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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.  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.
  • A newly refurbished Chapel
  • 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.
  • 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 (3.3 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 (7 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 Manton 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.


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