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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
For 1- 6 guests +(optional extra, 1 occasional bed & 1 cot), assessed and 4 star listed by UK Quality In Tourism. Self catering centrally heated cottage with Wi Fi BT broadband, own driveway parking for 2 + cars. Croftsbrook is not set up for disabled occupation. Our guest book consistently speaks of: Croftsbrook's 'excellence', 'home from home comfort, warmth and space', 'friendly welcome', 'ample equipment plus all basic essentials', 'cleanliness' and 'truth to advert'. All you need bring is your personal requisites and food. A quiet and peaceful rural retreat set in its own private cottage gardens in a field corner location. Croftsbrook is a 1 minute drive or 6 minutes walk to Chipping Campden's fine old town centre with its many good food shops and a quaint very well stocked grocery Co-op supermarket open daily from 7am to 10 pm and a pharmacy and other shops , a Bank, a Post Office and cash point, award winning wine merchant, galleries and very many pubs and good restaurants. It is only 2.5 miles to Broadway Golf Course, 0.5 of a mile(0.6km) to a state of the art play park for children, also 0.5 mile to sports and leisure and swimming activities for all the family. Croftsbrook is managed personally by its owners, artists David Birch & his wife Annabel Carey. The cottage displays a large collection of original paintings.
Chipping Campden is world known centre for The Arts and Crafts movement which was the inspiration for this charming fawn brick cottage which was enlarged by the addition of a second floor for David's and Annabel's family in 1998 from the original single story cottage built in the 1950's by Pyments Builders, the direct descendants of C. R. Ashbee's 50 man strong Arts and Craft 'Guild of Handicraft' which famously descended on Chipping Campden in 1902 with their families in tow. It must have been a total revelation for the native Campden population; new blood inevitably led to courtships and marriages. Though the Ashbee dream went bankrupt within a few years and many Guilds Men must have returned to London, The Guild Of Handicraft still survives today from it's foundation in 1902 in the Old Silk Mill, now an interesting art centre in Sheep Street where blood ancestors of the original Guildsmen continue to work with the same skills.
David thinks that CR Asbee, the Arts and Craft artist and architect and pioneering disciple of William Morris introduced a cottage lay out which has now become part of the Campden vernacular which Croftsbrook conforms to, a basic U shape with rooms surrounding three sides of a central small courtyard.
David's private studio accessed from the courtyard, and on the other side of the cottage, the private self contained annex are attached but entirely separate and retained for the owners unobtrusive family use, so friendly help is at hand if needed.
If art is your interest David offers tutored painting days for groups or individuals in Campden and the Cotswolds.
Chipping Campden is a bustling little market town with a small population of about 2,500 and having all the amenities you could need for a country break. Historically it received it's town charter around 1200AD and is known as one of the great architectural gems of the Cotswolds. It has a wealth of excellent pubs, restaurants, tea and coffee shops, galleries and other refined quality shops for food supplies etc. It has 4 churches of different denomination, all very welcoming of visitors, DR.s Health centre, library, museum devoted to the Arts and Craft works created in the Chipping Campden area. Also available in the town is a sport centre and swimming pool, tennis, bowling, cricket, horse riding, bicycle hire, large well equipped state of the art children's recreation ground. Only 2.5 miles away is the beautiful Broadway golf course. Stratford upon Avon and other great locations are only a short bus ride away. However you could easily be here without a car and be totally absorbed staying in Chipping Campden enjoying its own endless charms and scenic location for walking in the surrounding Cotswold hills.
It is also well known as the start or end of the 100 mile Cotswold Way foot path linked with the Roman City of Bath, so the less enthusiastic members of a party can enjoy themselves staying put whilst the hearty ones walk there and bus back or visa versa, returning to the welcome of friends in the cottage.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 55 km, Nearest railway: Moreton in Marsh 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, 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 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen is well equipped (see visitors comments). It has a pine dining table and settle and folding chairs and has a door which opens directly onto the gardens and outside dining area. It also has views over an open field.
There is a separate small dining room which at a pinch has seated 12 but comfortably seats a party of up to 8.
There is a sitting room with TV and DVD and CD radio and comfortable arm chairs and sofas for 7. It has the added bonus of an instantly warming electric Dimplex Mirage stove with attractive log fire effect, just switch on for a quickly warmed and cosey room without the hassle of lighting a log fire.
Three bedrooms all with fitted wardrobes. Bedrooms 3 and 2 are generously spacious and bedroom 1 is small though it does have adequate access on both sides of it's king size double bed. The bedrooms are all light and airy and are approached by a sunny landing where you can sit and enjoy the outlook.Twin beds can be pulled together to make compromise very large doubles with a bolster filling the gap. for an extra charge an assembled cot can be provided and a comfortable occasional put you up bed with linen and towels for one extra guest can be provided in bedroom No. 2 or No.3 (see bedroom measurements by clicking on to owners website)
There is a small portable pool table available in the largest bedroom.
|Further details outdoors|
Access: The cottage is not suitable for wheel chairs and disabled guests. Parking on own private driveway for 2+ cars.
