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A special place to stay in a delightful Cotswolds village

If you are looking towards a holiday in 2016 it is filling up fast although two summer weeks  are left -2 weeks end of August into September. SPECIAL OFFER!! if you book these two weeks together 20th August to 3rd September I will arrange for a complimentary double membership (i.e. for one couple) of the Historic Houses Association.  This will get you into Highclere (aka Downton Abbey) without advance booking (all places are taken for 2016 unless you are member) and free entry to countless other places, including Blenheim Palace, Sudeley Castle and Kelmscott Manor.  I will manage the membership application and your cards will be waiting for you when you arrive.  

PLEASE NOTE that, from February, of the Homeaway group, now owned by Expedia started to charge what they call a 'Traveller Service Fee' . For my cottage, this will add approximately 8% to the cost of your holiday. They will take this fee by credit card when you go to book through them, even if you then go on to pay me directly and not through their system.  This is to give you peace of mind that the cottage DOES exist and IS as described.  If you think I am real, I would strongly advise that you go direct to me rather than even enquiring there. The only extra cost when you book direct is the cost of transferring money. My response time will be identical in both places although the enquiry might take longer coming through to me from VRBO.

I still have space for the month of October. This is the time for colourful leafy walks, exhilarating cycle rides, a cosy log fire in the evenings and an amble round to the pub.  We have 39 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 new village shop, 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 suppies.

We live close by and whilst carefully respecting your privacy we are nearly always on hand to help and advise 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! As of February, he has introduced 3 male friends to join him.  All are fleeing the local shoots which are in fully swing.  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.

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 "Ilmington Village" A walk around the village in May

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  • Traditional stone cottage
  • Sleeps 4
  • Real fireplace
  • Idyllic location
  • Suitable for people with pet allergies -PET FREE
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A truly special place, great hospitality and friendship. We've had a marvelous stay in your very comfortable cottage enjoying your warm hospitality, lovely spacious rooms and garden and good advice ab ... — Jana Söder, 02 Apr 2012
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