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Lounge, spacious, bright and attractively furnished

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A peaceful Cotswolds country retreat uniquely situated in Northwick Park, near Blockley, the former estate of the Spencer -Churchill family. Surrounded by the 35 acres of formal gardens, rose gardens, ponds and parkland of this private estate which abound with wildlife including deer, pheasants, squirrels, ducks, moorhens, koi carp, woodpeckers and many more species of birds, this cottage is in an exceptional location not accessible to the general public. Northwick Park has featured several times on the BBC programme ' Escape to the Country' where it was described as 'a very special location'. My Cotswolds stone cottage conversion is perfect for 2 couples sharing, families, romantic breaks or just friends looking for a peaceful break in the country to get away from it all. If there are just the two of you, we are offering late availability breaks at a discounted rate - please ask for details. The perfect location for walkers, cyclists, artists, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, history buffs, National Trust members and RHS garden visitors. Shoppers will also delight in the many gift shops, boutiques and antique shops in the surrounding market towns and the larger commercial centres of Cheltenham and Stratford on Avon.

Approached over a long private drive, this light and spacious luxury 2 bedroom/2bathroom cottage conversion is perfectly situated to enjoy touring the local area. This comfortable Cotswold retreat is in a traffic-free, private and exclusive location which has featured several times on the BBC programme "Escape to the Country". Enjoy a week, week-end break or mid-week break - our changeover days are flexible.

Furnished with quality furniture, beds, curtains and carpets throughout, with a fully-equipped kitchen, the cottage with its real flame gas fire is perfect for all year round enjoyment. Summer Cottage is our 'second home' and we have decorated and furnished it as a home-from-home with love and care for our own enjoyment and that of our guests. The usual comment we get when inviting people in is "what a lovely feeling this cottage has - we just want to kick our shoes off and relax on the sofa". Ideal for couples seeking an away-from-it all holiday or a romantic country retreat.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham 48 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 6 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5, 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, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Bedroom 1. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC, range of built in wardrobes, dressing table, 2 bedside tables and lamps, views of the Mansion House and Deer Park..

Bedroom 2. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, adjoining bathroom with shower and WC. This bedroom can be set up with 2 single beds if preferred (please request at time of booking). Wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables and lamps. View over the estate and countryside.

Duvets, pillows, linens, towels, hairdryer, iron and ironing board supplied. Both bedrooms are upstairs.

Large, spacious and bright double aspect lounge/diner with 2 sets of french doors to garden. Flame gas fire, comfortable sofa and chairs, relaxing recliner chair, flat screen TV with freeview and DVD player, I pod/Iphone docking station, CD player, radio etc, perfect for cosy evenings in. A supply of books, games, CDs, DVDs, magazines, jigsaws, maps, walks and restaurant suggestions also on hand. Dimmable lighting and reading lamp.

Dining table for 6.

Fully equipped kitchen with neff oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave etc.

Downstairs WC and basin.

Quality furniture, carpets, curtains and linens throughout.

WIFI available

Further details outdoors

Sunny, south-facing walled garden accessed through french doors from lounge, with views of the 17th Mansion House and Orangery. Table and 4 chairs with cushions for alfresco dining and outside lighting means the garden can be enjoyed late on summer evenings.

To the front and side is a pretty railed courtyard garden, again with table and chairs, and views over the estate and gardens. Bicycles may be securely left here.

One allocated parking space at the cottage and additional cars may be left in the visitors car park nearby.

The communal grounds, upkept by a team of professional gardeners, are a delight and provide many opportunities for wildlife spotting and beautiful vistas for artists and photographers, as well as lovely walks.

The communal walled garden has benches and seats perfect for picnics.

There are 4 on site hard tennis courts - please bring your own racquets and balls - proper tennis footwear has to be worn.

Why not book an Autumn break when the grounds at Northwick Park are beautiful and the nearby towns and villages are less crowded. Short breaks are available Monday - Friday or Friday to Monday, throughout the year.

Summer Cottage is very special to me and I have furnished it with loving care and the homely personal touches and attention to detail which guests tell me makes it much more than just another holiday cottage. When you book Summer Cottage you can be assured that you are booking directly with me, the owner, and not a Letting Agency. Please also take a look at my other property - Bay Side, Freshwater Bay, IOW - another very special property in a unique location.

Further details

Property available for Friday to Friday, Friday to Monday, and Monday to Friday. Please feel free to ask about flexible changeover days as I do my best to accommodate if possible. Short breaks are available. Sorry we do not accept children under 10 years at the cottage.

Please be assured that I take great pride in my customer-service - I will answer all enquiry emails quickly and thoroughly - not with an immediate computer generated 'book-now' or 'your email mail was read' response email - but with a personal response to your particular questions etc. As I take a large number of bookings from overseas guests please take into account time-zone differences. The 'response rate' reflects the fact that my responses come personally from me (the owner) rather than a 'booking system'.

