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Spacious historic 17th Century Cotswolds Cottage for all Seasons

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Great Rissington Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 5-8; 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Green Cottage is a substantial grade II listed cottage in one of the most sought after villages in the Cotswolds. Built in the 1600's as two labourers cottages, Green Cottage has been frequently extended in the 20th century to keep it upto date with modern living standards. The existing owners' contribution includes a stylish CP Hart bathroom and installing the Cotswold born 'Everhot' range cooker in the kitchen. The property makes a perfect base for exploring the key towns and villages of the Cotswolds, or walking its hills and valleys. For celebration dinners or otherwise, the well known landmark, the Lamb Inn is within a stones throw of the cottage. For those wanting to enjoy alfresco dining amidst the delights of an English country garden, Green Cottage has a wonderful terrace on the edge of the Windrush Valley. If the days are cold and wet, go indoors, bake on the Everhot, enjoy a roaring fire in the lounge or toss a log on to the wood burner in the dining room. For the children there is plenty of space in the garden (and the house) for them to run around and indoors there is a full size bar football table and plenty of games. Whatever the season and weather Green Cottage has something special to offer.

The accommodation provides a great degree of flexibility. 3 bedrooms comprise of a family room and ensuite (sleeping up to 5); a twin room; a single room; a sofa bed in the sunroom and a camp bed that can be placed pretty much anywhere! It therefore comfortably sleeps 5-8.

Green Cottage is steeped in history. The original bread oven is still to be seen in the dining room. In 1914, Green Cottage was occupied by the Soul Family. Mrs Soul sent 5 sons to the First World War. It is said that Mrs Soul lit a candle each night in one window to guide her boys back but none ever returned. No British family lost more sons in the Great War. Great Rissington church contains pictures and details of the Soul brothers. There is also futher information in Green Cottage.

New for the 2013 season is an Everhot range cooker. Manufactured not far from Gloucester, this state of the art cooker provides a constant heat source together with three ovens, an induction hob as well as hotplates. It's perfect for hosting large parties or for those wanting to try out new cooking experiences. In addition, in the large garden to help energetic children (and Dads) run off their energy and develop silky football skills, a Samba 12ft x 6ft goal has been set don't forget your football!

Visitors Book 2014 (so far):

Lovely time - even with the gales blowing outside!' UK

'Beautiful cottage. Very cosy and had a fab time here.' UK age 10

'Had a wonderful 3 nights with our 2 teenage daughters. The Cotswold area is beautiful. Hope to return here some day.' USA

'Second visit in 12 months - this time we brought the other grandparents! Cottage still beautiful and weather fab this time!' UK

'Thanks for a wonderful stay at your beautiful cottage!!' The Netherlands

'Our ninth year here and we enjoyed it just as much as ever. Many thanks.' Belgium

'Fantastic cottage and garden! Had a wonderful stay! Birmingham, UK

'Loved every minute - thanks!' London, UK

'We had a fabulous time here - so beautiful. We are very sorry to leave.' N.Ireland

'Beautiful area. Very comfortable. The circus [gifford's circus] was a highlight!' USA

'Marvellous cottage; we enjoyed it very much.' Germany

'We had a wonderful time in our home away from home. We love Green Cottage!' London [stayed 4wks]

Visitors Book 2013:

'Thank you for yet another stay. We love it here. Enjoyed our visit to St David's in Moreton in Marsh.' (UK)

'Thank you. What a beautiful part of the world. We loved how cosy the cottage is, especially the open fire. The kids loved the garden and the walks. Hope to get back again one day.' Australia

'Thank you for a lovely stay - beautiful cottage & very well equipped. God bless!' (UK)

'A lovely cottage in a great location. Thank you.' (UK)

'A memorable weekend. Thanks.' (UK)

'Thank you so much for another lovely, if very cold, stay at Green Cottage. So nice to stay here for Lauren to get married in Oxford. A really special celebration.' (UK)

'We have had a lovely stay here. The house feels like home. The beds are very comfortable - very important. We couldn't have asked for it to be more well equipped. Our children loved everything (even more important) especially the garden and hunting for Easter eggs. We love this part of the country anyway. Thank you.' (UK)

