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Pixie Cottage

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Naunton, near Bourton-on-the-Water
Grade 3 Star rating
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Description

Walks from the cottage, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-upon-Avon easily reached, as is Warwickshire steam railway.

Delightful, typical little Grade II listed 17th-century Cotswolds holiday cottage, contemporary but retaining some original character features such as pitched ceilings on the first floor and steep stairs. At the end of a row of similar properties, it lies within a conservation area in the picturesque village of Naunton, with the pretty ’Windrush River’ flowing through it to Bourton-on-the-Water, 5 miles. Ideal for exploring with walks from the cottage. Perfect for touring, with scenic Cotswold countryside and visiting historic attractions such as Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Local attractions include Naunton golf club, Cheltenham racecourse, Gloucester and Warwickshire steam railway and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. Shop 4 miles, pub, restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor (narrow at the bottom): 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Storage heaters, electric heater, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Mini hi-fi. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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Features

  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 04/11/2016
    My partner and I stayed at Pixie for one week and sadly we will not be returning. The cottage itself is lovely and the area is beautiful, but there were plenty of things we didn't appreciate about how the house was kept or presented. On our arrival the bins outside were already full, we referred to the bin collection information in the kitchen and the wrong day is listed on them, so we had another weeks worth of food waste to add on top of already full & rotting waste. Secondly, the house was covered in cob webs and we had several unwelcome spiders to remove on our first day. We also found woodlice all over the bedroom & kitchen. The kitchen kettle was caked in limescale and my partner spent half an hour scrubbing it off before we could have a decent cup of tea. There is no instant hot water. The cold bath tap is broken and only dribbles out cold water. There is damp/mould in the bedroom which triggered my partner's chronic asthma. We were told that we would be supplied with firewood, but we were only given less than half a bag of kindling and 2 logs (not even enough to keep a fire going for one evening). Overall, as lovely as the house itself is, there were so many disappointing issues, that we dreaded going back to it after a day out.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; It is of course a disappointment when a guest does not like the cottage but we were surprised to read this as the guests who left on the day this guest arrived commented that it had been their fourth stay in Pixie and they would definitely be returning again, as do a number of our guests. We are assured by the caretaker that the cottage was thoroughly cleaned before this guest arrived and the removal of cobwebs is standard cleaning practice. We cannot of course deny there may have been a spider or two lurking in the cottage; it is after all an old cottage in the country! We have never seen wood lice in the cottage although some may have accompanied the logs that were provided. The information given on the website clearly states 'initial fuel included'. The caretaker laid the fire and spare logs were provided. The information pack directs guests to locations where further logs can be purchased. The kettle is only some 3 months old and is regularly descaled. The hot water is provided by an electric immersion heater which once switched on is left on. Hot water arrives in the tap within seconds of the tap being turned on. The cold water tap was repaired within hours of the caretaker being made aware of it. There is a 7 day emergency call out service operated by the caretaker for such repairs. Heating in the cottage is also provided by electric storage heaters which are on, when the cottage is occupied, from October to April and the cottage is warm. Condensation can build up if the windows are not opened occasionally and could give the impression of damp. The cottage was re-decorated in August. There does seem to have been an issue over the rubbish collection as the Council changed the dates of collection but the rubbish collection information which is clearly displayed on the kitchen wall is correct. As said, disappointing this guest did not enjoy her stay but what puzzles us is why no effort was made to contact the caretaker to resolve the issues. The caretaker is available 7 days a week and the contact number is clearly shown in the information folder. If contact had been made all these issues could have been speedily resolved and she could have looked forward to returning to a warm fire and hot bath.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/10/2016
    We really liked Pixie Cottage and the village of Naunton, it was a great location for country walks with the dog. Yes, the cottage is small but it was perfectly adequate for 2 adults and our dog. It was cosy and comfortable and the woodburner was an added bonus. The place was very clean and it was good to have an enclosed garden for the dog. The lack of a shower was a little awkward but it is well documented and there is always the option to have a quick soak in the bath instead. The cottage was fairly well equipped for it's size but would have liked some walking maps in the cottage as the village is situated in great walking country. We had a lovely stay there and would recommend especially for a long weekend.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 10/10/2016
    A great place to get away from it all, good location for exploring the Cotswolds with some great walks in the doorstep.


