Hawthorn Cottage is an immaculate Cotswold stone, 4-double-bedroom, dog-friendly, luxury holiday home, providing spacious and relaxing accommodation for 8 guests right in the heart of the historic Cotswolds. The owners have lavished this new-build property with top-end appliances, finishes and features. Facilities include 2 en-suite bedrooms, a large family bathroom and separate WC, a log burner, an enclosed and private garden and an integrated car port and off-road parking.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Sky TV
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - 2 + free street parking
- Travel Cot - 1
- High Chair - 1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 5 Feb 2020
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Hawthorn Cottage is within easy walking distance of the medieval wool town of Northleach, just 15 minutes’ drive from the Cotswold favourites of Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, and only 30 minutes’ drive from Cheltenham and the racecourse. This luxury Cotswold holiday rental is part of Westwoods, a quiet, new development on the east side of Northleach. Built from the region’s eponymous warm-yellow Cotswold limestone, the property is a handsome and spacious, 3-story, mid-terrace home with an abundance of natural light. Hawthorn Cottage has an enclosed child- and dog-friendly rear garden that is laid to lawn, with a pocket-size lawn to the front framed with a pretty Cotswold drystone wall. To the side is a car-port for one car, and to the rear a dedicated off-road parking space.
Stepping through the front door of Hawthorn Cottage, you’ll immediately feel the luxury and high specifications that run through this newly built home, starting with the underfloor heating and calming greys, ivory and taupe colour scheme. Everything from the stunning dining room chandelier and sitting room’s “lantern” ceiling to the John Lewis cutlery, crockery, glassware and linens exudes good taste, comfort and a dash of opulence.
This gorgeous new development, surrounded by open countryside, is built on the site of the old Westwoods Grammar School, with Rixon Road named after one of the old school houses, itself named after William Augustus Rixon (1858–1948) who was a renowned artist, landowner and Sheriff of Gloucestershire.
The historic town of Northleach is just a few minutes’ walk from Hawthorn Cottage and is one of the best surviving examples of a medieval “New Town”. It was built in an area of almost entirely open sheep country by the church and local landowners who wanted to develop a network of markets where rents and levies could be collected! By 1227 the town was granted its market charter and really began to prosper (a market takes place to this day, every Wednesday). The town’s gentry prospered on wool from the famous Cotswold Lion breed, with the architecture of the town, and in particular the church of St Peter and St Paul, reflecting their wealth. With the decline of the wool industry, the town’s fortunes declined, but it picked up again with the development of a coaching route between Wales and London. The route that became the A40 was itself the reason for the second decline in the town’s fortunes with the rush of modern traffic through the town centre. In the 1980s a bypass was constructed, and the town returned to its peaceful market town roots, luckily with many of its historic 15th-, 16th– and 17th-century landmarks still intact for today’s travellers to explore. (See ‘Local Amenities’ below for more details of Northleach, including restaurant recommendations.)
If you’d like to explore the well-known historic and natural sights of the Cotswolds –perhaps wander around Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford and the grounds of Sudeley Castle or visit Cheltenham Races – yet prefer modern, luxury living to beams and thatched roof tops, look no further than the sumptuously equipped Hawthorn Cottage in the ancient market town of Northleach!
- Sleeps 8 across 4 bedrooms: 2x super king-size, 1x king size, and 1x twin
- 3 bathrooms: 2 en-suite, 1 family bathroom, 1 ground floor W.C.
- Bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
- Handwash provided in all bathrooms/WC
- Parking for 2 cars in carport and rear parking bay, plus unrestricted off-street parking on adjacent roads.
- Child / dog friendly.
- Worcester Bosch log burner with welcome basket of logs
- Heating: wet underfloor heating to ground floor and electric underfloor heating to all bathrooms. Radiators in all bedrooms.
- Samsung 50” TV + Sky box
- Fully equipped kitchen: John Lewis crockery, glassware, cutlery, utensils and cookware
- Nespresso coffee machine with 10-pod welcome pack + cafetière
- Breville toaster + kettle
- Bosch washer/dryer in kitchen
- Neff integrated double oven
- Sharp microwave
- Neff dishwasher
- Neff fridge & freezer
- Plenty of double power sockets in every room
- 1 high chair
- 1 SpaceCot travel cot (NB linen for travel cots is not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- 1 stairgate
- 1 Hairdryer (BaByliss)
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for dogs and children
- Garden furniture – available from spring 2019
- BBQ (charcoal) Please supply your own.
