House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
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Fladbury Mill is a stunning, grade II listed mill, idyllically located on the banks of the River Avon, within 12 acres of beautiful gardens and meadows. The oldest part of the mill dates back to the 17th century, with the remainder of the property dating from the early 18th century. The owners of Fladbury Mill, who live in separate accommodation at the property, have lovingly restored the water wheel and the turbine at the mill, and this provides a significant proportion of the electricity used on the site. Fladbury Mill is located in the ancient village of Fladbury, in the peaceful Vale of Evesham, just two miles to the north of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare.
In addition to the water wheel and the turbine, the mill has many character features, including oak floors, wooden beams and antique furniture. The character of the property is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, three flatscreen TVs and a contemporary kitchen.
The mill sleeps a maximum of seven people, in four bedrooms, with two family bathrooms. Off street parking is available and there is a large garden, with the mill stream running through it. Fladbury Mill is an ideal retreat for families or a group of friends, looking for a peaceful getaway.
The front door of Fladbury Mill opens into a large entrance hall, with lovely oak flooring. The following rooms are accessed from the entrance hall:
•Living room: With an oak floor, wooden beams and lovely windows looking out over the garden, this large room contains comfy seating for seven, a Freeview TV with DVD player, and an electric flame effect fire in a lovely red brick fireplace;
•Dining room: A dual aspect room, with views of the mill pond and the garden, this room contains a large polished wood table, with seating for up to seven guests;
•Kitchen: A modern, recently fitted kitchen, with lovely views of the river. Contains an electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, fridge freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and TV. There is an island in the kitchen, with bar stool seating, and an extending breakfast table, with seating for six;
•Laundry: Contains a washer dryer and a sink bench;
•Cloakroom: Accessed via the laundry, contains a toilet.
Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Master bedroom: Contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed and a hand basin;
•Bedroom 3: Contains 2 x single beds and a hand basin;
•Bedroom 4: Contains a single bed and a hand basin;
•Bathroom 1: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
•Bathroom 2: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.
The front door of the property leads out to the extensive gardens of Fladbury Mill, which are on one side of the river, with a mill pond and stream, in a stunning setting. Guests are allowed to fish from the grounds of the property in the river. During the warmer months of the year, there are two outdoor tables, both with seating for eight. The active turbine and waterwheel can be viewed from the garden and guests can make arrangements with the owner to see the full workings of the mill. There is off street parking within the grounds of the mill for three cars.
The property is located on the banks of the River Avon, in an area that occasionally experiences temporary flooding. It is therefore possible that, on rare occasions, access to the property may not be possible, in which case the owners would have to cancel any bookings at the property. A full refund would be provided in such exceptional circumstances.
Arrival and departure days:
Standard arrival days are Fridays and Mondays, with standard holiday durations being:
•three night weekends commencing on a Friday;
•four day mid-week breaks commencing on a Monday;
•week long breaks commencing on either a Friday or a Monday.
Flexible arrival and departure days may be possible – please contact us to discuss your requirements.
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).
The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is seven guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than seven guests at the property.
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.
Bed sizes and configurations:
•Master bedroom: King size bed
•Bedroom 2: Double bed and hand basin
•Bedroom 3: 2 x single beds and hand basin
•Bedroom 4: Single bed and hand basin
•Bathroom 1: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin
•Bathroom 2: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin
The property has a gas and electric central heating system. Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access and three Freeview TVs, with a DVD player in the living room.
There is no telephone at the property and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor within the property. The signal is generally better outside, in the garden.
The property has off-street parking for three cars. Additional off-street parking space can be provided upon request.
The holiday home is a large portion of the mill, with the remainder of the property comprising of the owners' accommodation and the working water wheel and turbine. The holiday home is entirely self-contained, with its own entrance and large gardens. By arrangement, the owners are happy to give guests a tour of the water wheel and turbine, which they restored and maintain themselves.
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:
The property accepts children of all ages, however, guests requiring travel cots or high chairs must bring their own.
