Berry Pen Cottage

Kingham, near Chipping Norton, Cotswolds
6 Guests
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    Berry Pen Cottage, sleeping six, is situated in a quiet, attractive gravelled courtyard behind Kingham Lodge
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    Ground floor: There’s plenty of room to relax in the open plan living space with heated wood flooring
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    The shared swimming pool complex is also home to a large entertainment room with a dining table, lounge chairs and a large TV complete with Sky Sports and Movies
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    Relax in the stunning Turkish steam room, part of the shared swimming pool complex
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    Five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with two ponds, topiary and sculptures
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    Ground floor: Sitting area with a large open fire
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    Ground floor: Dining area where light floods in from the skylight
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    Ground floor: The dining area seats 6 people comfortably
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    Ground floor: Fully fitted oak kitchen with bifold doors onto the barbecue terrace
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    The beautifully landscaped courtyard garden has a water feature and views to the distant hills
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    The beautifully landscaped courtyard garden has a water feature and views to the distant hills
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    First floor: Master bedroom with a super-king brass bed and en suite bathroom
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    First floor: Master bedroom with a super-king brass bed and en suite bathroom
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    First floor: Dressing area of the master bedroom
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    First floor: En suite bathroom to master bedroom with bath and walk-in shower.
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    First floor: Twin room with zip and link brass beds and en suite bathroom
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    First floor: Twin room with zip and link brass beds and en suite bathroom
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    First floor: En suite bathroom to twin room with bath and walk-in shower
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    First floor: En suite bathroom to twin room with bath and walk-in shower
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    Shared indoor heated swimming pool complex with Turkish steam room and a large entertainment room
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    Take a dip in the glorious shared indoor pool overlooking the gorgeous gardens
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    Swimming pool complex with bifold doors separating the entertainment room and the pool area
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    The entertainment room (Sequoia Room) adjoining the shared pool can be used as a cinema room, yoga room or to seat up to thirty people for dining
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    Shared indoor heated swimming pool complex with Turkish steam room and a large entertainment room
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    The shared grounds are a treasure, with topiary and sculptures to wonder at
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    The beautiful shared grounds have two ponds perfect for watching birds and fishes
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    Shared five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds
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    Amble in the five acres of beautiful gardens, with topiary, sculptures and two ponds perfect for watching birds and fishes
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Berry Pen Cottage, sleeping six, is situated in a quiet, attractive gravelled courtyard behind Kingham Lodge in the heart of the Cotswolds. Its ground floor bedroom with en suite wet room is suitable for guests with limited mobility and is wheelchair-friendly.

Set in the beautiful Evenlode valley, gorgeous Kingham bursts with bucolic charm with wide open village greens bordered by elegant cottages. England’s favourite village according to Country Life readers.

This charming cottage has the added benefit of wonderful facilities a short stroll away, enjoyed by all Kingham Cottages guests. There is a glorious indoor pool with changing rooms and views overlooking the gorgeous gardens. The Turkish steam room is part of the swimming pool complex, as is the large entertainment room with dining table, relaxed seating and a big TV complete with Sky Sports and Movies to ensure there’s never a dull moment.

Fire up a game of family doubles on the all-weather tennis court or amble in the five acres of beautiful gardens. They’re a real treasure, with topiary and sculptures to wonder at and two ponds perfect for watching birds and fishes. A unique Islamic pavilion, due for completion late 2017, provides a fascinating focal point in the centre of the garden.

Once a stable block housing horses and groom for Kingham Lodge, Berry Pen Cottage has been restored and refurbished from a period property. Now immaculately modernised, the beautifully appointed cottage is full of rural charm enhanced by modern touches.

There’s plenty of room to relax in the open plan living space, kept cosy with under floor heating. The sitting area has squishy sofas to sink into at the end of a day of exploring the Cotswolds. It adjoins the dining room, from where light floods in from the skylight. The perfectly equipped kitchen has a large American style fridge/freezer.

