This Real-Life Chocolate Box Cottage Featured In A 1960s Mars Advert

By Martha Davies

4 weeks ago

Home sweet home

Pining after a life in the country? Any dreams of bucolic perfection likely start with a picture-perfect chocolate box cottage – and this one really is worthy of the title, as it was featured in Mars adverts in the 1960s. 

Look Inside… Bachelors Mead, A Real-Life Chocolate Box Cottage In Wiltshire

Thatched red brick cottage with lawns and a swing.

With its wraparound garden and thatched roof, this home is brimming with rural charm. It’s nestled in Wiltshire’s picturesque Vale of Pewsey, commanding panoramic pastoral views that would make even the hardiest Londoner long to escape to the countryside.

Dining room with flagstone floors, a brick fireplace and wooden furniture.

While any thatched cottage might remind you of the charming homes that once adorned Cadbury chocolate boxes, Bachelors Mead is a real-life chocolate box cottage: it was featured in a Mars television advert which ran throughout the 1960s. In the ad, a thatcher is seen working on the roof at Bachelors Mead before he unwraps a Mars bar and shares it with his two nieces. (The slogan ‘A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play’ was popularised thanks to this very ad.)

Living room with Persian rug. cream furniture and lead schoolhouse window.

Bachelors Mead has evolved somewhat since the 1960s, and it now provides four reception rooms, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. You’ll find a study, snug and dining room downstairs, plus a large, airy kitchen boasting a central island and an AGA. There’s also a handy boot room and a utility room alongside a show-stopping sitting room, which features a towering Victorian schoolhouse window. Of course, period features like exposed beams and fireplaces are on show throughout the property.

Bedroom with pale blue walls and a dark wooden four-poster bed.

The bedrooms and main bathrooms are arranged across the first floor, all enjoying glorious views. Outside, meanwhile, you’ll find both formal and informal gardens, with a gravel driveway at the front of the house and lush lawns at the rear. You’ll also spot a double garage, which is complete with a loft studio. 

Gorgeous country views from a gorgeous country home – what more could you ask for? Bachelors Mead is on the market via Hamptons for £1.25 million.