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Cosy Cotswold Cottage for 4 in Tranquil Village. 4mi Chipping Campden No Add-Ons

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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Roomy Comfort In Extremely Well Equipped Courtyard Cottage. 2 Bed/2bath.

You are looking for a really comfortable, temporary home from home in the middle of England for up to four people? A place from which to explore the Cotswolds and the Stratford upon Avon area or even to venture further East to Cambridge, South West down to Bath and Stonehenge and West, over to Wales? London is a 90 minute train ride away. This is all doable from our cosy, traditional stone cottage in the very special Cotswold village of Ilmington. NB. not all the Homeaway sites display my reviews. See VRBO. For details of payment, (and how you will have no extra charges piled on!) please read the Notes section under the rates.

Most of the year stays are a minimum of Saturday to Saturday, 7 night bookings but in the winter and sometimes in the summer/autumn we have a few short breaks if there are gaps. Buy 3 nights, get the 4th at half price! See the calendar for availability and click on the rates button for the price as the automatic system won't be able to cope with the discount. There are no taxes and no extra fees.

Ilmington lies on the borders of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire and less than 15 miles from from both the counties of Oxfordshire and Worcestershire. I describe it as a 'hidden' village as it is away from the hotspots of tourism (7 miles from Stratford upon Avon) and not on the main roads. It is four miles from pretty (but busy, in summer!) Chipping Campden. Lovely places to visit, all within easy reach, without living at the centre of the hustle and bustle.

Drive into a completely private courtyard and find the delightful Sansome House Cottage - a conversion of a 1760's farm building into a charming vacation cottage with all modern amenities. This honey coloured stone cottage lies opposite the main former farmhouse, in summer, with tumbling flowers at the door. The interior style is small English country house - Persian rugs lie on wooden floors downstairs, antique furniture sits happily with modern pieces and the whole place oozes comfort and peace. You will be surprised at how roomy it is inside..a large rustic-style kitchen is so well-equipped that we doubt you will be asking for more (but you are welcome to borrow if we have missed something out!). This is also the eating area, with a big farmhouse table and chairs, although there is a small table in the hall that could be used for romantic dining for 2 if you prefer ( a bit of a squeeze for 4). Doors from the kitchen lead to a small completely enclosed garden with garden furniture for sunny days and a BBQ. The downstairs cloakroom/bathroom has a loo, basin and shower cabinet.

The sitting room boasts plenty of comfortable seating (2 sofas and armchair) grouped around an open log fireplace and has a 40' HDTV with all the normal digital channels (not Sky) and a Chromecast dongle so you can beam Netflix etc. if you have a subscription or your home stations if you have the slingplayer app on your device. There are DVDs and CDs and a large collection of books available for your stay. There is a music system playable through Bluetooth. Up quite a steep staircase (not suitable for small children or people with balance difficulties) is the landing, off which are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The bath is large and has grip handles.

The main bedroom (with TV) and dressing room off, is spacious, with a King ('Super king' in England) bed which is made up as Austrian Twins (two mattresses on the same frame) with separate downy duvets so it suits close friends as well as couples. (Also no nocturnal duvet snatching possible!). There is a small sofa, two chests of drawers and hanging space. There is an extra hand basin in the dressing room. The second bedroom has two single beds, chest of drawers and hanging space. All beds have cosy down and feather duvets and pillows, pure white cotton sheets and very comfortable (so I have been told many times!) mattresses.

There is free access to WiFi and the first basket of logs is complimentary. In addition I provide starter supplies of all the basic household items and staples, such as loo paper, soap, foil, cling film, tea, coffee, herbs and much more.. to save you having to shop for essentials straight away. Candles and a complimentary bottle of wine is waiting for your dinner. There is a community shop situated in the old Catholic Church on the Upper Green so you can buy all the basic supplies you need from there. There is a cafe attached so you can wander round there for breakfast, coffee time, tea time etc... With that and the two excellent pubs, you need never leave the village for food!

Basically, the cottage is all set up as a home from home from the off so you can walk through the door and feel you are not missing anything (except maybe your dog and family....) and can feel completely comfortable in YOUR Cotswold cottage for the duration of your stay. Children over five are welcome but the cottage is unsuitable for those under five. There is a good village playground about 5 minutes walk away. Walks/hikes can be taken from your doorstep.

