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Michaelmas Cottage
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Michaelmas Cottage was formerly two estate workers' cottages on the Batsford Estate in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Hill a couple of miles from the Cotswold market town of Moreton-in-Marsh.

Furnished and fitted by the owners as their second home rather than as a holiday let, the cottage was built about 300 years ago and has been renovated to a high standard with all modern facilities whilst retaining the original beams, two large inglenook fireplaces, exposed brickwork, window seats and floorboards. A new woodburning stove has been fitted in addition to gas central heating.

The accommodation is on three floors reached by winding staircases. The main bedroom on the top floor has a luxurious 6 foot wide Adjustamatic bed with massage facility and a bright new adjacent shower room (power shower) with wash basin and WC. A cosy single bedroom on this floor has a built-in bed (optional bed guard). A portable cot is also available.

The twin bedroom is on the first floor with the addition of a desk, wireless Broadband and Skype phone (account required). The bathroom has an original claw foot bath, separate shower cubicle with power shower, wash basin and WC.

Downstairs there is a good sized sitting room with inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, the latest widescreen TV with satellite channels, DVD, radio and CD player plus an excellent supply of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, games and jigsaws.

The dining room also has a large inglenook fireplace and the table seats 6 plus a chair for little ones. The compact extremely well equipped kitchen has an electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and full size washing and drying machines.

High quality cotton bed linen, waffle robes, towels and tea towels are provided together with a range of toiletries from The White Company.

Outside a wooden table and four chairs can be found under the shady boughs of the apple tree in the idyllic south facing cottage garden and there is on-site parking for one car and further parking in the village lanes for additional cars. There are stunning views of the garden to one side with far reaching views of the Batsford Estate to the other.

The beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Hill is the home of Batsford Arboretum, Falconry and Garden Centre, Bourton House Garden and the Sezincote Estate all open to the public, Batsford throughout the year.

The village pub at the top of the hill provides an extremely warm welcome with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere – log fires in the winter and a landscaped garden with far-reaching Cotswold views in the warmer months. The food and wine is exceptional, being sourced from local suppliers, and is sought after for miles around (booking essential).

The ancient market town of Moreton-in-Marsh is situated on the Roman Fosse Way and is on the main line railway from London Paddington (1 hour 20 mins). It grew up in the thirteenth century as a market town with a wide main street, narrow burgage plots and back lanes and there still is a busy market each Tuesday.

Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Chipping Campden and Broadway are just a few of the beautiful nearby places to visit and Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Evesham are all within an hour by car.

In addition to the gardens open to the public in and around Bourton-on-the-Hill there are many others nearby including Hidcote and Kiftsgate. Many hours can be enjoyed at Burford Garden Company and the fabulous Daylesford Organic is just a 20 minute drive from the cottage.

There is an excellent Budgens supermarket in Moreton-in-Marsh in addition to a smaller Tesco late shop.

ONE dog is welcome to stay on the ground floor only at a charge of £20. Dog towels are provided in the understairs cloaks cupboard.

Here is a transcript of our Guest Book :

It is a privilege to be the first guests to stay here. Words fail! A little bit of Old England. Peaceful, idyllic and charming. The Horse & Groom is a must: food, wine and ambience excellent. Cooking in the cottage is also a delight. Many thanks. Bramhall, Cheshire, England

A memorable stay. We shall be very sorry to leave this rather special cottage and garden. Thank you so much. Wilmslow, Cheshire, England

Just wanted you to know that we loved the cottage – it was perfect. Thanks so much for all your help. London, England

Seven nights spent in a lavish thoughtfully equipped cottage. The BBQ has been used over and over again … the food at the Horse & Groom never disappoints! West Midlands, England

This cottage is totally awesome; we don’t ever want to go home … it’s a credit to you, just beautiful! Dorset, England

We had a lovely time at Michaelmas Cottage and could easily have stayed for a few more weeks. It is beautifully presented and indeed made us feel like we were visitors living in a very personalized home. It was a delight to look at lovely textiles and china and sit in the cosy rooms, enjoying the vast collection of books, dvds and games. The best equipped kitchen I have ever had the pleasure of holidaying with. I would have liked a few days with the books to myself. Clearly you have given a great deal of thought to comforts and details that make a holiday place exceptional. If only more holiday home owners were like you! We hope to visit again one day, until then it will remain one of our best holiday experiences. I will happily pass on your details to friends, so you may get a few more Australian visitors. Brussels, Belgium & Australia

Lovely cottage. A very enjoyable week. Dorset, England

WOW! Staying at Michaelmas Cottage and visiting the Cotswolds has been a highlight of our trip to England. Thank you for your hospitality. A home away from home! Australia

We had a lovely birthday weekend at the cottage. It was very peaceful and just what we needed. The cottage is lovely; it is beautifully decorated and provided inspiration for us to have our own weekend retreat! Many thanks. Richmond, Surrey, England

Thank you so much for allowing us to be guests in your beautiful cottage. We were blown away by its charm and warmth!! … we all felt immediately at home! You have provided absolutely everything guests could possibly need and much much more. We had a wonderful time … thank you so so much. We would love to come again if you will allow us. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England

Just want to thank you for allowing us to visit your wonderful cottage. We loved everything about the cottage and spent a wonderful week visiting beautiful places and relaxing of course! The Horse and Groom has the best food out of France. It’s a long time since we tasted such fresh fish and the confit de canard was well worth a Michelin rating. We also appreciated the solitude. Some cottages come with the owner visiting you every day! If you will accept us again we would love to make regular visits maybe in Feb and Sept. We found the cottage in perfect condition and spotlessly clean. It was really quite delightful and we have been disappointed by other properties. We also remarked on what a wonderful housekeeper you have! It all added up to us wanting to return. Runcorn, Cheshire, England

