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Sue Churchill

Member since: 2009
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Speaks English, French, Italian

Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country

11 Reviews
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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Bidford-on-Avon - Lantern Cottage

1-bedroom antiques-filled detachedcottage with exposed beams and a walled garden

Just 15 minutes' drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, Lantern Cottage offers a refuge from the stresses of modern life. Featured on the front page of Period House magazine and showcased in Warwickshire Life, the detached cottage takes you back in time to the cosiness of an open fire, exposed beams, antiques and curtains drawn against the cold . . . but with 21st century amenities.

On summer days, you can sunbathe in our pretty walled garden or eat on the patio as the fountain plays near by.

Inside, there's a log burner (as well as central heating) with free logs, CDs, DVDs and Freeview downstairs. Upstairs, you can work online at the antique desk in the study or read one of our books in an easy chair. Alternatively, with wifi, you check your emails in the comfort of the living room - or in the garden on a fine day.

The cottage isn't suitable for children (too much scope for accidents - and breakage), but it would - and does - suit a couple with babes in arms, as the study, which is next door to the bedroom, is ideally suited for a cot.

On Your Doorstep

Bidford is a walk away over the fields, and you can do your weekly shop there at the supermarket - and buy bread and cakes from the independent bakery. There are some good pubs - the Frog is the current favourite -and several restaurants, including the Bridge, and take-aways (Indian, Chinese and fish & chips). There's also a post office, baker's, butcher's, paper shop, Lloyds Bank (open daily), florist's, hairdresser's and chemist.

Nearby Welford not only boasts a rated pub with posh food, the Bell, but also marks one end of the Stratford Greenway, a former railway line, now laid out for cyclists and walkers. It is a most enjoyable way of getting to Stratford, particularly as there is a converted railway carriage where you can sit down to tea and cakes and hire a bike. Of interest to open-air types are Bidford Gliding Club, literally round the corner, Welford Golf Course 10 minutes' drive away, Stratford Race Course and fishing literally a five-minute stroll away for members of Birmingham Anglers Association (you can join online).

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a 15-minute drive away - or you can take a signposted walk there from Marlcliff. The main RSC theatre has been rebuilt and extended, complete with a tower from which you can get an excellent view of the surrounding area. The lovely Swan Theatre, which replicates a 17th century theatre, can now be reached from the main foyer, which is good in the rain! There are also a poetry festival, literary festival, the summer season of the Orchestra of the Swan and, of course, grand celebrations round Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April. There are lots of restaurants, and the theatre goers' pub, the Mucky Duck, frequented by actors, is opposite the Swan Theatre - and always fun. Foodies will like the farmers' market on the first and third Saturday of the month.

Within Easy Access

There is a great deal going on in the area, as it is a hive of activity - both low and high culture.

Cheltenham hosts the Everyman Theatre, while Montpellier, Cheltenham's Regency district, is great for independent shops, cafés, including the Michelin-starred Champignon Sauvage, and trendy bars. Just a short drive from the cottage are Winchcombe with its nationally regarded pottery, and picture-postcard-pretty Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway - the latter's near Snowshill Manor, a wildly eccentric estate with wonderful gardens. Then, of course, there's Hidcote Manor, which popularised garden 'rooms' to stunning effect.

Birmingham (45 minutes away) offers the National Exhibition Centre and Bourneville World, the Birmingham Eye (like the London one), Birmingham Rep, the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Shops like Harvey Nicholls are in the Mailbox (with underground car park), which leads on to the revamped canals - you get a fantastic view from the restaurant end of the Mailbox, walking down, it seems, straight onto the narrow boats. The waterfront is littered with great bars and restaurants. Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice? And it is wonderful to walk along, as well as being just a few minutes' walk from the wonderful Symphony Halls with its flawless acoustics.

Summer festivals – from music to literature - easily accessed from Lantern Cottage include:

* AsparaFest 2014 – as well as asparagus, there’s two music stages, workshops, a cookery kitchen etc. Badsey, Nr Evesham, Worc. Sat 31 May - Sunday 1 June.

* Wychwood Music Festival 2014 – includes the Boomtown Rats and the Stranglers. Cheltenham Racecourse. Fri 30 May - Sun 1 June.

