The Leat is a gorgeous, two bedroom, 2-bathroom, 3-story riverside hideaway in a 19th Century water mill at the heart of historic Malmesbury. The living area is at the top – to make the most of the lovely views – and the bedrooms – one super-king en-suite double and one twin (can be super-king) are on the first two floors. This bright and spacious hideaway has a family bathroom with bath and shower, private parking for two cars, and welcomes one well-behaved dog.
The Leat is a peaceful riverside hideaway within 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.
In the 19th century Wynyard Mill on the edge of the popular Cotswold town of Malmesbury, The Leat is a unique waterside retreat for up to four guests, boasting enviable views across the rooftops of England’s oldest borough. Split over three floors, The Leat offers simple, elegant living for those in search of some R&R, benefitting from the rare bonus of a town centre location without the hustle and bustle. Cosy in size but well-equipped for up to four guests, the cottage homes two generous bedrooms on its two lower floors, alongside a handy en-suite shower room in its master and an additional family bathroom.
The top floor is where the property really comes to life thanks to its bright, spacious open-plan layout, where a small but perfectly formed kitchen leads into an attractive living area, flooded with natural light thanks to a series of skylights in the eaves.
The real gem of the property is the small balcony leading from the living area; a private al fresco nook is complete with outdoor bistro set, where you can happily while away the hours soaking up the sunshine with a cup of coffee, relax with a good book or simply sit and enjoy the views to the gentle soundtrack of the River Avon flowing beneath.
Guests enter The Leat through a hallway at the street level where there is room to hang coats.
Head up a short flight of steps to:
The first room you come to as you ascend the staircase when entering the cottage is the master bedroom; a snug double perfect for couples, with a 6ft zip and link bed that can be made into twin beds should you need. Making good use of the cottage’s staggered layout, an attractive country-cream décor is brought to life by contemporary pops of blue alongside artwork of Malmesbury through the ages, evoking a sense of the cottage’s rich history as the town’s historic watermill. A small en-suite shower room with a hand basin and toilet offers guests a good amount of privacy, plus there’s a full-height wardrobe for convenient storage.
Following on up the staircase from Bedroom One to:
The cottage’s second bedroom is a spacious twin room that can be converted to a 6ft bed should you prefer. Bursting with light thanks to a bright bay window that overlooks the river below, here the cottage’s heritage shines through the exposed ceiling beams, with vibrant red fabrics giving an elegant pop of colour to the classic country colour palette. There is a spacious double wardrobe and handy additional chest of drawers, plus a large bay window; the perfect spot to watch the river as it flows beneath.
Head up the stairs to The Leat’s main living space:
The Kitchen/Dining/Living Area:
Found up the winding staircase on the cottage’s top floor is the open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area; a light, bright space with views from every angle, offering a cosy spot to whip up a feast and put your feet up after a busy day exploring the winding honey-stoned streets of Malmesbury.
A compact but well-equipped kitchen area greets you as you enter the space, with wooden worktops, slate flooring, and country-cream units complementing the cottage’s heritage expertly. Perfectly kitted out with all you’ll need for a self-catered stay, there’s an electric hob/oven, microwave, small extendable dining table, and plenty of cookware and crockery to make use of, plus a washing machine and freezer tucked out of sight in a small utility room at the top of the stairs.
Leading on from the kitchen is the spacious living area, brightly lit by skylights and windows from every angle which floods the space with natural light. Attractive leather seating gives the living space a cool, contemporary feel, whilst exposed beams and country cream hues evoke a feeling of countrified elegance. Here, you can sit back and relax together (views into the kitchen mean that the cook of the group never has to feel isolated from the rest), or unwind in front of the TV, with plenty of DVDs to choose from.
A set of small French doors at the far end of the room open up onto a pretty balcony area complete with an outdoor dining set; the perfect place to enjoy the views of the river below, tuck into an alfresco feast or watch a traditional game of bowls, courtesy of Malmesbury Bowls Club next door.
An attractive white-tiled family bathroom, at the end of the stairs of the living area, features a bath and full-height shower, toilet, and basin, flooded with light thanks to a bright Velux window.
The Leat is the ideal middle-ground for those looking for a peaceful escape with the town on the doorstep, with everything you could need within walking distance. Forming the upper floors of the old Wynyard Mill, the River Avon lies at the very heart of the property (flowing directly underneath), framing the property’s frontage with beautiful riverside views. Although the cottage doesn’t have a garden, the upper floor’s balcony offers a welcome outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds of the river flowing beneath.
Malmesbury’s town centre is just a (very) short stroll over a traditional stone bridge from the cottage’s front door, as are numerous walks along public footpaths through the countryside that surrounds the town’s outer boundaries. A real benefit in this busy market town are the two parking spaces that come with the property, found on the driveway at the end of the Mill building.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 super-king (can be converted to twin); 1 twin (can be converted to super-king double)
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite with shower, sink and WC; 1 family bathroom with bathtub, over-bath shower, sink and WC
Parking: 2 private parking spaces
Pubs and shops within walking distance
Balcony dining area overlooking the river below
Dog friendly: one well-behaved dog
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Hairdryer in each bedroom
Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, condiments and oils.
Cleaning Starter Pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper.
Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
TV – 45” flat screen
DVD player / large selection of DVDs
DAB/FM radio with Bluetooth and plug-in for phones
Games and jigsaws
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetières, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film)
Oven/hob - electric
Ironing board, iron
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, 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.
The Smoking Dog (500 metres)
La Campagna (0.5 miles)
The Birdcage (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 (0.5 miles)
Althestan Museum (0.5 miles)
Malmesbury Abbey (0.5 miles)
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
Parking: There are two private parking spaces, which are clearly marked, and can be found on the driveway at the far end of the building
Dog friendly: A maximum of one well-behaved dog is permitted at an additional cost per dog (on booking)
Please note: the property has three flights of steps and some low beams
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We had a lovely few days staying in the Cotswolds, wonderful accommodation. Would highly recommend. Lovely property, location was also fantastic.
Quirky, cosy property in a beautiful location. The two bedrooms have limited headroom, due to sloping ceilings and we did suffer a few head bumps as we weren't being careful enough - so please be more mindful than we were! Lovely, comfy chairs in the living room with a pretty balcony, with lots of DVD's and books available to keep you entertained. Simply but tastefully furnished. The kitchen was very well stocked in terms of cutlery, cooking utensils, crockery, tea towels etc. We did miss having a dishwasher but with only the 3 of us, washing up was not too much of a chore.
We had a lovely 4 day break at The Leat. It is cosy, very comfortable and a great location. There is a lovely walk right from your door along the river. The village is great with lots of eateries.
Highly recommend The Birdcage. Loved The old Bell Hotel.
Joy - September 2021
Great accommodation. Comfortable. Well equipped. Close to town centre, pubs and supermarket. Look out for circular walks into the countryside.
Gwyn - September 2021
Lovely well kept property, with great amenities allowing us to have a relaxing stay. Nice quiet location too with a great selection of independent shops and pubs.
The Leat is perfectly placed for a host of walks no matter what your age or ability. 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. (Guests receive a copy of the River Walk and a map on booking).
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