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Picture postcard thatched cottage in a pretty village

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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Dating back to 1624 and immaculately restored this beautiful little one bedroom designer cottage oozes character. With its own large garden and country views it is located in the peaceful village of Tarlton whilst being close to chic Cirencester and Prince Charles' Tetbury.

The owners, an art advisor and writer, have taken great care in creating a unique interior of great style in a restoration of the highest quality. All the original features have been retained with natural floors, beamed ceilings and an inglenook fireplace. There are velvet sofas, beautiful oriental carpets, fine art and classic books. Lighting is discrete and atmospheric whilst a log stove provides a delightful atmosphere.

Create a meal in the hand-made kitchen before dining on the farmhouse table using vintage china, silver-plate cutlery and crystal glasses. The bathroom features a Venetian mirror, deep-pile towels, complimentary Molton Brown toiletries and a free-standing bath (heaps of hot water) with country views.

The latest in LED televisions, with freeview, is located upstairs in the bedroom (not available downstairs) together with a DVD player and varied films. There is unlimited free wi-fi. Off street parking for two cars.

This romantic thatched cottage is named after a pretty plant of the lily family, long beloved of writers and poets and symbolic of longing and desire. Oscar Wilde for example 'buried his romance in a bed of asphodel' whilst Virginia Woolf's tragic Orlando owned a soul struck by 'a germ bred' of its pollen. In this idyllic rural spot Asphodel Cottage is a perfect retreat to get-away from it all. Available for any duration over two days upon request, enjoy the peace and perhaps be inspired to pen a poem of your own?

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Heathrow 120 km, Nearest railway: Kemble 3 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

The Central England/Cotswolds region

Tarlton is a pretty and sleepy hamlet, off the beaten track but within ten minutes of the historic market towns of Cirencester and Tetbury. A mile away via country path or dirt road is the local pub, the Tunnel House, originally built to house workers on the canal tunnel, whose 19th century classical entrance is adjacent. For excellent gastro-pubs The Bell at Sapperton, Trouble House Inn, Potting Shed and Village Pub Barnsley are within 10 mins drive. For fine dining try Barnsley House, Calcot Manor or The Rectory.

From the doorstep there is excellent walking through the Bathurst Estate with the source of the Thames about a mile away. The fine house and garden at Rodmarton is just down the road with Prince Charlesâ?? Highgrove, Westonbirt (Arboretum and Beaufort Polo Club) and Bibury (photo above) not much further. There is of course much more and with Cotswolds towns like Stow, Chipping Camden and Burford and destinations like Bath and Cheltenham all within about 30 minutes drive Asphodel is your perfect base.

In the region there are all the attractions of the Cotswolds. A selective list of what we feel are the best and most interesting local attractions:

Bibury. Home to the much-photographed Arlington Row plus a pretty stream and water meadow. Go early or late to avoid coaches and stroll the path through the meadows. Swan hotel good for coffee and meals.

Bourton on the Water. Much too busy and best avoided high season.

Buscot Park. National Trust. Near Faringdon a fine 17th century house and gardens with famous art collection. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Canal Tunnel. Next to the Tunnel House Inn (see pub listings). Dating back to the early 19th century a two mile tunnel starts by the pub (path off the car park) and features a grand classical entrance. Atmospheric. 1 mile.

Castle Combe. One of the â??prettiest villages in Englandâ??. Close to Lacock. www.castle-combe.com

Chastleton House. National Trust. Fine Jacobean House near Moreton in Marsh. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Chavenage House. Attractive and historic house just outside Tetbury. Open 1st May to 30th September 2011 on Thursdays & Sundays from 1400 -1700 (last tour 1600) Tel: 01666 502329 www.chavenage.com

Chedworth Roman Villa. National Trust. Interesting remains of one of the best preserved Roman Houses in Britain. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Chipping Camden. The prettiest, and not the busiest of the Cotswold market towns with some interesting historic buildings to visit. Take a break in the garden café of the Cotswold House Hotel in the main street.

