This 16th-century house is as all homes should be: loved and lived-in. Find three-foot-thick walls, Persian rugs on flagstoned floors, sit-in fireplaces, stone-mullioned windows and masses of fresh flowers. The garden, enclosed by old stone walls, is full of birdsong and roses and you’re welcome to have tea and cake out here when you arrive, or settle in front of a roaring fire on fresher days.
Unbend in the book-filled sitting room, breakfast by a vast fireplace: home-baked bread, Gloucester Old Spot sausages and bacon from the butcher, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, mushrooms on toast, just ask! Karin looks after you beautifully. Bedrooms, both upstairs, have bowls of Cadbury’s Roses and a packet of biscuits along with very comfortable beds and garden views.
Cotswold walks and hilly cycles await – The Monarch’s Way passes the back gate – but first explore what is said to be the smallest church in the Cotswolds, St James.