“What a delightful abode Pheasant Cottage is!”
The conversion design from a barn to a ‘modern’ cottage is ingenious in its use of space. The 2ft thick walls testify to its considerable age, but other than that it is all mod-con. The picture window gives a most pleasing and peaceful aspect to the grounds around. Lucy’s cherry-pie car with its mounted silver mascot corgi is quaint, as are the tiny ammonites displaying themselves in the flooring.
Hosts Lucy and Simon could not have been more helpful, with great tips on places of interest.
We are fans of the National Trust, but their cut-backs caused by Covid have proved most damaging.
Tyntesfield House access is restricted to the ground floor only, with contents strewn around some rooms in quite a mess. What a pity. Hope they will recover, but their loss of staff also will prove a lasting problem we fear. Great Chalfield Manor is well worth a visit and is most intriguing, once one has navigated the adjacent extensive country lane roadworks to get there.
Bath is still a real joy to visit, the Cathedral restoration works now having been virtually completed, and access via the Park and Ride very easy (and free if you have bus passes).
All in all, a really lovely holiday, and highly recommended.