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Dating from the 19th century, Brook Cottage is a picture-postcard, Grade II listed cottage, which exudes warmth and character. The cottage is perfectly located on a quiet lane, next to a babbling brook, in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds village of Blockley.

The picture-postcard, Brook Cottage in Blockley
A beautiful, quintessential, Cotswold Cottage
The local brook, running alongside the lane
Smart and inviting living room with a fireplace
The large, inglenook fireplace
Fold-out dining table for four adults
Great for those quiet nights in!
Impressive, modern kitchen
Well-equipped
Kitchen clock
Modern finish
The private garden
The bedroom on level one
A permanent resident of the cottage!
The ensuite bathroom on level one
The top bedroom, with exposed beams and a private WC facility
View from the old window
Welcome to Brook Cottage
View of the cottage from the end of Brook Lane
   
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Brook Cottage

Summary

Brook Cottage is one of the most idyllically situated properties in the Cotswolds, sitting on a quiet lane overlooking fields, with only the soothing sound of the babbling brook outside to break the silence. Despite the tranquil setting, the cottage is in the historic heart of Blockley, which is a peaceful, yet thriving village, with two pubs, a restaurant, a community owned village shop & café, and a historic Norman church.

Parts of Brook Cottage are believed to date back to the 17th century, with the majority of the Grade II listed cottage built in the mid-19th century. The cottage has been beautifully refurbished and retains many character features, including a stunning inglenook fireplace, stone mullion windows, wooden beams and ledge and brace doors. Complementing these period features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a TV and a beautiful new kitchen. The cottage also has a fully enclosed garden, accessed from the kitchen. The layout of the property makes Brook Cottage an ideal retreat for one or two couples, or a small family.

The cottage sleeps up to four people, in two bedrooms, both containing double beds. There is a bathroom and a separate toilet.

Description

Walking along Blockley Brook leads you to Brook Cottage’s front door, which opens into:

  • Living room: A cosy, beautifully furnished room, with a stone mullion window with window seat, wooden beams, a large inglenook fireplace and a flat-panel TV. The living room is also used for dining and it contains an extendable dining table, with seating for up to four people.

The living room then leads into:

  • Kitchen: For a small cottage, the beautifully decorated kitchen is very well equipped, including a cooker with hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washer dryer.

Returning to the living room, a narrow, steep staircase leads up to a small first floor hallway, off which is:

  • Bedroom 1: A cosy bedroom, with exposed beams and brickwork, containing a double bed next to the stone mullion window, which looks out to fields and the brook below. The main bathroom is accessed via bedroom 1 and this contains a bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet.

The staircase continues up into the gable of the house, opening out to:

  • Bedroom 2: Another cosy double bedroom, with exposed beams and a stone mullion window, bedroom 2 also has an en-suite toilet and basin.

Heading back downstairs and into the kitchen, double doors lead out into the fully enclosed, south-westerly facing garden, which contains a paved area, followed by a lawn, with decking at the end of the garden. There is an outdoor table and chairs, with a barbecue provided in the Summer. Outside the front door is a small garden area, with a stone bench, which looks down the lane to the brook running past the cottage.

Floorplan

 

Floorplan

 

Key Features

Security deposits

Security deposits are not required at Brook Cottage.

Pets

Regrettably, Brook Cottage does not accept pets.

Bed linen and towels

Bed linen, bath towels and hand towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times

Arrival time at Brook Cottage is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am.

Bed sizes and configurations

  • Bedroom 1: Double bed;
  • Bedroom 2: Double bed.

Fuel and logs

Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a large inglenook fireplace in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).

Services provided

Brook Cottage has wireless internet access, a TV in the living room and a further TV in bedroom 1. There is also a telephone, for UK calls only, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.

Blockley is in a valley and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.

Parking

Brook Cottage is located on a peaceful lane, approximately 75 yards away from the nearest road. Free, on street parking is available on High Street, which is a quiet no through road, approximately 150 yards from the cottage. Please note that the walk from the end of the road, where luggage can be unloaded, to Brook Cottage is approximately 75 yards, on a flat footpath alongside the brook (whilst rarely necessary, some vehicles can drive down the brook, to get straight to the front door).

