Ninds Farm Cottage was once part of the much larger Ninds Farm House. Dating from the later 17th Century, this private wing of the farmhouse had become unfashionable by the end of the 18th century and was partitioned off to form a separate cottage and a curved stair turret was added at the back to allow access to the upper floor. A smaller fireplace was inserted into the original one in the sitting room and the large single bedroom was partitioned into two; the horsehair and lime plaster partitions still remain although the back room now forms the bathroom. Many other original features remain and the present owner has left much untouched while providing a warm and comfortable holiday retreat.
Willersey is a small, pretty village, friendly and lively with local amenities including two churches, two pubs serving good food, garage, and shop, and a village pond. Both pubs are dog friendly and excellent walking country is on the doorstep. The iconic village of Broadway is one and half miles away, with its galleries, restaurants and shops. A variety of landscapes surround the village as it is an excellent base from which to explore north Cotswolds towns such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh as well as the smaller villages which have inspired writers like Laurie Lee and J.M. Barrie. Shakespeare’s Warwickshire is also easily and quickly accessible as is the Vale of Evesham. The Cottage is a short journey from Cheltenham and its race course making it an ideal spot to stay in Gold Cup Week. Worcester is less than an hour away and the 3Choirs Festival is there this July. The Ninds Farm Cottage page on Facebook has some ideas of places to go and what’s on locally and also some links to websites guests might find interesting. It is always work in progress.
The present accommodation comprises the following:
A comfortable Parker Knoll settee, comfy chair, and two joint stools and refectory table made for the cottage by Welsh furniture maker Haddon Gardiner, provide a place to sit, eat or relax in front of the television and the open fire. The television has Freeview TV and a DVD player.
Compact but well-equipped, with electric cooker, microwave, and fridge with freezer box. An iron and ironing board are provided. Larder.
A table and two chairs allow a light space for summer breakfasts and a cool floor for hot doggies. The downstairs toilet is accessed from the conservatory as is the small enclosed yard.
A small rockery, garden table and chairs, and the wood store.
With cupboard containing vacuum cleaner, clothes-airer, and additional blankets and pillows. Switch for the water heater.
Washbasin, toilet, and bath with hand-held shower over.
Double bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe, two nursing chairs and a charming window seat to the front of the house.
On-street parking at the front of the cottage.
The main heating is by electric storage heater and electricity is included in the price. There are also two convector heaters should you need them. There is fuel for the open fire to get you started and more. Further supplies are available for purchase at local shops and garages.
A bottle of wine is provided, pepper and salt, toilet paper and a pint of milk on arrival if requested. A packet of ground coffee is provided for bookings of a week or more. Bubble bath is provided to get you started too. Liquid soap made by local soap maker The Little Soap Company.
Bedding is provided (two sheets, duvet and cover, four pillows and pillow-cases, with extra pillows and blankets in the landing cupboard). There are four hand towels, four bath towels, two hand towels downstairs and two tea towels. Changes of towels and bedlinen will be provided for lettings of more than a week.
Up to two dogs are allowed and there is no extra charge for them but please do not allow them on the soft furnishings.
What’s not included
Guests are asked to note that there is no washing machine or dishwasher and there is no stand-under shower, due to the constrictions of the age of the building.
Mobile phone signal is variable depending on provider and there is no wi-fi at the cottage. The village café and the pubs have wi-fi which is available to customers.
Rentals are from 2pm on the day of arrival until 10am on day of departure unless otherwise agreed beforehand.
For legal and practical reasons the cottage is not available for lets longer than 30 days.
I have a website www.nindsfarmcottage.co.uk where terms and conditions are set out and guests are deemed to have read and accepted these on booking.
Prices: I am sorry but I cannot honour the headline rates for short breaks put up by Owners Direct without my agreement. Short break rates are listed in the the "notes" section of the rates page. Prices have been frozen since 2014