Bi-fold doors open out onto its own walled, south-facing barbecue terrace. The beautifully landscaped courtyard garden has a water feature and views to the distant hills.

Berry Pen Cottage sleeps six guests in three luxurious en suite bedrooms. The ground floor bedroom can have one or two single beds as required and has a spacious shower room suitable for wheelchair access. Upstairs the master bedroom has a super-king brass bed with a TV. The second upstairs bedroom has a pair of single brass beds that can be zip-and-linked together. Both first floor bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with separate walk-in showers.

There’s plenty to keep you on site and lots of reasons to venture out into the beautiful Cotswold countryside!

Set in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kingham is a beautiful village with cracking pubs and stunning scenery to walk or cycle. It has a thriving community and two of the best country pubs in the UK, The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit, as well as a hotel, The Mill House, all within walking distance of the cottage. Or stroll to the smartest farm shop in England, Daylesford, for organic vegetables, a great cappuccino or a spot of yoga. You can eat each tasty meal of the day in a different location without ever jumping into the car!

The area is rich in history and the location is ideal for exploring the towns and villages of the beautiful Cotswolds region. The ancient market towns of Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh, the pretty medieval town of Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, and the quintessential English village of Broadway, are all within easy reach and make a great day out.

Cheltenham (23 miles), the most complete regency town in England, is famous for its horse-racing festival in March, culminating in the Gold Cup steeplechase. At other times of year, Cheltenham hosts Festivals of Jazz, Classical Music, Science, Literature, Food and Drink.

Blenheim Palace, Chastleton House and numerous other famous castles, gardens and houses are close by, and, a little further afield, the dreaming spires of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare are a real delight.

Appealing to children in particular, the nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park, the numerous attractions at Bourton-on-the-Water, and Cotswold Farm Park provide plentiful entertainment.

Berry Pen Cottage has been specifically designed to accommodate large numbers if multiple properties are booked by the same party, with enough kitchen and dining equipment for 16 to eat together. Making it perfect for celebrations.

Together sleeping up to 26, the other four holiday homes at Kingham Cottages are: Ryeworth Cottage (sleeps 6); Kite’s Gate Cottage (sleeps 6) and The Loft (sleeps 4) which are also within the grounds of Kingham Lodge. Lodge Cottage (sleeps 4), like Berry Pen Cottage, is adjacent to the grounds. Please see the individual properties for more details.

 

Overview

  • 5/6 Guests
  • Three bedrooms – one double, one double/twin, one single/twin
  • The ground floor bedroom is suitable for guests with disabilities
  • One wet room, two bathrooms
  • Suitable for children and baby (travel cot, high chair and stairgate available)
  • Baby bassinet or high-sided cot for an older child are available on request
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Private south facing courtyard garden with water feature and terrace with table, chairs and a barbecue
  • Shared 5-acre landscaped grounds and tennis court
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 1.35m) with Turkish Hammam, changing and shower facilities
  • Within the pool complex is a large entertainment room (Sequoia Room) with surround sound speakers and Sky TV (movies and sports package)
  • Bike store
  • Catering can be arranged
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Private parking for two cars

