Renting a luxury self catering property in the Cotswolds
If you’re hankering for the rural landscape, quaint villages, and honey stone cottages of the Cotswolds, there are plenty of options when it comes to renting a luxury property in this very special part of the country. Various companies focus exclusively on high-spec self-catering accommodation, and demand is usually high, so it’s worth booking well in advance in order to secure the place of your dreams. One site, Character Cottages specialises in luxury country homes, with availability in all of the prime spots, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, and Temple Guiting. 17th century Yarrow Cottage in Churchill is one of the most attractive properties on Character Cottage’s books: think traditional Cotswold stone with a thatched roof, wooden floors, and exposed oak beams. Inside, the cottage has been renovated and lovingly restored to an incredible level of style and comfort: the front room includes a wood-burning stove, tasteful soft furnishings, and a Netflix account on the TV! With an ultramodern bathroom complete with copper tub and stone washbasins, the cottage has the kind of luxury finishes that you would usually expect to see in the top country hotels, but with the additional benefit of total privacy which self-catering brings.
For further high end options, consider Bruern Cottages. Bruern only let properties in the Cotswolds, so they’re local specialists. With just 12 luxury cottages on their books, the company takes pride in delivering an exceptional experience: Cope Cottage, a converted mill house, is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away. Sleeping two people, the high-pitched roof with additional windows floods the property with natural light, while the spectacular living room is filled with books. The sleek new kitchen contains top-of-the range electricals for preparing the perfect meal, while the two private terraces with BBQ and garden furniture provide the ideal setting for dining al fresco. For a larger group, Weir House sleeps up to 10 people in style. Its 5 en-suite bedrooms, private children’s play area, and 2 gardens mean that family groups are easily accommodated (a large dolls’ house, box containing dressing-up clothes, and a croquet set are also included). With a large outdoor dining area as well as an attractive breakfast island in the kitchen, it’s the ideal base for a luxury self-catering break.
Luxury Cotswold Rentals offer a concierge service for guests’ convenience, including bespoke cookery lessons from top chefs. Large groups will love Sheepscombe House, a magnificent Georgian manor house with its own herd of alpacas. Complete with a drawing room, music room, and a cinema room, this extra-luxurious property even has a heated all-year swimming pool, and sleeps up to 11 people per night. The cooking options are, of course, excellent: there’s a wood-burning pizza oven, 2 barbecues, and 2 range cookers, and an all-weather tennis court to burn it all off on afterwards, too. There’s also a conservatory dining room for sit-down meals, four bathrooms, and wifi in the property: there’s so much to do you won’t even want to leave to explore the surrounding villages. The manor house was even featured in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2014 Guide to the Best of British Houses, making it a prestigious option for a very stylish stay indeed.
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