Sitting within a terrace of former farm workers cottages, Honeysuckle Cottage offers guests the opportunity to stay in a charming, character-filled Cotswold stone cottage in the village of Blockley, a real under-the-radar treasure in the Cotswolds. This multi-level cottage lies over three levels, sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, and is dog friendly too. From the rear, there are fabulous rural views and it’s the perfect base from which to explore the wider Cotswolds with highlights such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Norton within easy reach. There are also some wonderful walks on your doorstep.
Constructed from the local mellow-hued Cotswold stone, Honeysuckle Cottage forms part of a peaceful terrace of cottages, that was once home to farmworkers. To the front of the cottage are hedge-lined fields and to the rear, far-reaching views of the Cotswolds. This is an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and it’s not uncommon to see herds of deer in the field beyond the rear garden, as well as birds of prey in the skies above.
Honeysuckle is a traditional stone cottage that is filled with character and charm and retains many original features including fabulous deep-set stone mullioned windows with window seats, stone fireplaces, and exposed stone walls. Its elevated location means it has been built over three levels. You enter on the ground floor into an inviting, light-filled living room with a wood-burning stove, the bathroom is also on this floor. Down on the lower ground floor, you’ll find a cosy dining room with the original flagstone floor and a well-equipped kitchen. There is also a door to the rear garden.
The views from the rear of Honeysuckle are just wonderful and the pretty rear garden is filled with roses, shrubs and plants and laid to decking. This steps gradually down to a seating area with a four-seater table at the end. The field beyond the garden often plays host to a herd of deer and the sound of birdsong fills the air.
As you step through the front door you are greeted by a warm and cosy living room with exposed stone walls and a wood-burning stove. A pair of comfy two-seater sofas with cushions and throws provide ample seating for four guests. The wall-mounted Smart TV has a built-in DVD player and the wooden door behind the TV holds plenty of board games and DVDs for fun evenings in. The traditional deep-set stone window and cushioned window seat have been retained and remain as a beautiful original feature. There’s also a wooden bookcase packed with novels and non-fiction books along with plenty of maps and guidebooks to help you make the most of your time in the Cotswolds.
Bathroom / Shower Room:
The compact family bathroom has a roll-top bath with rainfall shower over and is fully tiled. The Victorian-style suite has a traditional high-level cistern with a pull flush and handbasin, there’s also a shaver point. The bathroom window looks out over the wonderful views to the rear, this is most definitely a loo with a view!
Lower Ground Floor
From the living room, there is a staircase to the lower ground floor with access to the rear garden, dining room and kitchen.
The character-filled dining room lends itself perfectly to leisurely meals and cosy, sociable evenings. On the floor are the original flagstones and there’s a huge stone feature fireplace (not in use) along with a window and window seat that looks out to the rear garden. The wooden dining table seats four comfortably, and there’s also a wooden console table and a sizeable wine rack, but you will need to bring your own wine! The understairs storage cupboard houses the cordless vacuum cleaner, washing machine.
Beyond the dining room is the compact but well-equipped kitchen. Pale wood-effect cupboards contrast beautifully with the midnight blue tiles, and you’ll find plenty of crockery, dishes and pot and pans, everything in fact that you need for a self-catering holiday including a slimline dishwasher. Although the kitchen is on the lower ground floor there is a sun tube that lets natural daylight in.
From the ground floor, there are stairs to the first floor.
This spacious, airy bedroom is at the front of the cottage and features a king-sized bed (can be made up as twin beds on request), bedside tables with reading lamps and plenty of clothes storage with a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.
This pretty bedroom has wonderful far-reaching views over the countryside to the rear of the cottage. There’s a wooden king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps on either side. This room is cosy and characterful with the bedroom wall revealing the original cottage beams.
The rear of Honeysuckle Cottage is laid to decking and filled with beautiful mature planting and shrubs, there’s a fabulous bush fuchsia and a rambling rose climbs over the backdoor. The decking steps gently down to a seating area at the end with a table and four chairs and the most wonderful rural views. Linger with your morning coffee and watch the herd of deer in the field beyond, enjoy al fresco dining or peaceful evening drinks as the sky overhead fills with stars.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king and 1 king (can be twin beds on request)
1 bathroom: Bath with shower over
Dog friendly – one well-behaved dog is welcome
Private enclosed garden – the garden area is fully decked and stepped
Fireplace with wood burner – one basket of logs and kindling supplied
Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
Hairdryer x 1 (in the chest of drawers in Bedroom 1)
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
Smart TV – with Netflix and a built-in DVD player
Games – in the cupboard by the TV
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Electric Oven and hob
Washing machine (in the cupboard under the stairs in the dining room)
Table-top ironing board, iron, clothes airer (behind the wine rack in the dining room)
Vacuum cleaner (under the stairs in the dining room)
Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot (cot linen not supplied) please request cot when booking if required
Outdoor patio/seating area – fully decked garden area
Garden furniture: Metal garden table and 4 chairs
BBQ – please provide your own charcoal
Village shop, café, and pub within easy walking distance
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shops
Honeysuckle Cottage benefits from superb local amenities, including the highly acclaimed Blockley Village Shop and Café, which sells a range of groceries, local produce, newspapers and magazines, fresh and frozen meats, wines and beers, ready meals and more. Moreton-in-Marsh is a 10-minute drive away and has a wide range of independent local shops. There is also an excellent market every Tuesday (and has been since 1227) with more than 200 stalls. You’ll find an Aldi supermarket and a Co-op and Budgens on the High Street.
Great Western Arms (0.3 miles)
The Blockley Café (0.3 miles)
Churchill Arms (2.5 miles)
Places to Visit:
Mill Dene Garden (0.4 miles)
Batsford Arboretum (3.4 miles)
Broadway Tower (3.9 miles)
Blockley’s unspoiled location amidst the stunning rolling landscape of the Cotswold hills affords it with a plethora of walks. A number of local maps and walking books are also provided in the cottage.
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not take 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.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Honeysuckle Cottage is multi-level. The kitchen and dining room are on the lower ground, living room and bathroom on the ground floor (entrance level) and two bedrooms on the first floor
The stairs to the first floor are quite steep and narrow
One well-behaved dog is welcome for an additional fee
The garden area is fully decked and stepped. Please take care in wet and icy weather as it may become slippery
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We had a wonderful time at Honeysuckle Cottage. It was spotless, lovely and well equipped. Views are gorgeous - including stags in the field behind early in the morning. The location is great. All communication was easy and helpful. I think we all wished we could stay longer / move in!!
We stayed at Honeysuckle cottage for four nights. The cottage was spotless when we arrived. The log burner fireplace was a lovely touch and was great to sit in front of after the trip to the local pub (do try to the Blockley café for both evening and breakfast, it is great!). We had enough wood for a couple of days, though if you run out the local supermarkets sell it. The views are fantastic with roaming dear out the back. The rooms are a good size and the beds are comfy. There is also a decent sized garden though we didn't use it given it was early Feb. In regards to local walks, there are plenty, and you can easily drive to local villages. We didn't have an issue parking, on road, though it was quiet with generally plenty of spaces. We'd definitely stay here again one day in the future.
Blockley offers a picture-perfect escape for those looking to explore the Cotswolds yet stay away from the crowds. The village rose to prominence in the 18th and 19th centuries as a centre for the English silk industry, and it lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked into a valley away from the usual tourist trails. There is a fantastic community-run village shop and café, and the Great Western Arms pub and Crown Inn, both just a short stroll away.
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