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Gras Lodge

Middle Littleton

Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Dog Friendly
1
Local Pub
Lying in the beautiful Vale of Evesham, on one of the only remaining original asparagus farms, Gras Lodge is surrounded by fields filled with the vegetable from which it takes its name. This former farm shop has been cleverly and sympathetically repurposed to provide a cosy, rural escape. High attention to detail and the wonderful use of colour gives great personality to Gras Lodge, and it sleeps four guests in two bedrooms. With Cotswold hotspots such as Broadway and Chipping Campden in one direction, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon in the other and easy access to the regency town of Cheltenham Spa, this is a great base from which to explore.
Full Description
Large wooden grey gates swing open to reveal a wide gravel driveway, on your right is the owner’s house, and in the foreground is Gras Lodge. It’s surrounded by fields of asparagus, known locally as ‘gras’ and offers views over to the hills of the Cotswold escarpment, which lie tantalisingly close on the horizon. Muntjac deer and foxes are often seen and woodpeckers can be spotted in the surrounding trees.

As you step through the front door, the clever use of space is evident with an L-shaped living, dining, and kitchen area, two bedrooms and a bathroom, accommodating four guests in comfort. Throughout the lodge, the colourful wall art, including a contemporary piece by a local artist, is a gentle reminder of the roots of the lodge and your hosts. The cosy living area has two comfy sofas and a Smart TV, there’s a dining table to seat four and a well-equipped galley kitchen.

To one side of the lodge, a screened patio area features an outdoor sofa set with a two-seater sofa, two chairs, stools, and a table. A large, cantilevered parasol provides shade from the big skies on sunny days and there’s a charcoal barbecue for cooking up a feast. It’s a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the outdoors. Guests are also welcome to wander around the surrounding asparagus fields, and there is plenty of parking for up to four cars.

Ground Floor


Living / Dining Room:
The front door opens into the L-shaped living, dining, and kitchen area, a bright and welcoming space. Large windows to one side and double doors to the patio allow plenty of natural light and the wonderful use of colour creates a warm and cheerful place to relax. In the living area, you’ll find a pair of two-seater sofas strewn with cushions, one grey and the other beautiful teal green. On the wall, there is a fabulous piece of original asparagus artwork by a local artist. For entertainment, there’s a Smart TV, which you can log into with your own streaming services, and a Bluetooth speaker. By the front door, there is a useful coat rack with shoe storage. The dining area features an oval, wooden dining table, which seats four comfortably, the bright patchwork chairs reflecting the vibrant oranges, blues and yellows that feature in the décor throughout the lodge. The original wooden ceiling beams add a sense of character to the building.

Kitchen:
The galley-style kitchen is well-equipped with everything practical you need for a self-catering stay, including a dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and a full oven and gas hob. The window looks over the asparagus fields and glass houses to the rear.

Bedroom One:
This sunny room is decorated in gorgeous shades of yellow and grey, there’s a king-size bed with grey bedside tables topped with reading lamps on either side. A four-drawer chest and a feature hanging rail, with wooden hangers, provide ample storage. There’s also a full-length mirror and a large window looking out to the side of the property. A door leads to the bathroom.

Bedroom Two:
Twin beds (can be a super-king-size on request), have dark grey upholstered headboards and soft teal blue throws. A bedside table with two drawers and a reading lamp sits between the two beds and a large four-drawer chest provides space to unpack. As with bedroom one, there is a hanging rail with wooden hangers too. The window looks out to the front of Gras Lodge.

Bathroom / Shower Room:
This well-appointed bathroom features a P-shaped bath, with a shower over, a hand basin with a mirror above and WC. Jack and Jill doors mean the bathroom can be accessed from the main kitchen area and Bedroom One.

Outside


To one side there is an enclosed patio area with a comfortable outdoor rattan sofa, two chairs and a table, there’s also a charcoal barbecue. It’s a sunny, breezy spot to sit and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The lodge sits within an asparagus farm and guests are welcome to wander around the fields, which depending on the time of your visit may be filled with tiny emerald, green shoots or frothy ferns which sway in the wind. There is ample parking for up to four cars on the drive.
Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king-size and 1 twin with zip and link single beds (can be a king-size on request)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Parking for 3-4 cars
  • Dog friendly – 1 well-behaved dog is welcome
  • Private patio
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
  • Hairdryer x 1
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, instant coffee, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
  • Heating and hot water via gas/oil central heating with individual thermostat controls
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 40” Smart TV
  • Games
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • Gas oven and hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Ironing board, iron
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture: Rattan sofa, chairs, and table on the patio and a cantilevered parasol
  • BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

There is a Co-op Food Store in Honeybourne (2.8 miles) whilst in Evesham (5 miles) there are all the major supermarkets, including Tesco, Morrisons, ALDI, Waitrose, and an M&S Food. The local village Post Office sells most essentials, there is also a local Spar (0.3 miles). Broadway, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, is only 8 miles away and offers a wide range of cafes, restaurants, pubs, and delightful shops to browse. The Valley, on the outskirts of Evesham, is great for families with a soft play area, light railway, and riverside walks. There are a couple of cafes, a restaurant and plenty of shops for retail therapy.

Eating Out:
  • The Ivy, North Littleton (0.5 miles) - walking distance, however a torch may be needed in the dark.
  • The Potted Pantry, Blackminster (1 mile) - café with great breakfasts, light lunches, and afternoon teas.
  • The Bridge Inn, Offenham (1.7 miles) - lovely, riverside pub
Walks:

There are plenty of walks surrounding Gras Lodge. Turn left or right from the property and there are nice walks to Cleeve Prior (via North Littleton), Offenham and Bretforton. Slightly further afield the Cotswold Way starts in Chipping Campden (8 miles) and you can follow it for a wonderful (if slightly hilly) walk to Broadway.

Places to Visit:
  • Honeybourne Pottery (3.9 miles)
  • The Regal Art Deco Cinema, Evesham (3.5 miles)
  • Broadway and Broadway Tower (8 miles)
Travel:
  • Train - Honeybourne (3 miles) and Evesham (5 miles) have regular direct services to Oxford, London Paddington, Worcester, and Hereford.
  • Taxis - Emerald Taxis; Phil & Liz Goddard
There is so much to explore and experience when visiting the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • 1 well-behaved dog is permitted at the cottage for an additional fee. Please note the lodge is situated in an open area and dogs should be kept on a lead.
  • There is no washing machine in Gras Lodge however guests may access the machine in the host's utility room on request.
  • There is a fenced reservoir at the end of the farm. Children and dogs must be supervised.
  • There is a ring camera on one corner of the lodge which covers the gate and entrance. 

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Location

The beautiful and rural Vale of Evesham lies on the edge of the Cotswolds and is renowned for both its asparagus fields and fruit orchards of apple, plum and pear, which adorn the countryside with blossom between March and May. Gras Lodge sits in the village of Middle Littleton, close to a wealth of attractions. Cotswold gems including Chipping Campden, the starting point for the Cotswold Way National Trail, are within a short drive but also historical attractions such as Shakespeare’s Birth Place and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage are nearby. The Ivy Inn in the neighbouring village of North Littleton is within walking distance.
 
 
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