Housekeeping

Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.

Child friendly facilities

A travel cot (without linen), high chair and safety gate are provided.

Initial consumables

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety

Brook Cottage is an old, Grade II listed property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

Smoking

No smoking is permitted throughout Brook Cottage.

Photographs

In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.


National Heritage

As one of Blockley's many historic properties, Brook Cottage was given a Grade II listing by English Heritage in August 1983 and details of the list entry are shown below:

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Mid C19 in C17 style. Two storeys and attics. Terrace stepped down in pairs to stream. Cut, squared and dressed rubble, slate roofs. Each pair 4 bays with 2 centralised gables for 2-light attic windows and outer ranges of windows; chamfered mullion-type windows in rebate surrounds, of 2 and 3 lights. Plain doors in line with dormers.

Buildings in this position are shown on a map of 1819; the present buildings may incorporate or even reflect the style of these earlier cottages.


 

Blockley and The Cotswolds

Blockley

Blockley is a peaceful, charming Cotswold village, with raised pavements, a splendid church and some superb architecture strung out along the mile long High Street. Known by many locals as the "secret village", Blockley is well away from main roads and in some parts of the village the only noise is Blockley Brook, the mill stream that winds its way through the bottom of the valley.

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Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with many very enjoyable walks leading from the village, Blockley has much to offer the holidaymaker. Its attractive village green overlooks the popular Bowling Green and beautiful Norman Church, and is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic on sunny days.

Blockley first became established to the east of a Saxon church, which was replaced by the present church of St. Peter and St. Paul in 1170. The church has a Norman chancel and a Gothic-survival tower. The monuments include a brass of a priest in full mass vestments. There were twelve mills, some of which were first mentioned in the Domesday Book, turning out flour, flax, woodcutting and threshing. During the 18th century, with the wool industry in decline, Blockley turned to the manufacture of silk. Attracted by the fast flowing streams, many of the mills were converted and enlarged to accommodate the "throwsters", the workers who twisted the silk fibres into thread for the silk ribbon makers in Coventry. The largest was the Westmacott Mill, now converted into a residential home called Blockley Court.

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To accommodate the workers, many more terraces of cottages were built, each set one behind the other. Up the hillsides, cottages for workers and the Northwick Terrace almshouses mingled with elegant Georgian Terraces and townhouses. The boom in silk making was short lived and most of the mills reverted back to their former functions, although two became piano making factories. Blockley has been left with a unique collection of buildings reflecting the past glory of silk making, which gives it a different character to other north Cotswold villages.

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Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the North Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way and served by the main line railway from London Paddington. The town was granted its market charter in 1227 and there still is a busy Tuesday market, with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors.

Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The oldest building is likely to be the 16th century Curfew tower on the High Street, whose bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. The High Street has many elegant 17th and 18th century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall in the centre of the town.

 

 

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Redesdale Hall on market day

Moreton has a wide range of pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops and restaurants.

Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

 

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Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.

Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward, probably Edward the Martyr.

Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.

It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for ‘picture-postcard’ England. The town’s tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B’s, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.

Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is a small market town, notable for its elegant terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century (“Chipping” comes from the Old English word for a market-place and is found in other towns, such as Chipping Norton and Chipping Sodbury).

A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.

Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St James, with its medieval altar frontals, cope and vast and extravagant 17th century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall. The Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area. Hicks was also responsible for Campden House, which was destroyed by fire during the English Civil War possibly to prevent it falling into the hands of the Parliamentarians. All that now remains of Hicks’ once imposing estate are two gatehouses, two Jacobean banqueting houses, restored by the Landmark Trust and Lady Juliana's gateway. Hick’s descendants still live at the Court House attached to the site.

 

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In the early 20th century Chipping Campden became known as a centre for the Cotswold Arts and Crafts Movement, following the move of Charles Robert Ashbee with the members of his Guild and School of Handicraft from the East End of London in 1902. The Guild of Handicraft specialised in metalworking, producing jewellery and enamels, as well as hand-wrought copper and wrought ironwork, and furniture-making. A number of artists and writers settled in the area, including F. L. Griggs, the etcher, who built Dover's Court, one of the last significant Arts and Crafts houses, and set up the Campden Trust with Norman Jewson and others, initially to protect Dover's Hill from development.

