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Malmesbury

At the southern gateway to the Cotswolds there is a perfectly flat topped hill that is surrounded by the River Avon, and on top of this hill sits the ‘Queen of Hilltop Towns’, Malmesbury. The town is widely regarded as one of Britain’s oldest continually inhabited settlements and has a rich history stretching back over a thousand years.

Malmesbury Abbey is one of the best testaments to the town’s history, dating back to 676, when it was founded as a Benedictine monastery. The surviving part of the abbey’s nave is still used today as a place of worship dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, but much of the rest of the abbey still survives and it, and its ruins, attracts many visitors each year.

The rich history of Malmesbury can be seen in the town itself; the traditional Saxon layout of the town is still intact and there is an abundance of Grade I and II listed buildings. A substantial stone octagon, the Market Cross, stands proudly in the town centre, the medieval Tower House where King Henry VIII is said to have dined after hunting in the area can be found at the end of Oxford Street and the smallest church in Britain, the beautiful Bremilham Church, can be found to the west of Malmesbury.

The Athelstan Museum tells the rich history of the town, including the tale of the first ‘King of all England’, whose remains are interned at the Abbey. Highgrove Estate, nearby, is the home of The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and its famous organic produce can be enjoyed in the nearby farm shop.

So if you are after an escape to the Cotswolds that is fit for a King, then search for cottages in Malmesbury today.
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  • Crudwell, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire
    Crudwell, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire×

    White Cross at Eastcourt Field Farm

    Crudwell, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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    Ref: 31137
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This ground floor property boasts far reaching views and is ideally placed to explore the surrounding area.
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    This delightful, detached, holiday bungalow, adjacent to the owners’ home, boasts far reaching rural views, overlooking the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Located 5 miles outside Malmesbury, the oldest borough in England, with its Norman abbey and the beautiful Abbey House Gardens. Close by is the market town of Tetbury offering a unique retail experience with many craft shops; it is also a major centre for antiques. Discover Westonbirt Arboretum, which has a magnificent...

  • Sherston, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
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    The Old Stables

    Sherston, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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    Ref: E4728
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated on a working farm, this beautiful converted old stable enjoys a glorious setting, with wonderful attractions nearby.
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    In the glorious setting of the Cotswold Hills, this beautifully converted old stables makes an ideal base for exploring a myriad of fascinating attractions including the elegant city of Bath, 20 miles, Westonbirt Arboretum and the antique shops of Tetbury. Adjoining the owners’ home, it sits on their working farm in the attractive village of Sherston just 0.25 miles from shops and inns serving food and 5 miles from Malmesbury’s good shops, gardens and abbey. Cotswold Water Park...

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