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Golden Cross Farmhouse (C522)


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Golden Cross Farmhouse

Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Golden Cross Farmhouse is a classically proportioned Georgian farmhouse with stunning countryside views in all directions. The house sleeps 13 (with the day bed) and works brilliantly for short breaks which are available all year*. It's an ideal base for visiting Shakespeare's Country or for rambling or walking the many local walks.

This tastefully decorated, rustic and rambling farmhouse is the ideal venue for large groups or extended families. The huge beamed traditional farmhouse kitchen is very central to the ambience of the house with seating for 13; great for entertaining or simply relaxing while someone is in charge of the cooking! Experience cooking on the Aga (with an electric cooker and hob as a back up!).

The house's shabby chic unique style can be credited to the artist/sculptor owners who live in the self-contained adjoining wing with their young son (they will leave you undisturbed).

There are two sitting rooms to relax in - one is a TV room and both have beautiful fireplaces (with wood burners - all logs provided free!). There are 5 bedrooms and 2 large bathrooms on the first and second floor. With the sixth bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor.

Outside is a lovely enclosed courtyard with wisteria plants, garden furniture and a bbq. There is also a little enclosed garden area of lawn for the kids (which can be closed off from the courtyard). The front 'yard' has enough room to park 5-6 cars (with high double gates which can be kept closed for the safety of children). There is also a decked area with rose arbour, rustic table and a few chairs.

The house is on the main Fosseway halfway between Moreton in Marsh (with the very popular weekly market on a Tuesday) and Shipston-on-Stour. Just 10 miles north to Stratford-upon-Avon for the theatres and just 10 miles south to the antiques centre of the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold.

Two public footpaths lead directly from the house; a 15 minute walk across fields to Stretton-on-Fosse with the award winning village pub or a longer walk to Todenham and another excellent village pub (very popular we are told!).

Ground floor

Entrance hall, 2 sitting rooms, cloakroom, large kitchen/dining room. A double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower over the bath.

First floor

Family bedroom with king size bed, 'Jack and Jill' bathroom with bath and shower over. Bedroom with double bed.

Second floor

Double bedroom with king size bed and single day bed, two twin bedrooms, bathroom with bath and hand-held shower.

Please note - a £300.00 damage deposit is required at this property, to be paid to Cottage in the Country.

Short breaks only at this house except Easter and Christmas where longer periods are available.

Fast Facts

Central heating & electricity are included April - October, from November - April there is a generous allowance included but metered thereafter; oil fired heating and wood burner, logs provided.

Bed linen & towels provided.

TV, video, DVD, washing machine, microwave, dishwasher, large larder fridge, under-counter freezer, electric cooker with oven and an Aga.

Garden furniture and bbq (charcoal required).

Regret no pets.

Two cots available on request; cot and linen £10 each; one highchair also available.

Parking for 4-5 cars.

Enclosed garden.

Trains from Moreton in Marsh, approx 3 miles.

No smoking please.

Pub in Stretton-on-Fosse, 15 mins walk.

Please note - a £300.00 damage deposit is required at this property.

Size Sleeps up to 13, 6 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (5), Double beds (4), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

There is also a cloakroom with loo on the ground floor.

The Central England/Cotswolds region

From Windsor to the Welsh Borders our area offers a taste of what was and what is...fabulous properties of historic and architectural interest that sit alongside pretty tea rooms, gastro pubs, shops, restaurants etc etc!

In a simply stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are the Cotswolds with the unique honey-coloured stone, ancient woodlands and miles of rolling hills and over 3,000 miles of public footpaths. The rivers Windrush and Coln trickle their way through some of the prettiest Cotswold towns and villages you will ever come across, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury. Royal Berkshire and the Thames Valley are on the doorstep of the Capital. Stay in Windsor (with a royal neighbour!), be close to Henley-on-Thames famous for Henley Regatta or walk The Thames Path as the river meanders through rural villages, historic towns and peaceful water meadows before it reaches the Thames Barrier in the heart of London. From your 'own' front door you can explore the contrasts of Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Shropshire. Visit the theatres at Stratford-upon-Avon, walk the Ridgeway Path from the Thames in the west through to the atmospheric Chiltern Hills.

