Stepping Stones is a delightful two-bedroom home located in beautiful Blockley village in prime walking country at the heart of the Cotswolds. Stepping Stones is a modern home with a refined, classic feel set within a pretty development of converted barns with stunning shared gardens, and a private patio and BBQ, leading down to Blockley Brook. Sleeping up to 4 guests across a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, with a fabulous, spa-like family bathroom, here you can enjoy a slice of Cotswolds village life without having to battle the crowds that some of the larger nearby market towns attract.
Life here truly is idyllic; there’s a babbling stream running directly along the edge of the garden, providing a beautiful background water chorus to your stay; views from the cottage look directly out to the village with its perfectly maintained 13th-Century church; there’s even a traditional village shop in walking distance, serving up some of the tastiest cake for miles around.
Stepping Stones is an elegant cottage with plenty of traditional charm, offering a simple yet cosy living space for families and couples alike to unwind in. Family and dog friendly, it’s the perfect escape for those in search of easy country living with the benefits of village amenities on the doorstep, with miles and miles of unspoilt Cotswold landscape to enjoy. Dog-friendly, canine guests will love the easy garden access, not to mention the meandering stream that can be found tucked away at the bottom of the garden.
Stepping into the cottage’s useful internal porch, you will find a pretty, antique wooden pew – the perfect spot to ease your walking shoes on and off – an umbrella stand, coat hooks and a handy mirror.
The cosy, bright living room overlooks the cottage’s front garden, where there’s a double seat to sit and enjoy the garden and birdsong. Exposed beams, country cream hues and a wood burner effect electric fire give the room a classic cottage feel. Comfortably seating up to four guests in front of the fire on two sink-in sofas, the living room is elegant and cosy. The fireside seating is complemented with a long, padded footstool, bright tartan curtains and quirky cushions and a TV stand housing a 55” Smart TV with Netflix and Blu-ray DVD player, plus games, puzzles and a selection of DVDs.
Next to the main seating area, heading towards the kitchen, is a large bookcase with a wide selection of novels and guide books with an armchair and reading light – the perfect spot to plan the next day’s activities!
Leading through from the living room to the rear of the cottage is a very well-equipped kitchen-diner, benefitting from sweeping views of the cottage’s beautiful rear garden. Decorated in a classic farmhouse style, with sleek grey tiles and a slate tile floor, in here you’ll find all you need for a self-catered stay, including an oven and induction hob, dishwasher, microwave, built-in fridge/freezer, washing machine and plenty of bakeware, crockery and glassware for guests’ use. An attractive oak dining table and seating offer the perfect place to enjoy a feast, sat alongside the French doors, which open directly on to the patio (with two bistro tables and 4 chairs) and the garden, perfect for enjoying a sunrise or sunset.
Overlooking the front of the house is the Master Bedroom, a spacious double room perfect for couples, with its own 40” flat-screen TV. The centrepiece of the room is the super-king bed with its sumptuous duvet and pillows, complemented with a large, built-in wardrobe, dressing table and elegant armchair. Decorated in a sunny yellow hue, this bedroom has a calming bright feel with lovely views over the shared garden to the front of the cottage. This elegant bedroom provides more than enough room for a couple to relax and enjoy the space in great comfort.
Sitting across the landing, to the cottage’s rear, is Bedroom 2, a twin room ideal for a couple, two friends or younger guests. This room also boasts plenty of space, with two single beds (placed at opposite ends for more privacy), two dressing tables and a built-in wardrobe. Benefitting from beautiful views over the cottage’s garden and out towards the church in the centre of the village, guests will love perching by the low-lying windowsill and watching the local wildlife enjoying the brook that runs along the edge of the garden.
The cottage’s family bathroom sits conveniently between Bedrooms 1 and 2 and features a full-length bath and double-headed shower, heated towel rail, sink with mirror and shaver’s socket and dual flush toilet. Elegant charcoal grey wall tiling beautifully complements the mosaic-style flooring creating a relaxing spa-like bathroom finished with thoughtful and luxurious touches, including candles and Pecksniff’s bath soap.
One of a row of three cottages, within an attractive modern barn conversion, Stepping Stones is framed by beautiful shared gardens to its front and side with a small, private patio and access to the large shared garden to its rear, affording it a wonderful feeling of privacy. It’s in the back garden where Stepping Stones’ magic really comes alive, thanks to the famous Blockley Brook, which meanders directly along the edge of the rear garden. Stepping Stones’ garden area is small in size but feels much larger thanks to the sweeping village views it benefits from, separated from its neighbouring houses by discreet fencing. Stepping Stones also boasts a small patio area with two bistro-style tables and four seats, accessible via the kitchen’s French doors, making it perfect for al fresco sundowners after a busy day exploring the Cotswolds. The brook is a haven for local birds, ducks and wildlife, younger guests will love wiling away the hours paddling at the brook’s shore, whilst older guests can relax on the patio with the gentle sounds of the brook in the background. The property has two designated parking spaces.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 super-king size bedroom and 1 twin bedroom
1 bathroom; bath and double shower (overhead and hand-held)
Welcome pack with fresh milk and bottle of wine
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Parking for up to 2 cars
Heating: gas – with easy-to-operate Hive control
2 TVs: 55” Smart TV with Netflix (living room); 40” Smart TV/Freeview (Bedroom 1)
Free WiFi: Superfast Fibre Plus
Dog friendly - accepts a maximum of 2 dogs (additional fee applies)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) teapot, cafetière, bakeware, food preparation items.
