Situated in the delightfully picturesque village of Chedworth. An ideal base to explore the Cotswolds,namely Stow on the wold, Burford and Chipping Norton.
Brooklands is off the beaten track but not inaccessible - parking is limited to a small area at the bottom of the hill. First come first served so not guaranteed..
The house itself would be described as quaint. Personal taste obviously, but found the decor and furniture rather dated. The sofa,whilst perfectly adequate does not lend itself to lying down on, or snuggled up with a blanket and enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Towels and bed linen were freshly laundered which is always my first test and it passed.
My only observation is that having stayed in rentals before it lacked a minor personal touch of say a homemade cake or something similar. I know this is not mandatory but the smallest of touches make the biggest difference.
Putting that aside a charming little house so thank you !
Beds: 2 - One double, one single. Double is on the smaller side, as in it is a double, not a queen size, cozy for two, like the rest of the flat. Very comfortable. Single bed is on the short side (I am 6 ft 2 and had not issues though) and is dated but comfortable.
Lounge: Very quaint, lots of exposed timber beams, creaky floors, exposed stone work and wood heater fire. Comfortable double sofa and a cozy wing back chair. Very cozy for 3.
Kitchen: induction hob, small oven, microwave, plenty of cutlery, crockery, cups, mugs and wine glasses. Although if you are cooking a full Christmas dinner for 3 you may have to be imaginative about how to cook it all.
The Village: very quaint, overwhelmingly so. If you like exposed stone, hedgerows and small raods you are in for a treat. The Seven Tuns pub is the only pub in the town and whilst we did not have the opportunity to sample the dinners, the beers are very good and the pub cozy. The are many public footpaths for the walkers.
I booked Brooklands (via Manor Cottages) for myself and my Parents (who commuted over from Australia on the big day), booking is on a per week basis (with a small fee for the single bed to be included, all in all a very reasonable price considering the cost of holiday rentals in the Cotswolds. I arrived on the 24th (booking was from the 22nd) and stayed until the 29th of December, checkout was 10 am I believe. The house is very nice, beautifully situated in the Village of Chedworth, easy walking distance to the pub and if you have a car very easy (it is a relative term in the Coltswolds) to get around. The house is very well appointed, beds are comfortable and WiFi is strong. The cottage has lovely views over the surrounding farmland. Very quaint.
Only downsides are that some of the furniture and fittings are a little dated and it is exceptionally creaky (well, it is part of the atmosphere). Be patient with the key lock..it takes some encouragement to open. The key is reassuringly chunky though, so it is worth it.
I would strongly recommend to other who are looking for a nice place to stay away from the main tourist centers of Gloucestershire.
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