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Our Stay at Park Farm Cottage in the Cotswolds
As I opened up our curtains each morning, and looked out across uninterrupted countryside views, I knew we should have booked Park Farm Cottage for longer than a weekend.
Our family have recently enjoyed a wonderful short break at Park Farm Cottage in The Cotswolds which is close to the town of Malmesbury in north Wiltshire. Malmesbury is a great base for exploring the Cotswolds area and it is fairly close to fun places such as Westonbirt Arboretum and the Cotswold Water Park. It is certainly a very pretty town which is famous for its association with King Alfred the Great, and for Malmesbury Abbey.
Choosing to have a uk holiday with kids is a great idea as you don’t have to think about long plane rides and there are plenty of places to stay across the UK where you can enjoy the great outdoors and natural beauty spots.
In the UK we have hills, farmlands and moors to explore as well as lakes and streams and there are also so many lovely seaside towns. Choosing a cottage holiday is such a great idea as the cottages provide so much space for a family and really are a home from home. You can often take your dog along too and Park Farm Cottage is dog-friendly and has a brilliant garden for the kids and the dog to run off some steam.
Holidays in The Cotswolds
The Cotswold lies within the English counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and extends into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The Cotswolds are famous for their picturesque English landscapes of rolling hills, honey-stone walls, woodland and pretty little villages, making it a great destination to take a family holiday. There are many cottages in The Cotswolds available for holidays and people often visit because of the beautiful scenery and the relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of places of interest and days out that the whole family will love.
Park Farm Cottage
Park Farm Cottage is a beautifully spacious farmhouse with stunning views of the countryside, it can sleep up to 8 people, with two cots. This stone cottage is detached and is nestled on the southern fringes of the Cotswolds. What struck us was the outdoor space with its large enclosed lawn garden which also has a patio, an orchard with fruit trees and two paddocks. This was great for the kids and lovely for all of us to be able to enjoy some fresh air.
There is also a barbecue and patio furniture which you can enjoy during better weather. WiFi is available in the cottage, up to three dogs are welcome to stay and if you have young children there are two travel cots, a high chair and a stair gate if you need them. There is also private parking available for up to five cars. Let me take you on a tour.
The kitchen in the cottage is very well equipped with everything you could need as well as solid wood worktops. There is a 5-ring hob and a double electric oven, a microwave, a fridge and a dishwasher. There is a table and chairs if you want to eat in the kitchen area. The kitchen also has French doors that lead out to the private garden. There is a separate dining-room with a fireplace and the lovely spacious sitting-room has original features that add so much to the character of the cottage.
The downstairs of Park Farm Cottage has a spacious entrance hall, the living room which has a TV, a comfy sofa, a coffee table and a wood-burner. There are logs available for the wood-burner. Then there is the kitchen which also has a table and chairs and there is a separate dining room with a fireplace too.
Downstairs, there is also a very useful utility room which has a washing machine, tumble drier and a freezer. There is a downstairs toilet with a wash basin, it is always great to have an extra downstairs toilet when you have children.
One of the great features about Park Farm Cottage is that it has four spacious bedrooms on the first floor and all of them have panoramic views of the countryside. The staircase splits at the top of the stairs and to the left is the main bedroom, which shares a Jack and Jill style ensuite with one of the twin bedrooms. At the other side of the stairs, there are two further bedrooms, a double and a twin.
The cottage supplies the bed linen and there is hanging and storage space in every room. Bedroom one has a super-king double bed and en-suite Jack and Jill bathroom with a bath, fitted shower, toilet and wash-basin. Bedroom two and three both have twin beds and bedroom four has a king-size double bed.
The main bedroom shares a Jack and Jill style ensuite bathroom with another of the bedrooms, there is a bathtub with a shower, a wash basin and a toilet. There is also a modern, bright shower room on the first floor and downstairs there is a toilet and a wash basin.
The garden area is very large and it features a terrace area and there are paddocks to explore which have fruit trees. Take care as there is a drop from the raised area at the back of the garden, so do warn young children about this. The garden is beautifully landscaped and there is a wooden Wigwam which is great for the kids to play in. In the warmer months you can also make use of the barbecue and the outdoor furniture.
Things to do near Park Farm Cottage
There is a lot to see and do just a short drive away for both couples and families. We really enjoyed being in the countryside and going for walks. The Malmesbury walk was a real favourite and took just over an hour with small people.
Town Hall, Cross Hayes Ln, Malmesbury SN16 9BZ
A really cute little museum that is free. The collections at the Athelstan Museum date back to the Iron Age. There are paintings, engravings, drawings, photographs and other images. Malmesbury in Saxon times had a mint and examples of the silver pennies struck there are in the collection as are numerous other coins and tokens.
Bowood House & Gardens
Old Rd, Derry Hill, Calne SN11 0LZ
Bowood House is set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown parkland. Surrounding the Georgian House is the Italian-inspired terrace garden, private walled gardens and a herbaceous border. For the children, there is a brilliant adventure playground featuring a life-size pirate ship.
Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum
Calne SN11 0NF
Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum is a small, friendly museum situated in the heart of Wiltshire. The majority of their exhibits are cars from the 1920s onwards. They also have a collection of motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles. You can also see interesting motoring memorabilia, the Jack Spittle Model Lorry Collection and a reconstructed 1930s style garage complete with vehicles.
Malmesbury Abbey was built in the 12th century and admission is free. Over the centuries the Abbey has been a centre of education and creativity, a community of prayer and healing, and a place of battle and burial. Each day begins with morning prayer in St Aldhelm’s Chapel. As well as exploring the Abbey, the grounds, the Abbey Café and the bookshop, you can also spend time at Abbey House Gardens, these gardens are tranquil and great for spending some time relaxing.
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool
Cirencester GL7 2EF
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool opened in 1870. It is situated on Riverside Walk, between Barton Lane and Thomas Street. There is a main pool and a small pool for young children. The pool also has a tuck shop and a patio area for relaxing. It is fed by a natural spring and heated to an average temperature of 26°C throughout the season.
Coaley Peak Picnic Site
21 Rock Road, Dursley GL10 3TP
Much more than a beautiful spot for picnics, this hilltop is great for a family day out, with views over the Severn Vale towards the Forest of Dean. Sheep now help to maintain Coaley Peak’s grassland. Below the nature reserve is an area of unimproved limestone grassland belonging to the National Trust, while close by is the 22-hectare Coaley Wood, an ancient, semi-natural woodland rich in beech trees and managed by the Woodland Trust.
Cotswold Water Park
The Cotswold Water Park is an area of over 40 square miles and 180 lakes, with many different leisure providers. There are 1000’s of breeding and watering birds so this is an ideal destination for watching wildlife all year round. There are a range of activities on offer from cycling to waterskiing, kayaking, sailing or paddle boarding. In the cooler months, this is a great place to go wildlife watching, with otters, water voles, and thousands of wintering water birds.
Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS
Home to 2,500 different species from all around the world and 5 national tree collections, Westonbirt Arboretum is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a day out. Take a journey up into the canopy on the STIHL TreeTop Walkway, have something to eat in the cafe and see if you can spot the Gruffalo on your way around.
How to book
If you would like to book a stay at Park Farm Cottage you can find availability and more details here. Bed linen and towels are included in the price. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the website. There is a charge of £38.00 per pet per week or short break. A non-refundable booking fee of £40.00 is payable per booking.