Ease your urban woes in this delightful space with plenty of wood for the fire and a bountiful welcome hamper that includes everything you’ll need for your first breakfast – bread from the bakery in Stow, local bacon and eggs, honey from bees who live down the road and deliciously crunchy granola. You’ll also find oodles of gear in the kitchen, but if you prefer not to cook you can have a full concierge service – just ask.
Bibury is a short walk along a footpath and there you’ll find much-admired honey stone houses and the Swan hotel for afternoon tea or dinner with a short stumble home. A games room with table tennis and football will keep children young and old happy, there’s a snug with a TV so you don’t all have to watch, baskets of games and a main living space which is really gorgeous to unwind in, aided by swish sofas and squashy cushions.
Gather up a picnic (there’s an organic farm shop a 10-minute drive away) and join the Cotswold Way for walking through bucolic countryside, bring or hire bikes for quiet lanes and stunning views; plenty of pretty villages have tea shops and pubs for a stopover. Spill out into the garden on sunny evenings and get the huge gas barbecue going – you’re not overlooked at all.