We live in the main house on the other side of the courtyard (a lawn and cherry tree between us!) and are nearly always on hand to give help and advice if required but of course leave you to enjoy your holiday without intrusion. The cottage is well stocked with leaflets and suggestions of places to visit which I keep current, as well as walking, driving and cycling maps. There is plenty of wildlife about and for the budding ornithologist, bird spotting opportunities abound on your doorstep, not least my resident pheasant.

From April to October there is a minimum booking period of a week and a Saturday changeover unless I have gaps created by people staying longer or cancellations ( insurance against this strongly advised!). There is a maximum occupancy of 4 and children over five are welcome.

There are NO EXTRAS to pay over and above the rate in the rates table. The rate is all inclusive so you are not going to get hit with surprises. I welcome phone calls if you want to establish our place is right for you, by talking to me. Please take note of differences in time zones though! Alternatively, find the BLUE 'email owner' button below the Owner Info section, not the yellow 'request to book' button as it is important for both of us to talk first to make sure the cottage is right for you.

See details of what is on month to month in the area by going to 'Links' at the bottom of the VRBO listing. If you are seeing this on another site the link is gone! Just search for 'What's On Sansome House Cottage'.
Please google to find reviews of Sansome House Cottage! People have to jump through hoops to leave reviews here so I am reluctant to ask them but several have kindly done it. The calendar is kept up to date so please check there before enquiring for a particular period. I am always on email! The automated quote may not be accurate.

At short break times of year I may be doing a special offer, like buy 3 get 4th half price and the system can't cope with that so please check with me as the quote here may not be accurate.! If you are on VRBO or the US Homeaway site the price is quoted in US dollars. For a better idea, go to the rates table and put the rates into British pounds as that is the fixed price (check with fx converter on the £/dollar rate) and the currency changes daily. ALSO I find that this website sometimes has a delay on email transmission. Try clicking the button for 'send email' (not the quote one which may give an incorrect figure) or better still, telephone me (under my picture at the side or at the top of this description if they haven't changed the site, yet again!). My 'owner info' Felicity Ausden at Sansome Cottage is in the listing below reviews and a click through for more info on the cottage, area etc.on VRBO- try me there for quicker response!
I welcome communication, rather than instant booking, as I feel it is important for you to make sure the cottage is the right choice for you! I

PAYMENT METHODS AND CANCELLATIONS. The listing here has defaulted to no refunds which is not strictly true so please ask me about this! I take a 25% deposit, normally non-refundable (unless exceptional circumstances) and then the balance payment 12 weeks in advance of arrival. I recommend travel insurance to cover cancellations as refunds are made on the basis of whether I can relet the cancelled space or not so you might lose out in the event of an unforeseen circumstance preventing your travel. I am open to suggestions of payment methods which suit you. There are NO extras to pay, save for the cost of transferring the payment, if any. I can take credit card payment through PayPal, or cheques or bank transfer. I don't do instant booking or payments through here - hence no added percentage levy on my quote from the site but if you have doubts about me, my existence, or promise of fulfilment, please just give me a ring or check me out in other ways. My website link can be found above the scrolling photos on the VRBO site - if you are seeing this on another site click for my phone number or just search, using my owner details.
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    Well behaved over fives are welcome. This is not suitable for younger children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    American King sized bed made up as Austrian Twins...moreless

  • Both bedrooms have very comfortable mattresses with electric under blankets for the winter months. Soft pillows and cosy downy duvets are covered with cotton sheeting. Note that the super king bed is an Austrian Twin - two mattresses on one frame and made up with separate duvets so suitable for close friends as well as couples. The main bedroom has a flat screen TV. The second bedroom , with standard single beds, has a radio....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Guests seem to really appreciate that I have put myself in their position and asked, 'What do I want to find, myself, in a rental?' I try to make sure that all the little things are right and that you have all the equipment that you need. I do not describe the cottage as 'luxury' (that overused word), rather 'special' so you feel really cared for. I do not provide expensive complimentary toiletries and put the rent up accordingly. I make sure all the essentials are in place and the store cupboard items/general basics are on a use and replace basis. In the summer, if the vegetable garden is behaving, I can sometimes share the produce with you (no guarantees on the slugs or birds thwarting my efforts though). A newly (home)baked loaf will be awaiting your arrival as well as jam from my home grown raspberries or strawberries and some homemade biscuits on a tea tray. I put vases of flowers from the garden (subject to weather) all around the house. ...moreless


