Ancient village cottage-beautiful countryside off beaten-track;the pristine R.Wylye by Nature Reserve(10min);Stonehenge(10min) w/o crowds-early & late;Salisbury(16min) Cathedral TowerTour, Magna Carta;Stourhead (28min)most beautiful of all great landscape gardens;Classical Bath architecture(54min);Kimmeridge Jurassic Marine Life (80min); Wilton(10 min; vibrant city of Salisbury(20min)-Red Line S2 bus there also to market town of Devizes -Salisbury Christmas Mkt,4/11-22/12; check Guidebook below
The 300yr old Chalk & Flint cottage,light & spacious- comfortable settees and chairs,large table in Dining Hall where a large map detailing particularly the Grovely Woods area covers most of one wall, well-equipped Kitchen with Larder; Sympathetically restored with good-sized rooms, well-insulated; modern oil-fired Rayburn for cooking (supp Induction Hob & Microwave) central heating (supp underfloor heating downstairs + storage heaters, hall & passage); Hot water (Megaflow pressurised, also immersion heater); private gardens; Village Pub close by, lively with good food & log fires; immediate walks by R. Wylye & up into Grovely Woods on the Downs- views for miles;wildflowers galore
All of cottage & spaces outside (2 small private courtyards, one facing south through double French windows, the other to west, sheltered by walls & a huge Tulip Tree & good for al fresco meals outside. Plenty of room for bicycles, & space for outdoor clothing; hanging washing out
Interaction with guests
Support by our Housekeeper Janet Hailstone & our son Edward Scutt & his family who all live in the village. Publicans Ines & Steve also offer any help needed, & park there if you wish, with Security lights on - mention which is your car if you do. Self-catering, but cereals, porridge, teas. coffee, sugar, conserves, spices, biscuits, flour etc in the cupboards, fresh milk, bread, butter & eggs in 'frig to welcome guests.
Our main home is in Leicestershire but I will advise guests by email and phone with further details and suggestions for their interests, also about particular events during their visit.
Other things to note
A railway line goes over a bridge just beyond the pub - we occasionally hear a train on the line. The village pub is close by but does not overlook the cottage; live music at times. Our huge Tulip Tree & thick walls minimize any noise. We have 2 courtyards which offer privacy outside. Low ceiling beams downstairs.
- Chequers is a charming old cottage. Inevitably some corners are difficult to clean, as are windows. Our Cleaners make every effort but please remember this.
There are a number of steps outside, also the low glazed French Windows could be a problem with v. young lively children
Do not put v hot pans directly on the Beech Worktops in kitchen -use the metal or silicone heat-resistant alternatives provided
Wife of W Tom Scutt, 4 sons - 10 grandchildren; retired Solicitor & Magistrate. We have been involved over the years in the wider community. We are country people, enjoying our environment though concerned about the pressures on the countryside.
Interests: the Arts - history, heritage- architecture & design, theatre & cinema.
We are well-travelled, home & abroad, usually independently
The family is very important to us; devt of youngsters especially; fun with them & friends - generally reckoned to be good hosts. I also include our extended families in this – past & present generations -they are all part of what we are.