* Cheltenham Science Festival – from the origins of the universe to cocktails, cakes and cats. Tues 3 – Sun 8 June.

* Lunar Festival 2014 – Tim Burgess, Donovan and the Polyphonic Spree. Nr Birmingham. Fri 6 - Sun 8 June.

* Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. 2-13 July. -

* MFY (Music for Youth) National Music Festival – everything from jazz and rock to brass and chamber music. Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Wed 2 – Sun 6 July.

* Wireless – featuring Kanye West plus appearance by Pharrell Williams. Birmingham. Fri 4 - Sun 6 July.

* 2000 Trees - Indie rock with Blood Red Shoes, Frightened Rabbit & Band of Skulls. Thurs 10 – Sat 12 July. Nr Cheltenham.

* Global Catherine - dance festival with 16 stages, featuring David Guetta, The Prodigy, Tinie Tempah etc. Stratford-upon-Avon. Sat 25 – Sun 26 July.

* Fusion Festival Birmingham – line-up includes Pitbull, Jessie J, Dizzie Rascal & Foxes. Cofton Park, Birmingham. Sat 30 – Sun 31 Aug.

* Cheltenham Literature Festival – details tbc. Fri 3 – Sun 1212 Oct.

Altogether, it's so lovely you might want to give a special friend a Lantern Cottage voucher for short break - or longer. Just ask.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sue Churchill (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lantern Cottage is a wonderful experience, it is also fully equipped to prepare and cook pretty much anything! We particularely appreciated real coffee beans, grinder and a selection of cafetieres! Sue is a perfect host quick to respond to emails and provides a lot of information about the surrounding area... If you are after some rural peace and quiet with the rustic feel, Lantern Cottage is exactly what you are looking for!
Jun 2016
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Reviews

4.9
based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
average rating of 4.909091 based on 130 reviews
5

A wonderful stay in a hamlet!

  • 5 of 5

Feeling right at home in this beautiful little cottage.... Sue's house is equipped with all the things you need, you name and it's there. Definitely coming back one day... Dutch couple with dog...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am pleased you felt comfortable in Lantern Cottage. Do come back. You'd get a really good welcome, and, if it's winter, you can curl up in front of the wood burner with hot chocolate or a glass of wine - whatever appeals. I'm really pleased I managed to anticipate your needs. I know how frustrating it is to stay in a holiday let and find it doesn't have that hand mixer or liquidiser you need. Certainly, when I'm there, I know what I need and then make sure it's there for future guests to find and use. What's the point of a holiday if everything doesn't run smoothly?
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A very pretty, tranquil place to relax and unwind

  • 5 of 5

OK, the cottage was excellent, full of character, charm and very well equipped and the supplies of biscuits, coffee, tea etc were very much appreciated. It was as described with exposed beams, antique furniture, a log burner etc. with a modern kitchen, DVDs, CDs and WIFI connectivity - the whole place was just full of charm and character.

The walled garden was very pretty and we were out there most days eating, drinking or reading. Some lovely plants and flowers giving off sweet aromas attracting plenty of wildlife gave an air of tranquillity to the place.

The surrounding cottages (with approachable and friendly neighbours) and area were also very picturesque with nice walks down to, and along, the river Avon which led you to Bidford-on-Avon or you can walk the route from outside of the cottage through a few fields to get there - both are recommended!

There are also plenty of other routes you can take for leisurely walks to take in the beauty of this lovely area.

Jump into your car and go to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon for at least half a day - very pretty, clean and full of character.

All in all Lantern Cottage is a Warwickshire gem that you just want to tell everyone about!

You have a great place there Sue - thank you for sharing it.

Terry & Lynne

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Special Place for Our 46th Wedding Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Reading the previous reviews, we booked the cottage for our 46th wedding anniversary and we must agree with the comments about how beautiful and special the cottage is

Sue's directions and instructions are easy to follow and everything we needed was in the cottage, the tea, coffee etc' was very welcome after a long trip from Polperro, Cornwall, many thanks.

We also need to make mention of the neighbours who were very approachable and friendly, just sorry we couldn't get to the party they' arranged on the green on the Friday night.

All in all, an excellent week in a very special space.

