Full of chocolate-box cottages and pretty hamlets, the Cotswolds is an idyllic minimoon destination for couples – and families – looking for picture-perfect properties complete with open fires and woodburners making them so lovely and cosy for winter months...
Harrowby End is a beautiful Grade II listed stone property which is utterly charming with its thatched roof and many historic features, set within the picturesque Cotswolds village of Ebrington.
As soon as you arrive at the cottage, you will be greeted by a cosy, welcoming atmosphere with many luxurious and thoughtful finishings throughout. On the ground floor is a bright and spacious living area comprising of a spacious sitting room and dining area with wood burning stove and exposed beams throughout. The fully equipped kitchen looks out onto the delightful cottage garden.The cottage is located in a peaceful village setting within a conservation area and a real bonus is the award-winning pub,The Ebrington Arms, located just a few minutes' walk away.
Staying at Harrowby End gives you access to a wealth of quaint English villages, wonderful gardens, fascinating historic houses and excellent pubs and restaurants all within easy driving distance. There are also many beautiful walks through rolling countryside just waiting to be discovered. Three nights from £461.
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Bay Tree Cottage is the perfect romantic bolthole. Tucked away in an elevated position on the edge of a very pretty village with a choice of excellent pubs and restaurants within easy strolling distance, it manages to combine an 'away from it all' feeling with a location that makes it an ideal base for exploring with or without a car.
Packed with period features; flagstone floors, original beams and a generous stone fire place complete with woodburning stove, it's obvious that Bay Tree Cottage has been restored with love.
Four-legged friends are welcome too and when it comes to walking routes, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Three nights from £338.
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Chapel House, a unique architect-designed converted chapel, is believed to have been constructed around 1778 in Cotswold stone. It retains many original features and has been finished to a high standard with a thoughtful mix of contemporary and antique furnishings.
The double heightliving area features four original stained-glass arched windows and a glass balustrade staircase to the first floor, creating a open-plan space.
Situated in the picturesque village of Bampton, close to the Cotswolds and River Thames. Fans of Downton Abbey will recognise parts of Bampton, most notably St. Mary's Church and the library, which was used for filming outdoor scenes for the popular ITV television series.
The many delights of the Cotswolds are within a short drive including Burford, Bibury, Woodstock and magnificent Blenheim Place, to namebut a few. Sleeps 4, three nights from £476.
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Claytons Cottage, not completely remote from its neighbours but surrounded by a spectacular rural landscape, offers a blissful escape.
With two en suite bedrooms, one twin and one with a king-size bed, the cottage accommodates four adults with ease and also offers the possibility of accommodating up to four children using a delightful loft bedroom accessed from the master bedroom. On the ground floor the cottage has a large sitting room with impressive inglenook fireplace and spacious family kitchen as well as a cloakroom and boot room leading to the rear patio.
Lower Oddington is one of the most sought-after villages in the Cotswolds with an award-winning pub, The Fox, within walking distance of the cottage as well as a further half dozen or so gourmet pubs within five miles. The cottage is well located for accessing local walking routes and it's just a half mile easy romp across the fields to Daylesford Organic where guests can indulge in some tasty holiday treats. Sleeps 4, three nights from £538.
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St Michael's Cottage, a stunning home away from home, has been painstakingly restored by the present owners to provide boutique-style accommodation in an historic setting.
Character features blend seamlessly with stylish interiors to create a luxury finish, perfect for those looking for some seriously indulgent time away.
The mature and well-stocked gardens provide a country living backdrop whilst its location, strolling distance from the centre of Broadway and its choice of pubs, shops and restaurants, guarantees a perfect Cotswolds break.
Sleeps 6, three nights from £1,147.
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Garsons Cottage is a one-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage with oakbeams and oak flooring offering a cosy, relaxing retreat.
With exposed Cotswold stone walls and a wood burning stove, the property has been expertly refurbished to the highest standard. Set in the delightful village of Idbury, near Stow-on-the-Wold with views across the Windrush Valley, footpaths can be found in all directions from the front door for aromantic stroll.
The quintessential villages of Burford, Chipping Norton and Bourtonon-the-Water are all within a four-mile radius. There you'll find famous cheese shops, delis, bakeries, restaurants, tea and antique shops – Daylesford Organic Farm Shop is well worth a visit!
You are spoilt forchoice with many award-winning gastro pubs nearby, offering local alesand superb food – the Feathered Nest has cosy log fires and stunning views across the Evenlode Valley. The Plough and Wild Rabbit, both with Michelin Stars, are in nearby Kingham. The Kings Head pub is an all-time favourite and a short walk down the hill on the village green in Bledington. Other local towns to visit are Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden and Broadway if you wanted to venture a few miles further.
Sleeps 2, three nights from £429.