'COUPLES ONLY' BREAKS (available out of peak season). If there are just the 2 of you, enjoy a peaceful break at this lovely cottage and pay for only the bedroom and bathroom you use! The bedroom with 6ft bed (and adjoining bathroom with shower) can be used as a single unit and this will be all that you pay for. We save on the cleaning of the other bathroom and bedroom and you enjoy all the benefits of the large bedroom, lounge, kitchen, garden and grounds - at a lower price - please enquire.

If you are considering bringing a guest with mobility difficulties, please note that there are a couple of steps on the approach to the cottage and several uneven paving slabs.

If you have any questions regarding Summer Cottage please do not hesitate to enquire - I am very approachable and as the owner of the cottage I am aim to ensure you have a truly wonderful holiday.

The Central England/Cotswolds region

Situated within the Cotwold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty .

Stratford on Avon approx 15 miles

Cheltenham approx 17 miles

Oxford approx 30 miles


Blockley (1 1/2 miles) quaint village with local shop, historic church, two pubs with excellent food.

Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles) market town with good shopping.

Historic Chipping Campden ( 2 1/2 miles)

Stow-on-the-Wold (7 miles)

Stratford on Avon (approx 15 miles)

Broadway (approx 7 miles)

"Must-sees" in the area are the many National Trust properties and RHS gardens including Snowshill Manor and Gardens, the Sherborne Estate, Batsford Arborethum and Falconry Centre, Mill Dene Gardens, Hidcote Manor Gardens, Cotswolds Motor Museum, Cotswolds Wildlife park, Chastleton House, Sezincote Gardens and of course Stratford on Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A little further afield is Warwick Castle,Blenheim Palace, Bath, Oxford, Cheltenham and the NEC in Birmingham.

There are many fine restaurants, cosy tearooms and Old English Inns to enjoy in the locality.

There are weekly markets in the nearby towns, festivals, antique fairs and village gardens open in season.

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Review 1-5 of 5

5 Jul 2014


"Wonderfully peaceful location, perfect."

We stayed for a week ending on04/072014. It was a beautifully peaceful location. On arrival we found chocolates, fruit juice and even milk in the fridge. Very thoughtful touches. Summer cottage is ver… More

6 Jul 2013


"Cottswold Perfect"

My wife and I along with another couple found the accommodations and location to be perfect for our visit to this wonderful region. The cottage and location exceeded our expectations. We found the s… More

12 Oct 2011


"Excellent accomodation, one of the best in many years of cottage holidays."

The whole experience from booking to arrival, the stay and return of security deposit made easy. All corespondence was to the point and well timed. A well equiped clean and spaceous, tastefully decorated property located in private estate, central to many of the Cotswolds fine attractions. Pleasant and attractive grounds for walks with wildlife in abundance. Overall an excellent property in which we felt at home immediately with the welcoming goodies provided. A property that we would thoroughly reccomend.

1 Oct 2011



My niece and I had a lovely stay in the Summer Cottage. The cottage was nicely furnished, spotless, and very well supplied. Our hosts left treats for us. The cottage has two outdoor spaces and the estate grounds are lovely. The cottage is well situated for exploring the Cotswolds, and within easy distance to the theaters in Stratford. Our only regret was that we could not stay longer.

Thank you so much for your glowing review and I am delighted that you and your niece enjoyed your stay at Summer Cottage so much. I do aim to please so have now added WIFI (from November 2011) to the long list of facilities at Summer Cottage.

11 Sep 2011


"Perfect Cotswold Get-away"

We have made numerous trips to the UK with at least one or two visits each year for the past twenty years. The Cotswold's is a favorite destination in conjunction with time in London and we were completely thrilled by the setting and accommodations at "Summer Cottage". Booking details were easily arranged and confirmed and Lesley was very kin din allowing us to book a nine day stay. Upon arrival we were more than pleased by the cleanliness, comfort and obvious attention to so many details that insured us of a memorable stay.
The petite walled garden is a lovely oasis in any season as are the extensive estate grounds which are superb for walking. The town of Blockley is one mile away and has a lovely town shop where the manager Chris makes everyone feel welcome. All daily newspapers, post, and cafe with free wi-fi made it a daily stop for us. The Great Western Arms pub serves creative fare in a comfortable setting with a separate barroom and garden area.
Summer Cottage was the perfect base for exploring the hidden gems of the Cotswold's with visits to Tetbury - Highgrove, Cheltenham, and the Michelin Stared dining room at old favorite Lords of The Manor in Upper Slaughter.
We look forward to a return visit to "Summer Cottage" in 2012.

Review 1-5 of 5

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