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Farncombe, Clapton on the Hill,family friendly,away from the maddening crowds.

Bedrooms 2
Space 204 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

,2 bedroom,2 bathroom with with valley views.

The cottage is completely self contained and is maintained to a very high standard, forming the western wing of the owner's house. The accommodation is split between ground and first floor. On the ground floor is an entrance porch and hall leading to the double bedroom and ensuite bathroom. A large travel cot/playpen in the wardrobe. Please bring any baby linen and towels you may need. WE HAVE SEPTIC DRAINAGE, there nothing should be put in to the toilets apart from toilet paper.

On the first floor is a large comfortable lounge where a log burner sits within a character inglenook fireplace.The logs are charged at cost to us. The fully fitted galley kitchen,dining room and a toilet off the lounge. The twin bedroom with ensuite shower is off the other-side of the lounge. A walk in store has iron and board,games and cleaning items and a high chair. Beware HELEN, a rather large doll sitting in the high chair!! A small dolls pram that my grandson enjoyed more than our granddaughter!

We have a large garden and a two acre paddock off our own private road, where the chickens live. We have an old tractor for cutting the paddock and taking garden/ burning waste to paddock or our barn. There is a turning circle at the end of the drive which is private but unfortunately in spite of at least three signs within the village saying NO TURNING AHEAD, delivery drivers and large lorries ignore them, so children do have to be careful please!!.

We have a BBQ at the top of the garden and sitting area and herbs to add to your cooking. We also have a gas BBQ. We have a terrace around the front and side of our living room with chairs and umbrella, and other seating to sit enjoying the ever changing views. Watching sunrise and wildlife and just relaxing before a busy day of site seeing or a relaxing after and planning next days activities or where to eat.A new POD is now on the corner of the terrace, seating for 6 with central round table.. Ideal when windy or even rainy.

We have a green house at the top of the garden and some small glass cloches so please you must be responsible for younger children. There are also steps and garden tools etc.

Please, I have to be strict about arrival Days! Fridays are change over days and if bookings allow I can do Monday arrivals.



MONDAY TO FRIDAY = 4 " " " "

MONDAY TO MONDAY =7 If bookings allow. I will no longer accept requests outside these parameters for managing reasons.

We have a very good network of footpaths. One at the end of our drive and one behind the back of the house and garden.

As our house is attached to the cottage we are very close neighbours. We love to chat and help with planning your itinerary etc but yours and our privacy is very important in our shared space.Of course we will help in any way we can.If we have friends or family staying, that are rather loud, I have to remind them we have close neighbours!!! Likewise we expect, and have always had, the same respect.Of course with young children they have their moments so relax and enjoy.

We have to charge for the metered electricity and logs at the cost to us, due to excessive use in the past.We all have to be conscious of waste.

We have night storage radiators which are very efficient and the log burner. Small panel heaters in bedrooms.As we have economy 7, night use electricity is less than half of the day rate.

More Details

Property Manager
Julia Wright
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
4 January, 2018

About Julia Wright

The POD added to the terrace on 27th May 2016 is very popular. Sitting out of the wind having morning coffee or an early evening drink and our fabulous views of the Windrush Valley takes some beating!

Julia Wright purchased this cottage in 1977

Why Julia Wright chose Clapton-on-the-Hill

We first bought a very small cottage in Blockley when we first married and did a great deal of renovation on our first leave.We used it on leaves over two years and let it when away.

We bought our present house in December 1977 and moved in for Christmas, our first in UK for many years.

Eventually we decided to put on a "Granny Flat" just incase either of our parents needed looking after in the future. They didn't and we started letting to holiday makers in the late 90's.

We chose our Hill village with stunning views, peace and tranquility and away from the maddening crowds with very easy access to shops pubs etc. Our views of the Windrush Valley are spectacular and ever changing. Great walking for short or longer distances. We have three public walking paths through the village so please be respectful to follow the foot path code and do not go off the routes and PLEASE take all your rubbish home with you.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage forms the western wing of our home and enjoys stunning views of the Windrush Valley in all seasons as well as the peace and tranquility and away from it all feeling. We are at the end of a No Through /Private road with open countryside.No street lights therefore NO Light Pollution with wonderful starlit skies. It is always fun looking for passing satellites or sun eclipses etc. The Blue Moon on 31st July 2015 was spectacular and our guests and us were taking plenty of photographs.

