Bookers Cottage

Sleeps 6 plus cot: 1 double, 2 twin beds, four poster bed, separate kitchen, cloakroom, utility room, dishwasher, open fire, garden furniture, barbecue
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Bookers Cottage, set in its own apple orchard, was built in the 19th century in traditional mellow Cotswold stone, and is roofed in lichen-covered Stonesfield mellow slates.

The front door opens into a large peaceful drawing-room - buff walls, pale blue-and-white striped Nina Campbell curtains, a huge cream buttoned three-seater chesterfield, and a 4' square buttoned hassock in pale blue on the rosy Turkey rug in front of the fire.

A Victorian armchair is covered in Bennison Roses linen union, and a smaller sofa in a coffee-and-cream Colefax & Fowler fabric. There's a club fender in front of the fire, and on the left of the stone fireplace is a large circular table whose blue-and-buff John Stefanides cloth conceals the TV. A blue-and-buff dresser holds a cornucopia of blue-and-white china. To the right is a desk and telephone, and a comfortable desk chair upholstered in green Lelievre velvet. In one corner, a bookcase, table and French chairs create a quiet corner for those who want to read, do jigsaws or play cards.

The large kitchen/dining-room has yellow walls, white painted kitchen units, farmhouse tiled terracotta floor, and indigo-and-white printed curtains and blinds. Double French doors lead to terrace and garden. The dining area is bright and fresh with a circular pine table covered in a blue-and-white checked floor-length cloth matching the chair cushions. There's a pine dresser packed with Welsh Gaudy china, and a pine corner cabinet full of blue-and-white porcelain.

The kitchen has blue-and-white Delft tiles and brown granite worktops. There's a large white porcelain butler's sink with a waste disposal, and butcher's block trolley. Opening off it is a utility room and a downstairs lavatory.

The upstairs master bedroom, which faces south over the orchard to the Abbey, is all cream-and-rose toile de jouy - on the king-size mahogany four-poster, on curtains lining the panels of the built-in wardrobe, and upholstering the curly padded ottoman and 19th century Louis-style fauteuil. To match this fauteuil, the little bureau and all the woodwork are also painted in the grey-green known as 'gris de chateau', echoed in the ensuite bathroom by the tiles.

One of the two twin-bedded rooms has buff walls, blue headboards and soft blue-and-white patchwork bedspreads. The big dressing table is covered in blue-and-white striped cotton to match the cloth on the semi-circular table between the beds.

The other twin bedroom is painted warm cerulean blue. Everything else is white - lace-edged curtains, bedspreads, chairs, and voile bed hangings falling from gilded coronas. Between the two wardrobes are an antique table, and a black-and-gold mirror. The shared bathroom is tiled in blue-and-white Delft.

The garden is enclosed by yew hedges behind the south-west facing terrace, which has a vine- and rose-covered pergola. A deep flower border runs behind this terrace - a mass of mauve, pink, crimson and white blooms.


Bookers has been tweaked, so subtly that although you'll know something has changed you won't be able to put your finger on it. The terracotta tiles of the kitchen floor have been sanded and scrubbed back to their original pale bleached apricot, and round the dining room table are white painted carved Victorian chairs, their seats cushioned in the same indigo and white fabric as the curtains. There's a marble-topped table behind the sofa for the drinks tray in the drawing room, and upstairs in the Master Bedroom, the furniture has been re-arranged, with the ottoman at the foot of the bed and a buttoned toile de jouy chair to match the bed in its place.



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