About this listing
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!
Coming in through the gate with the sitting room door to the left and the kitchen door straight ahead