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Forge Cottage is a lovely Cotswold stone property, managed by the neighbouring Guiting Guest House. The cottage is in the centre of the beautiful and peaceful village of Guiting Power, which is surrounded by the stunning countryside of the North Cotswolds. The well known market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are both approximately six miles away and the cottage is well placed for exploring the entire Cotswolds region.
The cottage has been enhanced by its current owners, whilst maintaining its traditional character, including wooden beams and floors, and a real fire. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV with DVD player, and a well presented kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of five guests (one on a sofa bed), in two bedrooms, with two bathrooms. Quiet on street parking is freely available. Forge Cottage is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family, looking for a peaceful getaway in a beautiful village.
The front door of Forge Cottage opens into a small hallway, off which are the following rooms:
•Living/dining room: A large, characterful room, with wooden beams and floors, and a real fire. There is comfy seating for five and a large wooden dining table, with seating for six;
•Kitchen: The good sized kitchen contains an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, kettle and toaster, plus a small table and a couple of chairs.
Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing. The following rooms are on the first floor:
•Master bedroom: A large bedroom, containing a super king size bed and a sofa bed on a raised platform. There is an en-suite bathroom, with a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.
There is a small, enclosed patio area outside the front door of Forge Cottage, with a table and chairs in the warmer months of the year, and guests are also welcome to use the neighbouring garden of the Guiting Guest House.
For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).
The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am.
Access will typically be provided by the property's owner, however, there is also a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations:
•Bedroom 1: Super king size bed and sofa bed
•Bedroom 2: Double bed
•Family bathroom: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
•En-suite bathroom: Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
Heating, fuel and logs:
The property has an electric storage central heating system. Electricity is included in the rental price.
An initial basket of logs is provided for the real fire and further supplies can be purchased locally.
The property has free wireless internet access and a TV with a DVD player. Please note that the wireless signal strength is not very strong.
There is no telephone at the property and guests should note that the mobile phone reception in the property is variable.
Use of a washing machine and a tumble dryer is possible via arrangement with the owners, as these facilities are at the adjoining Guiting Guest House. The first use of these facilities is free of charge and all subsequent washes are subject to a fee of £5 per use, payable directly to the owner.
There is free, quiet on-street parking available by the village green, next to the property.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are provided.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits, bread and butter, dishwasher tablets, toilet rolls, cleaning products, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
This is an old property and has character features, including narrow and steep stairs, 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 quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
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.
Forge Cottage is a self-contained cottage, which is part of the Guiting Guest House building, where the owners live.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 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: Kingham 19 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The quintessential Cotswolds village of Guiting Power lies on a tributary of the river Windrush, its russet-coloured houses clustered round a sloping green, providing a perfect example of how the English village can seem to have been carved from the earth it is built on.
This delightful village is a fascinating example of the unconscious harmony created by Cotswold masons over the centuries. The cottages, shops and inns are all beautifully cared for, with many of the buildings being owned and restored by a housing trust, initially set up for twelve cottages in 1934. The church of St. Michael to the south of the village has an exceptionally fine Norman south doorway.
Guiting Power is unusual for a village its size, in having a Post Office, a village hall, a children's nursery, a bakery, village shop and two public houses.
A number of glorious walks can be taken in the area around Guiting Power, north-westwards to Guiting Woods, south-eastwards down the Windrush Valley to Naunton, or south-westwards to Hawling, with the Hollow Bottom Inn and The Farmers Arms providing welcoming places to relax at the end of these walks.
The Cotswolds Farm Park, made famous by the BBC's Countryfile programme, is near to Guiting Power, with its many rare breeds of animal making it a favourite destination of families.
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water (or “Bourton”) is famous for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges, which have led to Bourton being called the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Bourton is regularly voted the prettiest village in the Cotswolds.
Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold's countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.
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. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
Food & Drink
There are a number of well-regarded pubs and restaurants located a pleasant walk or a short drive away from the property, including:
•The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power
•The Farmers Arms, Guiting Power
•The Black Horse Inn, Naunton
Bourton has a variety of places to eat and drink, including cafes, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, with a range of prices to suit all budgets. The list below is a small sample of the options available:
•The Chester House Hotel and The Croft Restaurant
•The Duke of Wellington
•The Mousetrap Inn
•The Village Restaurant & Tearooms
Stow has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:
•The Conservatory Restaurant at The Grapevine Hotel
Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:
•Cotswold Food Store and Café
•Hamptons Fine Foods
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.
The list below focuses on the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds:
•Black Horse, Naunton (www.theblackhorsenaunton.co.uk)
•Churchill Arms, Paxford (www.thechurchillarms.com)
•Crown Inn, Blockley (www.crownhotelblockley.co.uk)
•Crown Inn, Church Enstone
•Ebrington Arms, Ebrington (www.theebringtonarms.co.uk)
•Feathered Nest Country Inn, Nether Westcote (www.thefeatherednestinn.co.uk)
•Fox Inn, Broadwell
•Fox Inn, Lower Oddington (www.foxinn.net)
•Fox & Hounds Inn, Great Wolford (www.thefoxandhoundsinn.com)
•Golden Ball Inn, Lower Swell (www.thegoldenballinn.com)
•Great Western Arms, Blockley
•Greedy Goose, Chastleton (www.thegreedygoosemoreton.co.uk)
•Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power (www.hollowbottom.com)
•Horse & Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill (www.horseandgroom.info)
•Horse & Groom, Upper Oddington (www.horseandgroom.uk.com)
•Kingham Plough, Kingham (www.thekinghamplough.co.uk)
•King's Head Inn, Bledington (www.thekingsheadinn.net)
•Lamb Inn, Burford (www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/property/the_lamb_inn?/lamb)
•Lamb Inn, Great Rissington (www.thelambinn.com)
•Plough Inn, Ford (www.theploughinnatford.co.uk)
•Red Lion, Long Compton (www.redlion-longcompton.co.uk)
•Red Lion, Little Compton (http://www.theredlionlittlecompton.co.uk/)
•Snowshill Arms, Snowshill
•Swan Inn, Swinbrook (www.theswanswinbrook.co.uk)
•The Chequers, Churchill (www.thechequerschurchill.com)
•The Farmers Arms, Guiting Power
•The Inn at Fossebridge (www.cotswolds-country-pub-hotel.co.uk)
•The Wild Rabbit, Kingham (www.thewildrabbit.co.uk)
•Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach (www.cotswoldswheatsheaf.com)
We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.
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.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.