About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Roomy Comfort In Extremely Well Equipped Courtyard Cottage. 2 Bed/2bath.
*June Cancellation* 3 wks now available!
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 Stratfordarea 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, Sansome Cottage in the very special Cotswold village of Ilmington. Moreover you do not want to be faced with extraneous surprise 'extras' tacked on. Maybe, in getting this far in finding my cottage, you have found what you seek? There are no hidden extras. Internet access and free WIFI. Sorry that this site's new way of displaying of fees looks completely mad. They seem to be copying a hotel model (which I am not!). It looks like I am more expensive in winter than in summer but this is the result of making minimum stays in the winter and not in the summer. it doesn't allow for longer stays in the winter, on first glance. There are no extra fees or taxes applied to the base rate. Please just ask me if you are confused by this. I am!
There is still one week left available in April and one in May. And due to a cancellation, several weeks in June. As the seasons move from early spring into summer, this is the most delightful time of year in the Cotswolds. Bursting buds, greenness all around, lambs in the fields. A time of freshness and renewal. Come and charge up your tired winter batteries in a quintessential English village, away from the madding crowds! We offer total relaxation in comfortable beds waking to the sounds of a birdsong filled-courtyard.
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! In the winter. e.g. I am offering some short stays for £150/160 per night with a 3 night minimum. The automatic system here won't be able to cope with the discount for a 4 night stay at short stay prices. Please just ask if you are confused by the way the rates are displayed. 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. You have of course, free wifi access. 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! Just send me an enquiry and I will get back to you almost immediately (unless i am travelling). I do not do instant booking 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! 'What's On Sansome House Cottage' will find it.
People have to jump through hoops to leave reviews here so I am reluctant to ask them but several have kindly done it and you will find tons more in other places. 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 if you are trying for 4 nights) My 'owner info' Felicity Ausden at Sansome Cottage is 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!
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 don't do instant booking. If you have concerns about my existence, or promise of fulfilment, please just give me a ring or check me out in other ways.
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About Felicity Ausden
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 - in the last couple of years, 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 43 5* reviews for the cottage (under Chipping Campden holiday rentals) on a very big rival, international site. I welcome those who want to chat!
Felicity Ausden purchased this Cottage in 1979
Why Felicity Ausden chose Ilmington
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.
What makes this Cottage unique
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 every year. 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 Royal Oak foundation in the USA) sheep (!) and pretty villages. Or you can join the friends of Historic Houses Association to have free entry to even more wonderful places. 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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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
English Garden of Eden
This was our first trip to England, and we positively loved every second. We stayed at Sansome Cottage for one week and are missing it already! This cottage is set in one of the most quaint, friendly, and charming communities in the Cotswolds. The small community has a great Pub and little local shop. The owner of the cottage, Felicity, is incredibly hospitable, warm, and available. She was never intrusive. She provided fresh bread and flowers upon our arrival, and the cottage was clean from top to bottom. The cottage had all of the conveniences needed for cooking and relaxing. The tranquil, private little garden was an unexpected delight. The were a variety of local walks that were visually stunning. We will definitely return to this village and cottage when we are blessed with another visit to England!
Thank you for your lovely review! We very much enjoyed having such delightful, appreciative guests and so pleased that you are contemplating a return visit to this peaceful little corner of England. We are indeed fortunate to live in such a great location for year round scenic walks. There is a different one for every day of the week from our doorstep!
The Perfect Place to Stay in the Cotswolds
We have just returned from our 6th stay at Sansome Cottage. We first found it online in 2008 and fell in love with this place! The location is perfect. The decor is lovely and welcoming. The village is charming, especially the village shop. The kitchen is large and very well equipped for family dinners at home. My best memories of the cottage are of sitting around the huge kitchen table eating meals with a view of our own private English garden.
The owners, Felicity and Tony, are extremely helpful and friendly while also giving guests their privacy. Felicity puts fresh flowers in every room and has home-baked goodies waiting upon arrival.
They get many return guests, which says it all! We can't wait to return.
We just love that you fly thousands of miles from Texas to us to come back to Sansome Cottage again and again! And you came at just the right time ( in March) for daffodils and skipping lambs and with the bonus of sunshine days too! We look forward to your 7th visit!
Perfect Cotswold Cottage
This was a girls dream vacation...to spend three weeks wandering England and the Cotswolds. Sansome Cottage was the ideal location for our day trips. It was also a lovely and comfortable place to stay. The village is easily walkable with friendly pubs close by with wonderful food. The village people are warm and friendly and Felicity and Tony are the perfect hosts. They provide everything you could possibly want or need. The cottage has mounds of information on the area with maps as well. Felicity was more helpful than any hostess I have ever encountered. She anticipates your needs before you know you wanted or needed it! We loved every minute of the time we spent here and we are truly missing the beauty, peace and quiet of Sansome Cottage and Ilmington. Lastly, we miss the lambs that we watched grow up in the pasture near the cottage. We would go back here again in a heartbeat!
Such a pleasure to have these two girls here and they so kindly brought me a big bag of goodies, typical of Georgia, USA on their arrival although we have never even met before! I was very touched. I am very pleased that they enjoyed Ilmington, the cottage and of course the little (now getting big!) lambs next door!
Wonderful base for a Cotswold holiday
Sansome Cottage is very well situated in Ilmington, a characteristic Cotswold village that does not have the crowds and tour buses of Broadway and other better known places. Great walking on the hills nearby. There's a pub with excellent food within walking distance of the cottage. The cottage and the adjacent house are beautiful old buildings. Felicity is an exceptionally thoughtful and helpful hostess who has equipped the cottage with a wealth of maps and information about local attractions. I highly recommend this rental; we intend to return.
What a lovely review, not just of the cottage, but of the area. We are always grateful to people for taking the time to review. November has been maintenance month for us and we have installed a new whizzier shower room downstairs. We are always pleased to see people come back a second, third or fourth time (and we even have a 5th visit from the US coming up, next year) and would be delighted with a return visit to test it out!
Absolutely loved it!
A friend and I spent a delightful week in Sansome House Cottage. The cottage is tastefully decorated, thoughtfully designed and outfitted to meet most every need. Felicity is a warm, welcoming and helpful hostess. We were met with fresh flowers in every room, homemade bread and jam, and a bottle of champagne! The cottage is centrally located for visiting a variety of historic homes and gorgeous gardens. Especially recommended: Hidcote Garden, Kiftsgate Garden, Kelmscott Manor (William Morris's home). I wish we could have stayed longer. We would highly recommend this property.
I am so glad that these two friends enjoyed their holiday and they were delightful to have stay in the cottage. We wish they could have stayed longer too! Yes, we are definitely very well situated for trips to historic houses and beautiful gardens of the Cotswolds and its borders (and not an advised base for the night clubbing set!)
A perfect place!
This cottage was the perfect place for our stay in the Cotswolds. It was warm and cozy with modern appointments in the kitchen and baths. Great care has been taken to make visitors comfortable and welcome. We were a short drive from a train station so we could go into London for an overnight. I highly recommend this cottage!
What lovely appreciative guests! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. You were really lucky with the mild Autumn weather that we had this year right up to November 1st!
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.
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BOOKING PROCEDURE I can take provisional bookings over a year in advance and confirm at one year. 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. If there are charges involved, I tell you, so you can make an informed choice. Nothing is hidden. 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!).
Please contact me for the finer details. I don't believe in extra charges of any kind. See notes below.