On the left-hand side of the hallway is the downstairs WC with Villeroy & Boch handbasin and dual flush toilet. On the right-hand side is a door through to the open-plan, fully equipped kitchen, while straight ahead is the L-shaped sitting room/dining area, (connecting to the open plan kitchen) leading on to the garden beyond the bi-fold doors. The Entrance Hall houses the fuse box on the left-hand side and the WiFi router on top of the radiator cover. (See ‘At-a-Glance’ above for router information.)
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The bright and light, open-plan kitchen is fully equipped for a luxury self-catering holiday, to include quartz worktops, an integrated five-burner Neff hob, fan-assisted oven and extractor fan, Neff integrated fridge-freezer and dishwasher. You will find new/lightly used John Lewis crockery, cutlery and glassware (including red wine, white wine and champagne glasses) to cater for 12 throughout, all stored in beautifully designed kitchen cupboards and an elegant, light-oak kitchen dresser – where you’ll also find a cocktail shaker, cook books, fruit bowls and serving dishes. Cooking utensils and gadgets, for even the most exacting chef, including a Kenwood blender/liquidizer are stored alongside baking equipment and John Lewis daily cookware (colander, poaching pan, saucepans, sieve etc.).
The double sink, which looks out over the front of Hawthorn Cottage, is where you will find a welcome pack of essential cleaning equipment, including dishwasher tablets and washing-up liquid. The mains water stop cock is under the sink. Please only use/adjust this in an emergency.
To the right of the sink is the Worcester hot water boiler. The boiler is set to provide hot water throughout your stay, please do not alter the settings.
Straight on to the open plan…
This elegant and relaxing room, newly decorated in a symphony of greys, white and taupe, looks out towards the room-wide bi-fold doors that lead to the garden, which are delicately screened by long, sheer white curtains. The main attraction is the L-shaped, sink-in grey sofa, with beautiful coffee table, overlooked by the “lantern” ceiling feature, creating a wonderfully bright room, even on a winter day. Relax in this inviting space while curled up in front of the Worcester log burner, watching TV (a Sky box is also provided) on a 50” Samsung screen or chatting with friends and family.
As you enter the Living Room area you will also find, on the left-hand side, the under stairs cupboard housing a Henry vacuum, ironing board, Braun iron, Clothes airer and pegs, a stairgate, a highchair (and plastic mat) and hanging hooks for coats.
The main feature of the dining area is the fabulous Art Deco-inspired chandelier that hangs above the length of the rectangular dining table, its light reflected by three large gilt mirrors along the right-hand-side of the room. These handsome mirrors also bounce incoming light from the garden opposite, making this a wonderful bright and cheerful morning breakfast area. Or screen the windows with the long, sheer white curtains to create an intimate and elegant lunch or evening entertaining area. Comfortably seating 8-10 (plus a highchair), the dining room opens out to the private and secluded garden through French windows.
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Radiator and cupboard housing water heater. Off the landing you’ll find…
The en-suite master bedroom, with sumptuously dressed super-king-size bed and buttoned headrest, overlooks the rear of the property, out across the rooftops of this attractive Cotswold development. To each side of the bed is a chest of drawers with pull-out drinks table and table top lamps. At the foot of the bed is large chest of drawers, with BaByliss hairdryer. The room has two, large walk-in cupboards with plenty of wooden hangers.
Bedroom 1’s en-suite is finished with complimentary grey Porcelanosa wall and floor tiles, and includes a large Mira walk-in shower, Villeroy & Boch dual flush toilet and hand sink with large over-sink mirror and shaver point. The opulent feel of the bathroom is completed with electric underfloor heating and a large heated towel rail.
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The front-facing second bedroom also has a sumptuously dressed super-king-size bed and buttoned headrest. To each side of the bed is a mini chest of drawers and table top lamps. The room has a large walk-in cupboard with plenty of wooden hangers and a beautiful double chest of drawers, a padded chair and a range of gorgeous coordinated ornaments and artwork.
Bedroom 2’s en-suite is finished with complimentary grey Porcelanosa wall and floor tiles, and includes a corner Mira walk-in shower, Villeroy & Boch bath with central hot/cold taps and over-bath hand-held shower, dual flush toilet and hand sink with large over-sink mirror and shaver point. The opulent feel of the bathroom is completed with a large heated towel rail and electric underfloor heating.
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To the left is a locked cupboard for the owners’ use and above a skylight throwing lots of natural light down the stairwell and onto the beautiful artwork that has been carefully chosen to compliment the cream, grey, blue and taupe colourways throughout Hawthorn Cottage.