The double bedroom ensuite is down stairs and the rest is upstairs to get the best of the views.The lounge is the full width of our house with the kitchen and dining room off also the twin bedroom with ensuite shower.

Because our house is modern, only built in 1977, it is built with Bradstone, which is an artificial stone mixed with concrete and set in seven different sized moulds but it looks like Cotswolds stone. The old village houses are mostly built in old stone but we also have a red brick house, which used to be the headmasters house when there was a village school and the white house that used to be the school. The Windrush valley is on our eastern side and wonderful for sunrises and watching the local activities of wild and farm animals, the farming activities and the changes that take place across all the four seasons. The foot path goes past our drive and walkers often call out and say how lucky we are living here! My husband always says No Luck, we chose it!!

Over the years we have observed that because or our unique position, guests have not achieved their goal of places to visit because of "time wasted sitting" so beware! Walking is a very popular pastime and extremely well catered for in this area so make sure you always have the appropriate all weather gear for your stay. Many people over the years haven't brought any and wearing plastic bags over good shoes isn't very successful! Flip flops in February was the biggest mistake, ok maybe in their city!

Guestbook comments from the manager

1 A brilliant stay,an amazing village. Thank you so much for making it a home from home. Fantastic. We loved it so much we will definitely be back -

2 We had a lovely, relaxing stay in very misty weather. We thought that it was a fantastic base for sightseeing and loved seeing your chickens.26.10.12

3 A lovely comfy cottage everything you need, beautiful scenery. Thank you. 21.10.12
Mar 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Clapton-on-the-Hill in Clapton

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 204 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure , Toilet between lounge and dining room
  • Ensuite bathroom to double room downstairs has bath/shower over, toilet and wash basin, heated towel rail and extractor fan. Twin room has ensuite shower cubicle with electric shower unit and extractor fan and basin. Separate wc off lounge.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double Bedroom downstairs with king sized duvet. Under the bed a storage box with blankets and a double sheet, in case it is too hot or you dislike duvets. The twin beds with duvets plus under bed box of sheets and blankets for your convenience.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: We are sorry we do not allow pets- this ensures that those sufferers who react badly to animal hair have a holiday to remember for the right reasons. We also operate a NO SMOKING POLICY in order to maintain a completely fresh cottage for all our guests. Outside: We have a terrace at the front/side of the house with table,chairs and umbrella. A swing seat,all shared with us which has never been a problem and in the past has often led to impromptu parties! We have a BBQx2 at the top of the garden with summer house and more garden furniture. When small children are staying we chain off parts of the upper garden as we have glass cloches and green house etc. Both areas look over our fantastic vista which we love to share with our guests. Utility Room: The table top freezer and baby high chair. Vacuum cleaner,brush & dustpan,iron and board,floor mop and brush. Board games and puzzles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, 1of each- bath ,hand and face towels per person are supplied as is all bedlinen. Table cloth and tea towels and dish cloth and brush. All is clean for arrival and if staying more than a week all changed for the 2nd week at your convenience. Other: A separate dining room seats 4 comfortably. The laundry is shared and has two washing machines, 1 tumble dryer and an outside rotary drying line. You will have the key for access when convenient.


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Farncombe, Clapton on the Hill,family friendly,away from the maddening crowds.
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 12 reviews

Lovely cottage with beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very peaceful, comfortable and spacious for a family of four. (2 adults and 2 children aged 6 and 10). We all slept very well. Our hosts were very welcoming and accommodating. We enjoyed spending time in the 'pod', located just near the front of the cottage, sipping our tea, eating ice cream and chatting, while admiring the fantastic views the cottage had to offer. Our base was very convenient to travel to other parts of the Cotswold and was only a short drive to the nearest picturesque town of Bourton on the Water. We had a lovely stay. (August 2017)

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Its a wonderful place. And all around its so beautiful !!! Julia its lovely. Fantastic !

