With boxing hares dancing across the thatched roof, a flower-filled front garden, a fabulous inglenook fireplace, and an ancient National Trust-owned inn within a stone’s throw, this enchanting Grade II-listed cottage is the most picture-perfect place to stay. Filled with oodles of character and charm Rose Cottage sleeps five in three bedrooms, welcomes 2 dogs and is a heavenly place to escape from the world. There are countryside walks from the back door and the delights of the Cotswolds on your doorstep.
As you pass the church a delightful, thatched cottage appears before you. Rose Cottage sits in the heart of Bretforton, just moments from the National Trust-owned Fleece Inn, which dates back to the 15th century. A tiny flower-filled front garden overlooks the square and sets the scene perfectly for what lies beyond the front door.
This is a much-loved and cherished cottage offering a warm welcome to all who stay here. The charming décor reflects the character and personality of the cottage with pretty, calming colours and beautiful soft furnishings. The fabulous inglenook fireplace is a stunning feature and focal point no matter what time of year you choose to visit.
Tucked behind the cottage is an enclosed courtyard where you can relax and enjoy sunny afternoons. There’s a table and chairs for al fresco dining as well as a lounge set and a BBQ.
As you step through the heavy wooden front door you are greeted by an utterly charming, character-filled living room. There are solid flagstones covering the floor and original beams lining the ceiling, but it’s the fabulous inglenook that takes centre stage. Two comfy, two-seater sofas flank the fire and there’s also a plump armchair, and a quaint window seat providing plenty of seating for five guests. A large, low leather ottoman acts as a footstool, coffee table or as the perfect spot for playing the games and puzzles that are thoughtfully provided. This room is warm and cosy but also filled with light from the dual aspect windows to the front and rear. A smart TV stands on a polished console, and table lamps create a warm glow as night falls. Interesting objects d’art depicting life in rural Worcestershire cover the walls, including a piece of memorabilia from when Rose Cottage was featured in the TV series the Land Girls.
The dining room is equally delightful and the wooden dining table seats six comfortably, proving a lovely space for convivial meals with your fellow guests. An electric wood-burning stove sits within another feature fireplace, this is for display only, and there’s a window seat beneath the large, front-facing window, where you can sit with a coffee and watch village life. Behind the door is a bookshelf packed with a collection of Evesham Royal Worcester china, so synonymous with this part of the world. A half stable door leads to the adjacent kitchen.
Meal preparation is easy in the well-equipped kitchen including a dishwasher. Country-style wooden units create a warm, cottage feel, and house everything needed for a self-catering stay in this beautiful cottage. A range-style electric oven and gas hob sit within a huge inglenook and, should you feel inspired, there’s a selection of cookery books on the wooden bureau. From the kitchen, there is a step down into the spacious utility/boot room.
This handy space houses an additional fridge and the freezer as well as the washing machine and there’s a pull-out clothes airer, for drying clothes. There are double doors out to the enclosed courtyard, a ground floor WC, a large storage cupboard where you can keep coats and boots and the backdoor.
The steep stairs wind up from the rear hall to the first floor.
This lovely, spacious room is full of character and features a brass and iron-framed king-size bed, exposed wall beams and a view over the village square to the front. There are bedside tables with reading lamps and plenty of storage with a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.
At the end of the hall, up two steps, you’ll find the second king-size bedroom, which is a beautiful room decorated in calming shades of blue and cream overlooking the church to the rear. Cream bedside tables stand on either side of the bed with reading lamps, and there’s a pretty dressing table with a large mirror. Prints depicting village life hang above the metal-framed bed whilst the rattan chaise-longue is perfect for lazy afternoons snoozes, or for curling up with a good book.
This cosy single also sits at the end of the hall and looks over the church beyond. A polished wooden chest serves as a bedside table complete with a reading lamp, and there’s a rattan easy chair behind the door along with a storage cupboard.
The quaint bathroom features a slipper bath set beneath a roof skylight. Lie back amongst the bubbles and watch the stars overhead. There are wooden floors underfoot and to the side, a pretty, stained-glass window.
Bathroom / Shower Room:
Next to the bathroom is the shower room with tongue and groove panels on the walls, wooden floorboards and a step-in shower cubicle. This room also has a hand basin and W.C and a heated towel rail to keep things toasty.
