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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
  • Free Pets
    Free Pets
  • 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
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 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,

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2016
    We loved our break celebrating our wedding anniversary. Wonderful location. Caught the train into Bath and had lovely day. So much to see and do. Thank you. Would love to revisit

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/10/2016
    Lovely cottage - very comfortable and in a great location for visiting Bath and Bristol and the surrounding area. The only downside was that the wifi was not working well (apparently an unusual occurrence) and there was no mobile phone signal at the cottage.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. We installed superfast fibre optic broadband into the property in May 2016 when if first became available in the village. As in all other areas, the speed of the service depends on the volume of traffic on the network at any one time and it is not something that we can control hour by hour or day by day. The WiFi service provided in the property is for light domestic use whilst people are on holiday. The Brewery Vaults is a major landmark in the village and is of considerable historic and architectural importance which has attracted a grade II listing from English Heritage. As such it has original stone walls of over a metre deep which therefore makes mobile phone reception difficult. Some guests have found this to be part of the charm of the building and a major attraction when it comes to being away from it all whilst on holiday. There is mobile reception, of course, once you are outside the building.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2016
    A most unusual property very stylishly converted from what essential is a long tunnel! We really enjoyed our stay. Fresford village is very pretty and has fabulous walks, an excellent shop and a lovely Pub not to mention the train into Bath.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2016
    Beautiful spot, wonderful for walks or hiking Cottage was so quaint , we all loved it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2016
    Perfect location for us to explore an area new to us. Station is very convenient. The vaults are well equipped and the place is unique.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 24/07/2016
    We had a short stay here. Generally we were pleased with the accommodation. The reason I have given lower scores than I otherwise might have done is: the fact that unbeknown to us there was a fault with the fridge or it was turned on too high when we arrived and much of our food froze in the fridge and had to be thrown away; the bed was really comfortable but the duvet was too small; there was no outside area to sit and enjoy the summer evening. Otherwise, lovely.

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