Chapel Walk Cottage is a charming, 19th-century, end of terrace, stone cottage, once the home of wool workers - an industry that bought great wealth to the area. The cottage ranges over three floors and has a cosy living room with a dining area and log burning stove on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the upper floors. Didmarton is a quiet village with great walking in every direction, a popular village pub, with a large garden and roaring log fire inside. The cottage is in the perfect location for visiting the Badminton Estate, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Highgrove, Castle Combe and Bath.
Chapel Walk Cottage is a terraced, Cotswold stone cottage, rising to three floors. It is set down a quiet, no-through, residential lane off the main road running through Didmarton village. The ‘Walk’ leads down a slight incline to an old chapel, past a delightful row of allotments and on to paths that lead to open countryside and round to the local pub.
On the ground floor is a cosy living-dining room with original, tall windows, sofa and cushioned window seating, a wood burning stove and a dining table seating up to five guests, with a separate, well-equipped kitchen to one side. The first floor has two, comfortable double bedrooms and the family bathroom, while the top floor has been converted into a twin room set into the exposed eaves.
The cottage is at the end of a terraced row of pretty cottages, with dedicated parking for two cars immediately opposite. While the cottage doesn’t have its own garden, it is surrounded by great walking, accessed from the end of Chapel Walk you will find rolling Cotswold countryside or the enchanting Badminton woods. Didmarton has a popular village pub, with a garden, just a few minutes’ walk from the cottage, and is within a 45-minute walk of Badminton Park, the only ducal seat in Gloucestershire where the Somerset, Worcester and Beaufort families have successively lived for 500 years.
Step through the front door into a cosy living-dining room, decorated and furnished in a country-cottage style, with a wood burning stove. The cottage’s 19th century history is reflected in the tall, high windows, with cushioned window seats, providing a cosy nook to read a book or watch the smart TV from. The living area is furnished with a three-seater sofa, footstool and TV unit, with maps and games inside. The dining area is tucked into the far end of the room, with a table, chairs and a cushioned window seat providing seating for up to five guests.
A glass-panelled door separates the living-dining room from a compact, well-equipped, sunny and bright kitchen, with a double sink, dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and coffee maker. In here you’ll find plenty of hooks to hang coats and an understair cupboard stores cleaning and ironing equipment.
Head up a carpeted staircase with a handrail to Bedrooms One and Two and the Family Bathroom.
Sitting at the front of the cottage, this pretty, double bedroom, with a calming palette of blue, is furnished with a standard double bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, a small hanging rail and a dressing table with a mirror over. Sit on the low, wide windowsill reading a book or watch the world go peacefully by below.
This bedroom features tones of green and also sits at the front of the cottage, with a view across to neighbouring gardens, which can be enjoyed perching on the low, wide windowsill. The bedroom is furnished with a small double (positioned against the wall), a bedside table and reading lamp and a large chest of drawers with a swing-back mirror and a small hanging rail. (This bedroom is suitable for one adult or possibly two children sharing.)
The compact family bathroom has a wood-panelled, full-size bath with an electric shower over, a large wash basin, with a vanity unit and mirror, and a toilet. There is a shaver point in the bathroom cabinet.
Head up the second flight of stairs, minding your head on the low beams as you go, to the attic bedroom. Please note this room has an open staircase without a door and has low beams leading up to it and directly above the beds. A hanging rail with hangers is provided on the stairs leading up.
The converted attic room, with its original, exposed timbers is furnished with two full-size single beds, sharing a central bedside table with a reading lamp, two small chest of drawers and a standard chest of drawers, as well as a full-length mirror and luggage stand. The two Velux windows (with blinds) provide a fantastic view out across the village and over the surrounding fields.
While the cottage doesn’t have its own garden, it is surrounded by great walking, accessed from either end of Chapel Walk. In addition, it is within four miles of Badminton Park and Westonbirt National Arboretum. The village has a popular village pub, which is just a minutes’ walk away, There are two, dedicated, off-street parking places immediately opposite the cottage.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across first and second floor with 1 standard double, 1 small double and 1 twin
Bathroom: one family bathroom with bath/shower and WC
Parking for 2 cars
Dog friendly: accepts two dogs (additional dog fee applies)
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating: The cottage has wall-mounted and portable electric heaters and a log burning stove in the living room
Free Wi-Fi (43Mbps*)
TV – is a Smart TV (40”)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nescafe Gusto), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Fridge (no freezer)
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: not provided
* WiFi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food store is a BP Garage on the A433 with a well-stocked Londis mini-market (0.8 miles); for a larger shop, the nearest supermarkets are the Cooperative Food, Sherston (3.5 miles) and Waitrose, Chipping Sodbury (9.5 miles).
The Kings Arms, Didmarton (0.1 miles)
Holford Arms, Knockdown (1.5 miles)
The Royal Oak, Leighterton (2.9 miles)
For a quick stretch of the legs, turn left out of the cottage past the terrace of cottages on Chapel Walk to follow a path that heads down a path to Didmarton Chapel past beautifully kept allotments. Just past the chapel, turn left, follow the path to its end and then turn left again up the hill to the Kings Arms. For a slightly longer, cross-country walk cross the main road, turn left and follow the Public Bridleway sign pointing left, follow this trail turning first left on to another bridleway to the village of Sopworth. Where the bridleway meets the village road, turn left onto a Public Footpath back across the fields to Didmarton. For a longer (5 mile) walk head to the Badminton Estate for a walk through the deer park.
Places to Visit:
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (3.5 miles)
Badminton Estate and Horse Trials (4 miles)
Highgrove Gardens (5 miles)
Train - the nearest train station is Kemble (14 miles) which has a regular service into London Paddington
Taxis - Express Taxi, Cotswold Shuttle
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Points of Note
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.
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
The cottage does not have a garden or outside seating area.
The kitchen does not have a freezer.
The twin bedroom has low beams over the beds.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Didmarton is a small, residential, Gloucestershire village in the southern part of the Cotswolds, near the border with Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. It is surrounded by walking country, with a popular local pub, the Kings Arms, and a 12th century church in the village, while Westonbirt National Arboretum, Highgrove Gardens, Badminton Park are all less than five miles away. The village is within 30 minutes’ drive of Bath, Bristol and Cirencester and is a great location for visiting Cotswold Water Park and Castle Combe race circuit. Lovely countryside and woodland walks are on your doorstep.
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