A home from home experience in a beautiful North Cotswold village. Sleeps 4. No taxes or extra fees.
Vacation Home hosted by Felicity
4 Guests . 2 Bedrooms . 2 Bathrooms


Accommodation at a glance (further details below)
• Sleeps 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
• Wifi access free of charge
• Off road parking and private garden
• Superbly equipped kitchen
• Open log fireplace
• Pet-free property

We have used lockdown to completely redecorate inside and out so it is a 'nearly new' 18th century cottage. It is cleaned and sanitised in strict accord with the Covid19 protocol. It may be difficult coming from North America to here this year unless you are coming for a long stay and prepared to quarantine (as we have some guests doing), but maybe we will have an 'air bridge' so check back for updates, and please consider coming in 2021.

Sansome House Cottage, Ilmington is a home from home in one of the loveliest and oldest (mentioned in the Domesday Book) villages of the North Cotswolds. Away from the madding crowds, yet within easy reach of the high spots such as Stratford upon Avon, Oxford and nearby Chipping Campden. The cottage sleeps 4 people and has two bathrooms, a well equipped kitchen and a small private garden. Wifi access and off road parking.

The Ilmington Downs feature the highest point in Warwickshire. Nestling at the base of these rolling hills, on the borders of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire and in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) known as The Cotswolds, is the charming village of Ilmington, home to some 700+ inhabitants. The village is a rambling one with paths and roads leading off in all directions and the Norman church of St Mary the Virgin can only be approached by one of these delightful footpaths.

With an excellent village community run shop and cafe, and the presence of two characterful dining pubs (one was voted number 3 in VisitEngland Pub of the Year competition!) our cottage in Ilmington offers a kick off your shoes, sit back and relax sort of holiday and you need never actually venture out of the village! However, we strongly recommend that you do! The theatre at Stratford upon Avon and the other delights of the town are only 7 miles away and a plethora of wonderful Cotswold towns and villages such as Chipping Campden, Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh and Broadway await your exploration. Hidcote Gardens are only 3 miles away and could be taken in on one of the wonderful circular walks possible from the cottage. I have a large file of walks in the area, laminated so that you can take them out with you.

There are cycle hire places in the area and they will deliver to the cottage. We keep maps and cycle route plans as well as a guides, leaflets and copious amounts of information on attractions in the area.

Master Bedroom

Sleeps 2 with King bed
The bed is a King bed frame made up as Austrian Twins - i.e. two mattresses tucked closely together with separate sheets and duvets. It is therefore suitable for two close friends as well as couples.

The mattresses have been declared very comfortable by past guests. The duvets are 90% down and the bedding 100% cotton with feather and down pillows.

There is a large chest of drawers, a small TV and a two person sofa in the room. Good light for reading provided by bedside reading lamps.

En-suite dressing room
Off the master bedroom, this provides hanging space and another chest of drawers. There is a handbasin.

Second Bedroom
Sleeps 2 with Twin beds
A room which is flooded with light in the morning. Good sized single beds.

There is a hanging cupboard, chairs and a chest of drawers with good bedside lighting.

Family Bathroom
Bathroom with Bath, Sink and Toilet
The bathroom lies between the two bedrooms, off the upstairs landing.

The bath is full sized and has hand grips. There is no shower attachment.

Cloakroom/shower room
Bathroom with Stand Alone Shower, Sink and Toilet
Downstairs and off the entrance hall.

Entrance Hall
A welcoming entrance hall with a small dining table for those who want more formal dining than that of the kitchen.

Drawing room.
Furnished in small country house style - a good sized room with sofas and a chair grouped around an open log fireplace.

There is a 43" digital TV showing all the the free to air channels (not Sky), a blue tooth sound system and lots of board games and a very large number and variety of books to borrow. Also jigsaws (the table in the hall is good for this). There are maps of the area (for walking, driving or cycling), local guides and a huge amount of information on the area provided.

Kitchen/dining room
A large country style kitchen which gets all the morning sun. Patio doors lead to a completely enclosed a private, small garden.