'We all enjoyed our holiday alot. We really liked the round table. We thought it looked excellent.' (UK)

'Lovely stay! The place was so comfortable and the kids hated to leave the garden, the football as well as the en-suite (great when you have kids in & out all the time). Your neighbour was so lovely - so happy we met! Cheers.' (USA)

'We have a lovely weekend here. The cottage is so warm and welcoming, felt almost like home. The children enjoyed the garden and the other toys / cds around the house. The lunches in the warm sunshine on the patio were fantastic! Cheers!! (Spain)

'Fantastic, relaxing weekend away. Such a lovely house. Thanks.' (UK)

'We had a wonderful 8th visit to the cottage. Many thanks yet again.' (Belgium)

'A wonderful family gathering. Such a beautiful home. Many thanks from us all. We all hope to visit again.' (Ireland, USA, UK)

'A wonderful house for meeting up with friends and family - many happy memories made - many thanks!' (USA & UK)

'We had such a wonderful time here. Beautiful place, we hope to come again soon. Thanks a ton!' (USA)

'Nice house, sunny weather, beautiful place & great holidays.' (Germany)

'We had a wonderful time here!' (Germany)

'A wonderful stay. Thank you very much.' (Japan & Wales)

'Our 2nd visit to this lovely peaceful cottage. We'll be back!!!' Bucks & Devon, UK

'Delightful and very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay - thanks' Devon, UK

'Extremely enjoyed staying in a part of England's history - lovely cottage and spacious.' Canada

'We had a wonderful time here and we especially enjoyed the fire and roasting marshmallows. Such a beautiful cottage - thanks a lot! Appreciated the Christian welcome!' Kent, UK

'We enjoyed plenty of warm & cosy fires - we had wonderful weather & enjoyed so many walks. This house made half term super fun!' London, UK

'Perfect home for a fun and cosy family break. Fabulous garden and toys. Thanks for everything.' UK

'Lovely cottage for a short break. Kids had a great time. Many thanks.' UK

Visitors Book 2012:

'Fab Cottage' (UK)

'We have been here since Nov 2011. We have had the most amazing time, it's changed our lives. Thank you for loaning us your wonderful home and letting our children experience country life at its best! Very sad to be leaving lovely people, lovely place, lovely house!' (UK)

'Had a lovely time in your wonderful cottage, slept well, very comfortable. Very well equipped, thank you for the wine. Lovely surroundings.' (UK)

'Lovely house and garden. Thanks very much' (USA)

'Great house & garden. Lovely holiday.' (Australia)

'We had a fantastic time. Still managed two 10 mile walks despite the weather. Thanks so much once again for a wonderful stay. We all love it here!' (UK)

'We've had a lovely family holiday. The children have really enjoyed the garden and we've fallen in love with the area. Already planning our next trip back! Thank you.' (UK)

'Fabulous week, ideal place for family, friends to come and be with us. Balmy evenings on the patio being serenaded by a friend on the guitar. And cozy times around the aga. Great walks & places to visit. This was exactly what we had hoped!' (Australia)

'Very cosy and homey cottage. It's in a lovely location and here's plenty to do in and outside the house. The garden was really lovely. We really enjoyed our weekend here and it's kinda hard to have to leave!' (UK)

'Thank you for letting us stay in this beautiful cottage & lovely garden. We enjoyed it very much! Maybe we will return! Thanx.' (The Netherlands)

'Great cottage, lovely surroundings, had a wonderful time here. Thanks a lot!' (Germany)

'We had two fabulous Olympic weeks. Our 7th visit to the cottage.We simply love it here, even when it rains!' Belgium

'Had a lovely break here in peace and quiet. Benji loved staying in 'the old house' and we're all sorry to be leaving. Have enjoyed the local area. Hope we'll be back one day. Raspberry picking in the garden was a joy.' (UK)

'We had a lovely time in the garden and cottage. It is an amazingly welcoming and warm place. We enjoyed cooking on the aga and working with its unique charm and eccentricities. A splendid and restful holiday - thank you so much.' (UK)

'As travellers from New Zealand, this was a great way to see England's famous countryside. Great cottage, very comfy and welcoming. Thanks!!' (New Zealand)

