Fishermen’s Retreat

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The private garden leads you to the banks of the Midford Brook – a veritable haven for outdoor and wildlife lovers

‘This delightful cottage set in an enchanting location just a few miles from the centre of Bath offer the best of both countryside and city, “Wind in the Willows meets Jane Austen”’

An ideal place to relax and unwind.

Originally built for the Somerset Canal workers in the late 1800s, Fishermen’s Retreat self-catering cottage is one of four artisan cottages which border the banks of the Midford Brook.

Its secluded location in the tiny hamlet of Tucking Mill in the Midford Valley makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind, yet it is under 15 minutes’ drive from Bath city centre.

A Gold star bijou luxury cottage with a private garden

A calm and peaceful retreat for 2 with room for third in a small second bedroom. The private garden goes right down to the Midford Brook. A haven of wildlife. A bijou luxury cottage with all facilities you could need, including a coffee corner.

Everything you need is included in our digital Touch Stay guide. You’ll get full access to this handy guide when you book direct, giving you insights into the local area and how to make the most of your stay with us.

From £120-170 per night for 2

At a Glance

Bijou luxury rural retreat
Artisan terrace cottage with original features
Traditional fireplace and log burning stove
Full of comfortable and homely touches
Private garden with rose bower and two patios
Sit beside the brook secluded by willow trees
Watch the kingfisher flash by and the trout jump
Lovely view over the meadow and the sheep on the hills
Constantly busy birdfeeders
Tranquil environment
Full size double room and small single

Settle Into Your Home Away From Home

Awarded a rare 4 Star Gold rating by Visit England, the high quality self-catering accommodation at Fishermen’s Retreat has also been recognised with awards for welcoming cyclists and walkers with cycle storage and facilities for drying clothes.

There are also many delightful countryside walks and cycle routes on your doorstep, including Sustrans Route 24. Two excellent independent pubs, both within 15 minutes’ walk, serve delicious home cooked food at lunchtime and in the evening.

We Go The Extra Mile

Fishermen’s Retreat has recently been renovated to a high standard and combines stylish comfort with original features to create the perfect self-catering holiday cottage. With a welcoming living room, featuring a traditional wood burning stove, flat screen television, DVD player, iPod docking station and dining area for six, free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchen, Fishermen’s Retreat feels more like a home than a holiday cottage.

You’re Guaranteed Good Night’s Sleep

On the first floor, the master bedroom has a king sized, luxury 1200 pocket sprung bed dressed with luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen. Further accommodation is available with a single bedroom on the first floor. The cottage also has a shower room on the first floor with towels provided for all guests.

While Away The Hours In Your Private Garden

Fishermen’s Retreat benefits from a beautiful, mature, south facing private garden with a BBQ, outdoor dining area and an additional terraced area by the riverbank, making it ideal for outdoor and wildlife lovers. Fly fishing can also be arranged by request for those wishing to while away the hours by the babbling brook.

Book with us & be rewarded in Bath

All our guests benefit from the Bath Reward Card during your stay, giving you exclusive discounts across the city’s best restaurants and cafés. You can benefit from our 25% off saver card at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery. Don’t miss out!

For more info about the Bath Reward Card please contact us.

Walking & Cycling

The Two Tunnels Greenway shared use path is right on your doorstep and makes up part of the cycle route, Sustrans 24. The route runs through Bath, Radstock, Frome, Warminster and Salisbury to join route 23 in Hampshire.

We have spent some time putting together a few of our favourite local walks in your welcome pack guide to the area. There are also several that start at Monkton Combe, the neighbouring village, and the lovely canalside route from the Dundas Aqueduct into Bath or towards Avoncliffe and the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon.

Visit Bath

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath is one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations. For us, we love visiting Bath for the array of quality restaurants and sightseeing. There’s a rich history to explore in Bath and it’s only 10 minutes’ drive from our tranquil setting at Tucking Mill.

Regular festivals, including the Bath Christmas Market and Bath Literary Festival, are among some of the events that guarantee there’s always something to do and see in Bath!

Fishing & Activities

We have a special partnership with the Avon and Tributaries Angling Association (ATAA) to offer day tickets to fish on their waters for £30. Enjoy trout fishing along the beautiful Midford, Cam and Wellow Brooks, as well as coarse fishing on the Bristol Avon, the Somerset Frome and downstream of the weir at Monkton Combe on the Midford Brook. Other local activities include horseriding, archery, tennis and more, which are also mentioned in your welcome guide.

Beyond Bath

We’re lucky enough to be situated in an area with excellent access to many of the South West’s finest destinations. Day trips can include a short drive up to Bristol to explore the buzzing city life, or ventures to the breathtaking Cheddar Gorge or Cotswolds. Lacock Village, popularised by shows like Downton Abbey, is also a popular day trip. StoneHenge and Longleat are further down the A36, while the gorgeous Bowood estate is just a half hour’s drive.

