A home from home experience in a beautiful North Cotswold village. Sleeps 4. No taxes or extra fees.
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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 used lockdown to completely redecorate inside and out so it is a 'nearly new' 18th century cottage (with 20th and 21st century modifications)! It is still being cleaned and sanitised in strict accord with the Covid19 protocol. We do strongly urge you to insure yourself against cancellation for any reason, including you having to self isolate because of Covid. If the UK government lets you in, albeit with regulations on testing or quarantine, we can't cover you changing your mind.

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.

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 or synthetic down (you can request which as I had to buy extra for rotation and I may be able to fulfil specific requests) 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. The beds have no raised footboards to bother the very tall!

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

Family Bathroom
Bathroom with Bath, Sink and Loo
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 Loo
Downstairs and off the entrance hall.

Entrance Hall
A welcoming entrance hall with a small dining table for two if you want a formal romantic dinner. At Christmastime this is removed for the tree.

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 bluetooth 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.There are new worktops just installed (photo to follow) 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. The garage is lockable so suitable for safe storage of bikes etc.

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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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.


Washing Machine
Clothes Dryer
Full Kitchen
Smoke Detector

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Reviews (22)

Excellent based on 22 Reviews


Mountain biking
Horseback riding


Child 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. I can supply age appropriate children's books on request.
Parking Included
Parking is right outside your door in our enclosed private courtyard. There is room for two cars.
Not Wheelchair Accessible

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. There is also now a 4 x daily bus service from Moreton station which could be a boon for those not wanting to rent a car on the day of arrival. There are local car hire companies. The cottage is 45 mins drive from Birmingham airport and an hour and half from London Heathrow. Detailed directions are given on booking.
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I am married with four grown up children who currently live in Bordeaux, Edinburgh, Dublin 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 have welcomed some Texan guests ten times since 2008! 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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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 Out: 10AM
The cottage is in the grounds of our house and we are normally around when you arrive. The cottage will be open and the keys to be found inside. We will meet you and let you settle in before we come over to ask you if you have any questions. We ask that you give us an accurate arrival time on the day.
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No parties or events
No pets
No smoking
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. ALL IS FULLY REFUNDABLE if you are unable to travel due to travel restrictions or government regulations at your end or my end but you are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance for any other reason (including testing positive for Covid or having to self-isolate). In the event of cancellation, the balance is refundable in whole or in part, only if I manage to relet the space.

I can take credit card payments through here for Visa, Mastercard and American Express through a merchant account (Stripe). I am also happy to receive overseas bank to bank or currency transfers through Transferwise. Please go to my own website at www.sansomecottage.co.uk for those details if you do not need to use a credit card. 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, 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 2 months away. If cancellation is within the 60 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.
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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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