17th century stone dovecot. Exclusive use. Two rooms plus bedroom in tower. Wooden beams and floors. Rustic-chic. Stunning, sophisticated, quirky and cosy. Cleverly designed. Small. Tranquil secluded garden terrace. Private no-cost parking. Pleasant 18-20 mins walk to the city centre mostly through parks. 6 mins by taxi.
This small stone cottage, that was once a home for pigeons, is self-contained. It is historically fascinating and architecturally intriguing with stone doorways, beautiful old wood beams and wooden steps. Within an extensive mature walled garden, a stone path leads under a rose-arch to the quaint 1600s cottage.
A glass front door opens into an enchanting calm atmosphere. Beneath part of the floor, under sturdy glass, an ancient vaulted cavern can be glimpsed below. Above, in the tower, is a tiny loft bedroom with a double bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a window overlooking the private garden. Illuminated ancient nesting boxes line the walls. It is quiet.
Next, on the ground floor, is a bright sitting/ dining room with original stone walls, a high ceiling and skylights.
Beneath a small mezzanine is the neat bespoke L-shaped kitchen, rustic-style, with a fridge, 2-ring gas hob, microwave and convection oven, kettle and toaster. Counter-tops and the table are made from slabs of a cedar tree that once grew in the garden. The building is 2.4m wide.
The wood-burning stove is opposite a sofa-bed (115cms wide mattress), and the whole ground floor has underfloor heating as well as gas central heating.
The wood-lined bathroom, with a luxuriously large wet-room style shower, has a skylight with views of apple tree branches. A chunk of cedar wood, with the bark retained, contains the basin. Skilfully designed, this is a captivating little treasure. It is an extraordinary and rare delight that will enchant guests.
This romantic hideaway has a delightful adjoining secluded terrace for guests, tucked away in the calm private garden. With a south-westerly aspect it catches sun and is sheltered by ancient stone walls and the southern wall of the cottage. Scented roses, jasmine, lavender and herbs, make it a sweet haven.
Interaction with guests
The host lives 100metres away within the garden and will greet guests on arrival, show them the cottage and offer advice and recommendations. It is easy to be undisturbed and completely independent for the duration of your stay, or, we’ll be pleased to chat and of course answer any queries.
Other things to note
Wildlife-friendly garden with vast mature trees. The private countryside-style driveway is 100metres long and protected with CCTV. The ancient “Jacobite Rose” grows in an archway over the path to the dovecot.
A small torch is attached to the key, as well as a button-fob that switches on timed garden lights. Some guests may also like to use a mobile phone flashlight.
The free parking space is out of site of the road. It is for an ordinary sized car. Long or high vehicles will NOT fit because there is a very sharp left turn at the entrance and branches overhang the driveway. High or long vehicles can be parked in the street for £4 per day, but all spaces are usually taken by 8am till about 5.30pm.
TV is web-enabled. Price reduction for longer stays, except in high season. For the equivalent cost, or more, you could stay in a dull hotel room!
Please do not ring neighbours' bells or ask them for directions. If in doubt please text or telephone the host anytime.
Please TELL the host what time you plan to arrive, otherwise you risk arriving when nobody is at home, and may have to wait.
The peaceful leafy residential district is quiet, so please relax and enjoy the secluded tranquility. Parties are not allowed.
The old stone is asymmetrical. There are several levels and steps, therefore it is not suitable for young children, and older children must be supervised. Sturdy and safe, it is not best suited for stiletto-heeled shoes. Being here is at your own risk.
It is essential that you read the instructions for the wood-burning stove before attempting to light it. Please don't lean on the door, as it will not support weight.
Please don’t use towels to remove make-up or wipe soot after handling the fire, because they stain. Tissues are provided.
Expect to be charged for any damage, or loss. For example a replacement key, with fob and torch, is likely to cost £50.
Please, immediately, TELL the host of any damage, such as cracks, chips, breaks, stains, scratches or tears because things have to be repaired or replaced before the next guests arrive.
At least one of your group must be 23 years old, or older.
No smoking, neither indoors nor outdoors.
Keys will be given only to the person who has booked. If you arrive with more people than you booked for, you must update your booking on the Airbnb site before being allowed entry. If you book for or arrive with a guest who has previously been declined, nobody will be allowed in. The host reserves the right, at any time during guests' stay, to decline entry to guests who behave improperly, inappropriately or destructively. No guest may book if they have anything negative in any of their previous reviews.
Do NOT attempt to climb on, nor put weight on the old brick nesting boxes - they will not support anything heavier than a pigeon!
Please stick to the paths that lead through the garden to the Dovecot Cottage, because there are bulbs underfoot, delicate shrubs and trees with overhanging branches.
Please leave the Dovecot Cottage in the same condition as you found it.
Writer, painter, gardener. Unique historic house in secluded mature walled garden: "managed wild" horticultural style, with frogs, hedgehogs, woodpeckers and owls.