Cotswold Water Park. Over 140 lakes over 40 square miles. These once-disused gravel pits are now home to a wide choice of family activities - plenty of water sports of course â?? as well as nature reserves and leisure walks. 5+ miles.

Highgrove House. Home of Prince Charles with wonderful and extensive gardens. Only can be visited by tour and pre-booking a few months in advance. Open Spring â?? October, cost appx £16.50. Just south of Tetbury (not visible from the road). www.highgrovegardens.com

Kelmscott Manor. A Tudor manor House, once the home of William Morris. Near Lechlade, open from April to October. www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk

Lacock. Picture-postcard village dating back to the 13th century and almost wholly owned by the National Trust. Often used for films it also has Lacock Abbey and the Fox-Talbot museum to visit. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lower Slaughters. Very pretty but can get busy. Nice walk to Upper Slaughter. Smart hotels with lovely outdoor cafes in Lower.

Pangolin Gallery (& Foundry). This renowned foundry has produced the works of many famous sculptors like Moore & Chadwick. Visit the gallery (the foundry is very rarely open -by pre-booking only). Stop at the Lavender Bakehouse for coffee & cake. In Chalford. 4 miles

Rodmarton Manor. Just down the road, a fine example of an arts and crafts house with lobvely gardens. Wed, Sat & Bank Holidays May â?? September. £8 house & garden or £5 garden only. 01285 841253   www.rodmarton-manor.co.uk

Snowshill Manor. One of the quirkiest National Trust properties. Small, pretty and interesting. Restrictions on numbers entering â?? beware on busy days. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Stow on the Wold. Pleasant centre and a few interesting shops but can get too busy.

Tetbury. Home to Prince Charles' Highgrove and the famous gardens (pre-book a tour well ahead) and an antique-hunters paradise

Thames. Rent an electric engined cruiser and potter down the headwaters of the Thames stopping off at the local pubs!

Westonbirt Arboretum. An historic Victorian tree collection, with beautiful walks, especially in the Autumn. Nice café and restaurant and frequent events. www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt Tel: 01666 503552

Cirencester

Cirencester is a pretty and thriving Cotswold Market town with a long and rich history. There is much to see and it is an excellent place for interesting and good quality shops, cafes and restaurants.

The Church of St. John the Baptist is renowned for its Perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants' tombs. The Abbey Grounds is a pleasant park behind featuring medieval remains.

Cirencester House is the seat of Earl Bathurst and the site of one of the finest landscape gardens in England, laid out around 1714. The House is closed to the public but the adjacent 3000 acre Cirencester Park can accessed from Cecily Hill GL7 2BT, open 8-5 daily. The annual Cotswold Show takes place here early July.

The world's tallest Yew Hedge planted in 1720, separates the town centre from the park. In front of the yew is a stone gateway, dating from the mid-18th Century. The hedge is trimmed every July and this event has featured in the national press.

On Cotswold Avenue, signposted from the main road in to town is the site of a Roman amphitheatre which retains its shape in the earthen topography of the small park setting.

New Brewery Arts Brewery Court GL7 1JH Tel 01285 657181. This art centre is not only a gallery, but a real artistic resource for the people of the locality. There is also a Brewery Arts coffee house and a small theatre, used for live performances and workshops.

The Corn Hall lies off the Market Square. Ashlar, three-storied, and with a balustraded parapet, it was built in 1863. This is the venue for the twice-monthly Cotswold Craft Market, which has been running since 1979. The market has 50 stalls selling crafts.

Cirencester Market takes place Monday and Friday in the market square from 0830-1500

The Corinium Museum has an extensive Roman collection, and recently re-opened after a £5m transformation. Park Street GL7 2BX Tel 01285 655611

The Visitor Information Centre is also located at â?¨Corinium Museum. Tel: 01285 654180

Cirencester Shops

Here are some of our favourites. There is a first class shopping centre which not only has are Dyer, Cricklade and Castle Streets. Blackjack Street is excellent for interesting small shops.

Antiques

Antique Centre â??multi-storey centre on Marketplace.

