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 sources 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 and her trusty dog, Rocky!)
* 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 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 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, yogurt, 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 do have a dog and welcome guests who have dogs, too. Unfortunately I cannot allow cats (my cottage is in a bird sanctuary - no cats allowed!).
Very nice and quite place! Monica is an amazing host! Thanks for everything!
Great host and a lovely breakfast
I will definitely stay again.
Monica was a great host!
We stopped at her cottage for one night on a weekend trip away and had a wonderful experience.
The cottage is beautiful, quiet and cosy.
We had fresh linen, fresh towels and Rocky the dog was a super friendly dog. The breakfast in the morning was a treat and got us ready for our hiking trip. Monica even took a copy for us from her trails book and hang around with us for breakfast making us feel at home. If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop at Monica's place and enjoy the Cotswold.
I stayed at Monica's lovely place for one night with my mum. She's a great, helpful and very interesting person, her dog adorable, her place very cosy and her breakfast with home made bread and preserves - best ever !!!
We enjoyed our stay with Monica. She cooked some delicious meals for us, and made us feel welcome in her home. The Cotswold region is beautiful, and it was fun discovering the source of the Thames river. Thanks for having us!
Monica was an absolutely wonderful host. Welcoming as soon as we stepped through the door she helped give ideas on things to do in the local area in terms of walks and good country pubs to eat at that capture the whole country feel.
Her cottage is idyllic and really is in the countryside amongst fields (though note there is a farm house just behind her cottage). The cottage is warm and cosy with a large guest bedroom holding a comfy double/king sized bed and plenty of storage space. It's in a great location as well, within easy driving distance to various quaint villages/ towns or more commercial areas such as Bath.
Monica is super attentive and generous and gave us a lovely surprise by leaving some apple & blackberry vodka and sloe gin in our room as a nightcap. I can tell you now it is delicious and I highly recommend and it was such a lovely surprise. Not only can she make some tasty beverages but her breakfast is also super tasty and you'll fill yourself up with a nice hearty meal before you set off for the rest of the day. (Please note that her breakfast is vegetarian).
Can't recommend staying at Monica's enough. Friendly and chatty Monica is open to having a chat with you or leaving you to it so will suit any type of guest.
If you're looking for a tranquil country getaway with the added bonus of sharing a place with a passionate foodie then Monica's place is the one for you.
Can't wait to go back to visit. Will definitely be visiting again.
Thanks again Monica for a wonderful stay and say hi to Rocky for us!
Viv & Harry
Thanks for a great stay, your place felt like a home away from home and just what we needed after a busy week on the road prior.
Great food with a fresh breakfast and good coffee everyday and the mexican dinner (+ margarita) you prepared for us,
Location is central and good to explore the Cotswolds. 40 min drive south you have Castle Combe (village), Lacock (village + abbey/museum, see where the first ever photograph was taken) and Avebury (henge). 40 min drive north is Winchcombe (village and Sudeley castle, our favourite!) along with lots of other nice little towns,
Aidan & Toni
Monica is a really wonderful host! She was extremely helpful to us,and came up with a bunch of good ideas for things to do in the area. She even went so far as to email a friend of hers to find out the best gardens for us to visit, since that's an interest of ours. She's totally comfortable with having people stay with her, and totally open and welcoming – just really pleasant to be around. She let us cook in her kitchen, and she had all kinds of cool things for us to try, like her homemade elderflower cordial and her homemade avocado ice cream (sounds weird but it's absolutely delicious).
Monica lives in an apartment on a farm, in a gorgeous area of England called the Cotswolds. It's very rural and very picturesque. You may need GPS to find her, unless you really know your way around…
The high point of our stay was when she cooked us a meal on the last night (for an extra fee). She's a superb cook – really an artist! And both my wife and I have a dietary restrictions, and Monica found a way to work her magic, while still dealing with our restrictions. Wow!
Thanks Monica, it was great to meet you, and we'll really look forward to seeing you again, when we come back across the pond!
Adam and Leslie
Thanks so much Adam! It was a delight having you and Leslie to stay and I'm putting dill in EVERYTHING now - you must come back and try my beetroot gazpacho.
I just wanted to clarify for any readers that my place is actually a cottage and not an "apartment". Technically it's "semi-detached" as one portion of the wall connects to the farmhouse, but it's totally separate and completely private.
We loved our stay at Monica's cottage. Despite the rainy weather, the home was cosy, and Monica and her dog, Rocky, provided us with a very warm welcome. Her passion for cooking and all things foodie came across immediately, and we were more than happy to try her amazing selection of homemade jams, chutney and breads each morning ! Monica was a very generous and pleasant host, we felt very chilled out staying at her house. It is quite literally in the middle of the countryside, so if you're looking for a quiet , nature loving break , look no further !
I would thoroughly recommend this accommodation.
We stayed with Monica for 2 nights and it was the perfect escape to the Cotswolds! Easy drive from London and Monica and Rocky the dog were very welcoming! Monica's home made bread was delicious! We visited several towns and villages from here and also went biking so there was plenty to keep us busy! Recommended!
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