Hope Cottage is cosy, quirky, private and peaceful! It is full of character (lots of exposed stone and beams, a log burner) but with all mod cons. It is in a quiet South Cotswolds village, with wonderful views, pubs nearby and walks in all directions
Hope Cottage is an 18th Century detached property in the rural hillside village of France Lynch in the South Cotswolds. Recently refurbished, it boasts all mod cons with a new kitchen and bathroom, alongside character features like oak beams, exposed stone walls and mullion windows. It sits in its own private, south-facing garden with wonderful views across the valley, and there is parking for one car. The cottage has one double bedroom with additional accommodation (a single bed) in a mezzanine area, plus a sofa bed (small double) on the landing, which looks out through the most fantastic picture window. There is gas central heating, with a woodburner in the sitting room to keep the place toasty on chilly evenings. France Lynch is a charming village with dry stone walls and narrow winding lanes, and a great pub just a few minutes walk away at the end of the lane. There are some beautiful walks direct from the door (many ending at or passing by other local pubs in the area). Within a short drive are local attractions such as the Farmers Market at Stroud, the Rococo Gardens and Painswick, Prinknash Abbey, Westonbirt Arboretum, the antique shops of Tetbury and Laurie Lee's picturesque Slad Valley, the inspiration behind 'Cider with Rosie'. Within 45 minutes drive are larger centres of Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham, and the cottage is also conveniently situated for events such as Gatcombe Horse Trials, Badminton, Kemble and Fairford Air Shows and Cheltenham's Races, Literary and Music Festivals.
The cottage is in its own private garden and guests have the sole use of this. Although the cottage is situated in a lane going through the village it feels very secluded and tucked away, and isn't overlooked by any near neighbours.
Interaction with Guests
We live about five minutes away, and although I am always on hand if guests should need anything, I think that most people want to come away and enjoy a stay without feeling that an owner is breathing down their neck! So if guests need advice or help we are always on the end of the phone or happy to pop over for a chat, but if they'd rather just come and enjoy the cottage and there is nothing they need help with, then that's fine too!
France Lynch is a charming little village, full of stone cottages and winding lanes, and the pub at the end of the road is just two minutes walk away - in the summer there's a garden to sit out in, and during the winter there is usually a roaring log fire inside. There are some great walks in this area and we've left plenty of information in a booklet in the cottage - some maps of the immediate local area, plus smaller scale ones that include footpaths. We have also left some laminated sheets with specific walks that guests can follow. Stroud is a quirky, fun little town with a great Farmers Market on Saturdays and Cirencester is slightly larger with a bigger range of shops and some nice restaurants and bars. Both are within an easy drive.
Public transport isn't great around here - but there is a bus that comes to Chalford Hill (the village that adjoins France Lynch) twice a day, going to Stroud, and from there it's possible to get the train to Cheltenham and Gloucester or head up to London in the other direction. If guests are planning to arrive by train they can come to Kemble or Stroud stations and get a taxi to the cottage (approximate cost £15), but if we're around I would be happy to come and meet guests at a station and drive them to the cottage.
Other Things to Note
We love our cottage! It's a really special place - cosy, quirky, peaceful... and we really enjoy having people from all over the world come and stay there.
We are happy to welcome one small/medium well-behaved dog, but It would be great if muddy dogs can be kept in the kitchen until they're dry, and if shoes can be taken off before the carpeted areas (the carpet was new last year!). We ask guests to smoke outside rather than in the cottage.
Please be very careful if accessing the mezzanine area above the bedroom, and watch your head on the beams. We also ask guests not to go out onto the flat roof above the kitchen because it's not intended to carry any weight.
And finally, it's not exactly a house rule, but we get very disappointed if guests leave without writing in our Visitors Book - we love hearing what they've got up to and how much they love the cottage!
Lovely authentic cottage, we really enjoyed our stay! Beautiful little town!
Hope Cottage was a really lovely place to spend a few days in the most beautiful and peaceful countryside. The cottage is stunning and we were very lucky with the weather so could really enjoy the garden and the views. Sarah is an excellent host and we had everything we needed for a lovely and comfortable stay. We were provided with plenty of information about the area and I must thank you for the detailed directions to the cottage.
We wish we could have stayed longer and hope to visit again.
We had a fantastic time in the Cotswolds. The cottage was exactly as advertised, Sarah was very responsive and provided a lot of useful information about the neighborhood. The cottage had everything we needed, including a washing machine and fireplace. With the local footpaths, the nearby pub, and the town a short drive away, this cottage was the perfect place for a great vacation.
Beautiful little cottage that helped make our weekend.
The place was clean and tidy and had everything you could need. Sarah had even left the fridge and cupboard stocked with milk tea and coffee.
Great little pub down the road with friendly locals and plenty of towns to visit around the area.
Hopefully we will return again soon!
Hope cottage was everything we expected, clean, had everything we needed for our stay, plus some extras. Sarah had thought of the little things, such as providing foil in the kitchen. The surrounding was perfect English countryside, peaceful and beautiful. Sarah was a great host, she provided clear instructions for our arrival and made the whole process easy. I would highly recommend Hope Cottage and hope we get an opportunity to stay again.
The charm of Sarah's cottage in its garden setting was apparent to us before we had even unlocked the front door. The cottage was spotlessly clean, and basic food items left by Sarah for our arrival helped us to feel welcome.
There was detailed information left in the cottage on walks we might like to take as well as shops where we might get provisions. Sarah's attention to detail and anticipating the needs of her guests was also demonstrated in providing contact numbers should medical attention be required.
My husband and I enjoyed 4 idyllic days at the cottage and would love to visit again.
Gorgeous cottage. Had everything we needed. Peaceful,Serene, scenic, stunning! Coming back soon I hope.
I live in the beautiful South Cotswolds with my husband Mat, our three children Sam, Maddy and Jess and a small horde of animals including Rosie the dog. I spend a lot of my time ferrying the kids around and keeping everyone in clean socks and well fed, and in my spare time I work as a journalist. I love sport and exercise and have a tendency to get a little obsessive about everything I do, whether it's cycling, tennis or netball. Family holidays haven't been very adventurous in recent years, but in the past Mat and I have travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the States, Africa and to many destinations in Europe, and we intend to do more travelling once the children are older and we don't have to spend quite so much of our disposable income on school trips and babysitters. I love music and always have a good book on the go (contemporary fiction preferably) and my favourite way to spend an evening is to share a bottle (or two) of wine with a bunch of wonderful female friends. We love our new cottage, which we have just spent four months renovating, and I'm very tempted to move in there myself - just me and the dog...