Pilgrim Cottage is a very pretty and deceptively large Grade II Listed, 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, dog-friendly, Cotswold stone property, located in the heart of the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill. The cottage sleeps 8 across 1 king size bedroom, 2 doubles and 1 twin, with ample room for a travel cot. Enjoying an elevated position with outstanding views, the cottage has been lovingly restored with a wealth of character, including exposed beams, original flagstone floors, fireplaces and, in the rear part of the cottage, one of the last remaining Cruck barn frames in the UK.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2 (Street)
- Travel Cot - x2
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 26 Mar 2019
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This charming 17th-century Cotswold stone cottage is set in the quiet village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, 2.5 miles to Moreton-in-Marsh, offering a Cotswold escape. The cottage sleeps 8 people, in 4 bedrooms (1 king size, 2 doubles, 1 twin + 1 travel cot) with two bathrooms – one en-suite shower room and one family bathroom. Pilgrim Cottage accepts up to 2 well-behaved dogs and has a large enclosed garden.
To the front is a small garden laid to patio with mature shrubs and plants, while to the rear is the cottage’s beautiful and completely enclosed, south-facing garden, with seating for 8 and a BBQ – the perfect setting for outdoor entertaining and family fun.
This beautiful period property has many character features, including an open fireplace, a wood burner, exposed Cotswold stone walls, wooden beams, flagstone floors and the awe-inspiring Cruck barn frame – most appreciated in the stunning Master Bedroom.
The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including Wi-Fi, TV, a well-equipped kitchen and fabulous walk-in en-suite shower.
Bourton-on-the-Hill is between the famous Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, and is ideally located for travelling to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Sudeley Castle. There are footpaths directly from the cottage out across the Cotswolds, including the Moreton Eight Trail, which takes in Batsford and the Cotswold Falconry, Bourton House Garden and Sezincote Gardens (see the ‘Guidebook’ below for more details). Batsford Arboretum – home to one of the UK’s largest private tree collections (and where the Mitford sisters spent part of their childhood) – is a stone’s throw away from Pilgrim, as is the beautiful Norman Church of St Lawrence and the award-winning Horse and Groom pub.
Due to the character of the property, we would not recommend this property to people who have restricted mobility.
- Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms across: 2 x king size bedrooms, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin (2 singles)
- 2 bathrooms; 1 en-suite, 1 family
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Handwash provided in all bathrooms
- Parking: unrestricted on opposite lane
- Child friendly
- Dog friendly (max. 2 small dogs)
- TV + DVD player in Family Room and Living Room
- Washing machine
- Kitchen equipped with full range of crockery, glassware, utensils and bakeware
- 2 x Fridge-freezer
- Range cooker and second oven in utility room
- Separate Utility Room/Scullery – ideal for dog basket
- Iron and ironing board
- Open fireplace and log burner – laid for your arrival (+ logs/kindling for 3 more fires)
- For babies/infants: 1 high chair, 1 travel cot, 2 booster seats (NB. linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- Wide range of board games
- Private enclosed south-facing walled garden – safe for dogs and children
- Outdoor patio/dining area
- Garden furniture – table and seating for 8, plus parasol
- 1 BBQ (charcoal), please supply your own charcoal
Full Property Description
Ascend the stone steps from the quiet lane in front of the cottage to the pretty, duck-egg blue front door, framed with an ancient twisting wisteria…
Step through the front door into the…
The Family Room has original flagstone flooring with a cosy rug, a stone feature fireplace, a beamed ceiling and a pretty window seat – ideal for reading and whiling away the time. This room is very versatile, perfect for family use and is furnished with a large sofa, desk, chair, a small TV with DVD player and full-size table-football/foosball. Soft wall lighting makes it a cosy room to spend a winter evening in and have some family fun. The large box on the desk is full of brochures featuring nearby places of interest, walks and things to do. (For activity ideas, see the Guidebook at the end of this ‘Welcome Pack’).
Originally this room served as the cottage’s kitchen but is now the Utility Room/ Scullery, with plenty of storage units, oak worktops and a slate floor. This is an extremely useful area with a second large fridge-freezer and oven, as well as home for the iron and ironing board, clothes airer and cleaning equipment. It is an ideal space for food preparation and clearing and the perfect room for the family dog’s bed.
