Abbey House Gardens

Malmesbury, Wiltshire
+44 (0)1666 827650

Gardeners and history lovers will be intrigued to stay here. You have your own annexe and the run of the garden once visitors have gone


7 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Waltz straight past the ticket office (great feeling) and up to your own massive oak door – the key is the size of a small kitten. Inside it’s all wooden panelling from the early 1500s, stone mullion windows with views to the river Avon, a library of over 2,000 books on history, architecture and gardening, and a wood-burning stove in a huge stone fireplace.

Upstairs find a kitchenette with a decently stocked fridge and a combi-microwave oven – if you need something swisher for proper cooking you can probably use another kitchen in this rabbit warren of a house – and there are beds for overflow guests too, so laid-back is the fuss-free vibe here. Rufus will greet you and can give a tour of the house and a tasty slice of its history too.

Explore the formal gardens at the front, slightly wilder acres behind. Children will seek out Brutus the leopard tortoise and the koi carp pond. Somewhere lurk the remains of King Athelstan…

Abbey House Gardens - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Taking the tour and learning the fascinating history of the house and the gardens
  • Letting the children have the run of the garden - it's quite safe
  • Wandering into town for supper or stocking up your supplies
Abbey House Gardens - Gallery

You should know

  • Dogs can come but they need to be on a lead in the garden
  • WiFi signal can be weak in some rooms - the walls were built to keep the French out


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £800
Sofabed available.
1 House for 5
From £1507 beds3 bedrooms


If you stay here then definitely take the tour - it'll enrich your experience and bring history startlingly to life. But it's also a laidback, relaxing sort of place where you're free to do as you please without fuss.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Where else can you get a five-acre garden slap bang in the middle of town? You're just a stroll away from medieval Malmesbury - at one time the most important religious centre in the country after Canterbury and Winchester. It's a friendly little town with a good commumnity, a thriving market on a Friday and a lot of independent shops. A number of footpaths lead you out into rolling countrside.

Local points of interest from Rufus Pollard

  • This 5 acre garden has 1300 years of history: the first King of England is buried somewhere here, two saints were thrown down the well, and it's now one of the great gardens of the world. Enjoy the 16th century Library and Hall as your living room.
  • We're beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury. Westonbirt Arbouretum is a mere 5 miles away.
  • The Coy Carp Café provides a beautiful spot to enjoy tea, or a scrumptious lunch where you can watch, and feed, an extensive collection of koi carp in The Stew Pond.
  • The town of Bath, a World Heritage Site, only 40mins by car. Highgrove Gardens & the picturesque town of Tetbury are a 15 minute drive.
  • Ideal for children, totally safe gardens to charge around and Netflix provided on TV for the evening.
  • Sculpture exhibition from April - October. 187 pieces on a unique display from Cotswold Artists.


Rufus Pollard

Rufus's dad first saw the totally abandoned house and ruined abbey in 1991. At that time there was no garden so he set out to save the house and create the garden. Now the second generation of the family continues to shore up his great legacy, living and gardening here and looking after guests. They are generous and informal and hope that you feel at home in the beautiful annexe.