Features

  • The stunning cottage is light and spacious with a modern interior, newly created in 2016 from a much older property, which at one time provided stabling and groom’s quarter for Kingham Lodge.
  • A charming country retreat in a quintessential English village an hour and a half train ride from London’s Paddington and a short hop up the M40 from the city. Kingham station is a mile away from the village and a bus meets most trains.
  • The property is extremely comfortable to stay in, always warm and light, thanks to double glazing, under floor heating, heated towel rails in the all the bathrooms and a pressurised water system for a good shower.
  • Perfect for celebrations with wonderful indoor pool, relaxing steam room, tennis court and incredible award winning pub dining.
  • Berry Pen has been specifically designed to accommodate additional guests in the sitting and dining areas should multiple properties be booked together, with dining equipment and capacity for up 16 guests.
  • The south-facing barbecue terrace is beautifully landscaped and enclosed by a traditional dry-stone wall – perfect for al fresco dining.
  • Explore the wonderful five acres of communal gardens.
  • Perfect for families and groups of friends at any time of the year.
  • Have food dropped off ready-to-serve or even waitress-served in-house catering – from a simple buffet to a summer barbecue or even a fully catered holiday.
  • Whatever time of year you book, there are always a number of glorious walks, nature trails and plenty of wildlife to see.
  • Kingham is ideally located to visit the Cotswolds and towns and cities like Oxford, Cheltenham, Burford, Cirencester and Stratford-on-Avon.
  • Kingham is heaven for good food. The Kingham Plough, one of the best gastro-pubs in the country, and The Wild Rabbit, with its coveted Michelin star, are a short walk away.
  • A relaxing base from which to explore the many attractions of this lovely part of the country and the many surrounding idyllic Cotswold villages and inns, historic buildings, stately homes and gardens.

Property layout

  • Ground floor
    Open plan living space with wooden floor comprises:
    Sitting area comfortably seating 6 with a large open fire.
    The dining area seats 6 people comfortably.
    Fully fitted kitchen with bifold doors onto the barbecue terrace with table and chairs.
    Laundry room.
    Single or twin room with spacious en suite wet room.
    The living space is laid out to accommodate large numbers of people with enough kitchen and dining equipment to cater for 16 if multiple cottages are booked.
  • First floor
    Master bedroom with a super-king brass bed, a TV and en suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.
    Twin room with zip and link twin brass beds (can be super kingsize on request). En suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.

Equipment

  • Underfloor central heating, Jetmaster log fire in sitting room
  • Electric hob and double oven, microwave, American style fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in laundry room
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Large 48” flatscreen TV with Freesat and DVD player in living area, 41″ TV with Freesat plus DVD player in master bedroom
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Hairdryer in each bedroom, sewing kit in the master bedroom
  • Books, cards and board games for relaxing holiday pursuits
  • High-sided cot available for extra charge*
  • Piano and iPod dock in Sequoia Room (shared entertainment room)

Indoor Pool, Steam Room, Gardens and Tennis Court

  • The heated swimming pool sits at the very heart of Kingham Cottages. It is a wonderful indoor pool with changing rooms and views overlooking the gorgeous garden.
  • The toasty traditional Turkish hammam (steam room) is part of the swimming pool complex.
  • The swimming pool complex is also home to a large entertainment room with a dining table, lounge chairs and a large TV complete with Sky Sports and Movies. Exclusive use can be arranged on request.
  • Five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with two ponds, topiary and sculptures.
  • All-weather tennis court.
  • The pool and steam room are both shared with the owners and other guests. Enjoy!

 

”Berry Pen was wonderful as a surprise getaway for my wife’s 40th birthday treat with family. The accommodation was immaculate in a superb location, there was nothing I could fault about our stay so would thoroughly recommend for a short (or long) break. We look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity.”
N Rogers – February 2017
”We had a wonderful weekend at Kingham Cottages. We enjoyed the pool and Haman which gave us an extra place to relax along with taking a stroll around the grounds. The cottages provided us a lovely, comfortable base from which we enjoyed the surroundings Cotswolds, including a fabulous Sunday lunch in the Kingham Plough. The cottages had plenty of space and ample bathrooms which is fantastic when there lots of guests. I would thoroughly recommend a stay at Kingham Cottages.”
R Hughes – January 2017
”Kingham is a gorgeous village – we went on an epic walk and whilst it was a bit parky down by the river we warmed up in the Wild Rabbit which is truly extraordinary (it has a Michelin star). Kingham is a little gem.

The accommodation was perfect, cracking open plan living space fantastic for our group. There was ten of us in total – including four children split between Kite’s Gate and Berry Pen. We can’t speak highly of the cottages enough. The memories will live long. Whilst the gardens were bereft of leaves I can imagine how stunning it would be in the summer. We though are definitely coming back to see the building project – pavilion? – take shape in the middle of the garden. Some startling arches and carved columns lead quite an impression – we’ll be back to experience it!”

