Proving that there's gold to be found at the end of the rainbow is the aptly named Rainbow Cottage in Somerset which sits on the bank of the River Frome — and the setting couldn't be more heavenly. Annunciata Elwes takes a look.
The little hamlet of Friary, just outside the village of Freshford, which is six miles south of Bath, takes its name from a nearby Carthusian priory and the past is ever present at adorable, four-bedroom Rainbow Cottage.
Currently on the market via Knight Frank for offers over £850,000, the cottage is accessed via a private gate which leads to a single garage and ample parking space.
On the River Frome, with Riparian rights, its garden contains the remains of a medieval water mill as well as a well-kept vegetable garden, plum, damson and apple trees and a terrace with steps leading down to the water.
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There gardens and countryside that surround the cottage are delightful and a real escape into blissful, waterside living, with private areas from which you can sit and take in the glorious Somerset countryside.
Freshford: What you need to know
Location: In the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the Avon Valley, approximately 6 miles from Bath. There are train stations located in Freshford, Avoncliff and Bradford-on-Avon, offering Great Western Services.
Atmosphere: The pretty riverside village — full of Bath Stone cottages and meandering walks around the river — is home to a popular local pub — The Inn at Freshford, a primary school, a village hall and community cafe and shop.
Things to do: Enjoy the scenery and walk along the river, or through the rolling green countryside. Bath is just a short distance away (and accessible via rail) which provides plenty to see and do — from the historic Roman baths to the many restaurants, shops, theatres and galleries.
Schools: Freshford Church School is the local primary, with Westwood-with-Iford Primary School and Winsley C of E VC Primary School also nearby. For secondary there is Royal High School Bath, King Edward’s School and Saint Gregory’s Catholic College.
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