” each night. Thank you for the welcome array of food and wine – just right!”
Chris Barton, Seattle USA – September 2016
”Dear Peter, our stay here could not have been better. Your hospitality was evident in the beauty and comfort of Stable Cottage. Milton Lilbourne captured my heart and should any of our American friends say they want to visit England, I’ll tell them they could do no better than to come here. Our experience here was perfect. Thank you.”
Lisa Richesson, Seattle USA – September 2016
”This is a delightful spot and a most comfortable cottage. A very enjoyable stay helped by Peter’s kind advice.”
The Hutchings, Surrey – September 2016
”Just the ticket after operation relocation from HK! Thanks for showing Billie the egg-laying process – a proper education! We’ll be back …”
Mark, Pixie & Billie, London – April 2016
”Great accommodation and lovely location. Enjoyed the dinners and can say we ate twice at Silks on the Downs. Visits to Devizes and the Caen lift of locks. West Kennett Long Barrow and Avebury, Great Chalford Manor and antique shops in Hungerford. Weather like the curate’s egg – April showers, did not stop us doing anything. Welcome hamper very welcome. Thank you for the use of Stable Cottage.”
Pam, Peter, Rosemary & Roger, Bucks & Suffolk – April 2016
”Lovely comfortable cottage with all we needed for a relaxing spring break. A big thank you to Peter for all his recommendations, particularly The Bell at West Overton, a ‘must’ stop on the way to or from Avebury for a yummy lunch, and also the walk over Martinsell Hill, such beautiful views on a sunny, if windy, day! Wish we had more time to sample more of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and pubs.”
Sue, Liz, mum & Barney, Dorset – March/April 2016
”Beautiful stone conversion very well kitted out! Beautiful furnishings and attention to detail with flowers, White Company smellies, Suzie Watson throws and hamper. Home from home. Will definitely come again. Enjoyed the lovely walks and Peter’s recommendations in the book. Thank you!”
Amelia, Bruce, Bella & Zack, Hampshire – February 2016
”Managed to dodge the rain to make visits to Marlborough, Salisbury and Lacock! Layout of the cottage suited us perfectly and we felt very cosy, particularly with the addition of the Christmas tree in the corner!”
Susan, Richard & Marion, Oxfordshire – December 2015/January 2016
”Christmas 2015. We had the most beautiful, peaceful and relaxing stay here at Stable Cottage. Visited Marlborough, Devizes and Salisbury. Thank you Peter for making us so welcome and checking that everything was OK during our stay and in particular for such a well stocked welcome pack. A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location – thank you! ”
Pat, Tony, Jon & Chris, Staffordshire – December 2015
”Our 1st but not last stay at this lovely cottage in a most picturesque village. Seeing the horses saddled and hearing the sheep bleating made us feel we were truly in the English country – Don’t miss eating at The Three Tuns in Little Bedwyn – most excellent meal and hospitality!”
S & J, Arizona – December 2015
”We had a great short break despite the bank holiday weather which has been a mix of sunshine on Friday/Saturday and rain today/yesterday. We travelled further afield down to the New Forest and Beaulieu as well as a lovely long walk in Savernake Forest and of course visited the Crofton Beam Engines. Thank you for making the cottage so welcoming. We hope to be back soon.”
A, R & J, Surrey – August 2015

 
LOCAL INFORMATION

Pewsey is a 5 minute drive away (2 miles). It has a Co-op supermarket, Pewsey Heritage Centre Museum, a library, as well as lovely bijoux shops, five great pubs and many places to eat and drink. The Kennet & Avon Canal offers narrow boat trips. Pewsey also has a main line rail link to London.

FOOD AND DRINK

The Royal Oak in Wootton Rivers (2 miles, 7 minutes’ drive) has just been renovated. Dogs are very welcome and the food is good.

If you have your pet in tow, try out one of the other numerous dog friendly pubs nearby where you and your pooch will receive a warm welcome!

For Gastro lovers there is The Seven Stars Inn at Bottlesford (7 miles), The Red Lion in East Chisenbury (8 miles) and The Harrow at Little Bedwyn (10 miles). All do excellent food – both The Red Lion and The Harrow have Michelin pub awards for food and are well known Wiltshire pubs which people come a long way to visit.

There really is an exhaustive selection of places to go and things to do during your stay at Stable Cottage – here’s just a snapshot of some ideas to inspire you…

TOWNS & VILLAGES

MARLBOROUGH (7 miles) market town is well worth a visit and has a wealth of shops and restaurants in its High Street. Do make time to take tea in The Polly Tea Rooms. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Marlborough was an important staging post on the road from London to Bath and attractions include The Merchant’s House.

AVEBURY (12 miles). Attractions include Avebury Stone Circle, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle (National Trust), the Alexander Keiller Museum (National Trust), Avebury Manor and Garden (National Trust) and Windmill Hill (English Heritage).

DEVIZES (15 miles), a thriving market town and home to Wadworth Brewery with a Visitor Centre and Brewery tours. It is also home to the famous flight of 29 locks at Caen Hill and the Wiltshire Museum.

ANDOVER (17.5 miles). Attractions include the Hawk Conservancy Trust and Andover Museum and The Museum of the Iron Age.

LACOCK (23 miles) is a National Trust village. Visit Lacock Abbey & Fox Talbot Museum. Lacock has starred in many film classics.

SALISBURY (23 miles). Attractions include Salisbury Cathedral, The Close, The Salisbury Museum, Mompesson House (National Trust), (TV’s ‘Sense & Sensibility’). Two miles north of Salisbury, discover Old Sarum (English Heritage) Iron Age hill fort.

WILTON (25.5 miles). Attractions include Wilton Italianate Church and Wilton House, parklands, woodland and water gardens (used in the film ‘Sense and Sensibility’).

WINCHESTER (34.5 miles). Attractions include Winchester Cathedral, The Great Hall, Westgate Museum, the Hospital of St Cross, Keats’ Walk and Winchester City Mill (National Trust). Jane Austen’s House Museum is in Chawton (45 miles)

BATH (36 miles). Attractions include the Roman Baths, the well-preserved architecture of The Royal Crescent and the American Museum at nearby Claverton Manor.
Bath is also a shopper’s paradise, whether you’re into designer fashion, high street brands or antiques, including the modern SouthGate quarter, Milsom Place and the atmospheric The Corridor.
Bath has a limitless array of eating options, from the very formal to the casual, including some excellent gastro pubs and bars, as well as quaint tea shops and speciality stores – don’t miss a trip to The Real Italian Ice Cream Company for the best ice cream this side of Rome, or sample an authentic Bath bun at Sally Lunn’s world-famous tea shop.

HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS

The White Horses of Wiltshire – There are two in Pewsey Vale, the Pewsey White Horse in Pewsey (1937) set a mile south of the village and Alton Barnes White Horse, (1812) on Milk Hill, a mile north of Alton Barnes village.

Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton (6 miles).

Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles) is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour. There are special events throughout the year.

Ludgershall Castle and Cross (English Heritage), Ludgershall (10.5 miles).

Long Barrow Chambered Tomb, West Kennet (11.5 miles).

Silbury Hill Burial Mound (English Heritage), Beckhampton (12 miles).

Avebury Stone Circle, Avebury (National Trust/English Heritage) (12.5 miles).

Stonehenge (English Heritage), Amesbury (18.5 miles). World Heritage Site.

Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop (20 miles).

Old Sarum (English Heritage), Castle Road, Salisbury (21.5 miles).

Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort, near Stockbridge (22 miles).

Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch (22.5 miles).

Old Wardour Castle (English Heritage), near Tisbury (36 miles).

HOUSES & GARDENS

Avebury Manor and Garden (National Trust), Avebury (12.5 miles).

Bowood House & Gardens, near Calne (21.5 miles).

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village (National Trust), Lacock (23 miles).

Longstock Park Water Garden (John Lewis Partnership), Longstock, Stockbridge (22.2 miles).

Lydiard House & Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon (23.5 miles).

Ashdown House (National Trust), Lambourn, Newbury (24 miles).

Mompesson House (National Trust), (TV’s ‘Sense & Sensibility’), Salisbury (23 miles).

The Courts Garden (National Trust), near Bradford-on-Avon (24.5 miles).

Wilton House, parklands, woodland and water gardens (used in film ‘Sense and Sensibility’), Wilton, Salisbury (25 miles).

Houghton Lodge & Gardens, North Houghton, Stockbridge (25.5 miles).

Highclere Castle, south of Newbury (27.5 miles). TV’s ‘Downton Abbey’, the castle only opens for 90 days a year and operates a very popular tour.

Mottisfont Abbey (National Trust), near Romsey (28 miles).

Corsham Court and Gardens, Corsham (29 miles).

Longleat House, gardens and Safari Park, Longleat (32 miles).

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield, Romsey (32.5 miles).

Stourhead House & Garden, Stourton (38.5 miles).

WALKING, NATURE RESERVES AND COUNTRY PARKS

The Kennet and Avon Canal provides peaceful walks along the tow path, and a canal boat trip from the nearby market town of Devizes or from Pewsey Wharf is not to be missed.

The Pewsey Avon Trail starts in Pewsey and follows the course from Pewsey to Salisbury following the River Avon.

Wootton Rivers (2.5 miles) is a small village with extensive walks (Wootton Rivers is on the Mid Wilts Way) and cycling (National Cycle Route 4 passes through the village).

Savernake Forest(7.5 miles), with its abundance of wildlife and nature trails, is good for walks and picnics.

Wiltshire’s National Nature Reserves include Pewsey Downs and Fyfield Down.

Calstone and Cherhill Downs (National Trust), South of Cherhill village, near Calne (16 miles) is well known for its White Horse and views of the Lansdowne Monument as well as Oldbury Castle Iron Age hill fort.

Barbury Castle Country Park (13.5 miles) is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Local Nature Reserve, County Wildlife Site, Country Park and part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A suggested walk is Barbury Castle and the Ridgeway.

There is another great walk which takes in Wilton Windmill, Crofton Pumping Station and part of the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal: Great Bedwyn and Wilton Windmill Walk.

Coate Water Country Park, Marlborough Rd, Swindon (19 miles). A large 54 acre reservoir, wildlife reserve with bird hides and has plenty of other activities for the family to enjoy. There is a pitch and putt, splash park, play area, mini golf, miniature railway, cafe and more.

Cotswold Water Park (31 miles). Over forty square miles for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and skiing and many miles of footpaths, cycleways and bridle paths.

OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

RIDING

Pewsey Vale Riding Centre, Stanton Saint Bernard (8 miles).

FISHING

Manningford Trout Fishery, Manningford Bohune, Pewsey (5 miles).
Avon Springs Fishing Lakes, Recreation Road, Salisbury, Durrington (14 miles).

GOLF

Tidworth Golf Club, Bulford Road, Tidworth (12 miles).
Marlborough Golf Club, Marlborough (9.5 miles).
Ogbourne Downs Golf Club, Ogbourne Saint George, Marlborough (13 miles).

GO KARTING

Thruxton Kart Centre, Thruxton Circuit, Andover (17.8 miles).

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING

Barbury Shooting School, near Chiseldon (20.6 miles).

IN THE AIR

GoSkydive, Airfield Old Sarum, Old Sarum (22 miles) – the UK’s leading tandem skydiving specialists

Aerosaurus Balloons – Hot air balloon rides from various sites in South Wiltshire including Salisbury and the Larmer Tree Gardens.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, Calne (16 miles). Motor museum with vintage, post-vintage and classic cars, including American models.

Cholderton Charlie’s Farm, Cholderton, Salisbury (16.5 miles). Rare Breeds Farm.

