This unique Victorian folly is situated in the original kitchen garden of Dyrham Park. Reputed to have once been the potato house, it has been restored by its latest owner (a landscape gardener), who has converted it into a luxury self-catering cottage over two-hundred years after the first stones were laid. Situated on the western edge of the Cotswolds, it’s now a romantic retreat for four guests. But it’s really all about the garden.
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The gardens really are the crowning jewel in this extraordinary home. Wander along the apple tree walkway and through the Gothic garden door, to find a river, a waterfall and Victorian pool all competing for attention. Not forgetting the tennis court and pavilion further on, and the wonderful views over the valley. Lose yourself between a tangle of honey-coloured stonework, twisting vines and ornamental pools. Picnic on the river bank, row to the middle of the Victorian pool, or cool your toes in the waterfall. There’s a firepit for evening drinks, and you are welcome to pick the fruit in the orchard.
You might never want to leave. But that would be a shame because this is the Cotswolds, and Bath, with all of it’s gleaming treasures is only a short drive away.
In contrast to the intricate restoration of the castellated Bath stone exterior, inside awaits a haven of modern minimalism.
The kitchen is of bespoke design, finished with a concrete worktop in a soft shade of green. Plus all of the mod-cons you’d expect from a Unique Home Stays home.
Thick linen curtains keep the cold out in winter, when the sleek, cylindrical wood-burning stove crackles away at the end of the social living space.
The single-storey home also includes two bedrooms either side of the open-plan kitchen-lounge. One with king-size bed and the other with a standard double. Both of which share a Jack-and-Jill shower room accessed from bedroom two as well as the living room.
The principle bedroom features a turquoise velvet chair and vintage desk overlooking the walled garden and fields beyond. While the second bedroom enjoys a French door that leads straight into the courtyard – a dream on summer mornings.
This house really would be a romantic hideaway in all four seasons. But for me it’s still all about the garden.