Fred Lloyd Luke, Birmingham (Trip Advisor) – November 2016
”We had the privilege of being the first guests in the fully renovated and beautifully decorated Berry Pen Cottage. The combination of the secluded garden setting, quality workmanship and attention to detail sets this cottage apart from all other cottages we’ve used in our various stays in the Cotswolds. The openness and light is spectacular, the furnishings are top quality and the kitchen is well equipped with the latest in appliances and utensils. The amenities of the Kingham Lodge property — it’s beautiful gardens, indoor heated pool and tennis court – clearly make this a unique property in a beautiful village.”
A Knight – October 2016

 

LOCAL INFORMATION

FOOD AND DRINK

Michelin starred The Wild Rabbit, Kingham (4 minutes’ walk) serves locally sourced, seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting.

Michelin-winning gastro-pub The Kingham Plough (6 minutes’ walk) is a child friendly pub and restaurant specialising in modern British food.

The Mill House Hotel, Kingham (10 minutes’ walk) has a choice of three restaurants, with Award winning cuisine from Head Chef Matt Dare.

The Chequers, Churchill (5 minutes’ drive) offers a very warm and vintage atmosphere.

The Fox Inn, Lower Oddington (7 minutes’ drive) is a quintessentially English country pub.

The King’s Head, Bledington (8 minutes’ drive) is a classic English country pub.

The Wychwood Inn, Shipton-under Wychwood (10 minutes’ drive) is a newly refurbished country pub.

The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote (14 minutes’ drive) is a fantastic Gastro-Pub.

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook (20 minutes’ drive) is a Cotswolds country pub with great surroundings.

The Falkland Arms, Great Tew (22 minutes’ drive) is a very traditional local pub with beautiful gardens and delicious food.

The Maytime Inn, Asthall (25 minutes’ drive) has delightful surroundings and delicious food.

The Five Alls, Filkins (30 minutes’ drive) is a nice country pub and restaurant located between the two historic villages of Burford and Lechlade on Thames.

The Village Pub, Barnsley (40 minutes’ drive) is a very classic British pub serving English dishes with tasty touches.

SPECIALIST SHOPS

Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham (1.5 miles by car or 20 minutes on foot up a farm track). The Harrods of farm shops with award-winning food in the farm shop and café.

The Upton Smokery, just outside Burford (11 miles), is a family business specialised in smoked meat, game and fish of the highest quality.

The Cotswold Cheese Company sells more than 80 different artisan and farmhouse cheeses in each of three shops, in Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Huffkins Bakery and Tea Rooms, Burford (9 miles) make delicious patisseries and cakes to eat in or take away.

Maison Blanc, Burford (9 miles) is renowned for breads, fresh pastries, cakes and French patisseries.

Made by Bob, Cirencester (24 miles) is a high quality deli and also a nice restaurant in the town of Cirencester.

Bicester Village Outlet Shopping (23 miles) is a chic outlet shopping village with 130 top-name boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

VILLAGES, TOWNS & CITIES

KINGHAM previously won the prestigious title of “England’s Favourite Village” as featured in Country Life magazine and was named the best village in England by the Telegraph in 2010. The village has a well-stocked village shop and post office, and two highly recommended local pubs, The Wild Rabbit and The Kingham Plough. Kingham hosts a quarterly foodie market, The Cotswold Table @ Kingham.

CHURCHILL (1.5 miles) has a beautiful church tower based on a copy of the Magdalen College tower in Oxford and the nave is a copy of Corpus Christi dining hall. There is an excellent local pub, The Chequers, that does very good food in the evenings and at lunchtime.