Pilgrim Cottage’s large, beamed, farmhouse-kitchen is full of light from the dual-aspect windows to the front and rear gardens – one with a window seat. It’s a great eating and entertaining area with a large country-kitchen table, seating 8, as its focal point. The kitchen has a range cooker with electric ovens and 8 gas burners. The cream-coloured, shaker-style kitchen units and wooden worktops compliment the original, 1840’s flagstone flooring. Well-equipped with everything you should need during your stay, in here you’ll find an integrated fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, and toaster; along with plenty of crockery, serving ware and a retro-radio!
Up 4 stairs to central hallway…
The Hallway is the centre point of the cottage. Off the hallway is a W.C.; the side door leading out to the stunning rear garden; a door ahead leading to the Living Room – the oldest part of the cottage dating back to 1640; the WiFi router; and a short flight of stairs to the Upstairs bedroom area.
Tucked away at the end of the hallway is the downstairs W.C., complete with hand basin and toilet. (The cottage’s emergency water stop cock is located here.)
Head through a traditional latched-door into Pilgrim Cottage’s main living room. The first thing you’ll notice are the remarkable original oak beams of the Cruck-frame barn – dating back to 1640. This large, beamed room with lots of natural light is perfect for relaxing. There are two large sofas and several comfy chairs arranged around the Cotswold stone fireplace with its large log burner. The Living Room has a TV and DVD and lots of family board games, plus a poker set. French doors open out onto the beautiful walled garden, and a further two more windows overlooking the garden make the room light and airy.
Head back to the hallway and up a short flight of stairs to the first-floor landing…
Off the first floor landing you’ll find Bedroom 2, 3 and 4, the Family Bathroom and a fuse box…
This super-cute yet spacious twin bedroom features two wooden sleigh beds, suitable for adults and children, with views to the front and Bourton-on-the-Hill. The bedroom is also equipped with a fabulous retro wooden wardrobe with original shelving labels, chest of drawers and bedside lamps on a shared wooden table. The small wooden beams will remind you of the property’s history.
Entered through a latch door from the first-floor landing, this is a very spacious double bedroom with views to the front of the cottage. A cast-iron bed, antique wardrobe and a very large chest of drawers furnish this bright and airy room.
Next to the family bathroom is Bedroom 4, the smallest bedroom, with a double bed, cupboard and gorgeous views of St. Lawrence’s Church and the Cotswolds.
Featuring slate floor tiles, grey wall tiles and white paintwork, which complement a large, white, Edwardian-style sink and low-level WC. There is also a shower over the full-sized bath. Accessories include a mirror, storage unit and a heated towel rail. The cottages boiler is in the bathroom.
Up a short flight of stairs to the second-floor landing…
Bedroom One – the master bedroom with king size bed – is the cottage’s ‘show-stopper’ – a very spacious room and the upper floor of the Cruck-frame barn, with a vaulted ceiling that beautifully shows off the huge original oak beams. Two windows overlooking the rear garden flood the room with natural light.
The room is furnished with a rattan king-size bed, very large wooden double wardrobe, with drawers for plenty of storage, a colourful chest full of extra blankets, plus a full-length free-standing mirror and several chairs – still leaving ample space in this bedroom if you have anything left to store or need to use a travel cot.
Within the bedroom, through a latch door, is the cleverly designed en-suite, with a large, walk-in shower, beautiful stone floor and wall tiles, a sink, toilet and shower unit and heated towel rail.
On the small landing outside this bedroom is a large storage cupboard where the garden furniture seat covers are stored.
Pilgrim Cottage’s garden is a delight that really has to be seen to be believed, with fantastic views across the hills and Bourton-on-the-Hill. There is a gorgeous herbaceous border, mature trees, including a huge horse chestnut tree, and a patio with table and chairs for 8 and a BBQ for cooking and entertaining outside.
The fully enclosed stone-walled garden is perfect for dogs and younger guests and is a suntrap on sunny days.
The Horse & Groom, an award-winning pub, is just a few minutes’ stroll from Pilgrim Cottage, serving great food and real ales, with a beer garden and an open fireplace.
The renown Batsford Arboretum is a short stroll from the cottage. The Arboretum’s Garden Terrace Café is open to all (without paying to enter the gardens) and serves breakfast, hot lunches and teas. (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.)
Less than 2 miles away is the widely acclaimed Blockley Village Shop & Café, which sells a wide range of groceries and basics, local produce, newspapers and magazines, fresh and frozen meats, wines and beers, ready meals and much more. The cafe is fully licensed and offers coffee, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals (Fri and Sat only).
Moreton-in-Marsh, just 2.5 miles away, has several small supermarkets, including a Co-Operative Food, Tesco Express, Aldi and Warner’s Budgens, all well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. The butcher on the high street sells fantastic, local meat, and the bakery offers delicious goodies including freshly baked morning loaves.
