House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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Built from honey coloured Cotswold stone and dating back more than 150 years, Arlington House is a Grade II listed, grand Georgian house, located in the peaceful and picturesque village of Blockley. The village has two pubs, as well as an award winning village shop & café, and is located close to the beautiful market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold. Many walks through the stunning Cotswolds countryside are available on the doorstep and the house is within easy reach of numerous attractions.
Arlington House has many period features, including large sash windows, window seats, high ceilings and elaborate cornicing. The current owners have furnished the house with a unique collection of furniture, pictures, ornaments and books collected from many years of overseas travel, with the eclectic furnishings complemented by modern facilities, including wireless broadband and digital TV, as well as an Aga in the large kitchen. There is a lovely private courtyard outside the house, which leads to a peaceful, enclosed garden.
Arlington House sleeps 8+1 people (with the +1 being a small child's bed), in four bedrooms, with a beautiful family bathroom. Quiet on street parking is freely available. The house is an ideal location for a large family holiday or for groups of friends seeking a beautiful country retreat.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 65 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Arlington House's front door opens into a grand entrance hall with a chandelier and a sweeping staircase to the first floor.
The ground floor rooms leading from the hallway are:
- Living room: A high ceiling, elaborate cornicing, window seats and large sash windows, give the room a feeling of grandeur. There is a real effect gas fire and seating for eight;
- Dining room: Contains an antique dining table, with an eclectic mix of modern and antique dining chairs seating eight, as well as a TV viewing area, with a large corner sofa. There is also a real effect gas fire;
- Kitchen: Accessed through the dining room, the large kitchen has a table, with seating for five people, an Aga, separate hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer;
- Downstairs toilet: Contains a toilet and wash basin.
The stairs from the hallway lead to a large first floor landing with a window seat and small desk. Leading off the landing are:
- Bedroom 1: Contains a beautiful antique double bed;
- Bedroom 2: A dual aspect, corner room, containing two single beds, which can be joined together to make a super king size bed;
- Family bathroom: a large, bright room with oak flooring, containing a free standing roll top bath, separate shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed.
The final bedroom is accessed via bedroom 3:
- Bedroom 4: An eaves room, containing two full size single beds. There is also a small child's bed, built into the eaves, suitable for children up to 10 years old, which can be made up at a cost of £20 per booking.
|Further details outdoors|
A back door leads out from the dining room/kitchen to a fabulous, private courtyard with external lighting and garden furniture. A path from the courtyard then leads to a beautiful, fully enclosed, lawned garden.
Security deposits are not required at Arlington House.
One medium sized dog, or two smaller dogs, are welcome to stay at Arlington House, at a cost of £20 per booking per dog.
For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time at Arlington House is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations:
- Bedroom 1: Double bed
- Bedroom 2: Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed
- Bedroom 3: Double bed
- Bedroom 4: Two single beds
Please note that bedroom 4 is linked to bedroom 3 and is a small eaves room, with limited clothes storage space.
A small child's bed, under the eaves in bedroom 4, suitable for children up to age 10, is also available for £20 per booking.
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There are real effect gas fires in the living room and dining room.
Arlington House has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.
Blockley is in a valley and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.
Free on street parking is available directly outside the house.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
A travel cot (without linen) and high chair are provided.
Arlington House's garden is enclosed, however, please note that only the courtyard area of the garden is visible from the house.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
Arlington House has two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
The lawned area of the garden is not visible from the house and is accessed via a few small steps.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
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.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & Drink tab of the property's listing on the Character Cottages website.
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.
Food and 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: This 16th century country inn is situated in the heart of Blockley and features a restaurant serving dishes prepared with local produce, along with a bar with an open fire and a wide selection of real ales.
- The Great Western Arms: The “Western” as it is locally known, is a Hook Norton Brewery pub and is right at the heart of the village both geographically and socially. The pub has two rooms: one is used as the restaurant and the other houses a pool table, juke box and darts board (dogs are welcome in the pool room).