Since the early 17th century Chipping Campden has been home to a championship of rural games, which later turned into Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games. The Olimpicks are held every summer on the Friday evening following the late Spring Bank-holiday, on Dover's Hill. Peculiar to the games is the sport of shin-kicking (hay stuffed down the trousers can ease one’s brave passage to later rounds).

 

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To mark the end of the games, there is a huge bonfire and firework display, followed by a torch-lit procession back into the town and dancing to a local band in the square. The Scuttlebrook Wake takes place the following day. The locals don fancy dress costumes and follow the Scuttlebrook Queen, with her four attendants and Page Boy, in a procession to the centre of town pulled on a decorated dray by the town's own Morris Men. This is then followed by displays of Maypole and Country dancing by the two local primary schools and the Morris Men Morris dancing. Another procession from there past the fairground brings that stage of the celebration to a close whilst the fair continues until mid-night and, like a ghost, is gone by the morning.

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 Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.

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.

Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.

 

Food & Drink

Blockley

For a relatively small village, Blockley is blessed with a number of places to eat and drink, all just a short walk from anywhere in the village.

  • The Crown Inn (www.crownhotelblockley.co.uk): This 16th century country inn is situated in the heart of Blockley and features a restaurant serving dishes prepared with local produce, along with a bar with an open fire and a wide selection of real ales. This honey coloured historic inn is covered in Virginia creeper which turns a stunning red in Autumn. Walk inside to the scents of wood smoke from the open log fires and snuggle into a comfy chair by the fire, to view the daily papers with a coffee or something stronger. Dinner is served in the warm and friendly restaurant with lighter meals and snacks available in the bar.

 

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  • The Great Western Arms (www.greatwesternarms.com): The award winning Great Western Arms is the “Local” of Blockley. The “Western” as it is locally known, is a Hook Norton Brewery pub and is tenanted to Sharon Brace. It is right at the heart of the village both geographically and socially, and is where Sharon and her team serve up some of the finest food, drink and entertainment available. The pub has two rooms: one is used as the restaurant and the other houses a pool table, juke box and darts board (dogs are welcome in the pool room). The Pub has recently been extensively refurbished and now boasts 1st class facilities and comforts. The spacious lounge bar/restaurant retains its period "feel" but has been re-furnished and decorated with great taste and care. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and friendly.

 

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  • Lower Brook House (www.lowerbrookhouse.com): Lower Brook House is home to a fine restaurant that welcomes non-residents. The restaurant offers seasonal menus of mouth-watering, home-cooked dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients for candlelit meals in intimate surroundings. Inside this 17th century historic country house, you'll find a real log fire, original flagstone floors and four-poster beds. The restaurant is open during the week and provides a Monday-Thursday menu, with a special weekend menu on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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  • Blockley Village Shop & Café (blockleyshop.com):The community owned shop and café is the hub of the village. The shop offers a wide range of basic groceries and necessities, and a tempting array of local products, including farm meat and free-range eggs, daily deliveries of local fruit and veg, freshly baked bread and locally made ready meals. Logs are generally stocked in winter. The licensed café is open all day, serving breakfasts, lunches, coffees and teas, and home-baked cakes. Take-away hot and cold food, including croissants, pastries and baguettes, is also very popular. The café, where free broadband is available, is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors of all ages. It also stocks a selection of reasonably priced gifts, accessories and paperbacks from the local bookshop.

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Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:

  • Redesdale Arms (www.redesdalearms.com): Menus at the Redesdale Arms Hotel are a blend of modern international cooking and traditional British favourites, delicious when given a contemporary twist by the team in the kitchen. Eat in one of the refurbished restaurants, on the garden terrace or in the bar next to the log fires. The finest local ingredients are used, including Cotswold meat and locally grown vegetables, with daily specials including local game and fresh Cornish seafood.
  • The White Hart Royal (www.whitehartroyal.co.uk): The kitchen team use fresh local ingredients to produce cuisine that is contemporary English a la carte or traditional pub classic. To complement the menus there is an extensive cellar of specially selected new and old world wines. You can dine in the Courtyard Restaurant, al fresco in the courtyard or enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Snug Bar with its stone-flagged floor and large Inglenook fireplace;

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  • The Spice Room (www.spiceroomrestaurant.com): The Spice Room Restaurant is a family-owned and family-operated Indian Restaurant, with over 12 years of experience cooking and serving the best and tastiest Indian cookery. All the food is made to order with the freshest ingredients.

