Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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The Cottage is a former barn, peacefully located in the grounds of Dragon House, which dates back over 400 years (see History below). The Cottage is one of three in a row of converted outbuildings (the other two being the Old Brew House and The Old Stables), which share an enclosed communal garden. Despite the peaceful location, the property is right in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden and is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
The Cottage was totally renovated and refurbished at the beginning of 2014, with the traditional Cotswold character being enhanced by contemporary décor and furnishings. The cosiness of the comfy seats and wood burning stove is complemented by modern facilities, including wireless internet access, flatscreen TVs in the living room and each bedroom, and a well presented kitchen.
The Cottage sleeps a maximum of five people, in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms. There is a private patio area outside the cottage, as well as a communal garden, and there is off-street parking for one car, with further free on street parking readily available. The Cottage is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family, looking for a peaceful getaway.
An old oak gate on Chipping Campden's High Street opens into the hidden world of Dragon House and its grounds. A path runs through the grounds, past Old Brew House and The Old Stables, then past the solid oak front door of The Cottage, which opens into a hallway. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
•Living room: A beautiful room, with a wood burning stove. There is a flatscreen TV with built-in DVD player and comfy lounge seating for five;
•Kitchen/dining room: The beautiful kitchen mixes Cotswold style with modern facilities, including an electric oven, four ring electric hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, washing machine and wine cooler. There is a dining table, with seating for five.
Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms, all in the eaves of the property:
•Bedroom 1 (en-suite): Contains a king size bed and a flatscreen TV with built-in DVD player. The en-suite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
•Bedroom 2: Contains a super king size or 2 x single beds and a flatscreen TV with built-in DVD player;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed and a flatscreen TV with built-in DVD player;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with a handheld shower, toilet and wash basin.
Outside The Cottage is a private patio area, with a table and six chairs.
The path past the front door continues through the Dragon House grounds, to the car parking area, with one parking space for each property (free on-street parking is also readily available). Beyond the parking spaces are the communal gardens, shared with the other two cottages and next to the owner's garden area, which contain outdoor seating and a charcoal barbecue.
The Cottage is in the grounds of the grade II listed Dragon House, which has a varied history, believed to date back to the late 1500s:
•Dragon House and its long grounds were known as a "burgage plot", which was a strip of land where people both lived and earned a living;
•The earliest record of a sale of the freehold was in 1619, by Benson and Jenks, when the property became The George and Dragon Inn. It was one of the oldest pubs in chipping Campden;
•Further records in the Campden Rate book show William Wyatt as the owner in 1821 and the value of the George Inn and shop (now a small gallery), the outbuildings (now the holiday lets) and the garden valued at 1 rood 28 perches (believed to be approximately £10);
•It was common that publicans had another trade and in the 1841 census William Wyatt is described as a "butcher and publican". The old deeds confirm that one of the barns was used to carry on the butcher's trade;
•In 1892 William Wyatt's son sold the "Pig sties" (current garage), "Trap House" (The Cottage), "Slaughter House" (The Old Stables), and "Brew House" (The Old Brew House) to Flowers brewery.
•Until 1854, when "railway time" was introduced, the town hall clock in Chipping Campden was regulated by the sundial on the front of Dragon House. The sundial is dated 1690 and was added after the house was built;
•In 1918 there were 22 pubs in Chipping Campden and the police decided that a cull was required. At this point there were 17 men lodging in the barns and stables for hay baling, and the police said the path at the side of the inn from High Street to Back Ends made it difficult to police (this is now a private path from the old wooden doors at the front, along the side of Dragon House and past the holiday cottages). Despite an appeal, the pub losts its licence;
•More recently, in the 1930s, the barns and stables were used as storage for a greengrocer, who had the little shop on the High Street (now the small art gallery). In the 1970s, Dragon House was refurbished and run as a B&B, with the barns left to fall into a state of disrepair, although a pottery studio operated from one;
•The barns and stables were renovated and refurbished as luxury holiday lets in 2014.
Guests should be aware that The Cottage is one of three holiday cottages in a row (the other two being the Old Brew House and The Old Stables), located in the large grounds of Dragon House, where the owner of the cottages lives.
The good sized gardens of Dragon House are split into three separate sections, one of which is reserved for the use of the owner and her family. The other two sections form a communal garden area, for the use of guests staying at the three cottages.
For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).
The maximum occupancy of the property is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Up to two medium sized dogs are accepted, 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.
Guests with dogs should be aware that the owner has a friendly female black Labrador. Guests should also be aware that the gardens of the property are shared with the owner and the two adjoining cottages, so dogs must be supervised outdoors at all times.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time 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 (en-suite): King size bed
•Bedroom 2: Super king size or 2 x single beds
•Bedroom 3: Single bed
•Family bathroom: Bath, toilet and wash basin
•En-suite bathroom: Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin
Heating, fuel and logs:
The property has a gas central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the rental price. An initial supply of logs is provided for the wood burning stove and further log supplies are available locally.
The property has free wireless internet access and flatscreen TVs with built in DVD players in the living room and each bedroom.
There is no telephone at the property and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be poor within the property.
The property has one allocated off street parking space and plentiful free on-street parking is available close to the property.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
A travel cot (without linen) and high chair are provided.
The property's communal garden is enclosed, however, please note that it is not visible from the cottage and children should be supervised outdoors at all times.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
The bedrooms of the cottage are in the eaves and therefore have restricted head height, 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 the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us. Credit to Rachel Jones photography for the garden images.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 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: Honeybourne 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
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).
To mark the end of the games, there is a huge bonfire and firework display, followed by a torch-lit procession back into the town and dancing to a local band in the square. The Scuttlebrook Wake takes place the following day. The locals don fancy dress costumes and follow the Scuttlebrook Queen, with her four attendants and Page Boy, in a procession to the centre of town pulled on a decorated dray by the town's own Morris Men. This is then followed by displays of Maypole and Country dancing by the two local primary schools and the Morris Men Morris dancing. Another procession from there past the fairground brings that stage of the celebration to a close whilst the fair continues until mid-night and, like a ghost, is gone by the morning.
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.
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
Chipping Campden has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit most tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:
•The Kings Hotel: Modern British food with a contemporary twist;
•Cotswold House Hotel: The very best of modern British cooking;
•Michael's Mediterranean Restaurant: Specialising in Greek and modern Mediterranean cuisine.
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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6 Aug 2014
"Great place, great location, limited amenities"
An honest assessment. Great cottage, clean and well maintained with a perfect location, a true credit to the owners. Everything was as described in the rental information….. to the letter. Meaning… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a detailed review, it is important to get as much feedback as possible to keep standards as high.
As I described in my mail to you, I took a week off from being around and employed someone to stay at Dragon house to be around in case of any issues which we wouldn't normally expect in self- catering properties. I'm sorry if your meeting with Sonia, the housekeeper, was not obvious but I also understand you were contacted by her and you also had the housekeepers personal mobile numbers should in case you had any questions and queries?
We did actually meet, by the way, and I did ask if you were having a good time and took your response as yes – I am sorry if I made an incorrect assumption that all was well as you did not mention any of the issues you raised in your review! However, as I said before, I welcome all feedback and I will take onboard your point about offering more consumables than advertised on the particulars of the cottage and I will look into the offering of a “hamper” for travelling guests as a paid extra option.
25 Jun 2014
"Fantastic week in the Cotswolds"
Could not have had a nicer week than renting this place for a week. It was a perfect location for our family with teenagers -- beautiful peaceful cottage, yet walkable just steps through the door int… More
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