The driveway is a level 10 meters from the porch which has one very low 3 inch step up, then 2 inch threshold into the spacious hall. Separately accessed off the hall is the kitchen, dining room, sitting room and ground floor cloak lobby leading to the shower room with wc and wash basin.The ground floor rooms are all on the level. The 3 bedrooms are upstairs. The staircase is 3 feet wide with a single handrail to a half landing then a quarter twist on the second flight with the newel post and banister rail to hold onto up to a spacious first floor landing with seating. The first floor is level throughout and off the landing, the three bedrooms and bath/shower room equipped with bath and integral shower, wc and wash basin.
The private cottage gardens are in compartments, level paved all round the cottage and like the cottage are 'Arts and Craft' inspired. There are some low steps to a a small lower level. The garden is pretty throughout the year with seating in each secluded section. Alfresco dining in sunshine or shade is one of the garden pleasures. The gardens feature some dry stone walls, a swing(for use entirely at guests own risk) and as in all gardens there are some conceivably hazardous items around so children should be supervised at all times.
There are table and chairs to seat 6 plus and a small lawn on which to play boule(set provided). A lockable gate opens directly on to a delightful brook side field path providing a scenic short 5 - 7 minute walk to the shops and pubs and centre of the town.
The Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds are renowned for being archetypal England and are designated an important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Buildings are of mellow, honey-coloured limestone and the towns and villages and countryside rank amongst the prettiest and least spoiled in England. The Cotswold's prosperity from the 11th century was founded on the wool trade and was displayed in what is now the areas rich architectural heritage. Chipping Campden's beautiful high street "The finest village high street still remaining in the land" according to the great historian G.M.Trevelyan dates back over 1000 years. The town owes its distinction to initial wealth gained from the sale of Cotswold Wool and later from the enormously rich Sir Baptist Hicks who built here lavishly in the 17th century.
Campden's William Grevel who was the wealthiest English wool merchant of his day built his house here in the 1300's which still stands proudly on the High Street . He was a major benefactor of Campden's famous wool church which like his house is one of the regions great buildings. He was also the ancestor of the Earls of Warwick.
The Chipping Campden website is well worth a visit.
Chipping Campden is host annually to many famous events such as The Robert Dovers Cotswold Olympic Games founded in 1612 ( celebrated 400th anniversary 2012), The Music Festival, Literature and book Festival, Art Exhibitions. Art workshops tutored by David Birch.
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3 Nov 2014
Where to start!?! We all four loved our week-long stay at Croftsbrook in Chipping Campden during our multi-week trip to England (and beyond)! The "cottage" and garden fit the charming Engl… More
2 Oct 2014
"A really enjoyable stay"
Cottage with homely character, perfectly appointed, excellent position to explore the Cotswolds. Owner very friendly and helpful.… More
4 Sep 2014
"Delightful place to stay"
Ideal location in the beautiful village of Chipping Campden. The house has every amenity and was comfortably big enough for our family of 5 including child and two other young adults.… More
25 Aug 2014
"Charming comfortable cottage, ideal location"
A really lovely place to stay..full of character and comforts. Everything you need is here-David has put a lot of thought into making Croftsbrook a very welcoming place. We loved his paintings around … More
26 May 2014
"Lovely----we will return.""
David has created a perfect "home away from home." Fitted out very well. The baths and kitchen has everything you'd need for a week end or a month. Excellent showers and beds! He is ver… More
28 Dec 2013
"Home from home"
Have just returned from a lovely Christmas week at Croftsbrook. Lovely house, equipped with everything you could need, warm and cosy. Very close to all the local amenities that Chipping Campden has … More
3 Nov 2013
"Spacious , bright and easy to live in, close to amenities with excellent walks on hand"
The cottage is close to the town centre and its very easy to walk in for groceries, an evening meal or scones with butter or cream after a good mornings walking. There are a lot of walks which start l… More
27 Oct 2013
We, a family of 3 adults have just returned from our stay at Croftsbrook. Located in the lovely Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, we found the accommodation to be very convenient for exploring all th… More
30 Jul 2013
Family of five fit nicely in Croftsbrook, great to be able to spread out during a 3 week trip. We were here for a week and visited many lovely homes and gardens in the area. David was a wonderful host and Jeremy next door also. Garden lovely, great place to sit and have coffee in the morning. Would love to come again.
9 Jun 2013
"Warm and cozy cottage meets all needs"
Two couples spent a very relaxing week in this well equipped cottage. One can easily walk to town for provisions or take any of the beautiful walks around in the area. Everything you need is here, and the owner is readily available in case of questions, etc. The area is beautiful! We were lucky to see a resplendent display of bluebells blooming in the woods during our stay. We would definitely recommend it to others.
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