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Ancient Detached Stone Cottage in Shakespeare Country

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Cottage in Bidford on Avon, Nr. Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England - Peaceful Rural Location Within a Small Hamlet Close to the River Avon

A variety of spaces make this an excellent venue for groups as does its central position within England. A footpath leading to the delightful village of Bidford on Avon passes in front of the cottage (1 mile) with its shops, pubs and a supermarket. If one carries on over the bridge, a further mile, will bring you to a great little village pub the Cottage of Content at Barton. Cheerful and welcoming! In the other direction a path rises up above the village and can be followed to the delightful village of Cleeve Prior. There you will find a beautiful 15th century church and equally old pub, The Kings Arms. With its beams, log fires, real ale and great food it is everyone's idea of an English Country Pub. There is a quiet route through the lanes to the Stratford Greenway which give cycle access to Stratford on Avon. The River Avon itself is only a few hundred metres walk and children delight in helping the boats navigate the lock at Marlcliff. Some guests even do a spot of fishing.

geoff gent
Member since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

About geoff gent

Retired now after 39 years at the chalk face (teaching), The Hamlet was my family home for 25 years. I worked hard to create an attractive, fertile organic garden which I was loathe to give up when I relocated to a smaller property in Evesham. I just moved out and left everything as it was! Consequently the house is very 'homely' and the garden green and productive! I've tried to make the home comfortable but not too 'precious' so that families with children and/or dogs would not feel too up tight during their stay. In retirement I've continued doing the garden and have been able to travel extensively usually on my bike! I will probably pop in to say hello and you may see me hoeing my veg garden but the large lawned gardens surrounding the house are exclusively for the use of guests.

geoff gent purchased this cottage in 1980

Why geoff gent chose Alcester

I grew up in Birmingham and one of our special childhood treats was to catch the 148 bus from Moseley to Bidford on Avon and walk across the fields through Marlcliff and onto the teashop (now closed!) at Cleeve Prior. When the Hamlet came on the market in 1981 it had just been delightfully renovated, had large gardens and there were footpaths radiating from the cottage in many directions.

Although in an essentially rural area it is only a short walk along the river or across the fields to Bidford on Avon which has plenty of 'facilities' There are some great bike rides, country and riverside walks from the cottage and all the charms of the Cotswold villages and countryside, and Stratford on Avon, within 10 miles.

What makes this cottage unique

Some visitors just stay around the property. They read, cook, eat, walk, cycle, fish in the river, use the local pubs and shops and really chill out.

Some have the above sorts of days but go into Stratford, Cheltenham, or Broadway to shop or 'do' the usual tourist things.There are a large number of National Trust Properties close by so members often get their money's worth and visit these.

Guests with children usually visit Warwick Castle and Cadburys' World in Birmingham.

Visitors from abroad often have frenetic days travelling to London, Bath, Oxford, Stone Henge etc. There is a direct train service to Oxford and London (Paddington) from Honeybourne only 4 miles away (free parking at station).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jane and Nick.. This is an absolutely gorgeous place that has far exceeded our expectations. We have enjoyed every minute and we will be back!

Donna...Thanks Geoff for an absolutely fab time. Just what we all needed. Reading, jigsaws and plenty of dog/pub walks. The cottage was wonderful. Hopefully you will have us back!

Megan... Thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful house. We could not have wished for a nicer home and place to stay for our visit to England. Weather was warm and sunny which enabled us to spend many hours in your beautiful garden.
Feb 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Alcester in Bidford-on-Avon

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • There is one bathroom with huge corner bath with shower over and a washbasin and wc. There is a separate wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is with double bed is downstairs and has access to the garden via French windows. Bedroom 2 has a kingsize bed and is light and airy with pretty views. Bedroom 3 is a single. Bedroom 4 has twin beds and is accessed through the single.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
Outside: Gardens are large and mostly lawned. There is a patio table outside with seating for seven. There is a shallow pond and paths lead on to paths shared with three other cottages. It's not therefore the sort of garden a dog or very young child could just be let loose in. The cottage is therefore only suitable for placid well trained dogs. Utility Room: There is a washing machine, clothes airer, ironing board and iron. The gas central heating boiler is located here so clothes drying is pretty efficient. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided and the property is thoroughly cleaned after each visit. No charge.


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Ancient Detached Stone Cottage in Shakespeare Country
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful cottage and had an amazing time with family. Perfect place for a party.

