Holly Cottage, Inglenook fireplace, Cotswolds - sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms
About Property Manager
History of the Cottage The cottage has been previously owned by the Earl of St. Aldwyn. The title "Earl of St. Aldwyn" was created in 1915 for the prominent Conservative politician Michael Hicks Beach. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1885 to 1886 and again from 1895 to 1902. He was succeeded by his grandson, the second Earl, the son of Michael Hicks Beach, Viscount Quenington, Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury, who was killed in action in 1916. Lord St Aldwyn was also a Conservative politician and was Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (government chief whip in the House of Lords) between 1958 and 1964 and 1970 and 1974. As of 2018 the titles are held by his eldest son, the third Earl, who succeeded in 1992.
Why Property Manager chose Coln St. Aldwyns
Having enjoyed several cottage holidays in the Cotswolds ourselves we were struck by the magical quality of the place and decided we wanted to have our own base to enjoy family holidays together. We discovered Coln St Aldwyns, quite by accident, when driving through and couldn’t get over it’s unique charm. It has a delightful village shop which boasts a variety of local and organic produce; run by local volunteers there is a tangible sense of community that adds to its appeal. Coln also offers a first rate country pub with traditional nooks and crannies, exceptional food and beer, and a lovely garden with stunning rural views. Nestled in the Coln Valley this little gem of a village offers rambling country walks, a quaint church and a real sense of peace and quiet.
What makes this Cottage unique
Whether you are curled up by the fire with a cup of cocoa, in the winter, or enjoying cream tea to the sound of bird song in summer, Holly Cottage really has proved to be perfect for every occasion. Our kids have enjoyed the nearby playground, fishing in the river, and splashing in the stream (just 2 minutes walk down a blackberry lined path). We have a bright and breezy garden room that affords a calm space for relaxation. The living area is characterised by period features including an inglenook fireplace and exposed oak beams. The cosy kitchen is a perfect spot for reading the paper in the morning or chatting over a pre-dinner drink. Finally, the slipper bath in the en-suite provides a wonderful space to enjoy a Jane Austen novel! Anxious for guests to enjoy their stay as much as we do, we have provided an abundance of games, dvds, and books to appeal to all ages, from small children to the more distinguished guests. We also offer Apple TV to enable you to indulge in your favourite box sets and movies while away from home.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Coln St Aldwyns is steeped in history, dating back to Roman times. Unusually, and one of the reasons why Coln is such a great find for visitors who want to see the real Cotswolds, there isn’t a modern development in the village, with most of the cottages built in the 17th and 18th Century. Opposite Holly Cottage is a stunning 16th Century manor house, once a home of the wealthy Fettiplace family and a gathering place for non-Conformist thinkers, later becoming part of Hatherop School and later still purchased by Sir Michael Beach Hicks, the 1st Earl St Aldwyns. Just up the lane is the 12th century church and two-minutes’ walk down the lane is the village community store, once the village poor house. Close to the shop is the old bakery and bathhouse, the baths were heated by the bakery’s ovens!
Coln St Aldwyns is easily accessed by car, being located within eight miles of the A417, the A40 and the A429 (Fosse Way), which are three of the main roads through the Central Cotswolds. Kemble Station is the closest station to Holly Cottage, located 14 miles from Coln St Aldwyns. Kemble operates a direct service to London Paddington in 75-80 minutes as well as offering good transport links to the rest of the UK. Alternatively, Swindon (17 miles) has a fast and regular service from London Paddington.