A charming chocolate-box hideaway in a quiet pedestrian mews, tucked away just moments from Broadway’s independent boutiques
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Bedding & towels
Gallery and Floor Plan
The Living Space
Stepping through the traditional stable door directly into a light-filled hallway, glimpses to the cottage’s heritage are evident in the whitewashed stone walls and parquet flooring found throughout the cottage’s ground floor, evoking a real sense of country-living as soon as you step inside. The shared living space of the house is accessible directly from the central hallway, giving the cottage a flowing, spacious feel despite its smaller size. To the right, a snug dining room with table for four and views to the cottage’s pretty courtyard garden can be found, leading through into a modest but well-equipped kitchen that sits at the cottage’s front. Perfectly petite, the kitchen manages to squeeze in all you’ll need for a well-catered stay, including a double electric oven, dishwasher, freestanding fridge/freezer and plenty of kitchenware; there’s even a tiny tea making station tucked within a handy wall nook. Stepping back through the hallway you’ll find a cosy living room and the main living space of the house, boasting sink-in sofas in calming country-cream hues and bright dual aspect windows, including a handy French door leading directly out into the property’s pretty courtyard garden. The cottage’s history here once again comes to life through the parquet flooring, statement stone fireplace – complete with Victorian-era favourite Staffordshire Dog ornaments – and traditional equine artwork; a subtle nod to Broadway’s history as a key coaching hub of the Cotswolds. Modernists needn’t worry though, with a TV and WiFi on hand to ensure you stay well and truly up to date with the 21st century during your stay. The ground floor also homes a handy cloakroom WC, hidden away beneath the stairs.
Upstairs, 2 well-proportioned bedrooms sleep up to 4 guests:
The master bedroom of the house can be found at the top of the cottage’s staircase, boasting the same bright dual-aspect outlook that the cottage’s living room enjoys. An eye-catching antique French-style double bed acts as the focal point of the room; an intricate masterpiece in mahogany, featuring delicate carvings and four miniature posts to evoke a real sense of occasion. A generously-proportioned room, there’s also a built-in wardrobe, dresser and dressing table at your disposal, plus attractive exposed beams and a delicate tapestry adorning the wall to further emphasise the elegant, French-style feel.
Across the landing sits Bedroom 2, with zip-and-link twin beds making it perfect for younger guests or adults who don’t mind bunking in together. Boasting the same refined, French-style theme of the Master, Bedroom 2 also benefits from beautiful bright interiors thanks to the dual-aspect windows overlooking the cottage’s frontage and beautiful private courtyard garden. It also homes a statement mahogany dressing table, built-in wardrobe and small sink behind the door; a Victorian throw-back that’s stood the test of time.
The cottage’s main bathroom can be found upstairs between bedrooms 1 and 2, with a double shower, attractive Victorian-style Chatsworth wash basin and wonderfully high ceiling, evoking a real sense of space within this family bathroom. Fully tiled with wood-effect flooring, a large window overlooking the cottage’s front floods the bathroom with light, boasting the same laid-back yet elegant style that can be found throughout the cottage.
Hidden away in a somewhat secret courtyard just off Broadway’s main shopping street, Box Cottage is perfectly placed for those seeking the peace and tranquillity of a country escape, with the benefit of amenities on the doorstep. Pretty in equal measure inside and out, the cottage is accessed from the front through a kissing gate at the end of a quiet backwater, sitting pretty alongside a row of fellow mews cottages opposite an ivy-strewn dry-stone wall. The real gem of the cottage is its private courtyard garden, accessible via French doors leading from the staircase and living room. Encased by traditional Cotswold stone walls in typical courtyard style, this spacious outside area affords the cottage plenty of al-fresco dining opportunities thanks to a dedicated outdoor-dining set and charcoal BBQ sat beneath a beautiful Wisteria-strewn pergola; ideal for offering shade on sunny summer days. The perfect space to unwind in after a day exploring Broadway’s many boutiques, the courtyard is beautifully-maintained with plenty of greenery to give it a real English country garden feel.
Things To Do
When it comes to eateries in Broadway you’re truly spoilt for choice, with a wide selection of independent cafés, restaurants and pubs to enjoy within walking distance of Box Cottage. For those in search of a real treat, Russell’s of Broadway is the ideal choice; a Michelin-guide favourite serving up sophisticated, modern British cuisine along Broadway’s high street. The renowned Lygon Arms, located just a few doors down from the cottage along the high street, is also a great choice for more formal evening meals, with the Lygon Bar & Grill offering a selection of locally-sourced dishes in a stunning Tudor dining room setting. For more laid-back all-day dining, Number 32 Broadway offers a fantastic menu spanning brunch- early supper, serving up a selection of light bites, pizzas and sharer-boards with a contemporary-cool feel. Russell’s Fish and Chips is also a must-visit for those in search of a slap-up meal with a distinctly refined feel courtesy of the team behind Russell’s of Broadway, as is Broadway Deli; a treasure-trove of local delicacies, fresh goodies and store-cupboard essentials, with a small café serving up daily breakfast, lunch and afternoon treats. No visit to Broadway would be complete without a jaunt up to the famed Dormy House, an award-winning boutique hotel with fantastic foodie credentials, with afternoon tea in The Garden Room a must for those in search of an elegant way to while away the hours. For afternoon tea with a more relaxed feel, look no further than The Tea Set – sister to its namesake tea room in Chipping Norton- located just off the high street.
