Note that you will always find the lowest price here, on booking direct. I am on several different websites and the prices vary on those, depending on how much they charge me for listing/fee processing or commission. Some will also add on a 'service fee' which gives you a certain amount of guarantees, recommended if you think I might not exist!! Unsuitable for pets or children under 5.
From July 4th we can welcome back visitors! I have hospital grade disinfectant for all hard surfaces, will steam things like curtains and soft furnishings and rotate cushions, pillows and duvets so they have a quarantine period of their own. Check whether your country has an 'air bridge' with the UK to avoid a 14 day quarantine period. There is also talk of airport testing for those from countries who do not have an air bridge, so that they can avoid that, by getting a negative test.
Sansome House Cottage is a sympathetically restored courtyard cottage situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Ilmington. With two dining pubs in the village and a village shop (open every day, including 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. Note that most of the year there is a minimum stay period of one week. There are plenty of lovely pubs and restaurants to explore in the area or you can pick up a delicious ready prepared meal from one of the many local outlets if you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen. Currently, the Ilmington pubs will deliver meals on specified days. Go shopping in nearby towns for those special unusual things in a myriad of quirky, original and generally 'different' shops than your average High Street. Visit Chipping Campden, Stratford, Broadway, Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh and of course our local historical town of Shipston on Stour for old-fashioned non-chain store shopping. 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. Please note that we not take pets.
The cottage is furnished in small 'country house' style with antique rugs on wooden floors 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 great pressure monsoon and normal shower. The drawing room has an open log fire and is very comfortably furnished. There is an eclectic collection of books to read (for the moment we will ask you to separate any you have touched, in order to quarantine them), a flatscreen TV, a bluetooth music system with CDs and DVDs as well as games and puzzles (ditto on the quarantine) for quiet evenings in. And WIFI of course!
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!). NB. The supply of these 'starters' may have to pause for a few months so please check with me on that. There is an excellent village shop 5 minutes walk away which is great for all everyday supplies. Supermarkets deliver but you have to get your order in some time in advance - sometimes a week to 10 days. We have Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer all within the delivery radius.
We live close by and whilst carefully respecting your privacy we are nearly always on hand to help and to advise you when needed. At these unusual times we will not enter the cottage when you are there. Everything will be carefully sanitised between guests but I may have to remove all the helpful information I normally leave. Rest assured that I can provide all this by email or online instead.
The cottage (normally - see above) has several folders of information on the area as well as maps and guides. Note that mobile phone reception is very poor in the village so you may have to use wifi boosted calls or an app such as whatsapp. We leave a landline phone to plug in in case you have an emergency are are unable to use your smart phone.
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. I will discuss with you beforehand as to whether you would like this to remain so, in view of the virus. 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 term time, 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, couple of partridge and a moorhen (who swims on our pond) 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 Spring this year he acquired a wife. 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