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A grand country house in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Sleeps up to 14 in 6 bedrooms. 4 bathrooms



Wyck Beacon is a large country house, set in more than two acres of gardens, in the heart of the Cotswold’s rolling countryside. Despite the tranquil setting, the house is only 3 miles from the beautiful market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, and is a short drive or cross-country walk from The Feathered Nest Country Inn, winner of the AA Pub of the Year (England) 2011.

The house dates back approximately 70 years and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including real fires in both the living and dining rooms, wood panelling and antique furniture. The grand dining room, with its chandeliers and beautiful period table and chairs, is a particular feature of the house, perfect for both formal and informal dining. There is a wide range of artwork in the house, which reflects the owner’s background in the music and entertainment industries. Complementing these character features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, satellite TV and a state of the art, integrated TV and music system.

The house sleeps a maximum of 14 people, in six bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor. There are four bathrooms and a downstairs toilet. The flexible layout of the bedrooms makes Wyck Beacon an ideal retreat for large family gatherings or groups of friends seeking a perfect country retreat.


The private grounds of Wyck Beacon House are entered through electric gates, which lead to a large gravel area, with ample parking space for all guests. The front door opens into a large entrance hall, with ample storage space for coats, boots and other outdoor clothing.

All the main ground floor rooms are accessed directly from the entrance hall:

•Living room: A large, dual aspect room, with French doors leading directly out to a decked area of the garden. The room is beautifully furnished, with a number of deep, comfy sofas, a real fire and a flat-panel satellite TV.

•Dining room: The perfect room for entertaining family and friends in style, this spectacular room includes a real fire, wooden flooring, chandeliers and a large, period dining table and chairs, with seating for 14;

•Kitchen: A large room, with a table and chairs seating six or seven adults and a centre island. The well equipped kitchen has a range cooker, microwave, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine (capsules not provided) and dishwasher. Accessed from the kitchen is a large utility room, which includes an American style fridge-freezer and a washing machine/tumble dryer. The utility room has a door out to the garden;

•Study/playroom: Contains a desk, sofa and satellite TV;

•Bedroom 6: Contains one small double / large single bed, one single bed and a double sofa bed;

•Downstairs toilet: Contains a basin and a toilet.

Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are five bedrooms and a family bathroom:

•Bedroom 1 (en-suite): Contains a king size bed. The bathroom contains a walk-in shower, double basin, toilet and bidet;

•Bedroom 2 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 3): Contains a king sized bed. The Jack and Jill bathroom, shared with bedroom 3, contains a bath, separate shower, double basin and toilet;

•Bedroom 3 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 2): Contains two single beds, which can be joined together to form a super-king size bed;

•Bedroom 4 (en-suite): Contains a king size bed. The bathroom contains a walk-in shower, basin and toilet;

•Bedroom 5: Contains two single beds, which can be joined together to form a super-king size bed;

•Family bathroom: Directly opposite bedroom 5, contains a bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet.

Heading back downstairs and outside, the 2.2 acres of enclosed garden surround the house, with the large area to the rear of the house mostly laid to grass, with various shrubs and trees interspersed. A large wooden decking area, with table, chairs and barbecue, is immediately outside the living room. The garden also contains an impressive children's activity centre, as well as a full size, but poorly maintained, tennis court with a basketball hoop (see Key Features).

Key Features

Security deposits:

A security deposit of £300 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property and any deductions for breakages or damage incurred. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.


The maximum occupancy of Wyck Beacon House, including its grounds, is 14 guests, at any point in time. Please consult us prior to booking if you think that you may have more than 14 guests at the property at any point during your stay, as additional charges may apply. Over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges.


Wyck Beacon House accepts up to two dogs, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog.

For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.

Please note that Wyck Beacon House has a large garden, exceeding two acres in size. Whilst the garden is fairly well enclosed, it is possible that an unsupervised dog could get out onto either the road in front of the house, or into the fields to the rear of the house. The fields sometimes contain sheep and it is particularly important, therefore, that guests ensure that their dogs do not get out into these fields (especially at lambing time, in the spring).

