About This Listing
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.
The front of the house in February. Currently we are the only house in the village with yellow windows and solar panels
I felt welcomed immediately, my room was large and had a wonderful bed to snuggle up in. The kids were adorable and we'll behaved. Breakfast was great. I didn't meet Tim, but Konstantina was very sweet. I stayed for 3 nights and would definitely stay again.
I cannot say enough nice things about staying with Konstantina and Tim! We were kindly greeted and showed to our room upon arrival to settle our things. They let us do a load of laundry and we had a wonderful time chatting into the evening while drinking tea and their homemade cider. The house itself was so charming and our bedroom (yellow room) was very large with an attached bathroom. Oh and breakfast! It. Was. Spectacular. There were so many lovely things to choose from including fresh fruit, meats, cheese, eggs, breads, cereals, yogurt, juice, coffee, and tea. All in all, we had the best time staying here and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much for your hospitality and sharing your home!
We had a lovely big room with ensuite and views of very cute lambs just ouside our window. The family were very welcoming, even including us in a birthday celebration. The breakfast offered a lovely variety of food with cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast, pastries, egg, cold meats and cheese. Konstantina's home is in an ideal location for exploring the Cotswolds. We particularly recommend exploring Chadworth Roman Villa nearby.
Hi Konstantina & Tim,
Loved my stay in your beautiful home and meeting your family. Everything was as described and everything clean and well organised. Everybody was warm and welcoming and very helpful. Thank you again.
We.felt like family with Tim and Konstantin's. Everything was just as advertised during our stay. Breakfast each day was great. Eggs came from their own hens. The room was clean, spacious and comfy. We loved meeting our hosts two daughters. We also loved being able to walk to Hidcote Gardens. Tim's relating of the area history made being there richer. Great place.
Konstantina and Tim are very kind and friendly, they have two lovely daughters and The Old House is simply beautiful. It's really the perfect place to enjoy the lifestyle of the British countryside! We also took a tour of the wonderful rear garden that is currently under restyling. Tim explained us in details all the plans they have to make it even better.
We stayed only for one night, but we will surely be their guests again in a future trip to Cotswolds.
They even left a birthday card in our lovely room for my girlfriend, as they knew we were celebrating her birthday. So much appreciated!
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About the Host, Konstantina
Thanks for reading our profile.
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.
Hidcote Manor is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain, with its linked rooms of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Very close to us.
Another beautiful garden, (email hidden). Created by three generations of women from the Muir family and home to the famous Kiftsgate Rose one of the biggest rambling roses in the world.Chipping Campden GL55 6LN
Our local town, 2,5miles away, it offers some interesting restaurants and a very typical Cotswold stone architecture.Chipping Campden England GL55
Fantastic views from here and on a nice day a fab place for a picnic. It is the second highest point of the Cotswolds.Buckle Street Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7LB
Broadway is a picturesque busy village, which has great restaurants and bars and some interesting shops. There is a nice play area for children from all ages. 12 mins by car from us.Broadway England
For fans of Tolkien and the Hobbit it is said that the Red Lion in Moreton is the model for the Prancing Pony in Bree, scene of Frodos near escape from the Black Riders.Moreton-in-Marsh England GL56
Opera in the Cotswolds It may not be Glyndebourne yet but it is gets great reviews and is a serious contender. Please note that 2013 will see the Ring Cycle (Wagner) and La Boheme - Puccinni.Longborough England GL56
Stratford is about 12 minutes from us by car and it has lots to offer - starting from the walk by the river, fantastic restaurants and bars, the shops, the cinema and of course, the Theatre.Stratford-upon-Avon England CV37
Ancient Deer park with splendid period house - wonderful yellow silk wall hangings a great trip out on the way to or from StratfordWarwick CV35 9ER
Daylesford Organics the Harvey Nichols of the Cotswolds - rumour has it that Prime Minister David really shops here and not in Sainsburys in Chipping Norton as he claims - interesting but not cheap :)Daylesford Kingham Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
Beautiful Cotswold village on the banks of the river - mirrored by the model village also hereBourton-on-the-Water England GL54
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