- Lower Brook House: Home to a fine restaurant that welcomes non-residents. The restaurant offers seasonal menus of mouth-watering, home-cooked dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients for candlelit meals in intimate surroundings.
- Blockley Village Shop & Café: The community owned shop and café is the hub of the village. The shop offers a wide range of basic groceries and necessities. The licensed café is open all day, serving breakfasts, lunches, coffees and teas, and home-baked cakes. Take-away hot and cold food, including croissants, pastries and baguettes, is also very popular.
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.
- Blenheim Palace
- Warwick Castle
- Cheltenham race course
- Cotswold Farm Park
- Batsford Arboretum
- 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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27 Jan 2013
"Lovely homely house in cute cotswold village"
Had a lovely stay with eight friends in this house. Had everything we needed including wine and home baked cake on arrival. Great pubs and shop in the village and lovely country walks from the village. Would definitely go back.
24 Oct 2012
"Fantastic house, had a brilliant weekend away!!"
When booking Arlington House for the weekend I found communication with Character Cottages exceptional. There was 8 adults and Arlington House itself was specious, well furnised, and had eccentic dec… More
9 Aug 2012
"Very nice stay"
We enjoyed our stay at Arlington House even though the weather wasn't great. The house was really spacious and we really liked the fact there were two reception rooms, one with t.v. and one for chilling out. The bedrooms were lovely and there was a lovely big bathroom with plenty of towels.
We took the opportunity to try out several of the recommended dining options which were great.
Thank you also for extending our departure time, it really helped.
7 Aug 2012
"Lovely setting, comfortable house, convenient for enjoying all the Cotswolds has to offer."
Arlington House sits on a high, quiet street in the lovely town of Blockley. Blockley is one of our favorite towns in the Cotswolds due to its village charm, beautiful architecture, good pubs and rambling walks. It was so pleasant to wake up every morning at Arlington House to the sounds of the countryside, have coffee and breakfast while cozied up to the Aga and perhaps read the paper in the tiny, sunlit patio in the back. The kitchen is well stocked and perfect for creating meals in the charming kitchen if you're in the mood for a night in. The house has numerous places to gather (living room, family room with TV and kitchen) and quiet corners for a few minutes peace and quiet, which made it ideal for traveling with friends/teenagers. The property managers were very attentive, providing travel information, answering questions before and during our arrival and welcoming us with a bottle of wine and delicious cake. They also graciously dealt with our internet issues whilst there. We look forward to staying at Arlington House again in the near future.
Note: Blockley does not have good cell phone reception, so be prepared to walk up a hill to make a call.
21 May 2012
"Very nice house in beautiful town"
Both the booking process and the directions to the property were excellent. Access to the property was convenient. Overall cleanliness in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms was also excellent.
16 May 2012
"Everything you need for a relaxing getaway...one problem..you won't want to leave!!"
I can safely say that we had an excellent time when we stayed at Arlington house. Everything about our stay was special. We really liked the small touches such as a cake and wine waiting for us on ar… More
23 Mar 2012
"Fabulous Birthday break with Friends and Kids"
We booked Arlington House for my wifes birthday with friends and 3 young children and had a fabulous time. The agents were very efficient and the booking process, directions and ease of access could n… More
19 Mar 2012
"Beautiful Georgian house in a picture perfect Cotswold village"
We very much enjoyed our stay. The house is lovely and suited our needs perfectly. The village and surrounding countryside are really beautiful too - we went for a walk on Saturday afternoon (the Moreton circular) and were delighted to find photocopies of that part of the OS map in the house ready to use.
29 Feb 2012
"Vicar of Dibley come to life!"
Arlington House was a great place to stay for the English village experience. Blockley is beautiful and close to other great Cotswold towns and gardens. It has some brilliant walks into the surroundin… More
15 Feb 2012
Arlington House is a really lovely cottage and the break was very pleasant. Thank you.
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