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Campion Cottage in the Cotswolds, Reviewed

Campion Cottage in the Cotswolds

One of the best things about doing the #Take12Trips challenge last year was that it encouraged me to get out and see places near to home when I wasn’t travelling. I’m lucky enough to live on the edge of the Cotswolds so have no shortage of pretty villages, historic houses and beautiful landscapes within easy reach. So after a few day trips this year it was time to take it to the next level with a whole local weekend away. The journey was definitely a winner, being less than 20 miles from home meant we were unpacked and settled by the fire when we’d normally just be filling up at the services. And it turns out that winter is a good time to visit the Cotswolds, before the coach parties and crowds descend. Our base for the weekend was Campion Cottage, a traditional cottage with quirky modern touches in Willersey on the Gloucestershire–Warwickshire border, the perfect base for a couple of days of winter sunshine.

Campion Cottage lounge

The cosy lounge at Campion Cottage

The location

The cottage is in the small village of Willersey, which is exactly what you’d picture a Cotswold village to look like. There are Cotswold stone buildings glowing in the sun, a pond complete with chilly looking ducks, a couple of traditional English pubs and a village shop. You’re also only two miles or a 25-minute walk across the fields to the larger village of Broadway. It’s a tourist honeypot in the summer but was comparatively peaceful in January, perfect for browsing the galleries and boutique shops (though the £120 cushions were a bit out of my budget). There’s also a branch of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and some good restaurants. It’s a two-hour walk from the village up to the Broadway Tower, for fantastic views on a sunny day. A bit further afield is the town of Evesham with its half-timbered black and white buildings and art deco cinema, and you’re also in easy reach of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Cheltenham.

Willersey, Cotswolds

The village of Willersey

The rooms

The cottage looks deceptively small from out front, but it’s bigger than it looks, and a good use of space means there’s plenty of room for four people. It was built back in the 1800s and keeps some of the original character features mixed in with a contemporary refurbishment. There are also a few cool vintage touches around, like an old rotary phone, retro toiletry bottles in the bathroom and an old servants’ bell system. On the ground floor there’s a kitchen-diner at the back and a separate lounge with two sofas and a wood burner at the front. Then upstairs there are two double bedrooms, both with comfy orthopaedic matresses, as well as a bathroom with a shower over the bath. Toiletries are supplied as well as plenty of fluffy towels.

Bedroom at Campion Cottage

One of the cottage’s double bedrooms

The food

The full-size kitchen is equipped with everything you need to self-cater (including some surprisingly sharp ceramic knives that nearly took my finger off), plus a dishwasher to help you clear up. You’re also supplied with the basics – bread, milk, butter, jam, tea and coffee – to get you started. There’s a small shop in the village if you’ve forgotten anything, as well as Budgens in Broadway and larger Tesco, Morrisons and M&S supermarkets seven miles away in Evesham. Or if you want to eat out then both the local pubs do standard pub food or there are lots more options available in Broadway – try the upscale restaurant at Russells if you’re splashing out (or their attached fish and chip shop if you’re not). There are also plenty of tea rooms in the surrounding villages for you to get your fix of tea and homemade cake.

Campion Cottage kitchen

The kitchen diner

The facilities

If you’re there in the summer then there’s a courtyard garden out the back which comes with a BBQ and garden table and chairs. There’s also a lawn area out the front with seating as well as an off-road parking space. If the weather’s not so good then you can do what we did and curl up on the sofas in the cosy lounge with a glass of wine. The woodburner comes with a supply of logs (and there are more for sale down the road at the village garage) and the heating’s really efficient so you’ll stay warm however cold it gets outside. To keep you entertained there’s a Blu-ray player and a stack of DVDs to watch as well as an iPod dock, books to borrow and a pile of information to read through about the local area.

Campion Cottage bathroom

The cottage’s bathroom

My tips

  • Guests are… its perfect for two couples or a family with older children who don’t mind sharing.
  • Staff are… keys are left in a key box and information was all sent in advance so you no need to worry about arranging a meeting, but owner Alan is available to answer any questions.
  • Don’t forget… your wellies in winter, the walk across the fields to Broadway gets pretty muddy.
  • Useful to know… none of us had any mobile signal but there’s decent wifi and a landline phone that accepts incoming calls (a bit more modern than the one pictured below).
Vintage phone at Campion Cottage

Quirky vintage details like this rotary phone

The details

Sykes Cottages have over 5000 holiday cottages to rent in the UK and Ireland, from romantic cottages for two to contemporary properties for large groups. A week’s stay (Friday–Friday) for four people at Campion Cottage starts from £370, or a three-night short break (Friday–Monday) starts from £317.

