Lark Rise sits at one end of a charming terrace of traditional Cotswold stone cottages in the peaceful village of Blockley, and in the words of the owner ‘we bought a view, it just happened to have a beautiful cottage attached’. Set over three levels this is a warm and welcoming home sleeping up to five guests in three bedrooms. Lark Rise is dog friendly and has private parking for two cars. There is a pretty, enclosed garden and the most wonderful views over the rolling Cotswold hills beyond. This cosy country escape is perfectly placed for exploring the north Cotswolds with Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Bourton-on -the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold all within easy reach.
Set in an elevated position overlooking the gently rolling hills beyond, it is easy to lose yourself in the outstanding views from Lark Rise. Built from traditional honey-hued Cotswold stone, Lark Rise is an end cottage in a row of similar properties, so typical to the area. To the front of the cottage, you’ll find fields, often filled with poppies during the summer, and to the rear a view that embraces the hills and sky and can change in an instant. The cottage sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you’ll often see large herds of deer peacefully grazing in the field beyond the rear garden.
This traditional stone cottage retains many pleasing character features including exposed stone, old beams, and original fireplaces. Built over three levels there is an appealing garden room on the lower ground floor along with a cosy, country-style kitchen with a wood burner. The ground floor has a light-filled living room, and the main bathroom, whilst the three comfortable bedrooms (main bedroom with an en-suite shower and toilet) can be found on the first floor.
To the rear of the cottage is a well-established, pretty, enclosed garden filled with flowers and shrubs. There is also a handy laundry room with a washing machine, drying and ironing equipment located in the outbuilding. Tucked into a quiet corner is a patio with a garden table and chairs where you can sit, soak in the view, and just listen to the buzzing of the bees and birds singing.
Lower Ground Floor
From the gate follow steps down the side of the property to enter through the doors of the Garden Room. This pleasing room is filled with natural light from the huge windows which overlook the garden, and the all-encompassing view beyond. There are quarry tiles on the floor and two sofas, a two-seater and three-seater, offering plenty of space on which to relax. A small bookshelf holds a selection of novels and guidebooks, so there’s plenty of information to help you plan your explorations of the local area. This room is integral to the house and can be used all year round.
A stone doorway leads from the garden room into the spacious country-style kitchen-dining room. The room is warmed by a fabulous wood burner, which sits in the original stone fireplace, and although on the lower ground floor there is natural light from a high window to the side and a window into the garden room, which sits in the original stone surround, with a quaint little window seat beneath. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need for a self-catering holiday, including an electric oven and hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There’s also a Delonghi coffee machine along with fresh coffee. In the centre of the room is a wooden, farmhouse-style table with six chairs, perfect for lazy breakfasts and cosy evening meals.
From the lower ground floor, a flight of stairs with handrails rises to the living room on the ground floor. There is a fixed stairgate at the top of these stairs.
The cosy living room is filled with light from the window to the front, there is also direct access to the street from the front door. The focal point of the room is the exposed stone wall with an original fireplace (not in use). There is plenty of seating for all with two- and three-seater sofas with cushions and throws. Mounted on the wall, in one corner, is a smart TV.
The family bathroom is on the ground floor and is a traditional-style suite, which includes a bath with a handheld shower, washbasin, and WC. On one wall is a vintage-style wooden cabinet and to the rear a window with wonderful views. This is definitely a ''loo with a view''.
A second flight of stairs rises to a small landing on the first floor.
This delightful room overlooks the fabulous rural views to the rear of the property, framed through a large window, with a narrow window seat beneath. The character of the cottage is very much evident in the stripped wooded doors, high ceiling, and beamed wall. There are bedside tables with reading lamps on either side of the king-size bed, a wardrobe, and a chest of drawers. This room also benefits from an en suite shower and WC.
With views over the front of the cottage to the green fields beyond, this cosy single room has a framed day bed, chest of drawers and a reading lamp.
The comfortable third bedroom has a king-size bed, which can be separated into two singles (on request) flanked by bedside tables with reading lamps. There’s a single wardrobe with a full-length mirror on the door and peaceful rural views to the front of the cottage. Please note this bedroom is accessed through bedroom two.