Moreton has a Tesco Express, a Budgens and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:

  • The Cotswold Cheese Company (www.cotswoldcheese.com): The store stocks more than 80 different artisan and farmhouse cheeses, with a real focus on local quality producers, followed by British territorial cheese (Cheshires, Lancashires, Caerphilly etc.) and then focussing on very high quality French, Spanish & Italian cheese. To complement the cheese, the store also sells a wide range of cheese accompaniments and other deli essentials including local breads, biscuits & crackers for cheese, chutneys & local potted meats and pate's.

North Cotswolds

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.

The list below focuses on the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds:

We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.

Activities

There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds and the list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in the following North Cotswold towns:

  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Woodstock
  • Broadway
  • Chipping Campden
  • Burford
  • Chipping Norton

Historical buildings, stately homes and gardens

  • Batsford Arboretum & Wild Garden, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.batsarb.co.uk): Set in 56 acres of natural beauty and once home to the famous Mitford family. Meandering paths wander through glades and alongside streams. A garden of peace and tranquillity for all seasons;
  • Berkeley Castle, Berkeley GL13 9BQ (www.berkeley-castle.com): England’s oldest inhabited castle. Over 24 generations of Berkeleys have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a stately home full of treasures. Learn about murder, mystery and plotting, then enjoy the grounds, adjacent Butterfly Farm and church;
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PX (www.blenheimpalace.com): A World Heritage site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the finest private houses in England. It is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of spectacular Capability Brown parkland and award-winning formal gardens;
  • Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway WR12 7LB (www.broadwaytower.co.uk): A unique Capability Brown Folly Tower open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. Displays, roof viewing platform, shop and Red Deer Park are a must for Cotswold visits. Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and offers unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties;
  • Broughton Castle, Banbury OX15 5EB (www.broughtoncastle.com): This historic 14th century moated castle, enlarged in the 16th century, has fine walled gardens with herbaceous borders, old roses and clipped box. Inside boasts splendid plaster ceilings, fireplaces and panelling. Described as "the most romantic house imaginable", Broughton Castle has won starring roles in many films, including The Madness of King George and Shakespeare in Love;
  • Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU (www.nationaltrust.co.uk/chastleton): A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant, as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting.
  • Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester GL1 2LX (www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk): A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country. Here you will discover magnificent stained glass, royal tombs, fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and a rich musical heritage. Admission free but £5 donation requested;
  • Hailes Abbey, near Winchcombe GL54 5PB (www.english-heritage.org.uk/hailes): Set in the beautiful western fringe of the Cotswolds surrounded by wooded pasture, the Abbey was one of the main centres of pilgrimage due to a phial said to contain the blood of Christ. The museum displays fine examples of sculpture and decorated tiles;
  • Hidcote, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote): Relax and unwind in one of the country's great gardens and experience for yourself the fulfilment of a quiet American's English fantasy. You'll never forget the exquisite garden rooms, each with its own unique character. Discover rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from around the world. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's spectacular Red Border. Nestled in the Cotswolds with sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, a visit to Hidcote is inspirational at any time of year;
  • Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick GL6 6TH (www.rococogarden.org.uk): The garden is situated in a hidden Cotswold valley. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality and is a magical experience at any time of the year. Charming garden structures nestle next to informal plantings, herbaceous borders and a striking kitchen garden;
  • Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester GL7 6PF (www.rodmarton-manor.co.uk): Attractive Arts and Crafts House with original hand made furniture, painted pottery, wall hangings. A large garden of outdoor rooms with many parts including topiary, herbaceous borders and plenty of places to sit;
  • Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill WR12 7JU (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor): Explore the treasures collected by one man with an eye for the unusual. Be intrigued by the story of Charles Wade, be amazed by his huge and varied collection from around the world and relax in the peaceful hillside garden;
  • Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD (www.sudeleycastle.co.uk): Once the property of King Ethelred the Unready, later home of Queen Katherine Parr and garrison headquarters of Prince Rupert during the Civil War. Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit;
  • Sulgrave Manor, near Banbury OX17 2SD (www.sulgravemanor.org.uk): The ancestral home of the Washingtons in Britain. A compact Manor House - a gentle stroll through three centuries of English history in the company of a friendly and informative guide. The largest UK collection of George Washington memorabilia, demonstrating the British contribution to the origins of the USA, with a separate exhibition on George's life and career in the US;
  • Upton House & Gardens, Near Banbury OX15 6HT (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uptonhouse): Presented in its 1930s heyday, this handsome country mansion contains world-class art collections. Delve into the story of a millionaire’s life, hear stories, play games, relax and read magazines or journals. Wander through the beautiful gardens, with sweeping lawns, terraced borders and a kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant;
  • Warwick Castle, Warwick CV34 4QU (www.warwick-castle.com): Britain's greatest mediaeval experience. From a mediaeval household in the Kingmaker exhibition to a Victorian 'Royal Weekend Party'. Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers most Fridays and Saturdays;
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt): Spectacular all year round, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum contains one of Europe’s finest collections of trees and shrubs. 17 miles of paths to explore, it is a magical place to visit for the whole family. Famous for its beautiful displays of autumn colour, a popular place to visit in spring for the flowering rhododendrons and in the summer for the Festival of the Tree.

