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Bakers Cottage is at the end of a row of traditional Cotswold stone cottages, on a narrow lane in the heart of the beautiful village of Minchinhampton. The village is located away from major roads and is surrounded by the stunning Cotswolds countryside, including Minchinhampton Common, where cows graze freely in summer, and Princess Anne's Gatcombe Estate, home of the famous horse trials. The village is also well placed for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as the famous spa towns of Bath and Cheltenham.
The cottage has been beautifully furnished and decorated by its owner, to create a contemporary yet cosy feel, whilst maintaining its traditional character features, including exposed Cotswold stone walls, stone mullion windows, oak beams and a wood burning stove. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a well presented kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of four people, in two bedrooms, with one bathroom, and benefits from an enclosed back garden. Free on street parking is readily available. Bakers Cottage is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a small family, looking for a peaceful getaway in a beautiful area.
Dear Sophie, I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our time at Bakers Cottage last weekend. It was every bit as beautiful as the photos suggested and it met our requirements perfectly. We had a very relaxing break and felt ‘at home’ in no time at all. Friends from Newport came and joined us on the Saturday night and we had wonderful circular walk in the Sapperton Valley finishing with a well-earned Sunday roast at The Bell. In fact, I wish I’d thought to mention it in your Guest Book so that future guests might enjoy the same. Apart from Sunday when we had glorious sunshine, the weather wasn’t great so it was lovely to use the woodburner.
All in all we couldn’t have enjoyed our weekend more and we would heartily recommend Bakers Cottage as a super base for a holiday in the Cotswolds. When holidaying we never usually go back to the same place, but I think Baker’s Cottage might just be the exception to our rule! Many thanks for offering your beautiful property as a perfect Character Cottage experience
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This cottage was not at all what we expected and a real disappointment. I will try to be balanced and give some positives first:
-good general area of the Cotswolds, not too touristy;
-attractive enough village;
-some nice decorative touches;
-pretty, if tiny, garden;
-utilities in working order.
However, if you are thinking of booking this be aware that:
-there is no parking outside the cottage but several hundred metres further along the street - no fun with suitcases in the rain;
-despite being in a fairly large village there is nowhere to eat out at night that doesn't involve a drive;
-the local cow population roam freely outside - so watch your shoes as you convey your suitcases and don't even think about wheeling them along the pavement;
-upper bedroom is far from enchanting and completely exposed to the first floor landing;
-bathroom is mouldy round the windows;
-living room window is draughty and a scarf is needed when sitting on the sofa on a windy day;
-the cottage is on a main road in and out of the village so if you're a light sleeper, take earplugs;
-smoke alarm was beeping on arrival due to low battery - training issue for housekeeping staff who must have been aware and chose to ignore it;
-furniture has been moved from room to room for the above pictures so you can't tell how terribly cramped the living areas are - it's impossible to seat 4 people at the table;
-kitchen is particularly tiny with only the most basic of equipment most of which has seen better days - we spent the week boiling water in a pot as the kettle was in such a state;
-DVD player supplied but no DVDs;
-no walk books;
-even though the company we booked through advertised 'initial consumables' as part of the package we had a packet of supermarket biscuits dumped in a basket with leaflets and not even a pint of milk was available to make a cup of tea on arrival;
-the owner does not give the impression of caring what sort of holiday you have - we had communication from her not on a postcard to say 'welcome' as we've had in most cottages we've been to, or in the form of a polite knock on the door and offer of help / enquiry as to how we were getting on like we've had at some of the better cottages we've been to, but in the form of a simultaneous e-mail and text on the penultimate day demanding we put out the rubbish!
There is little care going into this rental - not recommended!
Minchinhampton is a very attractive, thriving hilltop town, situated on a tongue of high land between the Golden Valley and the Nailsworth Valley, 1.5 miles north east of Nailsworth. The town also sits on the eastern fringes of Minchinhampton Common, high above the valleys that were once prosperous with the production of cloth.
The centre of Minchinhampton is a picture-postcard image of what people expect of a small Cotswold town, but with the added advantage of having a good selection of shops and places to eat. The town is centred on its High Street and old Market Square, the main features of which are the late 17th century Market House, supported on stone columns, the handsome Crown Hotel, and the Post Office.
The interesting Holy Trinity Church dates from the 12th century and has a truncated spire looking over the Market Square. The church was given to Caen's Abbaye aux Dames by William the Conqueror and then in 1415 passed to Syon Abbey, in whose hands it remained until the Dissolution.
Minchinhampton Common is a large area of open grassland with spectacular views over the Stroud and Nailsworth valleys. The area is owned by National Trust and is an important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the Commons are grazed by local commoners' cattle. The area covers 635 acres and is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies.
Car: Bakers Cottage is easily accessed by car, being located approximately eight miles away from the M5 and approximately 17 miles away from the M4.
Train: The nearest railway station to Bakers Cottage is Stroud (approximately four miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of just over 90 minutes.
Plane: Birmingham International Airport: 76 miles, approximately 80 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 90 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 39 miles, approximately 60 minute drive.
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