Self-catering in The Cotswolds near Stow-on-the-Wold
THE GRANARY SELF-CATERING COTTAGE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WEEKLY LETS (FRIDAY TO FRIDAY) FOR 2014. PRICES FOR ONE WEEK START FROM £490. SHORT BREAKS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL END MARCH – TWO NIGHT WEEKEND £250.
WREN HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST WILL NOT RE-OPEN UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR.
Peacefully situated, classic Cotswold stone Wren House stands on the edge of the tiny hamlet of Donnington, barely two miles from Stow-on-the-Wold, and looks across the unspoilt rolling countryside that surrounds it. It is perfectly placed for exploring the beautiful North Cotswolds.
Dating from the 15th Century, Wren House combines original charm with modern, homely comfort. Cotswold stone floors with glowing rugs stretch through the ground floor, the colours are fresh, and maximum use is made of the natural light.
The bedrooms are elegantly decorated in classic fabrics with large (U.S. kingsize), comfortable beds and all three have a sunny, southern aspect overlooking an imaginatively planted garden to the fields and trees on the skyline beyond. The bathrooms are fresh and bright.
This part of the Cotswolds is richly served by excellent gastro-pubs, has lovely walks and views, the glorious gardens of Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Sezincote and Batsford Arboretum amongst others, and the beautiful towns and villages of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Snowshill, Upper and Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water. Kiloran McGrigor, your hostess, has a wide knowledge of the area and is happy to help plan your itinerary. Cheltenham, Oxford, Cirencester and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon are all within an easy driving distance of around 30 minutes. Bath is only a one and a half hour drive via Cirencester and Tetbury – the home of wonderful antique shops and the Highgrove Shop. Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Spa is only minutes away for a gourmet delight or relaxing treat and Wren House is perfectly placed for Cheltenham Races.
Breakfast is served in the large kitchen or al fresco in one of the sitting areas in the garden in the summer if the weather permits. It is relaxed and informal. A cereal and fruit buffet is always provided and a full ‘English’ cooked breakfast is also available to those who would like it. All guests sit at the same table leading to lively and fun conversations.
Wren House is slap bang in the middle of England! It is a one and a half hour drive from Heathrow or Bristol airports, one hour from Birmingham airport and two and a half from Gatwick airport. By car, Wren House is two hours from Central London or one hour by train to Oxford where you can hire a car for the last 40 minutes of the journey which some find easier. A car is essential for exploring the area. Its central location makes it ideal as a stop for heading off in any direction in the country with the motorway arteries of the M5, M4 and M40 only half an hour away, yet it still nestles deep in glorious Cotswold countryside. It is often found to be a perfect stop from Bath or London en route to Devon and Cornwall, or to Wales, the Lake District, and perhaps even onwards to Scotland, or an easy trip for just that very necessary weekend away in lovely, relaxed surroundings.
Kiloran McGrigor lives at Wren House with her yellow Labradors, Gigha, and Gigha’s daughter, Ailsa (named after Scottish Hebridean islands!) They offer a warm welcome to their friendly and relaxed home.