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The Perfect Cotswold Cottage for Two

Bedrooms 1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Cirencester. Rural Location in the heart of the Cotswolds

[Please note changeover days are Friday/Monday before booking i.e. Weekends ONLY Friday to Monday Weeksays ONLY Monday to Friday]

Dating back to 1624 and immaculately restored this beautiful little one bedroom designer cottage oozes character. With its own large garden and country views it is located in the peaceful village of Tarlton whilst being close to chic Cirencester and Prince Charles' Tetbury. The owners, an art advisor and writer, have taken great care in creating a unique interior of great style in a restoration of the highest quality. All the original features have been retained with natural floors, beamed ceilings and an inglenook fireplace. There are velvet sofas, beautiful oriental carpets, fine art and classic books. Lighting is discrete and atmospheric whilst a log stove provides a delightful atmosphere.

Martin & Julie
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
13 April, 2018

About Martin & Julie

We have been visiting the Cotswolds for many years and loved it so much that we decided to move here with our retired guide dog - Lola the Labrador.

Why Martin & Julie chose Cotswold District

Asphodel Cottage was our own Cotswold retreat for several years before we decided to move to the area. Since then we have converted the property in to a dedicated holiday rental, equipped with every possible extra, for everyone to enjoy!

We bought the cottage as a very run down and neglected property and carefully restored it from earth and bare walls using traditional materials and methods.

Using our design and art consultancy experience we added a stylish and comfortable interior together with top quality appliances, satellite TV and unlimited wifi.

We hope that you enjoy the cottage as much as we still often do.

What makes this cottage unique

We think that we have the only detached thatched cottage for two persons in the Cotswolds.

Together with its private garden, peaceful rural location and it is a pretty and unique property.

It is a perfect romantic retreat - so much so that we have lost count of the honeymoons, mini-moons and marriage proposals at the cottage. We already get regulars coming back for anniversaries of their special stays.

And all within 90 minutes of London and in the heart of the Cotswolds…!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cotswold District in Gloucestershire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Bookings MUST start and end on either a Monday or Friday except by prior arrangement
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Ensuite bathroom with claw foot bath, hand-held shower in bath, washbasin and wc. As the bedroom it is under the original eaves and is a wonderful place for a long soak with views over the countryside. Loads of very hot water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • One queen bed in delightful eaved room. Hugely atmospheric and romantic - sleep under the original 17th century beams and a modern chandelier. The bedroom has the latest in LED televisions, with Apple TV and freeview, together with a DVD player and a selection of films.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Private off road parking. Pets accepted under certain conditions - please ask. £30 charge. Outside: Large private garden with open country views. The delightful garden is peaceful, pretty and secluded and carefully designed to feature a range of environments. A lawn edged by flowering shrubs gives way to a formal box-lined path with scented plants like rosemary and thyme. A low-walled orchard with apples and plums has mown paths through areas of wild flowers together with a herb garden of parsley, sage, sorrel, fennel, rocket, strawberries and mint - please help yourself. Move the cast iron table and chairs around to suit your mood. The ruins of an historic outbuilding make a perfect outdoor seating area with luxury rattan sofas and soft cushions. A huge sun canopy hangs overhead with atmospheric up-lights available as the sun sets. The whole enjoys a south-facing panorama over the lands of the Bathurst Estate and rings with birdsong. Enjoy breakfast here on a sunny morning and you may just find yourself staying all day! Utility Room: Dining area adjacent to kitchen with country-style table and chairs suitable for up to 4 people. Cleaning / Towels / Linen High quality linen and towels are supplied. Stays over one week will have an extra linen change and basic tidy


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The Perfect Cotswold Cottage for Two
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
Esher, Surrey, England

Idyllic country hideaway

  • 5 of 5

If you’re looking for relaxation and peace then this is the ideal place to stay. The cottage is compact but has everything you need. It is full of character with exposed beams and a wood burner and it’s comfortably and stylishly furnished. There are some great walks nearby and the local pub serves delicious food. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a quite country break.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect cottage in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely magical stay at this beautiful cottage and fell in love with the Cotswolds in the short time we were here. The cottage was very cosy and luxurious, we loved having breakfast in the garden seating area and having the log burner on during the evenings. This is a very special property and we will definitely be back! Thank you for making our stay so welcoming

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Small and not cheap, but fine for two and beautifully restored with a simple but delightful garden

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has been restored with great care and the first floor in particular is a triumph. The village is extremely friendly and convenient. We are delighted with the holiday but have two complaints and an observation. The main one is you and the disgraceful delay in the return of our deposit - over two weeks andstill awaited.

