The town of Northleach is an ancient area of The Cotswolds, having existed since around 780 AD. As it’s right in the middle of a recognised ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, you won’t be short of glorious hikes while staying in this part of the country. From this huge Grade II listed house, built in 1633, you can stroll twelve minutes to the local pub, or eight minutes in the other direction to the annual Steam and Vintage Show. And this traditional, English, country lifestyle continues in the home itself. Step through the 17th-century front door and onto the polished, Cotswold limestone flooring. Get someone to play a jaunty tune on the upright piano as a soundtrack to exploring the home. The decor marries rustic and modern in an incredibly elegant way. Fresh, white walls and glass-topped tables sit alongside colourful artwork and trinkets. In contrast, we love every original element of this historic abode, with chunky timber beams, inglenooks, a wood-burning stove, and its half-acre, walled sculpture garden. Speaking of which, you can spend balmy afternoons picnicking on the bench, barbecuing on the patio, then sitting by the tranquil water features, or beneath the walnut trees.
Home truths: *Mobile reception varies in the village
*There's space for three cars in the driveway
*Your host provides a high chair and travel cot, but you'll need your own cot linen
*The second flight of stairs leads to a locked door – the area of the house is not in use
*Talk to your host about the choice of activities – for extra fees you can arrange anything from horse riding to private chefs
*There are laptop-friendly workspaces
*You'll have a private entrance
*There are spiral stairs to climb, plus two shallow ponds to be wary of in the garden
*Kitchen basics, logs, and firelighters are provided (and you can buy more logs for £5), but shampoo and barbecue charcoal are not
*Fuel is provided for a gas-fired barbecue from May to September
Holiday with friends,Long stays,Family holiday,Unique Designs,Self Catering,Short Stay,Kid friendly (1-12 years),Infant friendly (under 12 months old),Hiking,Stargazing,Remote Working
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