2 Beds2 Baths1300 Sq. ft
( Owner Manager )
Are you searching for a base in the centre of England? In a village setting surrounded by hills and beautiful Cotswold countryside, close to towns of golden stone with evocative names – Moreton in Marsh, Stratford upon Avon, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Campden, lies the charming village of Ilmington.
And do you want to stay in a peaceladen 250 year old courtyard cottage, prepared with care for you by the owner before she creeps away? A place to truly relax and unwind. You need do no more than amble round to the welcoming pub with roaring fire and craft beers or you can choose to get out that bike (you can hire them nearby)/put on those walking boots and share space with the birds and wildlife. Ilmington village lies on the borders of Gloucestershire and Warwickshire and near to Oxfordshire and Worestershire also. Hop in the car and there is plenty to explore whether it be history, gardens, culture or sport. Every member of the family will find something to attract them to a holiday in the area. For those who don’t mind a bit of a drive, you can go East to Cambridge or West to Wales on a day trip. Stonehenge and Bath both make appealing outings. But there is much to see closer to home. Arguably the most famous garden in England, Hidcote, is within walking distance – 3 miles way over the hills or a short drive on your way to Chipping Campden. Indulge in cream teas in the many Cotswold villages in the area. In the evening, linger over dinner in the pub or enjoy a world- renowned play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The cottage door opens to a welcoming entrance hall which leads to a large kitchen diner. It is unusually well equipped for cooks who can fetch their fresh herbs from amongst the flowers in the enclosed small private garden just outside the patio doors. Relax in the comfortable seating of the sitting room around an open log fireplace. The TV can screen your Netflix subscriptions through Chromecast. There is a bluetooth radio/music player and wifi throughout. Upstairs the second bathroom lies between the two bedrooms, a double and a twin. A shower room with non-slip floor is downstairs with rainshower, basin and WC.
You can park right outside in the courtyard and the owner's are across the way in their house, ready to help and advice when needed but keep their distance if not! We leave you a few treats in the kitchen so you arrive to a tea tray with some homemade goodies. The local pub offers a 10% discount on food to our guests and has an excellent menu for lunch and dinner. A café and well stocked village shop are a few minutes walk away also.
The setting is very peaceful although you can hear the merry squeals of the children in the school playground up the road at break time, in term time. And sometimes the owls hoot in the night or the pheasants squawk and the dawn chorus in Spring can be earlier than we would like! But these are the noises of the country. You don't get the constant roar of traffic here. Our village is off the beaten track but near to lots of wonderful places. Check it out on our website! Note that the cottage is unsuitable for children under 5 or those who might find the staircase too steep. Well behaved children are welcome. No smokers or pets please.
I don't believe in charging for 'extras'. All linen, towels, wifi, parking, heating included. In addition a first basket of logs provided (you can buy more locally). If you feel unable to leave the cottage clean then I can employ someone to help and I make a charge of £50 for them to come in after your stay.
(Rates in British Pounds)
Jan 2018 - Dec 2018
Rates vary throughout the year and in the winter months ONLY can be a minimum of a 3 night stay (£150-£160/night). A 4th night is half price. The weekly stay amount quoted is an average for the year. Please check my website for specific dates and availability. Weekly stays are the norm - end of March to end of October with a summer rate of £890 in 2018. Changeover day is Saturday only in the season.
The main bedroom has twin mattresses on a King base with separate duvets to guard against spousely cover stealing in the night! The twin bedroom has twin beds which cannot be put together to make one.