Perfect for a large family or group of good friends, this cottage has a lovely dining area, a cosy sitting room with an open fire and a large outdoor terrace. Plus, there’s access to an on-site indoor swimming pool and spa.
Hardy Cottage is one of twelve luxury holiday cottages set within the peaceful grounds of an historic country estate near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds. It was formerly part of the stable block of the manor house on the estate and is now a tastefully decorated abode that sleeps eight in four en-suite bedrooms. Several factors make a stay here extra special. For starters there is access to the estate’s beautiful gardens, plus you can use the on-site indoor swimming pool, gym, spa and children’s facilities. Here, country house hotel-style luxury meets the freedom and space of a private home.
Decorated in an elegant, Gustavian style, this cottage promises a stylish stay in the Cotswolds.
Step inside the property to the large, open-plan drawing-room/dining-room/kitchen which is bright and spacious with lots of natural light. Pretty details include needlework rugs, crystal wall sconces and coordinating decorative plates and glassware. Relax on one of the sofas or the French fauteuil armchairs, gather together to watch a film on the Smart TV (access to Netflix is available with your own login details) or warm up beside the open fireplace on chilly evenings.
The dining and kitchen parts of the room feature York stone flooring and a large dining table with antique chairs to seat eight, while in contrast there are ultra-mod-cons to help you self-cater every meal with ease. There’s a large range cooker with two electric ovens and six burners and an American-style fridge/freezer with ice and chilled water dispensers, yet the smart granite worktops, Belfast sink and Shaker-style cupboards make it feel homely.
Off the drawing-room is a double bedroom featuring an antique, wrought-iron French bed and an en-suite shower room. Meanwhile, upstairs, you’ll find the master bedroom which has a mahogany four-poster, king-size bed, a bureau and 18th-century card tables used as bedside tables, plus an en-suite bathroom. There are also two twin bedrooms: one with two standard single beds and an en-suite bathroom, the other with two four-poster single beds and an en-suite shower room.
The outdoor space for this cottage comprises a large, secluded terrace with garden furniture, an umbrella and a barbecue, and it overlooks the lawn and walled garden of the estate.
You’ll also have access to the estate’s stunning gardens which feature a mix of formal and informal elements, the perfect place for a quiet stroll. There’s also access to shared facilities including an indoor swimming pool, spa and gym, as well as several children’s play areas and the teens’ games room.
You will have access to a host of on-site leisure facilities that are shared by guests of all cottages.
Visit England has awarded the estate gardens top marks and it’s not hard to see why. A real labour of love, with a mix of formal and informal elements, highlights of the gardens include topiary, box hedges, lawns, an old walled garden, gazebos, orchards, statues, a wisteria tunnel, vast borders, an arched column of yews and a stream… the list goes on. This is English country garden style at its very best.
Swimming pool, spa and gym
The indoor, heated swimming pool is great for a refreshing dip and is edged with poolside loungers so you can relax afterwards. Doors open onto an Italian-style garden and a sun terrace with more loungers, which is a blissful spot to enjoy a drink or lunch on a summer’s day. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult, while floats and swim nappies are available for little ones. Why not make it a full day of indulgence and book a facial or a massage with an expert therapist? The spa treatment rooms here are calming spaces filled with soothing scents and relaxing music.
However, if you’re keen to keep up with your fitness routine, head to the gym which is equipped with a running machine, power plate, exercise balls, rowing machine, cross trainer, free weights and an exercise bike.
Children will love it here. There are three playgrounds, a two-storey Wendy house, bikes and a play cabin with dressing up clothes, art materials, toys and even child-sized croquet sets. Meanwhile, teenagers will like the games room which features a pool table, table tennis and table football, as well as a 75-inch TV with a PS4 and an Xbox 360. It’s the perfect place for a friendly competition with siblings, parents or new friends.
A member of staff from the cottage estate will greet you on arrival and show you to your cottage. The estate grounds and gardens, the swimming pool, spa area, gym and play areas are shared facilities available to guests of all the cottages at the site.
Welcome hampers provided to guests include essentials and treats mostly sourced from neighbouring farms and local suppliers. Meanwhile, the all-natural toiletries supplied for you to use during your stay are from 100 Acres that donates a percentage of its profits to a rewilding Britain scheme. In addition, the estate gardens are a haven for wildlife. Shrubs and flowers have been planted to attract bees and butterflies, while flowers from the cutting garden are used in pretty arrangements in the cottages to welcome guests.
If you'd like to offset the carbon emissions from your trip, get in touch and we can arrange this for a small fee.
Own login details required for Netflix.
Camp beds the size of a 3ft single bed or cots can be provided free of charge to accommodate an additional 2 guests.
There is a stream in the grounds of the estate, however this is fenced off for safety reasons
Check-in: from 16:00
Check-out: by 10:00
Deposit: Bookings are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the booking value plus applicable booking fees with the balance payable 60 days before the date of travel.
Accidental Damage Deposit: To maintain the highest standards in our properties, guests will need to pay a refundable Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 prior to their stay. An advance payment as detailed in the booking summary can be made to waive this requirement.
Book with confidence: If your booking is affected by new Government travel restrictions which were not known at the time of booking, and you're legally unable to travel, we will arrange with the property owner to refund 100% of your holiday cost.
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