Beautiful 18th-century Beehive Cottage, in the Cotswold village of Poulton, sleeps 6 guests across one king-size, one double and one twin bedroom. The cottage has a very well- equipped kitchen, a spacious living room with an inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, a separate Snug with a work area, a spacious family bathroom with a bath and a downstairs shower room/utility. Outside is a large, pretty garden and off-street parking for two cars, with free on street parking readily available.
As you pull onto the gravelled drive at Beehive Cottage, in the village of Poulton, you’ll immediately feel a sense of serenity as the history and beauty of the cottage greets you. It is an archetypal Cotswold property, built in the 1760’s with Victorian additions – the type of home you see featured in property magazines and wish you could stay! The owner has renovated Beehive Cottage very sympathetically, maintaining the traditional character of the cottage yet providing every modern convenience with a contemporary but stunning interior design – including richly pigmented, eco-friendly Farrow & Ball paints - plus everything you need for a thoroughly pampered, self-catered Cotswold holiday.
Beehive Cottage’s front door is framed by wisteria and passionflower, with thick swathes of lavender in the garden’s raised beds, attracting butterflies and bees in the summertime. French doors open from the Kitchen-Dining area to an outdoor seating area, which wraps round the cottage to further seating and a barbecue. Steps leads up to a lawn, with mature planting, and a second large table, where you can sit and enjoy the last rays of evening sunshine looking back towards the cottage.
The traditional character of Beehive Cottage, including a stunning inglenook fireplace (with a secret stone staircase behind winding up to Bedroom 3), original oak beams and exposed Cotswold stone walls combines fabulously with the carefully chosen modern amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen with 6-ring hob, a shower/utility room, a family bathroom, WiFi, a Smart TV, Bose speaker, a Snug with work area (for guests who have to check in to the office) and exquisite, decorations throughout the cottage that have been hand-painted by the owner.
Poulton is a small but thriving Cotswold village with a traditional British pub, The Falcon Inn, serving British modern food, and featuring locally brewed cask ales. The village has a church (St Michael’s and All Angels) and a children's playground and playing field, called ‘Englands’, directly across the lane from the cottage. A traditional summer fete is held each year on the first Sunday after the August Bank Holiday. The closest food shops to the cottage are in Fairford, approximately 3 miles away (see ‘Local Amenities’). (please note: Poulton no longer has a village shop.)
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size double bedroom, 1 standard double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom (2 singles)
2 bathrooms: 1 family bathroom (Bath, toilet, wash basin); 1 ground floor shower room (walk-in shower, toilet, wash basin)
Parking: driveway, with parking space for two cars. Further quiet, on street parking is freely available.
Private enclosed garden
Fireplace with wood burner – basket of logs and kindling is provided for the wood burning stove from October to April, further log supplies can be purchased locally.
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, Nespresso pods, instant coffee, fresh milk, oils, salt and pepper, cooking condiments, kitchen paper, baking foil, cling film
Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper, bubble bath
Heating and hot water via electric central heating with individual thermostat controls.
Bluetooth Bose speaker
Books: novels and local interest
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, bread bin, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware (blender, scales, cake tin), food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans)
Leisure range oven with conventional/fan ovens, grill, warmer and 6-ring hob
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer x2 (indoor/outdoor use), clothes pegs
Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 6
BBQ (charcoal) with tools – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Eco-friendly Farrow & Ball paint used throughout
FULL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
Walk up the garden path and step through the front door into the Living Room
The Living Room
At the centre of the cottage is the cosy and inviting Living Room, with its restored 18th century inglenook fireplace, stone floors and exposed Cotswold stone walls, made warm and welcoming with rugs, blankets and beautiful artwork. Two sofas and an armchair provide comfy seating for six guests to watch the Smart TV and enjoy the wood burning stove, while a window seat is the perfect place to perch and read a book. During renovation work, a stone stairway was unearthed behind the fireplace, leading up to the twin bedroom; providing a fascinating glimpse into the cottage’s past. (Although the staircase is open, the owners do not recommend using it as it is steep, narrow and uneven. A lock is provided on the twin bedroom door to prevent younger guests in that bedroom from using the staircase.) The cottage’s main staircase leads up from the Living Room to the three bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Turn left down two stone steps to:
A delightful room between the kitchen and Living Room featuring flagstone flooring with a cosy, richly coloured rug, a desk (with pens, paper and colouring pencils), an antique glass-fronted bookcase with novels and local guides, and a two-seater leather sofa and an armchair with a footstool, perfectly placed to watch a meal being prepared or relax in the quiet of the Snug.
Pass through an arch to:
The Kitchen/Dining Area
The bright and airy dual-aspect kitchen/dining room has French doors opening out to the garden and seating area, and a window over the sink overlooking the barbecue area. The kitchen is fully equipped to a very high standard, with everything you would need for a self-catered stay, including a Leisure range-style electric cooker, with a double oven, grill and six-ring hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster and Nespresso coffee machine, plus a superb range of crockery, bakeware, cutlery and glassware. Guests are provided with a starter supply of essentials, including teabags, Nespresso pods, instant coffee, fresh milk, oils, salt and pepper and cooking condiments. The large dining table comfortably seats six guests.
Off the Living Room:
Through a door off the Living Room is the handy downstairs Shower Room/Utility with a walk-in corner shower (with hand-held and overhead shower), toilet, wash basin and heated towel radiator. The cottage’s Hotpoint washing machine is in this room, along with an outdoor and indoor airer for drying clothes, an iron and ironing board.
