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The Brewery Vaults

Freshford, nr. Bath Grade 4 Star rating View Map
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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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  • Four Poster BedFour Poster Bed
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ideal for GolfIdeal for Golf
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • WifiWifi
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-11-12
    Great place in beautiful location, only problem heating off last night so no hot water for showers before leaving

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-11-06
    Nice accommodation and well equipped. Only downsides were that the main TV had Freeview that could not be updated with new channels, reducing viewing options considerably and no mobile phone reception. Wi-fi worked very well and that enabled us to keep in contact with family. Very clean on arrival and lots of information available on how equipment worked etc. We used the local bus to get into Bath (half an hour) and it was bang on time, there and back. Much nearer than the train station and it was fun seeing the small villages it traveled through, although some of the roads were a bit narrow at times!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-02
    Well appointed , stylish and comfortable with some great touches. Lovely location. The only problem was the smell. It is very musty which sadly permiated into our clothes. There is a 'plug in' airfreshner but this couldn't quite get rid of the odour.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-08-14
    Holiday cottage accommodation with a real difference in a great location.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-05
    Perfect location, wonderfully clean, great views, we will revisit next year :).

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-02-09
    The only thing I'd say is that the sofas aren't the most comfy and a bit out of shape, otherwise this place really has the wow factor and we loved it!!! Great location, people very friendly and great train link straight into Bath! We didn't want to leave!!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-01-28
    Absolutely fabulous cottage to stay in and it's location in the beautiful village of Freshford is ideal. Our 16 month old son loves running around in the space available inside and we had the most enjoyable break as a family imaginable. Can't wait to visit again.

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

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