CHIPPING NORTON (4.5 miles) boasts a popular weekly market on Wednesdays and you will find an excellent basket stall, fruit and veg, fish, some clothes, plants, cards, haberdashery, shoes, flowers and more. There is also an excellent farmers market on the third Saturday of the month. There are two good butchers, two supermarkets, a deli and lots of independent local shops including numerous book and antique shops. There are art galleries, a museum and a thriving theatre. There are many cafes, restaurants and pubs serving excellent food and local ales – The award-winning Jaffé & Neale Bookshop and Café is a particular delight. There are many walks and cycle trails from the town centre.

STOW-ON-THE-WOLD (5.5 miles) is an ancient market town which plays host to many festivals, craft fairs and a monthly Farmers’ market. The vast market square is surrounded by an elegant array of Cotswold stone townhouses, as many antique shops as you could dream of, together with a wonderful selection of tearooms, pubs and speciality food and home interior shops.

MORETON-IN-MARSH (8.5 miles) offers good shopping, including antiques and the very popular Tuesday market. There are several good eating places.

BURFORD (9 miles) is one of England’s prettiest small medieval towns with a long history of hospitality as a coaching town. It has beautiful Cotswold architecture, exclusive shops and galleries, pubs and restaurants and one of the top twenty churches in the country. The Tolsey Museum is on the High Street. It is a “must do” to visit during your stay in the Cotswolds.

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER (9 miles) is known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ as the River Windrush runs through the centre, is one of the most popular Cotswold villages. Attractions include a Model Railway, the Model Village, the Dragonfly Maze, Birdland Park & Gardens and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

LOWER SLAUGHTER (9 miles) is a quaint village beside the little Eye stream with several footbridges and a 19th century Corn Mill. The museum in the village owns one of only three unused millstones left in the country.

UPPER SLAUGHTER (9 miles) is half a mile from Lower Slaughter, along the River Eye. Upper Slaughter is different in character and offers picturesque scenes with its Manor, Church and its wonderful cottages.

WITNEY (13 miles). Nearby is Cogges Manor Farm museum, a popular filming location and featured as Yew Tree Farm, where Lady Edith’s child was looked after by the Drewes, in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey. Witney has their farmers market on the third Wednesday of each month.

WOODSTOCK (15 miles) is a picturesque, historic market town with access to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

CHIPPING CAMPDEN (15.5 miles) is a quintessential Cotswold town, boasting an elegant terraced high street dating back to the 14th century. Here you can discover old inns, specialist shops, tea rooms and a splendid 17th century market hall.

BROADWAY (17 miles) is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’, with attractions including Broadway Tower and Country Park.

BAMPTON (17.5 miles) is a pretty village and the setting for the filming of the exterior scenes of Downton Abbey.

BIBURY (19 miles) is a picture perfect Cotswold village, set in a conservation area, nestling on the River Coln and home to Arlington Row, the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country, now owned by the National Trust, as well as Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church, the Church of St Mary.

CHELTENHAM (23 miles) is a Regency spa town, with Georgian architecture and an extensive range of shops, theatres, restaurants and visitor attractions, including Cheltenham Racecourse, famous for the Gold Cup horse racing, Parks & Gardens, The Wilson Museum & Art Gallery, Pittville Park Pump Room & Lakes and the Holst Birthplace Museum.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (23 miles) is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

OXFORD (23.5 miles), the oldest university city in England and sometimes called ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, has an abundance of prestigious attractions, including the 38 colleges of the university (half of which date back before 1600), the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Pitt Rivers Museums, and Botanic Gardens. Christ Church Cathedral and College is famed for its connections with ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Alice’.

CIRENCESTER (24.5 miles), known as ‘The Capital of the Cotswolds’, boasts a rich and well-preserved heritage with a Roman Amphitheatre, Corinium Museum and St. John the Baptist Church. The Brewery Arts Centre offers visitors a unique arts and crafts shopping experience or visit The Bathurst Estate & Cirencester Park, home to Cirencester Polo Club where some of the highest levels of polo can be seen.