  • Books:

    An eclectic selection includes guide books on England and our specific area of the Cotswolds....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    About 50 DVDs, mainly British films, including Downton Abbey series 1,2 & 3...moreless

  • Games:

    Cluedo, Monopoly, all the basic games + jigsaws of various sizes for rainy days. Ping pong table in the garage. Tennis at the village courts....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Classical music only...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo:

    Bluetooth music player...moreless

  • Television:

    HDTV with 40 inch screen. Free to view digital channels (about 30 of them)...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    On the edge of a quintessential Cotswold village with village green, village ponds, a Norman church, and two great pubs. The village shop/Cafe sells good quality fruit and veg and everyday supplies....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Large farmhouse table in the kitchen seats 6 ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Tumble dryer but in dry summer weather we hope you will use our eco-dryer i.e.hang clothes on the line in the garden! There is also a drying rack in the cottage for items you do not want to tumble....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Open fireplace in the sittingroom burns logs only. We provide the first basket. You can buy more locally if required....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating throughout in season. Normally off about May to October but of course we have it on if you are cold, even if it is June or July although we hope you won't need it....moreless

  • Internet:

    Broadband wifi. (No cable access in the cottage). Not guaranteed access as some wifi devices of travellers have connection issues down to Apple or others out of our control....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Duvets and sheets provided. If you are staying more 9 days, we leave a change of linen and ask you to give us the washing. In the winter months, there are (sleep on)electric blankets on the beds...moreless

  • Living Room:

    As described in the main description....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off road parking outside your door. There is a garage but it currently houses a ping pong table for your use....moreless

  • Telephone:

    I can lend you a pay-as-you-go mobile for your stay. Mobile signals are patchy in Ilmington itself so we provide access to a landline in the cottage (but for emergency use only as shared line)....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    One large bath sheet, good sized hand towel and facecloth provided per guest. Optional change every 4 or 5 days. Old towels provided for hair dyeing! ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Automatic front loader. Instructions for this and all equipment are left in a folder but please ask if you don't understand....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee makers to suit all - French press, hob top espresso,Nespresso capsule coffee machine, electric drip filter machine. Starter supply of coffee provided. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A plentiful supply of eating and serving dishes, baking trays and utensils. Sharp knives. Any extra large items, like a fish kettle, just ask to borrow from the house....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    A week's supply of tablets is left for you....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Small freezer above the fridge. More space available if required for longer stays....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Large farmhouse type. Great selection of equipment for keen cooks includes smoothie maker, processor and other gadgets. TV also! A welcome tea tray on arrival (bread, butter, biscuits, jam)....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric fan oven with grill...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Complimentary bottle of wine. Also homemade bread, jam and biscuits. Basic starter supplies left of oil, vinegar, foil, film, loo paper, soap, herbs, tea, coffee etc. on a 'use and replace' basis....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Electric hob and oven....moreless

  • Toaster:

    As well as a toaster, there is a sandwich toaster....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Outside the kitchen...moreless

  • Golf:

    You have to drive for this. Clubs at Brailes, Stratford and further afield....moreless



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from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2017
3 night min stay
May 6 - Jun 23, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Jun 24 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 30 - Dec 16, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2018
7 night min stay

