Candlemaker’s Cottage is a handsome, Georgian townhouse that has been beautifully furnished, respecting the style of that era yet with all the modern conveniences needed for a relaxing stay. Sleeping six guests across three bedrooms with a family bathroom, cloakroom and additional wet room attached to a garden room. The cottage has an open-plan kitchen-breakfast room, an elegant dining room and a delightful living room with a smart TV and wood burner. Outside is a delightful, sunny courtyard garden and lawn with seating, a pergola, a BBQ, and a Garden Room, which serves as an office, summer sitting room or gym. Candlemaker’s Cottage is perfectly located to explore Bath, Castle Combe, Lacock and the Cotswolds.
This handsome, Grade II-listed, Regency period house is in the central part of Marshfield’s historic High Street. The imposing roadside facade hides the charming and stylish interior, making the entrance all the more enchanting for guests as they step inside.
Candlemaker’s Cottage was originally a dairy farm owned by many generations of the same family. The current owner has created a delightful home that’s beautifully decorated and furnished, creating a stylish and cosy ambiance while preserving its character and unique Georgian features. Downstairs is a kitchen-breakfast room, with an Aga, a dining room, living room, utility room/cloakroom, and a door out to the garden and the Garden Room, with a wet room. Upstairs are three spacious and light bedrooms (one king-size, one standard double, and one twin) and a family bathroom, with a hidden washbasin in one of the double bedrooms. One dog is accepted.
At the rear of the cottage, accessed through the breakfast room or hallway, is a delightful courtyard garden, lawn, and Garden Room. The courtyard has a raised central pond (covered for safety) and pergola with roses and clematis. A sofa, seats and table, and BBQ are provided for guests to enjoy this beautiful space. The courtyard leads to a well (covered) and very pretty, enclosed lawn with a lavender bed, planted borders, a bench, and a hidden seating area behind the Garden Room. The Garden Room (with shower and WC) can be used as a work area, summer sitting room, or mini gym.
Step through the original, wide front door and portico into a long hallway with original flagstone flooring and a large, antique dresser full of handy items for guests’ use.
Inner Hallway & Utility Room/W.C:
At the far end of the entrance hall is an ornate door opening into an inner hallway where guests will find hooks for coats and plenty of room to keep shoes and boots. A door opens from the inner hallway into the Utility Room where there is a toilet, washing machine, ceiling clothes drying rack, iron, ironing board, and vacuum. Another door opens to the courtyard garden, which leads to the Garden Room/Wet Room and lawn.
Kitchen + Breakfast Room:
This is a lovely room in two parts, with the first the cosy breakfast room furnished with a bespoke wooden table with seating for six, an Aga, and a butcher’s block table on wheels. French windows open onto the courtyard with a view all the way across to the Garden Room and the lawn beyond. The second part, through an arch, is a small, but fully equipped, contemporary kitchen with hand-built storage units, a stone sink overlooking the courtyard, preparation surfaces, a microwave, a fridge-freezer and all the crockery, glassware, and utensils you need for a self-catering retreat. Notice the ancient hooks in the ceiling – this part of the kitchen would have been a pantry, with the hooks used for hanging meat and game.
The kitchen and hallway feature the original flagstone flooring, dating back hundreds of years – it can be chilly on bare feet, which is lovely in the summer, but guests may like to bring slippers for the cooler months. From here on, Candlemaker’s Cottage is carpeted.
Overlooking the front of the house, this elegant room, with its intriguing wallpaper made from genuine pages of an edition of The Times newspaper dated 1891, features a long dining table and six chairs, with shelves displaying books and beautiful glassware.
This gorgeous room is furnished in an elegant, country house style, with two sofas and an armchair, antique occasional tables with reading lamps and an antique chest-cum-coffee table set in front of the wood-burning stove. A smart TV stands in a corner to the side of the fireplace. The original Georgian cupboards to either side of the fireplace provide storage for a choice of family games.
Head up the carpeted staircase with a rope handrail (passing a mezzanine floor with an antique travel chest and window), to the three bedrooms and family bathroom. (See Points of Note regarding the stairs and mezzanine.)
The first bedroom at the top of the stairs is a pretty, twin room overlooking the High Street. It is furnished with two 2’6” single beds, bedside drawers and reading lamps, a chest of drawers and a delicate, Georgian, glass-fronted, double wardrobe.
The landing has a mention of its own as it’s a beautiful, light area with a lovely, antique chair placed under the window, making it the perfect spot to retreat to for a quiet read. It’s also a big enough space for older children to sprawl out and relax or for guests to practice a bit of yoga during their stay!
The bathroom overlooks the courtyard and garden and has a quirky, seaside theme with a large collection of shells and a large, shell-framed mirror. The bathroom is fitted with a full-size bath and over-bath shower, a toilet, and washbasin.
