Kingham, Stow on the Wold & surrounding area
With two of the best pubs in the entire Cotswolds about 100 yards away in either direction The Tap Room has to be as perfectly located holiday cottage you could possibly want! This cute, Grade Two listed Cotswolds' cottage is over 400 years old and is 'a-typical' for a classic cottage, with exposed stone walls and oak beams, however this was, once upon a time, the village cider store. (We were given its history by the one of the neighbours who tell us that the cider was produced next door and people used to come to the front window of The Tap Room with jugs, order their cider and then take it home - the first ever 'take away cider house' we wonder!?!) Today the character of the old building remains intact all beautifully mixed with contemporary furniture and furnishings. The open plan living space downstairs is ample for four, with the two cosy bedrooms upstairs within the cottage's eaves comfortable for a family or pair of couples. Even though you have absolutely everything you need inside, there's little doubt in our mind that anyone staying here is likely to 'fill their boots at the two pubs' and for those that fancy a slightly longer stroll there is the beautiful Daylesford Farm Organic Shop, Spa and Restaurant just a mile up the road. With the surrounding honeystone villages and countryside this is a 'true Cotswolds' bolt hole.
Entrance through to open plan area.
Living Room a lovely, triple aspect room with two sofas, TV and DVD and for those with children you will find toys and games within the leather ottoman. The lounge is where they used to serve the cider once upon a time!
Kitchen / Diner, well equipped modern kitchen with electric hob, oven and grill, microwave, fridge (with small freezer compartment), dishwasher and washing machine. Dining table overlooking garden with six chairs.
Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and washbasin
Both bedrooms are within the eaves of the cottage
Bedroom One with king size double bed (5ft)
Bedroom Two with two single beds.
The cottage is semi-detached and wrapped by a private garden with an apple tree remaining from the cider making days. To the rear there is a patio with seating and table.
Pets Welcome (max 2 - medium sized dogs). Children Welcome. Cot & High Chair available. Heating & Electricity incl. Off street parking for two cars. Wifi available.
Strictly Monday or Friday Start only.
Kingham is a beautiful unspoilt Cotswold village with a large open green and some elegant stone and thatch cottages mostly dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is situated in the Evenlode valley in Oxfordshire and is a short drive from the more well known town of Chipping Norton. It is a thriving village with a good sense of community and was voted the UK's 'Village of the Year' by Country Life a few years ago. As well as the pubs there is a good village store and an attractive church.
The village is unique amongst Cotswold villages, because it is served by a main line railway station about a mile from the village, the mainline railway station provides regular services to London with services operated by First Great Western Link. Of particular note in the village are the two pubs The Wild Rabbit and the Kingham Plough. The Wild Rabbit was recently awarded the Michelin Pub of the Year 2015 with the guide's editor, Rebecca Burr, saying: 'This Cotswold pub is a chocolate box delight: stylish yet rustic, spacious yet cosy, it offers a convivial welcome and of course, first-rate food'.
The Kingham Plough which is another quintessential Cotswold Inn also has an award winning outstanding restaurant. According to AA Gill: "The kitchen is a serious restaurant workplace. The bar menu is as fine as any I've seen...anyone thinking of opening a local pub restaurant should come here and see the gold standard." (Sunday Times).
Finally just a mile up the road is the Daylesford Farm with its wonderful Farm Shop, Spa and Restaurant.
For those looking to explore the Cotswolds further there are the towns and villages of Chipping Norton, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water and Burford close by, and wonderful days out to be had at the likes of Blenheim Palace, The Cotswolds Wildlife Park and BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson's, Cotswolds Farm Park. Oxford, Stratford upon Avon and Bath are also all within a reasonable drive
"Very comfortable and well equipped and great location for touring around the Cotswolds. Very good value for money. Shame about the new houses being built around it."chatterjee 2017-09-12
"We have been coming for 23 years to Kingham and Bruern Stable Cottages. My children stayed at Tap Room and loved it, the garden the decor and proximity to the pubs. They will be back."Jones 2017-06-15