The Dye House, Bath
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Situated in a small village in an area of outstanding natural beauty just 3 miles from the centre of UNESCO World Heritage city Bath, the beautiful Dye House is a charming and extremely comfortable self-contained cottage. Nestled peacefully at the bottom of our large garden, the newly refurbished design marries a renovated 18th century wool dye-ing stone outbuilding with a contemporary, lightweight timber framed, cedar-clad extension. The cottage has been lovingly converted to retain its period and character features and combine them with contemporary furnishings and facilities.
Inside, a large, light-filled studio room, featuring original oak beams and dye channel brick work, combines sleeping and living, alongside a fully fitted en-suite kitchen and separate hotel-style shower wet room complete with rain shower head. The kingsize bed boasts a deluxe, handmade sprung mattress with duck feather duvet and pillows for extra cosiness and pure cotton bedlinen and towels for your comfort. A leather sofa and large armchair decked with cushions and blankets offer comfortable seating for up to four people.
There is wifi internet, ceiling speakers and ipod dock - and movie lovers can enjoy the home cinema with its extensive, current film library which has proved a top hit with all our guests to date! A wood burning stove adds atmosphere and, along with very effective underfloor heating, guarantees to keep you warm in the winter months.
Surrounded by trees and nature, and an abundance of song birds, when the sun is shining you can throw open the double doors onto an open wooden deck overlooking a gently babbling brook, the garden and vegetable beds. Our garden has some lovely spots to sit, relax and lounge, while the swimming pool (summer only), swings, soft tennis/ badminton and table tennis (all shared use with owners) provide additional entertainment.
To welcome you we provide some breakfast goodies for your stay including eggs from our free range hens, homemade bread, teas, coffee and fruit juice.
We will be delighted to help you with anything you need to know about the local area including recommendations for the best places to shop, eat, enjoy the vibrant local arts and cultural scene, exercise and walk. The centre of Bath is only 10 minutes by car or taxi, and a bit longer by the regular, local buses. In the spring and summer months, a short walk to nearby Bathampton and you can take the river boat. You can also cycle or walk straight into Bath along the canal-side. The cottage has a box full of tourism leaflets including maps of the city centre and top things to do in Bath, plus some books on the city and walks.
There is an abundance of breathtakingly beautiful countryside, canal and riverside walks from our door. We are on the edge of the Cotswolds, the Cotswolds Way and LImestone Link run close by and we are near to various National Trust houses and picturesque villages including Dyrham Park, Lacock, Castle Combe and Bradford on Avon.
Because of the excellent transport connections you do not need a car to stay here, though if you come by car you can park in our private drive and then choose how to get around once you're here. Bath Spa train station provides twice hourly trains to London in 90 minutes and regular trains to the dynamic city of Bristol in 10 minutes. We are a 45 minute drive from Bristol airport.
The cottage is an ideal get-away for a couple, two friends or a single person. It is perfect if you want to stay within very close range of Bath and enjoy all the city has to offer from a peaceful base in some of the most beautiful countryside in the area. We will also consider babies under a year and up to 2 additional young people or adults over the age of ten (for an additional fee) - please ask when making your booking.
The Dye House is at the bottom of our garden - accessed down a sloping garden and then a boardwalk. It is therefore not recommended for anyone with walking issues or who isn't steady and strong on their legs and feet. No animals are allowed in the Dye House but we have one small, well-behaved family dog who may say hello during the course of your stay and a small brood of (penned) hens. The Dye House is STRICTLY NON- SMOKING. There is no additional cleaning charge provided the cottage is left clean and tidy, as you find it on arrival; we reserve the right to charge a cleaning fee from the damage deposit if this is not respected.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol airport, Nearest railway: Bath Spa|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
The West Country region
The Dye House location, very close to Bath on the borders of north Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, makes it an ideal base to explore the surrounding West Country. This region of England is known for its lovely countryside and many historic towns, houses and gardens. In addition to Bath, the city of Bristol with its rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene is 12 miles away, easy accessible by car or train. Many famous attractions including Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury and the Mendips, Wells, Longleat House and Safari Park and Stourhead house and gardens are close enough to be visited comfortably in a day. We are very close to the beautiful countryside and villages of the Cotswolds and also some outstanding National Trust properties. Local highlights include Bradford on Avon, Lacock, Castle Combe, Dyrham Park, Prior Park and Westonbirt Arboretum. The closest beaches and seaside experience are an hour away: Weston Super Mare, Brean and Cleveland Sands though we prefer to head south to the wonderful Studland Bay in Dorset, 2 hours away - making for a longer day trip. The West Country is a foodie's dream, particularly renowned for its local produce including cider, cream teas, cheese and organic meat - and we can direct you to some excellent pubs, restaurants, cafes and farm shops close by.
