We had three marvelous weeks at Rose Cottage and would recommend it enthusiastically to anyone. The The owners have furnished it for their own use, so it is very well equipped -- especially the kitchen, which we appreciated no end because we are serious about our food. We felt right at home from the moment we arrived, as the housekeeper, Coral, had laid in starter supplies of bread, eggs, milk and butter. Wallace Hedges, the jack-of-all-trades neighbor who looks after the property, had a rick of firewood and kindling on hand for us and a fire fully laid and ready to light on the hearth. During our stay they made us feel wonderfully looked after. The cottage was amply stocked with housekeeping necessities -- detergents, cleansers, paper goods, linens, flatware, glassware, and dishes. The bedrooms are cozy, and the bath compact but efficiently modern (and warm!). The owners have organized a fine library (fiction and non), and a very thorough collection of guides and maps. The cottage also has ALL the amenities of the wired life: phone with voicemail; stereo with an eclectic array of CDs; HDTV; high-speed wifi and (rare in a rental) a USB printer-scanner-fax. The owners are delightful to deal with and helpful in all respects; they made settling in quick and seamless with an amazingly thorough and thoughtful set of instructions, tips and explanations that amount to a complete “operator’s manual” for all the systems and utilities -- from how to coax extra hot water out of the shower to the time and manner of rubbish collection. The cottage's only drawback is a rather tight parking space that made us glad we'd rented a compact model! England was plagued during our stay by unseasonable cold, rain and snow, but Oddington is so nicely located that we could get out for adventure whenever a dry or sunny interval presented itself, then return to tuck in by the fire when weather closed back in. We managed to tramp almost 100 miles of footpaths, byways and lanes and visit a few of the Cotswolds' outstanding pubs and cafes. We also spent two days exploring Oxford, thanks to swift and frequent rail service from Kingham, only 3 miles from the cottage. Rose Cottage is also right around the corner from the best pub we found in the Cotswolds -- the Horse and Groom, whose proprietors' food and hospitality were such that we never needed to travel far afield at night. Bottom line: We have stayed in owner-rented holiday lets on four continents, and none compares to this adorable gem. Lord, we hated to leave!
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