From previous guests:

summer 2012 Colin Brooks and family - Our family have been enjoying short breaks staying at Pine Tree for many years.
When you wake at Pine Tree it is like you are waking in bright open air, so close are the trees and so light is the house. Over the years our children have loved camping out in the woods, cooking their own breakfasts on homemade open fires, building camps and climbing trees.
There is a lovely lined walk into Devizes which crosses the canal. We always bring or localy hire bikes as it's a short cycle ride to the canal towpath and then simply miles of flat carefree cycling, watching the herons and learning about the hydraulics of locks! Or simply just watching the kids run from one lock to another helping the barge skippers. Scenic pubs line the canal, so lunch is always easy too .In the past we have hired a "short" canal boat from the Marina in Devizes which was fun learning to steer and taken canoes out for the day there too.
We have walked up to and past the local chalk White Horse and then on a few miles further until high enough to appreciate the stunning open scenic views of the area.
The evenings are BBQ time back at Pine Tree as the sun goes down. It's just you and the noises of the animals around you in the woods. On quiet walks at dusk we have seen deer, owls, badgers and more. And when we are finally done outdoors, there is the welcoming warmth of Pine Tree itself, where everything you need is at hand, from an enormous collection of books to a ping pong table for the kids to play on upstairs.


Autumn 2012 Paula Hitz and family - I have spent many happy holidays, over the years, at Pine Tree with my family. We return year after year to the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Waking up at Pine Tree with the morning sun streaming through the bedroom window is my idea of heaven and then lying there listening to and watching the birds through the large french windows that open onto the patio. On one occasion we were even lucky enough to spot two deer grazing very close to the house as we lay in our bed. Pine Tree is well equipped and very spacious, with lots for the children to do. My children love to go exploring and just wandering around outside. It is lovely for my elderly parents too, the house is easily accessible and they love walking in at out and watching life around them.

There is plenty to do around Devizes. A trip to the Caen Hill Locks to watch the canal boats and have a delicious cream tea is a must. We have visited Wookey Hole Caves, Longleat, Bournemouth, the Butterfly Farm, and taken a trip down the canal from the marina in Devizes. Many afternoons have been spent playing football and eating picnics in the nearby fields. The evenings are so peaceful and we love sitting outside having a barbeque and listening to the peaceful sounds of nature.

I would recommend Pine Tree to anyone who is looking for a relaxing time far away from city life.


October 2012 Joanne Drakes - I have stayed at Pine Tree for a number of years. The house is set in the midst of a beautiful wood which has a stream flowing through it. I have stayed with my family with ten people very comfortably. There is more than enough hot water and the views from the bedrooms are very special. The large windows make you feel like you are living amongst the trees and the peaceful and quiet atmosphere there is most healing and rejuvenating.

October 2013 - the Maynard Family - Had a wonderful weekend with a family group of 18. House was perfect for a large group, plenty of room and had everything you need.
Particularly enjoyed being secluded but still close to the town. Martina was great with the booking, making sure all was as we needed and it was great to be able to leave at our leisure on the Sunday. Wish we could have stayed longer. 

June 2013 - Fantastic way to spend a 40th with the family. The views, peace and air were lovely. What a ovely place. Thanks for letting us use it.

August 2013 - A lovely house and garden and a brilliant get away for a week. We made several long walks with our dog. Olivers Mount is a must for a fantastic view of Wiltshire (turn left at the phone box and carry on to the top). The 13 locks along the canal in Devizes was lovely on a hot day and the Blackhorse was a lovely pub with a canal side view (try a pint of Swordfish). Marlborough also contains some brilliant boutique homeware shops as well as discount make up shops. Pollys tea room makes a great cream tea as well. Marlborough was also a lovely town center with beautiful shops. Also had some great pubs; the Wellington Arms and the Green Dragon. Salisbury was also a great day out. Best to park in Sainsbury's and walk up to the Cathedral. One the way you pass a sausage shop - 80 varieties - unfortunately they had sold out of beef and marmite. The cathedral was beautiful and is free to look around. Just outside of Salisbury is Old Sarum, a castle ruins. Its good fun to run around and also dog friendly. The Stones of Avebury is a must. A little like StoneHenge but more spread out and you can touch them as well. Nice pub (the Red Lion) and cafe for a refill. Also in Devizes is the Wadworth Brewery Tour (book online and worth the price) Tour of the brewery including shire horses. Sign painting then a tasting session at the end. Further a field is Longleat, a brilliant day out although slightly pricey. Able to feed giraffes-deer-seals-birds and you are also able to stroke penguins and stingray. A lot of fun for children and adults. Bath way a good day out. The Roman baths are worth a visit as well as the Abbey (they are next to each other). Also good for shopping around. The oldest pub in Bath - the Saracens Head- and the smallest - Coer De Lion - both worth a visit if you are a pub fan. Also had a fantastic time around the house. Was able to see deer out in the garden around the house. Was also enough room for all of us to sleep comfortably. Overall is was a good week break away. Enjoy.

