Welcome to Holly Cottage, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish, Cotswold holiday rentals.
Holly Cottage is a beautiful Cotswold stone cottage, located on a quintessentially English lane in the small village of Old Minster Lovell. The pretty village looks much the same as it did over a century ago, sitting peacefully by the River Windrush, with its traditional properties containing a mixture of thatched and Cotswold stone roofs. On the edge of the village, close to Holly Cottage and next to the beautiful Church of St Kenelm, are the extensive ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century manor house. Old Minster Lovell also has a lovely pub, situated on the banks of the river. The village is perfectly located for exploring the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as for visiting Oxford, which is just 14 miles away, Blenheim Palace and even making day trips into London.
Important Customer Notice:
- Weeks: we can only accept week long bookings commencing on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday and Monday are the preferred options
- Short Breaks: we can only accept short breaks that start on a Friday or Monday
- Special Events: Christmas, New Year and the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival are Special Events, with bookings typically limited to weeks only from a specific start day
If your dates don’t appear to fit, then please click Contact Host below to find out what options may exist for you!
The front door of Holly Cottage is accessed directly from the quiet lane through the village and opens into a small hallway. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
Living room: the large, dual aspect living room has oak beams, wooden window shutters and a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for six and a Freesat TV, with a DVD player. Please note that the living room has a low ceiling and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around;
Dining room: another dual aspect room, with a lovely oak door leading out to the back garden. The dining room contains a wooden dining table, with seating for six. As with the living room, please note that the dining room has a low ceiling and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around;
Kitchen: a lovely farmhouse style kitchen, with flagstone floor, Belfast sink and views of the garden. Contains a double electric oven and six ring gas hob, kettle, toaster, a large fridge with separate freezer compartment, dishwasher, and a washing machine;
Bedroom 3: Accessed via the living room, this bedroom contains a king size bed. The bedroom also has its own cloakroom, with a toilet and a wash basin.
Steep stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
Master bedroom: A lovely, large dual aspect room, with exposed Cotswold stone and wooden floors, which contains a super king size bed;
Bedroom 2: Contains either two single beds or a super king size bed;
Family bathroom: Contains a roll top bath with handheld shower, heated towel rail, toilet and wash basin.
Holly Cottage's large, enclosed garden is to the rear of the property, with lovely rural views. The garden contains an outdoor table and two benches. A charcoal barbecue is provided during the summer months.
Free on-street parking is available close to the property.
Disponible para huéspedes
This listing is for the exclusive use of the whole property.
Atención a los huéspedes
After completing your booking, we will provide you with the contact details of the property owner or their nominated property manager, who can support you in the event of any property related emergency.
Otros aspectos destacables
The Cotswolds is a rural location and whilst there is access to public transport, it is highly recommended that you have a car.
Instant booking restrictions
This property is instantly bookable, subject to the following restrictions:
Short breaks: We can only accept breaks less than a week long that start on a Friday or Monday;
Weeks: We can only accept week long bookings commencing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday and Monday are the preferred options;
Special events: Christmas, New Year and the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival are Special Events, with bookings typically limited to weeks only from a specific start day;
Short notice bookings: For bookings commencing within 7 days of the booking date, we have to seek confirmation from the property owner that they can accept the booking, before it can be accepted.
In addition to Airbnb’s terms and conditions, any bookings made for this property are made on the basis that you agree to the Booking Conditions set out on the Character Cottages website. Please type “Character Cottages Booking Conditions” into your search engine to find and review these conditions.
A security deposit of £150 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. For the avoidance of doubt, guests are requested to leave the property in a reasonable condition, consistent with the property's appearance upon arrival. In the event that the owners, or their appointed housekeepers, have to spend additional time tidying up after your departure, then the cost of this extra time may be deducted from your security deposit.
The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is six guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than six guests at the property.
Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by up to one additional infant.
Up to two medium sized dogs are accepted, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog.
For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations
Master bedroom: Super king size bed;
Bedroom 2: 2 x single beds OR super king size bed;
Bedroom 3 (ground floor): King size bed.
Family bathroom: Roll top bath with handheld shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail;
Bedroom 3: Toilet and wash basin.
Heating, fuel and logs
The property has a gas central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the rental price. An initial supply of logs is provided for the wood burning stove and further log supplies can be purchased locally.
The property has free wireless internet access, however, please note that the thick walls in the property mean that the wireless signal is currently only available in certain rooms. Please check with us before booking, if this could be a potential problem for you.
There is a Freeview TV with DVD player and a telephone is provided (with an international bar).
Mobile phone reception is generally poor inside the property, but slightly better outside.
Free on-street parking is readily available, close to the property.
Where a letting exceeds nine nights, a mid-stay clean, bed linen and towel change may be included in the price. Please check with us to confirm. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities
A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are provided.
The property's garden is enclosed, however, please note that some areas of the garden are not visible from the cottage.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid, soap, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety
This is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and steps on the ground floor, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency. Both the living room and the dining room have low ceilings and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
The front door of the property opens onto the street and guests with young children should take particular care to ensure that the children are supervised when the door is opened.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas.
If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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