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Cottage facilities

Each terraced cottage consists of: a private front door with porch and a small garden border. 
Ground floor layout : entrance hall, living room with TV and telephone point, galley kitchen. 
First floor layout : landing, bedroom, separate bathroom with WC.
Each cottage has central heating (fired by a newly installed bio-mass boiler) . Each is fitted with a 24-hour, 7-day on-call system which during the Warden’s hours of duty alerts her for immediate attention and after hours will connect to a dedicated call service.
Each cottage is fully re-decorated before each new resident takes up occupancy.

Communal facilities

These include:

  • Laundries with modern appliances
  • Mature, walled gardens with fruit trees with secluded areas for relaxing and reading and with outdoor seating, dining and BBQ area.
  • The quadrangle surrounding the Chapel comprises an enclosed lawn with outdoor seating.
  • Small allotment plots for plant, fruit and vegetable cultivation.
  • Historic chapel for the use of residents and visitors, with Sunday service and special services throughout the year.
  • Guest flat for visitors.
  • Drop-in room for chats with the Warden and visits from a local hairdresser and chiropodist.
  • Social meeting room with library (and ensuite kitchen) for reading, hobbies, meetings or social gatherings.
  • CAR PARKING on site.
  • Cottage quadrangle enclosure is secured at night.

Facilities locally

The College is situated in the village of Froxfield. on the A4

which is on a bus route into the historic market towns of Hungerford and Marlborough.

Across the road from The College is a popular pub, The Pelican Inn, which provides reasonably priced, good food and B&B rooms.

Within easy walking distance of the College, residents and visitors can enjoy open countryside and walks along the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Hungerford (2 miles) has a train service into London Paddington, interesting independently-run shops, an antiques arcade, supermarkets, a popular garden centre, an excellent bookshop and library. Special attractions include the Victorian Christmas Evening held each year in November. Hungerford has a private leisure centre with pool, which offers reasonable off-peak memberships.

Marlborough (8 miles) features a number of tea & coffee shops, fashion boutiques, gift shops, an excellent bookshop, library, supermarkets and a public leisure centre. Concerts, events and annual festivals include the Marlborough Jazz Festival and Local Artists Open Studios. Summer School courses at world famous Marlborough College are always a popular attraction for visitors, as is the 17th Century Merchant’s House, Gift Shop & Museum.

There is also a frequent taxi service with friendly local drivers.



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