For a wider selection of groceries, head to the Tesco Superstore in Stow-on-the-Wold, just a 15-minute drive away.
To avoid having to food shop during your stay, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all deliver to the cottage.
A visitor’s guide to Bourton-on-the-Hill and Moreton-in-Marsh
Bourton-on-the-Hill is between the famous Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, and is ideally located for travelling to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Sudeley Castle. There are footpaths directly from the cottage out across the Cotswolds, including the Moreton Eight Trail, which takes in Batsford and the Cotswold Falconry, Bourton House Garden and Sezincote Gardens (see ‘Walking’ below for more details). Beautiful Snowshill Manor, National Trust property, is just 4 miles from Pilgrim Cottage.
We recommend heading to nearby Moreton-in-Marsh (5-minute drive) as a first port of call after exploring our village. Moreton-in-Marsh is a classic Cotswold market town with a host of independent boutiques and cafés to enjoy, as well as a weekly market with over 200 stalls. Chipping Campden (10-minute drive) is also a must-visit when in this neck of the woods, a honey-coloured, historic market town hailing from the 7th Century with a bustling high street, beautiful church and ancient market hall, whilst Chastleton House (15-minute drive) will keep heritage-fans happy; a National Trust property with a stunning Jacobean home and wonderful gardens to roam.
Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, Moreton in Marsh is a thriving market town with excellent public transport links including a direct link to London Paddington by rail, the town dates back 1,000 years to the Saxon era.
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. Moreton’s High Street is lined with elegant Cotswolds 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 and is popular at any time of the year. The High Street offers many art & antique galleries as well as a wonderful selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The annual Moreton Show is a major one-day agricultural show held on the first Saturday in September which celebrates past and present farming life.
Just on the outskirts of Moreton-in-Marsh is the Four Shire Stone, marking the old meeting point of the four counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. It is believed that this stone was an inspiration for Tolkien’s Three-Farthing Stone in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien regularly visited the town, stopping for refreshments at The Bell Inn, which inspired The Prancing Pony, the pub at Bree in Lord of the Rings.
As well as the railway station, Moreton-in-Marsh is well connected to Cheltenham and other towns and villages in the Cotswolds via bus services.
Sightseeing & Activities
After a busy day exploring Moreton-in-Marsh, a visit to nearby Broadway (a 10-minute drive) is a must. Here, you’ll find The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, a community museum which tells the town’s history through art, as well as Broadway Tower; a spectacular monument atop an ancient beacon site overlooking the town from its 65ft vantage point.
Slightly further afield, Stratford-Upon-Avon is just 30 minutes by car, with a host of attractions including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre putting on a host of productions throughout the year. Carrying on the heritage theme is Blenheim Palace, just a 40-minute drive from the cottage, where visitors can spend the day exploring the magnificent palace and surrounding Estate.
You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Moreton-in-Marsh thanks to its location on the northern Cotswold Way, a glorious 100-mile walk stretching from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, giving you the chance to discover beautiful Cotswold villages, rolling landscapes and incredible views along the way.
You can find some really helpful maps for self-guided walks at CotswoldAONB.org.uk; just select your area (Moreton-in-Marsh) then click on “Find Walks”. You’ll find a list of walks with or without styles and even walk with wheels (i.e. pushchairs).
Cotswold Falconry Centre
The perfect place for inquisitive minds and nature lovers alike, Cotswold Falconry Centre gives you a fantastic insight into the world of birds of prey. Located near Moreton in Marsh, you’ll have the chance to see daily flying displays and over 130 different birds of 60 different species, including those on the Critically Endangered list.
All Things Wild
An all-weather nature centre for all the family to enjoy, All Things Wild gives all ages the chance to learn about a host of brilliant animals at first hand, getting up close with reptiles, lemurs, meerkats, armadillos and more. Enjoy pond dipping, bug hunting, discovering fossils and heading into Dino Land on the train, where you’ll step back in time to uncover the secrets of these incredible animals.
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. There is plenty to do all year round, whatever the weather, with an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows, providing entertainment for children of all ages. Adam’s Kitchen cafe/restaurant and the Farm Park shop are both open to the public, so you don’t even need to buy a ticket to the Farm Park.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns, walk with lemurs, ride on the train, explore the adventure playground and meet the farm animals up close. The park also has a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.
