Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Built in 1590, Orchard Cottage dates from the latter part of the reign of Elizabeth 1. Located in the hamlet of Saintbury beneath the Cotswold escarpment, there are timeless views both across the Vale of Evesham and upwards to the wooded scarp slope. Inside the years drift away; there are flagstone floors with rugs throughout the ground floor, an old elm wood staircase and floors on the first floor. Elm beams are exposed throughout and the internal walls are either of Cotswold stone or elm beams with lathe & plaster between. However, there need be no concern about modern comforts. The log fire in the sitting room and the woodburning stove in the dining room make both rooms very cosy. There are night storage heaters in all the rooms (except bathrooms which have very efficient wall mounted convector heaters and heated towel rails) and those on the ground floors have an additional convector setting. There is an immersion heater to heat the water for the cottage.
A door leads from the sitting room up the stairs. These stairs can be slippery and you are advised to wear rubber soled shoes. Because of their age the stairs are very sloping (although not especially steep) and great care should be taken, in particular on the top flight of stairs to the 3rd bedroom.
Dominating the room is the original inglenook fireplace, complete with bread oven.You will be able to sit and relax on the two comfortable sofas and chair in front of a warm log fire, reading a book from the oak bookcase. In an alcove is a writing table and chair. There is a flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player. Radio.
The Dining Room, Kitchen and stairs all lead off the Sitting Room.
In the fireplace is a wood burning stove. Dining table to seat 6 people.
The kitchen has attractive craftsmen made fitted cupboards with elm doors and work-surfaces of solid iroko wood. Very well equipped including a Bosch fridge freezer, a Bosch dishwasher, AEG washing machine/tumble dryer, electric cooker with ceramic hob and one and a half oven with grill, microwave. Coffee making machine and cafetiere. Iron and ironing board. A door leads out to the rear garden.
This is a large room with two windows. The King Size (6ft) bed is zipped and linked and can be made into two, 3ft twin beds if required. Hairdryer
BEDROOM TWO with En-suite Bathroom
Double bed (4'6"). There is an old stone fireplace in one corner of the room (non working). Leading off this bedroom is a bathroom with a white Victorian style bathroom suite. We have also just installed a new walk in shower with powerful electric sports shower. WC and basin. Heated towel rail. Shaver point.
On the same floor is a family bathroom with newly installed white bath (with mixer taps), WC and basin. Heated towel rail.
An old elm wooden door with wooden latch leads from the landing upstairs.
Although situated in the eaves of the cottage the ceiling is full height throughout. This is the only room in the house which is carpeted. Two single 3 ft beds. Because of the sloping, uneven stairs direct from this room we do not recommend it for small children or the elderly.
The cottage is set in its own walled garden with rose beds to the front and lawns. The pond shown in the photo has now been filled in. There is a wooden garden table and chairs and sun chairs. Barbecue.
There is a wide grass verge in front of the cottage where you can park.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 66 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|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, 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 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The North Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with rolling hills and many beautiful little villages to wander around and explore. Broadway and Chipping Campden are nearby with easy access to Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water.
Also, only a short drive away are Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace.
There are many gardens to visit in the area including Hidcote Gardens, owned by the National Trust.
Saintbury is a lovely hamlet with no services. Willersey is just a mile away and has a village shop and two pubs that serve food. Broadway and Chipping Campden are both three miles distance and have a full range of shops and services.
Chipping Campden is a small market town built largely by medieval merchants from wealth gained from the wool trade. When coming from the A44 you have an outstanding view and, upon entering the town, you are welcomed by many thatched cottages.
One of the most charming and unspoilt of the Cotswold towns, it is often described as having the most perfect High Street in England, with it's beautiful honey coloured stone buildings dating from the 14th to the 17th centuries. The Market Hall (now in the care of the National Trust) is an imposing open sided stone arched building, erected in 1627 to provide shelter for the local produce market.
Visitors are welcome in the Old Silk Mill and the workshop of Harts (Gold and Silversmiths) who are descendants of C R Ashbee's Guild.
There is a wide range of interesting small shops and a large variety of good restaurants, hotels and pubs offering both traditional English and international cuisine.
For those keen on walking there are many public footpaths including the Cotswold Way which starts in Chipping Campden and goes to Bath.
For those keen on gardens, the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden in Campden is open 7 days a week with free entry. Only two miles away is Hidcote Garden, owned by the National Trust and world renowned. Situated nearly opposite Hidcote is Kiftsgate Garden which is well worth a visit.
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.
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;, Kelmscott Manor (William Morris)
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe; Blenheim Palace, Woodstock ; Upton House (NT), Middle Tysoe; Warwick Castle; Anne Hathaways Cottage and Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford upon Avon; Stanway House and Fountain, Stanway.
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
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 Leisure Centre, Chipping Campden School - Swimming Pool, 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.
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6 Jun 2014
We are a family of 4 travelling from Adelaide South Australia and were looking for a quintessential Cotswold cottage, which we found this to be in many ways. Everything you could need was supplied and… More
15 Jul 2013
Our recent stay at Orchard Cottage was extremely enjoyable. The cottage is absolutely charming, extremely clean & well-maintained, with gorgeous gardens. The rooms are surprisingly spacious for such an historic property (watch some low ceilings, though!) with modern and convenient kitchen and baths. For us New Yorkers, the surrounding sheep-filled fields were an added bonus! The property managers at Campden Cottages were a pleasure to work with. They were readily available to answer questions, and responded quickly and efficiently to a minor maintenance issue we needed assistance with. All in all, I would definitely recommend this property, and my family and I sincerely hope to return some day.
We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Orchard Cottage and agree with us that it provides the best of old and new. The sheep are a free bonus! We look forward to hearing from you again. Perhaps a visit in the Spring when the lambs are in the field - great fun watching the young lambs getting together and having races!
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