What Makes a Country Home England

A meandering drive through the English countryside reveals quaint cottages and charming farmhouses tucked into rolling hills and green valleys. Inside, these historic spaces master the mix of refined and rustic décor with a determined dash of flair – think: a polished pair of candlesticks on a weathered wood table or a 200-year-old antique against an aged brick wall, with the most iconic and well-known British dog  breed, the Old English Sheepdog snoozing in front of a roaring fire.

Another lovely elegant Country House available for our refined clients! A unique country home privately tucked away in famous Bibury. Bibury is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It is on the River Coln, a Thames tributary that rises in the same (Cotswold) District. The village center is 6+1⁄2 miles northeast of Cirencester. Arlington Row is a nationally notable architectural conservation area depicted on the inside cover of all British passports. It is a major destination for tourists visiting the traditional rural villages, tea houses and many historic buildings of the Cotswold District; it is one of six places in the country featured in Mini-Europe, Brussels.

While trends in architecture and decor come and go, the eternal appeal of the English country house is one that perennially remains. And for those who have been lost without their weekly dose of Downton Abbey, this utterly cozy and charming ‘cottage’ will encourage relaxation and walks through the casual yet stylish sculpture studded gardens.

A home decorated in English cottage style is one where sofas are made to be sprawled out on, favorite books and keepsakes are always close at hand, and signs of wear proudly speak to a lifetime of happy use. … The creamy white walls and red plaid kitchen sets a quiet mood in this cottage-style abode. An utterly charming Country House with wonderful gardens and tucked away in a quiet corner of the world renown village of Bibury. It has many unique features, the main one being it is a ‘longhouse’ the main living space is one long room comprising cook’s kitchen, sitting room, dining room and a drawing room with two open fires down its length. There is a separate study as well. Sleeps 10 in 5 Bedrooms. Bathrooms 3. Dogs Allowed. Tennis Court. A classic ‘longhouse’: open plan kitchen, sitting room, dining room and drawing room.

Wonderful very large gardens leading down to River Coln (gated). Eclectic contemporary art & garden sculpture collection. Tucked away and quite private property. Walking distance of pubs and restaurants

The gardens are really delightful and one of the jewels in Carter’s Close’s crown, lawned, wooded, wild flowered and home to an eclectic selection of sculpture which lead down – via a gate – to the River Coln. There is a tennis court and the house does welcome well behaved dogs; subject to conditions. There is a self-contained one-bedroom staff cottage next to the house that might be available on occasion subject to request. There is external CCTV provided by the owner for your and the property’s protection which is only reviewed in case of issue or complaint.

For those who don’t yet know Bibury, William Morris described it as “the most beautiful village in England” Huffington Post name checked Bibury in its “The Most Charming Towns In Europe You’ll Want To Visit ASAP”. The village is known for its honey-colored 17th-century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs, which once housed weavers who supplied cloth for fulling at nearby Arlington Mill. Until the 1980s, that building also housed the museum of Arlington Mill with a collection of period clothing, before it was shifted to Barnsley House. The Mill is now a private residence.

The place where the wool was hung to dry after being washed in Arlington Row, was known as “Rack Isle”. Today, this water meadow and marshy area, which is seasonally flooded and surrounded by water from three sides, is an important habitat for water-loving plants and birds including mallards, coots, and moorhens; it is also a National Trust Wildfowl Reserve.

The world’s first horse racing club, The Bibury Club, was formed in 1681 and held race meetings on Macaroni Downs above the village until the early 20th century.

And there are pubs and dining spots in walking distance as well as the eponymous Bibury Trout Farm.