Bay Tree Cottage is a delightful, stylishly furnished and decorated, mid-18th Century, 3-bedroom property sleeping up to six guests. Built of Cotswold stone, the cottage is in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, overlooking St David’s Church. The living-dining room has a distinctive bay window, original flagstone floor and open fireplace, while the fully equipped kitchen opens out to a long, south-facing garden with a BBQ and seating area. On the first floor, the cottage has two bedrooms and a family bathroom while on the second floor is a master bedroom with ensuite shower room. The cottage is in walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants and the train station, with its direct line to London Paddington. One well-behaved dog accepted.
The cottage is ideally located for exploring and visiting other Cotswold favourites, with Chipping Norton and Daylesford Organic Farm just 15 minutes’ drive, whilst Soho Farmhouse is a 25-minute drive. Stratford-upon-Avon is just 17 miles away and Cheltenham and Oxford are within 27 miles.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Free street parking outside
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x 1
- Bedding & towels
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Bay Tree Cottage is a stylishly furnished and decorated, Grade II listed, quintessentially Cotswold, terraced cottage built of honey-coloured Cotswold stone, with a charming bay window, that sits between two equally pretty, neighbouring properties. The three-story cottage comfortably accommodates five guests but can sleep six (if two guests sleep in the small double bedroom). It is located down a quiet no-through road, immediately opposite St David’s Church and its beautifully kept churchyard.
The cottage has a long, south-facing garden (approx. 25m x 5m), accessed through the kitchen at the rear of the house, which is predominately grass with planted borders and a raised gravelled terrace at the southern end where guests can sit and enjoy the sunshine, have a BBQ and eat al fresco. Adjacent to the kitchen is an attached outbuilding (private) and privy – the latter can be used by guests should they need to!
Step in directly from Church Street into the cosy living room, with seating around the open fireplace and a dining area beside the door into the kitchen. The kitchen is small, but fully equipped for a self-catering stay. The back door leads from the kitchen out to the garden. Upstairs are three double bedrooms, with a standard double room, a small double room and a family bathroom on the first floor and king-size master bedroom with an ensuite shower room on the top floor. Throughout the cottage are its original mid-18th Century features, including exposed beams, flagstone flooring, beautiful wooden doors and a steep, narrow staircase – something to note for guests with limited mobility.
Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding National Beauty, Moreton-in-Marsh is a thriving market town, dating back to the Saxon era. Moreton’s status grew through the centuries, becoming a market town and then establishing its importance in the region with the coming of the railway and its own station in the 19th Century. The High Street is lined with elegant Cotswold stone buildings which house many specialist shops, antique emporiums, tea rooms and delis. Every Tuesday, Moreton-in-Marsh hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds, which is popular throughout the year. Every year, the town holds an impressive, one-day agricultural festival, celebrating farming and rural life past, present and future. As well as the railway station, which offers a direct link to London, Moreton-in-Marsh is well connected by road, with Chipping Norton just nine miles away, and Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford all within 27 miles.
- Sleeps 5 (+1) in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size, 1 standard double, 1 small double
- 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite Shower Room, 1 Family Bathroom
- On-street, free parking
- Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 1 fire
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, coffee pods, sugar.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
- Heating & Hot water via mains gas, with individual thermostat located in sitting room
- Free Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Dog friendly (max. 1 dog)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 5
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
The front door opens from Church Street into the Living-Dining Room:
The Living – Dining Room
This charming room, with its distinctive bay window, original stone floor (softened with a large sisal rug) and open fireplace, provides a cosy welcome for guests as they step inside. The seating area is furnished with a two-seater sofa, two armchairs and a large beanbag (not shown), all positioned to simply enjoy the fire or watch the smart TV. A dining table, with seating for up to six guests, sits at the back of the room beside the door into the Kitchen.
Head through to the back of the house and up one step into:
The compact but well-equipped kitchen features a butler sink, an electric hob and oven, a large fridge-freezer, a dishwasher and all the crockery, glassware and food preparation items you need for a self-catering stay.
The back door opens from the Kitchen to the south-facing garden and patio… ideal for carrying out all the makings for an al fresco drink or meal.
A door in the Living Room opens to the original (steep) staircase, which is carpeted and has a rope handrail, and leads up to a small landing and the two first-floor bedrooms and family bathroom:
Turn left at the top of the stairs through an original pine wood door into the first double bedroom overlooking the ancient roof tops of Church Street and St David’s Church across the road. Furnished with a standard double bed, (set against the wall), an antique velvet chair, an original fireplace (ornamental) and full-length mirror. A hanging area is provided with padded hangers.
This light and bright bedroom, the smallest in the house, with a view over the garden, is furnished with a small double bed* (set against the wall), a bedside table and reading lamp and hooks with padded hangers to hang clothes. You’ll be reminded you’re in a 17th-Century home by the low doorway into the bedroom… mind your head, but once you’re in the ceiling height is perfectly 21st Century! (*The small double bed is 4ft /121cm wide and comfortably sleeps one adult but could sleep two smaller guests.)
The compact but fabulously quirky family bathroom features a full-size, roll-top bath, with over-bath rain shower, a handmade wash basin and vanity unit with a mirror above, a toilet and a heated towel rail.