Off the landing you’ll find…
This pretty, twin bedroom is beautifully appointed with deep, plush duvets, crisp linens and an array of pillows and cushions. The room has a large walk-in cupboard with plenty of wooden hangers, a shared bedside table and table lamp and a large chest of drawers with mirror.
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The last of the bedrooms features a king-size bed attractively set with crisp linens, a thick and fluffy duvet and gorgeous feature pillows and cushions. Bedroom Four looks to the front of the property and, as with all the bedrooms, has a large walk-in cupboard, with plenty of wooden hangers, a bedside chest of drawers and lamps to each side of the bed, plus a double chest of drawers and large mirror.
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The Family Bathroom has Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, including a large bath, with over-bath shower and glass shower door, handbasin, and dual-flush toilet. There is a large, heated towel rail, hooks for hanging clothes and towels on the back of the door and a small set of storage baskets. Beautifully finished with harmonising grey Porcelanosa wall and floor tiles – the luxurious feel is completed with underfloor heating.
The garden, to the rear of the property, is accessed through the living room’s bi-fold doors or the dining room’s French doors (keys to the doors are in the sideboard under the TV). The garden is laid to lawn and is completely enclosed and secure for children and dogs (please do not leave dogs unattended at the property). Enjoy having the doors open on a warm, sunny day, extending the living area out into the fresh air, safe in the knowledge that your little ones or doggy visitors are completely safe and secure. Garden furniture will be installed in the Spring of 2019 on a new patio area, to include table and chairs for 8, parasol, BBQ and rattan sofa set.
To the front of the property is a pocket-size grassed area, partly enclosed by a low Cotswold dry-stone wall. To the right of the front of the property is Hawthorn Cottage’s private car port. This area could also be used to store bicycles (please bring your own lock). However, please note that it is an open car port, therefore bicycles and any other equipment are left at guests’ own risk. (Please note: The lock-up cupboard in the garage belongs to the owners.)
A small Budgens mini-market store is in the centre of Northleach, just half-a-mile from Hawthorn Cottage, which stocks all the essentials. For more choice head to Cirencester (20 minutes’ drive) where you will find all the major supermarkets, including Waitrose and M&S Simply Food (see ‘At a Glance’ above). Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and Sainsburys all deliver to Hawthorn Cottage.
Northleach is in the centre of superb Cotswold walking country. To get started we recommend you take the “Historic Town Walking Trail”, available as a booklet (from the Post Office on Market Place), which provides an in-depth guide and map detailing all the major landmarks, including the church of St Peter & St Paul, originally built in the 1400s and known as “The Cathedral of the Cotswolds”.
For longer countryside walks we recommend you purchase the “Walks Around Northleach” booklet, available from most Northleach shops, including The Post Office and Cotswold Stores. Or visit www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk to download several walks in the area, including an easy 4.5 Mile-Without-Stiles ramble from Northleach through historic Hampnett and back along the Saltway – an historic route along which salt was transported from Droitwich to the Cotswolds.
Where to eat
There are two excellent places to eat in Northleach, both an easy walk along footpaths from Hawthorn Cottage:
- The Curious Wine Cellar (in The Ox House on Market Place: https://curiousaboutwine.com/), which serves light lunches and evening meals, plus daily fresh patisseries and bacon sandwiches at the weekend! They also host occasional live music evenings and one-off events like the ‘Gold Cup Evening’ in March.
- The Lucky Onion’s Wheatsheaf (www.theluckyonion.com/property/the-wheatsheaf/) an award winning (Best of British Tatler Restaurant Awards) restaurant, bar and hotel with treatment rooms which serves a mouth-watering selection of “quality, locally sourced, simple rustic food”, including gin-cured chalk stream trout. Booking well in advance of your stay is advisable for both establishments.
Other eating out options include:
Muzzy’s – kebab and pizza take-away
The Black Cat Community Café (serving hot drinks and light meals and snacks)
The Sherbourne Arms – local pub serving “pub grub”
The café at the Mechanical Music Museum – drinks and light snacks
The café at the Cotswold Discovery Centre (see below).
Northleach is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Central London and 1.5 hours’ drive from Birmingham. The closest railways stations are Moreton-in-the-Marsh (from London St Pancras) and Kemble (from London Paddington). Taxi transfers from the taxi ranks at both railway stations are available. See ‘At a Glance’ above for driving directions.
A car is not essential but recommended if you would like to explore the wider Cotswolds area. However, three local bus services do connect Northleach to Gloucester/Cheltenham, Bibury/Cirencester and Bourton-on-the-Water. They all leave from Market Place.