Our towns and villages optimise the English rural on the green, a glass of locally brewed beer, peace and quiet - lovely!


Moreton in Marsh was founded sometime in the 13th Century as a market town. Unlike many of the other well-known Cotswold towns, Moreton in Marsh's main street is wide and the surrounding land relatively flat. It is positioned on the old Roman Fosse Way (A429) which intersects the road from Oxford to Evesham (A44). To the north lies Stratford-upon-Avon, about 17 miles and less than half an hour in the car, and to the south, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Roman town of Cirencester, about 5 miles, 8 miles and 25 miles respectively.

Although many of the buildings in Moreton-in-Marsh are of 17th and 18th century origin, it is thought that the church in the town dates back to the 1600s. A market is still held in the centre of the town on Tuesdays. Other local attractions include gardens such as Batsford Arboretum and Hidcote Manor and Chastleton House, which was constructed during the Jacobean period and which has changed little since it was built, particularly since the last 100 years. For train enthusiasts, there is the steam Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in nearby Toddington. Outings for the family include The Cotswold Falconry Centre, Birdland, the Cotswold Perfumery, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cotswold Farm Park, the Model Railway Exhibition and the Model Village, both in Bourton-on-the-Water. Oxford is just 50 minutes in the car from Moreton-in-Marsh, with Blenheim Palace in Woodstock along the way.

As well as some nice little shops, there are several tea rooms and restaurants in Moreton. For those interested in local produce there are farm shops in the surrounding countryside, including a trout farm in Donnington just a few miles away where you can purchase related products.

There are buses from the village to Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Roman town of Cirencester. There is also a mainline station in the village with trains to London Paddington and Hereford in the opposite direction.

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Review 1-4 of 4

27 Nov 2013


"A house in the country"

My party consisted of 6 adults and 5 children of various ages..we normally travel to the coast for our get together for a change this time we went inland to the Cotswolds.the house and the location we… More

Thank you for taking the time to let us have your thoughts, it is really helpful. We will be in touch with the owner to see that the outside lights are working, especially now as it gets dark so early at the moment.
We hope to help you with your holiday plans sometime in the future, I will be sure to pass your comments to Anne who herself is on a well earned weeks holiday! Thanks again, Karen.

3 Nov 2013


"House with great character and style and great base for Cotswolds"

Living areas and bedrooms all great - really interesting furniture and artefacts - owners obviously have great taste. Great large kitchen area with toasty Aga. It's mainly shabby chic / aging cou… More

Thanks for this, I am sure the owners will be delighted that you appreciated their taste which is certainly very individual, but that's what makes Goldencross so appealing!

29 Oct 2013


"A fantastic rural retreat"

There were 14 of us for a surprise 60th birthday weekend. All agreed that the house was warm and inviting with a wealth of books and games for the lazy afternoons. Walks were fantastic and meals aroun… More

Sorry for the late response but so pleased that the house worked well for your celebrations. Thanks for taking the time to review, always nice to hear from our customers. Another guest mentioned the outside lights not working - these have now been fixed and more added.
Hope to hear from you again in the future.

29 Apr 2013


""The best house I've ever been in""

We booked this property for a long weekend with a large group of friends, including 3 very young children. We've been going away as a group every year for over ten years, and in the words of one of our party: "not only is this the best house we've rented, it's the best house I've ever been in!".

There isn't a bad bedroom in the house - even the one on the ground floor adjoining the kitchen is quite private and has its own beautiful en suite bathroom. They're all large, clean and beautifully decorated, both stylish and homely, with charming attention to detail. The enormous bathroom on the first floor with the roll-top bathtub in the middle of the room has a view of the sunset that's perhaps wasted on a bathroom and utterly delightful. The cupboards are stuffed with games toys for all ages that saw constant use all weekend. The kitchen and large dining table were perfect for our purposes, and again completely homely and charming.

If you're looking for sprawling gardens or complete rural seclusion then it's probably not for you - there is reasonable outside space but it's pretty basic, and the house is on a major road which can be heard from some of the bedrooms. But if you need a large property as a base for seeing the Cotswolds, and/or wish to spend a lot of time indoors in comfort, cosiness and style, it can't be bettered.

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