July Cottage is a traditional English holiday cottage in Ilmington, one of the best-loved villages in the heart of the Cotswolds. Think log fires and exposed stone walls, gastro-pub meals and local ingredients. Think muddy walks and endless stars in the dark night sky.
This lovely old house is set in its own private cottage garden with roses climbing around the front door. It’s surrounded by ancient orchards and rolling hills, and faces onto the medieval church of St Mary’s.
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Whether you’re planning a short break or a fortnight’s holiday, July has been carefully modernised to help you relax and get away from it all. A recent interior redesign has captured the country cottage style, using original oil paintings and individual ceramics, good-quality furnishings and genuine antiques. There’s a welcoming, homely quality in every room.
Downstairs, the sunny entrance hall with armchair is perfectly furnished for sipping your morning coffee. This leads to a large lounge with a Cotswold stone hearth, log burner and exposed stone walls. On the other side of the house is a pretty country dining room which seats six in comfort. And at the heart of the home is the bright, modern kitchen with all the equipment you need to make yourselves truly at home.
Netflix and Nespresso
July Cottage has a large, modern, flat-screen TV with a guest Netflix account and a choice of DVDs for the Blu-Ray player. We can be hi-tech: there’s WiFi, a Sound Bar in the lounge and a wireless speaker in the dining room for streaming music; there’s also a DAB radio and a Nespresso-style coffee machine in the kitchen. But we like to be low-tech too: discover board games in the cupboard, paperback books to exchange and a torch for night walks around a village free from street lighting.
July has three good-sized bedrooms sleeping up to five adults and a family-sized bathroom with separate walk-in shower. There’s space (and basic equipment) for a baby too. Your well-behaved dog will love it: like most Cotswold villages, Ilmington is a haven for dogs and dog-walkers. There are hills to climb, paths to explore and flat strolls to the pub if that’s what you fancy.
Outside the house, the cottage-style front garden has a profusion of English flowers, bushes and trees. A chain of small patios give you options for eating al fresco (BBQ provided) and views of the Cotswold hills. From the dining room, French doors lead to a bijou courtyard which catches the morning sun.
A picture-perfect Cotswold village
Once at home in your own cosy Cotswold retreat, you don’t need to drive anywhere. Ilmington has all the ingredients for a quintessential English country break. The Howard Arms, an award-winning gastro pub, is a short stroll away, along ancient lanes past sheep and ponds where cars aren’t allowed. Dine in their garden on a warm summer night; grab a chair by the roaring log fire in winter. Or there’s the Red Lion, with a proper pub menu, a warm welcome and a Thai chef twice every month.
One of the treasures of Ilmington is the Community Shop and Café, which is staffed by volunteer villagers and supplies everything from the village’s own Grumpy Frog cider to freshly-baked croissants, local meats and the daily newspaper. July Cottage is a stone’s throw from Upper Green, where you can sit on the café terrace eating a cream tea, gazing down on the rooftops and reminding yourself just how beautiful the British countryside can be.
Why not visit Ilmington for the wonderful Gardens Open events, or during Warwickshire Open Studios weeks, where talented local artists throw open their workshops and galleries? You may find a flower show, a yoga class, a live music concert or a film showing in the Village Hall. Ilmington is a real Cotswold village, with plenty going on.
Shakespeare and Swans
If you do want to tour further afield, it’s easy to reach some of the best villages of the north Cotswolds. The beauty spots of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway are a short drive away. Nearby Shipston-on-Stour has approximately 50 individual shops, pubs and tea rooms all clustered round the old market square. It’s home to an annual Wool Fair and a vibrant range of food and music festivals throughout the year.
Or how about a visit to world-famous riverside town of Stratford-upon-Avon? You’re just seven miles from the birthplace of William Shakespeare, home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and lots of other theatre and two cinemas besides. Potter round the shops. Laze by the river watching the swans, or take a boat trip along the waters. Try a pre-show menu at one of many wonderful restaurants. And don’t forget to visit the Birthplace itself, or one of the numerous other buildings associated with the Shakespeare family.
We hope to welcome you soon to July Cottage and to everything our corner of the north Cotswolds has to offer.
Debbie Sarjant, owner
“Thank-you for having us at your beautiful cottage. The weather was awesome, we spent a beautiful evening eating, drinking and chatting around the garden table. We loved our English countryside experience. It’s a high-five and 5 gold stars from us!”
Sue, Don, Sandy and Gaelyn
“We have had such a wonderful time here at July Cottage. It has been the perfect weekend to reconnect with friends. The Cottage has been fitted out perfectly and had everything we needed; thank you so much! Our weekend was filled with al fresco meals in the garden, country walks and cycle rides.”
Mildred & Peter
“Fantastic beautifully decorated cottage in lovely village. We all had the best time. Garden is brill, sat out until it went dark every night.”
“Cosy, beautiful cottage which is well equipped. Excellent location to explore the Cotswolds from. Generous hosts who added some homely touches.”
July Cottage is marketed by Character Cottages
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Did you know?
We also have a sister property on the Isle of Wight. Seagrass is a contemporary holiday home in Ventnor, with bi-fold doors that face south, sunny garden terraces and spectacular views over the English Channel towards France. Seagrass sleeps four and is dog and child-friendly. It’s short walk from Ventnor’s shops, restaurants, Blue Flag family beach and long coastal walks.