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Corn Close Cottage is a stunning, traditional Cotswold stone Cottage, located on a quiet lane in the heart of the beautiful North Cotswolds countryside, a mile away from the small village of Paxford and close to the well known market towns of Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. All of the rooms in the cottage have views out over the large garden to the fields and woods beyond, and there are numerous walks and footpaths that can be accessed directly from the cottage. Corn Close Cottage is also ideally placed for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as other famous places, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace and Oxford.
The cottage retains many character features, including oak beams, some exposed Cotswold stone walls and a very grand stone fireplace, containing a wood burning stove. This character has been complemented by the cottage's contemporary furnishings and by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV with DVD player, and a well presented kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of six adults + two children (see Description below), in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms. There is plenty of off-street parking on the private driveway and a particular feature of the cottage is its large, enclosed garden. Corn Close Cottage is a beautiful, peaceful location for friends or families looking for a holiday in the Cotswolds.
The front door of Corn Close Cottage opens into a hallway, off which are the following ground floor rooms:
•Living/dining room: A long, dual aspect room, with the dining area closest to the kitchen, containing a wooden table and seating for six (two extra chairs from the kitchen can be added to seat eight). The living area features a grand Cotswold stone fireplace, with a cosy wood burning stove, and contains comfy seating for four/five, as well as a window seat. A door leads out from the living room to the garden;
•TV/play room: Accessed via a door from the living room, this room contains a TV with BT TV and a DVD player, as well as comfy seating for three adults. There is a door from the TV/play room out into the garden;
•Kitchen: The well presented kitchen has an oak floor, a large central island and wooden units. It contains two electric ovens, an electric grill, a four ring electric hob, a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is a large bay window, with a breakfast table and seating, which provides spectacular views across the gardens, and there is a door out into the garden;
•Utility room: Contains a combined washing machine/tumble dryer and a separate tumble dryer;
•Cloakroom: Contains a toilet and a hand basin.
Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Master bedroom: A dual aspect room, with lovely views and an ornate Victorian fireplace (not used), which contains a king size bed. There is an en-suite bathroom, which contains a bath with a shower attachment, toilet and wash basin;
•Bedroom 2: A large room, with lovely views out of the windows, which contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 3: Contains two bunk-beds, which are not made up under the standard six guest occupancy of the cottage;
•Family bathroom: Contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
The stairs continue up to the second floor and open out into:
•Bedroom 4: An eaves room with beautiful oak beams, which contains four single beds, all of which have low head height. Two of the beds form part of the standard six guest occupancy of the cottage and will always be made up, whereas the additional two beds can be made up for an additional cost, for children under the age of 16 only.
Corn Close Cottage's large, enclosed garden is south facing, with beautiful views over the neighbouring fields and woods. Mostly laid to lawn, the garden contains a table with a parasol, seating for six and a charcoal barbecue. The gravel driveway is within the enclosed garden and contains ample parking space.
Paxford is a small village in the North Cotswolds, located approximately two miles away from the larger village of Blockley and three miles away from the market town of Chipping Campden.
The area around Paxford includes some of the most picturesque countryside in the Cotswolds, with numerous options available for beautiful walks, including the 65 mile long Diamond Way, which passes through the 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.
Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the North Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way and served by the main line railway from London Paddington. The town was granted its market charter in 1227 and there still is a busy Tuesday market, with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors.
Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The oldest building is likely to be the 16th century Curfew tower on the High Street, whose bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. The High Street has many elegant 17th and 18th century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall in the centre of the town.
Moreton has a wide range of pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops and restaurants.
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 and drink
There are a number of well-regarded pubs and restaurants located a pleasant walk or a short drive away from the property, including The Ebrington Arms, in Ebrington, and The Horse & Groom, in Bourton0on-the-Hill. The nearby village of Blockley has two pubs and a shop with a cafe, and there are a number of bars, restaurants and cafes in the nearby market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden.
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.