WINTER 2018 *see notes
Jan 9 - Mar 2, 2018
7 night min stay

Mar 3 - Mar 29, 2018
7 night min stay

Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2018
7 night min stay

Apr 7 - May 4, 2018
7 night min stay

May 5 - Jun 29, 2018
7 night min stay

Jun 30 - Aug 31, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


BOOKING PROCEDURE I don't offer online booking through HomeAway's/VRBO's checkout as I don't want you having to pay an extra fee of up to 12% of the rental rate. This means that our guests are not eligible for the "Book with Confidence Guarantee." (in case the property does not exist or is not as described) You need to check me and Sansome House Cottage out so you feel reassured! I can take provisional bookings over a year in advance and confirm at one year. For 2017 only, returners get a special rate between Easter and Beginning of September - please contact me! If you want to book I will send you the contract, ask you to read it and will request that you fill in an online booking form agreeing to the terms and conditions. On receipt please return in 48h. The place will be held for you during that time but if I do not hear from you that you have put payment of deposit (25%) in motion, the space becomes available to others again. I allow 7 days for receipt. Balance payment due 12 weeks in advance of arrival by BT or currency transfer or credit/debit card via PayPal (incurs processing charge of approx 2% for overseas payments). I do not take payment through here because of the site levy. Weekly Sat to Sat bookings taken up to a year in advance. *Short breaks in winter, only bookable nearer the time and is a minimum 3 night stay until the end of March (4th night half price). My refund policy is in my terms and conditions. Please ask. It is not a blanket NO REFUND as is indicated in this listing (which I didn't put there!).

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Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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34 Miles
Nearest Airport
Birmingham AP 45 mins and LondonHeathrow 1HR 30 mi
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Two Dining Pubs In The Village 10% discount at 1.
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
Moreton in Marsh 8 and Stratford upon Avon 7.5 mi
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
The Howard Arms and the Red Lion pubs

Car: Recommended

The Cotswold hills are designated as an area of natural beauty and our village, Ilmington, equidistant from beautiful Chipping Campden and historic Shipston on Stour (4 miles) lies on the northern edge of the AONB. Bustling and touristic Stratford upon Avon (7 miles), home of the Bard, Shakespeare offers a wealth of attractions - theatres, museums, excellent shopping opportunities and boating on the River Avon. Many wonderful Cotswold towns and villages, such as Stow on the Wold, Broadway, Bourton on the Water, Burford are within an easy drive and Ilmington itself is a hidden gem. It is a quiet village, off the main roads, with winding footpaths between the predominantly 17th and 18th Century golden-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, a Saxon/Norman Church, and a manor house, complete with ancient fish ponds. Most of our visitors come to enjoy the beauty of the Cotswolds, whether it is to visit the many great houses and gardens open to the public, the historic places of interest or to take drives, hikes or to cycle through the glorious countryside. Some come specifically because they want to visit the birthplace of Shakespeare and to enjoy the theatres in Stratford. Everyone can relax and unwind in the peace of the cottage's courtyard setting, read or have a BBQ in the completely private small garden, listening to the church bells or the song of birds, their melodies sometimes broken by the chatter of children at play in the school playground up the road, their laughter being the only significant everyday noise. You are never very far from the gentle sound of a trickling stream which runs almost secretly through the the village, at times diving underground, only to reemerge again. Into the stream cascades a mini waterfall, the overflow from the restored medieval fish ponds in Middle Street, ceasing only in periods of extreme drought.

If you want to visit London, there is a good train service from Moreton in Marsh but otherwise rural transport is poor and it is recommended that you have a car unless you just want to chill out in the cottage, getting your online shopping delivered but for everyday supplies the village shop is but a short walk to the Upper Green.

The Cities of Oxford and Worcester and the town of Cheltenham are all within a 40-45 minute drive. At Sansome House Cottage you are both in the Heart of England and in the Cotswolds with an excellent road network in all directions.

Sansome Cottage has a facebook page. I post little updates about the cottage and the area (upcoming events close to the time) there so you may want to take a look! There is a 'what's on' section on the cottage website for every month of the year.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1979

About the owner: My name is Felicity Ausden. I am married with four grown up children and two grandchildren. I have run Sansome House Cottage as a holiday let, with the help of my husband, since 2005. It is refurbished/renewed and maintained on an ongoing basis - for 2016 a new shower, new carpets and new fridge freezer. I jigsaw my lettings with my other property - an apartment for 2 in Dublin (dublinletfor2) also advertised on VRBO Prop.405713 You will find 41 5* reviews for the cottage (under Chipping Campden holiday rentals) on a very big rival, international site. Please click through to my own site (under 'links') for much more detail about the cottage. If the phone number is not showing, it is +44 1608682555 I welcome those who want to chat!

