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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 1

The Brewery Vaults

Freshford, near Bath, Somerset | EMX 4 Grade:


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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.

All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock, CD player and vaulted ceiling.
Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
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Bedroom 1: With kingsize four poster bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: Galleried with twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over-bath, and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot available on request. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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 1990s 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. 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 Bath natural stone ashlar 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 Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is within walking distance of the medieval church and village pub, which hosts events throughout the year. There is a well stocked shop in the village that has a café and outside deck for al fresco dining. There is also a wood fired pizza oven service every Friday at the village shop car park. 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 UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, being just 6 miles from the centre. Bath will keep you busy all day with its grand abby, circus and the Royal Crescent, Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, shops and museums; or why not relax and pamper yourself at the Thermae Spa? Longleat Safari Park is well worth a visit and there are many wonderful National Trust properties in the area to explore. Golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Village shop ¼ mile.


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  • Dishwasher
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
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    Truly Unique
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    Parking - On Site
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    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2020
    Lovely stay, made to feel very welcome.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/03/2020
    We had a great stay and the apartment was very well appointed and we received a very nice welcome pack. The host was very approachable and was very adaptive to any needs. I would highly recommend this property and this host.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/02/2020
    What an absolute gem, honestly couldn’t believe the size of the brewery vaults, loving historic buildings and architecture it was perfect for a nice quiet weekend away, train station is a 5 minute walk with a direct 10 minute link to bath spa, the overall location is pretty remote but there is a coffee shop and a great wood fire pizza truck on a Friday night and local shops within a ten minute drive!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your lovely review. We were delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Brewery Vaults so much and that you will come again. If you choose to come in the summer the Brewery Vaults is especially cool as temperatures inside are much cooler than the outside due to the thick masonry walls ensuring a good nights sleep on those hot summer days. The Brewery Vaults is a very special place in the heart of this wonderful village where you get the best of all worlds. Great and quick access to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath via train or road with everything it offers and the quiet and tradition of an English village. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary but with all the comforts of home, the Brewery Vaults certainly delivers. There are some wonderful country walks right from the door step and a wonderful country pub and community shop in the village for all your needs. We would be delighted to host you again some time soon.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/12/2019
    A fabulous place to stay. It’s clean and they’ve thought of everything. A very cool property that we love coming back to each year.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review. We are so delighted that you enjoyed, for another year, your stay at the Brewery Vaults. We are really glad you enjoy the originality of the space and appreciate the historic architecture. We are looking forward to seeing you later this year for your next visit.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/12/2019
    We loved the Brewery Vaults. Really interesting property which has been beautifully converted. We met the owner on arrival who made us feel very welcome. The village of Freshford is lovely. We ate at The Inn at Freshford which served terrific food and was just a short walk from the cottage. Definitely recommended.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review of the beautiful and unique Brewery Vaults. It was lovely to meet you both and I am glad you enjoyed the property as much as the fabulous village of Freshford and all it has to offer. Freshford is beautiful in all seasons of the year and I hope you will return one day, perhaps in Spring or Summer. You will be most welcome.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 22/11/2019
    Great cottage and location but it does need some care and attention applying. We had to clean the fridge on arrival due to mould on shelves and round the door. Only later that day did we realise fridge wasn't even switched on. Freezer not left switched on but didn't use. One light fitting in bathroom kept coming loose despite fixing it each day. It was our second trip here and was a true disappointment.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review and we are pleased you think the cottage and its location is great. However, we are very sorry that you had some issues regarding the fridge and a light fitting in the bathroom which affected your enjoyment during your stay. This falls well below our usual standards and we have put procedures in place to make sure this sort of thing does not happen again. I do hope this gives you the reassurance and confidence to return again to this wonderful part of the countryside and the Brewery Vaults in particular.

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by reevoo
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