Date: March 2019
TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY - TIME FOR LUNCH & TEA IN THE COTSWOLDS
Whether you are popping down to the Cotswolds to visit mum this Mothering Sunday or she is visiting you, there are some wonderful places to take her for the perfect Mother’s Day lunch or afternoon tea -see our pick below.
And whether you’re looking for a house for mum and dad, you and your family or even somewhere large enough for everyone to live all together, Butler Sherborn has a wide selection of prime Cotswold homes new on the market.
Warwick House, Burford, West Oxfordshire OX18 4RN - £1.25million
Warwick House is an elegant Grade II Listed town house on three floors, and located at the lower end of Burford’s famous High Street.
A family home for many years and boasting an array of period features, it is believed to have been re-fronted in the early 18th century. In addition to the main house, there is a separate one bedroom annexe with parking and separate access.
Accommodation is spacious and well-balanced, and comprises a bright and airy drawing room with a bow-window and log burner, a study, dining room with open fire and a beautifully hand-crafted kitchen with fitted appliances. There is also a utility area, cloakroom and cellar.
Via a beautiful curved staircase, the first floor includes two double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, and a third double bedroom with its own bathroom and a separate dressing room on the third floor. A separate staircase leads to the fourth double bedroom with en-suite shower.
The annexe, which can be accessed through the garden or its own entrance has a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom.
There is a lawned garden bordered by Cotswold stone walls, and a secluded terrace that is ideal for alfresco dining, a garage and gated parking area.
Known as ‘the Gateway to the Cotswolds’ just off the A40 and in between Oxford and Cheltenham, Burford is a small, self-contained medieval town. Built on an imposing hill, the wide High Street runs down to the River Windrush which meanders through the valley below. Within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the town offers all you need for everyday shopping, as well as numerous tea shops, cafes, coaching inns and pubs for Mother’s Day, and plenty of browsing in antique shops and boutiques. There are excellent road links to the M40 to London and the M5 to the west, and railway stations at Oxford and Charlbury for regular trains to London Paddington.
Manor Barn, Aldsworth, nr Burford, Gloucestershire GL54 3QZ - £1million
If you’re looking for a separate annexe for mum and dad - or one that could double-up as part of the house to make a separate studio, office or guest accommodation, Manor Barn could be the answer.
Offering a very useful and flexible amount of accommodation, this five-bedroom Cotswold stone barn conversion was professionally restored and converted some 30 years ago and offers period charm with all the space for modern living. The property sits in a lovely setting on the edge of the village enjoying an elevated and private position overlooking the surrounding fields.
With a south facing aspect, the accommodation feels particularly bright and spacious, aided by the rooms being well proportioned and with good ceiling heights to allow plenty of natural light to flood in. The property has a number of period features, a vaulted entrance hall and a galleried landing.
Aldsworth is to the west of Burford, and well placed for the A40 to Cheltenham and Oxford which both have stations, and London is approx. 90 minutes by car.
Stayts Farm, Church Westcote, Gloucestershire OX7 6SF - £1.1million
Stayts Farm is a classic Cotswold stone village house with great character. Grade II Listed and dating from the 17th century, it is the perfect family home while offering the opportunity to update the interior to one’s own needs and style.
The ground floor includes a drawing room and dining room with good ceiling heights, a kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, a cloakroom and utility. Original features include leaded light Cotswold stone mullion windows, window seats, flagstone flooring, open fireplaces with Cotswold stone surrounds, exposed beams and stone work.
On the first floor is the master bedroom with dressing area and shower room, the second and third bedrooms, and the fourth bedroom is on the second floor. There is also an attic room.
Set in an elevated position in the heart of the village close to the church, the property includes just under half an acre comprising mature gardens, lawns, vegetable garden, an orchard and terraces that surround much of the house. There are some stone outbuildings and private parking.
Stayts Farm is midway between Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, both 5 miles away, Chipping Norton is 9.5 miles, Cheltenham 23 miles and Oxford 25 miles. Mainline trains to London Paddington can be caught at Kingham, 4 miles away.
For Mother’s Day lunch, try The Feathered Nest http://thefeatherednestinn.co.uk, which is within walking distance.
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The Fleece House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1DR - £700,000
The Fleece House is an immaculately renovated Cotswold stone cottage close to the centre of historic Stow-on-the-Wold, with a sensitive balance of contemporary and character features throughout, while providing a deceptively spacious living space.
