Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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Clouds Hill is perfectly located on a quiet lane, with views out over the rooftops of pretty Cotswold cottages, to the fields beyond. Despite the tranquil setting, the cottage is in the historic heart of Blockley, which is a peaceful, yet thriving village, with two pubs, a restaurant, a community owned village shop & café, and a historic Norman church.
Built around 1850, in traditional Cotswold stone, Clouds Hill has many character features, including wooden beams, exposed stone walls, flagstone floors and a wood burning stove. Complementing these period features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a Freesat TV and a modern, well equipped kitchen. The cottage also has an enclosed sun terrace, which looks out over the village of Blockley to the fields beyond. The layout of the property makes Clouds Hill an ideal retreat for a family or for a group of friends.
The cottage sleeps up to six people, in three bedrooms, with one bathroom.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham International Airport 60 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors||
Clouds Hill has a small entrance porch, which leads to the ground floor rooms:
- Dining room: With exposed stone walls, wooden beams and a gas fire. Contains a dining table and chairs for six;
- Kitchen: The modern, well equipped kitchen connects to the dining room, creating a nice, sociable space in which to cook. Contains a cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer;
- Living room: This room has a wealth of character, with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, a limestone flagged floor and a beautiful wood burning stove, complemented by a flat screen Freesat TV and CD stereo system.
Stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
- Bedroom 1: With an oak floor, contains a king size bed;
- Bedroom 2: Twin room, with an antique polished elm floor;
- Bedroom 3: Twin room
- Bathroom: Contains a Victorian-style clawfoot bath, with overhead shower, basin and toilet.
|Further details outdoors||
Outside the front door, there is an enclosed sun terrace, with lovely views over Blockley to the fields beyond, with an outdoor table and chairs for six people.
A security deposit of £100 per week is payable to the property owners (£175 at Christmas, New Year and Cheltenham Week), which is returned by the owner after the letting period, subject to a property inspection. For UK based guests, the owner's preferred payment method is via a cheque. Overseas guests must pay the deposit via Paypal. Further details of how to pay the security deposit will be provided with your booking confirmation.
Clouds Hill accepts up to three dogs, at a cost of £25 per week 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 towels and hand towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time at Clouds Hill is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. You will be met by the owners upon arrival and we therefore request that you contact the owners in advance if you will be arriving much later than 3pm.
Bed sizes and configurations:
- Bedroom 1: King size bed;
- Bedroom 2: Two single beds;
- Bedroom 3: Two single beds.
Fuel and logs:
To cover a proportion of the cost of the electricity and gas used at the property, a fuel supplement of £25 per week is payable for breaks between November and March.
Logs for the wood burning stove can be purchased locally.
Clouds Hill has free wireless internet access, a Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player. There is also a telephone available, for incoming calls only.
Blockley is in a valley and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.
Clouds Hill has one off street parking space and free on street parking is available.
Child friendly facilities:
A travel cot (without linen) and a booster seat are provided.
Toilet rolls and cleaning products are provided. Guests should bring all the other consumables that they will require with them.
Accessibility, health and safety:
Clouds Hill is an old property and has narrow and steep stairs, 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 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.
No smoking is permitted throughout Clouds Hill.
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.