About the property
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Wyck Beacon House - a house that sleeps 14 guests in 6 bedrooms
Welcome to Wyck Beacon House, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish Cotswold holiday rentals.
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Wyck Beacon is a large country house, set in more than two acres of gardens, in the heart of the Cotswold's rolling countryside. Despite the tranquil setting, the house is only 3 miles from the beautiful market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, and is a short drive or cross-country walk from The Feathered Nest Country Inn, winner of the AA Pub of the Year (England) 2011.
The house dates back approximately 70 years and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including real fires in both the living and dining rooms, wood panelling and antique furniture. The grand dining room, with its chandeliers and beautiful period table and chairs, is a particular feature of the house, perfect for both formal and informal dining. There is a wide range of artwork in the house, which reflects the owner's background in the music and entertainment industries. Complementing these character features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, satellite TV and a state of the art, integrated TV and music system.
The house sleeps a maximum of 14 people, in six bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor. There are four bathrooms and a downstairs toilet. The flexible layout of the bedrooms makes Wyck Beacon an ideal retreat for large family gatherings or groups of friends seeking a perfect country retreat.
Booking and payment
Character Cottages is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the cottages listed on our website. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.
For bookings commencing more than 10 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 10 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
A security deposit of £300 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. For the avoidance of doubt, guests are requested to leave the property in a reasonable condition, consistent with the property's appearance upon arrival. In the event that the owners, or their appointed housekeepers, have to spend additional time tidying up after your departure, then the cost of this extra time may be deducted from your security deposit. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.
The maximum occupancy of Wyck Beacon House, including its grounds, is 13 adults and 1 child, at any point during your stay. Over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than 14 guests at the property.
Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by up to two additional infants.
Wyck Beacon House accepts up to two dogs, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog.
For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.
Please note that Wyck Beacon House has a large garden, exceeding two acres in size. Whilst the garden is fairly well enclosed, it is possible that an unsupervised dog could get out onto either the road in front of the house, or into the fields to the rear of the house. The fields sometimes contain sheep and it is particularly important, therefore, that guests ensure that their dogs do not get out into these fields (especially at lambing time, in the spring).
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time at Wyck Beacon House is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations
Bedroom 1 (en-suite): King size bed
Bedroom 2 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 3): King size bed
Bedroom 3 (en-suite, shared with bedroom 2): Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed
Bedroom 4 (en-suite): King size bed
Bedroom 5: Either 2 single beds OR a super king size bed
Bedroom 6 (downstairs): One small double / large single bed, one single bed, plus a double sofa bed ideally suited to children or one adult
Heating, fuel and logs
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There are fireplaces in the living and dining rooms - logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).
Wyck Beacon House has an oil fired central heating system, which is very expensive to run. Oil is provided free of charge, subject to a fair usage policy. The temperature of the property is set by a central thermostat, using timings and temperature settings recommended by UK energy companies - the temperature can be adjusted by guests during a cycle, before defaulting to the standard settings at the next cycle change. The owner reserves the right to charge for the cost of any incremental oil used where this is materially above and beyond normal, fair usage.
Wyck Beacon House has free wireless internet access, a number of TVs with Sky and a DVD player. A telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.
Wyck Beacon House has plentiful off street parking on its private drive, accessed via manual gates.
Where a letting exceeds nine nights, a mid-stay clean, bed linen and towel change may be included in the price. Please check with us to confirm. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.
Child friendly facilities
Two travel cots (without linen), two high chairs and two safety gates are provided.
There is also a full size, but poorly maintained tennis court, which includes a basketball hoop - please note that due to the current condition of the playing surface, we do not advertise this facility as being in match-fit condition and guests should exercise caution when playing on the court.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety
Although Wyck Beacon House is an old property, it has been refurbished to a very high modern standard and the ground floor bedroom makes the property potentially suitable for guests with limited mobility (there is a ground floor toilet and basin, but no bath or shower facilities). There is one step down from the hallway to the ground floor bedroom.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout Wyck Beacon House.
CCTV cameras are installed at the entrance gateway, surrounding the exterior of property, and in the lounge and study at Wyck Beacon House. These cameras are not in use during guest holidays and are only active when the property is empty, as part of an integrated alarm system.
Due to its location on top of a hill, the house has occasionally suffered from low water pressure at certain times of the day. The water authority believe they have rectified this problem, however, should it occur, the pressure should return to normal within an hour or two. Please also note that, due to the limited capacity of the hot water tanks at the property, it may not be possible for all the showers to be used at once.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Lovely setting for a large group
The house is well equipped and a great size for large groups. We particularly enjoyed the large lounge and dining table big enough to fit all of us. The grounds are perfect for children to run around in. There was plenty of space so we didn’t feel crowded in the house.
The location is also very good – we enjoyed some Cotswold walking and the Cotswold Farm park.