Studley Grange Craft Village and Butterfly World, Wroughton, Studley (19.5 miles).

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Hangar 1, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury (21 miles) tells the history of flight and flight-testing. Based across two WWI Hangars, it is steeped in history with a fascinating collection of aircraft, cockpits, weapons and models. There are guides to answer questions and show you round.

Salisbury Escape Rooms, Salisbury (23 miles). The only Escape Room created, built and run by UK Detectives. It challenges players to find their way out of a series of locked rooms by solving clues and puzzles.

EVENTS

MARCH

Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, Devizes (14 miles).

APRIL

Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles). Open for guided tours & refreshments on Sundays at 2pm.

MAY

Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles). Open for guided tours & refreshments on Sundays (and usually bank holiday Mondays) at 2pm.
Crofton Pumping Station Steaming Weekends, Crofton (6.1 miles). Please check for dates.
Half term events at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village (National Trust), Lacock (23 miles).
Half term activities, Avebury (National Trust) (12.5 miles) – children’s crafts and activities. 11am – 4pm.
Half term activities at Old Sarum (English Heritage), Castle Road, Salisbury (21.5 miles).

JUNE

Half term events at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village (National Trust), Lacock (23 miles).
Half term activities, Avebury (National Trust) (12.5 miles) – children’s crafts and activities. 11am – 4pm.
Open air theatre at Old Sarum (English Heritage), Castle Road, Salisbury (21.5 miles).
Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles). Open for guided tours & refreshments on Sundays at 2pm.
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, Bowood House & Gardens, near Calne (21.5 miles).
Wiltshire Steam & Vintage Rally, Rainscombe Park, Oare (5 miles).
Crofton Pumping Station Steaming Weekends, Crofton (6.1 miles). Please check for dates.

JULY

Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles). Open for guided tours & refreshments on Sundays at 2pm.
The Marlborough Jazz Festival, Marlborough (6.8 miles).
Summer events at Old Sarum (English Heritage), Castle Road, Salisbury (21.5 miles).
Newbury Waterways Festival, Victoria Park, Newbury (21.7 miles).
Summer activities at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village (National Trust), Lacock (23 miles). 11am – 4pm.
Summer activities at Avebury (National Trust) (12.5 miles) – children’s crafts, trails, garden games, activities.

AUGUST

Summer activities at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village (National Trust), Lacock (23 miles). 11am – 4pm.
Summer activities at Avebury (National Trust) (12.5 miles) – children’s crafts, trails, garden games, activities.
Summer events at Old Sarum (English Heritage), Castle Road, Salisbury (21.5 miles).
Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles). Open for guided tours & refreshments on Sundays at 2pm.
Crofton Pumping Station Steaming Weekend, Crofton (6.1 miles). Please check for dates.
Devizes International Street Festival, Devizes (14.2 miles).

SEPTEMBER

Devizes Carnival on the Canal, Devizes (14.2 miles).
Wilton Windmill, Wilton (7 miles). Open for guided tours & refreshments on Sundays at 2pm.
Pewsey Carnival & Feast, Pewsey (2 miles).
Crofton Pumping Station Steaming Weekend, Crofton (6 miles). Please check for dates.
Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough (6.8 miles).

OCTOBER

Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough (6.8 miles).
Marlborough Big & Little Mop Fairs, Marlborough (6.8 miles).
Salisbury Carnival, Salisbury (23 miles).
Halloween Half Term at Old Sarum (English Heritage), Castle Road, Salisbury (21.5 miles).

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about Stable Cottage if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Children over 5 years old welcome
  • Suitable for a baby under 6 months of age in his/her own moses basket. No travel cot or high chair available.
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome by arrangement. Please do not allow your pets on the furniture
  • Your welcome hamper will contain fresh milk, tea bags, coffee, bread, cheese, marmalade, cereals, eggs, wine, biscuits, fruit juice, fruit, sugar and other condiments. Perishable goods will be left in the fridge.
  • Minimum stay 2 nights at all times except Christmas and New Year which is 3 nights

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.