This is our second season with The Milk House and we have had such positive feedback from guests so far. It is a beautifully refurbished old dairy with wonderful views over our farmland and wood. It is within a few minutes of Erlestoke woods, the Salisbury Plain & the Erlestoke 18 hole Golf Club. Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury & Marlborough are all within 30 minutes. There are two double bedrooms, one with an ensuite bathroom, and a twin room with a family bathroom with a beautiful antique roll top bath. We have furnished it with antique prints, furniture and old photographs of our historic dairy. We have taken a great deal of care to make it supremely comfortable with all the modern conveniences: lighting, WiFi, playstations and everything you could need in a modern kitchen to cook and to entertain yet with a traditional touch.
There are many different walks to do directly from the house. We are next to the Salisbury Plain, the largest area of unspoilt chalk land in Europe. Erlestoke Woods are even closer and no one can miss the carpet of bluebells every spring. We have our own huge vegetable patch where you can pick produce in season right by the cottage and our own eggs from our kaleidescope of home-bred chickens which you are welcome to collect.
The house and buildings were built in the 18th century, and our wood was where the original saxon settlement here was founded, with coins still being found very recently by our neighbours. We are in idyllic surroundings with wonderful views over the edge of the Salisbury Plain. There is so much to do nearby yet it is lovely enough to just relax and do as much or as little as you want.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bournemouth 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton/Bristol 75 km, Nearest railway: Westbury 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The house is available for weekly rentals, and all linen, logs and heating/electricity is included. The house has a fully kitted out kitchen with all mod cons, three double bedrooms, two reception rooms, boot/utility room, downstairs cloakroom, WiFi, playstation 3, iPod speakers and a log burner. It is ideal for pets with access to our orchard via its own terrace and all rooms can fit a cot. We have left a box of toys, two travel cots and two high chairs for young families, and a range of DVDs and games for older children and our 15ft trampoline is available for all to use. A great deal of care has been taken to make the Milk House feel warm, cosy and be exceedingly comfortable. Cosy sofas, cotton sheets, feather duvets and pillows all add to the feeling of a home from home. The kitchen has everything a keen cook should need and we have a vast selection of books in the antique dresser to complete your holiday.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace looks out onto our orchard, there is a barbeque, and a trampoline. You park by the Milk house in our own private parking area with room for many cars. You have a view over our own fields and wood, which have a few cattle and sheep looked after by Tony who is always willing to have a chat and involve you as much or as little as you like. There is a vegetable patch with seasonal produce which you are welcome to pick. You can walk up to the Salisbury Plain through our woods.
Please pick up after your dog. Please keep your dog on a lead around the livestock and shut all the gates after you.
Wiltshire has so many attactions. The mighty standing stones of Avebury and Stonehenge are within 20 minutes; the medieval city of Salisbury with its magnificent Cathedral is within half an hour, and the cosmopolitan city of Bath is about 30 minutes away. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is 20 minutes away and Stourhead with its wonderful gardens very close to that. There are many National Trust properties to go and visit, with dozens of historical Houses, Castles and gardens within 40 minutes. With over 6,000 years of history Wiltshire has attractions galore.
Almost half of the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Wiltshire has over 8,200 paths for walkers and cyclists. You’ll also find plenty of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as interestingly different festivals and events throughout the year.
Erlestoke is a beautiful village with its own pub and very helpful garage. The Salisbury Plain is minutes away, and the Erlestoke woods even close.
Devizes is an historic market town with a colourful medieval past. The town enjoys a rich heritage of fine Georgian houses and a 19th century castle built on the site of a Norman stronghold.
Devizes has boasted a castle for a thousand years, during the Middle Ages it was the scene of siege and bloodshed as Queen Matilda fought to keep her English crown.
A fascinating Medieval Trail leaflet chronicles these turbulent events and takes the visitor around the town to points of interest. The Wiltshire Heritage Museum, is home to outstanding collections tracing the history of Wiltshire over the last 6,000 years.
During the 17th century another mighty confrontation took place at Roundway Down, just outside the town, when Royalist forces soundly defeated Cromwell's troops. Today, colourful re-enactments can be enjoyed during the summer months.
When it comes to shopping and eating out Devizes has retained its individuality and offers enchanting cobbled alleyways with specialist retailers, cafes and traditional pubs. Markets abound, both outdoors in the Market Place (market day is Thursday) and indoors at The Shambles.
Wadworth's celebrated brewery remains in its original town location and their brewer's dray drawn by mighty Shire Horses is a regular and much-loved sight on the streets. The brewery has recently opened a Visitor Centre and tours of the site are also offered.
Events throughout the year include the Devizes Festival of arts in June, Devizes International Street Festival in late August, Devizes Carnival in early September, the colourful Food and Drink Festival in July and the Christmas Festival featuring a parade of hundreds of lanterns, held on the last Friday of November.
The Kennet & Avon canal passes through the town and the famous flight of 29 locks are easily accessible on foot and is a wonderful walk.