Red Lion Cottage is a beautiful Grade II listed property and one of the most perfectly located cottages in the Cotswolds, situated on a quiet lane overlooking the surrounding countryside. Despite the tranquil setting, the cottage is in the heart of historic Blockley – a peaceful, pretty and thriving village, boasting two pubs, a Norman church and a community village shop and café. Blockley is also the picturesque village setting for the BBC 1 period drama 'Father Brown'.
Red Lion Cottage is believed to date back to 1750 and has recently been beautifully refurbished whilst maintaining many character features including a stunning Inglenook fireplace, window seats, wooden beams and ledge and brace doors. Alongside these period features the house has modern facilities including a flat screen digital tv with Sky channels and a brand new shaker style kitchen. The cottage also has a roof-top terraced garden which is accessed through the kitchen. The layout of Red Lion Cottage makes it an ideal retreat for one or two couples or a small family.
The cottage sleeps up to four people in two upstairs bedrooms, each containing a double bed. There is a fully equipped bathroom upstairs and a downstairs shower room with a WC.
Walking along the High Street towards Dovedale Woods leads you directly to Red Lion Cottage. Open the front door into a haven of 5 star luxury. A cosy, large beautifully decorated and furnished room with two carved wooden window seats, painted wooden beams, a large inglenook fireplace and a flat screen digital TV/DVD player with Sky package. The dining area contains an oak dining table with seating for up to four people. A collection of DVDs, books, games and guides are available for you to enjoy during your stay.
Step from the sitting room into the kitchen – a spacious area with feature exposed stone walls, a vaulted ceiling and solid black American walnut worktops. This beautiful kitchen is very well equipped including an electric cooker with gas hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with a small freezer.
A door from the kitchen leads you into a large downstairs shower room which is decorated with Orla Kiely wallpaper and beautiful lime stone floors and heated towel rail.
Returning to the living room, a narrow, steep staircase leads up to a small first floor landing off which are two double bedrooms featuring Zoffany and Nina Campbell wallpapers, Farrow and Ball heritage colours and Egyption cotton bed linen.
Bedroom One is a welcoming warm and bright bedroom with a wooden window seat with great views over open fields. The room features a wrought iron double bed, two bedside tables and large built-in wardrobes providing plenty of storage for both bedrooms.
Bedroom Two is another cosy double with a wooden window seat, bedside table and a chest of drawers with great views of the surrounding countryside.
Both bedrooms have black-out roman blinds for those well deserved lie-ins!
The main bathroom is accessed via the landing and hosts a fabulous Victorian style slipper bath, a heated towel rail, basin and toilet. Fluffy white towels are provided.
Stone steps leading from the kitchen take you up on to the roof top terrace which is a real sun-trap as it is south facing with raised borders. There is a gravelled seating area with table and chairs accommodating 4 people.
£100 fully refunded damage/loss deposit is required at Red Lion Cottage.
Bed Linen and Towels:
Bed linen, bath towels and hand towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and Departure Times:
Arrival time at Red Lion Cottage is after 3pm
Departure time is no later than 10am
Bedroom 1 – Double Bed
Bedroom 2 – Double Bed
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price.
There is a large inglenook fireplace with fireguard in the living room. Log can be purchased from the local village shop
Red Lion Cottage is provided with a flatscreen digital TV, DVD player and an I-pod docking station. A small selection of DVDs, books and guides are available and the wooden chest in the living room holds a number of board games.
Red Lion Cottage is located on a peaceful lane just before Dovedale Woods, set on a pretty footpath. Free on street parking is available below Red Lion Cottage which is a quiet no through road.
A small quantity of initial consumables are provided for your convenience (e.g. coffee, tea, sugar, dishwasher tablets, toiletries etc) however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Local Food Shopping:
In addition to the local community shop, both Waitrose and Tesco will deliver directly to the door of Red Lion Cottage. Very handy for a stress free break!
Accessibility, Health and Safety:
Red Lion Cottage is an old Grade II listed property retaining many character features including narrow and steep stairs, low beams, and multiple floors. These could be difficult for guests with limited mobility, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to exit the house quickly in the event of an emergency.
Although children are very welcome at Red Lion Cottage, the steep stairs to the first floor and to the garden may prove problematic to children of toddling age.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and therefore those who have a hearing impairment may not be able to hear the alarm systems and may be at risk.
Red Lion Cottage is a strictly NO SMOKING property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham International Airport 60 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Central England / Cotswolds / Gloucestershire region:
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.
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.
The Blockley area:
Known by many locals as the “secret village”, Blockley is well away from main roads and in some parts of the village the only noise is Blockley Brook, the mill stream that winds its way through the bottom of the valley.
Blockley is a peaceful, charming Cotswold village, with raised pavements, a splendid church and some superb architecture strung out along the mile long High Street.
Blockley has much to offer the holidaymaker. Its attractive village green overlooks the popular Bowling Green and beautiful Norman Church, and is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic on sunny days. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with many very enjoyable walks leading from the village,
Blockley - Food and drink:
For a relatively small village, Blockley is blessed with a number of places to eat and drink, all just a short walk from anywhere in the village.
- The Crown Inn: This 16th century country inn is situated in the heart of Blockley and features a restaurant serving dishes prepared with local produce, along with a bar with an open fire and a wide selection of real ales.
- The Great Western Arms: The “Western” as it is locally known, is a Hook Norton Brewery pub and is right at the heart of the village both geographically and socially. The pub has two rooms: one is used as the restaurant and the other houses a pool table, juke box and darts board (dogs are welcome in the pool room).
- Lower Brook House: Home to a fine restaurant that welcomes non-residents. The restaurant offers seasonal menus of mouth-watering, home-cooked dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients for candlelit meals in intimate surroundings.
- Blockley Village Shop & Café: The community owned shop and café is the hub of the village. The shop offers a wide range of basic groceries and necessities. The licensed café is open all day, serving breakfasts, lunches, coffees and teas, and home-baked cakes. Take-away hot and cold food, including croissants, pastries and baguettes, is also very popular.
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
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.