However, before our trip I felt that some of the communication was a little over officious. Demanding details for room set ups asap 5 months in advance of our trip. We also found much of the communication in the house folder to be a little passive aggressive, especially added to the laminated signs around the house. What can’t be seen in the online photos is that there are lots of personal belongings in the house and some interesting art choices. This makes it feel more like a family house than a holiday let. When combined with the interior cameras, this made us feel uncomfortable and not very welcome in the house.
There was one evening when we had boiler trouble and called the maintenance man. He was with us in under 30 minutes and was very helpful. He fixed the hot water, waiting to make sure that it was fully working. He also disconnected the cameras for us to reassure us that we were not being filmed.
Character Cottages, as a marketing agency, does not look after or maintain any cottages. The following is written by the owner's appointed property manager at Wyck Beacon House: "Firstly, thank you for providing feedback on your recent stay at the property. We all work hard to ensure that our guests enjoy their time at the homes we manage. It is lovely to hear that our maintenance reacted as quickly as they did when you had an issue. We always prioritise our guests above all others, and are pleased that this was again the case. It was also good to hear that you appreciated the homely feel of the property; this has been the subject of positive comments from many previous guests.
The property owner has advised that the security cameras are only activated when the sophisticated alarm system is triggered.
I can appreciate your dislike of the advisory notes at the property - we also dislike the fact that they are required at all. Whilst the majority of guests are respectful of the owners’ property and contents, and leave the house in a tidy condition, there are some who do not. Unfortunately, past guests have left the house in an awful state; one which requires many hours of additional cleaning and restoration, replacement of broken items, or decorating and maintenance, all at the last minute.
Whilst we do not have any dealings with the booking system, we can understand that bed configurations need to be requested at the time of confirming the booking – otherwise the booking process would not be complete. However, all guests are able to amend their selections up to one week prior to their arrival, and the changes would be promulgated to the relevant parties for action. When changes are necessary, the guests usually just email the Property Manager to advise the new details."
Such a disappointment
Despite our having been assured by the rental agent that our requests for sheets and blankets would be honored, when we arrived I had to call the manager because this request had not been taken care of. My call was met with incredible rudeness and the manager telling me that either I was mistaken or a liar, as they never had any sheets, she didn't care what I had been told. She even suggested that I go out and buy some sheets if that was so important to me. (It was, and fortunately one of our guests was able to bring some to me.) The linens that were on the beds were of inferior quality and did not fit the mattresses properly. The refrigerator had a non-working ice maker and when I called to enquire I was told that there was no ice maker on the list of amenities. That was true, however I did expect at least a couple of ice trays, but no luck... The furniture was very shabby in the living room and the information for the internet was incorrect - it took quite a bit of trial and error before one of our party was able to figure it out. There was very little in the way of tourist information or local maps which was a disappointment. We were even told that we would have to buy toilet paper when we needed more. This was a lesson to me that you cannot believe what people will tell you when they want your money...
Character Cottages does not own or maintain any of the properties listed. The following is a response from the owners appointed property manager:
"At every stage, every effort was made to assist this guest during her stay at the property. All emails, text messages and phone calls were responded to with speed. We arranged for maintenance to attend a number of times and sort the issues the guest was unfortunate enough to experience. At no time was anyone anything other than polite and professional. We operate an efficient service, in planning, preparation and rectification, with the customer first at all times. At no point did any of the management team say that sheets and blankets would be left at the property; indeed there are none, and the housekeeping company do not carry spares for every house. The first we heard was when the guest called to complain that separate sheets were not left out. Suggesting popping to the local superstore to purchase the items the guests needed was simply an effort to help her deal with the issue in the most expeditious manner on the evening of their arrival.
There was no problem with the wifi, nor the information that was contained within the guest information folder. When maintenance arrived, the wifi was working perfectly, as it was for the previous and subsequent guests. As we understood it, the guests were having problems connecting, as they were at the far corners of the (large) house, out of range of the router – this is common in any house.
The further issues experienced were all due to the electricity power cuts, which were clearly, out of our control. We worked hard with the energy supplier to get the power on quickly - all part of our rectification protocol as mentioned previously . As for the supply of toilet paper, the housekeeping company leave a couple of rolls in every bathroom as a starter supply. As with all the properties, this is marketed as a self-catering home and ‘initial supplies’ of toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets, cling wrap, etc. are provided to all guests – we can hardly be held accountable for over-enthusiastic use of toilet paper!
Most guests actually prefer to buy bags of ready-made ice, but I shall add a couple of ice trays to the kitchen."
Car: Wyck Beacon House is easily accessed by car, being located a few hundred yards from the A424 and approximately 3 miles away from the A429 (Fosse Way), which are two of the main roads running through the North Cotswolds.
Train: The nearest railway station to Wyck Beacon House is Kingham (approximately 5 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of less than 90 minutes.
Plane: Birmingham International Airport: 49 miles, approximately 70 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 71 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 68 miles, approximately 90 minute drive.
Rates & Availability
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Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent