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River House

River House

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River House Bath (AA 5 star-rated with Silver Award) is a 5 bedroom house on on the small estate of Friary on the outskirts of Bath. It was once the site of a Carthusian Monastery and is listed by Historic England. 

The nearby village of Freshford has a regular train service to Bath taking 9 minutes, as well as an excellent pub, shop and cafe serving local produce. There is also a good bus and taxi service.

River House Bath can be rented on its own for up to 10 guests. Friary Coach House can accommodate a further 4 guests. Together they comprise over 5,000 square feet of accommodation with 2 kitchens and spacious living rooms, including a conservatory, which are ideal for larger groups. 

All bedrooms at River House have super king double divan beds which are divisible into standard single/twin beds. There is also an excellent quality double sofa bed, plus 2 sprung mattress portable beds which can be set up in the study of River House.

Both properties have large fully-fitted kitchens, dining areas and there is a laundry/utility room in River House, plus a herb garden. There are 2 cots for babies and 100% cotton baby linen and towels.

The enclosed gardens and terraces of over 2 acres are entirely for the use of guests, in addition to private riverbank fishing (in season), there is also a large hot tub, 2 BBQ terraces with firepit, croquet and clock golf.

A 3 chefs are available for in-house dining and small drinks parties (Italian, Spanish and English) as well as daily housemaid service, if required.

A barn is available as a party venue in the summer, by arrangement, for special events/parties and a decorative marquee can be set up on the riverside lawn for up to 60 guests.

A variety of activities are in the neighbourhood include: horse riding; scenic walks; bicycles and canal barges for hire; and clay pigeon shooting.

Longleat, Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Iford Manor and the medieval weaving town of Bradford on Avon are all close. There is a small rare breeds farm in the surrounding 8 acres of parkland including Zwartbles sheep, Appleyard ducks and miniature Shetland ponies.

The Caretaker and Housekeeper live in Friary Cottage on the estate and are available 24/7. 


Key Features

  • Accessible Rooms
  • Country house
  • Family
  • Farm
  • Groups Welcomed
  • In countryside
  • Midweek breaks
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Romantic
  • Village Location
  • Weekend breaks

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Cot
  • Facilities for children - Small farm

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking

Establishment Features

  • Family Friendly
  • Free car parking
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties

Public Transport Directions

Freshford Station takes 9 minutes to Bath Spa Station. 

No. 94 bus takes 20 minutes to Bath Bus Station. 

Road Directions

Postcode: BA2 7UE

Take the A36 out of Bath going South.

This is in the direction of Frome and Warminster.

Pass signs to the village of Freshford on your left.

Pass Homewood Park Hotel also on your left and after about 1/2 mile further along the A36 (after the big bend to the left), you will see a X roads sign.

Go left there. You will also see a ‘No Through Road’ (T-shaped) sign.

This lane is sometimes called Friary Wood Lane or Green Lane on maps.

Be careful not to overshoot it! If you see the Iford turning left, you’ve gone too far.

Going down this narrow road you pass through Friary Wood, then over a cattle grate.

The little estate lies in front of you at this point and there is map showing where the buildings all are.

River House and Friary Coach House are at the bottom of this narrow road on the left. If you concentrate on the left all the way, then you should find us!

Friary Cottage where I live is the last building on the left by the river.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Helzbelz2003
      What a gorgeous house!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 5th October 2017
      We hired this house for a weekend for my sisters hen do and had a blast! It is a lovely house in the perfect location. We hired both the house and the coach House and everybody commented on what... Read full review
    • elimurray
      Chester, United Kingdom
      Amazing Stay at River House
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 4th September 2017
      Booked this gorgeous house for my sister in laws hen party weekend. The setting of the house is spectacular and so is the house itself. Richard was an amazing host; always on hand to answer any... Read full review
    • sandie_abery
      Harlow, United Kingdom
      Beautiful cottage even in the rain!
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 24th July 2017
      A great location and lovely surroundings Penny and Richard could not have been more welcoming and friendly Everything was perfect, apart from the weather Family friendly, we had babies and small... Read full review
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    • 5 AA Stars
    5 AA Stars

    Opening Times

    2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
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