  • 5 of 5

I had a surprise 80th birthday party at the cottage for my mom. Geoff had no problem with me decorating all the cottage and it looked beautiful with the Xmas tree up and all the lights. We had all the family there and had the best party ever. We later played games and drank hot chocolate by the beautiful log fire whilst listening to Xmas songs. It was perfect. We unfortunately had to leave early due to the snow as we were worried we would have difficulty getting back home. This was a shame as we were having such a lovely time. I would definitely recommend a stay here. The cottage is beautiful and a perfect place for family & friends to meet up and stay. There is everything you need there. Geoff the owner is so kind. It was lovely to meet you. Thank you Geoff.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your generous review. I was so impressed with how hard you worked to provide a memorable party for your mum's eightieth, and it obviously was very memorable. Nevertheless, it was very disappointing that the celebrations were cut short by severe weather so unusually early in the winter. I look forward to seeing you again. Thanks for tidying up so well.
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as it looks very sweet and cosy.owner very friendly.

  • 5 of 5

A welcoming log fire, lovely setting lots of space and comfy beds, complete with xmas tree and decorations over fireplace,lovely big garden. all very cosy and quiet, returning is a must.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks.. so glad you both had such a cosy venue to complete your annual task of Christmas Card writing. I am crazy about log fires in winter myself and wouldn't risk going anywhere in winter where having a living fire wasn't an option. Be good to see you again and thanks for leaving things so tidy.
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A gorgeous cottage tucked away in the Warwickshire countryside.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for that “old” friends reunion. Quiet, cosy and practical. Thank you Geoff for ensuring we were comfortable, the personal connection and the big laughs!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to enjoy the fun and laughter of your lovely group and, yes. amazing to discover we had friends in common. Thanks both for your positive comments and for leaving the cottage so nice and clean.Be good to host you again one of the years.
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Lovely, cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage was cosy and very homely with an open/log burner fire. The bedrooms were comfortable and all had their individual style. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments and for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. It would be great to host you again some time.
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Wonderful weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

The rustic cottage is spacious giving everyone room to spread out and enjoy the cottage's nooks and crannies. The fireplace is brill and kept us cosy in the evening. The sun room was lovely during the day to watch the bird activity in the garden - the gardens were amazing - loved the summerhouse. We really enjoyed the homely feel of having the owner's knick-knacks around us.

The hamlet feels remote and gave us the privacy we wanted for a group of friends to get together and catch up having not seen each other for a while. But it's actually closer to other villages for shops and pubs than you think. We enjoyed the walks across the fields and along the river.

We are planning our trip back to this cottage next year!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks it was lovely to meet you all and to see you enjoying the cottage so much. It would be a pleasure to see you again.
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Lovely old cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very enjoyable few days in this lovely homely cottage.

It was perfect for us with a bedroom downstairs and, I am told, the most comfortable bed ever.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for a positive review. You all seemed a jolly bunch and left the place pretty clean when you left. It would be nice to host you again some time.
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Special interest holidays:

The area has many footpaths including The Heart of England Way and The Cotswold Way. If guests want, the cottage owner can lead them on local walks.


Birmingham Airport is about 30 miles away. There is a bus service which goes from the village to Evesham and Redditch and trains leave nearby Honeybourne (5 miles) for London Paddington, Oxford, Worcester and Hereford.


Stratford on Avon and Evesham are both 7 miles away. Warwick with its splendid castle is about 15 miles distant. The Cotswold towns of Broadway and Chipping Campden are 10 miles. There are a number of National Trust Properties within a ten mile radius, Coughton Court, Hidcote Gardens, Charlecote and Snowshill Manor among them. Privately owned Ragley Hall is only 6 miles and places like Birmingham and Rugby are near enough to reach in an hour or so.

Further Details:

Bidford on Avon has a delightful French bakery, a Budgens supermarket, a garage, a Chinese takeaway, fish n chip shop several Indian restaurants, a Lloyds Bank, a pub with a riverside garden and a superbly sited riverside eatery The Bridge.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40

Booking Notes:
If you wish to book The Hamlet. Check availability by phone or email then send a 10% deposit to secure your booking and the balance 6 weeks before you arrive. Cheques or money transfers are means of payment.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday though short bookings are accepted outside the main holiday seasons.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Two person discount available 10%. Short lets except in high Summer period. A day is one fifth of weekly price. Minimum 3 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.