Welcome to North End House, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish, Cotswold holiday rentals.
North End House is a double fronted detached Cotswold stone property which sleeps eight guests, in four stylish bedrooms, with three beautifully presented bathrooms. Late Georgian in design, the property has an abundance of stunning features including high ceilings, sash windows, exposed Cotswold stone and open fireplaces, one of which has a cosy electric flame effect stove. Dating back to 1865, the property was once used as a regular meeting house for the village’s silk mill workers who lived in the terraced cottages further up the road.
Lovingly refurbished to a high standard, the owners have used different colour schemes throughout the house, varying from sleek and subtle whites and greys to the bold and striking shades of blue. Each of the rooms boast designer furniture and carefully chosen antique pieces and these have been complemented by modern facilities including wireless internet access, two Smart TVs and a well-equipped kitchen. At the front of the property there is a south facing enclosed garden and off-street parking is available for up to three cars.
North End House is situated in the historic village of Blockley, a peaceful village with two country pubs, a community owned shop & café, a children’s playground, impressive Norman church and the tranquil Blockley Brook. The brook once had 12 watermills lining its banks, bringing wealth to the area during the height of the wool industry and one of these mills is now Mill Dene Garden, a hidden gem which is open to the public and features a misty grotto, mill pond and gorgeous flowers in bloom. Surrounded by stunning countryside, Blockley has many delightful walks and cycle routes on its doorstep including footpaths over to the much-loved Chipping Campden, Paxford and Ebrington, the latter being home to The Ebrington Arms, an award-winning country pub which was voted the UK’s number one village pub by The Times in 2017.
Blockley is well-placed for exploring the many lovely towns and villages of the North Cotswolds including Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway and Snowshill, home of the Cotswold Lavender Farm and Fields, a must-see attraction for visitors to the area between May and August. The region offers a range of tourist attractions for all ages including the Cotswold Motoring and Toy Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, the fascinating Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway which takes a 28 mile round trip through scenic countryside. Further afield destinations such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath are also within easy reach for day trips.
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North End House is the perfect retreat for a gathering of friends or family who are looking for a luxurious base from which to explore the Cotswolds. Located beneath an ornate cast iron porch, the front door opens into the ground floor entrance hall, off which are the following rooms:
Living room: Overlooking the garden, this bright and spacious reception room has been tastefully decorated and contains a marble mantlepiece with electric flame effect stove, a four-seater sofa and a two-seater Timothy Oulton leather sofa, a footstool, rustic wooden wall mirror and Bluetooth speaker;
Dining room: This impressive dining area is a wonderful setting in which to enjoy home cooked meals. Boasting character features including an exposed Cotswold stone chimney breast, cherub chandelier and Edwardian antique chapel dining chairs, this room contains a Cotswold stone fireplace with ornamental stove, a Timothy Oulton wooden dining table with seating for eight and a rustic wooden wall mirror;
Kitchen: This stunning farmhouse style kitchen is adjacent to the dining room and has beautiful exposed Cotswold stone and smart wooden flooring, a theme throughout the ground floor. This room contains a double electric oven with six-ring gas hob, a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee percolator, filter coffee machine, kettle, toaster, Roberts radio and a window seat;
Sitting room: With French doors leading out to a decked drying area, this warm and inviting homely room has an eye-catching exposed Cotswold stone feature wall and contains a three-seater Timothy Oulton leather sofa, a mid-century high back wing armchair and a Smart TV;
Utility room with cloakroom: Accessed via the sitting room, this useful space contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, butler sink and heated towel rail. A continuation of the utility room, the ground floor cloakroom contains a toilet and wash basin.