A door off the landing leads to a steep, carpeted staircase with a rope handrail to the second-floor, loft master bedroom:
Bedroom 1 – Master Bedroom
Up in the loft conversion, Bedroom 1 is the largest bedroom in the house, with exposed timbers (note low beams to one side of the bed), soothing, chalky-purple coloured walls and a great view to the front across to Moreton’s ancient rooftops. Furnished with a king-size bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps to each side, and a small chest of drawers under the Velux window (with blind). A hanging and storage area is provided with padded hangers and a woven basket.
Ensuite Shower Room
The ensuite is cleverly fitted into a corner of the bedroom and features a cubicle shower with over-head rain shower and hand-held shower fitting, toilet, hand-built wash basin and vanity unit.
Head through the kitchen and out into the pretty, south-facing garden with a lawn, flower beds and a raised terrace at the far end – a real suntrap on a sunny day. Sitting by the fig tree with the charcoal BBQ alight, you’ll truly be able to relax and enjoy your tranquil surroundings. Adjacent to the kitchen is an attached outbuilding (private) and privy – the latter can be used by guests should they need to!
Points of Note
Bay Tree Cottage is an 18th Century Grade-II listed property with the original staircase (two flights) which is steep and narrow, with a rope ‘handrail’. It is not suitable, therefore, for guests with limited mobility.
As with most 18th Century cottages, the door frame height and ceiling height are lower than in modern homes. Bedroom door frames are approximately 5’7” high.
Bay Tree Cottage is described as ‘Sleeps 5+1’ because the downstairs area is best suited to accommodate five adults; however, Bedroom 3 has a small double bed (4ft /121cm wide), which generally sleeps one adult but could sleep two smaller guests if needed. Dining seating, towels, china/cutlery etc. is provided for six guests.
Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding National Beauty, Moreton-in-Marsh is a thriving market town, dating back to the Saxon era. The High Street is lined with elegant Cotswold stone buildings which house many specialist shops, antique emporiums, tea rooms and delis. Every Tuesday, Moreton-in-Marsh hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds, which is popular throughout the year. Every year, Moreton-in-Marsh holds a fabulous, one-day agricultural festival, celebrating farming and rural life past, present and future.
The town has a wide range of food shops including a Co-Operative Foodstore, Tesco Express, Aldi and Warner’s Budgens adn independent, speciaialist food shops including a butcher and bakery. There is a Tesco Superstore in Stow-on-the-Wold, a 15-minute drive away. If you would like a grocery delivery, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all deliver to the cottage.
As well as the railway station, which offers a direct link to London, Moreton-in-Marsh is well connected to Cheltenham and other towns and villages in the Cotswolds via regular bus services.
On your way to Moreton-in-Marsh, keep an eye out for the Four Shire Stone. This weathered obelisk stands on a stretch of greenery alongside the A44 and is often overlooked by passing motorists. It marks the spot where four of England’s shires touched (Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire). However, some geographic boundaries of Worcestershire changed in the 20th century making it the Three Shire Stone. Nevertheless, there is some history and some legend to this monument, supposedly having inspired J. R. R. Tolkien; the famous Shire of Middle Earth is divided into four farthings, three of which meet at the Three-Farthing Stone. Tolkien also regularly visited Moreton-in-Marsh, stopping for refreshments at The Bell Inn, which inspired The Prancing Pony, the pub at Bree.
Within Moreton-in-Marsh, enjoy the chocolate box houses and meandering streets. The broad High Street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings, among them the White Hart Royal, a former manor house in which King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War, and the rare Curfew Tower with its original clock and bell. In the centre is the Redesdale Hall dating from 1887. This is the town’s main public hall which regularly holds antiques and craft fairs. Finally, pay a visit to St David’s Church which was rebuilt and reconsecrated in the middle of the 16th century and in 1858 was rebuilt again in a medieval style.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Moreton-in-MarshCornwell-Chastleton Long-Compton-Cherington Rollright-Stones Stow-on-the-Wold Miles without Styles Walk-1-Chipping-Campden-Circular-Walk
Chipping NortonCharlbury-WOW Charlbury-MWS Cornwell-Chastleton-MWS Long-Compton-MWS Rollright-Stones Spelsbury-MWS
Chipping CampdenBroadway Chipping-Campden (Circular Walk) Chipping Campden (Miles Without Styles) Ebrington Kingham Circular Laverton Mickleton Rollright-Stones Broadway Tower Circular Stanton to Snowshill
Bourton-on-the-WaterBourton Circular-WWS Great Rissington-MWS Harford Bridge-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power and Castlett-MWS Naunton-Circular-WWS Salperton-MWS
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Church Street is a no-through road off the A429, the main road through Moreton-in-Marsh, on the corner beside the Manor House Hotel.
Bay Tree Cottage is ideal for guests who do not want to use a car as it is only is 8 minutes’ walk (0.4 miles) to a mainline station in the town centre, offering train links to Oxford (32 minutes) and London Paddington (90 minutes).
- AAA Station Taxis of Moreton-in-Marsh: 07732 382153
- North Cotswold Taxis and Tours: 07832 915871
- Moreton-in-Marsh Taxi4u: 07565 521833
There is free street parking directly in front of the cottage or on the road opposite.