Why the Owner Chose Ilmington, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, UK:
We live opposite in the 'big' house where we have brought up our children, now flown, since moving from London in 1979. Our proximity allows us to assist our guests if needed, so as long as we are not away (it is pretty rare that at least one of us is not on hand) we are right there to give help and advice and of course assist in emergencies. We do of course completely respect your privacy.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is in the perfect position in the centre of England to make as a base and we have had several visitors, predominantly North Americans and Australians, some who have stayed 3 weeks or more and done day trips to places such as Wales, London, Cambridge and Salisbury but can see a lot in a week without having to drive far. Ilmington is unique in being the only village in Warwickshire which is in the Cotswolds being on the borders of the counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire so we have Stratford to the North and a myriad of famously pretty villages to the South - Chipping Campden, Broadway, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold and many more. We are three miles from the most visited garden in England at Hidcote Manor, designed by an American, Lawrence Johnston. Blenheim Palace, home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill is half an hours drive at Woodstock and a 'must see' both for its gardens and the palace itself. 9 private gardens in Ilmington (big and small) are open to the public in June this year, the weekend of 26th/27th in aid of Shipston Home Carers. The village has two good pubs with excellent dining facilities. There is a thriving (and chatty!) village shop so you can amble round to pick up a paper, freshly baked croissants or other kitchen supplies. There is a cafe attached. There is walking on the doorstep and I guarantee that you will be blown away by the view from Campden Hill, the road out of the village. This is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful areas in England - rolling hills, trees, magnificent country houses and gardens (some open to the public - look into joining the National Trust, linked to the Oak foundation in the USA) sheep (!) and pretty villages. If you want to hire cycles they can be delivered from a local hire place and you have safe storage in the garage for them.

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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

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  • The sun streams in in the mornings to this spacious kitchen-diner

    The sun streams in in the mornings to this spacious kitchen-diner

  • Fresh flowers from the garden in nearly every room of the cottage

    Fresh flowers from the garden in nearly every room of the cottage

  • Two cosy and comfortable sofas, fresh flowers, TV and music centre

    Two cosy and comfortable sofas, fresh flowers, TV and music centre

  • NEW Super king bed (Austrian twins). Cosy duvets. Flat screen TV in bedroom

    NEW Super king bed (Austrian twins). Cosy duvets. Flat screen TV in bedroom

  • Full sized single beds in the twin bedroom. Down duvets.

    Full sized single beds in the twin bedroom. Down duvets.

  • Cosy in the winter with a log fire. Bracing walks. An amble round to the pub?

    Cosy in the winter with a log fire. Bracing walks. An amble round to the pub?

  • Stroll round to the Howard Arms for a delicious dinner (discount for my guests!)

    Stroll round to the Howard Arms for a delicious dinner (discount for my guests!)

  • St Mary's Church Ilmington

    St Mary's Church Ilmington

  • view from Foxcote Hill above the village

    view from Foxcote Hill above the village

  • Go for a lovely Autumn walk at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton in Marsh

    Go for a lovely Autumn walk at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton in Marsh

  • An Ilmington meadow - walk through it to the church

    An Ilmington meadow - walk through it to the church

  • Welcoming entrance hall leads to the kitchen

    Welcoming entrance hall leads to the kitchen

  • Patio doors lead from the kitchen to the garden

    Patio doors lead from the kitchen to the garden

  • Gather around the fire. Games, puzzles, books  and DVDs

    Gather around the fire. Games, puzzles, books and DVDs

  • Guides, maps, information on activities all found here

    Guides, maps, information on activities all found here

  • Upstairs bathroom lies between the two bedrooms

    Upstairs bathroom lies between the two bedrooms

  • Small garden. Patio area with garden furniture and BBQ

    Small garden. Patio area with garden furniture and BBQ

  • Early Spring at the cottage taken from near the entrance to the courtyard.

    Early Spring at the cottage taken from near the entrance to the courtyard.

  • Walk in the field next door and meet Spring lambs

    Walk in the field next door and meet Spring lambs

  • Autumn walk on Pig Lane

    Autumn walk on Pig Lane

  • War Memorial, Chipping Campden, 4 miles away, in November

    War Memorial, Chipping Campden, 4 miles away, in November

  • The village nestles in a fold of the Ilmington Downs

    The village nestles in a fold of the Ilmington Downs

VRBO #445725

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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