Pilgrim Cottage is a very pretty and deceptively large Grade II Listed, 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 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 30 Oct 2020
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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 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
- Free Wi-Fi: Gigaclear Full Fibre Ultra-Fast Broadband
- Child friendly
- 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
- 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 children
- Outdoor patio/dining area
- Garden furniture – table and seating for 8, plus parasol
- 1 BBQ (charcoal), please supply your own charcoal
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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.
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 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.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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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.