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One of a short row of Cotswold stone cottages in a picturesque village, Robin Cottage is immaculately presented and has a beautiful, enclosed front garden. The village of Little Compton has a well-regarded pub, The Red Lion, as well as being located close to the beautiful market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold. Many walks through the stunning Cotswolds countryside are available on the doorstep and the cottage is within easy reach of numerous attractions.
Robin cottage dates back to 1842 and has recently been stunningly refurbished, to show off many character features, including exposed stone walls, wooden beams, oak doors and a wood burning stove in the living room. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access and Freeview TV.
Robin Cottage sleeps five people, in three bedrooms, with a beautiful family bathroom. There is plentiful, quiet street parking available. The cottage is an ideal location for a family holiday or for groups of friends seeking a beautiful country retreat.
Robin Cottage is accessed via a beautiful, enclosed, south facing front garden, which contains an outdoor table and seating.
The front door opens into a good sized hallway, off which the main open plan ground floor rooms are:
•Living room: a spacious, yet cosy room, with character features including oak beams, a wood burning stove and a lovely antique writing desk. There is comfortable seating for five and a Freeview TV, with DVD player. Oak doors open into a utility room, which includes a freezer and a washing machine;
•Dining room: Contains a wooden table, with seating for six, as well as a beautiful Welsh dresser. There are French doors leading out to the back garden and a flagstone floor, which runs into the adjoining open plan kitchen;
•Kitchen: Contains a large range cooker, microwave, toaster, dishwasher and fridge.
Returning to the hallway, stairs lead up to a lovely first floor landing, with exposed oak beams and stone walls. Leading off the landing are three bedrooms and a family bathroom:
•Bedroom 1: Contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 2: Contains two 75cm wide single beds, which can be joined together to form a king size bed;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet.
As well as the large front garden, there is also a rear courtyard garden, accessed via French doors from the dining room. This tranquil, gravelled area is enclosed (please note that there is a right of access through the garden for the next door neighbour) and contains an outdoor table and seating, a chiminea and a barbeque. There is a storage shed in the back garden, which contains a tumble dryer.
For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
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 is five 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 five 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 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations:
•Bedroom 1: King size bed
•Bedroom 2: Two 75cm wide single beds OR one king size bed
•Bedroom 3: Single bed
•Family bathroom: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin
Heating, fuel and logs:
The property has an electric central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).
Please note that free logs are normally available, but, on occasion, there may be situations when the previous guests have used up all the logs and the log supply cannot be replenished immediately.
The property has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made (there is an international bar on the telephone).
Guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.
Free, quiet on-street parking is available, outside the cottage.
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:
A travel cot (without linen) and high chair are provided.
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:
Robin Cottage is an old property and has some features, including low beams and two 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.
The low lying nature of the bedroom windows could pose a hazard to children. Window locks are provided and guests should be aware of the need to supervise children in these areas.
There is a brook, served by a culvert, on the opposite side of the road to the property, which could pose a hazard to children. Guests should be aware of the need to supervise children and it would be prudent to keep the front gate to the property shut.
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 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham International 70 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 6 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||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (3), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The picturesque village of Little Compton forms the southernmost tip of Warwickshire, between Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. The village lies in a “combe” or valley, from which the name Compton is derived and the epithet “Little” distinguishes it from the neighbouring Long Compton.
Little Compton is a typical small Cotswold village, with a beautiful Jacobean manor house, an old church and a local pub, The Red Lion, which is featured in the Good Pub Guide. There is also a children's playground in the village.
The oldest parts of the Manor House date from the 15th Century and were originally the grange of the Tewkesbury Monks, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. Amongst a number of former notable owners is William Juxon, Bishop of London, who was an adviser to Charles I during the English Civil War. He was the only priest to accompany the king to the scaffold at his execution. William was later appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by Charles II, Charles I's son, upon the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
The Four Shires Stone is located close to Little Compton, marking the historic meeting point of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the North Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way and served by the main line railway from London Paddington. The town was granted its market charter in 1227 and there still is a busy Tuesday market, with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors.
Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The oldest building is likely to be the 16th century Curfew tower on the High Street, whose bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. The High Street has many elegant 17th and 18th century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall in the centre of the town.
Moreton has a wide range of pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops and restaurants.
Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire, situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a Norman castle. “Chipping” is believed to derive from “ceapen”, an old English word meaning market. There has been a market in Chipping Norton since the 13th century and it was a major wool-trading town in the 15th century. The great “wool” church of St Mary, built in perpendicular style, testifies to its prosperity.
The church has one of the finest interiors among the great Cotswold churches. The slender supporting pillars and the clerestory windows form an almost continuous band of glass above the nave, to give the church a feeling of great height and lightness. The church is also noted for its unusual hexagonal porch, with vaulted ceiling.
The lively little town has a vibrancy about it, but remains unpretentious and the everyday lives of those who live and work there have so far not been overshadowed by the effects of tourism - it is a “real” Cotswold town with “real” shops, fondly known as “Chippy” to the locals. It is also known, importantly, for having the last fish and chip shop for 30 miles in the Cheltenham direction.
Chipping Norton offers the visitor plenty of retail therapy, including several antique shops and a wide selection of restaurants, inns and pubs.
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.
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.
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.
Food and drink:
There are two pubs within walking distance of Robin Cottage:
- The Red Lion, Little Compton: Just round the corner from Robin Cottage, The Red Lion Inn is a traditional, Cotswold stone building. Set in a large mature garden, the building features exposed stone walls and beams, inglenook fireplaces and real fires in the cold months. Beers include Donnington cask ales (BB & SBA) brewed locally in Donnington, near Stow-on-the-Wold. The restaurant offers a wide range of freshly prepared dishes and, like the wine list, the menu is designed to appeal to all tastes and budgets. The lounge bar leading to the restaurant has an inglenook fireplace and there is also a public bar, where dog lovers can enjoy a pint or two after one of those long Cotswolds walks, next to another inglenook fire place.
- The Greedy Goose, Chastleton: A mile away from Robin Cottage, this Gastro Pub has a lively and welcoming atmosphere and aims to provide the highest standards of freshly cooked food and drink. Offering a memorable dining experience of quality, friendly service and fine ambience, there is an extensive menu and an appropriate wine is recommended to complement each dish. The pub takes pride in sourcing their produce locally where possible, supporting the local community whilst also enhancing the quality of food provided by the excellent chef.
Approximately four miles away, either by car or a pleasant walk, the village of Oddington contains two well-regarded pubs:
- The Fox Inn, Lower Oddington: This Virginia creeper clad, Cotswold stone Inn, with flagstone floor, beams, open fireplaces and collection of antiques is the perfect setting for a meal or drink with family and friends. During the summer months you can enjoy the enclosed, pretty Cotswold garden and there is also a covered and heated terraced area for al fresco dining. The seasonal menu includes modern and traditional classics, complemented by a large range of fine wines and a selection of real ales;
- The Horse and Groom, Upper Oddington: A quintessential English Cotswold stone inn, dating back to 1580. The bar and adjoining lounge area boast exposed stone walls, flagstone and slate floors, beamed ceilings and a roaring log fire, with an interesting and ever changing selection of local and regional cask ales. The food menu is loaded with passion, imagination and a desire to be the best dining pub in the Cotswolds, with the menu changing with the seasons and a “specials board” that changes twice daily;
Also within a short drive of Robin Cottage is:
- Daylesford Organic Farm: Daylesford Farm is one of the most sustainable farms in the UK, located in 2000 acres of beautiful countryside, owned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford. As well as award-winning food in the farmshop and cafe, there is a host of things to see and do, including farm tours and farm walks, a cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa.
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.
- Blenheim Palace
- Warwick Castle
- Cheltenham race course
- Cotswold Farm Park
- Batsford Arboretum
- Broadway Tower Country Park
- Snowshill Manor & Garden
- Sudeley Castle
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing. There are also a number of spas located in beautiful surroundings.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.