The terrace of Sunny Cottages is thought to have been built around 1600. No one is sure, but it has a Grade II listed status in recognition of its age. The stone floor in the sitting room and the beams are thought to be original.
The cottage offers exactly what you would expect of an old English country cottage. The front door is a “stable door”, it is possible to open the top half whilst leaving the bottom shut. The ceilings are low as people were shorter then! The sitting room is dominated by a large fireplace, now with a wood log burner (we supply the first bucket of logs). There is also a traditional window seat as well a comfy sofa and wing chair. Less traditional, but essential, is central heating and wifi as well as a TV/DVD player with many channels. The kitchen has a hob, oven microwave, dishwasher and a surprising amount of storage space for a small cottage.
On the first floor is bedroom with a large double of twin beds with fitted cupboards and a view across the valley. You will sometimes literally see sheep from your bedroom window! A modern bathroom and shower is next door. The second floor opens to the second bedroom, that can be a double or twin, with its own en-suite shower and WC.
Turn right out of the kitchen door, past two small gardens, and there is a wooden gate with ”3” on it. Go in and a large garden awaits you, with a sun terrace and a stone barbecue hidden at the top right-hand corner. The garden behind the cottage does NOT belong to the cottage, we have the one three along. Why this strange arrangement? The first Crown surveyors were returning soldiers found jobs after returning from the Crimean War in the 1860s. The problem was that they couldn’t read or write so their drawings were totally inaccurate!
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!