Wildlife

  • Birdland – Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN (www.birdland.co.uk): A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various water habitats. Over 50 aviaries of parrots, hornbills, toucans and many more. Discovery Zone (indoor education area) and Marshmouth Reserve (2.5 acre nature reserve). Take time to wander and relax in this tranquil environment. Plus Penguin Café, picnic areas, play area and gift shop. The only group of King Penguins in England;
  • Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk): Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day giving you a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. You can enjoy these wonderful birds and think positively about their conservation;
  • Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Countryfile, this is a rare farm treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, Touch Barn, Fun Barn, Maze Quest and Jumping Pillows. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen;
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford OX18 4JW (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk): The Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and is an attraction for all members of the family. There are over 250 species of animals from Leaf-cutting ants to White rhinos; giraffes were a major addition in 2010. You can walk with lemurs in the Madagascar enclosure, ride on the train and be inspired by the beautiful landscaping and seasonal displays throughout the Park;
  • Longleat Safari Park, Warminster BA12 7NW (www.longleat.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Animal Park, Longleat is a “must do” for visitors of all ages! From Safari Park to Safari Boats, Hedge Maze to Adventure Castle and so much more.

Museums

  • Corinium Museum, Cirencester GL7 2BX (http://coriniummuseum.org/): Discover the ‘Treasures of the Cotswolds’ at the award-winning Corinium Museum. Trace the story of the Cotswolds from pre-history to the 19th century. See what life was like in Corinium, Roman Britain’s second largest town. Come face to face with Anglo-Saxons. Something for all the family. Also home to Cirencester Visitor Information Centre;
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY (www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk): Multi award-winning museum for all ages and ideal for families. Home to Brum – star of the children’s TV series. Classic cars. Quizzes, old fashioned toys and hands-on activities;
  • Roman Baths, Bath BA1 1LZ (www.romanbaths.co.uk): Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in Northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water and its extensive remains lie beneath the centre of Bath. Brand new displays, costumed characters and free audioguides in 8 languages.