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time at Wyck Beacon House is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations:

•Bedroom 1 (en-suite): King size bed

•Bedroom 2 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 3): King size bed

•Bedroom 3 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 2): Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed

•Bedroom 4 (en-suite): King size bed

•Bedroom 5: Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed

•Bedroom 6 (downstairs): One small double / large single bed, one single bed, plus a double sofa bed

Fuel and logs:

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

Wyck Beacon House has an oil fired central heating system, which is very expensive to run. Oil is provided free of charge, subject to a fair usage policy. The temperature of the property is set by a central thermostat, using timings and temperature settings recommended by UK energy companies – the temperature can be adjusted by guests during a cycle, before defaulting to the standard settings at the next cycle change. The owner reserves the right to charge for the cost of any incremental oil used where this is materially above and beyond normal, fair usage.

Services provided:

Wyck Beacon House has free wireless internet access, a number of TVs with Sky and a DVD player. A telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.


Wyck Beacon House has plentiful off street parking on its private drive, accessed via electric gates.


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:

Two travel cots (without linen), two high chairs and two safety gates are provided.

There is also a full size, but poorly maintained tennis court, which includes a basketball hoop – please note that due to the current condition of the playing surface, we do not advertise this facility as being in match-fit condition and guests should exercise caution when playing on the court.

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:

Although Wyck Beacon House is an old property, it has been refurbished to a very high modern standard and the ground floor bedroom makes the property potentially suitable for guests with limited mobility (there is a ground floor toilet and basin, but no bath or shower facilities). There is one step down from the hallway to the ground floor bedroom.

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.


No smoking is permitted throughout Wyck Beacon House.


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.

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Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

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Character Cottages
Dec 2011
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3/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

A grand country house in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside
average rating of 3.0 based on 2 reviews

Such a disappointment

  • 3 of 5

Despite our having been assured by the rental agent that our requests for sheets and blankets would be honored, when we arrived I had to call the manager because this request had not been taken care of. My call was met with incredible rudeness and the manager telling me that either I was mistaken or a liar, as they never had any sheets, she didn't care what I had been told. She even suggested that I go out and buy some sheets if that was so important to me. (It was, and fortunately one of our guests was able to bring some to me.) The linens that were on the beds were of inferior quality and did not fit the mattresses properly. The refrigerator had a non-working ice maker and when I called to enquire I was told that there was no ice maker on the list of amenities. That was true, however I did expect at least a couple of ice trays, but no luck... The furniture was very shabby in the living room and the information for the internet was incorrect - it took quite a bit of trial and error before one of our party was able to figure it out. There was very little in the way of tourist information or local maps which was a disappointment. We were even told that we would have to buy toilet paper when we needed more. This was a lesson to me that you cannot believe what people will tell you when they want your money...

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Character Cottages does not own or maintain any of the properties listed. The following is a response from the owners appointed property manager: "At every stage, every effort was made to assist this guest during her stay at the property. All emails, text messages and phone calls were responded to with speed. We arranged for maintenance to attend a number of times and sort the issues the guest was unfortunate enough to experience. At no time was anyone anything other than polite and professional. We operate an efficient service, in planning, preparation and rectification, with the customer first at all times. At no point did any of the management team say that sheets and blankets would be left at the property; indeed there are none, and the housekeeping company do not carry spares for every house. The first we heard was when the guest called to complain that separate sheets were not left out. Suggesting popping to the local superstore to purchase the items the guests needed was simply an effort to help her deal with the issue in the most expeditious manner on the evening of their arrival. There was no problem with the wifi, nor the information that was contained within the guest information folder. When maintenance arrived, the wifi was working perfectly, as it was for the previous and subsequent guests. As we understood it, the guests were having problems connecting, as they were at the far corners of the (large) house, out of range of the router – this is common in any house. The further issues experienced were all due to the electricity power cuts, which were clearly, out of our control. We worked hard with the energy supplier to get the power on quickly - all part of our rectification protocol as mentioned previously . As for the supply of toilet paper, the housekeeping company leave a couple of rolls in every bathroom as a starter supply. As with all the properties, this is marketed as a self-catering home and ‘initial supplies’ of toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets, cling wrap, etc. are provided to all guests – we can hardly be held accountable for over-enthusiastic use of toilet paper! Most guests actually prefer to buy bags of ready-made ice, but I shall add a couple of ice trays to the kitchen."
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Birmingham International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Feathered Nest
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Car: recommended

