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School Cottage

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Whelford, near Fairford, Gloucestershire
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps6
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets 1
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Description

School Cottage is a charming property situated near to Cirencester. Take a trip to the fantastic Cotswold Water Park located nearby.

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, this semi-detached holiday property is well situated for exploring this lovely area. Close to the ancient market town of Fairford with its beautiful church, and Cirencester, ‘capital of the Cotswolds’. The Cotswold Water Park caters for both water sport enthusiasts and nature lovers, who will appreciate the tranquil lakes reserved for wildlife and migratory birds. Such a popular holiday destination is well catered for with excellent restaurants and pubs, providing delicious local cuisine. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room. Separate toilet. Games room. Steep spiral stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with beams. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-Easter). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Wi-Fi. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Games room with table tennis and darts. No smoking.

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Features

  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 10

    06/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2018
    Perfect country hideaway


  • 8

    25/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2018
    It’s a beautiful place with a lovely natural garden adjacent to the farmer’s field. Down the lane from the main road, it’s peaceful. There is a quaint church opposite the cottage and a path leads down to the farm. If you turn right out of the farmyard, however, you come across two very aggressive dogs. I think there might have been a warning about this as we took our dog with us. The Whelford pools nearby are worth a visit for easy birdwatching in a peaceful spot. Fairford is only 2 miles away. There is a fine church and a good pub, a couple of general stores and a couple of takeaways. The cottage was a strange mixture. There is a spanking new kitchen, lobby and shower room but some basic omissions of equipment. I had to fry six sausages in a small pancake pan and the steak pan was filthy. There is no culendar for straining vegetables. I think the owners should try living in the cottage for a few days and they would soon see what’s missing. A drawer full of odds and ends like rubber bands and sticking plasters is always useful. Unlike most places we’ve used in recent years, there was shortage of basic essentials like kitchen towels. There is an excellent dishwasher, but for smaller loads and awkward items the equipment provided was inadequate. There was one tea towel. I find this attitude rather parsimonious. One reason why I chose this cottage was the open fire, but there was no fuel for the first night as is usually the custom and the fire irons were broken and very difficult to use. Once lit, the fire worked well. The milk provided for our arrival was in little plastic sachets such as you get in a cheap bed-and-breakfast. I think for the money that changed hands, half a litre of fresh milk would have been justifiable expense. Some owners nowadays provide a few nice touches like a loaf of bread, a bit of fruit, even a bottle of wine. One doesn’t expect wine necessarily but I feel the owners should bear in mind that they are competing with people who have an eye for detail nowadays. There was a jar of sugary sweets which were appreciated by the child in a party before they had to be removed! The provision of condiments was sparse. Having said all this, the cottage suited us very well and we would certainly like to go there again if the equipment could be somewhat improved. There is a lovely big sitting room where we were able to entertain our relatives and a lovely sunny garden. If the owners had swept up the autumn leaves from outside the back door, we would not have trailed dead leaves and dried mud into the house every time we used it. In view of that, we thought it was rather rum that we were expected to leave the property spotlessly clean. The bedrooms were charming although the bedding was rather worn out. The double duvet seems to be some kind of foam encased in cotton which was coming apart in one place. Underneath my niece’s sheet on a single bed was a rather unpleasant paper covered sponge. It felt as though the cottage was being run by two people with very different ideas of how to go about it. One of them thought everything should be functional and convenient, and the other one couldn’t really be bothered and was focused on saving the pennies. It would have been nice if the DVD player had worked. There were two, neither of which seemed functional. There were no instructions. There was a map of the immediate area but no local information. The games provided were rather limited. The cottage seemed to have been used as a dump for all the unwanted novels. I hope these comments won’t prevent us from staying there again at some point in the future, but I noted that previous guests had made similar comments to mine and no improvements had seemingly been made.


  • 10

    07/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/04/2018
    I absolutely loved my stay at School Cottage. There was a really homely feel about the cottage and everything you could want was there. There are shops in Fairford, just a short drive away, and if you need a superstore Asda is only 15 minutes away in Swindon.


  • 7

    19/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2017
    We had a great stay. But the shower was not very good. It just kept going hot and cold.


  • 8

    23/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    + Area, spacious rooms - for this amount of money you would expect a clean cottage, unfortunetly we couldn't find this, and on top.... Every Morning bugs on the floor....and this odor of pestizid....this was a current thing ... Overall overpriced in our eyes....


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