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Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

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2 bedrooms
Living room
2 bedrooms
Living room

Overview of Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire cottage

2 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Pet-friendly

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Malmesbury, ENG

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMalmesbury Abbey9 min walk
  • Popular LocationM4 Karting8 min drive
  • Popular LocationHighgrove House and Gardens15 min drive
  • AirportBristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.)62 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4
1033 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 double bed
Bedroom 2
    2 single beds
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

Family-friendly cottage in Malmesbury
The Leat is a peaceful riverside hideaway within walking distance of the charming and historic market town of Malmesbury, which dates back to the Iron Age. History lovers will enjoy visiting the hometown of King Athelstan, first king of all England (924-927), and the 12th Century abbey as well as England's oldest hotel – Abbey House Gardens.

In the 19th century Wynyard Mill on the edge of the popular Cotswold town of Malmesbury, The Leat is a unique waterside retreat for up to four guests, boasting enviable views across the rooftops of England's oldest borough. Split over three floors, The Leat offers simple, elegant living for those in search of some R&R, benefitting from the rare bonus of a town centre location without the hustle and bustle. Cosy in size but well-equipped for up to four guests, the cottage homes two generous bedrooms on its two lower floors, alongside a handy en-suite shower room in its master and an additional family bathroom.

The top floor is where the property really comes to life thanks to its bright, spacious open-plan layout, where a small but perfectly formed kitchen leads into an attractive living area, flooded with natural light thanks to a series of skylights in the eaves.

The real gem of the property is the small balcony leading from the living area; a private al fresco nook is complete with outdoor bistro set, where you can happily while away the hours soaking up the sunshine with a cup of coffee, relax with a good book or simply sit and enjoy the views to the gentle soundtrack of the River Avon flowing beneath.
Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
Guests enter The Leat through a hallway at the street level where there is room to hang coats.

Head up a short flight of steps to:

Bedroom One:
The first room you come to as you ascend the staircase when entering the cottage is the master bedroom; a snug double perfect for couples, with a 6ft zip and link bed that can be made into twin beds should you need. Making good use of the cottage's staggered layout, an attractive country-cream décor is brought to life by contemporary pops of blue alongside artwork of Malmesbury through the ages, evoking a sense of the cottage's rich history as the town's historic watermill. A small en-suite shower room with a hand basin and toilet offers guests a good amount of privacy, plus there's a full-height wardrobe for convenient storage.

Following on up the staircase from Bedroom One to:
First Floor

Bedroom Two:
The cottage's second bedroom is a spacious twin room that can be converted to a 6ft bed should you prefer. Bursting with light thanks to a bright bay window that overlooks the river below, here the cottage's heritage shines through the exposed ceiling beams, with vibrant red fabrics giving an elegant pop of colour to the classic country colour palette. There is a spacious double wardrobe and handy additional chest of drawers, plus a large bay window; the perfect spot to watch the river as it flows beneath.

Head up the stairs to The Leat's main living space:
Second Floor

The Kitchen/Dining/Living Area:
Found up the winding staircase on the cottage's top floor is the open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area; a light, bright space with views from every angle, offering a cosy spot to whip up a feast and put your feet up after a busy day exploring the winding honey-stoned streets of Malmesbury.

A compact but well-equipped kitchen area greets you as you enter the space, with wooden worktops, slate flooring, and country-cream units complementing the cottage's heritage expertly. Perfectly kitted out with all you'll need for a self-catered stay, there's an electric hob/oven, microwave, small extendable dining table, and plenty of cookware and crockery to make use of, plus a washing machine and freezer tucked out of sight in a small utility room at the top of the stairs.

Leading on from the kitchen is the spacious living area, brightly lit by skylights and windows from every angle which floods the space with natural light. Attractive leather seating gives the living space a cool, contemporary feel, whilst exposed beams and country cream hues evoke a feeling of countrified elegance. Here, you can sit back and relax together (views into the kitchen mean that the cook of the group never has to feel isolated from the rest), or unwind in front of the TV, with plenty of DVDs to choose from.

A set of small French doors at the far end of the room open up onto a pretty balcony area complete with an outdoor dining set; the perfect place to enjoy the views of the river below, tuck into an alfresco feast or watch a traditional game of bowls, courtesy of Malmesbury Bowls Club next door.

Family Bathroom:
An attractive white-tiled family bathroom, at the end of the stairs of the living area, features a bath and full-height shower, toilet, and basin, flooded with light thanks to a bright Velux window.

The Leat is the ideal middle-ground for those looking for a peaceful escape with the town on the doorstep, with everything you could need within walking distance. Forming the upper floors of the old Wynyard Mill, the River Avon lies at the very heart of the property (flowing directly underneath), framing the property's frontage with beautiful riverside views. Although the cottage doesn't have a garden, the upper floor's balcony offers a welcome outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds of the river flowing beneath.

Malmesbury's town centre is just a (very) short stroll over a traditional stone bridge from the cottage's front door, as are numerous walks along public footpaths through the countryside that surrounds the town's outer boundaries. A real benefit in this busy market town are the two parking spaces that come with the property, found on the driveway at the end of the Mill building.
Bathrooms include a shower.

Property manager

Bolthole Retreats
Speaks English
Bookings for this property are managed through Vrbo, part of our Expedia Group family.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • 2 bedrooms


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 1033 sq ft (96 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Sleeps 4 Guests In 2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms Cottage
Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms Malmesbury
Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms Cottage Malmesbury

About this area


Located in Malmesbury, this cottage is in a walkable area with great shopping. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Cotswolds and Westonbirt Arboretum. Travelling with kids? Consider M4 Karting, or check out an event or a game at Hardenhuish Park. Guests love the property's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Malmesbury Abbey - 9 min walk
  • M4 Karting - 8 min drive
  • Chavenage House - 9 min drive
  • Highgrove House and Gardens - 15 min drive
  • Highgrove House - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Cirencester Kemble Station - 16 min drive
  • Bristol International Airport (BRS) - 62 min drive


  • Whole Hog - 5 min walk
  • The Kings Arms - 6 min walk
  • The Bird Cage - 7 min walk
  • The Summer Cafe - 7 min walk
  • The Old Bell - 9 min walk

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Overall score and ratings



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5/5 Excellent

Great location
Well equipped, upside-down plan works well. Couple of concerns, flimsy front door security, and safety hazard of low hanging Newell post and sharp edges in upper bedroom. (wear a crash helmet if you visit the toilet in the night!)

5/5 Excellent

A quirky property with the kitchen and living room on top floor with a balcony to sit out on in the sun. Well-equipped with parking very close.

5/5 Excellent

Lovely property
We had a lovely stay at the Leat. We were very happy with the location of the property and the proximity of the dog walks and the river. We were able to use it for exploring Cotswolds. Lovely stay. Thank you.

5/5 Excellent

Very comfortable house in a great location.
The house is in a peaceful location but within very easy reach of the town with its shops, pubs and restaurants. Lovely balcony with views of the river and bowling green. Very comfortable, well furnished and equipped. It is a good base for visiting local towns and National Trust properties and the Malmesbury circular walk is well worthwhile.