BERKELEY HOUSE 10 MIN BATH
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Spacious 6 bedroom family house, sleeps 12 (+2 sofabed), just outside Bath
This beautiful Victorian house, set in large gardens, is laid out over 3 floors, the ground floor has a magnificent kitchen with Aga and granite worktops, the orangery opens out from the kitchen and benefits beautiful views over the valley. Table and chairs seats 14 persons. Also from the kitchen is a lovely lounge with open fire and 3D TV with glasses. Another study room with sofabed and bookcase, reception room 2 with patio doors onto a table tennis area. Large laundry room and downstairs toilet. The second floor and top floors have 6 double bedrooms. Master bedroom has a Super King size bed, the second bedroom has a Super King size bed and benefits from a lovely dressing room and en suite shower room. The third bedroom has a king bed and lovely views. Middle floor bathroom has bath and steam shower. The top floor has bedroom 4 and 5 with one super king size beds and a King Size bed and bedroom 6 has two single beds. A bath and Shower Room. Outside is a bike shed, wood store, and play area
Berkeley House is a beautiful Victorian house set in 2 acres of woodlands and gardens with gorgeous views over of the beautiful Limpley Stoke valley. Limpley Stoke is a thriving Wiltshire village, perched on the edge of the Avon valley designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is situated six miles south-east from Bath, a world heritage city, and five miles south-west from Bradford on Avon. Berkeley House still retains many of its original features, including exposed wooden floors and roaring log fires, combined with modern furnishings. The house has a grand spacious feel with high ceilings and chandeliers, exceptional kitchen and living rooms have an open plan feel which is perfect for families and large groups. Ideal tourist attractions are The Roman Baths and Abbey, the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa, Jane Austen Centre, Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park and Castle Combe.
EVENTS IN BATH
Jane Austen Festival, A selection of events will take place to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen.
13-21 September, various venues, tel: 01225 443000
Bath Festival of Children's Literature, Festival fun with authors, illustrators, storytellers and poets.
27 September – 6 October, various venues, tel: 01225 463362
Bath Autumn Book Festival, Topping & Company Booksellers plays host to exciting voices in fiction, history, art, food, travel writing and sport - and this year, even a rock titan!
27 September 29 November 2013, Topping & Company Booksellers, tel: 01225 428111
Great Bath Feast, The city of Bath will be going all foodie this autumn with 'The Great Bath Feast.'
1-31 October, various venues, tel: 0906 711 2000 (50p/min)
Oxjam Bath Music Festival, a unique event that gives you the chance to donate to a great cause and see over 50 performers all in one day across some of Baths best music venues.
19 - 20 October 2013, various venues.
Bath Mozartfest, The Mozartfest celebrates the maestro's music, and that of his contemporaries.
8-16 November, various venues, tel: 01225 463362
Bath on Ice, Bath on Ice returns to the Royal Victoria Park with an open air real ice rink.
22 November - 5 January, Royal Victoria Park, tel: 07583 258688
Bath Film Festival, A celebration of great cinema, with screenings and events across Bath.
28 November - 8 December, various venues, tel: 01225 401149
Bath Christmas Market, A unique shopping experience in the heart of Bath city centre.
28 November - 15 December, Abbey Churchyard, tel: 0906 711 2000 (50p/min)
Christmas at the American Museum, Get into the spirit of Christmas at the American Museum and enjoy visiting the house at this special time of year.
28 November - 22 December, American Museum, tel: 01225 469160
Carols by Candlelight, The City of Bath Bach Choir returns for its annual carol concert at the Pump Room, Bath.
18-20 December, Pump Room, tel: 01225 463362
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: BRISTOL AIRPORT 32 km, Nearest railway: BATH SPA 6.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC
Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Steam Room
Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure, Toilet
Down Stairs WC - Toilet
Bathroom 1, large bath. Double shower with steam room which seats two. Double sink and beautiful marble tiling. Bathroom 2, large shower with jets, toilet, single sink.
Bathroom 3, large shower, toilet and double sink.
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
Bedroom 1 - 1 SUPERKING
Bedroom 2 - 1 SUPERKING
Bedroom 3 - 1 KING
Bedroom 4 - 1 KING
Bedroom 5 - 1 SUPERKING
Bedroom 6 - 2 SINGLE
Snug/Down Stairs - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
Nearly all beds have pocket sprung mattresses with goose down duvets, and luxurious white company duvet covers. The Extra large bed, we call a super king 6 foot wide and the large beds, we call king size 5 ft. Single beds are normal 3ft wide. The Snug/Study room which is located on the ground floor has a sofabed in and can be made into a small double bed.