GLOUCESTER (31 miles) is an historic waterfront city with a bustling centre boasting an incredible range of shops, markets, restaurants and pubs. Attractions include a magnificent Norman Cathedral (whose cloisters were used as a location in the Harry Potter films), the House of the Tailor of Gloucester, Gloucester Quays, the historic Victorian Gloucester Docks and the Gloucester Waterways Museum.

WALKS/NATURE RESERVES

Most people who visit the Cotswolds do some walking, even if it is just a stroll to the village pub! The area contains some of England’s most beautiful countryside and there are over 3,000 miles of public footpaths, to enable visitors to fully discover this rich landscape.

Local walks can be made to Bledington (feed the ducks on the green or have a drink or meal at the King’s Head), Oddington (beautiful medieval paintings in the old church, best seen on a bright day, or a meal at The Fox), Daylesford Organics (for shopping, spa treatments or just looking), or Churchill (interesting church copying Oxford colleges and good food and drink at The Chequers).

Foxholes Nature Reserve (3.5 miles) is an ancient woodland famed for its spectacular spring bluebells, abundant birdlife and fabulous fungi.

These downloadable walks in the north Cotswolds are based around Kingham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold.

There are several walks from Shipton-under-Wychwood to Charlbury.

Wychwood Wild Garden is a beautiful woodland and garden, close to the centre of Shipton-under-Wychwood (5.5 miles).

Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway (14.5 miles). This unique Capability Brown Folly Tower is one of Britain’s most recognised icons. Displaying history from William Morris, exhibitions from the Cold War and a viewpoint over a woodland of Red Deer, Broadway Tower is great for looking out upon the rolling hills of the Cotswolds with unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties.

Rushy Common Nature Reserve, Stanton Harcourt, Witney (19 miles) is a 30 hectare site with three lakes that are being managed for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve, Bampton (21.5 miles).

ACTIVITIES

WATER SPORTS

Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney (27 miles). Explore this watery landscape, spanning over 40 miles, with loads of lakes, offering birdwatching, fishing, walking trails and plenty of watersports.

Some of the lakes along the Lower Windrush Valley are set aside for watersports and Hardwick Parks Watersport Centre (18 miles) and Linch Hill Leisure Park (20 miles) offer a variety of water based activities.

CYCLING

The Cotswolds is criss-crossed with quiet country roads and lanes, as well as more challenging mountain biking terrain, making it perfect for all types of cycling. There are a number of places to hire bikes from, including Hartwell’s Cycle Hire in Bourton-on-the-Water (9 miles).

GOLF

There are many golf clubs nearby, including:

The Wychwood Golf Club, Lyneham (5 minutes’ drive).
Chipping Norton Golf Club, Chipping Norton (10 minutes’ drive).
Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone (20 minutes’ drive)

HORSE RIDING

The Cotswolds has always been associated with horse riding and there are a number of equestrian centres, catering for all ages and levels of experience:

Overdale Equestrian Centre, Nether Westcote (4.5 miles).
Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre, Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles).

CLIMBING

Far Peak Climbing, Northleach (15.5 miles) offers indoor climbing facilities as well as outdoor archery, tree climbing and adventure courses. This beautiful site spans 25 acres and is also connected to some of the Cotswolds finest walking trails.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham (1.5 miles). The Harrods of farm shops! Award-winning food in the farm shop multiple places to eat here including a large cafe/restaurant, pizzeria and seasonal additions in the form of mobile shepherds huts. There’s a host of things to see and do: farm tours and farm walks, cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa. The Spa is regularly written up as one of the best in the UK. It has to be seen to be believed!

Rollright Stones (English Heritage), near Chipping Norton (5.5 miles).

Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles). Birdland’s inhabited by over 500 birds including pelicans, flamingos, penguins, parrots and owls.

The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles).

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles). Home to the legendary Brum, the museum offers a tour around vintage car collections, motorcycles, and many other intriguing motoring assortments.

The Dragonfly Maze, Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles). This hedge maze offers plenty of brainteasers to get those cogs working, in order to seek the hiding place of the Dragonfly.