Stairs lead up from the entrance hall to a mid-level landing where the staircase divides. One flight continues up to a small landing area with a privacy curtain, whilst the other leads to the first floor landing. The following rooms are on the first floor:
Bedroom 2: Located off the small landing, this spacious and elegantly furnished bedroom contains a king size bed, 19th century antique pine dresser, two high back fabric antique chairs, a full length mirror and wall hooks in the landing space;
Family bathroom: Adjacent to bedroom 2, this bright and airy bathroom can be used as either a shared bathroom or as bedroom 2’s ensuite. Beautifully presented, it contains a bath with handheld shower attachment, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail;
Study: Overlooking the garden at the other end of the landing, this striking room has a wealth of character with antique furniture and a large wall-hung rug as the focal feature. This room contains an ornamental fireplace, two-seater velvet sofa and antique armchair, Smart TV, Edwardian writing desk with swivel chair, Bluetooth speaker and gilt-edged mirror;
Master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bathroom: With a stylish bay window overlooking the garden, this lavish bedroom contains a four poster super king size bed, antique armchair, ornamental fireplace and gilt-edged full length mirror. A small step up leads into a cleverly designed dressing room which contains built-in wardrobes. The well presented ensuite bathroom contains a large walk-in rain shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Further stairs lead up from the first floor landing to the second floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
Bedroom 3: This light and airy bedroom contains a king size bed, oak dresser, wall hooks, small table with comfortable seating for two, ornamental fireplace and wall mirror;
Bedroom 4: This lovely south facing bedroom offers garden views and contains two Heal’s Edwardian antique single beds, a Heal’s antique chest of drawers, wall hooks, ornamental fireplace, antique octagonal coffee table with two velvet stools and a wall mirror;
Shower room: Contains a walk-in rain shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
The well-maintained south facing garden is located at the front of the property and comprises a large lawn area bordered by leafy shrubs, low hedges and mature trees, and a large patio with two seating areas. On one side there is a comfy lounge area with two large three-seater sofas and on the other there is an outdoor table with seating for eight. A charcoal barbecue is also provided, perfect for making the most of al fresco dining in the warm summer months.
At the end of the garden there is a dedicated gravel parking area with off-street parking for up to three cars.
Blockley is a popular village in the Cotswolds which is found within a triangle formed by three renowned market towns: Chipping Campden to the North, Moreton-in-Marsh to the South East and Stow-on-the-Wold to the South. Being close to these three towns has led to increased footfall in the village, bringing with it good quality pubs and a lovely village shop/café.
As the village is away from main roads, it avoids the heavy tourist traffic and so visitors can get a real sense of rural life, enjoying the rolling countryside which falls within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The peaceful Blockley Brook attracts tourists and locals as a quiet place to relax in the warmer months. This brook, together with the other brook in the village, played a part in Blockley's history as there were once 12 water mills which provided work in various industries over the centuries, including silk production and flour milling.
Architecturally the village has quite a different character in comparison to the rest of the North Cotswolds as it has a more similar style to that of the villages in the Stroud valley, but here they have used a more golden stone. This design is reminiscent of wealthier times as the majority of the cottages were built during the 17th and 18th century, at the height of the industrial era.
A popular attraction in Blockley is Mill Dene Garden which is a partner garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. With a misty grotto, stream and seats around the mill pond, this is a lovely place to while away the time looking out for the kingfishers whilst enjoying a cream tea.
Food & Drink
For a relatively small village, Blockley is blessed with a number of places to eat and drink, all just a short walk from anywhere in the village.
The Crown Inn (www.crownhotelblockley.co.uk): This 16th century country inn is situated in the heart of Blockley and features a restaurant serving dishes prepared with local produce, along with a bar with an open fire and a wide selection of real ales. This honey coloured historic inn is covered in Virginia creeper which turns a stunning red in Autumn. Walk inside to the scents of wood smoke from the open log fires and snuggle into a comfy chair by the fire, to view the daily papers with a coffee or something stronger. Dinner is served in the warm and friendly restaurant with lighter meals and snacks available in the bar.
The Great Western Arms (https://www.hooky.co.uk/content/our-pubs/great-western-arms-blockley.ashx): The award winning Great Western Arms is the “Local” of Blockley. The “Western” as it is locally known, is a Hook Norton Brewery pub and is tenanted to Sharon Brace. It is right at the heart of the village both geographically and socially, and is where Sharon and her team serve up some of the finest food, drink and entertainment available. The pub has two rooms: one is used as the restaurant and the other houses a pool table, juke box and darts board (dogs are welcome in the pool room). The Pub has recently been extensively refurbished and now boasts 1st class facilities and comforts. The spacious lounge bar/restaurant retains its period "feel" but has been re-furnished and decorated with great taste and care. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and friendly.
Blockley Village Shop & Café (blockleyshop.com): The community owned shop and café is the hub of the village. The shop offers a wide range of basic groceries and necessities, and a tempting array of local products, including farm meat and free-range eggs, daily deliveries of local fruit and veg, freshly baked bread and locally made ready meals. Logs are generally stocked in winter. The licensed café is open all day, serving breakfasts, lunches, coffees and teas, and home-baked cakes. Take-away hot and cold food, including croissants, pastries and baguettes, is also very popular. The café, where free broadband is available, is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors of all ages.
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Blockley, Cotswolds, Storbritannien