  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2016
    A lovely quaint cottage in an attractive Cotswold village.


  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/06/2016
    Lovely little cottage in a perfect location for walking and relaxing . The only negative comment I would like to make is the mattress. Needs a new one ! Very uncomfortable , apart from that everything is perfect . Whilst I stayed there , we had major roadworks directly outside the cottage . Which I feel should of been warned about before our arrival !


  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2016
    The moment we opened the door we were hit by a musty smell. There is mould in the cottage, it appears that attempts are made to clean it up but if you have an allergy stay away. The cottage was cold upon arrival, there was no firewood supplied and nowhere in the village to buy any. The heaters operate on overnight low Tarif electricity so the first night is cold. The cottage is much smaller than it looks in the photos, we were not able to open both suitcases on the living room floor at the same time. The stairs are so shallow and steep that we did not risk trying to get our heavy cases up the stairs to the bedroom. The carpet upstairs was dirty. We had booked and paid in advance for a three night stay but left a day early.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your feedback. The cottage is fully and accurately described on the website thus: 'A delightful, typical little Grade II listed cottage...with steep stairs', and further 'Steep stairs to first floor, narrow at bottom' The fire was laid in the stove and required just the striking of a match (supplied) and application of it to the paper to get the fire going. Logs were supplied and stacked next to the stove. The information folder gives clear information how to use the stove and where further logs can be obtained if needed. The storage heaters are not switched on during the summer as guests have previously said the cottage can become too warm; however a standalone electric heater is supplied to help cope with the vagaries of the British summer. I have not seen this guest's suitcases so cannot comment about their size, I can say that two standard sized suitcases can be easily opened in the sitting room with ample room to spare. Other guests have left very favourable comments in the visitor’s book and it is regretted that this guest’s expectations were not met.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2016
    A great location and we found the locals very friendly. There are dozens of beautiful walks straight from the door. I was disappointed to find the patio had 4 different refuse bins on it. These were removed before the photo on the website was taken. Fortunately we had taken our own OS maps as none were available in the cottage. The caretaker quickly resolved a problem for us. We'd happily stay there again.


  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/02/2016
    Quaint cottage bursting with charm and character! It's located in a picturesque traditional Cotswolds village and the perfect location for beautiful walks, including longer walks to Bourton-on-the-Water. The equipment is rather basic but didn't deter from the comfort and enjoyment of our stay. We loved the 'old' and traditional feel of the cottage


  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2016
    Sadly the cottage although cosy and cute was a let down the mould in the bedroom was bad very bad, and the bed very uncomfortable the furniture was in a bad state with drawers not opening without a lot of force. No shower with tiling that leaked into kitchen was not great either. There was some nice aspects but a sadly my partner has had health issues with his lungs and been in hospital and the mouldy walls were not good. The village was very dead with only the pub being the only place to see other living soles. It was a pity it was a let down as it was a special break. The kitchen needs more equipment, knives and forks etc. Overall it was a let down

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We’re sorry this guest did not enjoy her stay. Pixie Cottage is what it says in the description, an old workman’s cottage and it is furnished, we think, comfortably but appropriately. We are aware of the problem of mould in some areas which is caused by condensation. The cleaners treat it every change over with mould remover. The cottage is due to be redecorated later this year. We are surprised at the comment about the bed. The mattress is in good condition and has a feather down topper. Other guests have commented that they find the bed very comfortable. The description clearly states there is ‘a bath with shower attachment’. The bathroom was retiled last year and there have been a couple of snags but the leak has now been repaired. Again we are surprised at the comment about the kitchen equipment. The cottage is equipped according to the guidelines for holiday accommodation, sufficient equipment for double the maximum number of guests which for Pixie is two. Unfortunately we have no control over village life or the activity of the souls who live there. Many of our guests find the peace and quiet offered by the location to be a major reason for renting the cottage. Perhaps some investigation of the area prior to booking would have been appropriate?

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 05/02/2016
    Cute, comfortable rustic cottage in beautiful location for walks & visiting surrounding towns & villages.


  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2015
    A lovely cottage in a fabulous location! I cannot understand the negative reviews.


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