Bath is a world-renowned beautiful city and there is so much to enjoy. With is history of its Roman remains and stunning Georgian architecture and city planning including the world-renowned Royal Crescent and Circus, the original Roman Baths next to the beautiful Bath Abbey, to the uber-modern Thermae Bath Spa. Britain's only natural thermal spa, it offers an affordable, world-class spa experience including a breathtaking rooftop pool that overlooks the city. Bath boasts fantastic shopping, individual boutiques, gorgeous cafes and a huge choice of award-winning restaurants and pubs. Many visitors from abroad enjoy visiting the Jane Austen Centre for a literary step back in time and a photograph with the quirky, costumed doorman. The newly extended Holburne Museum is located in Sydney Gardens alongside the picturesque Kennett and Avon canal which offers a flat route through some stunning woods and valleys into the city. Regular cultural festivals including the Bath Film Festival, The Bath International Music Festival, Comedy Festival and both children's and adult Literature Festivals. The Bath Theatre Royal and Egg Children's Theatre showcase some of the UK's best theatre, while Komedia is where to head for first rate comedy, music and cabaret. Bath is a very easy city to walk around but if you fancy doing it on 2 wheels the city, like London, now has a public bicycle hire system.
The village of Batheaston has a newsagents, post office, convenience store, chemist, a couple of pubs and fish and chip shop. The closest pubs we recommend are the Bathampton Mill, the Crown at Bathford and the Kings Arms at Monkton Farleigh. A short walk to the foot of Solsbury Hill (immortalised by Peter Gabriel in his eponymous ballad) will take you past a lovely market garden shop which sells home-grown fruit, vegetables, local honey and preserves.
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18 Aug 2014
"Excellent couple's getaway"
Wonderful if slightly quirky cottage for a two-person getaway. We used it as a base for swimming and cycling as well as exploring Bath.Would have loved to have stayed there longer. We felt very welcom… More
31 Jul 2014
"Lovely cottage, warm welcome"
This was our first get away with our little boy (3 months old). We couldn't have picked a better cottage: we were greeted with fresh bread, the location within the grounds of our hosts' hous… More
2 Apr 2014
"Good for a quiet weekend escape near Bath"
10 minutes on the bus or a £10 taxi ride from Bath, the location wasn't a problem for us. The owner seemed very flexible and welcoming, but left us in peace to enjoy the weekend. She popped… More
29 Jun 2013
We stayed at the Dye House for 3 nights at the end of June. The Dye House is a fantastic option as it is close to Bath but provides a tranquil countryside setting. Lucinda was a delightful host and ab… More
14 May 2013
"Idyllic, stylish retreat."
we had a warm welcome and were then really left on our own (so despite proximity to owners house it felt very peaceful and secluded). Great spot by a stream, really felt like we were in the countrysi… More
26 Mar 2013
"The Bath Dye House to die for..."
This was my first time to visit Bath. I didn't want to stay in the middle of town. I wanted all the buzz but much needed peace and quiet too. I thought I'd find it too difficult to have my cake and eat it but then came across this truly delightful place that allowed me the luxury of both worlds. It was less than 5 mins walk to the bus stop to then travel to the centre of Bath in much less than 10 mins. In fact I walked back at the end of each day much to my surprise. It was that simple. Excuse the pun, but the Dye House itself was to die for :) A little haven. Beautifully quiet and nestled down at the bottom of Lucinda and Jamie's enchanting garden. They're both great hosts, attending to your every need but just letting you get on with it. You never feel you're intruding or being watched in anyway at all. I was there alone and felt utterly safe. Brilliant lay out, comfy bed and a fantastic log burner and cinema set up that allows you to watch movies until your heart's content. Snug as a bug. What more can I say, I had asked about future availability before I'd even handed back the keys. Enough said. Thanks guys, it was glorious. See you and Bath again very soon!
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