Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
April Cottage was recently completely modernised and refurbished to provide a lovely family home, whilst retaining its wealth of period features including old elm beams, flagstone floor, inglenook fireplace (with woodburning stove) and its own individual quirky features. Situated in a quiet, no through lane which leads to a footpath across the fields and to Hidcote Gardens, the world renowned garden owned by the National Trust. Within easy walking distance of pubs and shops. An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon.
April Cottage is a lovely home from home, ideal for both for families and friends to relax and catch up on all the news.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 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 57 km, 14 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, 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 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The sitting room, dining room and kitchen are all open plan with just the original elm beams dividing the sitting and dining areas. This gives a lovely spacious feel with plenty of light coming from the windows on two sides. Furnished with style with very comfortable leather sofas for you to relax. There is a wood burning stove in the inglenook fireplace (not shown)
The old pine furniture in the Dining Area includes a long table to seat up to 10 people on chairs and a settle. Additional armchair.
Fully fitted shaker style Kitchen with wood effect worktops. Integrated larder fridge and freezer, gas hob with electric one and a half oven with grill, dishwasher, Delonghi 4 slot toaster, Delonghi kettle, microwave, cafetiere.
Small Utility Room with Bosch washing machine and Kenwood tumble dryer. Iron and ironing board.
From the sitting room a passageway leads to a Downstairs Cloakroom with wc and Belfast sink. .
Stairs lead from the dining area to the landing
Bedroom One with En Suite Shower, WC and Basin - Light, airy, good sized room with solid oak 5’ wide double bed (with no footboard). Solid oak bedside cupboards, wardrobe. Old pine chest of drawers. Television. The en suite shower room has a walk in corner shower, wc and basin. Steam activated extractor fan.
Bedroom Two - With solid oak 4’6” double bed with footboard. Solid oak bedside cupboards. Old pine wardrobe. Television.
Bedroom Three - With New England style twin beds, 3’ wide. Bedside cupboard. Coat stand for hanging clothes. Chest of drawers
Family bathroom - White bathroom suite. Bath with shower screen and shower over. Vanity unit with basin and wc. Heated towel rail. Steam activated extractor fan. Shaver point
|Further details outdoors||
There is a pretty, enclosed, small patio garden with table and chairs, at the front of the cottage, where you can enjoy a barbecue.
Off road parking for two cars and plenty of undercover secure storage space for bicycles
In the narrow rear yard there is a clothes rack where clothes can be dried outside
To greet you upon your arrival there will be fresh flowers and a welcome tea tray with homemade cake. Beds are made ready and fresh towels provided. Logs for the woodburning stove are provided free of charge.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
April Cottage is surrounded by the rolling hills of the North Cotswolds, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ideally situated with Chipping Campden (3 miles) and Stratford upon Avon (8 miles) and closeby there are many beautiful small villages to explore.
The village of Micketon lies immediately beneath the Cotswold edge overlooked by Meon Hill. With a mixture of attractive Cotswold stone houses and cottages in addition to those of thatch and half-timber, it is the most northerly of the Cotswold villages. The oldest part of St Lawrence’s Church is Norman, dating from the 12 century and has been added to and restored since.
In the village there are four shops. A village shop with post office, a mini supermarket, the butcher and several farm stalls for fresh vegetables for the 'Foodies' amongst you.'
Also in the village are two pubs which serve meals. One of them, The Kings Arms, has its own website www.kingsarmsmickleton.co.uk The other is the Butchers Arms which does very good, reasonably priced food and also food to take away.
Mickleton is also home to "The Pudding Club" at Three Ways House Hotel (as featured on BBC's Food and Drink and Holiday programmes as well as numerous other TV, radio and press articles). You do not need to be a member so why not book an evening there during your stay? www.puddingclub.com
There are plenty of walks in the area, including a 30 minute hill walk to Kiftsgate Gardens and 5 minutes further on to the National Trusts’ world renowned Hidcote Gardens.
For those that enjoy cycling there is a traffic free cycle ride to Stratford –upon-Avon via 'The Greenway' and numerous quiet lanes around Mickleton to explore. Cycles can be hired from Cotswold Cycles, just 2 miles away. www.cotswoldcountrycycles.com
With Stratford upon Avon and Shakespeare country so close, why not enjoy an evening at the theatre? www.rsc.org.uk
All in all April Cottage is an ideal base for your holiday
Guide Friday - Around Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswold villages in vintage open top coaches.
