Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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Horseshoe Cottage is an imposing end of row Cotswold stone property, located in the heart of the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, very close to the beautiful Norman church of St Lawrence and the well regarded Horse and Groom pub. Bourton-on-the-Hill is perfectly situated, in between the famous Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden, and is ideally located for exploring the stunning North Cotswolds region and further afield, including Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Blenheim Palace.
The beautiful, period cottage has many character features, including exposed Cotswold stone walls, wooden beams, a flagstone floor downstairs, wooden floors in three of the bedrooms and a wood burning stove. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two flatscreen TVs and a well presented, contemporary kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of eight people, in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms. There is a lovely enclosed south facing courtyard garden and free on street parking is available close to the cottage. Horseshoe Cottage is an ideal retreat for groups of friends or families, looking for a peaceful getaway in the heart of the North Cotswolds.
The front door of Horseshoe Cottage opens into a large, open plan, triple aspect, downstairs space, which is partially segregated into two spaces by the staircase:
•Living room/dining area: This large space has wooden beams, a flagstone floor, with underfloor heating, and an exposed Cotswold stone fireplace containing a wood burning stove. There is a flat screen internet TV, with DVD/Blu-ray player, comfy seating for eight and a wooden dining table, also with seating for eight. Bifold sliding doors give direct access to the garden;
•Kitchen: A lovely, contemporary space, containing a Smeg range cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a half-stabled door, which gives side access to the house.
Stairs lead up from between the dining area and kitchen to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Bedroom 3: A large, dual aspect room, with feature fireplace and rural views. Contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 4: Contains a double bed. There is direct access to the family bathroom from this room;
•Family bathroom: A "Jack and Jill" bathroom, with access from both the hallway and bedroom 4. Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin, as well as underfloor heating.
Further stairs lead up from the first floor landing to the second floor landing, off which are two further large rooms:
•Bedroom 1 (en-suite): Contains a king size bed. The en-suite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin, as well as underfloor heating;
•Bedroom 2: A large, dual aspect room, with an exposed Cotswold stone wall and lovely rural views. Contains two single beds. There is also a flatscreen TV, with a Sony Playstation 3 and games (this is also a DVD/Blu-ray player).
Three of the bedrooms have lovely wooden floors, and the bed sheets and towels are 100% Egyptian cotton.
The lovely, south facing courtyard garden is accessed directly from the living room. Surrounded by a Cotswold stone wall, the garden is fully enclosed and is a wonderful sun trap. It contains an outdoor table and eight chairs, plus a charcoal barbecue.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 60 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 3 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, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The charming Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Hill is in an idyllic part of Gloucestershire, overlooking the well-known village of Moreton-in-Marsh from its hillside position. The River Evenlode runs along the village boundary with several small tributary streams running into it.
Situated on a steep hill and surrounded by rolling green countryside, this small village of around 300 inhabitants is nestled around a small local church and an old coaching inn. At one time the village would have been on the main route from London to Worcester, known as the London Way in 1590.
The beautiful church of St Lawrence has a long history dating back to 1157. Part of the original structure of the church is still visible in the form of the pillars located in the south side of the nave, however, the arches were added later in the 12th century. The church underwent extensive alterations in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Bourton-on-the-Hill has a number of pretty 17th and 18th century cottages along the main street, all built of warm honey-coloured Cotswold stone and surrounded by pretty country gardens, which spill over low garden walls. The grandest property is Bourton House Garden in the centre of the village, with its 16th century tithe barn. It frequently opens its lovely gardens to the public and has a plants sale of unusual perennials and flowering shrubs. The Batsford Estate and Arboretum is also close to Bourton-on-the-Hill and provides beautiful estate grounds for long country walks. It is the home of the Cotswold Falconry Centre and during the summer its tea room is a particularly popular place to rest after a day of walking or cycling in the area.
Local life tends to gravitate around the local pub, the Horse and Groom, which has a good reputation for its excellent food and real ales.
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
Bourton-on-the-Hill benefits from a very well regarded gastropub:
•The Horse & Groom: Whatever your need the Horse & Groom will fit the bill. The light and airy bar is perfect for a quick tipple or an evening's merriment. The beautifully restored dining room, where fabulous homemade food is served at lunchtime and suppertime, provides for those in need of a feed. The head chef chooses to minimise menus and maximise flavours and by using a host of local suppliers he and his team have the benefit of perfect produce with which to work their culinary magic.
Moreton 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 White Hart Royal
•The Spice Room
Moreton has a Tesco Express, a Budgens and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including The Cotswold Cheese Company
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. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.
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.
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