A listed hobbity stone shepherd’s cottage with a bushy cap of thatch and trim garden behind. Step in to a warm, bright living area with flagstone floors and original art. It’s a romantic sort of place with a stone fireplace, wood-burner and coffee table with books. In one corner, a modern kitchen with vintage china and useful basics in the cupboards, along with apple juice, local beer, Nespresso pods and fudge.
Steep stone stairs spiral up to the bedroom and bathroom with its claw foot bath, fluffy towels and smellies. Outside are rattan seats, a scented path over the lawn, a mini wild meadow, apples, plums, herbs to pick. Some asphodels too – symbols of romance.
Stride the endless walking paths, cycle or stroll to the Tunnel House Inn; close by are Roman Cirencester and plenty of chocolate-box Cotswold villages.