The kitchen is very well equipped and makes a good family eating space. Cooks will find herbs in the garden, sharp knives and plenty of equipment - a processor, hand mixer and smoothie maker. Coffee lovers can choose from Nespresso coffee (generic capsules sold locally), filter coffee or jug coffee.

There is a dishwasher and a washing machine.

The garden is equipped with table and chairs and other chairs for sitting in the sun. It is a pretty dining space with flowers and trees and a small lawn.

Outdoor shed
This is the garage attached to the cottage which is occupied by a table tennis table. It is unheated so probably only used by our summer visitors. Also in there (to be taken outside!) is a BBQ and all the extra garden chairs. There is an extra fridge freezer which those who are staying longer than a week might like to make use of.

The tumble drier lives in the garage too.

Reviews. Reviews here are mostly from VRBO guests. I continue to advertise there but my rates are higher because of their charges to me and they charge a service fee to the guest. You get a book with confidence guarantee there if you are not comfortable dealing direct with me here. I also advertise on TripAdvisor where I have 51 reviews, all 5 star.
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Sleeping Configuration

Main bedroom
1 king bed
The bedroom has a chest of drawers and a small sofa. There is a small dressing room off the main bedroom housing a hand basin, wardrobe and second chest of drawers. The king bed has two single mattresses with separate bedding for each.
Twin bedroom
1 single bed
Two single beds a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.


Family/Kid Friendly
Not suitable for babies and toddlers but all well behaved children of five and over (the cottage is unsuited to children under five) are very welcome. There are plenty of interesting things to see and do in the area for all ages and there is a good playground in Ilmington for the under 10's (or whatever age they stop swinging on swings!) .We have some board games, jigsaws and DVDs for children.
Parking Included
Parking is right outside your door in our enclosed private courtyard.
No Pets Allowed
No Smoking Allowed
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Not Suitable for Events


Washing Machine
Iron & Board
Clothes Dryer
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
What we supply
We leave you starter supplies of all the basics and we hope that you will replace some that you use. Dry goods in the kitchen include salt, pepper, tea, sugar, coffee, herbs, flour etc. In addition things like kitchen foil, cling film, loo paper, wash up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, oil, shower gel and liquid soap, kitchen essentials and so on.
We leave afternoon tea ready for your arrival with homemade bread, jam and biscuits.
Charcoal Grill
Private Garden
There is a wooden table and chairs for outdoor eating in the small, completely private enclosed garden. Also a parasol for the rare days you are getting too much sun! A simple portable charcoal burning BBQ is stored in the garage as well as a table tennis table and a second fridge freezer in case the one in the kitchen isn't big enough for longer stays.
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Cable TV
Stereo/DVD Player
Although it is a smart TV we also have a google chrome dongle so you can cast your own subscriptions to the TV (eg. Netflix) from your devices without inputting your personal data direct.
Full Kitchen
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Drip filter coffee machine, French press jug, Nespresso capsule machine and a bialetti type hob top expresso jug. Food processor and smoothie maker. Very well equipped with cooking implements and saucepans etc.
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher


Miniature Golf
Fly fishing
Hot air ballooning
Horseback riding
Nature Viewing
Bird Watching
Ping Pong Table

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Reviews (20)

Excellent based on 20 Reviews

Getting around

Ilmington is not best placed for public transport and you are advised to have a car in order to get full value from the area. There are railway stations 7 and 8 miles distant at Stratford upon Avon and Moreton in Marsh and you can get taxis from there to Ilmington. The cottage is 45 mins drive from Birmingham airport and an hour and half from London Heathrow. Detailed directions are given on booking.


These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
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I am married with four grown up children who currently live in Bordeaux, Edinburgh, London and Tokyo. We have three grandchildren. My husband (who is a semi-retired lawyer) and I manage this cottage and look after our guests and we have been doing this since 2006 more or less full time, with most of our guests coming from America (because of being on American websites), Canada, Australia and a smattering from Europe. We have a lot of return visitors and last summer we welcomed some Texan guests for the eighth time! I am Irish and have retained my late mother's last home in Dublin which I also let out to holidaymakers for part of the year. It sleeps two and can be found on this website also.
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Speaks: English
Houfy lets you contact and book direct with hosts. The host has provided the following links to give you more information.