Oxford Classic Tour - Guided Tour of Oxford and the Colleges.
Guided Tours of Chipping Campden
These walks will take place each Wednesday during July, August and September. Meet at the Market Hall, Chipping Campden for a 1.30pm start for tours led by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. For further details contact Mike and Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131
Cheltenham Walking Tours
The official tourist office guide will bring history to life and keep you entertained as you stroll for 90 minutes through the best of Regency Cheltenham. Start point Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, The Promenade 11.00 am.
Contact: Tourist Information Centre on +44 (0) 1242-522878
Stratford Town Walk
Stratford Town Ghost Walk
CASTLES & MANOR HOUSES
Broughton Castle, near Banbury (Where Shakespeare in Love was filmed)
Chastleton House (NT) Moreton-in-Marsh
Chedworth Roman Villa (NT)
Snowshill Manor (NT) Snowshill
Kelmscott Manor (William Morris)
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Upton House (NT), Middle Tysoe
Anne Hathaways Cottage and Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford upon Avon
Stanway House and Fountain, Stanway
Ernest Wilson Garden, Chipping Campden
Hidcote Garden (NT), Chipping Campden
Kiftsgate Court Garden, Chipping Campden
Mill Dene Garden, School Lane, Blockley
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
Bourton House Garden, Bourton on the Hill
Sezincote Gardens, Bourton on the Hill
Snowshill Lavender, Snowshill
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford
Birdland Park and Gardens, Bourton on the Water
Cotswold Motoring Museum (home of Brum), Bourton on the Water
Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick
Miniature Village, Bourton on the Water
Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford Park, Moreton in Marsh
New Recreation Ground, Chipping Campden
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power (Adam Henson)
Broadway Tower and Country Park
The Cotswold Countryside collection, at Northleach
The National Waterways Museum, at Gloucester Docks
The Soldiers of Gloucestershire, at Gloucester Docks
Butterfly Farm, Stratford upon Avon
Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton
New Theatre (formerly Apollo Theatre) Oxford
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
Chipping Campden Morris Men, Traditional English Ritual Folk Dancing
Horse Racing at Cheltenham and Stratford upon Avon
Hire a rowing boat, punt or go on a cruise at Stratford upon Avon
Chipping Campden is the start of the Cotswold Way, which goes all the way to Bath. There are many lovely walks in this area. All of our cottages have an Information File with lots of circular walks in the area for you to enjoy
Brailes Golf Club, Sutton Lane, Brailes, near Banbury
Broadway Golf Club. Willersey Hill, Broadway
Burford Golf Club, Burford
The Wychwood Golf Club, Lyneham, Nr Chipping Norton,
Chipping Norton Golf Club, Southcombe, Chipping Norton
Naunton Downs Golf Club, Stow Road, Naunton, Stow-On-The-Wold,
Vale Golf And Country Club, Bishampton, near Evesham
Cleeve Hill Golf Club, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham (visitors welcome)
Jill Carenza Equestrian Ltd, Washpool Equestrian Centre, Stanton, Near Broadway
Durham Farm Riding School, Chastleton, Moreton in Marsh, GL56 0SZ
Woodlands Glebe Farm, Wood Stanway, Winchcombe
Chipping Campden Sports Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 1386 841595
Open evenings and school holidays. Swimming, badminton, fitness suite.
Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 1789 268826
Toddler and large swimming pools, squash courts, badminton, multi-gym, tennis courts.
Tennis Courts are at The Recreation Ground, George Lane, Chipping Campden, GL55 6DA
Non residents can use the courts Mon - Fri 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Cotswold Country Cycles, near Chipping Campden www.cotswoldcountrycycles.com
Cotswolds Cycle , Chipping Campden www.cyclecotswolds.co.uk
Elite Bike Hire of Broadway www.elitetravelofbroadway.com
Hartwells Cycle Hire, Bourton-on-the- Water www.hartwells.supanet.com
Burford Bike Hire, Burford Tel: +44 (0)7971 363571 or +44 (0)1993 823326
Stow Cycle Hire, Stow-on-the-Wold Tel: +44 (0)1451 870425
B.D. Jeffrey, The Toy Shop, Moreton-in-Marsh Tel: +44 (0)1608 650756