Priory Steps

Casually elegant, with amazing views of the town…

Originally a terrace of six 17th Century weaver’s cottages, it was converted in 1985 into a fabulous home from home with panoramic views over the town towards Salisbury Plain. This spacious bed and breakfast was purchased from the world record-breaking aviatrix and motor racer, The Hon Mrs Victor Bruce - the first lady to win the Monte Carlo Rally Coupe Des Dames in 1928 and the first Englishwoman to fly solo around the world. Fascinating memorabilia relating to her exploits are displayed in the house.

Each of the five suites is individually furnished with period furniture carefully combined with tasteful décor giving each an individual character. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, with all the comforts you can expect from a Wolsey Lodge. Perfect for large groups of guests as well as for house parties.

Old leather sofas nestle in the library, perfect for guests to relax in with a pre-dinner drink, to meet fellow guests or enjoy the various books and games. The dining room, with crackling log fire on chilly evenings, has a door onto the en-suite terraced garden, filled with fragrant roses, clematis and passion flowers clambering over wonderful old Cotswold stone walls.

Three period dwellings with all contemporary comforts

Situated right next to Priory Steps on the upper reaches of Bradford-on-Avon's historic town centre, Carey and Diana have created three very individual self-catering properties, historic dwellings now fitted with the very latest comforts. While the B&B is furnished with antiques, their self-catering options are fully specified with the latest fittings, albeit in period, restored buildings. All can share use of Priory Steps' own car park - the Coach House actually overlooks it - and are close enough to pick up Priory Steps' fast wifi. They are comfortable, secure bases from which to explore this fascinating market town.

The Coach House is reached by a flight of stairs that reach up from Priory Steps' own private car park. It has stunning views over Bradford and the Avon Valley, both from the large picture window in the living area and the private terrace by your own front door. Inside it's beautifully furnished, with a large sitting area, galley kitchen and eating area, a bedroom that is large enough for a double bed as well as a single bed, and a large and luxuriously fitted bathroom.

The building across the road from Priory Steps, once an inn, has recently been thoroughly redeveloped by a Bath firm of Architects, and two of the units have been retained by Priory Steps to offer self-contained accommodation to guests. Each is reached by their own private front doors and provide spacious accommodation and very contemporary design. Both units have large sitting areas with open-plan kitchens, double bedrooms with king-sized beds and crisp white linens, and en-suite bathrooms where marble prevails. 

Your B&B Hosts

Carey and Diana Chapman are your hosts and have been welcoming Wolsey Lodge guests to their home since 1987. Diana is an expertly trained cook and one of her catering jobs included a cricket season cooking for the committee and VIPs at the Oval! Carey, a keen local historian and former Chair of the Town and District tourist associations, will happily advise on the best places in Wiltshire for Wolsey Lodge guests to visit.


Priory Steps luxury B&B is in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. With an ancient Saxon chapel, splendid Norman church, 14th century town bridge with lock-up and Tithe Barn, the town is a living history of architecture. It is also central for visiting Bath, Longleat, Lacock Abbey, Castle Combe, the beautiful gardens at Stourhead, Stonehenge, Avebury, and the beautiful Cotswolds.

01225 862 230


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Carey & Diana Chapman
Priory Steps
Priory Steps, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1NQ, England

Tel: 01225 862 230


Prices are per Person, per Night inclusive of breakfast
2 King Size (5') B&B Rooms (en suite) £55-£64
1 Super King (6')/Twin B&B Room (en suite) £55-£64
1 Double (4'6") B&B Room (en suite) £55-£64
1 Twin (2 x 3') B&B Room (en suite) £55-£64
Single Supplement £30

Dinner £30

Self Catering

£70 - £110 per night. Minimum stay three nights.

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