Other attractions

  • Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham GL50 4SH (www.cheltenham.co.uk): One of Europe’s top racecourses, hosting the three day Open Meeting and the four day Festival in March. The Centaur is the region’s largest facility for exhibitions, conferences and concerts;
  • Clearwell Caves, near Coleford GL16 8JR (www.clearwellcaves.com): An incredible natural cave system tunnelled into by miners for more than 4,000 years in their search for iron ore and ochre pigments. Nine impressive caverns with mining equipment and displays throughout. ‘A great underground experience’ for all the family;
  • Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney GL7 5TL (www.waterpark.org): Explore this watery landscape, with loads of lakes, offering watersports, fishing, birdwatching and much, much more. Call in to the Gateway Information Centre to discover where to go and what to do;
  • Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham GL56 0YG (www.daylesfordorganic.com): The Harrods of farm shops! One of the most sustainable farms in the UK, located in 2,000 acres of beautiful countryside of the English Cotswolds, owned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford. Award-winning food in the farm shop and café and a host of things to see and do: farm tours and farm walks, cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa;
  • Gloucester Antiques Centre, Gloucester GL1 5SF (www.gacl.co.uk): Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the largest and longest established antiques centres in the UK. Over 100 specialist antiques dealers offering the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. Enjoy light lunches, homemade cakes and refreshments in the café;
  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT (www.gwsr.com): The ‘Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a scenic 20 mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse, including the exciting Greet Tunnel, one of the longest on a preserved railway. Pop along and see the driver in his cab. Break your journey at picturesque Winchcombe station. Special events all year;
  • Oxford: Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture and ancient University, Oxford sits in the heart of England, just outside the Cotswolds;
  • The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AF (www.theoldnewinn.co.uk/village.htm): A model of the actual village built of Cotswold stone to 1/9 scale in 1937. The River Windrush flows under Bourton’s famous bridges. The beeches, cherries and chestnuts are all in miniature. Music in the churches and of course, the model of the model;
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Activities

  • Walking: Most people who visit the Cotswolds do some walking, even if it is just a stroll to the village pub! The area contains some of England’s most beautiful countryside and there are over 3,000 miles of public footpaths, to enable visitors to fully discover this rich landscape. Long distance trails in, or passing through, the Cotswolds include:

    • The Cotswold Way;
    • The Heart of England Way;
    • The Oxfordshire Way;
    • The Gloucestershire Way;
    • The Wardens' Way and Windrush Way;
    • The Macmillan Way;
    • The Monarchs Way;
    • The D'arcy Dalton Way;
    • The Wysis Way.

Further information and maps can be obtained from the local tourist information centres.

Spas

  • Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden (www.cotswoldhouse.com): Set in a converted coach house in the gardens, the Cotswold House Spa features treatment rooms, a superb hydrotherapy pool and Turkish hammam room;
  • Hay Barn Spa at Daylesford Organic, Daylesford (www.daylesfordorganic.com): A nourishing space for self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. Yoga, pilates and meditation classes, workshops hosted by visiting therapists, facials, massage treatments and consultations provide exceptional holistic care for the mind, body and spirit;
  • Wyck Hill House Hotel & Spa, Stow-on-the-Wold (www.wyckhillhousehotel.co.uk): Six therapy rooms, including one dual room. There is also a 12-seater steam room and sauna and relaxation area;
  • M Spa at Lapstone, Chipping Campden (www.mspa.so): Spoil yourself with the most progressive, comprehensive range of spa facial, bath and body experiences that deliver the most amazing results every time. Indulge in signature treatments to reconnect body, mind and soul, from head to toe and from outside in.

Map

Brook Cottage is located on a very quiet lane, not accessible by cars, in the peaceful, picturesque village of Blockley.

Travelling by car

Blockley is easily accessed by car, being located approximately 1 mile away from the A44 and approximately 3 miles away from the A429 (Fosse Way), which are two of the main roads through the North Cotswolds.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to Blockley is Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 3 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.

Travelling by Plane

Blockley is within easy reach of a number of international airports:

  • Birmingham International Airport: 42 miles, approximately 60 minute drive;
  • Heathrow International Airport: 76 miles, approximately 90 minute drive;
  • Bristol International Airport: 75 miles, approximately 90 minute drive.

 

 

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Guest Feedback

Brook Cottage was launched as a Holiday Let with Character Cottages in December 2011 and is in the process of building up customer feedback. With its outstanding presentation and ideal location, we have little doubt that the cottage will be a favourite with guests.

