A variety of spaces make this an excellent venue for groups as does its central position within England. A footpath leading to the delightful village of Bidford on Avon passes in front of the cottage (1 mile) with its shops, pubs and a supermarket. If one carries on over the bridge, a further mile, will bring you to a great little village pub the Cottage of Content at Barton. Cheerful and welcoming! In the other direction a path rises up above the village and can be followed to the delightful village of Cleeve Prior. There you will find a beautiful 15th century church and equally old pub, The Kings Arms. With its beams, log fires, real ale and great food it is everyone's idea of an English Country Pub. There is a quiet route through the lanes to the Stratford Greenway which give cycle access to Stratford on Avon. The River Avon itself is only a few hundred metres walk and children delight in helping the boats navigate the lock at Marlcliff. Some guests even do a spot of fishing.
Cottage in Bidford on Avon, Nr. Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England - Peaceful Rural Location Within a Small Hamlet Close to the River Avon
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Feb 2019
About geoff gent
Retired now after 39 years at the chalk face (teaching), The Hamlet was my family home for 25 years. I worked hard to create an attractive, fertile organic garden which I was loathe to give up when I relocated to a smaller property in Evesham. I just moved out and left everything as it was! Consequently the house is very 'homely' and the garden green and productive! I've tried to make the home comfortable but not too 'precious' so that families with children and/or dogs would not feel too up tight during their stay. In retirement I've continued doing the garden and have been able to travel extensively usually on my bike! I will probably pop in to say hello and you may see me hoeing my veg garden but the large lawned gardens surrounding the house are exclusively for the use of guests.
geoff gent purchased this Cottage in 1980
Why geoff gent chose Bidford-on-Avon
I grew up in Birmingham and one of our special childhood treats was to catch the 148 bus from Moseley to Bidford on Avon and walk across the fields through Marlcliff and onto the teashop (now closed!) at Cleeve Prior. When the Hamlet came on the market in 1981 it had just been delightfully renovated, had large gardens and there were footpaths radiating from the cottage in many directions. Although in an essentially rural area it is only a short walk along the river or across the fields to Bidford on Avon which has plenty of 'facilities' There are some great bike rides, country and riverside walks from the cottage and all the charms of the Cotswold villages and countryside, and Stratford on Avon, within 10 miles.
What makes this Cottage unique
Some visitors just stay around the property. They read, cook, eat, walk, cycle, fish in the river, use the local pubs and shops and really chill out. Some have the above sorts of days but go into Stratford, Cheltenham, or Broadway to shop or 'do' the usual tourist things.There are a large number of National Trust Properties close by so members often get their money's worth and visit these. Guests with children usually visit Warwick Castle and Cadburys' World in Birmingham. Visitors from abroad often have frenetic days travelling to London, Bath, Oxford, Stone Henge etc. There is a direct train service to Oxford and London (Paddington) from Honeybourne only 4 miles away (free parking at station).
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1 The Hamlet
A fascinating real cottage, made comfortable even in awful weather by a log burner and central heating! The cottage was a good venue for a 3 generation family get-together to celebrate Grandad's 80th birthday. The only downside (apart from the weather!) was the difficulty of parking near to the property but then we did have 3 cars.
Yes you had the very worst of weather but kept cheerful and managed to celebrate a landmark birthday in style. Be good to host you all again some time.
Charming and Quant
What a lovely cottage in the heart of Shakespeare country. We had a great stay and enjoyed meeting Geoff when he stopped by to tend the garden. This is offor the beaten path but altogether charming and quaint. Would definitely recommend this cottage.
It was great to meet your delightful family and to learn the reason for your visit to England. You endured awful windy wet weather but that didn't dampen your enthusiasm for your holiday.
We spent a good week here at this cottage tucked into a corner. As a family group of six it offered cosy rooms with 'me' space and privacy. A good size downstairs double bedroom with bathroom next door. Perfect for my elderly parents. Geoff makes himself easily available if needed and the cottage is well equipped. We encountered no problems. Centrally located for plenty to do in surrounding area.
Thanks for your generous review and for your cheerful welcome when I called by. You left things lovely and clean so I hope to see you all again sometime.
Wonderfully charming home to stay in!
We loved the cottage - it soon felt like home - very welcoming. The garden is beautiful, too and we had a couple of evenings out there, with lanterns and wine, just chatting until late. Great location - pretty walk along the river, just up the road - and close to beautiful places that we wanted to visit - Kiftsgate Gardens, Hidcote Gardens, Stow-on-the-Wold - and, of course, the fabulous RSC performance of King Lear in Stratford!
We would so love to be able to come again.
What a lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and made the most of everything the cottage and the locality has to offer. Would love to host you again some time.
A wonderful, enchanting house and garden a stone's throw from the Avon
This house has beautiful gardens, including a lily pond edged with irises, lovely shrubs and blossoming trees, and wild and cultivated flowers. It is on the edge of a lovely village, Marcliff, and is a few minutes walk to the Avon, from where walks lead to a larger village, Bidford (a 10 minute stroll), as well as to Stratford (9 miles!)
The house has cozy public rooms and bedrooms, as well as many wonderful details redolent of a long life lived here.
We really loved our stay, and when back in the area will look out for this again!
Thanks for your lovely review. I didn't get to meet you all so maybe you'll come back again!
Beautiful house and garden. Felt very cosy and had everything we needed.
We felt very at home in the cottage and the owner kindly put up a cot for the baby in our group to sleep in. It's a very good size for 6 adults and the kitchen was very well equipped. We spent alot of time enjoying the garden too. The bathroom decor is a bit outdated but that just adds to the charm. Would happily stay again.
Thanks for a positive review. You were a lovely, cheerful , positive group who made the best use of everything the cottage had to offer, especially the garden. The bathroom is pretty dated but I like 'quirky' and as the bath and basin are so large I've decided to leave it as a sort of period feature for the time being.
Special interest holidays:
The area has many footpaths including The Heart of England Way and The Cotswold Way. If guests want, the cottage owner can lead them on local walks.
Birmingham Airport is about 30 miles away. There is a bus service which goes from the village to Evesham and Redditch and trains leave nearby Honeybourne (5 miles) for London Paddington, Oxford, Worcester and Hereford.
Stratford on Avon and Evesham are both 7 miles away. Warwick with its splendid castle is about 15 miles distant. The Cotswold towns of Broadway and Chipping Campden are 10 miles. There are a number of National Trust Properties within a ten mile radius, Coughton Court, Hidcote Gardens, Charlecote and Snowshill Manor among them. Privately owned Ragley Hall is only 6 miles and places like Birmingham and Rugby are near enough to reach in an hour or so.
Bidford on Avon has a delightful French bakery, a Budgens supermarket, a garage, a Chinese takeaway, fish n chip shop several Indian restaurants, a Lloyds Bank, a pub with a riverside garden and a superbly sited riverside eatery The Bridge.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: If you wish to book The Hamlet. Check availability by phone or email then send a 10% deposit to secure your booking and the balance 6 weeks before you arrive. Cheques or money transfers are means of payment. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Friday though short bookings are accepted outside the main holiday seasons. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Two person discount available 10%. Short lets except in high Summer period. A day is one fifth of weekly price. Minimum 3 days.