The aptly named Thatched Cottage is an excellent example of thatched period charm with plenty of style and character in a sought-after village.
With three excellent pubs within walking distance—The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote, The King’s Head in Bledington and The Hare in Milton-under-Wychwood—early-17th-century The Thatched Cottage needn’t be so pretty, but it is.
Little casement windows peep through rough coursed limestone walls, shining light on three beautifully kept bedrooms and two reception rooms, with charmingly higgledy-piggledy exposed timber, a window seat, wooden shutters and a sun room.
In lovely Idbury village, the centre point between Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the Water and Burford, it’s Grade II listed with an enclosed garden of lawns, mature shrubs, beds and south-facing terraces.
Planning permission to extend has now lapsed, but could be revived.
Idbury: What you need to know
Location: Equidistance between Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton on the Water and Burford. Rail services are available from Kingham with links to London Paddington.
Atmosphere: The charming village is a highly desirable area to live thanks to its easy commuter links, beautiful setting within the Cotswolds AONB and access to a wide range of shops and facilities, plus three local and excellent pubs all within walking (or stumbling) distance. The renowned Daylesford farm shop is also a short distance away.
Things to do: Sporting facilities are highly regarded in the area, including the Cheltenham Racecourses, numerous golf courses plus wonderful walking routes. Pubs are a-plenty, and the surrounding larger villages and towns all provide shopping facilities.
Schools: Bledington Primary School and The Rissington School are both rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and further secondary education can be found at Burford School, Headington School and Chipping Norton School.
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