Mrs Melanie Smart

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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 large bedrooms to sleep 4/5 plus 1child in cot

Looking for a home away from home? Milestones is a unique two bedroom stone cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Long Compton. Recently renovated, the cottage sleeps 4/5 people and is the perfect size for a break away with close friends or family, or equally cosy for a romantic holiday with your partner.

The area nestles in a valley surrounded by quiet, rolling Cotswold hills and is part of the larger region designated as The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is well located for visiting many attractions, towns, cities and rural areas. There is a varied assortment of things to do which would satisfy most tastes. Some on the doorstep, others with a drive out. Whether it is walking the Shakespeare Way, visiting Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, sports events like Cheltenham Races, cricket at Edgbaston, shopping at Bicester Village designer outlets or a bus from Oxford or fast train to London for the day. All possible from here

The recently renovated cottage sleeps 4/5 people – the perfect size for a break away with close friends or a romantic holiday with your partner. Rooms have been prepared with care and attention using subtle décor to reveal ageing wooden beams and beautiful Cotswold stone walls. Although Milestones looks small from the front, guests always comment on entering that it is so much bigger inside than they are expecting.

The lounge is spacious, carpeted and welcoming, centred on a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove, ready to offer those perfect cosy evenings by the fire in the winter, with a DVD and perhaps a glass of wine! During winter months it is very warm and cosy but In the summer, because of the thick stone walls the cottage remains cool when it is hot outside. the perfect all year round choice!

The fireplace is ready to light, provided with a basket of logs and extra available to purchase from the owner. For visitors with young children we have provided a fireguard which fully encloses the inglenook and protects enquisitive youngsters from burning themselves on the hot stove. There is a large widescreen HD Television with Freeview, DVD and CD player. There are two comfortable sofas and an additional covered chair. Two table lamps and one floor lamp provide soft intimate lghting, but there are also brighter ceiling lamps to help with seeing the jigsaws on the coffee table or reading one of the many books to choose from.

The kitchen/ diner with tiled floor, is well equipped with a fridge, dishwasher, electric cooker, comfortable seating, crockery, glassware and cutlery for five people. Highchair also lives in the kitchen for use when required. Leading off from the kitchen there is a utility room containing a large ceramic Belfast sink, and drying space. The space also stores a washing machine and leads to a convenient cloakroom with a toilet, basin and coat hanging area. Leading through an oak door in the kitchen there is access to Milestones' own child and dog proof garden (unless you have a tiny dog) , with dining table and seating area to enjoy those long summer evenings close to the gas BBQ (Gas provided)! Small lawn to sit out in the sun alongside gravel driveway from the side of the house giving the cottage its own off street parking for at least two cars. One well behaved dog is allowed (£20 extra) who may make good use of the hosepipe and outside tap after a good walk up the hills.

Full descriptions of the bedrooms are listed on the following pages under facilities.

If you enjoy FISHING, there are several lakes nearby:

Salford Trout Lakes, Rectory Farm, Golden Lane,Chipping Norton

Chad Fishing Lakes, Chad Lakes, Stow Road, Bledington, Chipping Norton

The Lenches Lakes, Hillbarn Orchard, Evesham Road, Church Lench, Evesham, Worcestershire

Lemington Lakes, Todenham Road, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

If you enjoy horse riding, there is the highly recommended Durham's Farm Riding School at Chastleton, Moreton in Marsh only 10 minutes drive from Long Compton.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mrs Melanie Smart (Owner)
Advertiser since 2009
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About Mrs Melanie Smart

Having previously owned and run several holiday letting properties, when the opportunity arose to purchase the lovely Milestones cottage, not at the other end of the country, but right on our doorstep, it was too good to miss. We had just sold our little restaurant in Stow on the Wold, so it was the perfect time for us.With our background in both hospitality and training, we love welcoming new guests for their holidays, aiming to make sure that nothing stands in the way of them having a good time.

