House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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Bridge Hill Cottage is a picture postcard Cotswold-stone house, situated near the church in the lovely village of Hook Norton. The house is beautifully furnished, with many antiques, and boasts a wealth of character features, including 200-year-old oak beams, an inglenook fireplace with fitted seat, a minstrels' gallery and a functioning bar-billiards table. Complementing these period features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access and a TV with DVD player and Freesat. The layout of the house, including two back-to-back living rooms, makes Bridge Hill Cottage an ideal retreat for families or a group of friends.
The cottage sleeps up to 8 people: four in two double bedrooms, two in bunk beds and two on a sofa bed in the “minstrels' gallery”. There are two bathrooms, as well as a downstairs WC/utility room.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 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 80 km, Nearest railway: Banbury 15 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, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Bridge Hill Cottage is situated on Bridge Hill, a small lane that becomes a footpath a few yards below the property and leads down to a stream.
The cottage has a small front garden, with four steps up to the front door, which opens into an entrance hall. This leads to:
- Kitchen/dining room: The dining room has seagrass matting on a tiled floor, a large window-seat, traditional oak dresser and oval dining table. Adjoining the dining room is the well equipped kitchen, including an electric cooker and hob, fridge freezer and microwave;
- Main living room: The heart of the house, with exposed beams, a large inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove, grandfather clock, antique bureau and stereo with CD player and iPod connection (twin input cables are not provided);
- Utility room: Contains a toilet, hand basin, washing machine and tumbler dryer.
From the main living room, five steps lead up to:
- Second living room: A spectacular room for both adults and children, containing a fabulous old bar billiards table (the rules are on the wall!), a piano, an open fire, exposed beams and a TV with DVD player and Freesat. Stairs from this room lead up to a “minstrels’ gallery”, overlooking the piano and billiards table, which contains a full size double sofa bed (see Key Features below);
Returning to the main living room, stairs go upstairs to a landing, which features an antique washstand and leads to:
- Bedroom 1: A dual aspect room, with double bed, dresser and built-in wardrobes;
- Bedroom 2: Another dual aspect room, with double bed and built-in wardrobes. Bedroom 2 has access to bathroom 2 (see below), enabling it to be used as an en-suite bathroom, if desired;
- Bedroom 3: Bunk beds and a chest of drawers;
- Bathroom 1: Newly refurbished, with a bath (with shower attachment), toilet and washbasin;
- Bathroom 2: A newly built shower room, with toilet and washbasin. This “Jack & Jill” bathroom can be accessed from the landing or from bedroom 2, allowing it to be either a shared bathroom or bedroom 2’s en-suite bathroom.
Returning downstairs, the enclosed rear garden is accessed either from the entrance hall, or via double French windows from the main living room. The sheltered garden has a patio, barbecue area and small lawn, with views towards the church tower.
Security deposits are not required at Bridge Hill Cottage.
Bridge Hill Cottage accepts up to two small dogs, at a cost of £20 per booking, per dog.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and a bath sheet per guest are provided, with hand towels in all bathrooms.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time at Bridge Hill Cottage is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. If your arrival will be delayed beyond 8pm on the start date of your rental period, you must contact the person whose details are given in the location details. If you fail to do so, you may not be able to get into the property.
Bed sizes and configurations:
- Bedroom 1: Double bed
- Bedroom 2: En-suite room, with double bed
- Bedroom 3: Two bunk beds
- Bedroom 4: Double sofa bed
Please note that bedroom 4 is an open mezzanine floor above the second living room and the bed is a fold out sofa bed. We do not recommend this bedroom for young children, due to the absence of spindles between the hand rail and the stairs up to this room.
Fuel and logs:
Electricity and oil are included in the rental price. There are two wood burning stoves, one in each of the two living rooms. An initial basket of logs is provided.
Bridge Hill Cottage has free wireless internet access, a TV with Freesat and a DVD player, and a CD player. A telephone is available for incoming calls only.
Bridge Hill Cottage is located on a quiet lane and free parking is usually available directly outside the house for two or three cars. Additional free parking is available on adjacent roads.
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) is available on request and there is a fixed stair gate at the top of the main set of stairs.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. washing up liquid, hand soap, toilet rolls), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
Bridge Hill Cottage is an old property, located on a hill, which has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to exit the house quickly in the event of an emergency.
As noted above, we do not recommend bedroom 4 for young children, due to the absence of spindles between the hand rail and the stairs up to this room. For the same reason, parents should not leave young children unattended in the second living room.
The smoke 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 Bridge Hill 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.