Guests have the right to fish from the garden of Fladbury Mill.
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:
Guests should be aware that the fast flowing and deep River Avon flows through the garden of the property. There are no barriers between the garden and the river, and the wooden jetty can be slippy, therefore all guests should take great care near the river. Children should be carefully supervised at all times, when outdoors.
This is an old, Grade II listed property and has many character features, including low beams and doors, and multiple floors, 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.
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.
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 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 55 km, Nearest railway: Evesham 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Private fishing lake or river|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Fladbury is a traditional English village, located in the rural Vale of Evesham. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, almost 1,000 years ago. It is sited on the banks of the River Avon, with many interesting and original buildings and features. Cropthorne village is on the opposite bank of the Avon and the two ancient communities are linked by the Jubilee Bridge.
At the heart of Fladbury Village is the church of St John the Baptist. It has been a site of Christian worship since monks settled here in 691AD when Ethelred, King or Mercia, made a grant of land to Oftfor, the then Bishop of Worcester. The monks later moved on to found the monastery that became Evesham Abbey. No trace of the early Saxon building remains, the present building dates from the 12th century with only the base of the tower dating back to Norman times. The church was rebuilt in 1340, with significant restorations taking place during Victorian times. The tower has a ring of eight bells, which were rehung on a new frame in 1991.
The Vale of Evesham
The Vale of Evesham, an area famed for its orchards and horticultural produce, has for many centuries supported a number of communities that have thrived on its fertile soil. Drained by the River Avon and with the town of Evesham as its centre, the Vale includes land in south Worcestershire, south Warwickshire and north Gloucestershire.
The Vale of Evesham is a traditional agricultural and horticultural area, including fruit farms, livestock farming and market gardening. The sheltered climate beneath the escarpment of the Cotswolds, the light alluvial soils and the ready availability of river water for irrigation in dry weather has led to a great deal of vegetable production. There are numerous orchards in the area, survivors of a time when the entire Vale was covered with blossom in the spring. Although orchards have declined somewhat in recent decades, they still make a sufficient show of blossom in spring that they are a tourist attraction.
In the villages to the east of Evesham, such as Offenham and Badsey, there are growers specialising in asparagus production, which is even grown in the town centre on land previously farmed by the monks of Evesham Abbey. Every year there are asparagus auctions, notably at the historic Fleece Inn in Bretforton, which is now owned by the National Trust.
The Vale is served by the 150-year-old Cotswold railway line, originally known as the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway, although this was known at the time of construction as the "Old Worse and Worse", due to regular derailments and construction problems, including a riot at Mickleton on the edge of the Vale. The stations within the Vale are at Honeybourne and Evesham and these are served by trains from Hereford, Worcester and London.
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.
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.
Shakespeare Country is a loosely defined region, centred on the world famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. The region is located in the centre of England, also known as the "Heart of England", and is well connected by road, rail and air. It lies just two hours from London and there are direct train services from London Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon.
With magnificent castles, glorious gardens, stately homes and a historic palace, Shakespeare Country offers everything you need for a relaxing short break or a longer holiday. Visit historic Warwick and Kenilworth with their magnificent castles, enjoy regency Royal Leamington Spa and step back in time in Stratford-upon-Avon, or delve a little deeper into Shakespeare Country and you will discover some delightful smaller towns and villages.
Shakespeare Country and the neighbouring Cotswolds are also home to some of England's most enchanting gardens, from almost every period of English garden history. From landscaped to cottage, exotic to herbal, these gardens are a delight to explore.
Food & Drink
Fladbury is fortunate to have two traditional pubs, one of which includes a restaurant:
•The Anchor Inn
Fladbury also has a farm shop and a butcher's shop, which sells award winning pies and sausages.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the Vale of Evesham, North Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country, with the major towns of Evesham, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, 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 pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the the Vale of Evesham, North Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country.
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 and Shakespeare Country. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main towns.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Heart of England 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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