Experience rural England in a 400 year old Farmhouse in the Cotswolds, only 12 miles from Shakespeare's town. Large comfortable private room with en-suite shower. Great reviews!
Would you like to experience authentic rural England ?
There is not a better location than an old Saxon hamlet originally listed in the Domesday Book in the picturesque rolling hills of the North Cotswolds. There is not a better place there than a room in our 17 century farm house with its original features - beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplace, AGA cooker.
Our house imaginatively called 'The Old House', was built just after the chaos caused locally by the English Civil War in the second half of the seventeenth century. It has been updated a little since then though.
The accommodation is flexible but we offer two main options. On the first floor the largest bedroom is called the 'Pink Bedroom' - pink rose not pink Barbie! It sleeps two on a king-size bed and if needed we can provide a baby cot for a small child. The room has its own en-suite. The offer is on a B&B basis and we would invite our guests to let us know of any specific dietary requirements in advance.
We also have the Yellow Room, which is smaller but also has a double bed and an en-suite.
If your party is of four, we could offer the two rooms. Please request a quote, if you are interested in renting the two bedrooms.
There is a large screen TV in the front room if you would like to catch up on the news - or alternatively use the free wifi for catching up with news and updates on your own device.
We can direct you to one of the many eating options less than 10 minutes’ drive away. We can also send you our local restaurant recommendations.
From here you can access the beautiful North Cotswolds. In less than 20 minutes driving you can get to any of the following - Chipping Campden, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water, Moreton in the Marsh, Upper and Lower Slaughter. In the other direction there is Shakespeare County of Warwickshire and Stratford on Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa. Hidcote is about 15 minutes by car from Stratford where you can enjoy the theatre, the restaurants or just a lovely walk by the river.
We provide free parking space if you come by car. You can use our kitchen, washing machine and sit, if weather permits, in our garden. There is a slide for children and a sand pit. We have more than 100 fruit trees in the garden of different sorts. These include many varieties of apples, pears, plums, gages, sour and sweet cherries, quinces - these are quite reliable croppers and sometimes we may have apricots, peaches and figs but that depends very much on the weather each year.
If you travel by other means, we are happy to meet you (from a bus in Cheltenham or Stratford or from a train in Moreton in Marsh or Honeybourne) for a reasonable extra charge.
We are only 35 minutes away from Cheltenham, famous for amongst other things the horse racing festival held in March every year - including of course the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
You are welcome to share the use of rooms that are shown on the listing ie the Living Room with the fireplace and TV and of course in nice weather the garden.
Interaction with Guests
This is our home and so someone is likely to be at the house whenever you stay. We are more than happy to discuss the area and things to do as well as to point you towards things of local interest. However, we do work full time and so our time is more limited during the week than at weekends.
Hidcote Boyce is a typical small Cotswold village - it has not materially changed for the last three to four hundred years. This makes it relatively unique in a rapidly changing world.
As it says on the listing our nearest bus service is about two miles away and the nearest train station about 10 minutes by car and from there you can get to other places - we can arrange drop offs and pick ups for a small charge. We would recommend that you have a car to make the most of your stay here.
Other Things to Note
We do our best to make every stay with us memorable and welcoming. Please ensure that you have the correct address for us which is The Old House, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden, Glos, GL55 6LX and GPS coordinates (phone number hidden) Latitude and (phone number hidden) Longitude
We would ask that our guests keep us well informed, particularly about your intended time of arrival (at least 24 hours is preferred so that we can ensure one of us is here to meet you) and when you will eat breakfast (so that it can be freshly prepared). Latest Check In on day of arrival will be 7pm unless there is a prior agreement.
Please also remember that it is an old house and things may not always work in the way you expect - if you are in any doubt please just ask, we are more than happy to explain so that you have a nice relaxing time with us. We will appreciate your feedback - formally through Airbnb or informally direct to us. We also welcome any suggestions for improvements that we could make.
We have two cats but they live mainly in the garden, at times they come in but never in the bedrooms.
This was our first stay with air bnb and so we were unsure what to expect. The Old House is in a beautiful rural location offering peace and quiet and solitude in the hamlet of Hidcote Boyce, just down the road from Hidcote gardens. We stayed in the 'pink room' which is a large double room en-suite. Once you get over the aspect that you are actually staying in someone's home, rather than a B&B or small hotel, then as long as you embrace this, you will have a lovely time. We found Tim and Konstantina Dee to be both helpful and friendly hosts, only too happy to offer advice if needed. There were other people staying at the same time as us and this only added to our experience. The conversations we had with Tim and Konstantina and the other quests left us truly inspired. The continental style breakfasts were delicious. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Old House to anyone looking for a peaceful yet beautiful location in the Cotswolds.
Konstantina and Tim's home was beautiful. The three days I spent there were amazing, the scenery, the home and the family are absolutely lovely. Breakfast was more than ample for a day of walking and the room was just perfect, very large and beautifully decorated.
I would return here again without hesitation.
Thank you for such a wonderful stay
Where do I start? When you're driving through the English countryside and enjoying the rolling hills, adorable cottages, and flowers in the spring, you think to yourself "What kind of people live in this wonderland of cuteness"? Well, the Dee's do of course! The history of the Dee's house is truly a great story, and if Tim's around he will tell you all about it (I highly recommend). We spent most days taking long walks and driving to nearby castles and gardens. Their house was very warm and accommodating and we slept so well in the 'pink' room. The breakfast was also a highlight; tea, coffee, fruit, yogurt, bread, cheeses and meats were all laid out in the morning for us. It was the perfect start to every day. We hope to visit them again!
Konstantina's place was very lovely. The bedroom and shower room were very comfortable. Although she was busy with her family she made sure we had everything we needed. The breakfast was very generous and we really had a great experience staying with her family.
Such a lovely weekend staying with the Dees in the pink room. They welcome you into their home, provide great details of the area (which is stunning) and make you a lovely breakfast! The house itself is just gorgeous and is a piece of history. Tim's family has been around the area for generations and so has a lots of stories to tell. Highly recommend the Dees as hosts and staying in the Old House!!
Konstantina and Tom provided us with a wonderful experience of staying in a very well kept cottage in the middle of the countryside where we felt in a very historical region in the vincinity of Stratford. They were lovely hosts with whom we had interesting conversations. The room was a bit small for the four of us but the bathroom was great. We all enjoyed the breakfast and were sad we could stay only two nights.
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We are Tim and Konstantina and our home has been lived in by Tim's family for more than 200 years. Probably built in the mid to late 1600's it has a long history and its own quirky charm.
We both work full-time at universities - Tim is an academic in a Business School, while I work in the Careers office. At weekends we both enjoy spending time at home with the children - just messing around is enough after a busy week. Tim loves creating things (the garden, the orchard, the pergola etc), while I love making things and making our house welcoming and cosy - I have been hooked on Pinterest for ages. We have two daughters (they are lovely!) and we love traveling with them.... although to be honest some of our most exciting trips have been without them..... Tim has been lucky enough to work in many countries and I will not list them here but we have been to many places together, including China, Peru, Turkey, the Greek islands and most of the countries in Europe. Our hope is that the next big trips will be to India, Mexico and North America.
We love having people around and our house is always open to friends and guests. It is a standard practice now to have 15+ people at home for Christmas. We are quite relaxed hosts and we do our best to give a warm welcome to all our guests.