July is coming soon and the Autumn raspberries are going to be early - in fact there are some ripe already as the strawberries diminish. There will be blackcurrants too for July visitors and of course potatoes! The birds are very interested in the the fruit garden so there is some competition but they pay us in song! Some July and August weeks are still available as is the month of October which can be a wonderful time to stay, especially for walkers and cyclists as the roads are so much quieter. See my What's On guide for events at the time you want to stay. We have 43 5* Trip Advisor reviews - click through on the right of this page to see them.
This sympathetically restored courtyard cottage is situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Ilmington. With two dining pubs in the village and a village shop (open every day, even Sunday mornings for your croissants!) and a café, it is an ideal rural retreat for a short break, a weekend or a longer self catering holiday.
Enjoy the wonderful Cotswolds countryside that surrounds this property either by bike, walking or in the car. Ilmington is situated between Shipston on Stour and Chipping Campden, 7 miles south of Stratford upon Avon and only 45 mins drive from Oxford and Cheltenham so there is much to see and do from the cottage.
The cottage is furnished in small 'country house' style with antique rugs on stripped boards downstairs and carpets upstairs. It is a happy blend of old and new with character retained amongst modern comforts. We try to equip it like we would for friends coming to stay, rather than as a typical rental.
It has two bedrooms, one twin and one double and sleeps four people in roomy comfort. It has a bathroom with a bath upstairs and also a downstairs cloakroom with a newly installed shower enclosure. The cosy sitting room has an open log fire and is very comfortably furnished. There is an eclectic collection of books to read, a flatscreen TV, a bluetooth music system with CDs and DVDs as well as games and puzzles for quiet evenings in.
The large country kitchen is exceptionally well equipped and has patio doors leading to a small and completely enclosed private garden.
We avoid the word 'luxury' which means different things to different people. Rather, we like to think of ourselves as offering something 'special'. We want you to feel that for your time here, YOU are special and this is your own little hideaway, with all that you need to have a lovely relaxing holiday.
As we have a lot of overseas visitors coming on long vacations with limitations on luggage, we equip the cottage like a home from home so you don't have to rush out to buy basic kitchen/house supplies straight away. These are intended to be starter quantities only. It is of course a self-catering cottage so it is appreciated that you replace as necessary as you go along (although not of course the homemade jam, biscuits and bread and complimentary bottle!). There is an excellent village shop 5 minutes walk away which is great for all everyday supplies.
We live close by and whilst carefully respecting your privacy we are nearly always on hand to help and to advise you when needed.
The cottage has several folders of information on the area as well as maps and guides.
When you arrive you will find your beds made up with cotton sheets, cosy downy duvets, soft pillows and comfortable matresses with the option of electric blankets as well in the winter. The log fire is set, ready for lighting and in the kitchen you will find your tea tray laid with just baked homemade bread, with Sansome House homemade jam, homemade biscuits, tea and coffee to start you off, and a bottle of wine and candles left for dinner time. As long as I have them in the garden, nearly every room will have a vase of freshly picked flowers.
The setting is 'special' too - very quiet, the day to day sounds being those of the many garden birds and, in termtime, the happy squeals of the children in the school playground up the road at break time. The bells of the Norman Church of St Mary the Virgin, ring out on Sundays with practice time on Tuesday evenings. There are squirrels, badgers, a deer, a mole on regular visits/eating forays to the garden. There is also a single male pheasant currently living in the garden on a semi-permanent tenancy! In February, he introduced 3 male friends to join him but in Summer this year we haven't seen anything of him. All are fleeing the local shoots in the winter. Sensible birds, they know a good thing when they find it. All the animals, except for the pheasants and the squirrels when they are annoyed about something, are almost completely silent. Just occasionally there might be a 'knees up' in the village hall or at the sports club and although both of these are some distance away, as sound travels round the village, bouncing off the stone houses you may hear music. I will try and let you know if I know in advance but of course I can't stop the party! This only happens a few times a year for a special event, like after the Ilmington Show or for some commemoration or other. Bonfire and Fireworks night can be pretty noisy (around November 5th) but otherwise evenings are generally pretty quiet although you may hear cows mooing or owls hooting. Contact me by email please as I am pretty well never off line! I am also on 01608 682555 but not always available on there.
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"Ilmington Village" A walk around the village in May