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Welcome to Wyck Beacon House, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish Cotswold holiday rentals.
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.
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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.
Booking and payment
Character Cottages is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the cottages listed on our website. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.
For bookings commencing more than 10 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 10 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
A security deposit of £300 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. For the avoidance of doubt, guests are requested to leave the property in a reasonable condition, consistent with the property's appearance upon arrival. In the event that the owners, or their appointed housekeepers, have to spend additional time tidying up after your departure, then the cost of this extra time may be deducted from your security deposit. 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 during your stay. 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 ideally suited to children or one adult
Heating, 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.
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 manual gates.
Where a letting exceeds nine nights, a mid-stay clean, bed linen and towel change may be included in the price. Please check with us to confirm. 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.
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.
CCTV cameras are installed at the entrance gateway, surrounding the exterior of property, and in the lounge and study at Wyck Beacon House. These cameras are not in use during guest holidays and are only active when the property is empty, as part of an integrated alarm system.
Due to its location on top of a hill, the house has occasionally suffered from low water pressure at certain times of the day. The water authority believe they have rectified this problem, however, should it occur, the pressure should return to normal within an hour or two. Please also note that, due to the limited capacity of the hot water tanks at the property, it may not be possible for all the showers to be used at once.
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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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...
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.
Car: Wyck Beacon House is easily accessed by car, being located a few hundred yards from the A424 and approximately 3 miles away from the A429 (Fosse Way), which are two of the main roads running through the North Cotswolds.
Train: The nearest railway station to Wyck Beacon House is Kingham (approximately 5 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of less than 90 minutes.
Plane: Birmingham International Airport: 49 miles, approximately 70 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 71 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 68 miles, approximately 90 minute drive.
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