“A stunning self-catering farmhouse rental for 8-10 with envy-enducing interiors in a perfect Cotswolds setting”
There are 4 double bedrooms in the cottage, plus a double bedroom in a separate studio in the garden (an overspill space if there are 10 of you).
Tucked into the eaves of house, the decadent and sexy La Reine Suite is a vast space filled with antiques and oil paintings. The bedroom flows into a seating area and you clamber across stairs (slightly precarious in the night) to reach the fabulous bathroom with its deep copper tub (no shower) and velvet ottoman. The décor (as you'd expect from the name) is kitsch regal: a gold kingsize château bed, a cowhide rug, and a beautiful French chandelier.
Down below, the equine-themed Beaufort Suite also feels sumptuous and private, with a delightful sun terrace and a big bathroom (shower over a tub). Its kingsize bed is dressed in a hot-pink throw; oil paintings of the hunt adorn the walls.
The Toad Room was designed with kids in mind. The cute décor includes an embellished union jack flag, teddies, and a wonderful birdcage lampshade. Next door, the Provençal-style Dorothy Room has an antique four-poster clad in twigged linen, a Victorian washstand, and shuttered windows. These 2 rooms share a bathroom with a claw-foot tub and handheld shower.
Though less glamorous, the separate Garden Studio offers a little more privacy, with a sweet double bedroom and an ensuite toilet. This area also houses the office/workspace for those who really can't switch off!
Downstairs, the more formal salon has a beautiful grey velvet chesterfield, bright tapestried cushions, an open fire, and lots of equine paintings and sculptures. Next door, the snug is dominated by a super-comfy olive corner sofa, a bright orange kilim, and a massive TV with surround sound.
The elegant kitchen is the heart of this gorgeous cottage, and comes complete with a butcher's block, original Aga and every possible item in the Le Creuset range, including a fondue kit. The farmhouse table seats 10 on reclaimed church chairs, the antique dresser is stuffed with pretty crockery, and there are tablecloths and candles for dinner parties. We particularly loved the sleek Smeg fridge but it was the sheer range of cooking equipment and basic provisions that blew us away. All the things you'd hope for (dishwasher tablets, olive oil, sugar and tea bags), plus an astounding array of extras: pasta, spices, gravy granules and endless condiments from mint jelly to mustard and pesto.
On top of this, you'll find a delicious homemade cake and a hamper of goodies (including a couple of bottles of wine). There’s clingfilm under the sink, BBQ skewers in a drawer, even suncream, antihistemines and Calpol in a cupboard. For groceries there's a garage with a small shop in Didmarton, and supermarkets in Tetbury and Stroud.
French doors lead out to the terrace for alfresco meals when the sun shines. There's even a blackboard wall to keep kids amused while you cook. It's a kitchen you want to while away hours in, but if you like to eat more than cook, you can ask India to book a chef.
For a change of scene, the Kings Arms is an easy stroll away, offering local ales and posh pub food (perhaps rustic bouillabaise with aioli or local rabbit and venison pie). Nearby Tetbury has a range of foodie options including The Highgrove Shop, the renowned Chefs Table restaurant and deli, and the acclaimed Hobbs House Bakery.
Badminton Cottage welcomes children of all ages, but it is best suited ages 6+ due to the large number of antiques and expensive furnishings. There's plenty of space outside to run about in and there are a few pairs of kids' wellies in the utility room.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Unfortunately there are no twin beds, but the Toad Room was designed for children, with teddies, playful decor and space for a travel cot. The garden studio is a good space for independent older kids to camp out with a double bed, underfloor heating and a toilet and sink. If kids don't want to share beds they can sleep on the sofa in the snug or you can bring a couple of camp beds and bedding.
India can recommend local babysitters
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Stone floors, antiques and expensive furnishings mean this isn't so good for toddlers