Little Extras

Go a very long way

Our aim is to provide you with the most relaxing and romantic cottage for two. When you arrive, you will be greeted with a welcome tray laden with a home-made Aga cake from The Rookery kitchen and a variety of local produce including wine from the Bow-in-the-Cloud vineyard at nearby Garsdon.

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The Local Area

The Local Area

Exploring the Cotswolds
We are on hand to welcome you and help you to make the most of your holiday by recommending excellent places to eat and enjoyable excursions. Malmesbury boasts a surprising array of attractions, all of which are an easy walk from The Stables at The Rookery. From picturesque walks along the river, to visiting the local museum, there is something to suit all.
Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury Abbey

Steeped in history
The highlight of any stay in Malmesbury must be a visit to its beautiful Abbey. The Abbey dates back to the 7th century and has a rich history. It was the setting for Monk Eilmer’s attempt at flight in 1010 (unfortunately unsuccessful). While strolling through Birdcage Walk and the Abbey graveyard, see if you can spot the grave of Hannah Twynnoy, supposedly the first person to be killed by a tiger in England.
Abbey House Gardens

Abbey House Gardens

A spectacular five acre garden
No visit to Malmesbury is complete without a trip to the Abbey House Gardens, located just behind Malmesbury Abbey.  Home of the “naked gardeners” Ian and Barbara Pollard, the garden features an amazing array of plants and flowers right the way through the year. It’s no wonder this beautiful place has appeared on TV many times.
Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum

Nature at its best
Westonbirt Arboretum is situated just 5 miles from Malmesbury.  Famed for its superb collection of Japanese Maples, it is spectacular all year round, but of particular interest are the Festival of the Tree (August), the Autumn Colours (October) and the Enchanted Christmas (December), as well as Westonbirt’s varied programme of summer concerts.
Highgrove House

Highgrove House

Extraordinary royal gardens
Prince Charles’s country residence is a 15-minute drive away. As an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna, the gardens have been developed to not only please the eye, but sit in succinct harmony with nature. Tours of the delightful gardens, (followed by afternoon tea!) need to be booked in advance.