A private driveway accessed via a five-bar gate provides off-road parking for two vehicles. A small side-gate leads down a flight of steps into the large pretty garden, which is fully enclosed and filled with mature shrubs and plants. It’s a peaceful spot to sit and relax in and enjoy the beautiful English countryside. The garden is generally secure although small dogs may need supervision.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms. There are 2 king-size beds (one of which can be split into two singles on request) and 1 single (day bed), in a separate adjoining bedroom.
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 family bathroom
Parking for up to 2 cars plus additional on-street parking available
Dog friendly: max. 1 well-behaved dog
Private enclosed garden – secure for mid-large dogs – small dogs may need supervision
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling are supplied between October and April
Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
Hairdryer x 1
Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, fruit teabags, ground and instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap and toilet paper
Heating and hot water via central heating radiators with individual thermostat controls
DVD player / DVDs
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (DeLonghi), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, stick blender, weighing machine, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Washing machine, laundry basket and pegs (utility room)
Ironing board, iron, and clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot & high chair - please request at time of booking (cot linen not supplied), stairgate (ground floor to lower ground floor stairs only).
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Patio table and 6 chairs, 2 sun loungers, 1 garden bench and 8 further plastic chairs
Local pub within walking distance (0.4 miles)
On your Doorstep
Lark Rise 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.
Blockley Cafe - Friday and Saturday evenings only (500 metres)
Great Western Arms (650 metres)
Churchill Arms pub (2.6 miles)
Blockley’s unspoiled location amidst the stunning rolling landscape of the Cotswold hills affords it with a plethora of walks. Head to the Cotswold AONB website’s Self-Guided walks section for a wide choice of local walks. A number of local maps and walking books are also provided in the cottage.
There is a footpath 30 yards from the property, linking Blockley to the Cotswold Way via the Diamond Way to the Monarch’s Way and Heart of England Way long distance paths and Chipping Campden. The route passes the Baker’s Arms in Broad Campden which serves and excellent Sunday lunches. There is also a beautiful circular walk from Blockley village to nearby Batsford, where its vibrant arboretum can be enjoyed by all ages throughout the year.
Places to Visit
Chipping Campden (2.8 miles)
Batsford Arboretum (3.5 miles)
Broadway Tower (4 miles)
Train: The nearest train station is Moreton in Marsh (4 miles), which has regular services from London Paddington.
Taxis: A2B Taxis, Moreton Cars, North Cotswolds Taxis and Tours
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
Lark Rise is unsuitable for disabled guests or people of limited mobility due to being on three levels with stairs in-between. The kitchen is on the lower ground floor and access to the garden/backdoor is via a flight of external stairs.
The second parking space might be tight for large cars. But there is parking on the road available.
One well-behaved dog is permitted. Please ensure the dog is kept on the lower ground floor (kitchen and garden room) where there is direct access to the garden. Please use the faux fur throws on the sofas in the garden room to protect the furniture.
The main bathroom is on the ground floor. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower and WC.
Bedroom Three is accessed through Bedroom Two
Bedroom Three is configured as a King bed. It can be split in to two singles, please request this at time of booking.
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.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Beautiful place to stay, the views are incredible and only a short walk to a local shop! Really lovely area, wouldn’t hesitate to come again.
Very beautiful cottage in an even more beautiful setting. Sunrise and the view was absolutely breath taking.
Fabulous location to explore Cotswolds, village of Blockley is lovely with a shop, great cafe & pub all within short walk of house. Nice having the sunroom to chill & take in the views. Parking easy, house clean & cozy, everything you need if you didnt want to eat out too. Really enjoyed our break - lots of walking and chilling.
Elaine - October 2021
Wonderful location, clean and tidy house and a view to die for.
Louise - September 2021
The cottage is well situated, close to country paths that run through fields full of deer. the village is a stones throw away and there is a fantastic cafe there. the cottage itself is lovely, lots of space for the family and a beautiful back garden. The view is a little obstructed by the hedge at the bottom, but other than that it is a beautiful setting.
Tony - September 2021
Blockley is mentioned in the Domesday Book and rose to prominence during the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming a major centre for the English silk industry with the silk mills using the waters from Blockley Brook, which still runs through the centre of the village. This is one of the larger villages in the Cotswolds with plenty of walks locally including a footpath almost opposite the cottage and many local attractions close by, a fantastic community-run village shop and café, and the Great Western Arms pub just a short stroll away.
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