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A cosy self-catering retreat for four in the Cotswold village of Willersey near Broadway, Campion Cottage makes a perfect winter escape.

Many thanks to Sykes Cottages for hosting me for my stay. All views and opinions are, as always, my own. This article contains affiliate links, where I get a small commission at no extra cost to you – thanks.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Darlene
    February 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Looks wonderful! Rustic but with modern amenities.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 6, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Yes it was just that, a great combination between the two.

  • Reply
    Arianwen
    February 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    This looks lovely. I’m organising a hen party in the Cotswolds for May. We’ve booked a couple of Cottages near Naunton and it looks stunning!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Naunton’s a good base to be in – really close to some of the prettiest village like the Slaughters and Bourton. If you’re dropping by Cheltenham let me know as I can give you lots of tips!

      • Reply
        pjwhite1978
        February 24, 2015 at 1:33 am

        I am going to be staying at the Old Swan in Old Minster in mid June this year. This will be my first trip to both London and the Cotswolds’. Really looking forward to it. Do you have any recommendations for my stay – just two days. I will be on a small tour with friends and will not have a car. Thanks for any help!

      • Reply
        Lucy
        February 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

        Hi Pam, hope you have a great trip! From Minster Lovell where you are staying there are bus services that take you into Oxford which is a lovely city if you’ve not been (I have some tips of things to do at https://www.ontheluce.com/2015/01/09/a-weekend-in-oxford/) and you are also on a bus route to Blenheim Palace which is well worth a visit.

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          pjwhite1978
          February 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

          Lucy, thanks so much for the fast response. I have read your post on oxford and took notes. What about stuff to do in the immediate area of Minster Lovell. Are there shops ? Is it easy to walk around the area – I think the next village is 5 miles away. My group is going to Blenheim Palace. Thanks again!!

      • Reply
        Lucy
        February 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        Minster Lovell is pretty small but there is a pub there, and the ruined Minster Lovell Hall which looks interesting. The AA have a walk around the village area which looks good – http://www.theaa.com/walks/mysteries-at-minster-lovell-656486

  • Reply
    Alan Streluk - www.campioncottage.com
    February 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for such a great write-up Lucy. I’m really pleased you liked the cottage and had such a good time exploring the local area!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Alan, it was lovely, thanks for your hospitality!

  • Reply
    traveladdictuk
    February 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Looks lovely – I went over there last summer and just loved it – such a pretty area !

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      So pretty isn’t it – you could have walked straight out of a postcard!

  • Reply
    Geri
    February 6, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Just lovely!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Ayla
    February 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    It looks so pretty! The Cotswolds is just picture perfect so this cottage fits in well 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      The Cotswolds are so lovely – some of the villages look like something straight out of a film set!

  • Reply
    malleestanley
    February 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I didn’t realise till I left my home town, how important it was to know about all the places close by. When I returned, I did exactly what your article entails

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      That’s very true, it’s so easy to overlook places when they’re nearby and concentrate on places further away.

  • Reply
    Maddie
    February 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Beautiful – our favourite way to explore parts of the UK is to rent cottages. There’s something wonderful about having a cozy living room with a roaring fire to come back to.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Me too, it’s so nice to have your own space and feel at home somewhere. Next up we’re off to a beach hut in Devon which will be a bit of a contrast!

  • Reply
    Suzanne Jones
    February 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Looks lovely for a cosy winter weekend 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      February 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      It was – perfect to hibernate in!

  • Reply
    Uptourist
    March 24, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Pretty and homey. You will not even think that you’re traveling. I love how well equipped it is with everything you need. Truly, a home away from home.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Yes there was everything we needed and it was so cosy, nice to pretend to live in that lovely village for a few days!

  • Reply
    Trine Bundesen
    March 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Looks truely amazing! I think I have to go there.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      It’s a great spot, hope you get to make the trip one day!

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