The West Country region
BRADFORD ON AVON
Type: Market Town
Bradford on Avon is a bustling market town which still serves the local farming community as it has done for centuries. Nestling in the western corner of Wiltshire, Bradford is only 8 miles from the World Heritage City of Bath.
One of the most compelling features about Bradford is its unique position on the edge of the Cotswolds facing the River Avon. The ancient bridge in the centre of the town remains its natural focus and still retains two of its original 13th-century arches. The historical view from the main bridge incoporates the hill above the town which is dotted with the old weavers' cottages and the river bank flanked with the 19th-century former cloth mills.
Must see and do
Tithe Barn, Barton Manor
Lions Annual Fun Day, Victory Park (May)
The Peto Garden, Iford Manor
Shakespeare Event by Local Dramatic Society (June)
Kennet & Avon Canal Boat Trips, K & A Cottage by Lock
Preservations Trust Gardens Open Day (July)
Bradford on Avon Museum, Bridge Street
Westwood Manor, Westwood
Heritage Open Days (September)
Cottages and inns dating back to the 15th century form a breathtaking backdrop, much admired by film makers, in the National trust village of Lacock. From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, Lacock has starred in many film classics.
Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum, once the home of the pioneer of photography, William Fox Talbot, enhance your visit to the village.
Quality accommodation and atmospheric eating places make Lacock an ideal base to spend a few days exploring the local area.
Type: Safari Park
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is just getting bigger and better with more exciting things to see in 2012! New Gorilla Colony, Lemur Walkthrough, giraffe feeding at the brand new Safari Watering Hole in the African Village plus much much more!
Go wild in the UK’s No. 1 Safari Park – check out the cheetahs, mind the zebra crossing, give the rhino’s right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys in the Monkey Drive -Thru!
Explore Longleat House, regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately houses open to the public. With over 450 years of history, there is intrigue and scandal aplenty in this splendid Elizabethan home!
See our new arrival, a rare white crocodile, in the Adventure Park area. Go walkabout in the UK’s first walkthrough meerkat enclosure, hand feed the Rainbow Lorikeets, and enjoy the antics of the monkeys in Monkey Temple. Take a trip on Jungle Cruise, a sea lion escorted boat trip, or journey around the lakes on the Jungle Express.
Hunters of the Sky, brought to Longleat by the Hawk Conservancy Trust, will be returning in 2012 with a new birds of prey show. This spectacular display of eagles, kites, vultures and owls will fill the skies over Longleat… this is family fun at its very best!
Glastonbury is the Mendip district's most famous town. Steeped in Christian and Pagan legends, the modern-day town is overshadowed by Glastonbury Tor, a dominant feature of the local landscape. The town is a mixture of old and new, with its great Abbey ruins, reputedly the birthplace of Christianity in England and associated with the legends of King Arthur. Today Glastonbury is also famous for its eponymous music festival.
Wells is England's smallest city and is dominated by its cathedral. The medieval city remains remarkably unspoilt and has many beautiful buildings including the moated Bishop's Palace, home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The famous Cathedral, with over 300 original medieval statues adorning the West Front. The Wells Market Place, with lively markets twice a week, narrow streets and an eclectic mix of building styles all reflect on the development of the city.
Close to Wells are the famous Wookey Hole Caves and Papermill, caverns formed from the Mendip limestone. Other geological landmarks include the dramatic cliffs of Cheddar Gorge, Britain's biggest gorge, and the stunning Cheddar Caves.
Reaching up to 500 feet in places, Cheddar Gorge boasts the highest inland cliffs in the country and can be viewed both from the public road running through the base of the gorge or from footpaths along the cliff tops.
At the lower end of the gorge, closest to the village are riverside walks, tea rooms and gift shops and the famous Cheddar Showcaves, a series of labyrinthine underground chambers accessible to the public. Don't miss the new Cannibal exhibit.
Cheddar cheese is known throughout the world, its manufacture originating at farms in the region. You can watch traditional Cheddar cheese making at the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company in the lower gorge.
The Mendip hills are a great centre for walking, riding, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits, particularly caving and climbing. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the limestone plateau is noted for its landscape beauty and wildlife.
