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Pear Tree Cottage

House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

New on Holiday Lettings for 2014 Pear Tree Cottage is a charming house set in the beautiful picturesque village of Urchfont. It comfortably sleeps 10 but can sleep up to 12 in four double/king size beds and 4 single beds. Urchfont is set at the edge of the Slaisbury Plain, 4 miles from Devizes and 9 miles from Pewsey (mainline train to London Paddington 1 hour) with Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury & Marlborough are all within a 25 mile radius. We have completely renovated by the property within the last 2 years. We have furnished it with antique prints, furniture.

We have taken a great deal of care to make it supremely comfortable with all the modern conveniences: Egyptian Cotton Linen, underfloor heating in bathrooms and kitrchen, central heating throughout, log fires, WiFi, X-box, sound dock, a wide selection of board games, DVD Library, 80" CInema Screen, projector, blu-ray and surround sound, 2 flat screen TV's (each with either DVD or Blu-ray) and a further TV in the kitchen diner for a busy chef to watch.

The owner is a chef and so a great deal of trouble has been taken to ensure that the kitchen diner provides the perfect setting for entertaining and the table can seat 14. There is everything you could need in a modern kitchen to cook and to entertain yet with a traditional touch. There are two reception rooms, one has a huge open fireplace (we provide the logs) and the other snug sitting room has a wood burning stove and bar-cupboard and winecooler.

Much of Urchfont village consists of thatched cottages and houses and there is lovely pub, community shop, duickpond, 2 Village Greens, playing flelds and children's playground, basketball court and tennis courts.

The amazing Planks Farm Shop ( at Lydeway is 1 mile a way with it's fantastic farm shop selling locally sourced foods and so much more, there is a butchers, hairdressers, pilates studio, and 2 antique/bric a brac shops on site ( . It is a 20 minute walk from the house or a very short drive!

Urchfont also hosts the locally famous scarecrow festival each May Bank Holiday weekend. 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. Oakfrith Woods and Nature Reserve are even closer and no one can miss the carpet of bluebells every spring.

The older part of the house was built in the 17th century and an extension added in the eary part of the 20th century. Originally part of the house was the village butchers shop and the cellar was used to cure the meats. We are in idyllic surroundings and 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.

The Central Southern England region

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 40 minutes away. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is 30 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 and more recently crop circles during summer months 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.


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.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 14
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

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Review 1-9 of 9

1 Jul 2014


"A superb house in a beautiful place with everything you could want"

Ten of us stayed for a long weekend and were made to feel very welcome
The house is lovely, situated in a beautiful quiet village and is superbly well equipped. Everything is of high quality and there is plenty to do and see in the vicinity if one gets fed up with whiling away the hours in the garden
We would not hesitate to go back

11 Jun 2014



We had an absolutely lovely stay at Pear Tree Cottage. The house is beautiful and John and Martin make every effort to make you welcome. We were having a holiday with extended family and there was plenty for everyone to do locally and my toddler loved the house. We would definitely recomend the local Planks Farm Shop and a meal out at the Three Daggers.

9 May 2014


"Fantastic house, wonderful area and brilliant owners"

Pear Tree Cottage gives you everything you'd want from a holiday home- space, warmth, something different and a beautiful location. We stayed as a group of 6 adults and 4 kids and had more than sufficient space. The home is beautifully decorated and maintained and comes with excellent facilities and some lovely touches- I was a particular fan of the Nespesso machine and the darts area downstairs! The nearby areas are beautiful, with some nice walks locally. The owners were friendly and helpful and even returned my property that I left, which was much appreciated.
We came away thoroughly refreshed and would recommend visiting the house to any groups looking for a peaceful and hassle-free weekend in an intriguing and beautiful house.

6 May 2014


"Lovely Cottage in Beautiful Village"

Pear Tree Cottage is a lovely cottage, full of character in a charming village near to Devizes. The cottage is well equipped, including a big fridge freezer (so many properties don't) and facilities to easily accommodate all nine of us. The kitchen is great with two ovens, an instant boiling water tap and a large dining table.

We all had a great time, Urchfont Scarecrow Festival is a must and kept adults and kids entertained - ice cream and a beer tent is a good combo!

Local activities we enjoyed were Bowood House (biggest slides I've ever seen); Caen Locks and Avebury. Certainly helps when you get the lovely hot weather we got!

8 Apr 2014



We booked for my husband's 30th birthday with some friends and Pear Tree cottage was ideal, the pictures don't do it justice and it was perfect for 12 people, plenty of space, great location, beautifully decorated and the neighbours were lovely too!

Would definitely recommend to a friend, and would definitely stay again :)

Thanks so much to Martin and to John for all the advice and help - we ha such a brilliant weekend! X

26 Mar 2014


"Most beautiful cottage"

Myself and friends stayed in Pear Tree cottage for a long weekend. I can honestly say that i have never stayed in such a well appointed, beautiful, home-feel holiday rent.The decor throughout was fin… More

11 Mar 2014


"A perfect cottage in a lovely location. Would highly recommend."

Absolutely loved this place... feels even bigger in real life than it is in the pictures. It does not feel like a rental property. It has really been put together with love down to every single detail... some of my favourite details of the kitchen include the boiling-hot water tap which makes teas easier than ever, the various mixing devices, the TWO ovens, the very sharp knives and the incredibly high quality pans. I felt like a real chef in that kitchen. Honestly I am not sure i'll ever sleep as well as i did in the bed and I wish we could've stayed an extra week! The town is lovely and quiet and there are good walks in the immediate area. A short drive away we went to the nature reserve which also has great walks and spectacular views. Devizes is close enough to be able to pop in to town for essentials (and a good selection of charity shops to rummage through and a great record shop if that takes your fancy). Thank you very much!

10 Mar 2014


"Lovely stay in a fantastic family house."

This is best overall property we've ever stayed in. Has all the equipment you could want. The kitchen is fantastically stocked and we really enjoyed using it. There is also plenty of entertainment for the kids, a well stocked DVD library and an upstairs TV 'den' for them to watch them in! Great location for local walks and the canal locks walk at Devizes. We liked the local pub, the Lamb Inn, which has a skittle alley upstairs, that the kids loved.

Martin, the owner, was extremely helpful in ensuring everything ran smoothly, before and during our stay. I would highly recommend this property.

10 Mar 2014


"Stunning Cottage !!!"

This cottage is absolutely amazing! We were 9 of us and we had a great weekend. The rooms are big and spacious and the beds .. Oh dear, the most comfy beds ever !! The linen is fresh and we slept like babies. The kitchen is big & spacious and there's everything you need for you to cook a feast! There's a wine fridge + fancy glasses, a huge selection of books, DVD and board games to entertain everyone. The bathrooms are clean and beautiful - There's 2 free standing baths for you to soak in for hours. If you are looking for a spacious cottage in a quiet rural village, The Pear Tree Cottage is for you. You won't be disappointed.

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