The very minor one is the Lack of anywhere comfortable to sit reasonably near to

the TV. It might be easierto have it downstairs.

The observation is that the supply of firewood was very mean - not enough for more than one night. This was not a problem for us as it was mild and we did not use the fire at all but it may well be later when it's colder

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our apologies for the delay in the deposit refund. However this is out of our control and automatically sent by HomeAway two weeks after your return. We understand that it has now been sent to you. We do understand and sympathise regarding the TV however we only have one in the bedroom as we deliberately wished to make the cottage a real getaway in every sense of the word. We have only had two comments in 6 years so our clients actually seem to be overwhelmingly approving of the current arrangement! We note your comments regarding the logs and we will review the amount supplied in future. Pleased that otherwise you had an excellent stay and enjoyed the cottage and we hope to see you again in the future!
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Perfect base

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful;y decorated cottage with a fairytale-like outlook. If you prefer an extremely quite village, as we do, but yet a perfect base to make trips from to the South (e.g. Bath) or the North (Stratford, Bourton, Slaughter's), this is the place to stay. Tall people should take the warnings about low beams and door openings very serious, but after a few days and bumps that is no longer a problem. Kitchen outfit is very complete but the cosy Tunnel Inn is nearby if you do not want to cook.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just stunning

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage. Can't recommend enough

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Welcoming tasteful and romantically cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Delightful setting, in all weathers and we had snow.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Tunnel House
Car: necessary


Rural location 4 miles from Cirencester and 5 miles from Tetbury. Car almost essential. Kemble railway station is 3 miles, taxis available.

About 100 miles from London - about 1 hour 40 minutes along the M4.

About 85 miles from Heathrow - about 1 hour 20 minutes via M40


Bibury. 13m

Bourton on the Water. 21m

Buscot Park. 21m

Canal Tunnel. 1m

Castle Combe. 24m

Chastleton House. 30m

Chavenage House. 10m

Chedworth Roman Villa. 14m

Chipping Camden. 35m

Cotswold Water Park. 5m

Highgrove House. 6m

Kelmscott Manor. 21m

Lacock. 22m

Lower Slaughters. 23m

Pangolin Gallery Chalford. 4 miles

Rodmarton Manor. 2m

Snowshill Manor. 35m

Stow on the Wold. 25m

Westonbirt Arboretum. 11m

Further Details:

Tarlton is a pretty and sleepy hamlet, off the beaten track but within ten minutes of the historic market towns of Cirencester and Tetbury. A mile away via country path or dirt road is the local pub, the Tunnel House, originally built to house workers on the canal tunnel, whose 19th century classical entrance is adjacent. For excellent gastro-pubs The Bell at Sapperton, Trouble House Inn, Potting Shed and Village Pub Barnsley are within 10 mins drive. For fine dining try Barnsley House, Calcot Manor or The Rectory.

From the doorstep there is excellent walking through the Bathurst Estate with the source of the Thames about a mile away. The fine house and garden at Rodmarton is just down the road with Prince Charles’ Highgrove, Westonbirt (Arboretum and Beaufort Polo Club) and Bibury (photo above) not much further. There is of course much more and with Cotswolds towns like Stow, Chipping Camden and Burford and destinations like Bath and Cheltenham all within about 30 minutes drive Asphodel is your perfect base.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £95
Pet Fee £30
Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:


ARRIVE FRIDAYS - for 3 or 7 or 11 or 14 nights
ARRIVE MONDAYS for 4 or 7 or 10 or 14 nights.

Premium Brut Champagne (Mumm, Lanson, Veuve or equivalent) & Truffles available ready for arrival at £45 supplement

An extra pack of logs and killing is supplied for £15

Please phone for last minute bookings or to discuss anything.

On request we may be able to be completely flexible

Peak dates we may insist on stays longer than the 3 day minimum

Two days on request - may carry premium

Notes on prices:
Late bookings within 4 weeks of arrival are usually available at a discount. 2 night stays possible but usu at a premium

Prices are exclusive of all charges for changeover, linen and towels which is a mandatory £95 added on your invoice.

All bedding, linen, towels are basic toiletries are included. In the kitchen tea towels, salt & pepper, cleaning equipment, bin bags, tea, coffee, sugar are supplied.

A welcome tray with tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, milk and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival. The Prosecco is not supplied when a Champagne and Truffle pack is booked.

High Speed Wifi - is free and unlimited

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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