Bay Tree Cottage is a delightful, stylishly furnished and decorated, mid-18th Century, 3-bedroom property sleeping up to six guests. Built of Cotswold stone, the cottage is in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, overlooking St David’s Church. The living-dining room has a distinctive bay window, original flagstone floor and open fireplace, while the fully equipped kitchen opens out to a long, south-facing garden with a BBQ and seating area. On the first floor, the cottage has two bedrooms and a family bathroom while on the second floor is a master bedroom with ensuite shower room. The cottage is in walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants and the train station, with its direct line to London Paddington. One well-behaved dog accepted.
The cottage is ideally located for exploring and visiting other Cotswold favourites, with Chipping Norton and Daylesford Organic Farm just 15 minutes’ drive, whilst Soho Farmhouse is a 25-minute drive. Stratford-upon-Avon 17 miles & Cheltenham and Oxford are all within 27 miles.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
Bay Tree Cottage is a stylishly furnished and decorated, quintessentially Cotswold, terraced cottage built of honey-coloured Cotswold stone, with a charming bay window, that sits between two equally pretty, neighbouring properties. The three-story cottage comfortably accommodates five guests but can sleep six (if two guests sleep in the small double bedroom). It is located down a quiet no-through road, immediately opposite St David’s Church and its beautifully kept churchyard.
The cottage has a long, south-facing garden (approx. 25m x 5m), accessed through the kitchen at the rear of the house, which is predominately grass with planted borders and a raised gravelled terrace at the southern end where guests can sit and enjoy the sunshine, have a BBQ and eat al fresco. Adjacent to the kitchen is an attached outbuilding (private) and privy – the latter can be used by guests should they need to!
Step in directly from Church Street into the cosy living room, with seating around the open fireplace and a dining area beside the door into the kitchen. The kitchen is small but fully equipped for a self-catering stay. The back door leads from the kitchen out to the garden. Upstairs are three double bedrooms, with a standard double room, a small double room and a family bathroom on the first floor and king-size master bedroom with an en-suite shower room on the top floor. Throughout the cottage are its original mid-18th Century features, including exposed beams, flagstone flooring, beautiful wooden doors and a steep, narrow staircase – something to note for guests with limited mobility.
The Living – Dining Room:
This charming room, with its distinctive bay window, original stone floor (softened with a large sisal rug) and open fireplace, provides a cosy welcome for guests as they step inside. The seating area is furnished with a two-seater sofa, two armchairs and a large beanbag, all positioned to simply enjoy the fire or watch the smart TV. A dining table, with seating for up to six guests, sits at the back of the room beside the door into the Kitchen.
The compact but well-equipped kitchen features a butler sink, an electric hob and oven, a large fridge-freezer, a dishwasher and all the crockery, glassware and food preparation items you need for a self-catering stay.
The back door opens from the Kitchen to the south-facing garden and patio… ideal for taking drinks and meals outside for an alfresco drink or meal.
A door in the Living Room opens to the original (steep) staircase, which is carpeted and has a rope handrail, and leads up to a small landing and the two first floor bedrooms and family bathroom:
Turn left at the top of the stairs through an original pine wood door into the first double bedroom overlooking the ancient roof tops of Church Street and St David’s Church across the road. Furnished with a standard double bed, (against the wall), an antique velvet chair, an original fireplace (ornamental) and full-length mirror. A hanging area is provided with padded hangers.
This light and bright bedroom, the smallest in the house, with a view over the garden, is furnished with a small double bed* (against the wall), a bedside table and reading lamp and hooks with padded hangers to hang clothes. You’ll be reminded you’re in a 17th-Century home by the low doorway into the bedroom… mind your head, but once you’re in the ceiling height is perfectly 21st Century! (*The small double bed is 4ft /121cm wide and comfortably sleeps one adult but could sleep two smaller guests).
The compact but fabulously quirky family bathroom features a full-size, roll-top bath, with an over-bath rain shower, a handmade washbasin and vanity unit with a mirror above, a toilet and a heated towel rail.
A door off the landing leads to a steep, carpeted staircase with a rope handrail to the second-floor.
Bedroom 1 Master En-suite:
A loft conversion, Bedroom 3 is the largest bedroom in the house, with exposed timbers (note low beams to one side of the bed), a soothing, chalky-purple coloured walls and a great view to the front across to Moreton’s ancient rooftops. Furnished with a king-size bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps to each side, and a small chest of drawers under the Velux window (with blind). A hanging and storage area is provided with padded hangers and a woven basket.
En-suite Shower Room:
The en-suite is cleverly fitted into a corner of the bedroom and features a cubicle shower with an over-head rain shower and hand-held shower fitting, toilet, hand-built washbasin and vanity unit.