August 2013 I love the house, its huge but its as hot as an oven. I love all the windows and great for hide and seek.

August 2013 Craig Family - We greatly enjoyed the walks from the house. Olivers Mount has wonderful views and we also like the walk into Devizes across the fields at Iron Pear Tree Farm. We walked to Avebury too. We saw many buzzards, kestrels and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. 

October 2013 - We arrived at a house but now leave a second home.

October 2013 Maynard-Murdoch-O'Brien-Huntley clan - A great place to spend a weekend celebrating a 50th with the family. 4 daughters, 1 son and grandchildren and families.

November 2013 Cockayne abd Prikockis families - It is my 21st birthday weekend and I have had the best weekend staying here with my family. The house is perfect for my family and I have loved staying here.

December 2013 Cardiff Reunion Lovely cottage (minus the flies) and beautiful surroundings.

December 2013 Brookes University ReunionAmazing weekend. Thanks for letting us hire a hot tub and keep it in the garden too. Gorgeous house.

 New Year 2013, Rugby club reunion - A wonderful relaxing time. Perfect for friends.

February 2014 The Mays - Lovely house, we had a very relaxing time.

March 2014 Friends together from London, Brighton, Bristol, Wales and Dorset. - We all have had a lovely weekend. The house was just right for us. lots of space for the kids to play, lovely big table and nice lounge for relaxing when they were all tucked up in bed.The light sunny house was perfect for the start of spring. We may well be back.

march 2014 - Lovely big light house, great lounge for chilling. Friendly black Labrador to add to the childrens enjoyment. And with fantastic weather, what more could we want, thank you.

may 2014 - Twiglet ladies from Thornbury. We have had a lovely girls weekend, we really appreciated the lovely big dinning room and lounge and being able to walk from the house.

may 2014 The Hewitts - Amazing house - so light and airy. Great place to spend the week with children, grand children and friends to celebrate our ruby wedding anniversary. Special thanks from the kids " I love the forest, it is so big and I saw a deer", "I really enjoyed staying here we even had a party. we went to Bowood and played on the adventure playground and went to the kave under the waterfall".

June 2014 Turner Clan - A wonderful venue for my 70th birthday with our 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Highlights 1 Wake up/shake up on the lawn. 2 Numerous "Were all going on a bear hunt" swishy grass and squelchy mud. 3 Visit to Avebury Circle. 4 Open farm sunday down the road. 5 Award ceremony for all the grandchildren. 6 lots of space to enjoy.

July 2014 family from Australia - We all had a great time, all 17. Adventure ground for the children.

July 2014 Garve family - We all enjoyed our stay very much. Amazing house, great place to unite a family. Merci from France.

july 2014 Wedding weekend - Lovely stay in a lovely house for family wedding weekend.

july 2014 Mann family - Great venue for a huge family from Spain, Bristol, Bognor, Eastbourne, Trowbridge and Frome. Excellent.

August 2014 Esthers birthday - Incredible place and location. Much fun was had on this birthday celebration. 

september 2014 Taras hen weekend - Lovely stay in a beautiful house! Much fun was had by all! Would love to stay again.

october 2014 Kirsty's 30th - Thank you we had a great weekend and enjoyed the house, garden and area.

october 2014 Carter family - Great venue for a big family reunion to celebrate Christines 70th birthday.

october 2014  lots of families - Great get together for our families.