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Dolly's Cottage is a converted outbuilding, privately located in the large grounds of Nineveh Farm, on the outskirts of the picturesque Cotswolds village of Mickleton. The location is ideal for exploring some of England's finest countryside, towns and villages, being just three miles from Chipping Campden and eight miles from Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. Many beautiful walks can be taken directly from the doorstep of the cottage.
This former farm building has been lovingly and luxuriously renovated by its owner, to create a cosy and peaceful cottage, with glorious views over open fields. The peace and tranquility of the cottage are complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access (currently being installed – please check availability), flatscreen TV and a well equipped kitchen.
Dolly's Cottage sleeps a maximum of two people, in one bedroom, with one bathroom. Off street parking is available and there is a large private garden, with lovely views over fields. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a couple looking for a peaceful getaway.
The front door of Dolly's Cottage opens into the main living space of the cottage. The cottage contains two main rooms:
•Living/dining room/kitchen: A well designed and furnished room, which contains a large, comfy sofa, flat screen TV, fold away wooden dining table and two dining chairs. The well equipped, galley style kitchen contains an electric cooker and four ring induction hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster and kettle;
•Bedroom: Contains a king size bed, with memory foam mattress. Double doors provide access and views over the cottage's private gardens, to the fields beyond. The bedroom has a very stylish wet room adjoining it, which contains a rain shower, wash basin and toilet.
Outside the cottage is a large, private garden area, with lovely views out over fields. There is a garden table and two chairs, two sun loungers and a charcoal barbecue (from April to September).
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, including its grounds, is two guests. Please consult us prior to booking if you intend to have more than this number of guests at the property at any point during your stay, as additional charges may apply.
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 3pm 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:
•One king size bed
•Wet room, with rain shower, wash basin and toilet
Heating, fuel and logs:
The property has an oil fired central heating system. Electricity and oil are included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access (please check availability before booking) and a flatscreen TV.
There is no telephone at the cottage, however, mobile phone reception is generally OK.
The property has off street parking, close to 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:
Regrettably, babies and children are not permitted at the cottage.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. bread, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, 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:
The cottage is on one floor only, with two steps up to the front door. The smoke 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.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property, and the owner politely requests that guests do not bring any scented candles, incense sticks, or other similar products into the cottage.
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 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: birmingham 70 km, Nearest railway: Honeybourne 5 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Mickleton is the northernmost village in Gloucestershire, lying close to the county border with Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The village lies in a fine setting in the Vale of Evesham, at the western edge of the Cotswold escarpment, just three miles from Chipping Campden and eight miles south of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. Overlooking the village is Meon Hill, which is said to have provided inspiration for Tolkien's "Weathertop" from The Lord of the Rings.
The village contains several attractive stone houses and cottages, in addition to those of thatch and half-timber. The little Victorian Memorial Fountain is an interesting feature by William Burges, the architect of Cardiff Castle and Castle Coch, two excellent examples of the High Victorian Gothic. Medford House is a handsome "Cotswold-Queen Anne" style building and the church has a fine 14th century tower and spire, plus a most unusual 17th century two storey porch. Inside the church can be found a 12th century crucifix or rood over the north aisle chapel alter.
Mickleton has two old pubs, The King's Arms and The Butcher's Arms, and a hotel, The Three Ways House Hotel, home of the Pudding Club.
Both Hidcote Manor Garden and Kiftsgate Court Gardens are located close to Mickleton, and local market towns and villages include Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stratford-upon-Avon, Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham. The Heart of England Way runs through the village and there are many nice walks around the area. A nice circular walk leads up Meon hill from the church, to Kiftsgate, Hidcote Manor Garden, and then up onto Ilmington Downs, before going down again through Hidcote Boyce to return to Mickleton. There is also a pleasant walk leading southwards, over the hill to Chipping Campden, passing close to the southern entrance to Campden Railway Tunnel.
Chipping Campden is a small market town, notable for its elegant terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century (“Chipping” comes from the Old English word for a market-place and is found in other towns, such as Chipping Norton and Chipping Sodbury).
A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.
Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St James, with its medieval altar frontals, cope and vast and extravagant 17th century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall. The Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area. Hicks was also responsible for Campden House, which was destroyed by fire during the English Civil War possibly to prevent it falling into the hands of the Parliamentarians. All that now remains of Hicks' once imposing estate are two gatehouses, two Jacobean banqueting houses, restored by the Landmark Trust and Lady Juliana's gateway. Hick's descendants still live at the Court House attached to the site.
In the early 20th century Chipping Campden became known as a centre for the Cotswold Arts and Crafts Movement, following the move of Charles Robert Ashbee with the members of his Guild and School of Handicraft from the East End of London in 1902. The Guild of Handicraft specialised in metalworking, producing jewellery and enamels, as well as hand-wrought copper and wrought ironwork, and furniture-making. A number of artists and writers settled in the area, including F. L. Griggs, the etcher, who built Dover's Court, one of the last significant Arts and Crafts houses, and set up the Campden Trust with Norman Jewson and others, initially to protect Dover's Hill from development.
Since the early 17th century Chipping Campden has been home to a championship of rural games, which later turned into Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games. The Olimpicks are held every summer on the Friday evening following the late Spring Bank-holiday, on Dover's Hill. Peculiar to the games is the sport of shin-kicking (hay stuffed down the trousers can ease one's brave passage to later rounds).
To mark the end of the games, there is a huge bonfire and firework display, followed by a torch-lit procession back into the town and dancing to a local band in the square. The Scuttlebrook Wake takes place the following day. The locals don fancy dress costumes and follow the Scuttlebrook Queen, with her four attendants and Page Boy, in a procession to the centre of town pulled on a decorated dray by the town's own Morris Men. This is then followed by displays of Maypole and Country dancing by the two local primary schools and the Morris Men Morris dancing. Another procession from there past the fairground brings that stage of the celebration to a close whilst the fair continues until mid-night and, like a ghost, is gone by the morning.
Shakespeare Country is a loosely defined region, centred on the world famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. The region is located in the centre of England, also known as the "Heart of England", and is well connected by road, rail and air. It lies just two hours from London and there are direct train services from London Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon.
With magnificent castles, glorious gardens, stately homes and a historic palace, Shakespeare Country offers everything you need for a relaxing short break or a longer holiday. Visit historic Warwick and Kenilworth with their magnificent castles, enjoy regency Royal Leamington Spa and step back in time in Stratford-upon-Avon, or delve a little deeper into Shakespeare Country and you will discover some delightful smaller towns and villages.
Shakespeare Country and the neighbouring Cotswolds are also home to some of England's most enchanting gardens, from almost every period of English garden history. From landscaped to cottage, exotic to herbal, these gardens are a delight to explore.
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 and drink
For a small village, Mickleton is fortunate to be blessed with a number of places to eat and drink:
•The Three Ways House Restaurant (Home to the world famous Pudding Club, which was founded in 1985 to prevent the demise of the traditional great British Pudding)
•The King's Arms
•The Butcher's Arms
Mickleton also has a local butcher, a farm shop and a well stocked convenience store.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider Shakespeare Country and North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, 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 pubs located in the lovely villages throughout Shakespeare Country and 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 Shakespeare Country and the North Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main towns.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the area include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf and swimming.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.