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Beehive Cottage is a quintessential Cotswold stone cottage, which is beautifully presented and is located in the small, picturesque village of Poulton, close to Cirencester, the largest market town in the Cotswolds. Although small, Poulton has a well-regarded pub, a village shop and Post Office, and there is a children's playground and playing field directly across the lane from the cottage. The village is very well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside, visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, or visiting famous places such as Bath, Oxford or Stratford-upon-Avon.
Beehive Cottage has been lovingly renovated by its interior designer owner, who has brought out all the traditional character of the cottage, including the stunning inglenook fireplace with a secret spiral staircase behind it, old oak beams and exposed Cotswold stone walls. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a well presented kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of 6+1 people, in three bedrooms (with the +1 being on a day bed in a twin bedroom), with two bathrooms. There is a beautiful, enclosed garden and off-street parking for two cars, with free on street parking readily available. Beehive Cottage is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family, looking for a luxurious holiday in a peaceful Cotswold village.
The front door of Beehive Cottage opens into the living room. The ground floor has flagstone tiling throughout, with underfloor heating and cast iron radiators. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
•Living room: As with all the rooms, the dual aspect living room has been beautifully renovated to highlight its character features, in particular the wonderful inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove. During the renovation, a secret stairway was discovered behind the fireplace, which provides an alternative route up to bedroom 3 (this staircase is narrow and steep, so a gate is available to prevent young children climbing on these steps). There is comfortable seating for six adults in the living room;
•Snug: The snug is socially located between the living room and the kitchen, and has a flatscreen TV with a DVD player, as well as lots of books and games. With comfortable seating for four, this room provides either a second living room to watch TV in, somewhere quiet to relax, or a sociable place to sit and chat to friends in the kitchen;
•Kitchen/dining room: A bright and spacious dual aspect kitchen/dining room, with lovely French doors out to the garden. The kitchen contains an electric range cooker, with a double oven and seven hobs, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. The large dining table seats up to eight adults in comfort and style;
•Bathroom 2: Contains a walk-in shower, toilet, wash basin and heated electric towel radiator. There is also a washing machine in this room.
The main staircase leads up from the rear of the living room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Bedroom 1 (Butterfly room): A beautiful triple aspect room, which contains either a king size bed or two 75cm wide single beds;
•Bedroom 2 (Flora room): With a lovely exposed Cotswold stone wall, this room contains a double bed;
•Bedroom 3 (Forna room): A classic eaves room, with lovely oak beams, but sufficient head height to walk around, this room contains two single beds, as well as a day bed, which is a comfy sofa when not in use as a bed. A door at the back of the room gives access to the steep secret staircase, however, this door can be bolted to prevented young children opening it;
•Family bathroom: Another beautiful and relaxing room, which contains a bath, toilet, wash basin and heated electric towel rail.
The front door and the French doors from the kitchen both give access to the peaceful, enclosed garden. Containing a good mix of lawned, gravelled and planted areas, the garden has a table and seating for six, as well as a charcoal barbecue.
The gravel driveway provides off-street parking for two cars.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 105 km, Nearest railway: Kemble 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Cotswold village of Poulton is situated mid-way between Cirencester and Fairford. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, under the record of Poltone in Wiltshire. It remained an exclave of Wiltshire, encircled by Gloucestershire for almost 1,000 years until 1844, when it was designated by Parliament as part of Gloucestershire.
Poulton boasts some magnificent architecture, with both the old school and the church being designed by William Butterfield, one of the most eminent Victorian architects.
Poulton today is a thriving community with a well-regarded Inn, Village Shop and Post Office, Church and Village Hall. There is also a playing field and children's playground.
The attractive market town of Cirencester is the largest town in the Cotswold District. It is the home of the Royal Agricultural College, the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world, founded in 1840. Cirencester was known to be an important early Roman area, when it was called Corinium, and the town's Corinium Museum is well known for its extensive Roman collection.
Cirencester contains a wide range of shops, leisure facilities and tourist attractions, including the Church of St. John the Baptist, renowned for its Perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants' tombs, and Cirencester House, the seat of Earl Bathurst and the site of one of the finest landscape gardens in England, laid out by the first Earl Bathurst after 1714.
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 Falcon Inn, Poulton
•The Crown of Crucis, Ampney Crucis
As the largest town in the Cotswolds, Cirencester 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:
•Made By Bob
Cirencester also contains a number of delicatessens, small food shops and supermarkets.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider Central Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Cirencester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach and Burford 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 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 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.