• 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 and many other countries to here this year unless you are coming for a long stay and prepared to quarantine (as we have had some guests doing) but I think now you may have to quarantine for 10 days in an hotel (please check rules for your country). If you book and have to cancel because you cannot get to us because of government Covid19 regulations (ours or yours saying you can't travel to us) then we promise a full refund with no admin fee. We do ask you to insure yourself against cancellation for any other reason, however, including you having to self isolate because of Covid.
Although we are currently closed to holidaymakers until March (we think!?) we can remain open to host a small group of persons who fall into categories of those allowed to book. These include those who are staying for the purposes of self-isolating (quarantining), those who have to travel for work, elite athletes needing a place to stay for the purposes of training or competition, those who need a place to stay while moving house and a few more categories which are detailed in the legislation found on the UK government website. Please enquire if this might include you and you want to stay. Realistically I think we are looking towards the end of March and I am not taking any holiday bookings at the moment before this time although I can pencil in, if requested.
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. The activities shown here are not on site but within a 1-10 mile radius of the cottage.
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.
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.
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.
Bathroom with Stand Alone Shower, Sink and Toilet
Downstairs and off the entrance hall.
A welcoming entrance hall with a small dining table for those who want more formal dining than that of the kitchen.
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.
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.
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 52 reviews, all 5 star.
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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.
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