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A perfect self-catering cottage for two amid classic Cotswolds countryside. 

Ratty's Retreat

Lower Farm Cottages School Lane Blockley Gloucestershire GL56 9DP 01386 422 429

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If you're looking for a romantic break for two in the Cotswolds, then you needn't look further than the delightfully named Ratty's Retreat, part of a complex of barn conversions in what is by Cotswolds standards, the relatively unknown and unspoiled village of Blockley just outside Moreton-in-Marsh. Ratty's Retreat is small but perfectly formed – one large room essentially, on two floors, with a sitting room downstairs and a bedroom on the upper galleried floor, reached by a spiral staircase. The ground floor has a comfy sitting and dining area with Freeview TV and DVD and a CD player, and a well-equipped galley kitchen, while upstairs the bedroom has an antique king-size half-tester bed – the sort of thing Anne Boleyn might have entertained Henry VIII in – a wall-mounted TV and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. There is parking and a private patio area with garden furniture and the barn complex's grounds are lovely for a stroll, with a small bubbling brook overhung by willows. As for Blockley, it's hard to know why it's not better-known. It's a classic Cotswolds village, with golden stone houses nestled among green rolling hills; it has a couple of pubs, a gurgling mill stream and a venerable and rather pretty late-Norman parish church; plus it's relatively easy to reach, being only three miles outside Moreton-in-Marsh, which has a mainline railway station. It is also a great base for lots of lovely walks in the northern Cotswolds. Just the thing for a couple of active lovers looking for a weekend away in some classic English countryside.

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