Cotswolds Falconry Centre, Batsford (9.5 miles) demonstrate birds in flight in many specialist shows and events. Book a course to experience these magnificent creatures for yourself or explore the Owl woods, where the birds can be seen in their natural habitat.

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote (English Heritage), Minster Lovell (11.5 miles).

Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles). Owned by one of the faces of BBC’s Countryfile, Adam Henson, the Farm Park brings farming to life introducing youngsters to goats, pigs, sheep and many other breeds of animals. Discover live lambing shows, milking demonstrations and pony rides.

Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (12 miles). Mingle with Ruby and Ian, the parks famous rhinos, watch the penguin talk and feed, get up close and personal with the giraffes or view the oversized manes of the Asiatic lions.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (16 miles): The ‘Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a scenic 20 mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (16.5 miles).

Oxford Bus Museum, Long Hanborough (18 miles).

CASTLES, HOUSES & GARDENS

Chastleton House, Chastleton (4 miles) is a Jacobean manor which is now managed by the National Trust.

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford Park, Moreton In Marsh (10 miles) is a wonderful world famous arboretum.

Bourton House Garden, Bourton-on-the-Hill (10 miles).

Sezincote House & Garden, near Moreton-in-Marsh (11 miles).

Mill Dene Garden, Blockley (12 miles).

Snowshill Manor, and Garden (National Trust), Snowshill, near Broadway (14 miles).

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (15 miles) a World Heritage Site often referred to as Britain’s greatest palace, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace has a full and exciting events calendar.

Broughton Castle, Banbury (15.5 miles).

Stanway House & Fountain, Cheltenham (15.5 miles).

Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe (17 miles).

Hailes Abbey (English Heritage) near Winchcombe (18 miles).

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott (19 miles).

Kiftsgate Court Gardens, near Chipping Campden (20 miles).

Hidcote Manor Garden, near Chipping Campden (20 miles).

Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick (31 miles).

Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester, attractive Arts and Crafts House (32 miles).

EVENTS in 2017

JANUARY

Big Batsford Christmas Hunt, Batsford Arboretum (10 miles).
Christmas at Blenheim, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
Heythrop Point-to-Point at Cocklebarrow Races, Aldsworth (13 miles).
Marmalade Fair, St John the Baptist Church, Burford (9 miles).

FEBRUARY
Folk Three, previously known as Cheltenham Folk Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).

MARCH

Daffodil & Early Magnolia Month, Batsford Arboretum, Batsford Park, Moreton In Marsh (10 miles).
The Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse (23 miles).
Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse (23 miles).
Lemur Week, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (9 miles).
The Cotswold Table @ Kingham, Foodie Market, Kingham (0 miles).

APRIL

Eggsciting Easter at Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles).
The Great Chicken Challenge, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles).
The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt, Batsford Arboretum, Batsford Park, Moreton In Marsh (10 miles).
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Chastleton House (The National Trust), Chastleton (4 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Snowshill Manor and Garden (The National Trust), Snowshill, near Broadway (14 miles).
Easter Weekend at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (15 miles).
The Easter Eggspress, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (16 miles).

MAY

1 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
11 Stow Horse Fair, Stow on the Wold (5.5 miles)
14-27 Chipping Campden Music Festival (15.5 miles).
20 Burford Levellers Day, Burford (9 miles).
Scruffs Dog Show, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (12 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe (17 miles).
Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts, Winchcombe (17 miles).
Lechlade Music Festival, Lechlade-on-Thames (15 miles).
Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (16 miles).
27-29 Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
Spinning Through the Ages, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles).
Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill, Near Brockworth (28 miles). Competitors hurl themselves down the steep banks of Cooper’s Hill, chasing the giant Cheese!
Naunton Country Market, Naunton (11 miles).
The Great Original Shirt Race, Bampton (17.5 miles).
Morris Dancing, Bampton (17.5 miles).

