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The Old Fox
Farleigh Wick, Wiltshire£1,195,000 Freehold

The Old Fox

Hewn from rich golden Cotswold stone topped with a Somerset Roman tiled roof

This charming Grade II-listed house, built out of buttery Cotswold stone with a Somerset Roman tiled roof, is located in Farleigh Wick. Originally a 16th-century inn, it has been beautifully restored and updated with modern features. Internally, meticulous care has been taken to find high-quality materials and fittings to create a sleek, streamlined living space. Farleigh Wick sits between Bradford-on-Avon and Bath amidst picturesque countryside on the eastern bank of the River Avon.

Setting the Scene

The house’s core dates back to the 1500s, hewn from golden Cotswold and Bath stone. Its history as a favoured stop for travellers along the London-Bath route led to expansions over the centuries. Recently transformed into two spacious residences, the house retains its enchanting character with rustic flagstones, elegant sash windows, and grand fireplaces. The transformation extends gracefully to the grounds, where a gravel driveway winds through a walled garden to an inviting entrance painted in the timeless shade of ‘Studio Green’ by Farrow and Ball. For more information, see the History section.

The Grand Tour 

The front door seamlessly blends into the rugged sixteenth-century brickwork, creating an entrance to the spacious open-plan sitting and dining room, formerly the inn’s bar and eating area. The room exudes warmth with its wool carpet and ‘Stoney Ground’-painted walls by Farrow and Ball. Box sash windows are set on a double aspect, while a prominent stone fireplace with a log store commands attention on the north wall. The dining area has another impressive fireplace, complemented by a high-performance log burner and a built-in cabinet. Adding to the charm are two delightful window seats, offering intriguing glimpses into the kitchen, which has expanded over the centuries.

The kitchen itself is a bright and airy space, filled with light pouring through three stone mullioned windows and glazed double doors leading to the garden. Tumbled flagstones from Mandarin Stone pave the floor, while ‘Wax Myrtle’ by Fired Earth adorns the sloping roof and walls. Thoughtfully designed, the kitchen offers ample food preparation and storage space with units lining two walls; a generous butler’s sink is nestled in the honed granite worktop. Double doors mark the entrance to an anteroom, serving as the entry hall, which connects to a laundry and boot room, complete with coordinating cabinets and a full stave oak worktop. There is also an additional cloakroom. Continuing from the kitchen, a large vaulted room, formerly an eating area, has whiskey-stained oak floorboards and a useful mezzanine. Currently a cinema room, this space would make a wonderful fourth bedroom or study.

A winding staircase leads to the first floor, where two well-sized bedrooms have thick walls painted in neutral stoney colours. Both rooms have large exposed fireplaces with substantial stone lintels and window seats with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The first floor also has a thoughtfully designed family bath and wet room, complete with a bronze washstand set into an original casement window and ‘Hoxton’ tiles from Mandarin Stone.

The principal bedroom is on the second floor, accessed through a hidden elm staircase concealed behind a sturdy timber door. The open-plan room, nestled within the eaves, is a striking and dramatic space. Three cast-iron skylights and opposing casement windows enhance the room’s proportions, harmonising with the soft chalky paint palette. The focal point, however, is a cast-iron freestanding Lusso bath adorned with bronze standpipes. Next door, behind an old wooden partition, is a wet room with a rainfall shower and a charming timber and marble washstand.

The Great Outdoors

With a beautiful south-easterly aspect, the garden has a wonderful sense of proximity to nature, with wildflower fields just beyond the boundaries. The large lawn has been newly laid, while the spacious patio area sets the stage for outdoor dining. For those seeking a friendly game, a dedicated pétanque court awaits, adding a touch of excitement to the outdoor space.

Out and About 

Farleigh Wick, set in the heart of the countryside, is close to the thriving neighbouring towns. A charming road leads directly to Bradford-on-Avon, a picturesque town adorning the banks of the River Avon. The area boasts a wide array of esteemed restaurants, including The Weaving Shed, Timbrell’s Yard, and The Bunch of Grapes.

Nearby attractions include a visit to the historic Tithe Barn, a magnificent Medieval structure dating back to the 1300s and one of England’s largest barns. Strolling along the River Avon, crossing the pretty Town Bridge, is a lovely experience. Nature enthusiasts can explore the surrounding countryside through extensive walks, marvel at the architectural marvel of Dundas Aqueduct, or visit the renowned Hartley Farm Shop and Kitchen. For those seeking a livelier scene, the UNESCO Heritage city of Bath, renowned for its rich historical, cultural, and culinary offerings, is a mere 15-minute drive away.

The house is well served by both road and public transport. Farleigh Wick connects to the Bath Road in just over two miles, leading to the M4 with its links to Bristol and London. By train, there is a regular service from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon, the closest train station to the house.

Council Tax Band: Awaiting Council Assessment

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Inigo has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.


The rich history of this house and the surrounding hamlet is intertwined with its past as both an inn and a residence. As early as 1571, historical records mention its existence as a public house, with Mr. Maggs reputedly serving as its first innkeeper.

By 1736, however, it underwent a transition and transformed into a charming farmhouse, noted in marriage settlement documents. Throughout the following centuries, the house expanded and gained prominence as a local inn named The Fox & Hounds, thriving due to its strategic location along the London to Bath route.

In the 1960s, it underwent an extensive refurbishment overseen by Mr. Knox Little, further enhancing its character and appeal.

The Old Fox — Farleigh Wick, Wiltshire
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