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Sansome House Cottagewww.sansomecottage.co.uk
Vacation Rentals, United Kingdom & Ireland, Heart of England
Unwind slowly in a Cotswold cottage. Stunning guest accommodation in a very English setting.
Gorgeous Cotswold stone cottage for long and short vacation rentals sleeping up to 4 people. The cottage is set in the courtyard of the owner’s house with its own private secluded garden.
Accommodation comprises, hall, sitting room with open fire, cloakroom with basin, W.C. and shower(redone for 2016), large kitchen/diner with larder off and patio doors to small private garden. Stairs to landing. 1 bedroom with twin beds, 1 bedroom with superking sized bed (American King) and dressing room with WHB off. Bathroom with basin, W.C and bath.
At the northern edge of the Cotswolds in a fold of the Ilmington Downs is the beautiful unspoilt village of Ilmington. Click here to view a slideshow of a walk I took around the village in May, taking photographs.
Although close to major tourist centres, it is off the beaten track and consequently remains undiscovered by the average traveller although it is popular with walkers in the summer. Ilmington has a beautiful Norman Church and two good pubs, one of which, The Red Lion, does ''take out' food such as fish and chips and pizzas as well as in-house dining. Some excellent food shops are 5 mins drive away at Shipston on Stour and a Waitrose supermarke is 10 minutes away on the road to Stratford upon Avon. Ilmington is surrounded by great walking and cycling country and is 3 miles from the most famous garden in England at Hidcote Manor (email me for a link to all the wonderful events going on there throughout the year), a National Trust property. Next to Hidcote is another lovely, privately-owned garden, Kiftsgate which is well worth a visit. Both are open from Easter to October. You can have afternoon tea at Kiftsgate and Hidcote has both a restaurant and a cafe as well as a shop and a plant centre. At nearby Moreton-in Marsh King Charles I granted a charter for a market in 1637. This popular street market still continues today, every Tuesday, rain or shine, when the High Street is covered with market stalls. Added to this on one Sunday a month is a Farmer's and craft market. Many wonderful places to visit are within easy reach of Ilmington - Broadway, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Campden (these last three great for cream teas, old buildings and antique shops), Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, to name but a few, with Oxford and Cheltenham both about 40 minutes by car.
Your self catering accommodation
Sansome House Cottage lies in the courtyard of Sansome House and the situation is very peaceful. You are unlikely to be disturbed by human noise but we do have a noisy cluster of birds singing in Spring and a Winter into Spring resident pheasant. Badgers and deer make themselves known occasionally and squirrel rather too often steals the bird food off the bird table.
This delightful cottage, furnished in small country house style, is very spacious, comfortable and extremely well equipped. It is warm and cosy throughout the year with central heating and open wood fire. The aim is to make it a 'home from home' with anything that you might need (apart from consumables!) on a short break or long stay provided. We try to keep it well maintained and recently had a large part of it redecorated (but we have kept it looking the same as we have so many return visitors who don't like change!).
All the usual things you would expect to have at home are in the cottage – iron and ironing board, hairdryer etc.
Please note that the staircase is quite steep and although fitted with handrails, is not suitable for anyone who has difficulty on stairs e.g. toddlers or the infirm. It is just one of the reasons that I do not accept under fives.
Please go to www.sansomecottage.co.uk to see tariffs, availability and further photographs. Weekly stays start at £620 rising to £770 in summer of 2016. Saturday to Saturday only most of the year but I am doing short breaks in February and March. Some of this time (Feb into March) will only be available for a minimum 2 week stay. I pencil in those who want a stay over a year away. Christmas week and New Year 2016 are £950 per week.
You are welcome to contact me at any time through this site or the above listed one. I am never far from a computer, weekends included, so you will rarely have to wait for more than a few hours for a reply unless I am out of the country or travellling (an all too rare event!). You may also telephone (but please be aware of time zone differences or I might just be away on a rare holiday in which case email will reach me if you don't get an answer within hours to your telephone call/message) on +44 1608 682555. Felicity.
P.S. For those interested in visiting Ireland - I occasionally let my second home in Ireland for stays of a 7 nights and over. It is a (large) one bed apartment in south central Dublin. This is also advertised on Slow Travel (number 3233)
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Company: Sansome House Cottage
Name: Felicity Ausden
Street: Back Street
State/Province: Warwickshire (North Cotswolds/Shakespeare Country)
Zip/Postal Code: CV36 4LJ
Website: www.sansomecottage.co.ukE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #2249, on Slow Travel since 3/30/2006
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