JUNE

Spinning Through the Ages, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles).
2 Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games, Chipping Campden (15.5 miles).
2-4 Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse (23 miles).
3-4 Lechlade Collectors Club Rally, Lechlade (15 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham (1.5 miles).
Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway (17 miles).
Chadlington Beer Festival, Chadlington (5 miles).
World Pooh Championships, Langel Common, Witney (13 miles).
6-11 Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
9-11 Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham (23 miles).
23-25 Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
The Cotswold Table @ Kingham, Foodie Market, Kingham (0 miles).
Nocturne, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (15 miles).
Charlbury Beer Festival, Charlbury (9 miles).

JULY

1-2 The Cotswold Show & Food Festival, Cirencester Park (24.5 miles).
5-16 Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
7-9 Cornbury Music Festival, Great Tew Park, Chipping Norton (8 miles).
14-16 Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford (20 miles).
Battle Proms Picnic Concert, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
Falconry Week, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles).

AUGUST

Falconry Week, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles).
Rhino Month, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (12 miles).
3-6 Wilderness Festival, Charlbury (9 miles).
Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza, South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester (27 miles).
25-27 The Big Feastival, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (11.5 miles).
Winchcombe Country Show, Winchcombe (17 miles).
Donkey Derby, Bampton (17.5 miles).

SEPTEMBER

Moreton-in-Marsh Show, Moreton-in-Marsh (8.5 miles).
14-17 Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
Northleach Steam & Vintage Show, Northleach (14.5 miles).
Combe Mill in Steam – Country Crafts & Skills at Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (16.5 miles). Plus Millie-the-Mill-Cat Trail for children. 10am – 5pm.
Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
The Cotswold Table @ Kingham, Foodie Market, Kingham (0 miles).

OCTOBER

6-15 Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham (23 miles).
Combe Mill in Steam – Woodcrafts at Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (16.5 miles). Plus Millie-the-Mill-Cat Trail for children. 10am – 5pm.
The Cotswolds Food & Drink Fayre, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (16 miles).
Stow Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold (5.5 miles).
Halloween ‘Steam and Scream’ Special, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (16 miles).
Christmas Gift and Fashion Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse (23 miles).

NOVEMBER

A Night of a Thousand Candles, Woodstock (15 miles). Turn on of the town’s Christmas illuminations with music, candles, mulled wine, chestnuts etc.
Living Crafts for Christmas at Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market, Gloucester Quays (31 miles).

DECEMBER

Christmas at Blenheim, Blenheim Palace (15 miles).
Cheltenham Christmas Market, The Promenade, Cheltenham (23 miles).
Santa Specials! Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (16 miles). Selected weekend dates.
Cirencester Christmas Market, Cirencester old town centre (24.5 miles).
Big Batsford Christmas Hunt, Batsford Arboretum (10 miles).
Winchcombe Christmas Festival, Winchcombe (17 miles).
Oxford Christmas Market, Oxford Castle (23.5 miles).
Santa Grotto, Batsford Arboretum (10 miles).
Christmas Market at Combe Mill, Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (16.5 miles). Free admission.
The Cotswold Table @ Kingham, Foodie Market, Kingham (0 miles).

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about Berry Pen Cottage if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed at this cottage
  • If necessary a third car can be parked in the drive of Kingham Lodge
  • The property is situated in a quiet, attractive gravelled courtyard of just five properties including Lodge Cottage, another of our holiday properties
  • A high-sided cot can be provided for £20 per week
  • Cot linen is not provided
  • Weekend bookings start on a Friday (2 or 3 nights), week-long bookings start on a Friday or a Monday. Midweek bookings usually start on a Monday, although shorter midweek stays are usually available
  • A £500.00 refundable security deposit required by owners in advance of arrival
  • There is an unfenced pond within the grounds.
  • There is disabled access (featuring a ramp to the door and a downstairs bedroom with a specially adapted en-suite)
  • Exclusive use of the pool and steam room can be arranged on request
  • The welcome pack includes a homemade loaf, milk and homemade jam

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