Time To Relax
The Spa at Dormy House
Renowned UK-wide amongst heating spa aficionados, this ultra-luxury spa at the wonderful Dormy House Hotel offers award-winning relaxation in a spectacular setting. Indulge in some serious R&R courtesy of the spa’s serene pool, terrace hot tub, Scandi-style thermal suite and programme of luxurious therapies for the face, body and mind. Non-guests of the hotel need to book a day spa pass to access, but we promise you it’s well worth it.
Cotswold House Spa
Handily located in the heart of the High Street and open to residents and non-residents alike, Cotswold House Spa is the ideal spot to unwind with some serious R&R. With seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, aromatic steam room, relaxation room and programme of therapeutic and holistic therapies, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pampering.
Parks & Gardens
Snowshill Manor & Garden
Snowshill Manor near Broadway is a National Trust property well worth a visit. The Tudor manor house, with adjacent cottage and 14 acres of land, was owned by Charles Wade who was a well-known collector of extraordinary objects. The garden at Snowshill was transformed by Wade into an Arts and Crafts garden, with the help of M H Baillie Scott. The garden is also renowned for its incredible display of spring flowers.
The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just one mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds. A former home to the famous Mitford family, interest in the arboretum begins in late winter when the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid-April. The handkerchief tree is another show-stopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.
A 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace set in stunning gardens (designed with the help of landscape architect Humphrey Repton). Reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, with Hindu and Muslim architectural influences, including an onion dome and spired minaret, Sezincote is believed to have inspired the design of Brighton Pavilion after a visit by the Prince regent in 1807. Privately owned at the heart of a thriving agricultural estate, the palace and beautiful gardens which are a delightful surprise in the heart of the Cotswolds. Limited opening times. Please check website.
Located on Hill Barn Farm on the outskirts of the pretty village of Snowshill, Cotswold Lavender bursts to life every summer to offer nature lovers and flower fans alike a beautiful day out. Head to the farm to stroll through fields and fields of vibrant lavender before it’s harvested to make a range of bath, skincare, wellbeing and home products, finding out about how it’s used before heading to the on-site shop to stock up on heaven-scented goodies.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Found on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden has been carefully cultivated by three generations. Featuring beautiful, revolving blooms which burst to life throughout the year, visitors can discover the garden’s wild garden, orchard, mound and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain.
Broadway Activity Park
A 3-acre recreation ground has been turned into a state-of-the-art Activity Park to be used and enjoyed by the whole community. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups and the distance between these areas is open grassland. There is lots of great play equipment including a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers a skate ride simulation and lots more.
Broadway Golf Club
Located atop an escarpment with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham is Broadway Golf Club; an 18-hole, par 72 course, offering excellent golf for all abilities. Open to members and visitors alike, the course is characterised by its undulating fairways, dry-stone walls and small, contoured greens. With all 18 holes open year-round, please be advised that there is a strict no 3-wheel single seat buggy rule in force.
Naunton Downs Golf Club
Naunton Downs Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course, just a few miles from Bourton-on-the-Water. All 18 holes are open with main greens in use. Trolleys and buggies are allowed. Naunton Downs is dry and playable during most of the winter period and is rarely closed.
The Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery is the first-ever full-scale craft distillery within the Cotswolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They produce a range of “Outstanding Natural Spirits”, including the first-ever Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, featuring Cotswolds-grown barley. They also produce the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, featuring local lavender from Snowshill, along with a range of small-batch brandies and liqueurs. Located in the un spoilt North Cotswold village of Shipston-on-Stour, with tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required).
Ian Coley Shooting School
Ian Coley Shooting School boasts 24 different shooting stands with a minimum of two traps each, three high towers (up to 120ft), Down-the-Line and much more. Perfect for shooting enthusiasts or beginners wanting to test their talents, the range of covered stands set within mature woodland mean that you’ll have fun whatever the weather. The ground is available for individual practice with self-timer release clay traps, or tuition (in groups or individually) with one of the team’s fully-qualified coaches. Pre-booking essential.
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
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Pilgrim Cottage is located in Bourton-on-the-Hill, a small Cotswold village just 3 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh. The postcode is GL56 9AG. To find the property take the turning off the A44 at the side of the Old School House. This turning is 50 yards from The Horse and Groom Public House. Pilgrim Cottage is to be found immediately on your right-hand side.
The nearest railway station to Bourton-on-the-Hill is Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 2 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes. Taxis are available for the ride to the cottage from:
- 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 parking on the road in front of Pilgrim Cottage, available to anyone. As long as your car is parked sensibly, and you are not worried about being blocked in, there is also parking available in the Old School Car Park, which is directly opposite Pilgrim Cottage.