Head through the kitchen and out into the pretty, south-facing garden with a lawn, flower beds and a raised terrace at the far end – a real suntrap on a sunny day. Sitting by the fig tree with the charcoal BBQ alight, you’ll truly be able to relax and enjoy your tranquil surroundings. Adjacent to the kitchen is an attached outbuilding with a washer/dryer, the latter can be used by guests should they need to!
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 (+1) in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size, 1 standard double, 1 small double
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite Shower Room, 1 Family Bathroom
Parking: free on-street parking
Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 1 fire
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: e.g. hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
Heating & Hot water via mains gas, with individual thermostat located in sitting room
Dog friendly (max. 1 dog)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 5
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The town has a wide range of food shops including a Co-Operative Foodstore, Tesco Express, Aldi and Warner’s Budgens. Moreton-in Marsh also has a butcher and bakery. There is a Tesco Superstore in Stow-on-the-Wold, a 15-minute drive away. If you would like a grocery delivery, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all deliver to the cottage. Within the town there are comprehensive facilities including a doctors’ surgery, hospital, dentist and a range of independent shops.
Moreton-in-Marsh is dedicated to showcasing local and artisan producers of the region. As well as a weekly market, which is the largest open-air market in the Cotswolds, there are also hideaway shops all along the streets, including The Cotswold Cheese Company.
The Swan Inn (150 metres)
The Black Bear Inn (300 metres)
The Bell Inn (500 metres)
You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Moreton-in-Marsh thanks to its location on the northern Cotswold Way, a glorious 100-mile walk stretching from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath. En-route, you will discover beautiful Cotswold villages, rolling landscapes and incredible views.
Places to Visit:
The Moreton Gallery (150 metres)
Curfew Tower (300 metres)
Four Shire Stone (1.8 miles)
Train - Moreton-in-Marsh Station (500 metres) with links to Oxford and London Paddington
Taxis - AAA Station Taxis, North Cotswold Taxis and Tours, Moreton-in-Marsh Taxi4u
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Bay Tree Cottage is an 18th Century Grade-II listed property with the original staircase (two flights) which is steep and narrow, with a rope ‘handrail’. It is not suitable, therefore, for guests with limited mobility. As with most 18th Century cottages, the door frame height and ceiling height are lower than in modern homes. Bedroom door frames are approximately 5’7” high.
Bay Tree Cottage is described as ‘Sleeps 5+1’ because the downstairs area is best suited to accommodate five adults; however, Bedroom 3 has a small double bed (4ft /121cm wide), which generally sleeps one adult but could sleep two smaller guests if needed. Dining seating, towels, china/cutlery etc is provided for six guests.
Parking: Free on-street parking
Dog friendly: One well-behaved dog (with a charge of £25 per pet on booking)
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Nicely kept cottage and garden in a fantastic location in a great little town, which itself is well located to explore the Cotswolds.
Tom- September 2021
I have been going to the Cotswolds for many years now and it is one of the best cottage I have rented. Located very close to the centre in a very quite road. Perfect size for a family, very well equipped kitchen. Highly recommended.
Only a 3 night stay so largely wanted to chill but also be somewhere dog friendly. The property had a great outside space and great cooking facilities, with the weather so nice it meant we could eat in without being compromised. A stones throw away from the main town yet very very quiet. Perfect retreat - thank you! Gina and Lee
A lovely cottage close to all the shops and restaurants. I took my dog and she loved the enclosed garden. I would highly recommend!
We very much enjoyed our stay at the cottage - it is small but has everything you need. The garden is lovely to sit out in in the morning for coffee. The cottage is in a fantastic location for exploring the area and there are some walks from the town with stunning scenery.
It is a very cute, fresh and stylish space. The listing provides very accurate information and photos of the cottage. The steep stairs are clearly mentioned and were as described, but were not a problem for us. The kitchen is very small, but well equipped. All the linens and bedding were very nice and fresh. The guidebook explains all details of the cottage very clearly. The town is adorable. The garden is nice and was very useful to have. The host very generously provided a nice welcome gift of Prosecco and a decorated Christmas tree for us as it was the holidays.
Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding National Beauty, Moreton-in-Marsh is a thriving market town, dating back to the Saxon era. Moreton’s status grew through the centuries, becoming a market town and then establishing its importance in the region with the coming of the railway and its own station in the 19th Century. The High Street is lined with elegant Cotswold stone buildings which house many specialist shops, antique emporiums, tea rooms and delis. Every Tuesday, Moreton-in-Marsh hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds, which is popular throughout the year. Every year, the town holds an impressive, one-day agricultural festival, celebrating farming and rural life past, present and future. As well as the railway station, which offers a direct link to London, Moreton-in-Marsh is well connected by road, with Chipping Norton just nine miles away, and Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford all within 27 miles.
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