We want to say how much we loved our Christmas week in Michaelmas Cottage. It's such a pretty and comfortable home - we would have happily moved in permanently! We also met some lovely people locally who were very welcoming - quite different from London! The Cottage is absolutely stunning and the attention to detail is fantastic. We look forward to planning another stay very soon! A very Happy New Year! London, England

New Year 2007/8: It is our last night here and we are sad to leave! It has been wonderful. London, England & New Jersey, USA

My mother and I have just arrived back from our trip and wish to thank you sincerely for a lovely stay at Michaelmas Cottage. A perfect home away from home! We wanted for nothing during our stay, the cottage exceeded all expectations – even the snow was a welcome sight. I hope when my husband and I are next in England the cottage will be available. Australia

We had a lovely time celebrating Mum’s 80th birthday! Kent, Scotland, York and Salisbury

A delightful cottage, extremely well equipped, in such a peaceful and tranquil setting could not help but provide us with a wonderful break in this lovely part of the world. We very much enjoyed our stay. Suffolk, Cambs, England

Thoroughly enjoyed our few days here. Village beautiful and cottage perfect – very cosy and immaculate. All essentials provided – and to a very high standard. Welcome food basket a lovely touch! Thank you. Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

Really enjoyed 7 days of beautiful cosy cottage, well equipped with fantastic views… Had a great family reunion (13) at the Horse & Groom, went twice. Fantastic!! Manchester, Bolton and London, England

The two weeks went too fast! We felt really at home here, enjoying our explorations of the local towns. Loved the Horse & Groom … The cottage is charming and we really feel that we have had our English countryside fix. You have certainly supplied everything we needed. Thank you. Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California

One week went too fast! Beautiful garden with fantastic cottage flowers. Very comfy beds and good showers – unusual in holiday cottages! Lovely furnishings and touches. Horse & Groom excellent – went three times! Many thanks for accommodating us. Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England

A little slice of heaven! Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

Thank you for our wonderful stay at Michaelmas Cottage – a delightful experience. The cottage is ideally situated and so comfortable and charming. You have done a beautiful job updating and furnishing it and it’s just beautiful. We also enjoyed Bourton on the Hill – it’s charming. Altogether a most unforgettable English experience. Salt Lake City, Ohio, USA

Back in the Netherlands after a great week at Michaelmas Cottage. Just found out it was actually Michaelmas (29 September) while we were there  It is a wonderful cottage with just about everything one needs for a relaxing break in the country. We especially liked the bath and shower products from The White Company – my friend was very tepted to take them home with her. Thank you for everything! The Netherlands

We have had a truly memorable time … thank you so much. Mobberley, Cheshire, Endland

This cottage was the perfect weekend getaway for us to celebrate our friend’s birthday – we couldn’t have asked for more! Oxford/Canada/Sheffield

We’ve had a GREAT time in your LOVELY cottage! Leicestershire, England

Really enjoyed the wonderful cottage, it was so homely. Leicestershire, England

Absolutely brilliant! We were overwhelmed by the cottage. Our daughter spent ages in the bath; our son would rather spend time here than at our holiday home in Mallorca and the dog was exhausted each evening! We loved the real fire, the beds, the garden … We really enjoyed our time here – the cottage is so cosy – the perfect weekend. Thank you. Northumberland, England

Second visit: beautiful cottage, comfortable, well equipped and tastefully decorated. Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England

A weekend of perfect peace. This is our second visit and we hope to return. Thank you. Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

A stunning cottage, beautiful in every way. It made our special weekend very special. We’d be back every weekend if we could! Wellington, England

The cottage is absolutely fantastic – believe the guest book transcription!!! Somerset, England

Thank you for a wonderful stay. The cottage is a home from home – we are sad to be leaving. Your hospitality has been marvellous. Tamworth, Staffordshire/Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England

Just wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful stay at the cottage. It was beautiful and very well equipped. We enjoyed some of the country walks and it was an idyllic rest. We will definitely be recommending it to friends and family. Thank you for your superb and efficient service. Staffordshire, England

A wonderful first holiday together; very memorable in a beautiful home. Everything was perfect. Stafford, England

Great house; lovely location; really comfortable. Rockland All Saints, Norfolk

A week of relaxation in spring sunshine. The cottage and garden delightful and gave us the comforts of home. Worcestershire, England

A wonderful weekend. Lovely house and garden and all really well catered for. Great locality. Thank you. Reading, England

Couldn't be More Happy! What a Wonderful Place to Stay! V.Highly Recommended!! Ilford, Essex, England

A lovely week in a beautiful cottage – a place where memories are made. We immediately felt at home and recommend to family and friends. The Netherlands

Property Information

Location:Cotswolds, England, United Kingdom
Map : Click Here To View a Street Map Of This Property
This Property Sleeps:5
Minimum Price Per Week:£700 (Currency Converter)
Maximum Price Per Week:£1200
Nearest Airport:Birmingham
Short breaks are offered out of the high season 4 nights Monday to Friday 3 nights Friday to Monday Late availability reduced rates are also offered please enquire

Property Features

* Close to a golf course
* Pets are allowed
* Children are allowed

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Contact Information

Name: Jenny Dawson
Telephone: +44-1451-830385
Alt Telephone: +44-7876-522557
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