Butcher

Jesse Smith â?? traditional butcher in Black Jack Street.

Cheesemonger

Colburn & Grant, off Black Jack Street. Also a deli and coffee shop with courtyard dining. Open for drinks and antipasti until 8pm on Fridays.

Chocolatier

Lick the Spoon â?? in Blackjack Street â?? handmade chocs.

Coffee Shops & Restaurants

Costa Coffee â?? Cricklade Street

Made by Bob â?? in the Corn Hall. Excellent food, nice relaxed setting. Service can be slow.

Jesseâ??s Bistro â?? Black Jack Street. Best dining in town, quite dear. Book first tel: 01285 641497

Galleries

Dollar Street Gallery â?? the best art gallery in town. www.thedollarstreetgallery.com

Menswear

R Scott & Co â?? fabulous â??old-schoolâ?? store established in 1905. Apparently is to blame for the dubious Cotswold fashion for red (winter) and yellow (summer) menâ??s trousers. Castle Street.

Supermarkets

Waitrose â?? as you enter town from Tarlton

Vintage Fashion

Encore in Blackjack street has been championed by Trinny Woodall and features menâ??s and womenâ??s â??pre-ownedâ?? designer clothes â?? quite expensive! www.encore-cirencester.co.uk

Wine

Oeno â?? in the Cornhall, a specialist who imports directly from across Europe.

Others

Include Body Shop, La Senza, Boots, Marks & Sparks, Dorothy Perkins, Fat Face, Aga, White Stuff, WH Smith, Poundland, East, House of Fraser, Phase Eight, Waterstones etc.

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Review 1-9 of 9

13 May 2014

5/5

"Stunning"

A beautiful cottage with a tasteful and homely interior with character. The garden is also beautifully kept with further outside furnishings to enjoy the wonderful view in comfort. A peaceful location… More

26 Apr 2014

5/5

"A real chocolate box cottage"

What a lovely 5 days we have had in a beautifully appointed cottage. It is in a very peaceful village surrounded by fields of yellow rape seed flower and perfect for those who like peace and quiet aw… More

16 Apr 2014

5/5

"Fantastic cottage very relaxing with great garden views"

I would recommend the cottage, it was clean and well equipped and decorated in a tasteful manner that made you feel at home. The surrounding countryside was wonderful and Martins recommendation were s… More

14 May 2013

5/5

"Excellent cottage and location."

Hi we stayed here for a week last September, we found the cottage to be extremely comfortable and cosy.It is a beautiful example of a chocolate box thatched cottage. It is fitted out to a very high st… More

12 May 2013

4/5

"Delightful traditional historic cottage"

A beautiful little cottage in a gorgeous quiet location surrounded by open farmland. The thatched roof, beams, flagged floor and fireplace are stunning. A pleasant garden with fruit trees and lavender… More

12 May 2013

5/5

"Everything you need for a romantic break"

We loved the cottage. It was beautifully and sympathetically restored to a very high standard retaking a cosy and romantic feel. It was well equipped and it a perfect peaceful location, with great v… More

10 May 2013

5/5

"Cosy Thatched Cottage"

We had a lovely stay in Asphodel Cottage. It is charming and well kept. The stair to the bedroom needs some agility to navigate. The owner was helpful and friendly. Beautiful area. It is definite… More

10 May 2013

5/5

"Absolutely amazing cottage - would certainly recommend!!!"

My partner and I were looking for a very last minute getaway in the Cotswolds and came across Asphodel Cottage afterwhich we enquired online and got a response the same day from Martin. He was extreme… More

9 May 2013

4/5

"Takes you back in time"

The cottage is lovely, having been lovingly restored to how it was 200 years ago, except the kitchen area and bathroom, both of which cater for modern-day living. The garden was lovely and, although … More

Very pleased that you enjoyed the stay. We wholeheartedledly apologise for the lack of logs - an ample supply along with kindlng, firelighters and matches is supplied for every guest. This was an unfortunate oversight by our housekeeper who has been soundly whipped and promises not to do it again.

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