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Beautiful Cotswold Stone Cottage, With Character Features And Garden



Updated: 27-Oct-2016
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms



Court Hayes was originally two cottages, which have been lovingly restored, to create a large and interesting two bedroomed property. The Cotswold stone cottage sits in the picturesque and peaceful village of Wyck Rissington, across the road from the 800 year old St Laurence's church, where the famous composer, Gustav Holst, was the resident organist between 1892 and 1893. Court Hayes is perfectly placed for exploring the Cotswolds, whether by car or on foot, and is close to the beautiful market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water.

The cottage contains an abundance of character features, including original flagstone floors, oak beams, exposed stone walls, a real fire and a dining room with solid wooden floors. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, Freeview TV and a well equipped kitchen.

Court Hayes sleeps a maximum of four people, in two bedrooms, with two bathrooms. There is a large, enclosed garden, with views onto the surrounding farmland. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a family or a small group of friends.


Court Hayes front door opens into:

•Living room: A beautiful room, with an abundance of character. Contains a large inglenook fireplace, with a real fire, exposed stone walls, wooden beams and the original flagstone floor. There is a Freeview TV with DVD player, a writing desk and comfy seating for four guests.

There is a lobby between the living room and the dining room, with a door out to the garden.

•Dining room: Contains another inglenook fireplace, with an ornamental stove, wooden floors and wooden beams. There is a dining table with seating for four;

•Kitchen: Accessed through the dining room, the new, well equipped kitchen contains a 4 ring electric hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, kettle and toaster. There is door out to the garden and a good sized pantry, which is also used as a cloakroom.

The bedrooms are accessed via two different flights of stairs, one leading up from the living room to:

•Bedroom 1: A beautiful room, surrounded by exposed stone walls, wooden beams and a stone fireplace (not for use as a real fire). Contains a king size bed.

Narrow stairs, with restricted height, lead up from bedroom 1 to:

•En-suite bathroom: In the eaves of the house, with exposed stone walls and wooden beams, contains a claw foot bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet.

Stairs lead up from the dining room to:

•Bedroom 2: A large, eaves room, with beautiful exposed beams, which contains two single beds. There is a small shower room and a separate room, with a toilet and small basin.

The large, enclosed garden is to the rear of the house, backing onto farmland. There is a patio area, with a barbecue, an outdoor table and seating for four. The lawn then runs down to a further, separately enclosed wildlife area, with a pond and a summer house.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Character Cottages
Apr 2013
  • 1 of 1

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Very unique cottage

  • 5 of 5

As we read the review of Jan D. just 2 days before we headed to England, we were very worried about making a mistake with our choice. But, as described, we found a very nice, very unique and old and very comfortable Cottage in a very quiet little village. Just a real well-feeling area. The Cottage itself was cleaned up nice, the beds very comfortable (not often in the U.K.). We loved it right away and we are no people, that expect the highest standard ever, booking a cottage that is 200 and.... years old. It was all satisfying to us. Of course, if you seek you will find some details that could be better, but if you on a trip through history and seeking quietness and recreation, not being too spoiled by the very highest technical standards of the 21st century, and if you have a dog - you will love Court Hayes. Not our last stay here…Promised! Klaus, Christoph, Karin and Uwe.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Faded Glory

  • 1 of 5

We were very disappointed about the comfort of this cottage. Beds, chairs, oven, washing machine and toilet should be renewed and contribute to a healthy and comfortable stay.. It wasn't safe in this cottage. It was filthy and greasy upon arrival. There is no proper ventilation in the kitchen and no hood about the stove. Due to moister the kitchen furniture showed a lot of rust marks.

Then about hospitality where the British are famous for.

We arrive two hours to early, and met the person that did the completion, probably. She only could let us know that we didn't have read the papers and we were much to early. No welcome no handshake. Fortunately we were allowed in. Thank you.

The surroundings where superb. We had lovely trips through the Cotswolds’. That saved our stay in Wyck Rissington. We can't recommend this cottage to anyone.

After a thorough renovation it would be suitable to rent out. For now it's very unhealthy.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Character Cottages, as a marketing agency, does not look after or maintain any cottages. The following is written by the property manager of Court Hayes: "It is always disappointing when negative feedback is received from any guest at any of our home; especially as we put great effort into making sure that our high standards are maintained. The property was inspected immediately (30 minutes) prior to these guests arriving, and all was to our high standard. These guests were at the cottage for a total of nine days and, despite having our office telephone number, 24 hour mobile number and email address, we heard nothing from them during their stay. Furthermore, the housekeepers were in attendance during the guests’ stay, as a mid-stay clean was included, but there was no comment from the guests about any issue they had encountered. On receipt of the guests’ email after their departure, we immediately rearranged our schedule to immediately investigate their complaints. We could not find any evidence of the problems they claim to have experienced. We are confident that this property is as advertised and, as some guests say, exceeds their expectations.""
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Various in Bourton-on-the-Water at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Various within c.10 miles at 10 Miles Nearest Train : Kingham Station at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Various in Bourton-on-the-Water at 1 Miles Car: recommended

Wyck Rissington:

The village name translates from the Saxon as “A building of special significance on a hill covered with brushwood”. It is a small village, with a number of attractive traditional-style Cotswold stone dwellings. In the early 1890s composer Gustav Holst, at the age of 17, was the resident organist for the church - the organ that Holst played is still in use.


The village of Bourton-on-the-Water (or “Bourton”) is famous for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges, which have led to Bourton being called the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Bourton is regularly voted the prettiest village in the Cotswolds.

Despite only being classified as a village, Bourton’s status as a major tourist destination means that it has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, cafés and tourist attractions.


Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold’s countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.

Food and drink:

The closest pubs and restaurants to Court Hayes are in the market towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, a pleasant one mile walk, or two mile drive away. Stow-on-the-Wold, approximately three miles away also has a wide variety of food and drink options.

There are a number of nice country pubs within a short drive or a pleasant walk of Court Hayes, including:

•The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Nether Westcote

•The Lamb Inn, Great Rissington

���The King’s Head Inn, Bledington

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.


The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.

- Blenheim Palace

- Warwick Castle

- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Hidcote

- Cheltenham race course

- Cotswold Farm Park

- Batsford Arboretum

- Broadway Tower Country Park

- Snowshill Manor & Garden

- Oxford

Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.

Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.

The Cotswolds:

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the 'Heart of England'. The name Cotswold means 'sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”.

The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone 'wool churches'. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olympic Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century.

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.


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  • Special Offers

    1. Late Booking Discounts: within 4-6 weeks = 5%, within 2-4 Weeks = 10%, and less than 2 weeks before the start date = 15%;
    2. Early Booking Discounts: 5% for all bookings made more than 20 weeks before the start date.

    Our rental prices fluctuate throughout the year, according to season or special events. We constantly review the market to ensure that our properties remain competitive, and often run late deals and seasonal discounts.

    Pets are charged at £20 per pet, per booking.

    Most weekend and mid-week breaks are priced between 65% and 75% of the weekly rate, depending upon the season. There are occasional exceptions to this rule, such as Cheltenham Race Week, when the prices may be higher.

    For the very latest prices and special offers, please contact Character Cottages directly, via the Email Manager button below.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bath has a shower attachment
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot


  • Garden
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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