Cools Farm

A wonderful welcome in a Wiltshire farm 

Settle in among Red Poll cattle on this organic farm, beautifully close to Stonehenge and Shaftesbury but imbued with the peace of our classical English countryside. The stone farmhouse is 400 years old and sitting on its original footprint. It was completely refurbished recently but retained its exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces and light sunny rooms. 21st-century comforts are seamlessly integrated into a historic traditional farm.

There are three guest bedrooms here as well as three self-catering units. The Edwards Room has a six-foot superking-sized bed and a private bathroom with a separate shower and whirlpool bath. The French Room also sleeps two, in a king-sized bed, though the bathroom here is shared with the Family Room. The Family Room represents something of a bargain: there's a six-foot double which can be divided into two single beds, as well as a futon and a sofabed for extra sleeping space. After the first two guests have booked the Family Room prices drop sharply for the extras staying. The French Room and the Family Room share a private bathroom.

Guests often comment on the comfy beds. Bedding is crisp and individual with duvets and feather or natural pillows if guests mention an allergy on booking., and the soothing sounds of cattle lull guests to a tranquil night's sleep. The benefits of staying on an organic farm soon become clear over breakfast, served on either Wedgwood Devon Rose china or in traditional farmhouse style. Eggs are very local indeed, from chickens you'll see from your window, and as a special treat during the asparagus season mid April to mid June, you could sample some of the delicious organic asparagus grown on the farm.

Private homes on a working farm

There are three self catering cottages on Cools Farm, where children are welcome and well-behaved dogs are permitted. The names of each cottage reflect their historic roles though in every respect these have been thoroughly and tastefully furnished and equipped for comfortable, rural stays. If you want to combine the flexibility of self-catering with the luxury of a farmhouse breakfast this can usually be arranged for £10 per head: just give Maggie a call.

The Old Piggery is a studio apartment with a five foot double bed and a sofa bed, allowing it to accommodate three guests. It is fully equipped with everything you're likely to need, with a full kitchen, wood burning stove and en-suite shower room. It also has a private garden with glorious views.

The Milking Parlour sleeps up to six in with three double bedrooms, two of which can be converted to twin beds. There's an en-suite and a family bathroom, underfloor heating and its own garden and terrace.  The Tractor Shed is adjacent, with a five foot double bedroom, kitchen, dining and seating area. These two properties can be rented together, accommodating up to eight guests. There's a minimum stay of two nights (three to four nights in peak seasons) and discounts for longer stays.

Your B&B Hosts

Maggie and Quentin Edwards are perfect hosts. Quentin generally focusses on running the farm with its rare-breed pedigree cattle and the woodland that shades a private trout lake. Sheena looks after guests in the B&B and the three self-catering cottages that have been recently developed in farm outbuildings. Both are highly knowledgeable about the immediate area, with its wealth of history, and are happy to share information - and the experience of living on a working Wiltshire farm - with their guests.


Cools Farm is tucked away just under the Fonthill beacon, that marks the place where Fonthill Abbey was one of the shortest-lived of all the eighteenth-century follies: built between 1796 and 1813 it very soon fell down. More enduring monuments nearby include Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, the market town of Shaftesbury, the landscaped gardens of Stourhead and Longleat with its lions. Cools Farm is three and a half miles from Tisbury station, with direct rail links to London Waterloo and the A303 is three miles to the north. If you're walking the Wessex Ridgeway, the path linking Lyme Regis and Avebury, it passes through the farm.

01747 830 720


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Maggie and Quentin Edwards
Cools Farm
East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6DB, England

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Tel: 01747 830 720


Price per room, based on two sharing, bed and breakfast 

The Edwards Room (sleeps two) £90 - £120

The French Room (sleeps two, shared private bathroom) £80 - £90 (or £70 if the Family Room is booked)

The Family Room (sleeps five, shared private bathroom) £80 - £90 plus £17 per child or £24 per adult

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