 

 

Other Customer Feedback:

- "Everything about the cottage and the service leading up to it was excellent. We enjoyed our stay very much and found Brook Cottage to be of a high standard that met up to expectations from the details and photographs we had been given. Just one small detail we felt that somewhere to hang wet coats etc would be good , possibly some hanging space just behind the front door but also appreciate that the cottage is very small and this might affect the look of the room?! Just a thought. Information given for surrounding areas was very helpful and instructions for getting there and getting in etc very good. We really liked the cottage and will be having a look at other properties in your portfolio for the future as well as hopefully making it back to Brook Cottage!" - Chris, October 2012

- "Hi Andy, Yes. I enjoyed my stay at Brook cottage very much. It was comfortable and situated in a wonderful spot." - Paul, September 2012

- "We loved our stay in Brook Cottage. It is charming, cosy and comfortable with great facilities and use of space. Being tall, the low doorways were a bit tricky (even though there are plenty of signs to warn you!) and my encounter with 2 large slugs cruising across the carpet in the sitting room one night gave me a bit of a fright (as I stepped on one in the dark with my bare feet!!). The only thing I would say is there wasn't any indication of where to put the rubbish (and what to do with recycling etc). But it is a beautiful spot and we were made to feel really welcome with the cake and milk in the fridge - and loo roll/soap provided. There's nothing worse than turning up somewhere where abolutely nothing is there for the (usually weary) guest. I actually know Blockley well as my parents live very nearby so I probably wanted different things from the cottage than the majority of your guests (i.e. we weren't there as tourists). I would definitely like to come back (I especially liked the kitchen!)" - Kate, September 2012

- "We absolutely loved our stay at Brook Cottage thanks! It was the absolute perfect choice for our honeymoon – idyllic, beautifully finished, cosy cottage in a beautiful little village in the Cotswolds! Particularly loved the freestanding bath! We had a great week and would love to go back again for a break sometime when we can escape the big smoke. Thanks!" - Emma, August 2012

- "We had a great stay, thank you. The cottage was beautiful. Blockley is a village that we do not know well even though we spend much time in the Cotswolds. It is a shame that on Sunday afternoon, the folk next door parked a large yellow van across the front and then made a lot of noise. It spoilt things somewhat but something such as this is obviously beyond the control of you or the owners. 
We will certainlty book through you again." - David, August 2012

 

- "Fantastic. We loved the cottage- perfectly appointed, very cozy, but really loved the fact that it was right on the path where so many of the locals walked their dogs. We got to know one of the couples and their family quite well (it helped that they had 2 really cute daughters who were roughly the same age as our boys), and had drinks with them on two separate occasions. We have continued to stay in contact by email a time or two per week. It was a wonderful week. As a family we have decided the next trip to England we will skip London and stay in the Cotswolds- and Brook Cottage- again." - Forrest, August 2012

- "We loved Brook Cottage!  It was very cozy and quaint.  We really loved the kitchen. It was very cute. We loved that we could hear the brook from inside the house or sitting in the garden.  Blockley is a lovely village. We have visited the Cotswolds many times and found the quietness of Blockley to be a welcome relief from the crowds of tourists.  It has an interesting history as well and we enjoyed the self-guided walking tour. We would highly recommend Brook Cottage to anyone who wants to experience the Cotswolds without the crowds" - Bonnie, July 2012

- "Being a wedding anniversary treat I had high hopes of a special weekend, what can I say - superb! Beautiful little cottage in an idyllic setting. Everything as it should be, cottage was well presented and the cake that I presume was left by one of your team was much appreciated. Character Cottages set high standards but that is as it should be. My wife has placed comments on Trip Advisor which I hope potential customers will view. Many thanks for helping to make our stay so enjoyable." - Ian & Anne, June 2012

- "We had a lovely stay at Brook Cottage, very relaxing. We all loved the cottage and the location, we would definately return for another stay. I would not hestitate in recommending the cottage to friends. We found the cottage comfortable, very clean, with everything you need to hand. Lovely!" - Kim, May 2012

- "You wouldn't beleive it, but about 5 minutes ago I was just on your website forwarding it to a friend of a friend who has heard how much we enjoyed it and is planning a trip up that way!