Mrs Melanie Smart purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Mrs Melanie Smart chose Long Compton

When we ventured into purchasing Milestones, although it had not been lived in for many years, we were facinated by the delightful friendly feel that the building had. It just needed to be coaxed back into life and have one or two modern additions. We love it so much ourselves that we are just tempted to move into it ourselves at some point!

What makes this cottage unique

New en suite bathrooms and a new kitchen were added. Not forgetting of course the very popular wood burning stove. Just an addition to the efficient background heating. The location is just perfect for lots of reasons. Being convenient for driving to many towns and attractions has many advantages if visitors want to get about to a variety of places, as an alternative to being completely isolated. There are plenty of very rural walks around if visitors want to loose themselves in the beauty of the Cotswold Hills. Being just next door, we are usually on hand if there are any problems, but are very definately not intrusive once visitors are arrived and settled.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great couple of days with best friends and the dog! Cottage is very nice and welcoming. Red Lion also great. Thank you for a perfect stay!
Mar 2011
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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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based on 22 traveler reviews

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Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
+44 07960808748
Long Compton Stratford-on-Avon
Boise, ID

Absolutely Amazing...In Every Way!

  • 5 of 5
We arrived to this fantastic cottage after 30 hours of travel time. Our family was exhausted but upon our arrival Melanie greeted us and had even placed a few sodas, beer, and munchies in the fridge because she knew we had missed our dinner reservation that evening. This is the kind of service and attention to detail you can expect when you stay here.

As for the cottage, it is everything and more that the pictures and other reviewers describe. Very comfortable beds, easy access to villages, Stratford, Warwick, and Oxford, and a great living area/outdoor space. Our family of four - including two teens - never felt cramped or wanting for space...also, the village pub The Red Lion Inn was terrific.

Overall a terrific and memorable experience...thank you, Melanie, from our entire family in Boise, Idaho!
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to hear that our guests have enjoyed themselves. We always aim to provide a personal welcome whenever we can.
Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
+44 07960808748
Long Compton Stratford-on-Avon

Perfect Cotswolds Cottage

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely stay at Milestones this past weekend. My three friends and I were in need of a city break and we found Milestones to be the perfect escape. The cottage is very cozy and nicely decorated. The owners have books of Cotswolds information, the cottage is fully loaded with DVD’s and kitchen is completely stocked. A wonderful pub (The Red Lion) and a village shop are a short walk away. Easy to get there from the Moreton-in-Marsh or Banbury stations. We didn’t have a car and didn’t feel like we needed one. If you need a little escape from London and want to enjoy the Cotswolds, we recommend you visit Milestones!
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It is certainly very different here to being in the city! So glad to hear that it all worked well for you on a short break without a car. A great recommendation for others who just fancy escaping the city life for a few days but don't have easy access to wheels. If you can get away another time with a car as well, there are also so many places to visit within easy drives out from Milestones. We hope to see you again.
Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
+44 07960808748
Long Compton Stratford-on-Avon
Champaign, IL

Little less than perfect

  • 5 of 5
We find it difficult to write about our week at Milestone without resorting to cliches. We arrived weary from a long trip and the stress of learning to drive on the left hand side. We walked in to a cottage that was quaint, picturesque, little less than perfect. Everything was spotless. All the amenities we needed were there, including everything required for a much needed cup of tea. It was a bank holiday, but David, the landlady's husband, directed us to an open grocery in nearby Chipping Norton. Soon we were taking turns in the whirlpool bath before climbing into comfortable beds. And everything was so quiet!

We used Milestones as a base for seeing the Cotswolds and had no trouble getting where we wanted to go. We hiked the beautiful countryside around Long Compton. We ate often and well, especially at the Red Lion in the village. We saw the well-publicized sites and the not-so-well publicized ones and enjoyed them all.

