This immaculate cottage dating back hundreds of years has been given a new lease of life, updated in all the right places with its integrity intact by retaining many of its original features. Old and new complement each other, from the plaster and wood walls to the sleek contemporary kitchen.
Set in Upper Milton, a quaint Cotswold hamlet half a mile outside popular Milton-under-Wychwood, four miles from Burford and a 12-minute drive to historic Chipping Norton.
Washpool sleeps four and has the advantage of both rooms being en suite, making it an ideal getaway for two couples.
At A Glance
Log burning stove
Pub 0.4 miles
Log burning stove
It sleeps four in its two upstairs super-king-sized bedrooms, both en suite and there is an option for one to be a twin. The main bedroom has a bath with a shower overhead and the other has a walk-in rainfall shower.
Downstairs the interior design magazine space comprises a porch with mullioned windows that leads to a sitting room with plaster and wood walls, a log burning stove set in the original stone fireplace and double doors leading to an enclosed courtyard. The bespoke kitchen comes with everything from a coffee machine to a wine cooler. The is a cloakroom on the ground floor too. There is a private hot tub, a BBQ, and ample space for alfresco dining at a table with a large garden parasol in the courtyard.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Milton-under-Wychwood
The Hare is less than half a mile from the front door and its food is its main attraction. Chef Matt Dare presents dishes with provenance such as the warm salt beef, green bean, radish and shallot salad or the Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with potato gratin. You can have the al la carte menu in the dog-friendly bar where you can sample some real, local ale such as Golden Fleece from the Cotswolds Lion Brewery.
Dating back to medieval times, Milton under Wychwood is a large working village on the edge of the Evenlode Valley and is as postcard-perfect as it gets. It is one of three villages named after Wychwood, an ancient forest. The others are Shipton under Wychwood and Ascott under Wychwood, which are equally as pretty and worth a visit. Near Shipton is the glorious Wychwood Wild Garden covering 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds. It is owned by the local community and is a haven for wildlife, including various species of ducks and birds. If you visit in spring, take the two-mile walk to the Foxholes Nature Reserve, where your effort will be rewarded with a dazzling display of bluebells that carpet the woodland.
For keen golfers, there is the Wychwood Golf Club less than three miles from Washpool. It is home to a beautifully maintained course with USGA greens providing consistent play all year round. Be warned that its relatively narrow fairways and eleven holes involving water make for a challenging golf game. There is a driving range and a three-hole academy course for novices to help you sharpen your touch around the green.
The picturesque honey-coloured towns and villages of the Cotswolds that appear to have strayed into the present from a bygone era have always been one of the most popular destinations in the UK. It is the largest of the country’s 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is something awe-inspiring on each turn.
Besides its rolling hills dotted with sheep, it also hosts some impressive stately homes such as Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate and the former royal manor of Corsham Court that has gardens designed by Capability Brown. Both are open to the public and are under an hour’s drive from the cottage. Closer still is Ragley Hall and Gardens, no more than half an hour’s car trip and it regularly hosts big events such as The Game Fair in July. It has gun dog handling, clay shooting, fishing, falconry and ferreting exhibits.
Washpool is in the heart of a hamlet renowned for its character and charm and the cottage lives up to this idyllic location’s appeal. It’s sympathetic refurbishment where old and new seamlessly meet to create an ambience geared towards a luxury stay for two couples or a family of four.
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