The North Cotswolds
A little bit about the North Cotswolds and its towns and villages Most people think of the Cotswolds
Oxford - your starter for 10
Great things to do and see on a day in Oxford
Attractions and interesting things to do near Sansome House Cottage
A short guide to things to do, places to eat, culture and gardens in the area
Golf courses within easy reach of Ilmington, Shipston on Stour and Chipping Campden
Golf courses welcoming visiting players within a half hour drive of our cottage
Rainy day outings in the North Cotswolds
Entertainment, mostly for children, mostly suggestions for rainy days
North Cotswolds - sport and leisure activities
A guide for holidaymakers in the Cotswolds who like to get out and about
Winter in the Cotswolds
Visiting the North Cotswolds at a quieter time of year
Day trips from Ilmington (North Cotswolds) by car
With Ilmington as the centre of the universe, I have planned suggested day trips out from there.

Policies and Rules

Check In 4PM - 8PM
Check Out10AM

We normally meet you at the cottage (which is in the grounds of our house) to show you around and give you the keys. In Covid times we meet you at a distance, the cottage will be open and the keys to be found inside. We ask that you give us an accurate arrival time on the day.

Minimum age limit for renters: 25
It is preferred that the lead guest is 25 or over but this is subject to discussion.
House Rules
I am sorry but we ban all smokers. We tried just limiting it to outside but it didn't work so we now say no to anyone who can't be parted from their cigarettes as it is unfair to following guests. No children under five years old, as the cottage is unsuitable for small children. For those subject to hair/dander allergies we guarantee no animals have been in the cottage so no pets allowed.
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Payment Policy
25% deposit secures the booking. A booking form must be completed. This can be found on my website on this page, www.sansomecottage.co.uk/rates together with the terms and conditions. It can be submitted online. The balance is payable 90 days in advance of arrival. The deposit is non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances. You are advised to take out cancellation insurance. In the event of cancellation, the balance is refundable in whole or in part, only if I manage to relet the space.

I am also happy to receive overseas bank to bank or currency transfers. I will consider other suggested methods of payment to keep unnecessary costs to a minimum.
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Refundable Damage Deposit
I do not charge a damage deposit, preferring to trust you to let me know of any damage and offer recompense. Whilst we do not expect a 'spring clean' and don't charge a cleaning fee, you are expected to leave the cottage in a clean tidy condition. If you feel you can not manage this then you can request to employ a cleaner which can be arranged through us (£50 for a final clean, £25 for a mid-stay one but otherwise there is no charge for a cottage left nicely). I can now take payments by credit card but if you prefer another way, I am open to suggestions (but no Cashier's cheques please).
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Cancellation Policy
Except in exceptional cases, IN NORMAL TIMES (!) the deposit, payable on booking, is not refundable. The balance payment is refundable (less transfer costs if there are any) if the period cancelled is more than 90 days away. If cancellation is within the 90 day period a portion or all of this may be refundable (less any extra advertising costs) if the period can be relet and I would try my hardest to do this. HOWEVER, these are not normal times and my arrangements are completely flexible for bookings made and taken before December 18th this year as nobody is completely sure what is going on, whether they will be free to travel etc...... I can pencil in visitors in order of asking for particular dates and I will not ask for any money until much nearer the time.
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We do not charge for any hidden extras after you have paid for the holiday. Linen, towels, heating, utilities, wifi and parking are all included. We don't charge a cleaning fee or a security deposit, preferring to trust people to leave the place clean and tidy and let us know of any disasters and offer compensation if appropriate. A basket of logs is provided to start you off.
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Cotswolds cottage for 4 Ilmington 2 bed/2 bath is a Vacation Home located in Ilmington, United Kingdom. This Vacation Home is available for short term lodging and accommodates 4 guests
Cotswolds cottage for 4 Ilmington 2 bed/2 bath has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and was listed on Houfy on May 2017

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