Many thanks Sue

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. It was very good of you to take the time to write it, and I really appreciate that in these busy times. Do come back - it's great in the winter with the log fire burning. As you say, my neighbours are great, very friendly and welcoming. I'm fortunate in that and so are my guests. So, a big thank you to Geoff, Tina and Wendy. Just one thing to add: I've now completed a massive gardening marathon, and the garden does look particularly pretty with alliums, bell flowers, lavender, geraniums etc, and, of course, the roses. Talking of neighbours, you approach my cottage from under an arch of unusually fragrant roses from a neighbour's equally lovely garden.
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5

Cozy, magical cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We can not say enough about this lovely cottage! It was breath taking! We arrived and followed the instructions to a tee so we had no problems. Once we got inside we oohed and aahed at the cuteness of the place. All the Wondeful touches from the tea and coffee, milk, rice and pasta if you need, biscuits, flowers, everything you need to Cook, the fireplace and all the wood you need. There was plenty to read, games to play, movies to watch, we loved the cottage so much that we had a couple of days in! Sometimes I would sit by the fireplace and look to the stairs and expect to see a character from harry potter to come down the stairs! Sue thought of everything for your stay here. And the cottage has a nice path near by, and you are close to many historical areas! You must stay here, you will fall in love just as we did!! Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! Thank you so much. We do try to anticipate all the needs of our guests, and if there are any special requests, try very hard to accommodate them. For example, although the cottage is only for two, we are very happy to get in a cot for a baby (unfortunately, as the cottage is old with a winding staircase, it's not suitable for toddlers). We regularly stock up the cupboards so you can cook a meal as soon as you arrive, but there's also a ring binder with information, complete with a contents list, where you can find recommended local pubs and restaurants. If anyone wants this information in advance, we are happy to email it.
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5

Beauty in a small package

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the beautiful cottage, and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

It's located in a small hamlet just a short 15 minute stroll from Bidford, where you'll find a small selection of pubs and conviniences.

The cottage itself is so beautiful and has everything needed to make it a comfortable stay.

The only downfall is a 4pm checking, not a problem for most of the year , but during mid Nov to mid Feb is pretty dark by then so I personally think a 2 pm checkin would be a lot better for these months.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted that my guests (and their baby) enjoyed their stay so much - and that they liked the walk into Bidford for the pubs and restaurants. I sympathise with them as far as the 4.00pm check-in is concerned, but, from the other point of view, a 2.00pm check-in would not allow enough time for the thoroughly good clean that everyone expects. And rightly so. We also need to check the cupboards as we keep them stocked with basics like tea, coffee, sugar, oil, vinegar, rice and pasta. Sometimes these need replacing urgently. If guests ask me in advance - and if the cottage is empty the day before - certainly we can get it ready earlier. So, the solution is: always ask beforehand if you can arrive early. It might be possible . . . but don't bank on it! Hygiene must come first.
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5

Perfect romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our week at this pretty little cottage. Delightfully decorated and immaculately clean, we found everything we needed provided for us. The garden was a real bonus and the overall feel while there was of peace, beauty and a real escape from normal working life.

I would strongly reccomend this property to any couple wanting a relaxing and romantic break away from modern life.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a delightful review! I am quite delighted you enjoyed your stay so much - it is peaceful, and we love it too. It was very good of you to take the time to share your experience with others, and I hope we'll see you back again at the cottage, maybe in the autumn, when the colours are lovely and you can luxuriate in buttered toast and log fires.
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Location

Nearest Airport
83 Kilometres
Birmingham
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Frog, Bidford
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Welford-on-Avon Gold Course
Nearest Train
12.8 Kilometres
Evesham
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
M5 Junction 9
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
The Bridge, Bidford-upon-Avon
Car: necessary

Just five minutes' drive from Stratford and within easy access of the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham and Birmingham, Lantern Cottage, nevertheless, is tucked away in the countryside, a stroll from the River Avon and at the center of a network of footpaths and country lanes. It is perfect for a romantic hideaway, if that's what you want. Alternatively, it is well placed for a cultural exploration of the region, with nationally regarded theatres in Stratford, Cheltenham and Birmingham, A newer attraction is The Regal CInema, Evesham, a beautifully restored art deco cinema, where you can watch a film at a candelit table with a glass or two of wine, or from a love seat, where you can snuggle. The nearest stately homes - Ragley Hall and Coughton Court - are 10-15 minutes' drive away. Shoppers too are catered for, not just with Stratford with its Tudor buildings, but Cheltenham (45 minutes' drive, but worth it), which, as well as the usual high-street chains, has independent shops, bars and restaurants in the elegant Regency district, Montpellier. For designer bargains, you can't beat Bicester Village, the designer shopping outlet, which is just 40 minutes away.

