Steeple Ashton Conservation Village Wiltshire and the Area

Steeple Ashton, a most lovely and beautiful Wiltshire village, being both conservation and award winning.

Relax at Coachmans Cottage and unwind whilst you enjoy life in this quintessential English village.

Granted a charter to hold a market back in 1266. Many pretty 16th 17th and 18th century houses remain today.

There is a wealth of architectural styles ranging from timber cottages, a Jacobean Manor House, Georgian houses, and even an occasional modern house has crept in.

The “blind house”, an old lock-up jail so named due to the lack of a window, with the only light coming from the grating in a fine original oak door, can be seen on the Village Green, a deterrent to naughtiness if ever there was!

St Mary’s Church is a magnificent example of 15th Century architecture, which can be seen from miles around, Sunday services are held here weekly. To hear why Steeple Ashton Church has no steeple? You will have to wait until you arrive!

Visit the well stocked, licensed village shop, housed in what was once the village school, with a coffee bar, in-store bakery, and the Post Office on Wednesday mornings. The Wiltshire Guild of Spinners and Weavers have their rooms and meetings above the shop.

Also “The Longs Arms” pub serves good food, with “Take Away Fish and Chips” on Tuesday evenings, always popular with many of Coachmans guests.

"Steeple Ashton has a magnificent church and an original village holding cell on the green but is also a great base to visit the many and varied attractions, cities,villages and stunning walks which surround you. We can highly recommend Bath, Caen Locks, Stonehenge, Devizes and Bradford on Avon."    The Banks Family.

So much to explore in the area, a week simply won't be long enough.

Gardens....

The Courts Gardens, Holt, Nr Bradford on Avon A curious National Trust English country garden, full of differently styled garden rooms, each with their own surprise. 6 miles. BA14 6RR https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-courts-garden

The Peto Gardens, Iford Manor. Built into the steep hillside, so terracing is important in the design. Peto was attracted by the charm of old Italian gardens, where flowers take their place among the cypresses, broad walks, statues and pools. 8 miles. BA15 2BA http://www.ifordmanor.co.uk  

Stourhead House and GardensHills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, first opened in the 1740s. Breathtaking in any season. 20 miles BA12 6QD  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Prior Park Landscape Garden surrounding the Prior Park estate in Bath. Designed in the 18th century by the poet Alexander Pope and the landscape gardener Capability Brown, now owned by the National Trust. 13 miles  BA2 5AH https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park-landscape-garden

Westonbirt National Arboretum, 3 miles from Tetbury, Glos.. Managed by the Forestry Commission, perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the UK. 24 miles GL8 8QS  https://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

Stately Homes and Manor Houses....

Great Chalfield Manor, medieval and partly moated, built 1465 by Thomas Tropenell. Entrance to the manor is by guided tour only. An unsurprisingly popular film set destination. 7 miles. SN12 8NH  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-chalfield-manor-and-garden/features/discover-the-medieval-manor

Westwood Manor is a 15th-century manor house with 16th-century additions and 17th-century plaster-work in the village of Westwood near Bradford on Avon. 7 miles. BA15 2AF  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/westwood-manor

Longleat House and Safari Park, be transported back in time by exploring this stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture – and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds surrounding it. Completed in 1580. And today the drive through Safari Park. 14 miles.  BA12 7NW  https://www.longleat.co.uk/

Corsham Court is an English country house built in 1582. Set in a park designed by Capability Brown. Notable for its fine art collection. 11 miles. SN13 0BZ  http://www.corsham-court.co.uk/index.htm

Wilton House is an English country house near Salisbury. The country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years, dating back to the 1540’s With over 22 acres of parkland and gardens. SP2 0BJ. 26 miles    http://www.wiltonhouse.com/

The American Museum in Britain at Claverton Manor. Designed by Jeffry Wyatville, built in the 1820s on the site of a manor bought by Ralph Allen in 1758. Follow the history of America, from its early settlers to the 20th century, a remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts shows the diverse nature of American traditions. The only Americana museum outside the USA. 13 miles BA2 7BD https://americanmuseum.org/ 

English Heritage....

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument consisting of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighing around 25 tons. A world Heritage site. SP4 7DE 18 miles  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/

Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury. One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world.   SN8 1RF  18 miles http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/avebury/

Westbury White Horse. A hill figure on the escarpment of Salisbury Plain a famous local landscape. Records suggest that the horse was originally cut in the late 1600s, probably to commemorate the Battle of Ethandun, thought to have taken place in AD 878.    BA13 4TA  4 miles 

Farleigh Hungerford Castle, sometimes called Farleigh Castle or Farley Castle, is a medieval castle or fortified mansion dating back to the 14th Century located on the Wiltshire/Somerset border  BA2 7RS  8 miles http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/farleigh-hungerford-castle/

N.T. Village and K. and A. Canal....

N.T. village Lacock. With timber framed cottages and local shops looking much as it did 200 years ago. The oldest house, older than the 13th century abbey. A favourite with film makers notably Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. SN15 2LG 8 miles  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village/

Caen Hill Locks are a flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, between Rowde and Devizes. The 29 locks have a rise of 237 feet in 2 miles or a 1 in 44 gradient. The locks come in three groups   SN10 1QR  9 miles https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/caen-hill-locks

Georgian and Roman City of Bath...

The Roman Baths, in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath, consists of remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs still flow with natural hot water. BA1 1LZ 15 miles https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/

The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress. Opened in 1963 and founded by Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector, writer and scholar, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city of Bath. BA1 2QH 15 miles  https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/

No. 1 The Royal Crescent. A museum, decorated and furnished as it might have been during 1776-1796. The rooms feature furniture, pictures and objects revealing what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents – upstairs and downstairs. BA1 2LR. 15 miles  http://no1royalcrescent.org.uk/

The Holburne Museum. The city's first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne.  BA2 4DB 15 miles  http://www.holburne.org/