Oven/induction hob with extractor fan
Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
Baby/child equipment: 1 highchair, 1 travel cot (linen is not supplied), 2 stairgates
Private patio and beautiful communal gardens with direct access to Blockley Brook
Outdoor patio/dining area
Garden furniture – seats 4
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor and smoke alarm.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
In walking distance is the excellent and widely acclaimed Blockley Village Shop & Café, which sells a range of groceries, local produce, newspapers and magazines, fresh and frozen meats, wines and beers, ready meals and much more. The cafe is fully licensed and offers coffee, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.
Moreton-in-Marsh is a 10-minute drive away and has a wide range of independent local shops including The Cotswold Cheese Co. 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 Village Shop & Café (400 metres)
The Crown Hotel (200 metres)
The Churchill Arms (2.5 miles)
Tucked away from the well-trodden tourist path, Blockley’s unspoiled location amidst the stunning rolling landscape of the Cotswold hills affords it with a plethora of walks leading right from the cottage’s front door. We recommend the beautiful circular walk from Blockley village to nearby Batsford, where its vibrant arboretum can be enjoyed by all ages throughout the year. Starting at Blockley’s 13th century church in the centre of the village, you’ll pass through fields and Batsford village before arriving at the arboretum, where acres of trees of all shapes and sizes burst to life throughout the year. The 4.5 mile walk then returns through undulating fields back to Blockley, giving you fantastic views across the Cotswold vales as you walk. Nearby Moreton-in-Marsh also benefits from a host of fantastic walks perfect for all abilities. We recommend following the Monarch’s Way from Moreton-in-Marsh to Longborough; a gentle 2-mile stroll, perfect for those who don’t want too much of a challenge.
Places to Visit:
Batsford Arboretum (3 miles)
Snowshill Manor and Garden (5.6 miles)
Hidcote (6.7 miles)
Train: Moreton in Marsh (4 miles), with a direct service to London Paddington.
Taxis: AAA Station Taxis of Moreton-in-Marsh, North Cotswold Taxis and Tours, Moreton-in-Marsh Taxi4u
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.
Two dogs are permitted at an additional cost per dog (on booking). Your dog must be kept on a lead at all times when in the Lower Farm Cottages grounds.
Dog owners and guests with small children need to note that the garden is not enclosed, and the Brockley Brook is directly accessible.
EV Charging: It is not permitted to run electrical cables across pathways or communal grass areas at Lower Farm Cottages. A list of local EV charging points is provided on booking.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Everything of the highest quality. Fantastic spot for a break. Strongly to be recommended.
Lovely place in the green heart of Blockly. We spent a great week as a family of four. The cottage has a spatious feel about it, both inside and outside, set in lovely green surrounds with a brook running down the garden. The inside is cozy, with a large master bedroom and the 2nd bedroom has two separate single beds and two desks, so great for older kids (stair gates and high chair were available for small ones). Beds are very comfortable and the location is super quiet, so we all slept very well. We found Blockly a great place from which to explore the Cotswolds. The Cafe in the village serves great modern meals for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner, and there are two pubs (which we didn't try, though). We'd definitely recommend the cottage and would be back any time.
A very tranquil, beautiful spot for a comfortable, spacious cottage in picturesque Blockley. All mod cons provided and some lovely views. Ample parking, just make sure to follow directions to the letter, easy to miss otherwise. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom with shower was luxurious. A wonderful weekend at Stepping Stones, a little piece of heaven!
perfectly positioned in a lovely little town. Very relaxing and comfortable, the hosts were extremely helpful and even offered to post our charger home as we had left it there. I would full recommend!
Beautiful, charming cottage in an idyllic location. Very grateful for the Christmas decorations which made the place even more cosy. We would love to come back
Somewhat of an under-the-radar gem when it comes to Cotswold destinations, the village of Blockley offers a picture-perfect escape for those in search of quintessential Cotswolds yet away from the crowds, nestled in a valley far from the well-trodden tourist track. Blockley developed as a mill town during the 9th Century, using the water of Blockley Brook to power 12 watermills that are recorded in the Domesday Book. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Blockley was a major centre of England’s silk industry, with the silk mills using Blockley Brook, which runs through the centre of the village and forms the boundary of Stepping Stones’ garden.
Following the collapse of the silk industry, the town went into relative decline, leaving behind lots of mill buildings and workers cottages - perfect for renovation and development in the 20th Century. At its heyday, Blockley had over 60 shops, seven inns, four banks, and two piano factories, and the Vulcan iron foundry and works. Today there is one excellent shop/cafe, a pub, a hotel, several small business units, and a Post Office. The entire parish lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), making it a very popular destination for walkers.
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