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.
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.
One galleried bedroom above an open plan sitting and dining room.
Ratty's Retreat, Lower Farm Cottages School Lane Blockley Gloucestershire GL56 9DP
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.
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