Thanks again for a wonderful stay! We keep the memories and will return again!' (The Netherlands)

'Had a wonderful week. Lovely to see the garden again - this time in the Autumn. So pleased we were able to come back again. We really enjoyed having an open fire, picking raspberries, and exploring the area again. The motor museum was great, the children and adults enjoyed it. Daylesford was a real treat - would recommend - lovely cakes and a beautiful farm shop, with a cheese room! Chedworth Roman Villa was a good trip out. Great location, nice not to have any mobile reception!! Thank you.' (UK)

'Life doesn't get much better than curling up together in front of a blazing fire, with stilton and music from the ipod! Thanks so much! Helen loved taking the brio and lego apart.' (UK)

'Thank you for a lovely break in such a idyllic part of the world. We loved it - the children loved it - and the babies too. We look forward to coming back and using the BBQ. Such a cosy and comfortable home that we are grateful that you shared it with us.' (UK)

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Anita Thomas
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

Das Green Cottage ist ein wundervolles, historisches Haus mit bezauberndem Garten.

Besonders die technische Ausstattung hat uns positiv überrascht (Internet, mehrere Telefone). Das Haus ist sehr gemütlich und bietet viele Möglichkeiten der Beschäftigung für alle Altersklassen.

Die Buchung verlief dank des Entgegenkommens der Vermieterin problemlos.

Es ist ein guter Ausgangspunkt, um die umliegenden Cotswolds und Sehenswürdigkeiten wie zum Bsp. Warwick Castle zu entdecken.

Trotz der Abgelegenheit des Hauses sind genügend Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe, sodass sich selbst Teenager nicht langweilen.
Jul 2013
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Spacious historic 17th Century Cotswolds Cottage for all Seasons
average rating of 4.888889 based on 37 reviews
Beck Row, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was everything we could have wanted for our short stay. The kitchen was well equipped, comfortable beds and plenty of toys for our children (ages 3 and 1). The back garden was gorgeous! I would highly recommend Green Cottage to anyone looking for a nice break in the Cotswolds!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aurora, Colorado

Unique and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Green Cottage, and it certainly won't be our last. It's one of the most unique properties we've ever stayed in, with the part of the house dating back to the 1600's. And while much of the lovely Cotswold stone is preserved inside and out, all of the rooms are completely updated (particularly the kitchen and master bathroom). Anita and Jeremy, the owners, are absolutely lovely to work with. We met them on this trip and received a thorough tour of the cottage (along with its history) and the beautiful gardens.

The cottage has a spacious patio with plenty of furniture for lounging or eating al fresco, and a barbecue that we used several times. The garden has mature apple, plum and pear trees as well as lovely flowers and ferns, and the space seems to go on forever. The Lamb Inn, which is less than a block away, serves much more than just pub food and you should definitely go there at least once during your visit.

The cottage is so comfortable that you may not want to leave it, but there are so many incredible historical sites within a 30-to-90 minute drive: Stratford-Upon-Avon; Warwick Castle; the incredible ruins of Kenilworth and Sudeley Castles; the Roman ruins at Cirencester; Blenheim Palace; and the lovely town of Bourton-on-the-Water, which looks like something out of a Miss Marple mystery.

We have rented a number of places on our trips to England, and Green Cottage is probably the most unique and lovely place we've stayed.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Fantastic weekend cottage in lovely village

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at Green cottage. It was just as described and pictured -idyllic. Our children (4 and 8) kept themselves entertained the entire weekend - between the garden, toys, dvd's - we did not even have to leave the house. The location is fantastic as it is near all the Cotswold attractions. We are really looking forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Lovely cottage and location. Clean. Friendly owner

  • 3 of 5

Yes I would recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the review was such a lovely comment, we were unable to establish if the 3* was intended or given in error. We just wanted to add in the following, sent to us after our guests stay: "Thank you again for letting us stay at your cottage. It was very comfortable and perfect for our needs. The children loved the toys and garden toys and DVDs and I enjoyed cooking on the Everhot. Cotswolds is a lovely area. We had a lovely walk on Sherborne estate." We always love to receive feedback from our guests and if ever there are ways of improving our guests stay, we take them on board too.
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This cosy cottage was well set up for a family.

