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Willowbank Lodges/River Birch

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 11 reviews

Log cabin | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 89 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

River Birch log cabin, part of Willowbank Lodges, nestles in a small hamlet in the heart of the Pewsey Vale bordering the Kennet and Avon canal. The five luxury log cabins have been solidly built from Russian redwood and are situated in three and a half acres including a private lake and are surrounded by beautiful countryside and a wide variety of wildlife. River Birch cabin directly overlooks the lake and is one of the more private cabins and is ideal for a romantic break.

Bird lovers will enjoy watching the various families of waterfowl on the lake, including our indigenous pair of swans, herons and our kingfisher who flies up and down both the lake and the stream and can be seen sitting on the railings near the end cabin, Kingfisher, so named.

Ramblers and cyclists alike will enjoy the miles of walks straight from the cabin gates with panoramic views of the Pewsey Vale from Martinsell Hill and of course we are on the National 4 cycle trail. Our ancient Savernake Forest is only a 5 minute drive away and is quite stunningly beautiful whether you are walking, picnicking or cycling.

The cabins provide a superb holiday base from which to explore the ancient county of Wiltshire and are easily accessed from the M3 and M4. Furthermore, the airports of London Heathrow, Bristol, Southampton and Bournemouth are between one and one and a half hours drive away. The local village of Pewsey is less than two miles away and boasts a good supermarket, butcher, baker, petrol station, garage, Indian restaurant, cafes and pubs and it also has a railway station with a fast train service to London and the West Country.

No smoking is allowed in the cabins but can be enjoyed outside under the cover of the veranda.

Well behaved dogs welcome and verandas now have gates therefore secure for dogs and young children.

Flexible changeover days - see Conditions.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Highcliffe 89 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Southampton 75 km, Nearest railway: Pewsey 3.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Bed: choice of 6ft or twin beds - good quality and very comfortable.

Bathroom : extra large bath with shower over.

Linen: all included, white,100% cotton plus bath sheet and hand towel provided for each


Bedding: goose feather and down duvets and pillows plus throws. Microfibre pillows on


Heating: electric, controlled individually in each room for guests’ comfort.

Kitchen: extremely well equipped for cooking, including tea towels, foil, clingfilm, washing

up liquid and paper towels.

Entertainment: a variety of books and games are in the cabin.

Further details outdoors

We are ideal for family get-togethers or large groups where some people may want a bit of peace and quiet in their own cottage whilst also being in easy reach of the rest of the group. We also have a one bedroomed annexe across the lane for a slightly large group booking - please enquire.

River Birch has use of the small private car park which it shares with Heron's Nest, the other one bedroomed cabin. The car park is only a few metres away from the cabin.

The lake is about one acre and has a small central island where most of the birds congregate for the night and where the swans build their nest. Two benches are positioned around the lake for guests to sit and watch the birds or take a book and glass of wine...

Alternatively the large, covered verandas have wooden tables and chairs plus loungers in the summer time for all year use. Smoking is permitted on the verandas provided care is taken with the ash.

A laundry room is now available for use by Heron’s Nest and River Birch.

Further details

Dogs are now allowed in all the cabins at a charge of £2 per dog per day.

A Mamas and Papas wooden cot at £5 per weekend and £10 per week and a highchair free of charge are available upon request.

Z bed available if required for an invited guest, £10 without bedding, £25 with bedding.

Strictly no smoking in the cabins except on the veranda.

No swimming in the lake or stream.

Children welcome but must be supervised as all cabins are within a few metres of water.

The Wiltshire region

We are very privileged to be living in an area steeped in tradition and history, with three World Heritage sites within an easy driving distance (Stonehenge, Avebury and Bath). We have many delightful towns and villages to explore, country houses, museums and gardens to visit and plenty of traditional pubs and excellent restaurants.

We have a quick rail link to London from Pewsey Station less than five minutes drive away and you could plan a day/evening out in London to enjoy the sites and take in a theatre. Oxford, Salisbury and Bath are also within a reasonable drive away and offer good shopping, restaurants, theatres and interesting places to visit.

Wiltshire has a variety of landscapes but we are very lucky to be living in this beautiful part of Wiltshire where we can enjoy the wide open spaces of the Marlborough Downs and the Pewsey Vale with its white horses or alternatively walk in the ancient Savernake Forest with all its dappled glades, meandering paths and beautiful old trees, some nearly 1000 years old.

Then the Kennet and Avon canal is a different landscape altogether and you can enjoy long walks from Willowbank Lodges, through little villages with their quaint pubs or hire a boat for the day and go further afield.There really is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the world.


Pewsey is a charming little village which is less than two miles from Willowbank Lodges and, although small, boasts a surprising number of ameneties. We have an excellent supermarket open seven days a week, a butcher, baker (delicious old fashioned donuts and lardy bread!) petrol station, post office, bank, gift shops, florists, art gallery and visitor centre, internet cafe and various coffee shops and pubs.

In addition, we have an excellent award winning tennis club where Willowbank Lodges has membership for its guests and a leisure centre with a swimming pool, squash courts, etc.

Slightly further afield, Marlborough boasts a large variety of restaurants and pubs, boutiques, antique shops, two fine churches and has the widest high street in the country. Now it is probably more famous for its International Jazz Festival which takes place in July (13th-15th this year) – a glut of musicians and singers, new bands and old favourites from all over the world, really an experience not to miss. Another music festival taking place this year (April 14th) just north of Marlborough is OneFest with Damon Albarn giving us a preview of his Dr Dee.

Local artists open up their studios (Open Studios) to the public during four weekends in July so what with other local musical and artistic events, plenty for those who want to absorb a little local culture.