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you and your lovely children to stay and seeing how very much you enjoyed our lovely area. We look forward to welcoming you all again in the future. Julia
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Perfect for exploring the Cotswolds

  • 4 of 5

Although the weather was quite wet during our stay we enjoyed our week in the Cotswolds. Very much to see and visit, only a short drive away. Centraly located you reach historical cities within an hour, breathtaking views included.

Julia and Mike are very friendly, caring hosts. We had a minor problem with our car and Mike gave us a lift to collect the car from the garage in Bourton. Thank you again! We fully recommend this rental

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us in spite of the British weather which is always a topic of conversation! We very much look forward to a return visit in the future. Kind regards and thank you for taking the time to write. Julia and Mike.
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Friendly hosts, charming location

  • 5 of 5

Great walks, delightful villages. Car essential. Lots to do

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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A quiet spot with stunning views. Relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

A very home like comfortable cottage, with spacious living area.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review and so happy that you enjoyed your stay .We look forward to a return visit in the future, thankyou Julia
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  • 4 of 5

Our stay was so relaxing. Julia was every so welcoming . Giving us a bottle of wine, eggs and milk as a welcome gift was such a kind gesture. The location is like a dream. The view is so beautiful it almost hurts. I wish I lived on Clapton on the Hill.

It's a perfect location to visit the rest of the Cotswold.

My two young children loved the accommodation. It has all you need for an away stay.

You will feel relaxed after a stay in Farncombe.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Birmingham/ Bristol
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Bourton on the Water
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Naunton Downs
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Moreton in Marsh
Nearest Motorway
26 Miles
M5 and M40
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Bourton on the Water
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Gloucester dry slope
Car: necessary


The use of a car we think is essential.Nearest amenities 3miles. Walking of course is a great option but do remember it is up hill coming home!

Bicycles are also an option but again we do have lots of hilly areas. You can hire bicycles in Bourton if you don't want to bring your own, ( or haven't got your own). A popular ride is from Bourton to Lower Slaughter and onwards up hill to the Swells. We do have many serious cyclists who are very well equipped for their new or repeated experience. You can keep off the main highways which of course are rather busy these days especially in the high season times.


We are centrally situated in the Cotswolds Area of outstanding Natural Beauty and every where is within daily driving visits.

Further Details:

Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold have plenty of shopping facilities, restaurants,banks and a leisure centre in Bourton with heated pool. Some guests have driven and parked in Bourton- on- the- Water then taken a bus somewhere interesting. Bus passes can be used. If you want to leave your car altogether then walk to Bourton on the foot path at the bottom of our drive. Anything is possible. If one of your party is a non walker then they could take the car to Bourton and arrange to meet in any of the coffee shops! A brownie, scones with jam and cream will taste extra special after your downhill walk!

We are within easy reach of many National Trust properties, Snowshill Manor, Chasleton, Hidcote Manor and Gardens, Buscot Park and House, Lodge Park, The Fleece. Street Markets are popular also and of course looking for antiques and collectables. Anything is possible and should cover all interests.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Directions for your arrival. If using A40 go through Sherbourne and onto Clapton on the Hill.

If using the Fosse Way A429, turn off the road for Clapton off the hill past Bourton on the Water or down the hill from Northleach.

Follow signs for Clapton. Turn into the village, right into the NO THROUGH ROAD, down hill past the red telephone box, right to the end of the road, ignoring our private road sign, and up our drive in front of you and park in the space near the garage.

Arrival times are 4pm to 6pm. If you are going to be later please let us know.

Departure time 10 to 11am.at the end of your holiday.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email for availability and prices when you have decided when you want to come and stay.Please note if your arrival day is NOT a Friday OR Monday I will not accept your booking. I have to adhere to this for operational reasons. Thank you for your understanding.

Changeover days are FRIDAYS and MONDAYS. Fridays for 7days or 3 days. MONDAYS for 7days or 4 days.
Arrival times 4pm to 6pm.
Departure 10am Please.

Notes on prices:
We make a charge for heating in the winter months. The meter is read on arrival and paid at cost.
Logs for the log burner also charged at cost.
. The three and four night stays prices are 80% of a weeks charge. Friday to Monday = 3nights. Monday to Friday =4nights.
I MUST keep to strict arrival days

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.