Tree Tops House
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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Tree Tops House is a grand, detached Cotswold stone house, sitting proudly in its own grounds, in the pretty village of Temple Guiting. The village is perfectly located, by the beautiful River Windrush, in the heart of the North Cotswolds countryside, close to the market towns of Winchcombe and Stow-on-the-Wold. Temple Guiting is ideally placed for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as places such as Cheltenham, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
The house has been extended and lovingly refurbished by its owner, retaining character features such as a large wood burning stove, flagstone floors and exposed Cotswold stone walls. The character of the house is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, six flatscreen TVs (five of which are Smart TVs) and a large, well equipped kitchen.
The house sleeps a maximum of eight people, in four bedrooms, with four bathrooms. There are large, enclosed front and back gardens, and there is plenty of off-street parking. Tree Tops House is perfect for large families or groups of friends looking for an exceptional holiday home in a rural location.
Tree Tops House's oak front door is accessed via the large front garden and opens into a large hallway. The following rooms are on the spacious ground floor:
•Living room: The centrepiece of the large, triple aspect living room is the stone fireplace, with its large wood burning stove. There are three large, stylish leather sofas, providing ample comfortable seating for eight. The style of the room is complemented by the 40" Freesat Smart TV, with blu-ray/DVD player and a humax recorder;
•Kitchen/breakfast room: This character filled room has granite worktops, a double Belfast sink, under unit and cabinet lighting, a flagstone floor and an exposed Cotswold stone wall. The kitchen facilities include a Belling range cooker, with two electric ovens, an electric grill and a six ring hob, a freezer, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, separate free standing fridge and coffee percolator, as well as a Smart TV. There is a large wooden breakfast table, with seating for eight;
•Dining room: The dual aspect dining room contains a large wooden dining table, with seating for eight, and a beautiful Welsh dresser. A staircase from the dining room leads up to bedroom 4;
•Country room: A second living room, for relaxing and reading, which contains two large Chesterfield sofas and an ornate wooden cabinet;
•Utility/boot room: With access to the back garden, this room contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, water softener and Belfast sink;
•Cloakroom: Contains a toilet and wash basin.
Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following large rooms, with all of the bedrooms having lovely dual aspects:
•Bedroom 1: Contains a super-king size bed and a Smart TV. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
•Bedroom 2: With lovely rural views, this room contains either a super-king size bed or two single beds and a Smart TV.
•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed and a TV with DVD player. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
•Family bathroom: Doubling up as the bathroom for bedroom 2, this room contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.
A second staircase leads up from the dining room to:
•Bedroom 4: A large, dual aspect room, with lovely rural views, which contains a king size bed and a Smart TV. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.
The large enclosed gardens are to the front and rear of the house, with the front garden providing lovely views of the rolling Cotswold hills. There is an outdoor bench, table and ample outdoor seating for eight, as well as a charcoal barbecue. There are also various fruit trees, which guests are welcome to help themselves from.
The large driveway to the front of the house provides plenty of off-street parking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 70 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 20 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|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), 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 peaceful village of Temple Guiting lies in the idyllic Windrush Valley, close to the pretty villages of Guiting Power and Kineton, all of which are blessed with a smattering of glowing cotswold stone cottages, set along tree lined lanes interlaced with soft meadows brim full of grazing cattle and sheep.
St Mary's Church in Temple Guiting was founded in Norman times, around the year AD 1170, by the Knights Templar and retains many features of interest. Staring out from below the roofline on each side, are eleven stone corbels; beautifully carved beasts, figures and grotesque heads designed to ward off evil spirits. In the nave of the church stands a beautiful 15th century font and above it in the central south window, three panels of attractive medieval glass of Flemish or German origin.
Leigh Wood lies just south of Temple Guiting. These beautiful woods are home to a rich variety of plants and wildlife. Both the woods and the Tudor manor at Temple Guiting are owned by Christchurch College, Oxford. The manor was probably a summer residence for the Bishops of Oxford.
Set above the River Isbourne, Winchcombe is arguably the hidden jewel in the Cotswolds crown. The town became prosperous from its Abbey (one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in England), its wool trade and as a producer of tobacco. Although the Abbey has gone there is still much to see of historic Winchcombe and the wealth of the town is reflected in many of the buildings, as well as in the surrounding countryside.
No visit to Winchcombe would be complete without seeing four of the most prestigious historical sites in the area. Sudeley Castle (home of Queen Katherine Parr up to her death in 1548), Hailes Abbey (a Cistercian House founded in 1246 and owned by English Heritage), Stanway House (a Jacobean manor house with a world-famous fountain) and Belas Knap (a Neolithic long barrow dating from approximately 3800 BC) all offer a fascinating insight into the life of our ancestors.
Known as the walking capital of the Cotswolds, Winchcombe sits at the intersection of the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way, the Wardens Way, the Windrush Way and the new Winchcombe Way. Alternatively, the GWR Steam Railway provides a fantastic fun day out for the family, running from Toddington through Winchcombe to Cheltenham Racecourse.
Winchcombe has a mouthwatering selection of top quality restaurants, a wine bar, pubs, tea shops and a contemporary delicatessen/coffee shop. So whether you want a quick snack or a leisurely meal you'll be spoilt for choice.
With a vibrant Music & Arts Festival in May/June, a Country Show in August and a Christmas Festival in December Winchcombe also has a busy cultural calendar.
Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold's countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.
Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.
Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward, probably Edward the Martyr.
Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.
It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for 'picture-postcard' England. The town's tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B's, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.
Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.
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.
Food & drink
There are a number of well-regarded pubs and restaurants located a pleasant walk or a short drive away from the property, including:
•The Plough Inn, Ford
•The Half Way House, Kineton
•The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power
•The Farmers Arms, Guiting Power
Winchcombe is fortunate to be blessed with a variety of places to eat and drink, with the following being just a selection of the options available:
•Restaurant 5 North Street: A small family run Michelin starred restaurant.
•Wine and Sausage at The White Hart Inn
Stow 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 Queens Head Inn
•The Conservatory Restaurant at The Grapevine Hotel
Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:
•Cotswold Food Store and Café
•Hamptons Fine Foods
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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