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.
We have offered Ratty's Retreat as self catering accommodation since 2006. Prior to that it had been a holiday cottage for the previous owners for 25 years. When we bought it we tried to make it a bit more contemporary whilst still being sympathetic to the fact that it is a beautiful period property in the heart of the Cotswolds. We have recently replaced the lounge sofas with 2 superbly comfortable leather ones and have upgraded the CD player to a wireless docking station.
We offer the usual initial tea and coffee making necessities, a good bottle of wine with others on hand for you to 'borrow' should you run out, sumptuous bedding and towels together with luxury robes. The freesat TV can be watched downstairs or upstairs on either of the flat screen TVs. You will find a large brolly along with a torch and an ordnance survey map to borrow should you need to along with tons of different walking route suggestions.
The local area
We believe that whatever time of year you stay with us there is always something to do whether it is walking, visiting the tourist attractions, other villages and town or just enjoying some leisure time and some fine food offerings.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
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A Cafe and Konditorei in Moreton-in-Marsh.
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Huffkins Tea Rooms
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Prince of India
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The Fox Inn Lower Oddington Near Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0UR
Great food, great service, warm smiles... this place is perfection on a plate.
Things to see & do nearby
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Broadway Tower Country Park Warwickshire WR12 7LB
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Cotswold Farm Park
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The Cotswold Farm Park may be little rough around the edges – but that’s what real farming is like.
Hidcote Manor Gardens
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Garden designer Lawrence Johnston turned this Elizabethan garden into something very special.
Secret Cottage Tours
New Road Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0AS
Bespoke tours of Cotswold villages – and an invite into someone's home
What to expect?
A perfect self-catering cottage for two amid classic Cotswolds countryside.
From £370 a week in January/February & November/December to £520 a week in July, August and at Christmas and New Year.
Available all year.
How do I get there?
From Moreton-in-Marsh head south on the Foose Way (A429) and at the second roundabout turn right onto the A44. After about two miles – at Bourton on the Hill – turn right onto the B4479 and then make a left onto School Lane after just over a mile.
One galleried bedroom above an open plan sitting and dining room.
- DVD Player
- Flatscreen TVs
- Gardens & Grounds