To the rear of Rose Cottage is an enclosed courtyard planted with roses that is accessed through the double doors from the utility/boot room. This outside area has a gas BBQ, table and chairs for al fresco dining and a rattan-effect all-weather lounge set, perfect for sunny afternoons and evening drinks.
Parking is available outside the cottage or in the square opposite.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 2 king-size bedrooms and 1 single bedroom
2 bathrooms: Shower room with walk-in shower; bathroom with slipper bath and handheld shower
Max. 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome
Private enclosed rear courtyard
Open fire – a basket of kindling and logs will be left for your first fire
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
Games, puzzles, and cards
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Bosch Tassimo coffee machine, 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
Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob
Ironing board, iron and a pulley style clothes airer in the boot room
Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Patio table and chairs and a lounge set (cushions and a sun parasol can be found in the boot room and coat cupboard. Please return them when not in use to avoid them getting wet).
Historic pub within 50 metres
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The Community Shop and Café sells a wide range of essential items and local produce and is a 3-minute walk away. There is a Midcounties Co-op (6.9 miles) as well as Tesco, Waitrose, M&S Food Hall, Lidl, and ALDI in Evesham (3.7 miles). There are also a couple of excellent local farm shops nearby.
The Fleece Inn (50 metres)
Eight Bells, Chipping Campden (5.5 miles)
Childswickham Inn & Brasserie (6.8 miles)
There are many footpaths around Bretforton including one right from the door. From the backdoor turn left down Bridge Street and at the bridge turn left onto Back Lane. Before the bend by the farm there is a public footpath sign in front of you. Go through the gate following the path round to the road where you can either go straight ahead or turn right. Turn right and follow the road towards the bend, take the track in front of you and continue over the cattle grid. Just before you reach Allens Barn there is footpath sign on your right, follow this path back to the village.
Head to the Cotswold AONB website’s Self-Guided Walks section for a wide choice of local walks.
Places to Visit:
All Things Wild (2.4 miles)
Dover’s Hill (4.1 miles)
Broadway Tower (6.3 miles)
Train - Honeybourne (1.8 miles) has regular services to/from London Paddington.
Taxis - Claremont Cars; ABC Private Hire
There is so much to discover in the Cotwolds, 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.
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.
Rose Cottage is a beautiful but very old cottage and therefore some of the floor’s creak and are uneven, there are also low beams.
The staircase is winding and steep
Please request use of the travel cot and highchair at time of booking
There is no allocated parking however there is free on-street parking outside the cottage or in the village square directly in front of the cottage
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
This place was fantastic. It is about as cute and quaint as you can imagine. Between the lovely old church next door and the 500 year old pub across the square, you will feel that you have walked into the perfect village. The food at the pub is great. we highly recommend this house.
Fairy tale village and cottage. If total relax, chirping of the birds and astonishing sprays of colour in a dreamlike cottage is what you want, cosy Rose Cottage is the ideal place. Excellent support provided by Bolthole given we live abroad.
Fairy tale experience. If total relaxation, chirping of the birds and a setting with astonishing colourful surroundings and a dreamlike cottage are what you want, cosy Rose Cottage is the ideal place. An added value is the historic and welcoming English pub just a few metres away and the tiny and delightful St Leonard Church just across the road.
Beautiful cottage in a picturesque village. The house is comfortable with all of the necessities and some nice touches on top. The beds were very comfortable and the living area is a perfect size for 5 guests. The Fleece Inn is a minute walk away and is a lovely country pub with excellent service and delicious food. Bourton-on-water is a short 25 minute car journey away. The area is quiet but perfect if you’re looking for a relaxing and low key getaway!
Brilliant cottage to stay in both Rose and Myrtle Cottage are both owned by the host. Check in was super easy and quick with the key box. It was such a welcoming cottage. The outside Christmas lights were on, the lamps inside were on as well as the Christmas tree lights and looked so cosy from the road. We were so happy to see that the cottage had been decorated with Christmas decorations it was a really nice touch!
Beautiful cottage and surroundings. The Fleece was excellent. 10/10 for our stay. Thanks again!
The vibrant village of Bretforton has a thriving community, with plenty of events happening year-round. The Fleece Inn is a real hub for the village and depending on when you visit you might encounter the quirky annual asparagus auction, Morris Dancers, or the apple and ale festivals. They have regular folk music nights too. Within a short stroll, there’s also a fabulous community-run shop. With the Cotswolds on your doorstep and urban delights such as Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon within easy reach, this is the perfect place from which to explore.
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