William Smith

Known as the “father of English geology”, William Smith lived across the way in the hamlet of Tucking Mill. Smith is credited with creating the first nationwide geological map and collating the geological history of England and Wales into a single record. From 1798 to 1810, Smith lived and explored the Midford Valley and enjoyed the beautiful English countryside around him.

Take a look around the interior of our award-winning luxury cottage before you book.

Additional Information

Each property benefits from:

  • Digital flat screen television, DVD player and iPod docking station in living room
  • Fully equipped kitchen with washing machine and dishwasher
  • Free off road parking
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels provided
  • Luxury 1200 pocket sprung beds
  • Personally managed

This property is not suitable for the less able. Not suitable for pets or toddlers.

If you wish to combine a stay in the city and just outside the city, look at for the perfect contrast.

Special discounts are available if you wish to combine a stay in the city and the country.

Check out our digital guestbook for more information.

“This is a beautiful little cottage that is in a delightful property. There are two cottages next to this one but each cottage is on a lovely green lawn with chairs and sculptures and a babbling brook. The location was a bit outside of town (as the listing stated), so keep that in mind, when planning food and transportation (there are plenty of cabs to call though, so don’t worry about it). We were welcomed with really thoughtful little details, like a decanter of sherry and some chocolates for the two of us to share. I would wholeheartedly recommend staying here if you can make it! Just amazing! 😀 Bath itself is absolutely fascinating. It has a cute little downtown area that’s easy to walk around. The actual ruins of the Roman baths were stunningly preserved and displayed brilliantly. Roman engineering is incredible! Our trip was topped off with a dip in the Thermae spa as well. Slightly expensive but quite relaxing. Worth it for a special occasion. We didn’t do much sightseeing outside of walking around the downtown (the Abbey is also incredible) but it was a delightful visit.”

Mikhail, Airbnb

“My partner and I booked to stay in this cottage as we wanted a trip to the Bath Christmas market but were put off by the prohibitive cost of city centre hotels. All I can say is that we consider ourselves VERY lucky that we found the Fishermen’s Retreat!

“It’s one of those places that you ALMOST don’t want to tell anyone about, in case it suddenly gets really busy!

“It is truly a chocolate box cottage – part of a short terrace of houses with privately owned homes at either end.

“Low beamed ceilings? Check!
Wood burning stove (with logs, kindling and matches provided)? Check!
Decanter of sherry and complimentary sweeties? Check?
Oodles of blankets and pillows and towels? Check!
Beautifully maintained garden with babbling brook? Check!
Tonnes of wildlife to be spotted? Check!
Entirely light pollution-free back garden perfect for star gazing? Check!

“Honestly, it was just perfect.”


“This has to be one of the most idyllic settings for a relaxing stay. The surround countryside is beautiful with an array of wildlife to see on various walks. Very nice touches like sherry and chocs!”

Martin and Aimi

“It was truly a little haven. Beautiful, peaceful and restful. Thank you so much.”

Jane, Claire and Jonathan

“Beautiful, tranquil place. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our short stay.”

Anthea, Sue and India

“Lovely setting and beautiful walks. Enjoyed seeing the falcons and owls that lived next door… and of course the spotted apple tree.”

Cathy and Karen

“Hello Ann and Michael!, I just wanted to let you know that as it’s been about a year since we stayed with you and your kind hospitality -taking us into town, sitting with us at breakfast and helping us settle our train schedule, as well as your beautiful home and the yard, the steam, the walk through the woods to the local pub/diner, the kind neighbour and his birds, and the natural beauty throughout Tucking Mill has been fresh in my mind ever since – and what a great history too: I hope all is well with you both and the rentals are flowing in for you!

Warmest regards of my heart, Michael Massicott and family

“This is our second visit. Recommend highly.”

Gaynor and David

‘This delightful cottage set in an enchanting location just a few miles from the centre of Bath offer the best of both countryside and city“Wind in the Willows meets Jane Austen”’


“Gorgeous cottage – a home from home. Lovely setting, everything you need all in one place. Good walk into bath through the tunnels. Nice welcome from Ann. would and will recommend a stay here. Excellent place…”

Ruth and Claire

“This place is a little bit of Paradise on earth. The perfect retreat for me…strolls along the lanes, a pint in the local pub reading and listening to the silence (or a crackling fire, or the brook outside or the birdcalls) looking at the stars at night..I’d love to come back and see this place in all seasons. Thanks for making my visit so perfect and memorable”

Sheila from Australia via Cambridge

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