Plum Tree Cottage
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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Built in 1851, grade II listed Plum Tree Cottage is at the end of a row of six Cotswold stone cottages, located close to the centre of the beautiful village of Blockley. The village is a hidden gem, being set well away from major roads, yet it is large enough to have two pubs, a restaurant and a community owned shop and café, as well as a stunning Norman church. Blockley is well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the North Cotswolds, as well as further afield destinations, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford or Blenheim Palace.
Plum Tree Cottage has recently been lovingly refurbished by its owner, adding contemporary style and furnishings to the traditional character of the property. The many character features include wooden beams and floors, exposed Cotswold stone walls and a wood burning stove. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two flatscreen TVs and a contemporary kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of six people, in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms. There is a large garden, with lovely views across the valley that Blockley sits in, and free on street parking is readily available. Plum Tree Cottage is an ideal property for friends or a family, looking for a peaceful break in a lovely village.
The door to Plum Tree Cottage is at the side of the property and opens into an entrance hall, adjoining the kitchen. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
•Living/dining room: A beautiful, cosy room, with an exposed Cotswold stone wall and fireplace, wooden floor, a window seat and a wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for six and a lovely wooden dining table, also with seating for six;
•Kitchen: Recently installed, the contemporary farmhouse style kitchen includes a five ring gas hob, gas oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle and a washer dryer.
Stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Bedroom 2: Contains two 75cm wide single beds;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed;
•Bathroom: Contains a bath with a rain shower, plus a handheld shower attachment, a toilet and a wash basin.
Further stairs lead up from the first floor to the second floor landing, off which are two rooms:
•Bedroom 1: Contains either a king size bed OR two 75cm wide single beds. There is a flatscreen TV in the room;
•Bathroom: Contains a walk-in shower, toilet and a wash basin.
Plum Tree Cottage's split level, enclosed garden is accessed from the house, across an unenclosed footpath and up a few stone steps. There are fabulous views across Blockley village from the top of the garden, where there is a wooden table with six seats. A charcoal barbecue is provided during the warmer months of the year.
Free on street parking is available on the street in front of Plum Tree Cottage and throughout Blockley village.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 60 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Blockley is a peaceful, charming Cotswold village, with raised pavements, a splendid church and some superb architecture strung out along the mile long High Street. Known by many locals as the "secret village", Blockley is well away from main roads and in some parts of the village the only noise is Blockley Brook, the mill stream that winds its way through the bottom of the valley.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with many very enjoyable walks leading from the village, Blockley has much to offer the holidaymaker. Its attractive village green overlooks the popular Bowling Green and beautiful Norman Church, and is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic on sunny days.
Blockley first became established to the east of a Saxon church, which was replaced by the present church of St. Peter and St. Paul in 1170. The church has a Norman chancel and a Gothic-survival tower. The monuments include a brass of a priest in full mass vestments. There were twelve mills, some of which were first mentioned in the Domesday Book, turning out flour, flax, woodcutting and threshing. During the 18th century, with the wool industry in decline, Blockley turned to the manufacture of silk. Attracted by the fast flowing streams, many of the mills were converted and enlarged to accommodate the "throwsters", the workers who twisted the silk fibres into thread for the silk ribbon makers in Coventry. The largest was the Westmacott Mill, now converted into a residential home called Blockley Court.
To accommodate the workers, many more terraces of cottages were built, each set one behind the other. Up the hillsides, cottages for workers and the Northwick Terrace almshouses mingled with elegant Georgian Terraces and townhouses. The boom in silk making was short lived and most of the mills reverted back to their former functions, although two became piano making factories. Blockley has been left with a unique collection of buildings reflecting the past glory of silk making, which gives it a different character to other north Cotswold villages.
Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the North Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way and served by the main line railway from London Paddington. The town was granted its market charter in 1227 and there still is a busy Tuesday market, with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors.
Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The oldest building is likely to be the 16th century Curfew tower on the High Street, whose bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. The High Street has many elegant 17th and 18th century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall in the centre of the town.
Moreton has a wide range of pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops and restaurants.
Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold's countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.
Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.
Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was St. Edward's Stowe or Holy Place, named after a Saxon missionary. The word 'wold' as in 'Cotswold' means hills, so Stow-on-the-Wold simply means Holy Place on the Hill.
Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.
It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for 'picture-postcard' England. The town's tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B's, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.
Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.
Chipping Campden is a small market town, notable for its elegant terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century (“Chipping” comes from the Old English word for a market-place and is found in other towns, such as Chipping Norton and Chipping Sodbury).
A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.
Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St James, with its medieval altar frontals, cope and vast and extravagant 17th century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall. The Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area. Hicks was also responsible for Campden House, which was destroyed by fire during the English Civil War possibly to prevent it falling into the hands of the Parliamentarians. All that now remains of Hicks' once imposing estate are two gatehouses, two Jacobean banqueting houses, restored by the Landmark Trust and Lady Juliana's gateway. Hick's descendants still live at the Court House attached to the site.
In the early 20th century Chipping Campden became known as a centre for the Cotswold Arts and Crafts Movement, following the move of Charles Robert Ashbee with the members of his Guild and School of Handicraft from the East End of London in 1902. The Guild of Handicraft specialised in metalworking, producing jewellery and enamels, as well as hand-wrought copper and wrought ironwork, and furniture-making. A number of artists and writers settled in the area, including F. L. Griggs, the etcher, who built Dover's Court, one of the last significant Arts and Crafts houses, and set up the Campden Trust with Norman Jewson and others, initially to protect Dover's Hill from development.
Since the early 17th century Chipping Campden has been home to a championship of rural games, which later turned into Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games. The Olimpicks are held every summer on the Friday evening following the late Spring Bank-holiday, on Dover's Hill. Peculiar to the games is the sport of shin-kicking (hay stuffed down the trousers can ease one's brave passage to later rounds).
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
Food & drink
For a relatively small village, Blockley is blessed with a number of places to eat and drink, all just a short walk from anywhere in the village.
•The Crown Inn
•The Great Western Arms
•Lower Brook House
•Blockley Village Shop & Café
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.
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12 Jun 2014
Tastefully decorated with all the facilities you would want. Very comfortable beds and has a real luxury feeling about it. Pleasant seating area in the garden away from the house with views over the v… More
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