  • 5 of 5

Our family, 2 adults and 4 children, had a wonderful time at Green Cottage. It was very well equipped, the duvets in particular were very cosy. We enjoyed walking around the village of Great Risington as well as venturing further afield to discover the other small villages close by. The Lamb Inn had great food and is only a couple of minutes walk from the cottage. We would highly recommend staying in Green Cottage.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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  • 5 of 5

It was amazing. We enjoyed our stay very much. Everything was the way we had expected. We can recommend this property to everyone who loves cottages in this fantastic area of the Cotswolds. By the way: after leaving, my husband realized that he had left some money in the drawer, but it was no problem to get it back. Thanks again to the owner who provided a good customer service, not only with regard to the money.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Birmingham Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Lamb - 3 doors away!
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
M40, junction 8
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
In the pub mentioned above
Car: necessary

Great Rissington is in the heart of the cotswolds located neatly between the three jewels of the Cotswolds, namely Stow on the Wold, Bourton on Water and Burford. There is so much to do and see. There's The Slaughters, Bourton on Water (Maze, Birdland, Model Village, Car Museum), Barringtons (Annual Gifford Circus), Batsford Arboretum, Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Bibury (Trout Farm). Or easy day trips to Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Stratford, Cheltenham (races), Warwick Castle, not forgetting the huge amount of Roman history in the area. Or perhaps old houses are your interest. There's Blenheim Palace, Sudley Castle to name just a couple. And if you don't want to sightsee, the countryside lends itself to lots of wonderful walking - it's a great way to see and appreciate the Cotswold landscape and you can walk right from the front door of the cottage - no need to get in the car!

Other Activities: Sight Seeing


Rates & Availability

Great Rissington Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Half Term
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Oct 31 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and NY
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Jan 6 2017 - Feb 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Half Term
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Feb 20 2017 - Mar 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Cheltenham Races
Mar 13 2017 - Mar 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Mar 17 2017 - Mar 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
May Bank Holiday
Apr 28 2017 - May 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
May 8 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
High Season
May 26 2017 - Jul 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jul 21 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $122

The above rental rates are inclusive for up to 5 people, bed linen, towels, gas, electricity & WiFi.

NOTE: HomeAway add a service charge on top of the rental rate, which explains why there is a difference in the final online booking price quotation. Please contact me if you have any questions.

A non-returnable deposit of £200 is required. The remainder of the payment is due 8 weeks before the rental is due to begin.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Great Rissington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 132 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    En-suite - toilet , tub , shower
  • Ensuite has a lovely view down the garden!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Family - 5 twin/ single , 2 are a bunk bed
    Twin - 2 twin/ single , Travel Cot available
    Single - 1 twin/ single
    Sun Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • You will certainly sleep well. It is peaceful and the beds are comfortable (guests have even said so themselves). For all allergy sufferers: All bedlinen used is non-feather. Worried about the road outside? Don't be. It's a village loop road and doesn't 'go' anywhere, so it's only used for access. When our car alarm went off one night (due to an open sunroof & yes it did rain!), we didn't even hear that. Although we did have to apologise to the neighbours - they don't build houses now, like they used to!!! Accommodating 5 people is an easy number, with 2 double rooms and one single bedroom. But due to the flexibility of the bed arrangements we can accommodate up to 8 people (PLEASE NOTE. Rental rates are for a maximum of 5 people. There is an additional charge for each extra person of £35/£50 depending on no. of nights / per week).
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
Kids will love the space indoors and outdoors that this cottage has to offer. With lots to occupy them with games, indoor playhouse & pretend cooking to a climbing frame with a slide and swing set in the large garden. [The garden does have a pond at the far end, which is screened off (we have youngsters, so we know the concerns!)]. If they need some down time, then there is a dvd player; some kids dvds available to watch; free view with cbeebies; WiFi is also available. If you have a little one, then there are some bath toys, a high chair and a travel cot to use. When the garden is in season, there are different fruits (apples, pear, rhubarb, gooseberries, black/red currants, plums, raspberries) & fresh herbs. Everyone loves a fresh bit of veg or fruit on their plates, picked by their own hand, so do help yourself. Unfortunately, we can't have pets of any kind, due to the owner being highly allergic.

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