Heron’s Nest is one of 5 lodges set in a beautiful 3 acre site located in the heart of the Vale of Pewsey. This one bedroom lodge is perfect for a couple’s getaway who wish to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Your veranda overlooks the pond and the graceful swans will be your daily visitors whilst you have your morning cuppa on the veranda. The lake is a short walk from your property where you will come across a variety of other wildlife around the site.

The open plan kitchen and lounge provides you with a lovely space to relax in and the room is bathed in natural daylight through the full length windows and patio doors. The bedroom can be figured as a king size double or twin beds with your en-suite bathroom adjacent. This rural location with only 5 lodges provides you with plenty of privacy to unplug from the world. For those that wish to get out and explore there are a variety of activities to be found just a short walk away on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Bring your bikes and cycle along to Pewsey Wharf for a relaxing canal side pub lunch or perhaps try a spot of fishing whilst you soak up the summer sun. If you have your own kayak or paddleboard then there is a slipway locally at Pewsey Wharf to launch your boat (an unpowered licence is required).

The towns of Marlborough, Devizes and Bath are all a short driving distance away. Marlborough has a pretty high street with some nice independent shops and restaurants. Devizes is an excellent location to admire the amazing Caen Hill flight of locks or have a day at the historical city of Bath, treat yourself to a spa afternoon or take a tour round the ancient Roman baths. For outdoor lovers the Vale of Pewsey is an area of outstanding natural beauty so there is plenty of countryside to explore and investigate. After your busy day of activities come back to your peaceful surroundings and enjoy dining al fresco on the veranda whilst you catch the remaining sun of the day.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Master bedroom with super king double or a twin bed.

Ensuite bathroom with a shower over bath, W/C & wash basin.

Please let us know your preferred bed configuration at time of booking.


Pets are accepted (max 2) at a cost of £30 each.

Terms & Conditions

25% deposit is required on booking, balance is due 8 weeks beforehand.

Check in is between 4pm. Check out is 10am.

Bed linen & towels provided.

Electric heating included.

Sorry, no smoking or vaping.

Location Information

Located in the North Wessex Downs National Landscape, on the outskirts of Pewsey, is Willowbank Lodges.

The location boasts plenty of nature for walking and cycling around in. Including a nature reserve, the Kennet & Avon canal the River Avon, Savernake Forest & Martinsell Hill all close by. For the kayak enthusiasts the Kennet & Avon canal is within 100m.

Local supermarkets: Co-Op in Pewsey or Tescos in Marlborough.

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Optional Extras

  • There are no optional extras.

Terms & Conditions

1. Your Holiday Booking

Your booking is direct with the Owners of Waterways Holidays Ltd trading as Willowbank Lodges and subject to the booking Terms and Conditions as set out below. To make your booking, you will be requested to pay a booking deposit of 25% of the hire cost if your holiday start date is more than 8 weeks after the date of making your booking. If booking within 8 weeks of your holiday start date, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Your booking is not confirmed until either your deposit or full payment has been received.

On receipt of your booking deposit (or full payment if within 8 weeks of the start date of your holiday), a contract of hire will exist between you (hereafter referred to as 'the Hirer') and Waterways Holidays Ltd trading as Willowbank Lodges (hereafter referred to as 'the Owners').

2. Minimum Age of Hirer & Single Sex parties

We welcome couples, families and groups of friends but regret that we are unable to accept Stag or Hen party bookings or young groups of four or more friends where the age of the hirer (who must also be a guest) is less than 25.

3. Paying the balance of hire

Your balance of hire is due for payment, without demand, no later than 8 weeks prior to your arrival.

4. Variations of price

We reserve the right to vary prices without notice. The price of your holiday is however guaranteed once a booking confirmation has been received by you.

5. What is included in the price?

Your holiday hire includes use of the property from the time as specified in your booking confirmation until 10.00am on the specified day of departure. Your rental cost includes all bed linen and towels (one bath towel and one hand towel per guest), central heating, electricity and water. Complimentary WiFi is provided for use by guests including via the large internet connected smart TV.

6. Changes to your booking

After your booking has been confirmed, any changes will incur an administration cost of £50.00 to cover the cost of replacement paperwork. Changes within 8 weeks of the start date of your holiday may incur additional cancellation charges and all requested changes will be subject to availability.

7. Damages & breakages

You are liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the accommodation, its contents and to the surrounding property. Please report any incidents as they occur so we can deal with them immediately. We do not normally charge for minor breakages but would expect you to cover the cost of any repairs or replacement items of a more significant nature, such cost would be charged to your credit/debit card within 1 week of departure. Loss of keys will result in a flat fee of £30 per set of keys.

8. Cancellation by you

On confirmation of your booking, a contract of hire will exist between the Hirer and the Owners. In the event of cancellation by you 8 weeks or more before your holiday, your 25% booking deposit will be non refundable and you may be eligible to claim on your holiday cancellation insurance if taken (see item 10 below). Cancellation within 8 weeks of your holiday will forfeit the full hire amount paid (or due) unless the owners can re-let the property in which case only the 25% booking deposit will be forfeit to cover administration and re-letting costs. Optional cancellation insurance is available.

9. Cancellation by us

Should a property suddenly become unavailable for the dates hired by you due to unforeseen circumstances, all efforts will be made to offer suitable alternatives. If this is not possible, then all monies paid by you (the Hirer) will be refunded to you in full with no deductions but the Owners will incur no further liability of any kind. Under no circumstances will the Owners be liable to refund any amount exceeding the amount paid by the Hirer.

10. Liability

The Owners accept no liability whatsoever for any Loss, Damage, Injury or Accident to the Hirer or any member of the Hirer's party or property whilst in occupation of the property or its grounds insofar as this results from proven negligence of the Hirer or any member of the Hirer's party.