Other Activities: Bidford Gliding Club. Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

There plenty of festivals all within easy reach of Marlclif. They include:

 Cheltenham Science Festival with Brian Cox, Alice Roberts and Adam Rutherford. Tues 2 – Sun 7 June. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/

 Lunar Festival 2015 – Wilko Johnson, Tinariwen, m Burgess, Donovan and Public Service Broadcasting. Nr Birmingham. Fri 5 - Sun 7 June. http://lunarfestival.co.uk

 Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. Tues 30 June – Sat 11 July. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music

 MFY (Music for Youth) National Music Festival – everything from jazz and rock to brass and chamber music. Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Tues 7 – Sat 11 July. www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/national.

 2000 Trees - Indie rock with Deaf Havana, Alkaline Trio and The Subways. Thurs 9 – Sat 11 July. Nr Cheltenham. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

 Fusion Festival Birmingham – line-up includes Justin Bieber, Tiny Tempah Rudimental and McBusted. Cofton Park, Birmingham. Fri 28 – Sun 30 Aug

 Cheltenham Literature Festival – details tbc. Fri 2 – Sun 11 Oct. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/

Altogether, it's so lovely you might want to give a special friend a Lantern Cottage voucher for a short break - or longer. Just ask.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bidford-on-Avon, Stratford-Upon-Avon area

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High Summer 2016
8 Jul 2016 - 1 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
 
Early Autumn 2016
2 Sep 2016 - 20 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
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£90
£450
 
 
Autumn 2016
21 Oct 2016 - 17 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
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£75
£375
 
 
Early Winter 2016
18 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
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£60
£300
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
 
Late Winter 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
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£65
£325
 
 
Late Spring 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 4 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
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£75
£375
 
 
Early Summer 2017
5 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
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£450
 
 
Midsummer 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
High Summer 2017
7 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
 
Early Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
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£450
 
 
Autumn 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 16 Nov 2017
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£225
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£225
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Fees No additional mandatory fees

If there are vacancies during high season (July - September and Christmas / New Year), we can offer last-minute short breaks (no more than one week beforehand).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bidford-on-Avon in Warwickshire

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Small but perfectly formed, our downstairs bathroom has a bath you can stretch out in with a brass shower above, pictures on the wall and just enough space for a cup of tea or glass of wine to complete your relaxation. All the towels are included in the price (more if you want them), as are miniature toiletries and boxed tissues.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • An airy, light-filled bedroom with beams and a pitched ceiling, it overlooks the pretty front garden and it is flooded with sunlight in the mornings. The duvet and four pillows are feather and down, and the bed linen is 100% cotton (If you would prefer a microfibre quilt and pillows, please say so when you book). There is ample storage on the curtained shelves, and mood lighting, including bedside lights. A few choice pictures and ornaments (including an alarm clock) and scatter cushions complete the picture. The built-in wardrobe is next door in the study.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
When you arrive, you will find flowers and biscuits on the table (and some chocolates in the living room), as well as milk in the fridge - and the cupboards filled with five types of tea, fresh and instant coffee, two types of sugar and hot chocolate. There's even olive oil, sunflower oil, herbs and sundry spices, condiments, tins, pasta, rice - and more. In fact, you could cook a simple pasta dish on arrival without first shopping, especially as we have a wealth of kitchen equipment from wok, baking tins and hand mixer to coffee grinder and cafetiere. Do you need whisks, skewers or liquidiser? Got them! Of course, you will need groceries, and, if you don't have time to shop, we can do it for you at the local Budgeon's, unpack them and put them away - for the cost of your shopping and £5 for our time. Changeover day: Friday. Outside, in the shed, as well as logs, kindling, firelighters and the rotary dryer for the garden, there is room to store your bike.

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