Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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Church View is a beautiful Grade II listed, end of row Cotswold stone cottage, located in the small hillside village of Bourton-on-the-Hill. The cottage looks out over the Norman church of St Lawrence and there are lovely views of the Evenlode Valley from both the cottage and its raised garden. Bourton-on-the-Hill has a highly regarded gastropub, the Horse & Groom, and is close to the well known Cotswolds market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden, as well as being ideally placed for exploring the wider Cotswold region. The cottage is also ideally placed for exploring the stunning countryside on foot or by bike, with the Heart of England Way running right through the village.
The cottage dates back to the 19th century and has been beautifully refurbished, whilst retaining character features, including a vaulted ceiling in the kitchen, wooden beams, a fireplace with wood burning stove and dovecotes in the garden wall (square holes in the wall, originally intended to house doves or pigeons). Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two Freeview TVs and a well equipped kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of five people, in three bedrooms (one of which is in a separate annexe behind the cottage), with two bathrooms. It is an ideal retreat for a family or a group of friends.
Stone steps lead up from Church View's front gate to the front door, which opens into a small hallway. The hallway leads into:
•Living room: A large, triple aspect room, with lovely views of the church opposite. The room contains a beautiful wood burning stove set into an open brick fireplace, wood panelling and flagstone flooring. Complementing these character features, there is a Freeview TV and DVD player, together with seating for six guests. The living room also contains a dining area, with a foldaway wooden dining table and seating for five.
An open doorway leads from the living room, through to:
•Kitchen: A beautifully light and airy room, with a large vaulted ceiling, wooden beams and flagstone flooring. As with the living room, the kitchen is triple aspect, again with lovely views of the church and also with a floor to ceiling window at the back of the kitchen, containing a door out to the patio and the annexe bedroom. The sociable kitchen space contains a large work surface with two bar stools, a dishwasher, five ring electric hob, fan assisted electric oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as a Freeview TV.
Returning to the living room, stairs lead up to the landing, off which are two bedrooms, both with stunning views of the church and the Evenlode Valley:
•Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed;
•Bedroom 2: Contains two 75cm wide single beds;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet.
Heading back downstairs and into the kitchen, the kitchen door opens onto a small covered patio, on the other side of which is:
•Annexe: Contains a large single or a small double bed (120cm wide). The annexe has an en-suite bathroom, containing a shower, basin and toilet.
Church View has gardens to three sides, rising up the hill side. At the top of the garden is a beautifully sheltered seating area, with stunning countryside views and a feature wall containing ancient dovecotes. There is a barbecue and an outdoor table and chairs.
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).
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 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations
•Bedroom 1: Double bed
•Bedroom 2: 2x 75cm single beds
•Bedroom 3 (annexe): Large single/small double bed (120cm wide)
•Family bathroom: bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet;
•Bedroom 3 en-suite bathroom: shower, basin and toilet.
Heating, fuel and logs:
The property has a gas central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the rental price. An initial supply of logs and firelighters are provided for the wood burning stove and further supplies can be purchased locally.
The property has free wireless internet access and two Freeview TVs, one with a DVD player.
Mobile phone reception in Bourton-on-the-Hill is generally good.
Free, quiet on street parking is available close 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 high chair are provided.
The property's split level garden is enclosed, however, please note that some areas of the garden are not visible from the house.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, 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, Grade II listed property, with many character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, some low beams, multiple floors and steps from the front gate to the front door, 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. Please note that there is no handrail on the staircase.
The smoke and CO 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.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
Church View is located on the A44, which is one of the busier roads through the Cotswolds. Some guests may therefore be aware of traffic noise at night. The cottage is, however, set back and raised above the road, which reduces both the noise and the visual impact of the road.
Bedroom 3 is in a separate annexe behind the main cottage, with a covered patio between the two buildings. This bedroom may therefore not be appropriate for young children.
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, 3 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 70 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|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.
Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the North Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way and served by the main line railway from London Paddington. The town was granted its market charter in 1227 and there still is a busy Tuesday market, with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors.
Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The oldest building is likely to be the 16th century Curfew tower on the High Street, whose bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. The High Street has many elegant 17th and 18th century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall in the centre of the town.
Moreton has a wide range of pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops and restaurants.
Food and drink:
Bourton-on-the-Hill benefits from a very well regarded gastropub, The Horse & Groom, and there are a number of bars, restaurants and cafes in nearby Moreton-in-Marsh.
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.
- Blenheim Palace
- Warwick Castle
- Cheltenham race course
- Cotswold Farm Park
- Batsford Arboretum
- 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.
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 Olympic Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
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13 Sep 2014
"relaxed stay in a lovely property"
We've just got back from a mid week break staying at the beautiful church view. We went with our 3 month old baby for a break in the cotswolds. The cottage was a perfect choice with traditional c… More
15 Oct 2013
"Modern and comfortable but still with country charm."
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 4 Church View. The cottage was exactly as described and very easy to locate due to the excellent map and directions. Had to contact the owner for a couple of minor is… More
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