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The beautiful Boxtree Cottage viewed from the front garden

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden


Boxtree Cottage is a very peaceful property, set back from a quiet lane, in the small Cotswolds village of Hidcote Boyce. The village is surrounded by beautiful open countryside, with numerous walks right on the doorstep. Despite the tranquil setting, the cottage is only two miles from the historic market town of Chipping Campden, with its many restaurants, shops and beautiful buildings, and less than 10 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The cottage is also approximately one mile away from both the Ebrington Arms and The Three Ways House Hotel (home of the famous Pudding Club), two of the best places to eat in the North Cotswolds.

Dating from the 18th century, Boxtree Cottage has been beautifully refurbished and retains many character features, including a large stone fireplace with wood-burning stove, flag stone floors and ledge and brace doors. Complementing these period features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, TVs in most rooms and a beautiful kitchen. The cottage also has an enclosed garden, at the front of the house. The layout of the property makes Boxtree Cottage an ideal retreat for a couple, or a small family.

The cottage sleeps up to three people, in a double room and a single room. There is a family bathroom.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham International Airport 60 km, Nearest railway: Honeybourne 8 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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Boxtree Cottage's front door opens into:

- Living room: A cosy, beautifully furnished room, with a flag stone floor, wooden beams, large stone fireplace with wood burning stove, and a flat-panel satellite TV with DVD player. The living room is also used for dining and it contains an extendable dining table, with seating for up to four people.

The living room then leads into:

- Kitchen: For a small cottage, the stylish kitchen is well equipped, including a cooker with hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge.

A narrow, steep staircase leads up from the kitchen to a small first floor hallway, off which is:

- Bedroom 1: A cosy bedroom, with a wooden floor and a ledge and brace door, containing a king size bed and a flat panel TV with DVD player;

- Family bathroom: Contains a bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet, as well as a flat screen TV built into the wall.

The staircase continues up into the gable of the house, opening out to:

- Bedroom 2: Another cosy bedroom, with exposed beams, containing a single bed and a flat screen TV.

Further details outdoors

Boxtree Cottage has a private enclosed garden, which is mostly paved and gravelled. There is an outdoor table and four chairs.

At the end of the garden is an outbuilding, which contains a freezer, a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

Further details

Security deposits:

Security deposits are not required at Boxtree Cottage.


Boxtree Cottage accepts up to two dogs, 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.

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen, bath towels and hand towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time at Boxtree Cottage is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am.

Bed sizes and configurations:

- Bedroom 1: King size bed;

- Bedroom 2: Single bed.

Fuel and logs:

Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).

Services provided:

Boxtree Cottage has wireless internet access (from end of June 2012), a Freesat TV in the living room and further TVs in both bedrooms and the bathroom. There is not currently a telephone at the property.


Boxtree Cottage is located on a peaceful lane, with free, on street parking readily available.


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.

Child friendly facilities:

A travel cot (without linen), high chair and safety gate are provided.

Initial consumables:

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety:

Boxtree Cottage is a very old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and multiple floors, 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. Guests should also be aware that there is only a small landing space between the door to bedroom 1 and the top of the stairs down to the kitchen.

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 Boxtree Cottage.

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.

Chipping Campden

Boxtree Cottage is located approximately one mile away from two well-regarded food and drink establishments:

- The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington: A traditional 17th century Cotswold inn that radiates charm and character, with quaint yet stylish decor, open log fires, Cotswold stone walls and a warm welcome from the owners and locals. Winner of the CAMRA North Cotswold Pub of the Year for three consecutive years, foodies flock from far and wide to sample the fare from the kitchen.

- The Three Ways House Restaurant, Mickleton: Home to the world famous Pudding Club, which was founded in 1985 to prevent the demise of the traditional great British Pudding. The award winning restaurant is open every evening to non-residents and offers a weekly changing menu utilising fresh, seasonal produce, sourced from in and around Chipping Campden and Gloucestershire, wherever possible. The restaurant is also open every Sunday lunchtime and always features a buffet of Pudding Club puddings.

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, 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

- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Hidcote

- 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. There are also a number of spas located in beautiful surroundings.

Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.

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Review 1-4 of 4

27 Nov 2013


"Cosy and quaint"

We had a lovely stay at BoxTree Cottage with our dog. The cottage was warm, cosy and quaint, with a modern twist with the TV in the bathroom and modern kitchen. We found it to be perfectly clean, we e… More

22 Nov 2013


"Cobweb Cottage"

The cottage was nice enough as a whole, and would have been a nice holiday if not for the cleanliness of the cottage. Overall I was not impressed. When we arrived and sat down to a cup of tea my partn… More

Response from the Owner's property manager:

"This guest called late on the evening of her arrival at the property. She called to let us know about the dog hairs in the living room, cobwebs and window. Firstly, I apologised for the condition of the living room and for the inconvenience it may have caused. I also explained that this was not indicative of the high standard to which our properties are usually presented to the guests. I told the guest that I would immediately contact the housekeeping company, which I did. After consulting with other housekeeping team members, it was discovered that the living room had not been vacuumed prior to the guests' arrival. This was a complete oversight caused by a misunderstanding between team members; one lady, having vacuumed the upstairs of the house, left the hoover downstairs in the living room, ready to be used. The others assumed that the vacuuming had been done, which, it later transpired, had not. Clearly, this was a mistake, which was admitted straightaway.

Despite what the guest says, I called her back and explained what had happened and, again, offered my apologies. I told her that the situation would be rectified without delay, to which she expressed her thanks. The following morning, the Chief Housekeeper visited the house, vacuumed the living room, cleared the cobwebs (which are a normal occurrence in a country cottage in the Autumn) wiped the window frame and, before leaving, left some fresh flowers and a handwritten card apologising once more. When the guests arrived back at the cottage after their day out, they emailed me to express their thanks for reacting quickly and resolving the situation.

On the rare occasion that a mistake is made, it is essential to react with speed & rectify the situation as soon as possible; minimising any discomfort or inconvenience to our guests. This is exactly what happened. To receive a (partially honest) negative review of the property is, we feel, rather unfair. Whilst it was admittedly not up to standard for the first night, due to a genuine oversight, it certainly was from the following morning.

Previous guests have rated the cleanliness of the cottage highly, which is the normal response to such a lovely home. I hope that future guests will read the other reviews for Boxtree Cottage and will be able to see beyond what has been written in this review."

15 Oct 2013


"Cute Cotswold Cottage -"

Amazing stay at Boxtree cottage, it was just my husband and our dog that stayed.Great for exploring the rest of the picturesque cotswold villages.Cottage had everything you needed, and was modern with… More

19 Sep 2013


"Wonderful stay in a delightful cottage. Perfect retreat!"

Absolutely loved our stay - such a delightful cottage with true character! We had a wonderful time in the peaceful hamlet - enjoyed long walks and the perfect place to explore the Cotswolds from. Grea… More

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