About This Listing
A spacious double room in a cozy, cottage on a secluded farm, nestled in the Wiltshire countryside surrounded by meadows and with an apple orchard in the back yard (the listing says it's in Oaksey, but really it's about 2 miles outside of the village).
This quiet escape is a great base from which to explore the Cotswolds, or equally, a happy space in which to stay in and just "be".
Orchard Cottage is a great place if you like:
* Walking (the nearest public footpath is right outside my door)
* Birdwatching (I live on a bird refuge)
* Wildflowers (the farm has never been sprayed by pesticides so is home to acres of natural hay and wildflower meadows)
* Apples (it's called "Orchard Cottage" for a reason)
* Our four-legged canine friends
* Getting away from it all while still having the option to be technologically "connected" (I have WIFI, but no TV!)
* Good food made with quality organic ingredients (either made by me or sourced from the many great suppliers in the area)
* Feeling like you're really in the middle of nowhere
* Being surrounded by character (be it in the architecture of the building or in the vivid personalities of your host)
* Spending time in a space that may be centuries old but still has all of the modern conveniences (WIFI, dishwasher, open plan, double glazing)
* Really old oak beams
The cottage is a converted barn originally built in the late 1700's with wonderful high ceilings and beautiful oak beams. This means you get old English charm with all of the modern conveniences. The place has also been fitted with double-glazed windows and good central heating so you'll always be warm (alas not always true of these old English cottages!).
The cottage is on a wildlife reserve, a great spot for hiking, cycling and all manner of water sports, from fishing to swimming to scuba diving. It's conveniently located to Cirencester, a cute little market town with an interesting Roman history, and other attractive Cotswold villages like Bourton on the Water, Castle Combe, Nailsworth, Lacock and Stroud. The nearest train station is Kemble, about 15 minutes away, where you can take a 1h20m train to London Paddington if you fancy a day out in the city. Similar trains go to Bristol, Bath and beyond.
The space includes a shared bathroom (with a great shower), kitchen (fully kitted out) and a huge garden with a great gas grill for barbecues.
You'll be staying at the home of a known foodie, so you needn't ever go hungry (provided you enjoy vegetarian cuisine!). Your stay includes a help-yourself breakfast of homemade bread, butter, jam, fresh fruit, muesli, coffee, tea and milk. I can also provide a cooked seasonal breakfast with fresh eggs from a local organic farm at an extra cost, as well as lunches and dinners (ask for a menu).
You are, of course, welcome to dine out, and there are some fabulous restaurants and pubs nearby. Or cook your own food in my kitchen, which is well-equipped with some great gadgets and you're welcome to use the basic supplies like salt, pepper, olive oil and spices.
If you need transport, groceries or anything else, just let me know ahead of time and we'll work something out at a mutually acceptable price.
I am a massive dog lover and happily welcome guests with a dog (£10 surcharge). Unfortunately I cannot allow cats (my cottage is in a bird sanctuary - no cats allowed!).
There is plenty of parking right outside the cottage. You really do need a car here as I am quite off the beaten path and there is no convenient public transit.
Monica was very kind and shared her amazing bread with us. She was generous with the space in the house and overall just made us feel at home. Even our little puppy had a great time, thank you Monica!
Monica was so accommodating, considering it was all VERY last minute. She made my boyfriend and i feel very comfortable, along with the very comforting aroma of baking bread from the kitchen all ready for breakfast (which was absolutely delicious along with a dozen home made jams to choose from. YUM.) We just stayed for one night, but we would absolutely return. We felt like we were home from home. 10 out of 10.
Monica was away but she kindly let us stay in her lovely home.She contacted me before we went with lots of useful information and she also checked up on us while we were staying to make sure everything was (website hidden) was like staying in a friends house.Lots of lovely books to look at,tasty home made jams and chutneys,warm etc.... You can walk out of the house into a stunning meadow which was wash with cowslips and fritillary when we were there.Its also close to ancient and charming old towns like (website hidden) was perfect!!
Monica was very helpful and welcoming! We got the best directions we've ever received for finding an airbnb, and the only homemade bread that's ever been made for us! The cottage was wonderful in so many ways. Wonderfully secluded, wonderfully peaceful, wonderfully comfortable bed, wonderful hot shower, wonderful footpaths, walks, plants and birds nearby, wonderful games (we're very partial to bananagrams!), wonderfully clean and wonderfully well equipped. We had a lovely stay - thank you Monica.
I really recommend staying at Monica's wonderful Orchid cottage to anyone looking for some piece, tranquillity, good food and amazing countryside. We spent there 3 days during the Easter weekend, and although we only had a chance to meet Monica upon our departure, she perfectly coordinated our stay via email/phone, and helped out with everything we needed, so that we didn't encounter any problems at all. She left us a very tasty home made bread and and a selection of jams, which we enjoyed very much. Location is perfect to explore beautiful villages of Cotswolds, but the cottage itself is conveniently located in a farm, so nothing but birds and sheep will disturb the silence :)
Thanks so much!
Unfortunately we had a rather fleeting visit and only met Monica for a short while. She very trustingly left us to lock up as she had to leave early for London. The house was lovely and Monica very friendly and laid back - I would have liked to have had more time to get to know her. We had a relaxing, leisurely breakfast with delicious, freshly baked bread and amazing jams, while the sun poured in through the patio doors. Delightful! I've returned with a determination to bake my own bread.
We arrived, by agreement, when Monica was out walking so had time alone to familiarise ourselves with the place. Monica was very relaxed about our being there, did not intrude but was always prompt to answer any questions we had.
Orchard Cottage just suited us fine: the bedroom was comfortable and spacious, the kitchen arrangements were easy, and there was plenty of interest to visit in the area
About the Host, Monica
I'm a Chicago native who's been living in England for six years - I love it here, and I love where I live. I'm a foodie and work with other foodies as an internet consultant. My interests include hiking, swimming, dog walking, making things, watching movies, music, cooking, home brewing, bread baking and more cooking. Top holiday destinations so far: Big Sur (California), the Highlands in Scotland, Gascony (France), Chicago (of course!) and New Orleans. My dream trip is to do a foodie / yoga holiday in Kerala.
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