For those crop circle enthusiasts, we are right in the midst of crop circle country and usually there are quite a number of sometimes quite spectacular crop circles to be found on the Downs or in the Vale, within 10 minutes drive of Willowbank Lodges.

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Review 1-10 of 11

7 Oct 2013


"perfect peace"

We stayed, in this delightful log cabin for 10 nights and it was just lovely. Extremely well equipped and most beautiful bed and linen you could wish for. We had some wonderful walks both along the Ke… More

4 Apr 2013


"delightful lodge, lovely setting, perfect for pooch"

It's s lovely to find somewhere that has been kitted out thoughtfully.
Is lovely and cosy ( it was bitterly cold outside) and has fantastic light.
All the information is clear, and Nicky makes everything easy to arrange.

It's great for creatives - plenty to paint and photograph.
The lodge is full of light.

A great place to grab a break.

4 Apr 2013


"Beautiful & cosy log cabin!"

We stayed for the Easter weekend 2013 in River Birch and were so happy when we arrived and saw how beautiful the cabin was. It has been decorated to a very high standard and made super cosy that you feel 'at home' right away :) Everything in the cabin feels new and the place was immaculate!! The interiors and the design have really been thought through and provide a very luxurious and comfortable stay! River Birch has a gorgeous view of the lake with swans, ducks and birds always in sight. It also has the joy of feeling very private as it doesnt overlook anything or anyone! The surrounding area is just a small part of the beautiful English Countryside - there are plenty of walking tracks to keep you entertained ! I loved this place and will definately be recomending to my friends and hopefully going back again in summer :)

29 Mar 2013


"The good life"

We had the most wonderful weekend away in a perfect log cabin in Pewsey. When we arrived the cabin was already heated up and ready for a cosy night in. There is so much attention to detail that we had everything we could possibly need. In the mornings I enjoyed the view out over the lake, watching the swans and ducks come and go. We visited nearby Marlborough the next afternoon for a lovely pub lunch. We hope to visit Willowbank lodges again very soon so we can explore more of the beautiful surrounding area.

23 Mar 2013


"Superb accomadation"

Never stayed in a log cabin before so did not know what to expect. This was a great holiday that we thoroughly enjoyed. All you could need was provided in the lodge, it was warm, well decorated and fu… More

27 Feb 2013


"Peaceful, Relaxing,Comfortable,Clean-Brilliant!"

Have stayed in the bigger Lodges at Willowbank with the whole family but this time it was only myself and my teenage son who were travelling this time so we stayed in River Birch which is a smaller lodge. It housed everything we needed and was literally a smaller version of the bigger Lodges.
Nothing is too much trouble for Nicky Wood the proprietor; she really does think of everything you may need whilst on holiday and, if she hasn't thought of it, she will certainly take on board any suggestions.
Beautiful well equipped accommodation in beautiful surroundings - what more could you want. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to anyone.

26 Feb 2013


"Great lodge in a beautiful location."

We booked this lodge for a short break on the spur of the moment. I phoned Nicky the owner at 9 am and by 4 pm the same day we were in the lodge. Nicky was very friendly and helpful, even putting the heating on as soon as we rang to ensure that we would be warm on arrival.

The lodge was perfect for two people and very well equipped. We loved the huge bath, high quality bed linen, all the books to read and Mr Swan to keep us amused with his antics, chasing off all the other birds from the lake. Although the temperature was below zero for the whole of our stay, we were always warm and cosy in the lodge.

The setting is very tranquil, just the sound of birds, and you feel completely away from everything, but there is a good sized supermarket nearby in Pewsey. We found lots of walks to enjoy from the doorstep.

I would thoroughly recommend Willowbank Lodges for a restful holiday in beautiful surroundings.

18 Feb 2013


"Truly amazed by the quality of the accomodation""

Booked a long weekend at the end of January and was hoping for the best but bracing myself for a cold and miserable stay in basic accomodation. I couldnt have been more suprised. The quality of the lodges is amazing (wooden sheds they ain't...) and the interiors are spacious, well designed and equiped. I travel alot and am used to feeling mildly let down (at best) or totally ripped off (at worst) so its really refreshing to find somewhere that offers really good quality accomodation at a rate that won't break the bank. I can't say much for the setting as it was covered in snow/ice for most of my stay but it's tranquil and no doubt spectacular in spring/summer.

13 Jan 2013


"Most enjoyable holiday"

We stayed at River Birch cabin Sept. 2012, I had selected this spot on the promises made on the website of Willow Bank Lodges; it would be peaceful, lovely view over the lake and in the countryside with good walks. All this proved to be absolutely true.
The cabin itself was fantastic, spacious even for two people, good size bedroom with excellent beds!
Since the weather was kind to us we were able to have breakfast on the balcony in the sun, with full view over the lake with all its wildlife. We loved the swans, although they could be a bit intimidating.
All the instructions on how to get there and inside the cabin worked, Nicky Wood proved to be a good host, we were sure she would be there for us if necessary, but in our case it was not.
Pewsey caters for all the essentials, good Indian take away and Bakery. Fascinating National Trust Properties within easy reach, good walks along the canal from the cabin, we had a wonderful time!

22 Oct 2012


"All expectations met"

Lodge cabin exactly as described, met all our needs, fantastically comfortable bed. Lovely location and area. Joined for breakfast each morning by the swans (and seven cygnets) and the ducks. Canal path within 5 minutes walk from Willowbank, nature reserve well worth a visit. This visit was for a long weekend but will definitely return for a longer stay as so many walks in the area still to do.

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Calendar last updated:22 Jan 2015

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