Hidden Gems | Honeypot Cottages
For self catering holidays and short breaks in the heart of the Cotswolds, the hand picked properties of Honeypot Cottages are simply ideal. They are chosen for their well appointed charms and cater for everyone including single people, couples and large or small families.
The cottages, built in the Cotswolds’ iconic honey coloured stone, are in Chipping Campden and the nearby villages of Paxford and Ebrington, on the northern tip of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Stratford upon Avon.
The town itself is quiet and quintessentially English, with tasteful shops, galleries, country pubs and restaurants. The cottages offer comfortable and peaceful surroundings from which to enjoy a break, whether for a few days or a longer period.
Owners Andy and Sarah Smith have more than 20 years’ experience of letting holiday homes and pride themselves on offering a very high quality, personal service.
Andy says: “We live in the town and arrange everything ourselves. We know the properties very well, so we can advise people if there is one more suitable than another for them, perhaps because it has a great garden or two bathrooms. People can ask us questions which don’t get answered when they try to book accommodation through the big online companies.
“We have cottages suitable for most needs and offer an attentive housekeeping and management service. We like guests to feel as if they are the first people to stay in their cottage, with all their needs met with made up beds, towels, tea towels, tea, coffee, sugar, fresh milk and a bottle of wine. And, of course, we are always available to help.”
Many people are attracted by the scenic surroundings in this area of rolling hills and rivers such as the Windrush, especially walkers and cyclists. There are 3,000 miles of public footpaths in the AONB. These include the 102 mile Cotswold Way, which starts (or ends) in Chipping Campden including, a mile away, Dover’s Hill, on the Cotswold Edge escarpment. The hill, standing 750 feet above sea level, offers stunning views across the rolling countryside of the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale, giving a great sense of space. It was the site of the original English Olympic Games, begun in 1612 – with the games still held annually on the hill!
The whole area is rich in wildlife and visitors will also see farm animals, especially sheep. The name ‘Cotswold’ is generally held to mean ‘sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides’.
Chipping Campden is within easy reach of well known towns such as Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water. Popular visitor attractions include the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Adam Henson’s Farm Park, Batsford Arboretum, Sudeley Castle, a model village, a motoring museum and much more.
The National Trust owns a number of properties in these parts, among them Snowshill Manor, housing the extraordinary collections of a singular collector, Charles Wade. Hidcote Gardens is a splendid Arts & Crafts garden created by American Lawrence Johnston, divided into outdoor ‘rooms’ full of delightful horticultural surprises.