A freelance writer and academic, living in Brisbane.
Published February 23rd 2016
Quaint and Cosy
Kissing Gate Cottage - how could a cottage have a quainter name? When I booked this cottage in the small village of Marshfield for a week's holiday this past January, I couldn't wait to see if the cottage lived up to its name. Well, it lived up to the name and more. It was quaint but it was also very cosy and comfortable for our family of four.
Marshfield is well located close to the M4 from London and near the Georgian city of Bath and the sea port of Bristol. The cottage is named after the kissing gate in the fence between the cottage and the adjoining church yard.
A kissing gate lets one person at a time pass through the hinged gate within the circular frame but prevents animals from getting through. The kissing gate sees quite a bit of local traffic. The path through the churchyard provides the short cut to the village. We loved our morning dashes through the gate and the frosty churchyard past mossy gravestones to the general store for fresh bread and baguettes.
In addition to the convenience store, Marshfield has a tea room, a grocery store, a butchery and two pubs. We took advantage of the very well-equipped kitchen of the cottage and self catered most meals. We spent the limited winter daylight hours exploring the many nearby attractions. So we looked forward to dinner in the cottage and an evening by the large enclosed wood fire watching television or playing one of the board games provided.
The comfort and coziness continued upstairs in the bedrooms and bathrooms with underfloor heating and comfortable beds. There are two bathrooms, one with a shower, the other with a generous bath tub with a hand-held shower.
All the comfort of the cottage was boosted by the welcome and hospitality of the cottage owners and hosts who live next door. Hugh and Ruth are on hand if needed, with travel or weather advice or for a top up of firewood.
We loved having their suggestions of must-do places to visit and there were so many to choose from near and slightly more afar. We managed to fit in day trips to Bath, Bristol, Wells, Stonehenge, western Cotswolds and the delights of the Wye Valley in Wales.
Every time we looked forward to returning to our cosy cottage by the churchyard - through the kissing gate.