Cottage in Bidford on Avon, Nr. Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England - Peaceful Rural Location Within a Small Hamlet Close to the River Avon
About geoff gent
Retired now after 39 years at the chalk face (teaching), The Hamlet was my family home for 25 years. I worked hard to create an attractive, fertile organic garden which I was loathe to give up when I relocated to a smaller property in Evesham. I just moved out and left everything as it was! Consequently the house is very 'homely' and the garden green and productive! I've tried to make the home comfortable but not too 'precious' so that families with children and/or dogs would not feel too up tight during their stay. In retirement I've continued doing the garden and have been able to travel extensively usually on my bike! I will probably pop in to say hello and you may see me hoeing my veg garden but the large lawned gardens surrounding the house are exclusively for the use of guests.
geoff gent purchased this Cottage in 1980
Why geoff gent chose Bidford-on-Avon
I grew up in Birmingham and one of our special childhood treats was to catch the 148 bus from Moseley to Bidford on Avon and walk across the fields through Marlcliff and onto the teashop (now closed!) at Cleeve Prior. When the Hamlet came on the market in 1981 it had just been delightfully renovated, had large gardens and there were footpaths radiating from the cottage in many directions. Although in an essentially rural area it is only a short walk along the river or across the fields to Bidford on Avon which has plenty of 'facilities' There are some great bike rides, country and riverside walks from the cottage and all the charms of the Cotswold villages and countryside, and Stratford on Avon, within 10 miles.
What makes this Cottage unique
Some visitors just stay around the property. They read, cook, eat, walk, cycle, fish in the river, use the local pubs and shops and really chill out. Some have the above sorts of days but go into Stratford, Cheltenham, or Broadway to shop or 'do' the usual tourist things.There are a large number of National Trust Properties close by so members often get their money's worth and visit these. Guests with children usually visit Warwick Castle and Cadburys' World in Birmingham. Visitors from abroad often have frenetic days travelling to London, Bath, Oxford, Stone Henge etc. There is a direct train service to Oxford and London (Paddington) from Honeybourne only 4 miles away (free parking at station).
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Minimum age of primary renter:20
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
1. The Hamlet
A fascinating cottage perfect for our family get together. Nothing not to like
Great week, character property.
Lovely cottage parts of which are 500 years old. Still is comfortable with all the expected mod cons. Wonderful foot paths along the Avon River and close to all the sights in Stratford.
Steve and Nan were good fun, sociable and really used the cottage and local environment to good effect. Super guests who I would be very happy to host again.
1 The Hamlet
A fascinating real cottage, made comfortable even in awful weather by a log burner and central heating! The cottage was a good venue for a 3 generation family get-together to celebrate Grandad's 80th birthday. The only downside (apart from the weather!) was the difficulty of parking near to the property but then we did have 3 cars.
Yes you had the very worst of weather but kept cheerful and managed to celebrate a landmark birthday in style. Be good to host you all again some time.
Charming and Quant
What a lovely cottage in the heart of Shakespeare country. We had a great stay and enjoyed meeting Geoff when he stopped by to tend the garden. This is offor the beaten path but altogether charming and quaint. Would definitely recommend this cottage.
It was great to meet your delightful family and to learn the reason for your visit to England. You endured awful windy wet weather but that didn't dampen your enthusiasm for your holiday.
We spent a good week here at this cottage tucked into a corner. As a family group of six it offered cosy rooms with 'me' space and privacy. A good size downstairs double bedroom with bathroom next door. Perfect for my elderly parents. Geoff makes himself easily available if needed and the cottage is well equipped. We encountered no problems. Centrally located for plenty to do in surrounding area.
Thanks for your generous review and for your cheerful welcome when I called by. You left things lovely and clean so I hope to see you all again sometime.
Special interest holidays:
The area has many footpaths including The Heart of England Way and The Cotswold Way. If guests want, the cottage owner can lead them on local walks.
Birmingham Airport is about 30 miles away. There is a bus service which goes from the village to Evesham and Redditch and trains leave nearby Honeybourne (5 miles) for London Paddington, Oxford, Worcester and Hereford.
Stratford on Avon and Evesham are both 7 miles away. Warwick with its splendid castle is about 15 miles distant. The Cotswold towns of Broadway and Chipping Campden are 10 miles. There are a number of National Trust Properties within a ten mile radius, Coughton Court, Hidcote Gardens, Charlecote and Snowshill Manor among them. Privately owned Ragley Hall is only 6 miles and places like Birmingham and Rugby are near enough to reach in an hour or so.
Bidford on Avon has a delightful French bakery, a Budgens supermarket, a garage, a Chinese takeaway, fish n chip shop several Indian restaurants, a Lloyds Bank, a pub with a riverside garden and a superbly sited riverside eatery The Bridge.