11. Cancellation and Personal Insurance

It is very strongly recommended that you have adequate personal and holiday cancellation insurance to cover you and all members of your party. This should be suitable for UK self catering holidays arranged independently of a travel agent and should include cancellation protection cover to safeguard you against loss of the cost of your holiday in the event of unexpected cancellation.

Under no circumstances will the Owners be responsible for loss of life, personal injury, medical expenses, accidents, damage to the Hirers property, personal effects or motor vehicle(s) and you should ensure that any insurance covers such eventualities.

12. Pets

1 medium/large or 2 small well behaved pets are welcome in any of our lodges at a charge of £30.00 per pet to cover additional cleaning. Please note that guests are responsible for the cost of any damages or excessive cleaning charges.

13. Smoking

For the comfort of all guests, smoking is no permitted anywhere inside the premises.

14. Noise Disturbances

All guests must endeavour to keep the noise at a level which will not disturb other people, especially between 22.00 and 09.00. The playing of loud music, excessively loud televisions or loud and offensive behaviour is prohibited at all times and the owners or their manager reserve the right to terminate the letting without notice if the guests cause a disturbance or nuisance to the other guests, owners or manager of the site.

15. Risks On-Site

Swimming in the lake or stream is strictly forbidden.

Whilst we welcome children to our log cabins, we must point out that the cabins are positioned very close to the stream and the lake; furthermore, there is a small river bordering the site. Children are pought at their parents’ risk and young children must be supervised at all times.

16. Web Site & literature differences or omissions

Our web site and literature is intended as a guide to the properties and facilities only, and we reserve the right to make changes to the facilities provided or to the properties without prior notice. We regret we cannot accept any liability for errors mistakes or omissions which may arise from any differences between the properties or the facilities provided and our website or literature.

17. Terms of Use of Guest WiFi

Use of the complimentary WiFi is subject to the Terms & Conditions of Use which can be downloaded here. Connection to the Free WiFi network always implies that you have read and accepted these Terms of Use.

Property Features

  • Willowbank Heron's Nest is a single storey lodge.
  • Sleeps 2.
  • Access via two steps leading onto the veranda.
  • Enclosed and covered furnished veranda area.
  • Car parking available in the small car park a few metres away.
  • Master bedroom with super king double or a twin bed.
  • Ensuite bathroom with a shower over bath, W/C & wash basin.
  • Open plan living, dining and kitchen area.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with 1.5 oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and dishwasher.
  • Kitchen is fully equipped with cooking equipment & utensils, as well as cutlery & crockery.
  • Dining table and chairs.
  • Lounge has 1 fabric sofa, 1 fabric armchair, coffee table & TV.
  • Use of the laundry room.

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Local Fishing Information


There is no fishing available on site.

There is fishing available nearby, Manningford Trout Fishery is a 10 minute drive away.

There is also two fishing ponds within 15 minutes drive of the property.

Local Attractions

Martinsell Hill

Marlborough: Visit Wiltshire's most dynamic and cosmopolitan market town with shopping and places to eat.

Pewsey: The local village of Pewsey where you can visit Pewsey Wharf to see some boats or have a bite to eat at the Waterfront Bar & Bistro or on your way back grab some food at the Dragon Inn Fish & Chip shop. You can also go and see the smallest of the eight canonical white horses in Wiltshire, Pewsey White Horse.

Highclere Castle: Why not take a trip to the home of Dowtown Abbey, where they have events on all year round such as a summer picnic concert and fireworks displays. Or even just pop in for a spot of afternoon tea. Approximately 45mins drive.

Cheddar Caves & Cheddar Gorge: Nestled in the Mendip Hills, you can find this natural wonder with awe inspiring cliffs and subterranean stalactite show caves for you to explore and even learn about our prehistoric ancestors. The site is also a internatial centre for caving and rock climbing. Approximately 1hr 45mins drive.

Steam Museum of the Great West Railway: Also know as the Swindon Steam Railway Museum, you can learn about the rich history of the Great West Railway and the achievements made by the people who work on the railway. Approximately 45mins drive.

Stonehenge & Woodhenge Two local tourist attractions, both within a 30 minutes drive of the property, dating back to the prehistoric era.

Atwell Motor Museum: For the car enthusiasts, visit this small museum with a collection of vintage, post-vintage and classic cars as well as a few other motor vehicles. Approximately 30mins drive.

Wildlife: As well as spotting local wildlife on walks around the area there are places near by you can go and see some more exotic animals. Longleat Safari Park (approximately 1hr drive), Cotswold Wildfire park & Gardens (approximately 1hr drive), The Living Rainforest (approximately 1hr drive).

Wiltshire Heritage Museum: Located in Devizes, why not go and discover Wiltshire's story and explore the interactive galleries and see the world class collection they have to offer. Approximately 30 mins drive.

Go Ape: With three different Go Ape locations within driving distance, why not take to the treetops with the UK's No. 1 outdoor activites company. Or if you do not fancy being up in the tree tops they do offer activites on the ground level, such as Forest Segway experiences and Axe Throwing. Locations : Alice Holt - approximately 1hr 20mins drive, Bracknel - approximately 1hr 10mins drive, Southampton - approximately 1hr 10mins drive.

Golf Clubs: There are a few golf clubs nearby for any golfers to go and have a try at a new course. Marlborough Golf Club - approximately 20mins drive, Upavon Golf Club - approximately 15mins drive, North Whilts Golf Club - approximately 25mins drive, Ogbourne Downs Golf Club - approximately 25mins drive. If you just fancy hiting a few balls try Sleight Valley Golf Driving Range, with it's own crazy golf course - approximately 25mins drive.

Bath: You can take a drive to Bath and explore the city, including the roman baths. Approximately 1hr 30mins drive.

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