Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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Grade II listed Artisan Hall is a truly unique Cotswold stone property, peacefully located at the end of a lane, opposite the beautiful church of St Andrew's, in the village of Toddington. The hall is the largest part of what was originally the stable block for the nearby Toddington Manor, a very imposing, grade I listed manor house, built in the 19th century by Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley, whose marble family tombs can be seen in the church. Toddington Manor is now owned by Damien Hirst, the renowned artist, who is restoring it to use as a gallery for his works. The village of Toddington is peacefully located, in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, just four miles from Winchcombe, six miles from Broadway and 11 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold, making Artisan Hall well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
Artisan Hall has many unique character features, with the centrepiece of the property undoubtedly being the large grand hall, which was once the village hall. The owner has furnished this Cotswold stone walled room in an interesting, eclectic style, including a Bedouin tent, free-standing hammock and a Steinway grand piano (requires an additional £500 security deposit). There is also a large wood-burning stove in the hall. There are many other character features throughout the property, including stone mullion windows, wooden and flagstone floors, oak beams and two further real fires. The unique character of the hall is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a large projector screen TV.
The hall sleeps a maximum of eight people, in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms (one en-suite). There is a lovely, enclosed garden in front of the hall, overlooking the beautiful local church and off-street parking is available for a number of cars. Artisan Hall is the perfect venue for friends or families looking for a unique property, in a stunning setting.
The front door of Artisan Hall opens into a large entrance hall, complete with a grand chandelier. The large ground floor of the property contains the following rooms:
•Grand hall: The large centrepiece of the property, with an abundance of unique character, including a grand arched ceiling, with wooden beams and chandeliers, exposed Cotswold stone walls, porthole windows, a painted wooden floor, large wood burning stove, hammock and Bedouin tent. There is comfy seating for eight and a dining table with seating for eight. The grand hall also contains a Steinway grand piano (due to the value of the piano, it is usually covered with a locked cover. This cover can be removed and the piano can be used by paying an additional £500 security deposit);
•Snug: Providing access from the kitchen and living room to the main entrance hall, as well as having an outside door, the snug contains an arched window, a wooden floor with tiled hallway, real fire, and comfy seating for three or four;
•Living room: A bright, dual aspect room, with an arched window and a stone mullion window, wooden floor, real fire and comfy seating for six to eight;
•Kitchen/breakfast room/orangery: Beautiful stone mullion windows allow light into the kitchen from the partial glass ceiling in the breakfast room/orangery. The kitchen contains free standing units, an Aga, Smeg dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster (please note that there is no conventional oven at the property, however, there is an additional plug-in single induction hob, to augment the Aga hobs, if required). The breakfast room/orangery contains exposed Cotswold stone walls, a painted wooden floor and a wooden table with seating for eight;
•Pantry: Accessed via the breakfast room/orangery, the pantry contains a fridge freezer and a washing machine/tumble dryer;
•Downstairs cloakroom: Also accessed via the breakfast room/orangery. Contains a toilet and wash basin;
•Bedroom 3: Accessed from the entrance hall, this bedroom contains a grand, super-king size, 4-poster bed. The room is dual aspect, with one window looking into the grand hall and one window looking out to the garden and the church beyond;
•Bedroom 4: Containing a king size bed, this bedroom is accessed directly from the grand hall. The bedroom has a very high, domed ceiling and a raised porthole window. The bedroom has its own en-suite shower room and a separate en-suite toilet and wash basin.
Stairs lead up from the living room to the large first floor landing, which contains comfy seating and has lovely views of the church from its porthole windows. At the end of the landing, a balcony overlooks the large entrance hall. The landing and all the first floor rooms have lovely wooden floors and oak beams. The following rooms are accessed from the landing:
•Bedroom 1: A dual aspect room, with one window looking out to the church. Contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with a shower attachment, a separate walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
Artisan Hall's good sized garden is to the front of the property and is very peaceful, looking out towards the lovely church. The enclosed garden contains a mixture of lawn and gravelled areas. There is an outdoor table and seating for eight, and a charcoal barbecue. Outside the garden gate is a further gravelled area, with space for a number of cars.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 70 km, Nearest railway: Evesham 13 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||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Toddington is a village in north Gloucestershire, with a population of around 300 people. The village is split into two, the "Old Town" near the church and the "New Town" at the crossing of the B4077 and B4632 roads. The village pub, The Pheasant, is situated at the heart of the village, beside the village shop. Despite the small size of the village, it has a large church, St. Andrew's, which contains the marble tombs of local nobility, the Tracy family, who variously lived at Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey and Toddington Manor.
Toddington Manor is a large, grade I listed, 19th century country house. It is built in the gothic style and was designed by Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley, for himself and built between 1819 and 1840. The manor was bought by the Turner Prize-winning artist Damien Hirst in 2005 and he plans to turn it into a museum of his work.
Toddington railway station is located in the New Town and is the northern terminus of the private heritage line, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
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
Toddington has a traditional pub, The Pheasant, located in the heart of the New Town. The village is also conveniently located for the wider range of pubs and restaurants in Winchcombe, just four miles away, including the Michelin starred Restaurant 5 North Street.
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
•Wine and Sausage at The White Hart Inn
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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