Priory Steps

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Priory Steps is the home of Carey and Diana Chapman, situated in the heart of the tranquil country town of Bradford-on-Avon. It offers a unique taste of English Rural Life in an area of great interest.

The town of Bradford-on-Avon is a living pageant of British history. Saxon and medieval buildings stand untouched amid the mellow Cotswold stone of the 17th century town centre. Spanned by a 13th century bridge, the River Avon bubbles with the same mineral springs that made Bath famous, and the town rises steeply above its banks. It is a fascinating place to explore on foot with narrow winding alleys and tantalising glimpses of town gardens and the unchanged past.

Priory Steps itself is part of this history. In 1985, Carey and Diana converted six 17th century weavers cottages to provide luxury accommodation for the 21st century. With just five guest suites, Priory Steps will soon feel like your own home.

The five suites at Priory Steps all share panoramic views over the town towards Salisbury Plain. Period furniture and careful interior design combine to give each guest room an individual character. They offer a high standard of accommodation with en-suite bathroom and colour television. Tea and coffee facilities are provided.

The library is luxuriously furnished with comfortable leather armchairs. In the winter months it's an ideal place to relax with a pre-dinner drink, to meet fellow guests or enjoy the wide selection of books and games. During the long summer evenings rest in the private gardens overlooking the town and the River Avon.

Priory Steps offers excellent and sophisticated evening meals if booked in advance. Diana Chapman, who trained at the Bouquet Garni school of cookery in London, includes the best of British and Continental cuisine in dinners served in the intimate setting of the dining room. Silver service, candlelight and a crackling log fire all add to the feel of a private house party. Priory Steps is licensed to sell alcohol, but guests are more than welcome to bring the wine of their choice. Alternatively there are a number of good restaurants and pubs within easy walking distance.

Priory Steps is an ideal venue for your private house party we can take up to five couples in the main house, six if you also book the apartment. Do not hesitate to phone and have a chat about your requirements.

Priory Steps makes an ideal base for exploration of the West Country. The fine Georgian city of Bath is 8 miles away (13 minutes by train) and Longleat House and Safari Park 13 miles. Lacock National Trust Village, Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum 8 miles: Stourhead House and the renowned gardens (20 miles) Bowood Stately Home (14 miles) Cheddar Gorge and Hills (25 miles): Glastonbury Tor (29 miles). The prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury rings and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge caves and Wookey Hole are also within easy reach. Activities available locally include fishing, walking and riding.

Rates are 46-£53 per person based on two sharing a twin or double room, or 76 for single occupancy of a double room, including a full English Breakfast. Dinner - including three courses - is 28 per person and should be booked in advance. Payment can be by sterling cheques, Visa or MasterCard, while cash payment is rewarded by a 5% discount on all bills.

Please click on these thumbnails for further pictures of our accommodation:

Priory Steps Main House:

Wonderful views from all rooms

The Indian Room

Sues Room

The Dining Room

Flower Room Bath
Priory Steps Coach House Apartment:

Sunny Roof Terrace

Spacious open plan accommodation

Sitting Room Area

Luxury Bathroom

Separate Bedroom

NEW! Priory Steps Coach House Apartment. We now have self-catering holiday accommodation available. Extremely well appointed with wonderful views, the apartment is available for lets for a minimum of three nights. The main accommodation is an open plan living area with comfy leather sofas, a dining area with antique pine dresser and a kitchen. There is a compact separate bedroom that can be arranged as either a twin room or as a queen sized double, and one of the sofas in the living room easily converts into a comfortable double bed. The bathroom has a full bath and shower. All linen and towels are provided. The apartment is available for lets from as little as three nights and the price will vary from £60 per night up to £90 per night depending on time of year and length of stay, please email or telephone for further details of prices and availability. Don’t forget to have a look at the “virtual tour” and click on the thumbnail pictures to see more.

Priory Steps is a 'Wolsey Lodge'.

Priory Steps

Newtown - Bradford-on-Avon - Wiltshire BA15 1NQ

Tel: + 44 (0)1225 862230 Fax: +44 (0)1225 866248

For further information and details of availability please e-mail Carey Chapman at:

To find Priory Steps refer to the following map of Bradford on Avon's town centre:



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