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Built in 1851, grade II listed Plum Tree Cottage is at the end of a row of six Cotswold stone cottages, located close to the centre of the beautiful village of Blockley. The village is a hidden gem, being set well away from major roads, yet it is large enough to have two pubs, a restaurant and a community owned shop and café, as well as a stunning Norman church. Blockley is well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the North Cotswolds, as well as further afield destinations, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford or Blenheim Palace.
Plum Tree Cottage has recently been lovingly refurbished by its owner, adding contemporary style and furnishings to the traditional character of the property. The many character features include wooden beams and floors, exposed Cotswold stone walls and a wood burning stove. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two flatscreen TVs and a contemporary kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of six people, in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms. There is a large garden, with lovely views across the valley that Blockley sits in, and free on street parking is readily available. Plum Tree Cottage is an ideal property for friends or a family, looking for a peaceful break in a lovely village.
The door to Plum Tree Cottage is at the side of the property and opens into an entrance hall, adjoining the kitchen. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
•Living/dining room: A beautiful, cosy room, with an exposed Cotswold stone wall and fireplace, wooden floor, a window seat and a wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for six and a lovely wooden dining table, also with seating for six;
•Kitchen: Recently installed, the contemporary farmhouse style kitchen includes a five ring gas hob, gas oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle and a washer dryer.
Stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Bedroom 2: Contains two 75cm wide single beds;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed;
•Bathroom: Contains a bath with a rain shower, plus a hand-held shower attachment, a toilet and a wash basin.
Further stairs lead up from the first floor to the second floor landing, off which are two rooms:
•Bedroom 1: Contains either a king size bed OR two 75cm wide single beds. There is a flatscreen TV in the room;
•Bathroom: Contains a walk-in shower, toilet and a wash basin.
Plum Tree Cottage's split level, enclosed garden is accessed from the house, across an unenclosed footpath and up a few stone steps. There are fabulous views across Blockley village from the top of the garden, where there is a wooden table with six seats. A charcoal barbecue is provided during the warmer months of the year.
Free on street parking is available on the street in front of Plum Tree Cottage and throughout Blockley village.
Blockley is a peaceful, charming Cotswold village, with raised pavements, a splendid church and some superb architecture strung out along the mile long High Street. Known by many locals as the 'secret village', Blockley is well away from main roads and in some parts of the village the only noise is Blockley Brook, the mill stream that winds its way through the bottom of the valley.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with many very enjoyable walks leading from the village, Blockley has much to offer the holidaymaker. Its attractive village green overlooks the popular Bowling Green and beautiful Norman Church, and is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic on sunny days.
Blockley first became established to the east of a Saxon church, which was replaced by the present church of St. Peter and St. Paul in 1170. The church has a Norman chancel and a Gothic-survival tower. The monuments include a brass of a priest in full mass vestments. There were twelve mills, some of which were first mentioned in the Domesday Book, turning out flour, flax, woodcutting and threshing. During the 18th century, with the wool industry in decline, Blockley turned to the manufacture of silk. Attracted by the fast flowing streams, many of the mills were converted and enlarged to accommodate the 'throwsters', the workers who twisted the silk fibres into thread for the silk ribbon makers in Coventry. The largest was the Westmacott Mill, now converted into a residential home called Blockley Court.
To accommodate the workers, many more terraces of cottages were built, each set one behind the other. Up the hillsides, cottages for workers and the Northwick Terrace almshouses mingled with elegant Georgian Terraces and townhouses. The boom in silk making was short lived and most of the mills reverted back to their former functions, although two became piano making factories. Blockley has been left with a unique collection of buildings reflecting the past glory of silk making, which gives it a different character to other north Cotswold villages.
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. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford
Food & drink
For a relatively small village, Blockley is blessed with a number of places to eat and drink, all just a short walk from anywhere in the village.
•The Crown Inn
•The Great Western Arms
•Lower Brook House
•Blockley Village Shop & Café
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, 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.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
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.