By the end of our week, we questioned why we were heading into London rather than staying put. We could not have asked for a better holiday, and we hope to return to Milestones again (without our adult children next time!) We can not recommend Melanie and Milestones more highly.
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very generous review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit so much. We hope that you enjoyed London and look forward to welcoming you back on another occasion. Very best wishes, Melanie and David.
Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
+44 07960808748
Long Compton Stratford-on-Avon

Cozy, Warm Cottage with Over the Top Service

  • 5 of 5
This review is way over due and for that I am sorry.
The house is wonderful. It is cozy and warm just what you want from a cottage in England. It has everything you need from the kitchen to the bathrooms. The beds were comfortable it had the extras that make a family stay enjoyable for everyone. Melanie even set up a cot for the baby and there were books, movies and games for the kids to play. It was also nice to have a place to park our car. I have no complaints about the house but what I really want to tell you about it the amazing service.
After only being in the house a few hours, one of my children injured himself playing with his sibling. It was a serious cut and so I went next door to see she had some steri strips to put on it. Melanie and her husband hunted around and found the best supplies she had. She then called a neighbor that was a nurse and it was decided that we should take him to the emergency room. Well it was dark, rainy and I had yet to drive in England and was nervous about driving on the other side of the road. Melanie, took myself and my son to the emergency room while my husband stayed with our other three children. She even sat with us while we waited it out and returned home late that night. Thank you, thank you. I don't know where else you will find that kind of service. Even though we had our little trip to the ER we enjoyed our time there. We took a day trip to Oxford and enjoyed walking around the area and having lunch at the Red Lion. It was one of the best places we stayed on our two week trip through England.
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! I remember you well and am very touched by your review, thank you. I remember that it was such a horrible dark night and you really had your hands full! I would not have dreamt of reacting in any other way. I hope that it all healed up well. Melanie
Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
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Long Compton Stratford-on-Avon
Lincolnshire, England

Delightful Cotswold cottage

  • 5 of 5
This is the ideal country cottage - combining historic character and quirky features with the best of modern conveniences. The en-suite bathrooms are particularly well designed and equipped. The cottage is full of thoughtful touches more usual in a home than a holiday cottage. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
+44 07960808748
Long Compton Stratford-on-Avon
Sydney Australia

A Great Stay.

  • 5 of 5
We had been traveling a few months when we arrived in the UK in July.
The Cotswold is my favourite place in England.
Long Compton is a very quaint village lots of nice walks.
When I emailed  Melanie she was very helpful and informative.
Milestones is a really lovely cottage it had every thing we could possible need.
Every thing was spotless,great having a loo down stairs.
There are two very nice bedrooms each with an en suite.
The Red Lion pub has some good food.We also love Daylesford Organic  great for lunch,and lots of goodies to take back to Milestones.
Also just up the road was a very nice garden nursery which had a great shop with a deli,meat and veggies  and coffee shop with home made cakes.
We shopped at Tesco in Stow.There is a council car park next to Tesco you can park and walk,less then 5 minuets In to town.
As parking is always hard in Stow On The Wold.
There is a lot of information in the cottage on where to go and what do.
Would be very nice in winter as it has a big log fire. There is also a very nice 
garden at the back which has a table and chairs to sit and have a wine or two.
Also a gas barbie, but we did not use.
There are so many lovely places to visit from Milestones, Upper Slaughter & Low Slaughter,Morton On The Marsh. Stratford On Avon the list goes on and on.Thank you so much Melanie, we just loved staying at your lovely cottage.  Marie & Mal.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Birmingham International
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Moreton in Marsh
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Banbury. M40 J11
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Long Compton
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Chipping Norton
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Long Compton
Car: necessary

This is an ideal area for those who want to take advantage of the stunning local walks, You can access many picturesque walks from Long Compton itself. In fact both the Cotswold Way and the Shakespeare Way pass through the village. For those set on historic relics, the Rollright Stones are within a short driving distance or energetic uphill walk! Long Compton is within very easy access of the university and beautiful architecture and mellow Cotswold stone of Oxford (22 Miles); the grandeur of Blenheim Castle at Woodstock (12 miles); the historic Warwick Castle (18 miles); the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon with its recently re-built Royal Shakespeare Theatre (17 miles); major train and airport links in Birmingham (40 miles); and the historic spa town, race course and centre of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham (25 miles). Even reach London within a couple of hours through easy access to the motorway, Oxford ‘Tube’ buses and local train links at Kingham and Moreton in Marsh

Other Activities: Visit the many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages, Designer outlet villages at Bicester and Swindon.

