House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Byeways is a beautiful thatched cottage built circa 1650 located in the Cotswold village of Long Compton.
The village of Long Compton, which gets it's name for the length of the village extending along the old road joining Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, is considered to be the gateway to the Cotswolds. It is steeped in history, with links to early kings, St. Augustine and Shakespeare, and it is rife with myths and legends. The Rollright Stone circle is a walk away and the church's lych gate is a photographer's dream with the popular Red Lion pub offering an excellent menu and superb ales.
The cottage sleeps up to 8, but 6 very comfortably with 3 bedrooms (1 Super king on the ground floor, king on the first floor and a room with two singles and 2 pull out beds). There is also a travel cot available. She is equipped with a range cooker, so we have left you Mary Berry's Aga Book to give you some ideas. Children will love the country garden, when you decide to relax and take a break from all the sight seeing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 66 km, Nearest railway: Moreton in Marsh|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Long Compton is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England at the northern edge of the Cotswold escarpment in in South Warwickshire, and close to the border with Oxfordshire. It nestles in the valley of a tributary to the river Stour. It is part of the district of Stratford-on-Avon and has a population of 705.
The present settlement traces back to Saxon times, and that a Christian church existed in Long Compton as early as the 5th century on the ground adjacent to the Parish Church. Local evidence of Bronze Age and Roman settlement is coming to light.
The Village lies within a conservation area and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it has a relatively large number of listed buildings. As its name suggests, it is linear in form, stretching for almost a mile along the main road with spurs of development, principally on one side. Long Compton is known for its pretty thatched cottages, warm Cotswold stone walls, ancient church with an unusual lychgate, and above all for its glorious countryside.
The Village is well situated to visit local towns of historic and special interest, and also to enjoy walks in the beautiful countryside – local area, Macmillan Way, and Shakespeare Way.
Just outside Long Compton you can find the Rollright Stones, an ancient prehistoric megalithic monument consisting of three seperate sites: The King's Men, The King Stone and The Whispering Knights.
The Whispering Knights are the oldest and said to date back to around 4000 - 3500 BC and are the remains of the burial chamber of an early or middle Neolithic portal dolmen lying 400 metres east of the King's Men. Four standing stones survive, forming a chamber about 2 square metres in area around a fifth recumbent stone, probably the collapsed roof capstone.
Numerous folktales are associated with the stones.
It is said that a king with ambitions to conquer all of England had got as far as the Rollrights when up popped a witch. According to some accounts she was Mother Shipton of Shipton-under-Wychwood (c.1488-1551).
She challenged the King with these words -
“Seven long strides shalt thou take And if Long Compton thou canst see, King of England thou shalt be.”
Off went the King, shouting -
“Stick, stock, stone As King of England I shall be known.”
On his seventh stride the ground rose up before him in a long mound sometimes known as the Arch-Druid's barrow. The witch laughed and declared -
“As Long Compton thou canst not see King of England thou shalt not be. Rise up stick and stand still stone For King of England thou shalt be none; Thou and thy men hoar stones shall be And I myself an eldern tree.”
And so it was that the King became the King Stone, his men the King's Men Stone Circle, and his treacherous and conniving knights the Whispering Knights, although some say that the knights were actually at prayer. Tradition has it that one day the spell will be broken. The King and his men will return to life and continue with their conquest of England.
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