The space includes a well-proportioned drawing room with Cotswold stone fireplace and woodburning stove, a bespoke, locally made fitted kitchen that includes a Miele dishwasher, Fisher & Paykel fridge/freezer and Mercury range, a cloakroom, utility room and study. Upstairs is the master bedroom with en suite shower room, a second bedroom, shower room and large storage room, with another bedroom suite on the second floor which affords wonderful views across the rooftops to the church. There is a drive to the side with electric gates, off-street parking for two cars and a rear courtyard.
Just a short, level walk to the market square, Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the most significant towns on the Fosse Way as it passes through the North Cotswolds. With numerous tea shops including Huffkins (see below), pubs and restaurants, this former wool town is also well located for Daylesford Organic Farm shop, nearby.
Wheelwright Barn, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, GL54 2HR - £550,000
Wheelwright Barn is a classic Grade II Listed barn conversion in one of the most iconic villages in the Cotswolds - Lower Slaughter.
Within the centre of the village and near the church, the barn includes an entrance hall with flagstone floor, kitchen/breakfast room, a dining hall with an impressive vaulted ceiling, and a double aspect sitting room with stone fireplace. Upstairs and from the galleried landing are two double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and double height ceilings, and a bathroom.
Outside, the property is approached from a private shared driveway with private parking and has an easily maintained courtyard garden.
With the River Eye meandering gracefully through its centre, Lower Slaughter is one of the most perfect villages in the Cotswolds. With a small cluster of traditional Cotswold stone cottages and houses, St Mary’s parish church and its own historic water mill, there are two highly regarded hotels to choose from for Mother’s Day lunch or tea, the Lower Slaughter Manor and The Slaughters Country Inn, and the Lords of the Manor just up the hill. Within a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village is surrounded by glorious countryside, so perfect for walking, horse riding or cycling, while Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are close by.
Earby House, Lower Oddington, Gloucestershire GL56 0UP - £450,000
Formerly The Old Post Office and village shop, Earby House makes an excellent family home, and the perfect ‘lock-up and leave’ property for weekenders or holiday letting.
Just a stone’s throw away from highly regarded Fox Inn, it is also handy for Daylesford Farm shop, perfect for a Mother’s Day treat.
Built from Cotswold stone and brick and with a distinctive frontage, this light and deceptively spacious house offers very flexible use of the accommodation, and comprises a generous sized sitting/dining room with wood burner, and a large fitted kitchen/breakfast room. Upstairs there is the master bedroom with adjoining shower room, two further double bedrooms, a study/dressing room/fourth bedroom and a family bathroom.
There is also a home spa room and laundry, a boot room and cellar. Outside is a store and spacious garage, and low maintenance south facing walled courtyard garden.
Kingham Station is also close by for weekend visitors or commuting to London.
Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is celebrated this year on Sunday 31st March and on different days in other parts of the world. It is a day of honouring the family, and dates back to the 16th century, when people returned to their mother church for a service held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is three weeks before Easter Sunday.
Your ‘mother church' was either the church where you were baptised, or your local parish church or cathedral, the mother of all the parish churches in the diocese.
Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone ‘a mothering’. Later on, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members, and often the only time when whole family could gather together.
Linked to the Christian calendar the date changes every year but it usually falls in late March or early April.
Time for tea? - six great venues across the Cotswolds for Mother’s Day:
Barnsley House - located in the Cotswold village of Barnsley between Cirencester and Bibury. As well as a fine venue for afternoon tea, it is noted for its beautiful landscaped gardens designed by Rosemary Verey: www.barnsleyhouse.com
Ellenborough Park - close to Prestbury and Cheltenham Racecourse there is a wide range of hand-picked teas available from classic Earl Grey to Strawberry & Mango, Tiramisu, hot ginger or fresh mint: www.ellenboroughpark.com
Huffkins - Huffkins has several locations including Burford & Stow-on-the-Wold where Butler Sherborn has offices: www.huffkins.com
Kings Hotel - Chipping Campden serves a variety of cream teas, and for that extra spoiling touch for mum, sparkling afternoon teas with a glass of fizz: www.kingscampden.co.uk/food-at-kings/afternoon-tea.shtml
The Lygon Arms - from fruit scones with clotted cream to classic finger sandwiches and pastries, everything is prepared daily in-house, at this most English of Cotswold village hotels in Worcestershire: www.lygonarmshotel.co.uk/eat-drink/afternoon-tea
Whatley Manor - quintessentially British and set in 26 acres on the edge of the Cotswolds at Easton Grey near Malmesbury: www.whatleymanor.com
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Note to editors:
With excellent road and rail communications - London, Bristol and Birmingham are all within an hour by train - the area has become popular with those moving out of the city or wanting second homes to escape at weekends.