Tucked along a quiet lane just outside of the main high street of Malmesbury lies 27 Horsefair, a beautifully restored Grade II listed period cottage that has been designed to maximise light and space. Set over three floors, featuring two double bedrooms, a large bathroom and a fantastic contemporary kitchen/diner, 27 Horsefair is brimming with unique Cotswold cottage features, such as a cosy wood burner and exposed beams. Well-equipped and ideally located, 27 Horsefair is also dog-friendly, accepting one well-behaved dog.
27 Horsefair is one of a terrace row of distinguished Cotswold stone cottages. With its eye-catching grey front door and pretty sash windows, it’s the perfect quintessential Cotswold cottage. Inside, the cottage is unexpectedly spacious, with two large double bedrooms (including an attic room with views towards Malmesbury Abbey), a cosy sitting room with a large wood burner and a lovely kitchen-dining area that benefits from plenty of natural light thanks to its atrium ceiling. Decorated throughout in stony blues and slate, this well-appointed cottage is tasteful blend of traditional character and modernity. Guests staying in the cottage even have access to their own private outdoor patio area, with pretty climbing rose trees, a BBQ and a rattan dining suite.
Enter the property into a useful porch area, with coat hooks, an umbrella stand and room for muddy boots!
A charming, cosy sitting room with contemporary décor that perfectly compliments its unique period features. Dusky, cornflower blue walls offset the original exposed beams and stone fireplace, complete with a large wood burning stove. The sitting room also features a large easy chair, sofa and flat screen LG TV with Freesat TV channels via a Sky Box and access to streaming services such as Netflix via a NOW TV box.
A lovely light, bright and spacious room, featuring an atrium skylight and French doors out to the walled patio. Featuring large floor-ceiling storage cupboard and concealed units decorated painted in a blue-toned slate, this room is thoughtfully designed to provide guests with a stylish and well-equipped kitchen. Featuring a dining table to seat four guests, a 5-hob range cooker, fridge, freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, toaster, kettle and washer/dryer.
A comfortable bedroom with painted beams and soft dusky blue walks, featuring a double bed and plenty of storage with a large fitted wardrobe.
A spacious bathroom with a luxurious feel thanks to the marble-effect tiling. The bathroom offers guests the option of both a bathtub with central mixer taps as well as a separate large walk-in shower, WC and washbasin.
Filling up the apex-shaped, top floor attic space, this bedroom is softly furnished and spacious, offering guests a double bed, bedside tables, clothes hanging rail and plenty of side cupboard storage. This bedroom also benefits from beautiful views over the neighbouring cottage roof tops and gardens, looking towards Malmesbury Abbey.
Please note that this bedroom does not have a door.
27 Horsefair has access to its own small, private patio area at the rear of the property. The patio is totally secure, with a charcoal BBQ and rattan garden dining furniture for four guests.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 guests in 2 double bedrooms
1 bathroom with walk-in shower, bathtub, WC and washbasin
Street parking and car parks nearby
Walled patio area with outdoor dining furniture
Wood burner –starter logs provided
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Hairdryer – x1
Travel cot and clip-on highchair
Cleaning equipment (a couple of dishwasher tablets and domestic cleaning products)
Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper
Toiletries – shower gel and shampoo
Heating and hot water
TV with access to Freesat channels via a Sky TV box and access to online streaming apps including Netflix via a NOW TV box. Please note for Netflix and other streaming apps your own login details are required
Selection of board Games
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine (please provide own coffee pods), utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware
Washing machine + Dryer
Ironing board + iron
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm and first aid kit
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Malmesbury is well-equipped with a plethora of independent stores, eateries and supermarkets, making catering for your stay at The Leat a breeze. For a special treat in the morning, head to Hobbs House Bakery (5-minute walk) for a fresh loaf, pastry or piping hot coffee, before heading to Thomas of Malmesbury butchers (10-minute walk) for your fresh picks of the finest meat from across the region. Health food lovers should also pop their heads into The Wild Food Company on the High Street, where a host of healthy, organic and vegetarian goodies can be found. For those who prefer to buy all their groceries in one place, Malmesbury town centre is home to a Co-Operative Food and Premier Express, whilst a larger Waitrose store sits just on the outskirts of the town; a 2-minute drive or 5-minute walk from the cottage.
La Campagna (300 metres)
The Birdcage (300 metres)
The Smoking Dog (0.5 miles)
We recommend the Malmesbury River Walk, a fantastic circular walk which you can join directly from the cottage’s front door. Following the River Avon as it meanders its way around the outskirts of the town, this gentle 2-mile stroll through Malmesbury’s streets and picturesque fields takes in a host of the town’s ancient landmarks, including Daniel’s Well, Malmesbury’s 19th century Silk Mills, The Old Courthouse and the pretty Abbey House Gardens, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the riverbanks and the wildlife it attracts. The perfect way to discover this Saxon hilltop town’s rich history whilst enjoying as much fresh Cotswold air as you can.
Places to Visit:
Abbey House Gardens (300 metres)
Malmesbury Abbey (300 metres)
Althestan Museum (500 metres)
Train - Chippenham Station (10 miles), which has regular direct trains to Bristol and London
Taxis - Malmesbury Taxis, Abbey Taxis Malmesbury, S A Taxi, Swift Taxi
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Parking - Street parking and car parks nearby.
1 well behaved dog welcome for an additional fee per pet.
The cottage is located over 3 floors, with a steep wooden staircase. This property is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Please note that Bedroom One (attic room) does not have a door.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We were very comfortable and it was a super base for exploring the area. It was a real joy to have a working wood burner. Overall, we loved our stay in Horsefair
Really cosy, well laid out house. Perfect for 4 people.
Great location and beautiful cottage. Perfect location to explore Malmesbury and surrounding areas, including a lovely and not at all challenging riverside walk, some cute shops and plenty of really great places to eat and drink. The cottage is clean, stylish and has everything you need for a short break. Parking in the local car park was £4 a day and always available.
Historic cottage with all mod cons in a quiet part of town perfectly maintained and cleaned. We have two toddlers and had to keep an eye on them with the open staircase but this was not a major issue.
Beautiful home and stylishly equipped with high quality fittings in the rooms and kitchen. Would happily stay there again any time.
Very nicely done 2-bed cottage well located for walking into the heart of Malmesbury in a few minutes. The kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom were very nice. The only reason for 4 stars is the lack of allocated parking, the steep stairs and the price being top-end value-wise (all of which were made clear upfront to be fair). Overall, we would stay again, thanks!
Michael - August 2021
The cottage is located within easy walking distance of the charming and historic market town of Malmesbury, which dates back to the Iron Age. History lovers will enjoy visiting the hometown of King Athelstan, first king of all England (924-927), and the 12th Century abbey as well as England’s oldest hotel – Abbey House Gardens. As well as a multitude of shops and curiosities, Malmesbury is home to a number of fantastic restaurants, cafes, bistros and pubs – see Local Amenities for more information!
Just 15 minutes away you will find Tetbury, the antique shopping capital of the Cotswolds The lovely town is teeming with unique antique shops, and an abundance of cafes, boutiques and pubs and of course, Prince Charles’ Tetbury residence inspired shop – Highgrove, where all profits go to The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation. Westonbirt Arboretum, home to over 2500 different species of tree, is just a short drive away, as is the bigger market town of Cirencester.
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