“A chic, urban townhouse in the heart of Tetbury - ideal for groups or families to self cater in style (sleeps 4-8)”
There are 4 bedrooms - 2 doubles, 2 twins. All have calming white walls, fresh flowers, linen sheets and woollen blankets. Beds are topped with beautiful antique-style bedsteads (though this makes them seem short in length), and there are heaps of quirky objets throughout: cowskin rugs, battered leather trunks, chairs upholstered in denim. It's all very stylish. There are no cosy curtains, but white roller blinds (black outs) mask the view of the street opposite.
As you wind your way up the uneven stairs, you're constantly aware of the history of the house. The wooden floors and sparsity of soft furnishings do mean that noise travels, but we loved the authenticity of it all.
On the first floor, the master bedroom is nice and spacious, with an elegant dressing table and modern ensuite bathroom with a limestone bateau tub and separate shower (rather annoyingly the boiler in here makes a lot of noise). The smaller twin room is also on this floor. The second floor has the triple room (with a very small double and a single; we would not really recommend it for 3), which is adjacent to a plush grey family bathroom with a cast-iron double tub with a hand-held shower. This bathroom is shared between the twin and triple rooms, and it's nice and light; a lovely spot for a soak.
The top floor houses the second master bedroom; in our opinion, the nicest room of all. There are vast amounts of space, and you get a freestanding bath and antique vanity unit (but no WC; you have to use the one on the second floor). The double bed is propped up on books to accommodate the sag in the floor, and the whitewashing of the beams and furniture gives a pleasing blend of original and modern.
A few gripes: towels are white and fluffy but rather small; there are a few family photos sprinkled about, which feels rather strange, until you realise that the owner is a renowned photographer and these are her art. Hanging space is limited in some rooms, but the staircase houses extra storage.
The lovely long, panelled kitchen has plenty of space for guests to cook up a storm. Mod cons include a double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher - and if you're staying a week, you'll probably find the washing machine useful.
There are a few basics in place (tea, coffee, milk, fresh herbs, washing up liquid etc), but you'll need to stock up on food when you arrive. Tetbury is teeming with delis, offering local, seasonal food, prime cuts, and mouthwatering delicacies as well as basic necessities. Alternatively, the owners can provide a bespoke Welcome Food Pack if you pre-order, with everything sourced from local independent retailers like Jessie Smith, Quayles, and Duchy Home Farm. If you'd prefer a complete break, the owners can arrange for personal chefs to drop off pre-prepared meals or come in and cook for you. Seating-wise, there's a breakfast bar for 3 in the kitchen, and the dining room seats 10.
There are some great restaurants on your doorstep. If the weather's good, go for breakfast in Café 53's pretty garden. For evening fare, we had a fab dinner at the Chef's Table; an unstuffy bistro run by Michael Bedford, who previously gained a Michelin star for local restaurant Trouble House, but now provides fine dining at friendly prices. Best of all there is no need to drive, as it’s just around the corner. It also does pre-prepared meals for collection or delivery.
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Children are welcome and there are 2 cots, 2 highchairs, 2 baby baths, a potty, a stairgate and a baby bathroom step. Older children will love the Wii and family films, and babysitting can be arranged on request. However, the uneven stairs would be precarious for little ones.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Uneven stairs could trip unsteady toddlers.