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The Brewery Vaults

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Freshford, near Bath, Somerset
Grade 4 Star rating
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This quirky, unusual yet stylish property sleeps four guests, is situated in an AONB and is just six miles from Bath.

This spectacular accommodation was constructed in 1821 as the brewing hall of a former brewery supplying around 14 pubs in Freshford, of which only one remains today. The Brewery ceased production in the 1890s and tragically fell into disrepair for the next 60 years. It then had a diverse range of uses in the 20th century from a paper store to an air raid shelter for the local school during WWII. In the 1970s Jeremy Fry, of Fry’s Turkish Delight fame, came to the rescue and converted it into a private home. Princess Margaret was a good friend of Jeremy Fry and visited the brewery regularly, bringing with her a highly visible police presence, as well as tending the gardens – she even left impressions from her high heels on the leather floor! During this time The Vaults was used as a wheelchair factory business established by Jeremy Fry and his good friend Lord Snowdon. It has since been transformed into a unique listed property providing spacious holiday accommodation for up to 4 guests. There is a sleeping area at each end of the huge living space and original features, such as the magnificent stone barrel-vaulted ceiling and natural stone walls have been retained, yet it exudes a modern ambience and is beautifully furnished throughout.
Its glorious architecture, central village location and added luxury of a 5ft four-poster bed make this property one not to be missed. Freshford village lies in the heart of a conservation area in an AONB and is within walking distance of the medieval church and village pub, which hosts events throughout the year. Boasting some fascinating Georgian architecture as well as beautiful canal and riverside walks, Freshford makes a perfect base for your holiday in Somerset. The railway station in the village serves Bradford-on-Avon as well as other towns and villages including the Georgian World Heritage city of Bath just 6 miles away. Bath will keep you busy all day with its grand cathedral, Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, shops and museums; or why not relax and pamper yourself at the Thermae Spa? Golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Village shop ¼ mile.

Spacious living/dining room with vaulted ceiling. Modern fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. 6 steps up to bedroom area with 5ft four-poster bed. Galleried twin bedroom.

  • Full gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot by arrangement
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No garden
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking

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  • Dishwasher
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Truly Unique
    Truly Unique
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    This is a beautiful space. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed including things we don't always find elsewhere such as baking foil, tongs and a cafetiere. Wash tabs were also provided for the dishwasher. The shower was powerful and the bathroom was clean. When we booked The Brewery Vaults, we thought that the bathroom looked a bit grubby, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that it's better in real life than it looked in the photos. The whole place was clean. The towels were freshly laundered. There was excellent central heating and an easy-to-use programmable timer, so we could have the place cooler overnight but toasty and warm in the mornings. The bed in the master bedroom was moderately comfortable but not the best we have experienced. It was decent but we could slightly feel the springs and hear them when we got in and out of bed. The Brewery Vaults can get a little musty. We noticed this each day when we returned to it in the afternoon. We took a room fragrance to spray some on our return each day. And we opened a window for an hour or so. After doing that, you really don't notice it. A final thing: there is a constant 24-hour hum in The Brewery Vaults. It might be some kind of air circulation system? It's not very noticeable. But if you are a light sleeper, you might notice. Overall, we had a lovely time and we would certainly return. I mention the minor points not as criticism but as comment for those few people who may be bothered by such matters.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2017
    A well thought out restoration turned into a cosy although spacious home. The bathroom was a little disappointing, as could be difficult for some climbing into and out of the shower/bath, maybe a walk in shower would be more convenient and safer. Other than that a lovely unusual place to stay with beautiful surroundings and walks, a very convenient local shop and coffee shop with delicious cakes!! and a very good pub, and to top it all a lovely little station with trains taking you to Bath within 10 minute journey.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/10/2017
    We loved our stay at the Brewery Vaults. It really is a unique property. So close to the train to Bath. The Freshford Inn is great. Lots of lovely walks on your doorstep. A stunning property. The only negative is that the directions we were given were not adequate. Especially at night in winter. When you see X house it's up a drive to the right was really all the additional information required. But without that information we spent an entire hour driving around the tiny village asking anyone we saw where it could be. Not great with two hungry kids in the car. Fix the directions and it would be perfect.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    Had a great time. Lots of places to visit nearby. Some roads single track/narrow extended journey time but not too badly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    Fantastic cottage, unusual and in a lovely location. Short walk to lovely train station and excellent pub and shop. A really nice place in the country to escape to. Cottage has all you could need and very well kept.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 09/07/2017
    It's a beautiful, large, vaulted space with comfortable beds and abundant room for a family of four. There was no noise at all from neighbors, and the trip into Bath on the train was quick and easy. The downside is that as clean and modern as the "cottage" was, it smelled very musty. While there was no visible mildew in the kitchen cupboards, the smell was very strong and we felt we had to wash dishes before using them... Perhaps this is to be expected in a very old building. Overall it was a well-appointed and spectacular place!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/04/2017
    This is a spectacular place, extremely comfortable and beautifully designed. Excellent for our dog too as there's a handy footpath tight from the front door. Can't wait to stay again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2017
    The vaults were fantastic and if i was to visit this part of the world again I would happily stay here again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2017
    A wonderfully appointed property. We had a fantastic weekend, the property is large however retains the homely cosy feel throughout. The village is great and Bath is minutes away by train.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2017
    Excellent break. lovely place

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/02/2017
    The Brewery Vaults were just what we wanted - spacious, comfortable, well equipped, clean, and our dog was happy there too. Lots of walks from the door, a short walk to the station and the local pub. A very happy stay and we will definitely stay here again if we are in the area.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/01/2017
    Lovely unusual property. Could do with more coathangers and skirt hangers. V difficult to find in the dark on arrival, no name on property. Parking a bit tricky

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/11/2016
    We stayed for a weekend as a surprise Birthday trip. The Brewery Vaults are amazing, so special. I couldn't believe all the "Little things" such as emergency tea bags, biscuits etc perfect as we arrived late. The books, games and DVD's absolutely every little detail has been thought of. I have already recommended it to friends,

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8.7 out of 10 – based on 19 reviews collected by Reevoo
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