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.
We enjoyed a lovely stay over at Monica's hidden and very quiet hideaway. The bedroom was spacious, the bed was comfortable and the house was clean and tidy. Monica was very helpful with breakfast options as we preferred oats porridge. She had 3 types to choose from! Coffee / tea available in the kitchen.
Love to go back for longer, to enjoy the pretty area and experience Monica's food!!
Had a wonderful stay in this hidden-gem in the countryside. Bed was very comfortable and the bread and home-made jams were a real treat.
My wife and I were fortunate to stay at Monica's beautiful cottage near Oaksey in Wiltshire. Monica was not available to greet us which was a shame but unavoidable, however Monica gave us perfect directions and arrangements were made for us to access the property without fuss.
We found the cottage to be exactly as described. It's comfortable, clean, quiet and charming. Monica made it clear we were welcome to treat the place as our own. The well equipped kitchen came in handy at breakfast time and we enjoyed our meals outside in the sunny garden.
We thoroughly recommend this Airbnb and one day hope to return and get to meet Monica.
We loved staying here. Monica was away so we didn´t meet her yet everything was in order and very easy to find! A very peaceful and comfy cottage. Quaint. Woud certainly recommend.
Monica bakes the most excellent bread which we had for breakfast every morning.
Bellissimo cottage in mezzo alla campagna . Monica, assente per una vacanza, ci ha lasciato l'intera disponibilità della sua casa. Da quanto ho letto dal libro degli ospiti la sua presenza avrebbe però' reso ancora più piacevole il soggiorno. Trovato facilmente grazie alle sue precise indicazioni.
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.