We absolutely loved our stay at your beautiful cottage, who would have known it was going to be just like the photos (but even better). The location was just beautiful and made even more special by the fact that you couldn't park directly out the front. The lovely "welcome" cake was just what we needed with a cuppa after we didn't have access to our computer or i phone and therefore no directions. It did take us some time to find it as our phone battery died and we had a lot of problems getting through to you by public phone. All 4 of us who spent 6 weeks travelling through the UK, France and Italy still say Blockley is our favourite and will be highly recommending it to anyone going to the Cotswolds. The little brook running by is beautiful, we just loved watching all the locals taking thier dogs in the brook as part of their daily walk! We found everything in the cottage great and can think of nothing else it needs for a wonderful stay. So a big "thank you" for leaving us with very fond memories of Blockley!" - Melissa & Matt, May 2012

- "It was nice to hear from you. We did enjoy our stay at Brook Cottage. This was our first time staying in a cottage and we found it to be very comfortable. We fell in love with Blockley and the cottage. I wish it was easier for us to get to England! Thanks to you, Mat and Sue for a great stay." - Teresa, May 2012

- "Just to say we loved Brook Cottage, superbly well equipped kitchen and we look forward to returning. Many Thanks!" - Judith, April 2012
- "We thought the cottage was lovely - full of character and very cosy. The setting was also fabulous" - Mandy, March 2012

 

- "Yes we had a lovely stay thank you! The cottage is really pretty, very cosy and we really enjoyed using the fire and that lovely roll-top bath! Thought the location was excellent and had I not been pregnant we would have made good use of the two local pubs! We did enjoy a meal at the Western Arms which was good and reasonably priced. The locals were so friendly to us it was quite unusual getting such a warm welcome in a small village" - Victoria, March 2012
- "Hello Andrew, I loved my stay and wished I could have stayed longer? It was beautiful and a great peaceful stay before I go into hospital! Thank you for your Lovely welcome and help. If there are any more peaceful places to stay then please do not hesitate tolet me know xxx" - Jemma, Feb 2012
- "Everything was just perfect. The cottage was amazing, we had a really wonderful time." - Julie, Feb 2012

- "We had an absolutely wonderful weekend at Brook Cottage. We loved the cottage, it exceeded our expectations in every way and was a fantastic place to stay. It is full of character and extremely well equipped. Blockley is a really lovely village and a good covering of snow on the second night of our stay added to the magic!! I would not hesitate to recommend Brook Cottage to friends and family and do hope to return for another stay in the future. I note that Brook Cottage is on Tripadvisor and will provide a (very positive) review shortly." - Jennie, Feb 2012"

 

Inventory

Our aim is for you to enjoy Brook Cottage as if it was your own home and this information is provided to ensure that you are aware of, and are able to use, all the facilities that are available.

Main appliances, furniture and facilities

Cooker and hob

Freezer

Fridge

Kettle

Microwave

Washing machine/dryer

Dishwasher

Toaster

High chair

Telephone (UK calls only)

Travel cot (without linen)

TV (x2)

Wireless internet

 DVD player

 

     

Cooking and dining equipment

Baking tray

Bottle opener

Cheese grater

Chopping boards

Colander

Corkscrew

Fish slice

Frying pans

Grill pan

Kitchen scissors

Knife set

Ladle

Measuring jug

Oven dish

Oven gloves

Potato peeler

Salt and pepper pots

Saucepans with lids

Serving spoons

Sieve

Slotted spoon

Spatula

Tea towels

Tin opener

Wooden spoons

Bread bin

Butter dish

Cake slice

Salad servers

Wine bottle stopper

Pestle and mortar

Dessert/soup bowls

Dinner plates

Mats for serving dishes

Milk jug

Mugs

Place mats

Side plates

Sugar bowl

Tea cups and saucers

Teapot

Tumblers

Wine glasses

Cafetiere

Champagne flutes

Coasters

Serving/tea tray

Fruit bowl

Table knives and forks

Table spoons

Tea spoons

     

General provisions

Bin bags

Dishwasher tablets

Hand soap

J cloths & scourers

Salt and pepper

Small quantity of instant coffee

Small quantity of sugar

Small quantity of tea bags

Toilet roll

Washing up liquid

Bathroom spray

Cling film

Duster

Flash All Purpose

Kitchen roll

Multi-surface polish

Tin foil

Tissues

     

Other equipment and facilities

Wine rack

Mop and bucket

Vacuum cleaner

Fire guard

First aid kit

Torch

Companion Set

Iron

Ironing board

Stair gate

Tourist information

 

 

 


 


 

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