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Stepping Stones Cottage

Blockley

Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
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.

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 and reported.
Full Description

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.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
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.

Living Room:
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!

Kitchen/Dining Area:
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.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
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.

Bedroom Two:
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.

Family Bathroom:
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.

Outside

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.


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.

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
  • Hairdryer
  • 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)
  • DVD player
  • Free WiFi: Superfast Fibre Plus
  • Child / dog friendly
  • 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
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Iron/ironing board
  • 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.

Eating Out:
  • The Great Western Arms (100 metres)
  • The Crown Hotel (200 metres)
  • The Churchill Arms (2.5 miles)
Walks:
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 ½ 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:
  • Broadway Tower (4 miles)
  • Snowshill Manor and Garden (5.6 miles)
  • Hidcote (6.7 miles)
Travel:
  • 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

There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences.
Points of Note
  • Parking: There are two designated parking spaces
  • Dog friendly: One well-behaved dog is permitted at a cost of £25 per dog (on booking)
  • Dog owners and guests with small children need to note that the garden is not enclosed, and the Brockley Brook is directly accessible

Reviews

We stayed in this lovely cottage for 4 nights this week and cannot say how impressed we were with the property. It had everything we needed and more. It is set amongst lovely gardens along with about 8 or so other properties in a very tranquil setting. It is the middle cottage of three and has lovely lawns both to the front and rear of the property, and a little communal area with a picnic table next to the brook which runs at the back of the cottages. It has a very well equipped kitchen including a Nespresso coffee machine with pods supplied. It has one large double bedroom with a 6 foot bed which was very comfortable and a smaller bedroom with 2 x single beds. A bathroom with shower and bath with towels and toiletries also supplied. Overall we had a really great stay and the cottage is ideally located for touring the superb area of the Cotswolds. We would happily love to stay here again the next time we visit the area.
David - September 2021
Great property with everything you could need. Beds very comfortable and peaceful location with a lovely garden. Highly recommend.
April - August 2021
Totally fell in love with the village of Blockley and Stepping Stones was a really good place to stay in terms of location in the village. Very clean and comfortable.
David
Lovely cottage with comfortable beds and everything you need in a beautiful location.
Jessica
A very nice cottage with a beautiful view
Yue

Location

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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