The Rissingtons:

There are four Rissington villages located close to each other:

- Wyck Rissington: The village name translates from the Saxon as “A building of special significance on a hill covered with brushwood”. It is a small village, with a number of attractive traditional-style Cotswold stone dwellings. In the early 1890s composer Gustav Holst, at the age of 17, was the resident organist for the church - the organ that Holst played is still in use;

- Great Rissington: Home to the ever popular “Lamb Inn”, Great Rissington is another small village, with many attractive Cotswold stone cottages;

- Little Rissington: The village is forever associated with RAF Litttle Rissington, a Second World War and Cold War air base located close by. The main attraction is the 12th century church, which lies apart from the village up a short path. There is some element of mystery in the church's location, as it seems that in the Middle Ages the village was clustered about the church, however, for an unknown reason, the village moved away from the church, leaving it exposed and somewhat isolated on its hilltop overlooking Bourton. The church is small, composed of a nave, north aisle, and sanctuary. At the west end, the last pillar supporting the nave roof is canted at an alarming angle. The interior is simple, almost plain, yet very appealing. The West window contains modern stained glass, showing aeronautic symbols in memory of the RAF servicemen from the base, who lost their lives during the Second World War. Outside the church to the east is a moving memorial to those men; neat rows of plain white headstones ranged about a tall cross.

- Upper Rissington: The village is situated next to the site of RAF Little Rissington (now used for glider training) and much of its housing was built as officers' quarters. There is a small shop in the village.

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.

Food and drink:

The closest pubs and restaurants to Wyck Beacon House are in the market towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, a pleasant one mile walk, or two mile drive away. Stow-on-the-Wold, approximately three miles away also has a wide variety of food and drink options.

There are a number of nice country pubs within a short drive or a pleasant walk of Court Hayes, including:

- The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Nether Westcote

- The Lamb Inn, Great Rissington

- The King's Head Inn, Bledington

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of 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. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.


The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds . Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.

- Blenheim Palace

- Warwick Castle

- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Hidcote

- Cheltenham race course

- Cotswold Farm Park

- Batsford Arboretum

- Broadway Tower Country Park

- Snowshill Manor & Garden

- Oxford

Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.

Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.


Prices & Availability


  • Special Offers

    Late Booking Discounts: within 9-13 weeks = 5%, within 5-9 Weeks = 10%, and less than 5 weeks before the start date = 15%;

    Our rental prices fluctuate throughout the year, according to season or special events. We constantly review the market to ensure that our properties remain competitive, and often run late deals and seasonal discounts.

    Pets are charged at £25 per pet, per booking.

    Most weekend and mid-week breaks are priced between 60% and 75% of the weekly rate, depending upon the season. There are occasional exceptions to this rule, such as Cheltenham Race Week, when the prices may be higher.

    For the very latest prices and special offers, please contact Character Cottages directly, via the Email Manager button below.
  • Security deposits:
    A security deposit of £300 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property and any deductions for breakages or damage incurred. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bed sizes and configurations: - Bedroom 1 (en-suite): King size bed - Bedroom 2 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 3): King size bed - Bedroom 3 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 2): Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed - Bedroom 4 (en-suite): King size bed - Bedroom 5: Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed - Bedroom 6 (downstairs): Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed, plus a double sofa bed
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Up to two dogs are accepted. Bed linen and towels are provided for guests. Electricity, gas and oil are included in the letting price. There are fireplaces in the living and dining rooms - logs are provided under a fair usage policy. There is free wireless internet access, a number of TVs with Sky and a DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided. There is plentiful off street parking on a private drive. A travel cot (without linen), high chair and safety gate are provided. The garden contains an activity centre, with slide, swing and see-saw. There is also a full size, but rough, tennis court, which includes a basketball hoop. A small quantity of initial consumables is provided (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.

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