Alice & Jerome Hoefkens
About Alice & Jerome Hoefkens
Jerome and I are both retired and have four grown up children dotted around the UK. We love meeting new people and hopefully look forward to welcoming you to the Cotswolds very soon.
Alice & Jerome Hoefkens purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Alice & Jerome Hoefkens chose Chipping Campden
We moved to Chipping Campden initially for two very practical reasons - to be closer to work and to downsize. There was no romantic vision of country living or any desire to live 'the good life', but the beautiful buildings and honeyed stone captured our imaginations and our hearts. Our children had all left home, living in the city of Birmingham held no charm any more and the Cotswolds beckoned. Alice knew Campden through her work and after a couple of initial forays we began the search in earnest to find the right home somewhere in the North Cotswolds, but with a particular soft spot for Campden. Michaelmas Cottage came onto the market and the rest is history. Quite simply we fell in love, practicality and reason were muted and every aspect of the cottage, garden, and location made an impression that was impossible to ignore. After 3 years here each day still brings fresh surprises and never disappoints. Campden really is the land of milk and honey and it has become something we want to share - we know whoever you are, wherever you come from, time spent here will be time well spent.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Annexe is unique within Chipping Campden because it doesn’t strive for perfection but offers excellence. Comfortable, stylish, relaxed and informal - the space allows guests to completely switch off from all the hassles of life and really find both peace and fun. We have lovingly brought the Annexe together over several years, carefully choosing furnishings and fabrics to produce an eclectic mix. We feel we have created a place where people can be comfortable, stimulated and happy, lazy or energetic. It’s a wonderful base for walking, cycling, riding, chilling and reading. Throw open the French doors over the Cam brook on a sunny day and the view before you is simple but sublime - find that moment of total bliss.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Picture perfect pad
Thanks so much for making our stay in the Cotswold so enjoyable. We loved the Annexe so much and felt instantly relaxed as soon as we walked through the door. Just wished we had booked for longer. A stay in this beautiful place is a must and highly recommended.
Hi Sarah & Steve,
Many thanks for your fab review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay.
We hope you choose Chipping Campden next year.
Alice and Jerome
5 star all the way
The Annexe isn’t just a lovely cottage close to the historic market town of Chipping Campden. This is the perfect getaway place and Alice and Jerome will do everything to make you feel at home. They have thought about everything you might not have thought of yourself, whether it are tips of what to do in the area to lemons for your G&T or a welcome food basket to get you through the first evening/morning. I’ll happily return to The Annexe any time.
We have taken on board your suggestion of a light under the pergola.
Many thanks and we hope to see you again.
Alice & Jerome
The perfect getaway
Simply stunning cottage! Very well stocked welcome basket with local produce, comfy bed and super view outside. Friendly and personal welcome from the owners.
We loved our stay. This lovely cottage is on the edge of a sheep field with a little stream running along it. I could have watched the sheep all day, but we used the amazing location to explore. I would love to return. Jerome and Alice were lovely hosts and they are certainly lucky to live in such a stunning location.
Thank you so much Tava. We are very lucky and still pinch ourselves most days. You were lovely guests to share this special place with.
A true gem of a place
From the moment we arrived at the Annexe, everything was perfect. Situated on a gently sloping sheep pasture, and just off the High street in Chipping Campden, you couldn’t find a more convenient, picturesque location.
Step inside and the attention to detail is apparent in every room. Lovely linens in the bedroom and baths, every dish, glass, pot and pan in kitchen clearly closen with care. Books everywhere, just made us want to burrow in.
We spent 15 days in the Annexe and that was just too short. Next time we will stay longer.
We cooked dinner and ate by candlelight in the cozy kitchen, had coffee in the living room and watched the sheep, then wine and cheese in the afternoon and again, watched the sheep. A short walk down the street to go out for dinner or across the pasture to a neighboring village.
It was lovely to meet Alice and Jerome, who have created a true gem of a place. Our stay at the Annexe was our best vacation yet. Such a special place.
Thanks James for your beautiful review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you both again soon!
Lovely stay in beautiful accommodation!
Stayed here in early Sept 2018 for 1 week as a couple. Lovely accommodation with fantastic attention to detail. Great location for scenery and proximity to village. Alice and Jerome were a pleasure to deal with and we really enjoyed our stay. One of the best places we have stayed in.
Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds and a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship. The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient houses each grafted to the next but each with its own distinctive embellishments.
Pevsner described Chipping Campden as ‘the best piece of townscape in Gloucestershire, arguably one of the best in England’.
As the name suggests ("Chipping" means market or market place from the old English "Ceping"). Chipping Campden was one of the most important of the medieval wool towns and famous throughout Europe. This legacy of fame and prosperity is everything that gives the town its character.
Campden was already established in the 7th century and derives its name from the Saxon "Campa-denu" or "Campadene", meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land.
In 1970 the High Street and much of the rest of the town was officially designated a conservation area to preserve the ancient town for centuries to come.
To day Chipping Campden has a population of circa 2500.
For many visitors, Chipping Campden is the quintessential Cotswold town. It has a variety of building styles that have survived from all ages. Chipping Campden was one of the Cotswold's main wool markets.
The Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden has become known for its unusual and attractive High Street, said by G.M. Trevelyan (English Historian) to be "the most beautiful village street now left on the island".
The High Street is long and broad, and is flanked on either side by an almost unbroken single terrace, made up of many different architectural styles.
Chipping Campden's 17th-century Market Hall was built by the town's benefactor, Sir Baptist Hicks for a cost of £90.00. It was for the purpose of giving shelter to the local market selling cheese, butter and poultry - not wool as is sometimes thought. Each corner of the building has a pediment, and each gable had a window which is now blocked up. The side arches have stone balustrades and the floor is paved with stone.
William Grevel's House built in 1380 is the oldest house in Campden . The house would have been one of the first to have chimneys instead of just holes in the roof.
William Grevel was one of the country's most influential wool merchants, a citizen of London and financier to King Richard II.
St James church is one of England's finest Wool Churches Featured with four stars in 'England's Thousand Best Churches' by Simon Jenkins".
With pinnacles topping the diagonal buttresses and a pierced parapet with ogee arches, the composition soars over the landscape.
Most of the church is 500 years old and was built with money from the flourishing wool trade. Each of the lime trees leading from the main entrance to the porch represent an apostle.
Chipping Campden has important links with the Arts and Crafts movement. C.R. Ashbee set up his Guild of Handicrafts here in 1902. His workshop in the old silk mill in Sheep Street is now a small museum.
Visiting Famous Gardens
There are several famous gardens within 15 minutes car journey of Chipping Campden including
- Hidcote Manor,
- Snowshill Manor,
- Bourton House,
- Kiftsgate Court, and
- Batsford Arboretum.