The hot tub’s gurgling away on the terrace. The garden swing sways gently in the breeze. The terrace table awaits your Prosecco and sourdough. So where are you? Cornflower Cottage, within an ooh and an aah of the Cotswold Way and beautiful Bath, sits ready to welcome up to 18 family, friends, hens or stags, plus a pooch or two.
Cornflower Cottage is a big house, with off-street parking for six cars, but it’s big on soul, too. In the heart of the rural west-country, yet just three miles from the M4, you’ll stretch your legs on rural walks every day, stare at rolling fields from the garden, and generally feel at home among squishy sofas and thick rugs.
Cook on two fan ovens, or be cooked for, and eat around the chunky dining table. Or fling open the French doors and dine out in the sunshine on the terrace with the aroma from the coal barbie drifting on the country air. Celebrate, recuperate and rejuvenate with the people who matter in a place that chills the pace and steals the heart.
There’s a healthy quarter-acre of garden out there, plus a whole world of rolling fields and the Cotswold Way beyond. Eat out on the raised terrace with burgers from the barbie, fizz from the American fridge-freezer and a view over mellow meadowlands.
Stay out there to sway away your troubles on the garden swing and marinate yourself in the eight-seater, fixed hot tub beneath sparkling stars.
Big celebrations with everyone who matters call for big spaces. You’ll get 18 in Cornflower Cottage’s bedrooms but there’s also plenty of space in the living room for you all to get together to crack open the fizz, pile on the sofas and bring out the banter.
Your group entertainment’s sorted with the 50″ smart TV. Flick through Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for box sets or movies to oil the wheels of your evening. Belt out some holiday beats over the Bluetooth speaker and post your pics to Instagram over the Vodafone Wi-Fi.
Cook on two fan ovens, take your croissants and coffee around the breakfast bar and eat in the dining room with French doors out onto the patio and hot tub. You’ve extra dining space in the utility room. Load up the American-style fridge/freezer from handy local supermarkets.
Prefer the hot tub to the hot stove? Call up our chefs for everything from a one-off celebration to a fully catered break. They’ll even drop everything in the dishwasher when they’re done. Need takeaway treats? Consider Pizza Gogo or Oldfield’s fish and chips (and cooked chickens).
Enjoy classic British menus with a twist at The Cross House in Doynton, such as ale-battered haddock and chunky chips, or pan-fried local calves’ liver with bubble and squeak. Or try cider, saffron and bacon mussels or maple-glazed bacon ciabatta at The Hollybush Inn.
Get your lips around the hand-pressed burgers, Korean chicken or sea bass at the Rose and Crown in Wick. Go Greek at Opa Meze in Bath, with gourmet chicken gyros, Santorini braised pork or kokkinisto. Enjoy Thai dining in The Giggling Squid. Or treat yourself to a roast in a choice of fabulous locations with Hall and Woodhouse.
Here on the Cotswold Way, the only disruption to your night will be the gentle wind over the crops in the field or the quiet fizz of the hot tub. Cornflower Cottage sleeps 18 in five bedrooms, with and en-suite shower and a shared bathroom, so nobody misses out.
Bedroom one is a monster en-suite dorm-style room with eight single beds, while bedroom two contains one super-king bed. Bedroom three provides a kingsize bed, bedroom four sleeps four in two king-sizes, and bedroom five offers a bunk bed.