Stairs up from the Living Room lead to the carpeted landing and the cottage’s three bedrooms:
The first bedroom at the top of the stairs is the pretty twin bedroom, with exposed oak eaves, charming artwork, two single beds and a day sofa, all carefully arranged to provide plenty of room to walk around. The bedroom is furnished with bedside chests and lamps, a corner hanging rail, and a lovely window seat overlooking the garden’s outdoor seating area. A door at the back of the room opens to the steep, secret staircase down to the Living Room. This door can be bolted to stop young children using it.
Cross the landing to Beehive’s king-size bedroom, with its soft-yellow walls and accents of pink and red. Guests can watch the world go by, sitting in the window seat while reading a book from the wide selection of novels from the bedroom’s bookcase. The room is furnished with a sink-in KING bed, half-height wardrobe, a bedside chest of drawers with a reading light, and an impressive mirror. Hairdryer in drawer.
At the end of the landing, up two stairs, is the master bedroom, affectionately known by the owner as the Butterfly Room, which features a sink-in, double-size bed and walls decorated with beautifully hand-painted butterflies. The room is furnished with a handsome, cherry wood chest of drawers and dressing table, bedside tables with reading lamps and a hanging rail with a shoe rack. With windows on three sides, overlooking the garden and the road below, the master bedroom is bright and light, but has exquisite hand-made, heavy curtains and a blind to ensure a really good night’s sleep.
Located next to Bedroom One, the Family Bathroom is practical yet exudes relaxation at the same time, with its painted wooden floor, half-panelled soft-grey walls and an intricately hand-painted partridge, complimented by a series of antique birds’ egg paintings. The bathroom features a full-length bath, with luxury bubble bath provided, a toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Beehive Cottage has a charming garden with a lawn and a gravelled area with seating and parking for two cars. Wisteria and passionflower frame the front door and climb up to the bedroom windows, while in the summertime lavender blooms fill the air with their scent, attracting bees, butterflies and birds. Step through the French doors in the Kitchen to the outdoor seating area, with its oblong-shaped table, seating for eight and charcoal barbecue. Beyond the parking area, up a few steps, is an immaculate lawn with raised beds and an original beehive – no longer in use!
Poulton is a small but thriving Cotswold village with a traditional British pub, The Falcon Inn, serving British modern food, and featuring locally brewed cask ales. The village has a church (St Michael’s and All Angels) and a children's playground and playing field, called ‘Englands’, directly across the lane from the cottage. The closest food shops to Poulton are in Fairford (3 miles) and Cirencester (6 miles).
Well known for its RAF base, the site of Concorde’s maiden flight, and the site of the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford is an interesting market town with a selection of small supermarkets, coffee shops, a Post Office, fuel station, a butcher, Boots pharmacy, and other local-interest stores:
Co-Op Food Store: Market Place, GL7 4AB; open every day 7am-10pm
Londis Convenience Store: London Rd, GL7 4AH; open 6.30am-10pm
(See below for more information on Fairford.)
Known by many as ‘The Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester has a wide range of large supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants and services (see the ‘Cirencester Guidebook’ below, page 18). For a food shop choose from:
• Tesco Extra: Kings Meadow, Cricklade Rd, Cirencester GL7 1NP
• Waitrose: Sheep St, Cirencester GL7 1SZ
• Lidl Cirencester: Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG
• ALDI: Cricklade Rd, Cirencester GL7 1NP
• M&S Simply Food: 42 Dyer St, Cirencester GL7 2PF
• Tesco Metro: 4 Farrell Cl, Cirencester GL7 1HW
A car is not essential but recommended if you want to explore the area. The cottage is 90 minutes from London Paddington station – taxi transfers from Kemble railway station are available, please see taxi companies and contact numbers in ‘At a Glance’ above.
Fairford town dates back to AD 850 when it developed as a safe place to cross the River Coln. Later it became a mill town (wool), with the mill still standing today, but not in operation. Today the River Coln is known for its excellent trout fishing.
The town has an impressive church, St Mary's, known as a Late Perpendicular 'wool' church, with beautiful medieval stained glass and interesting wood and stone carvings.
The Market Place and High Street are where visitors will find most shops, cafes etc, with impressive 17th and 18th century stone houses lining the streets, including 7a Coffee Shop (www.7acoffeeshop.co.uk/) and Linwood Café (www.lynwoodandco.com/)
There is free parking in the Town Car park, in the Market Place and at the top of the High Street. Other streets have one-hour restrictions.
Fairford is a 'Walkers are Welcome' town, the local council provides several walking suggestions and routes taking in the pretty park, water meadows and riverside trails, available to download at: www.fairfordcv.org.uk/walks/
Discover more about Fairford at ‘Fairford – A Good Place to Be’: https://fairfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/
Local Walking & Cycling
It is a great area for walking and cycling. Public footpaths and bridleways between most of the surrounding villages, including Ampney St Crucis, Ampney St Mary and St Peter, Coln St Aldwyns and, slightly further afield, Bibury. In addition to having walks on its doorstep, there are many self-guided walks to enjoy in and around Cirencester. (See ‘Walking Links’ below.) Enjoy studying a framed Ordnance Survey map on the wall in the Snug at Beehive Cottage.
Poulton is the home of Performance Cycling, one of the Cotswolds leading bike shops and hubs. Visits are by appointment only, so if you would like to drop by be sure to contact them beforehand.
Useful Walking Links:
• Cirencester Walks Around the Town (http://cirencester.gov.uk/walks-around-the-town/)
• Cotswolds AONB – walks (https://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/walking/)
• Cotswold AONB – cycle routes (https://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/cycling-and-riding/cycle-routes/
• Fairford Welcomes Walkers (www.fairfordcv.org.uk/walks/
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