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Set in its own apple orchard, Bookers cottage is a truly fabulous base to explore the Cotswolds.
The front door opens into a large peaceful drawing-room, off white walls, pale blue and white striped Nina Campbell curtains, a huge cream three seater chesterfield, a smaller blue and white striped armchair, and vast pale blue buttoned ottoman in front of the open fire. A painted dresser lined in blue holds an assortment of blue and white china. A desk, a book case and a table for cards or jigsaws complete the room.
The kitchen/dining-room has yellow walls, dark grey painted kitchen units, farmhouse-tiled terracotta floor and cream with blue edging curtains and blinds. Double French doors lead to the terrace and garden. The dining area is bright and fresh with a circular pine table covered in a blue-and-white cotton floor-length cloth. There’s a pine dresser laden with Welsh Gaudy china, and a pine corner cabinet with an assortment of blue-and-white porcelain. The kitchen area has dark grey quartz worktops, an American style fridge freezer, hob and oven, dishwasher, Belfast sink, microwave, dish rack, and a butcher’s block. Fired Earth Marrakesh tiles add a decorative note. Opening off it is a utility room – washing machine, tumble dryer, sink and a big cupboard by the backdoor (to the office and bike shed) for outdoor clothes and boots. The downstairs lavatory is on the left.
Upstairs is the Master bedroom, which faces south over the garden to the Abbey. It’s a smother of cream-and-rose toile de jouy – on the curtains, on the bed hangings of the four-poster, on the ottoman at the foot of the bed, on the French fauteuil and lining the panels of the wardrobe. It sounds over the top, but in fact quietened down by the grey-green paint the French call gris de chateau, it is deliciously pretty. The en-suite bathroom is tiled in grey faux marble to match the carrara marble of the washstand and is doubled in size visually by the vast mirror, wall to wall, behind the bath.
One twin bedroom, at the head of the stairs, has a yellow, white and lime green colour scheme, the second twin bedroom has a light blue colour scheme. Everything else in the twin rooms are white; lace edged curtains, bedspreads, chairs and the bed hangings, which fall from cream painted coronas over the beds. Their shared bathroom is painted in Ammonite and there are dark blue-and-white Delft tiles round the cast iron bath.
The garden is enclosed by yew hedges behind the south-west facing terrace, which has a vine and a rose covered pergola. There is enough lawn for croquet and there are enough apple trees for you to string a hammock between two of them.