Northleach tourist attractions:
Northleach is a fantastic example of a medieval “New Town”, built following the Norman Conquest, that is still very much intact. The free “Historic Town Walking Trail” booklet (available from the Post Office on Market Place) provides an in-depth guide and map detailing all the major landmarks, including 16- and 17th merchants’ houses, a workhouse, alms houses and the magnificent St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church (see below). Northleach Town Council provides an excellent overview of the town’s history.
The Cotswold Discovery Centre in the Old Prison, a grade II listed 18th century building and now an historic visitor attraction. The centre is also home to the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the Cotswold Lion Cafe and the Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Academy.). Located on the Fosse Way, a 10-minute walk from the town centre.
The Mechanical Music Museum: a living museum with an incredible variety of self-playing musical instruments. Admission by guided tour only. www.mechanicalmusic.co.uk
St Peter and St Paul’s Church: built in the 1400s from wealth generated by the town’s wool merchants, this Perpendicular church is known as “The Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. It has several famed brasses dedicated to the merchants, including John Fortey whose legacy was to rebuild the nave of the church. The church bells ring spectacularly, for services and on Tuesday night. St Peter and St Paul’s is open to daytime visitors. See @NorthleachChurch
The Dolls House: if you or your children are intrigued by Dolls’ Houses a visit to this unusual shop is a must-do. Established in 1971 in London’s Covent Garden, then relocated to Northleach in 1995, this shop sells handmade dolls houses and miniature furniture.
The commemorative Blue Plaque on Walton House, West End: RAF pilots from No.87 Squadron were billeted in Walton House during WWII while they prepared for the Battle of Britain. The squadron flew Hurricanes from a landing strip between Northleach and Bibury. Famous pilots who lived in Walton House included Ian “Widge” Gleed, Roland Beamont, Derek Ward, Dennis David, Roddy Rayner and Laurence Thoroughgood.
The Roman Villa, Chedworth (a National Trust property) – 5 miles from Northleach along the Roman Fosse Way: one of the “grandest Roman villas in Britain” with a stunning Roman mosaic. There are picnic benches and summer deck chairs set to look across fantastic views of the Cotswold countryside.
We hope you do not need any medical care during your stay, but if you do here is the relevant contact information:
For minor health emergencies call ‘111’. For a major emergency call ‘999’.
The Westwoods Surgery is 2-minutes’ walk from Hawthorn Cottage. Westwoods Surgery, Bassett Road, Northleach, GL54 3QJ. Tel: 01451 860247
Closest hospital (A&E) Swindon Great Western (Coatside Way, Swindon SN3 6BB).
Emergency Dentist: The closest dentistry practices are in Cirencester or Bourton-o-the-Water. Gloucester Street Dental Practice, Cirencester. Telephone: 01285 653251.
The nearest veterinary clinic is: Stow Veterinary Surgeons, Farmington Rise, Northleach, GL54 3JA. They provide a 24-hour emergency service. Telephone: 01451 830620.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The postcode for the property is GL54 3BG.
Coming from Cheltenham: Follow the A40 for almost 15 miles (signposted towards Oxford). Cross the roundabout with the intersection of the A429, continuing on the A40. After approximately 1 mile take the right turn signposted to Northleach. Continue on East End Road for about 1 mile. Take the first left onto Bassett Road, signposted Westwoods, then the first left onto Rixon Road. Hawthorn Cottage is the second, mid-terrace property on the left-hand side.
Coming from London: Take the A40/M40/A40 towards Oxford, then Burford. Approx. 7.5 miles from Burford take the slight left signposted to Northleach. Continue on East End Road for about 1 mile. Take the first left onto Bassett Road, then the first left onto Rixon Road. Hawthorn Cottage is the second, mid-terrace property on the left-hand side.
Coming from Moreton-in-Marsh (the nearest train station, 13 miles away): Take the A429/Fosse Way south-east out of Moreton. Stay on the A429 for approx. 13 miles. At the roundabout take the 1st exit (turn left) onto the A40. After approximately 1 mile take the right turn signposted to Northleach. Continue on East End for about 1 mile. Take the first left onto Bassett Road, then the first left onto Rixon Road. Hawthorn Cottage is the second, mid-terrace property on the left-hand side.
Moreton-in-Marsh is the nearest train station, 13 miles away.
There are 3 parking options: in the private car port to the right of Hawthorn Cottage; in a marked, private parking bay in the parking area behind the cottage; and on-street parking directly in front of the cottage. Please use the carport and parking bay first to avoid unnecessary congestion at the front of the cottage.