Most of Easterleigh Cottage is thought to have been built around 1840, in typical Cotswold stone. It is a semi-detached cottage, i.e. the building to the right of the central chimney as viewed from the front. The name comes from the Anglo Saxon word “leigh” or “leah”, meaning an open meadow.
There is everything you would expect for a typical English country cottage. A low beamed sitting room, real fireplace, rayburn (aga), a cosy kitchen, and lots of nooks and crannies! There is ample room for six to eat and dine in the wood-panelled kitchen. Upstairs there are dormer windows with deep sills, but the bathrooms have been modernised, although kept with a traditional look.
To the left of the hall is the low beamed sitting room with comfy sofas and leather chairs for 7 arranged around an open fireplace with a wrought iron wood burner. You will find a bucket of logs ready for you! Step through the sitting room to the bright conservatory dining room. the perfect venue for family birthday parties and dinners. Paintings and furnishings are a blend of modern, and antiques acquired from various auctions around the country. Outside to the rear there is a large cottage garden with secluded areas, and a brick-built barb-b-q. A gate at the back leads to a second hidden garden full of fruit trees.
In the front there is another small garden with a wrought iron bench to enjoy the sunshine and quiet. There is parking for two or three cars, one or two in the front of the cottage, and there are no yellow lines and empty road outside!
Seasonal Availability and Activities
Spring1st Mar - 31st May
Flowers and blossom everywhere, walks galore and spring festivals.
Cheltenham Gold Cup; Adam’s Farm or the Cotswold Wildlife Park for lambing, Calving and the wildlife meadows; or Go fishing?
Summer1st May - 31st Aug
Iconic English countryside in full glory. Rolling green meadows and pasture, famous English gardens and stately homes.
The Snowshill lavender farm or manor; Sudeley Castle; the GWR Steam Railway at Toddington; Bath; Stratford-Upon-Avon; or Oxford.
Autumn1st Sep - 31st Oct
Colour bursts out everywhere. Produce and farm fairs displaying the produce of the summer.
Batsford Arboretum or the National Arboretum show off every hue of red, orange and yellow; Country pub log fires once more; or Early morning mists clear for glorious walks.
Winter1st Nov - 28th Feb
Log fires, village Christmas Festivals and markets. The Cotswolds have a cold but often dry climate, wrap up warm for a walk! Maybe you will get some snow.
Wonderful country pubs are everywhere; Antiques shops sparkle; The Gloucester ice rink; The Regency Cheltenham for warming afternoon tea!