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Ancient Detached Stone Cottage in Shakespeare Country

People7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet

Overview

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.


Owner
geoff gent
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2017

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 in 1980

Why geoff gent chose Stratford-Upon-Avon area

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 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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday in Alcester in Stratford-on-Avon District

House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Ancient Detached Stone Cottage in Shakespeare Country
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews
5

Perfect and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect place for our family to unwind. An amazing quirky cottage with its glorious peaceful garden had absolutely everything we needed for our short break. So much room for my partner, 3 teenagers and I for some much needed restful family time. So comfortable, the perfect home from home. All set in the most beautiful countryside. Geoff the owner ensured everything was perfect. Thank you Geoff. We will definitely be returning as soon as we can. We totally recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for such a glowing review. It's nice to see people from, not too far away, coming for a break and making such good use of the cottage and the immediate environment. And....such lovely handwriting in the visitors' book ...as well as a squeaky clean cottage when you left. Be super to see you all again some time.
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Great base

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is in a great location for exploring the surroundings. We had some great walks and enjoyed the large garden. The house is very spacious.

The beds were all comfortable and the shower facilities were very good. Due to the excellent weather we did not use the main house a lot as sat in the garden every evening and breakfast time.

Access to a BBQ would have been fantastic and maybe the main house could do with a good spring clean but this did not affect our stay much at all.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The garden is a great feature of the cottage, especially when the weather is so warm and sunny. I'm glad you used it so fruitfully. There is a BBQ available but I store it away unless someone asks for it. A jolly review from a jolly group. I did notice the hall needed a spring clean and had time to do that as the guests who followed you came the day after you left. It's a popular and large cottage so it's sometimes difficult to find time to dust out of the way areas when bookings are back to back.
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5

Beautiful place in the country

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage in a beautiful part of the world. Spacious and well stocked with everything you might need. Clean and comfortable. Will definitely return if I have the opportunity.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. I enjoyed spending a midsummer evening with your lovely family. It would be super to see you again some time.
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Perfect for a weekend away

  • 4 of 5

Lots of character, beautiful setting, has everything for all ages and really homely

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. What lovely weather you enjoyed....maybe a bit too warm at 30 plus degrees.
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Family friendly, peaceful and spacious

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from 3 nights at this property for a meet up with the in-laws. My children aged 6 and 9 loved exploring the house and beautiful gardens. The downstairs bedroom and bathroom were perfect for my mother in law who has mobility problems.

The house and garden are a great size and have everything needed for a comfortable stay. Loved the books and art work. The curtains and the bedding could do with freshening up, and there was dust in places. The shower curtain was spotted with mould. At the very reasonable rate charged I can live with this and it didn't spoil the stay, and wouldn't prevent me from recommending or returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the many positives in your review. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay and that all the different age groups took pleasure in their surroundings . The shower curtain will be replaced today and when there are a few vacant days I will have a spring clean of hard to reach areas. I will begin to refresh curtains and bedding over the coming year.
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one of a kind

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the cottage. It was spacious and very cosy.The garden was beyond amazing and loved the pond and the view. We loved the area as people were very kind and friendly .

This is a very lovely cottage. I wouldn't mind coming here again. Thank you so much for the hospitality.

The neighbour hood is a very nice and very kind.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your appreciative words. I love the garden and try to make it a haven for wildlife so it's full of wild flowers and is not too manicured. I really enjoyed meeting you and your family . You took advantage of what the house and its immediate environment has to offer , walked the footpaths and played in the garden. My neighbour remarked how friendly the children are and how nicely they played together. Like all my best guests you left everything clean and tidy when you left.
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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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday in Alcester, Warwickshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
summer holidays
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£452
for 3 nights
From
£144
£740
 
 
Early autumn
1 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£272
for 3 nights
From
£84
£540
 
 
autumn
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£272
for 3 nights
From
£84
£440
 
 
autumn half term
20 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£540
for 7 nights
£540
 
 
autumn
3 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£272
for 3 nights
From
£84
£440
 
 
christmas and new year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£452
for 3 nights
From
£144
£740
 
 
winter
5 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£278
for 3 nights
From
£86
£450
£1,270
 
 
February half term
9 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Spring
23 Feb 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£278
for 3 nights
From
£86
£450
£1,280
 
 
Easter
23 Mar 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£580
for 7 nights
£580
 
 
late spring
13 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£90
£470
 
 
Early summer
1 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£344
for 3 nights
From
£108
£560
 
 
summer
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£770
for 7 nights
£770
 
 
Late summer
31 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£356
for 3 nights
From
£112
£580
 
 
Autumn
28 Sep 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£90
£470
 
 
autumn half term
26 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£570
for 7 nights
£570
 
 
late autumn
2 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£90
£470
£2,420
 
 
chrismas & new year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£770
for 7 nights
£770
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£380
for 3 nights
From
£120
£620
£2,420
 

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.
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