Note: There is a small step up from the landing to the Master Bedroom and Bedroom Three. Tall guests should be aware of the low lintel height as they step up.
Master Bedroom Two:
The generously sized Master Bedroom overlooks Marshfield’s High Street and features a soothing silver-grey colour scheme. It is furnished with a king-size double bed with a button-back headboard, bedside tables, and reading lamps. In addition, there is a chest of drawers (with a hairdryer), a day chair, and hooks with hangers to hang clothes.
This delightful double bedroom is decorated in a Regency style befitting of its age and has a wonderful view over the courtyard and onto the lawned garden and countryside beyond. It is furnished with a standard double bed with bedside shelves and adjustable wall-mounted reading lamps. This bedroom has a very handy, hidden feature: inside the centre of the three-door fitted wardrobe is a washbasin with a mirror and light.
To preserve the Georgian look of the buildings along Marshfield’s ancient High Street, all the properties have shutters on their front-facing rooms instead of curtains. At Candlemaker’s Cottage, this includes the dining room, living room, and bedrooms one and two. They are there for you to use, but please open and close carefully.
Garden Room & Wet Room:
From either the rear hallway or the Breakfast Room head across the courtyard to the delightful Garden Room. The room is furnished with a small desk, chair, lamp and has a WiFi connection (from the main house), so can be used as an office/workspace. It also has some hand weights and space to place a gym mat on the floor, so can be used for a workout. The rear French windows open onto a small seating area with a bistro-style table and two chairs, while at the entrance is the Wet Room with a shower, toilet, and hand basin. (The Garden Room has two electric radiators. These can be turned on by guests as and when the room is needed.)
The Courtyard & Garden:
Candlemaker’s Cottage has a fabulous, south-facing courtyard and garden. In the late spring and summer, this really is the property’s centrepiece - when the pergola’s roses and clematis are in full bloom and the lavender bed is buzzing with bees and giving off a heady aroma. The courtyard has a raised central pond (with safety cover) from where the sound of bubbling water can be heard. Guests are provided with an outdoor seating set with two sofas, four stools, a table, and a brick-built charcoal BBQ. The courtyard leads to a gate through which is a well (covered) and a fully enclosed lawn with a lavender bed, pretty borders, a bench, and a hidden seating area behind the Garden Room.
(Note: the photographs show the garden at the very beginning of spring when very little was in bloom. Take our word for it, it’s bursting with colour and life from late April onwards!)
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms with 1 king-size bed, 1 standard double bed and two 2ft6in single beds.
2.5 bathrooms: 1 family bathroom with shower over bath and toilet; 1 wet room with shower and toilet (in Garden Room); 1 downstairs W.C (in Utility Room)
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) - on request only
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden with lawn
Garden furniture – seats 6: rattan-style sofa and stools with dining table on the main patio; bistro table for two outside the Garden Room; bench overlooking the lawn
Custom-built, brick BBQ – please provide/bring your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
The bottom step of the staircase is deeper than average so please be careful when ascending or descending.
The mezzanine landing should not be stood upon unless to open the window or escape in case of fire. Children should never be left unsupervised on the stairway or on the mezzanine landing.
The bannisters are slightly lower than in a standard house. Please be careful not to lean over them.
There is a small step up to the Master bedroom and Bedroom 3. Tall people should be aware of the lower ceiling height as they step through.
The paved courtyard is uneven and slightly sloping in places. Please take care if it is wet or dark.
The well has a stone cover, under which is a cast iron grill. Should you wish to inspect the well please feel free to lift part of the stone cover but please take care with young children and animals.
The pond is securely covered but please do not let children walk or play on the grill.
The Garden Room’s paddle stairs are very steep; therefore, please use the rope handle should you wish to access the loft space. Children should never be left unsupervised in the Garden Room due to the stairs and flagstone floor.
As this is a very old property, so small animals and insects may appear from time to time, particularly a wood louse or two. The housekeepers do all they can to leave the place immaculate for guests, but sometimes, as the door is closed, they may come out to play! Please pick up any wood lice and toss them outside. They are harmless.
One dog allowed for an additional charge of £25 (payable on booking)
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Marshfield is on the southern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing a great base for families and couples wishing to explore Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. The cottage is under six miles from the World Heritage city of Bath. There are beautiful walks from the doorstep – with several suggestions provided for guests on booking. Castle Combe, Lacock, Tetbury and Malmesbury are within 10-30 minutes’ drive. There are two excellent pubs within a few hundred yards of the cottage and two Michelin-starred restaurants are less than six miles away. Marshfield has two well-stocked shops, a small, weekly market, a Post Office and a garage.
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