Retreat Review: 39 Foxtail Cottage

Modern-day renovations of old cottages are a big trend across many holiday homes available in the UK. The silver lining of a vacation hiatus is that owners have had a chance to give their properties some TLC. And we love it!

39 Foxtail Cottage, is a shining example of what can be done with a keen eye for details and a great sense of what makes a great modern-day cottage interior, with stunning views to boot.

All about the Cottage

Located in Blockley, in the north of the Cotswolds, you are surrounded by incredible countryside. These spectacular views can be enjoyed from the comfort of the living room, or on the sun loungers on your private patio terrace. It’s impossible to get bored with views like these, and you’ll find you have to tear yourself away from them in order to actually leave the cottage and explore your surroundings!

As you enter the property there is a convenient closet for coats and shoes, which is really helpful if it’s wet out! As you continue down the entrance hall you are greeted by an open plan, but unsurprisingly cosy, dining and sitting room which is also home to a log burner and ample seating for eating or relaxing. A lovely place to relax after a long day of adventures.

The lower sun terrace borders the deer park

Heading up the stairs to the lower ground floor you’ll find the heart of the house, the kitchen, and an adjacent aptly name ‘Garden Room’. So-called due to the incredible views that span out through the huge floor to ceiling bi-fold glass doors. Opening the bi-folds transforms the room from an inside space to an outside space. It is an absolute joy to relax in this room on a warm summer’s day.

The kitchen is well kitted out, and includes a classic Aga, the perfect addition to any country property, and a continuous source of heat in the winter months. You have everything you need here to cook yourself any type of meal for the duration of your stay. There is also a convenient, small WC on this floor.

The upper floor is smaller but beautifully decorated with clean whites and ample room in the double bedroom. The en-suite is just across the hall from the bedroom and consists of a very modern and spacious shower.

It’s hard to say which space in this amazing cottage was our favourite, the views are spectacular but the downstairs is just so cosy with the log fire burning away. Luckily, we don’t have to choose and you can make the most of both of the whole cottage during your stay!

Exploring the local area

When you are eventually able to step outside, there is so much to explore in the local area. Blockley itself is a village draped in the famous Costwold golden stone. Situated between Mareton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden you are spoilt for choice when it comes time to choose a walking route. The village itself, while steeped in history, is also home to two local pubs within walking distance from the cottage. Which is both convenient and delicious.

Batsford Arboretum, which is home to 56 acres of over 2000 very pretty trees and numerous plants is well worth visiting in any season.  Collections ranging from Bamboo to Magnolias can be seen in all their splendor, and it’s interesting to note that Batsford has held the National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries since 2002. There are some rules when visiting with your pup. The main one being they must remain on their lead, and extended leads are not allowed. So keep that in mind when planning your visit.

Another notable place to visit beyond that of the stunning walks is Blenheim Palace, which again your must keep your dog on a lead for. This palace was the birthplace of the great Winston Churchill and is home to some very lovely gardens to be explored. Well worth a day out if you want to see some amazingly curated gardens worthy of the Chelsea flower show.

Summary

The cottage itself really cannot be faulted. It’s a perfect base of operations while you explore the local area. There are a multitude of walks right on your doorstep, the friendly local village has convenience items should you need them, with bigger towns such as Cheltenham nearby if you require more substantial supplies.

There’s plenty to explore, and many adventures to be had. If you can pull yourself away from the cottage views, that is.

 

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