The Cotswolds’ miles and miles of picturesque walking routes are on your doorstep here at Box Cottage, with The Cotswold Way running directly through Broadway itself to connect you to the likes of nearby Chipping Campden, Snowshill and Winchcombe, dependant on how far you’re willing to travel on foot. We’d recommend the brisk walk from Broadway’s High Street to Broadway Tower, designed in 1799 for the sixth Earl and Countess of Coventry, where your hard up-hill efforts are rewarded by magnificent views said to stretch to up to 12 counties wide. For those keen to continue their Cotswold explorations on foot, you can follow the Cotswold Way towards Snowshill on a 7-mile round trip, where the beautiful 15th century Snowshill Manor is well-worth a visit at the half-way point; as is a hard-earned rest stop at the Snowshill Arms.
4½ miles – Start/finish: Crown and Trumpet Inn, Broadway (cotswoldholidays.co.uk)
Explorer map OL45: OS Grid Reference SP094374
A Cotswolds classic for a very good reason, the village of Broadway, was ’discovered’ by the Victorian artistic elite in the 1870s and has been adorning calendars and biscuit tins ever since. The walk centres on Broadway Tower Country Park to the south-east and its eponymous tower, a late 18th-century folly boasting views across 13 (some say 16) counties.
From the delightfully eccentric pub, head up Church Street to the war memorial and right along the High Street. You are now on The Cotswold Way (CW). Follow the CW Acorn signs up the 700ft climb to Broadway Tower which has a William Morris Room and refreshments. Loop back along Coneygree Lane turning right (north) at 11th Century St Eadburgha’s Church and back to the village.
The north Cotswolds is crammed-full of attractions sure to keep visitors happy no matter what the weather, with Broadway itself full of must-sees within walking distance of Box Cottage. History-buffs will love The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery (5-minute walk), a community museum which tells the town’s history through art, as well as Broadway Tower (35-minute walk); a spectacular monument atop an ancient beacon site overlooking the town from its 65ft vantage point. The National Trust property Snowshill Manor is also just a 7-minute drive for those in search of a stately day out, whilst Batsford Arboretum (25-minute drive) offers a picturesque breath of fresh air amidst glorious woodland for those looking to stretch their legs. Slightly further afield, Cotswold Lavender (10-minute drive) is an absolute must during the warmer months with fields upon fields of vibrant purple lavender to explore, including a distillery where the lavender is harvested for essential oil each summer. Distillery fans will also love Cotswolds Distillery at Stourton (30-minute drive) where you can get hands-on with the intricacies of whisky and gin making; the perfect day-out for fans of a tipple or two. For younger guests, Broadway boasts its own Activity Park where hours of fun can be had playing in the great outdoors, with Cotswold Farm Park and Cotswold Wildlife Park just a 20-minute and 40-minute drive from Box Cottage respectively.
With the amenities of Broadway on the doorstep, Box Cottage is well-equipped for those travelling without a car, albeit a nice bonus for those wishing to explore slightly further afield in the Cotswolds. For those travelling by rail, Evesham (18-minute drive) are Moreton-in-Marsh (18-minute drive) are the nearest stations with good links to major cities including London Paddington, with regular buses connecting Broadway with each. Taxis are available from each station but we would recommend pre-booking if you’re arriving outside of traditional working-day hours.
Parking is in Back Lane, Broadway, after the “residents only” formal sign on the left, as one approaches the end of Back Lane, you are welcome to park along the hedgerow, even in front of the gate on the LEFT hand side, (not the kissing gate) on the right.
Parking in Back Lane
Outdoor Dining Area
Amenities within walking distance
Amenities are very much on the doorstep at Box Cottage, meaning you needn’t have to venture far for the essentials during your stay. The nearest convenience stores are in Broadway itself, with Warner’s Budgens and Nisa both within walking distance and stocked full of the essentials you’ll need for a well-catered break. The nearest major supermarkets can be found in Evesham (20-minute drive), where an M&S Simply Food, Tesco Superstore, LIDL, ALDI, Morrisons and Co-Operative Food offer you plenty of choice when it comes to stocking up. If you fancy taking the hassle out of your stay completely, we recommend planning ahead with a grocery delivery; Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to the cottage.
Cotswolds Walks- www.cotswolds.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-in-the-cotswolds
Broadway Walks and Attractions- www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk
Russell’s of Broadway – 20 High St, Broadway WR12 7DT | 01386 853555
Lygon Bar & Grill– High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU | 01386 852 255
Number 32 Broadway- 32 High Street, Broadway WR12 7DT | 01386 306670
Russell’s Fish and Chips – 20 High St, Broadway WR12 7DT | 01386 858435
Dormy House– Willersy Hill, Broadway WR12 7LF | 01386 859910
The Tea Set– 1 The Huntings, Church Close, Broadway WR12 7AH | 01386 859090
Warner’s Budgens- Russell Square, Back Ln, Broadway WR12 7AP
NISA Local- 3 Bibsworth Ave, Broadway WR12 7BH
Tesco Superstore- Worcester Rd, Evesham WR11 4XF
Morrisons- Davies Rd, Evesham WR11 1FN
The Co-Operative Food- 72-74 High St, Evesham WR11 4PA
LIDL- 2 Broadway Rd, Evesham WR11 1BH
ALDI- 4 Swan Ln, Evesham WR11 4PA
M&S Simply Food– 3 & 4, Evesham Shopping Park, Evesham WR11 4AB
AJW Private Hire – 07930 868552
Blue Cabs – 01386 858031
QB Cabs – 07850 888565
Delta Taxis – 07798 767688