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Hainault House

from £129 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Excellent 5/5 Score from 36 reviews

Excellent 5/5 

from £129 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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Fantastic living room with large, inglenook fireplace

House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

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House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden



Built from classic honey coloured Cotswold Stone and dating back to the 17th Century, Hainault House is a double fronted, Grade II listed property, standing proudly on the raised pavements of the historic village of Blockley. Despite being well away from major roads and tourist buses, the village is fortunate to have two pubs, a restaurant and an award winning community owned shop and café. Blockley is close to the popular Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Camden and Stow-on-the-Wold, and many stunning countryside walks are right on the doorstep.

Hainault House boasts many character features, including mullion windows, flagstone floors, exposed Cotswold stone walls and a large inglenook fireplace. The character of the house is complemented by the contemporary décor and modern facilities, including wireless broadband, Freesat TV with DVD player, and an Aga in the kitchen.

The house sleeps a maximum of eight people, in four bedrooms, with a family bathroom and a further en-suite bathroom, as well as two separate living rooms. There is a terraced rear garden, with stunning views over the Blockley valley from the top level, and quiet on street parking is freely available. Hainault House is the perfect setting for a family holiday or for a group of friends wishing to explore the beautiful Cotswolds region.


The front door of Hainault House sits on the raised pavement of the quiet High Street and opens into the ground floor living room. The following rooms are on the ground floor:

•Living room: Full of the character of the oldest part of the house, the living room contains a large inglenook fireplace with a real fire, flagstone floor, exposed Cotswold stone walls and a mullion window with wooden shutters and window seat. There is comfy seating for at least five adults, with additional seating available on the window seat, on large beanbags and by moving chairs from the adjacent dining room;

•Dining room: Contains a large oak dining table and seating for eight;

•Kitchen: Contains an Aga, a separate cooker and four ring gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, and a table with four wooden stools;

•Utility room: Contains a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

Stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor. Halfway up the stairs is the family bathroom:

•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.

The first floor has a small landing and the following rooms:

•Second living room: A further reception room, with an abundance of character, including an oak floor, exposed Cotswold stone wall and a mullion window, with a window seat and fabulous countryside views. Contains a flat screen TV and DVD player, plus comfy seating for approximately five adults;

•Bedroom 1: With lovely countryside views and a nice window seat, this room contains either a super king size bed or two single beds;

•Bedroom 2: Contains either a super king size bed or two single beds. There is an en-suite bathroom, with a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.

Further stairs lead up from the first floor landing to the second floor landing, off which are two further bedrooms in the eaves of the house:

•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed;

•Bedroom 4: Contains a double bed.

Hainault's back door leads out from the kitchen to the garden. Steps lead up straight from the back door to the first garden level and further steps then lead up to the second garden level, from which there are fabulous views across the Blockley valley. In total there are 51 steps up to the top of the back garden. There is an outdoor table and seating in the garden, plus a charcoal barbecue. At the top of the garden is an outhouse, which gives access to a parking space at the rear of the property. Parking is primarily available at the front of the property, on the quiet road past Hainault House.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham 65 km, Nearest railway: Moreton in Marsh 6 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, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ

About this location

The 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.

The Cotswolds

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.


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 & Cafe

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.


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

- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Hidcote

- Cheltenham race course

- Cotswold Farm Park

- Batsford Arboretum

- Broadway Tower Country Park

- Snowshill Manor & Garden

- Oxford

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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Review 1-10 of 36

27 Oct 2014


"Beautiful property for a family break"

We booked a long weekend at Hainault House in order to celebrate a family occasion in October 2014. The property was beautifully presented and spotlessly clean throughout. There were some lovely surpr… More

8 Sep 2014


"Needs a bit of TLC"

The house is in a lovely quiet village. Parking was a big issue when we were there it was difficult to find a spot along the whole street luckily we were able to load near the house on departure.The k… More

The following response was written by the property owners:

"Dear Guests

We were very sorry to read your review, as we take customer satisfaction very seriously. We employ both a Property Manager and a housekeeper at Hainault House, to try and ensure that the quality of the house is maintained. Generally, we get good feedback from guests, however, clearly there are things you identified that needed to be improved.

Responses to each of your points are as follows:
• Parking: This point is a bit of a surprise, as there is nearly always parking space on High Street, albeit that this may not be directly outside the house. Certainly, we have never had a problem ourselves with parking. It is possible that the building work taking place on the new village café when you were at Hainault may have pushed some additional cars onto High Street, but we're not aware that there is generally a problem;
• Sticky tables: This is not acceptable and appears to have been an oversight by one of the housekeeping team, which they have apologised for, and we apologise in turn;
• Windows: We understand that these have now been cleaned and we have asked the Property Manager to increase the frequency of window cleaning at the house;
• Garden furniture: We became aware a while ago that the garden furniture was in a poor condition and we authorised it to be replaced. There appears to have been a misunderstanding between the Property Manager and the housekeeper as to who was replacing the furniture, which, frustratingly, meant it had not got done by your stay. New garden furniture has now been purchased.

We are very grateful for your feedback and we hope all the points you raised have been addressed satisfactorily. We would be very happy to offer a discount off any future stay, should you wish to return to Hainault House."

19 Aug 2014


"Nice cottage located in a nice village"

We do enjoy our visit to the house, and the living experience was wonderful! The small garden up hill was a good place for BBQ as the wind just blew the smoke away from us. You have everything may be … More

5 Nov 2013


"Amazing house, beautiful area, we didn't want to leave!"

A large group of us stayed for 3 nights at half term, 6 adults and 5 children ranging from 0-5 yrs old. We absolutely loved the house, very cosy with the open fire and the Aga in the kitchen, extremel… More

1 Jun 2013


"Perfect place to catch up with friends and forget about phones and TV"

We stayed 4 nights with friends, babies and toddlers and had a lovely time (in spite of the weather not cooperating). We made a couple of short journey's to Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water for… More

1 Apr 2013


"Our weekend stay at Hainhault"

The place was absolutely stunning. We all thoroughly enjoyed the cottage all though, if I'm honest, we didn't spend that much time in there. The surrounding area was beautiful and the pubs were very welcoming too.
Compliments to the housekeeping team. The place was spotless.
I don't know if you've ever been to Blockley, but my god is it hard to get out of the village using public transport. However don't use this as a reason not to go there as with a bit of investigative work, taxi numbers were obtained. The local shop was very helpful with this.
This cottage is worth every penny you pay for it. Its so cozy with some lovely old features. If I was ever to visit the area again in a large group, I would definately stay here again. I would recommend Character Cottages to anyone and I will be using them again should we re-visit the area.

13 Mar 2013


"The most perfect place to stay....."

I stayed here Fri-Sun with my friends to celebrate my friends 50th birthday. From the moment you walk in, its cosy and welcoming. We were left a bottle of red wine and a cake which was a very genero… More

28 Jan 2013


"A lovely weekend retreat"

I booked Hainult House for my partners 50th birthday to take him and his children away for the weekend as a surprise!! The house was warm and inviting when we arrived. Thank you for the wine and cake.… More

28 May 2012


"Superb setting and cottage"

We recently returned from a 5 day break at Hainault House. The house itself is full of character and had everything we could need. It's a beautiful village and the views from the top of the garde… More

27 Mar 2012


"Great break in Blockley with friends and baby!"

We had a great stay thank-you. The cottage was lovely-had everything we needed and more. Blockley itself is beautiful and the view from the upstairs living room is amazing- a real incentive to get out… More

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