Bristol is the second largest city in the south of England with a rich maritime heritage mixed with a contemporary, slightly alternative vibe. Bristol offers visitors a choice of experiences, enjoy the street art of Banksy or the iconic ships and bridges of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Explore the historic harbourside, packed with cafes and bars offering delicious locally sourced food & drink at venues such as Bordeaux Quay, Riverstation and Severnshed. Enjoy a dockside walk or river ferry trip to discover great attractions including the ss Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean-going liner, At-Bristol, a stunning interactive science centre and planetarium or contemporary art at leading edge galleries such as the Arnolfini and Watershed Media Centre. Opening in time for 2010 is a new Blue Reef Aquarium, complete with IMAX Cinema.
For shopping visit Broadmead and Cabot Circus and discover names such as Harvey Nichols, Ted Baker and House of Fraser as well as a huge Primark store and a wide variety of independent shops. Enjoy a fabulous meal in the Quakers Friars’ restaurant quarter, which includes Carluccio’s and a Raymond Blanc brasserie.
Visit Clifton village and enjoy the stunning views of the Avon Gorge as you explore the truly iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brunel’s masterpiece of Victorian engineering. Also close by is Hotwells, the vast greenery of the Downs, Bristol Zoo Gardens and the exciting nightlife of the ‘strip’ along Whiteladies Road and on to Park Street, site of one of Banksy’s most famous pieces of street graffiti.
Events take place throughout the year including two of Europe’s largest free public events, the spectacular Harbour Festival and Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta. Bristol’s concert halls, theatres, parks and gardens, pubs and cinemas guarantee some of the best and most diverse range of events and entertainment in Britain.
Type: Historic Site
Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular ‘henge’ monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge’s orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery. To complete your journey, visit the superb gift shop and the Stonehenge Cafe. Audio tour available in ten languages; easy disabled access; hearing loop and Braille guide available.
Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions.
Bath is a world-class destination, rich in Roman and Georgian heritage. Nestling in a sheltered valley, surrounded like Rome by seven wooded hills and nourished by Britain's only natural hot springs, Bath has been luring visitors with its obvious charms for well over 2000 years.
An exquisite Georgian city grew from Bath's ancient roots. The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pump Room and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world. Indeed, the entire city has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This comfortably sized city is packed with places to visit. Bath's rich diversity of museums, galleries, gardens and attractions including the Roman Baths and 15th-century Bath Abbey are all within easy walking distance of each other. The Roman Baths is one of Europe's finest ancient monuments, walk where Romans walked on ancient stone pavements and imagine the grandeur of their town of Aquae Sulis centred on the natural hot springs. Bath's status as a world-class city is further enhanced by the remarkable Thermae Bath Spa. The revival of this 2,000-year old tradition means that Bath is a fully fledged spa city once again.
Bath's impeccable historic credentials don't tell the full story. Today, more so than ever, it's a thriving, vibrant city. Nineteenth-century Georgian gaiety has been replaced by a decidedly 21st-century cosmopolitan buzz. Bath offers an enviable lifestyle, with a year-round calendar of festivals, theatrical, musical and sporting events. It's a lively scene, with over 150 restaurants and traditional pubs scattered among some of the best quality independent shops in Britain.
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20 Jul 2014
"A fab place to stay"
We hired the house for the weekend for a hen doo. The house was amazing and had everything you need. The owner was lovely and made us feel very welcome. I'd like to say it felt like home from hom… More
19 Dec 2013
"Afar, the distance rose..."
A grand house. it sits above it all silently watching the distance rise before it, across the rushing Avon and out onto the rolling green hills....It is a lovely house, large in its scale with fabulou… More
28 Jun 2013
"A beautiful house set in wonderful surroundings"
Myself along with 12 other ladies spent a weekend staying in Berkeley House and I cannot recommend it enough. We were greeted with a smile and an informative tour around the property and made to feel … More
24 Apr 2013
"Wonderful surroundings and a fabulous stay!"
Our stay at Berkley House was simply fantastic. Set in magnificent countryside, this beautiful house is so well equiped for all types of visitors and the owners are on hand to help in every way possible should you need. There is so much space, even at full capacity you can really relax and enjoy the house as if it were your own! Ideally situated close to Bath and within walking distance of a lovely canal for a nice walk it really is perfect.
20 Jan 2013
"Lovely warm welcoming home"
A lovely home from home, perfectly set up to enjoy the countryside. Comfortable beds and lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. We particularly enjoyed the kitchen and dining room in the conservatory which was both cosy and elegant. Big log fires and spacious bedrooms with good bed linen, nice pillows and delightful bathroom with steamroom and double shower. Really well furnished with style and love.
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