Golf: Within a 10-30 minute drive in a radius from Long Compton there are at least seven golf courses to chose from. All welcome non member guests. Details of rates are available in the cottage but if you want to explore options before arrival they are:

Stratford upon Avon Golf Club,Stratford upon Avon, Warwicks.

Ingon Manor, Snitterfield,Stratford on Avon, Warwicks.

Feldon Valley (formerly Brailes) Golf Club, Lower Brailes, Oxfordshire

Tadmarton Heath Golf Club, Wigginton, Banbury,

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Naunton Downs Golf Club, Naunton, Gloucestershire GL

Broadway Golf Club, Willlersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire.

As you can see they are in four different counties as our location is close to the county boundries of them all. If you want to look at others try Burford Golf Club, Banbury Golf Club, The Belfry, Wishaw and many more.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Long Compton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 7
Aug 29 2014 - Sep 11 2014
3 night minimum stay
Rate 8
Sep 12 2014 - Oct 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
Rate 9
Oct 31 2014 - Dec 21 2014
2 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £20
Notes Rental periods for Milestones start either Friday or Monday for full weeks, Friday for w/end breaks of 3 nights (or 2 nights in low season) and 4 nights mid-week from Mondays. (note night rates are quoted FROM midweek price). Arrival time is after 3pm and departure by 10am.
During periods when 2 night weekend stays are allowed, an extension is offered on Sundays up to 7pm for £35.
To confirm the reservation, we ask for completion and return of the booking form plus 25% full the rental as deposit. Balance due 6 weeks before the start of the rental. If booking within 6 weeks then full rental is required in advance.
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Long Compton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Backpack
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Whirlpool
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Both are fresh, modern en-suite bathrooms and have toilet, basin, electric shaving point and electric towel rail. Electric shower is very spacious to give room for a really decent shower and rub down. Kidney shaped whirlpool for relaxation. Liquid soap and shampoo is provided. Starter supply of toilet rolls. Each guest is provided with one large fluffy bathsheet, one hand towel and one flannel.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Travel cot. Sofa bed single size.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom one is a spacious room with south facing cottage windows, bursting with character, lots of exposed beams, thick stone walls and leading to an en-suite shower room. There is ample space in here for the double bed, comfortable single sofa bed sits in the corner as a chair(made up on request) and the travel cot. Large fitted wardrobe with hangers and chest of drawers give more than enough capacity for your belongings. Either side of the double bed there is a bedside table, each with a small lamp. There is also an extra chair. Bedroom two contains twin beds with an en-suite bathroom, a luxurious whirlpool bath, basin and toilet. The room has panoramic views of the countryside, allowing the onlooker to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of a small Cotswold village. There is a wardrobe and chest of drawers to store your belongings, wall mirror and a covered chair. There are two bedside tables with lamps.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • 5 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • water parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • coin laundry
  • recreation center
  • festivals
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • golf
Garden table with umbrella and five chairs suitable for eating outside when weather is fine. The lawned garden and graveled area at the rear of the cottage is enclosed with a fence and five bar gate. Wi Fi users will need to bring their own laptop computer. You will also find the convenience of a backpack style cold bag with ice blocks for picnics, a large Thermos flask, picnic rug and mat, small backpack for walkers. Games for children. Lots of reading matter for both adults and children. DVDs for adults and children.
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