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Flax Cottage is a former weaver's cottage and is part of a row of traditional Cotswold stone cottages, located on a peaceful lane, in the heart of the beautiful village of Painswick. The village is well known as the 'Queen of the Cotswolds' and is famous for its 99 yew trees in the ancient churchyard, as well as its stunning setting, surrounded by the glorious countryside of the Painswick Valley. Flax Cottage is well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
The cosy cottage has been beautifully redecorated and refurbished by its owners, to maximise the space and to highlight its character features, including stone mullion windows, exposed Cotswold stone walls, oak beams and a lovely wood burning stove. The traditional character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two flatscreen TVs and a new kitchen.
Flax Cottage sleeps a maximum of five people, in three bedrooms, with one bathroom. There is an enclosed back garden and free on street parking is readily available. The cottage is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family with older children, looking for a peaceful getaway.
Please note that only children aged five and over are permitted at Flax Cottage.
The front door of Flax Cottage opens directly into the living/dining room. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
•Living/dining room: This long room is full of character, including stone mullion windows, exposed Cotswold stone walls, oak beams and a lovely wood burning stove. At one end of the room is the living space, with the Cotswold stone fireplace, which contains comfy seating for five and a Freeview TV, with a DVD player. At the other end of the room is the dining area, which contains a large wooden table, with seating for six;
•Kitchen: Recently fitted, the well-designed kitchen contains an electric oven, four ring ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, small fridge freezer, kettle, toaster and washing machine.
Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Master bedroom: Contains a double bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.
A further, steep staircase leads up from the first floor to the second floor, which contains a further bedroom:
•Bedroom 2: A lovely eaves room, with oak beams and stone mullion windows, which contains two single beds. There are also two comfy chairs and a Freeview TV in the room;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed;
Flax Cottage's enclosed steep garden is to the rear of the property and is accessed up three sets of steps. At the top of the garden is a seating area, with a table and seating for five. A charcoal barbecue is provided during the summer.
Nestling quietly in the famous Cotswold hills, surrounded by some of Gloucestershire's most delightful countryside is the historic wool town of Painswick, regularly referred to as 'the Queen of the Cotswolds'.
The town's many beautiful buildings, built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon, can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets. New Street, constructed around 1428 when the wool and cloth trade was flourishing, contains Painswick's only example of exposed timber framing. There are also rare 17th century spectacle stocks near the court house and the 14th century houses in Bisley Street include two original Donkey Doors, wide enough for panniered donkeys who carried the wool from the numerous mills along the local valleys.
The beautiful church of St Mary has Norman origins and was extended around 1480 in the English perpendicular style. Folklore holds that the churchyard will never have more than 99 yew trees and that should a 100th grow the Devil will pull it out. The churchyard is also famous for its 'Clipping the church' ceremony, held in September, where local children wear flowers in their hair, join hands and embrace St. Mary's parish church. A closer look at the church tower still reveals traces of Painswick's role in the English Civil War.
Painswick is undoubtedly a village for all seasons, whatever the weather. Its tranquillity and peace make for a wonderful holiday or weekend break, whether you are looking for a cosy log fire set in an original hearth in the winter, or a delicious cream tea in the summer. There are a variety of small shops and galleries to browse around, as well as pubs, restaurants and tea shops serving good food.
The countryside around Painswick is ideal for walkers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts. The famous Cotswold Way footpath, which runs from Bath to Chipping Campden, goes through the village and Painswick is also an ideal starting point for many other delightful walks. Undulating areas of pasture land fall to the Wick stream, which supplied the power for the woollen mills that can still be seen along its length. Painswick Beacon has magnificent views across the Severn Valley and on a clear day the Welsh Mountains can be seen. The outlines of an Iron Age fort can be seen around the summit. The celebrated Rococo Gardens at Painswick House are open to the public throughout the year. In late winter and early spring the carpets of snowdrops are truly breathtaking.
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.
Food & drink
For a village with a population of only c.2,000, Painswick is fortunate to be blessed with a good range of places to eat and drink. The selection below is a sample of the options available:
•Juniper Bar & Restaurant at the Cotswolds 88 Hotel
•The Falcon Restaurant
•Olivas Deli & Coffee Shop
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider South-West Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stroud, Nailsworth, Cirencester and Tetbury containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.
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 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.