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.

Cotswold’s – To The Manor Born!

Towns and Villages in the Cotswold’s are home to some of the most bucolic historic villages in all of England. Well-preserved quintessentially English market towns known for their honey-hued rock cottages and narrow meandering lanes. Villages sprinkled with ancient steeple topped churches and small local pubs, the Cotswold’s is a charming choice for a few weeks in the British countryside.

Manor House Cotswold’s

Since being declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) back in 1966, the Cotswolds has become one of the UK’s most-loved tourist destinations – and it’s easy to see why. The Cotswolds are special because of their concentration of English beauty, mixed with their extensive history leading back to the Romans and Anglo-Saxons. It’s as if these little villages are stuck in time. The Cotswolds are famous for some of the most picturesque villages that you will find! These villages offer traditional, charming and quaint characteristics (such as the beautifully built Cotswold stone properties), with fantastic places to eat and drink plus an abundance of rural walks and activities.

The area stretches across several counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Somerset and Warwickshire. Rolling hills and wide-open fields bordered by sweet stone villages brimming with fabulous antique stores, cheese shoppes, boutique hotels and small taverns.  Among the smashing country retreats, historic houses and gardens, you will find some sweet boutique hotels. And a few exceptional Manor Homes. With its exquisite Cotswold stone buildings, award-winning gardens and beautiful interiors, our favorite estate is ‘the’ Cotswold’s best kept secret for those wanting an intimate quiet escape. Classic English Cottages, Family friendly holiday homes, and posh English Manor Home are available, but one should pencil the diary as soon as possible, chop chop! Cozy cottages are some of the finest holiday cottages in England and they book quickly.

We have options for many private Manor Houses. One magical estate is at the heart of the Cotswolds in a picturesque English village near Gloucestershire. The Estate is available for exclusive rental and can host groups of up to 34 adults. The Estate comprises the five-bedroom Manor House – that can dine up to 34 people – the five-bedroom Barn, the two one-bedroom cottages – Peacock Shed and Cow Byre – and the new three-bedroom Granary. The five-bedroom newly renovated – 2017 / 18 – Manor House, privately owned since the 15th century, is meticulously maintained, and has the luxury of being steeped in English history yet ensuring guests all the modern comforts and amenities for a relaxing stay. The property includes large walled gardens with long water feature overlooking the River Windrush and gently rolling fields, providing an unrivaled setting for a quiet entertaining – tea in the garden, canapés on terraces… swoon!

‘One of the finest, if not the very best of the small Cotswold Tudor Houses.’ This is how the celebrated British architectural historian and author, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner who was awarded the Gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, has described the Grade 1 listed the Manor in the book The Buildings of England. (Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds by David Verey and Alan Brooks the inheritors of the Pevsner Architectural Guides).

The Manor can be reserved with the nearby Granary (sleeps six) or as the entire estate including The Barn, ideal for very special occasions, weddings and corporate retreats. The Barn is a contemporary self-catering barn conversion with six luxurious ensuite bedrooms sleeping 12 to 14 guests; with its five themed suites, which includes the elegant gold bedroom, exotic African bedroom and feminine pink bedroom, the barn blends contemporary style and amenities with traditional Cotswold charm. When staying at exquisite Manor Estate you have exclusive use of the all-weather tennis court and both hot tubs.

And if you didn’t know the meaning of Cotswolds: Wolds – gentle hills. ‘Cots’ – sheep enclosures. So ‘Cotswolds’ probably just means an area of gentle hills with plenty of sheep around. There’s another theory that the name is based on Cod’s – Wold (Cod being a certain Saxon landowner).

Green Drawing Room

Cotswold stone is a yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone. This limestone is rich in fossils, particularly of fossilized sea urchins. When weathered, the color of buildings made or faced with this stone is often described as honey or golden.

Cotswolds Claims to Fame – Literary Connections

Pack the delicate white linens and floppy hats and straw boaters for the gentlemen! Practice fine phrases:: Fine and Dandy, Fit as a Butcher’s Dog, Tickety Boo and Hunky Dory!