Croftsbrook is situated at the end of the highstreet of Chipping Campden, which makes it an ideal place for either walking in the lovely surroundigs or going by car all around the area and visiting the well known cotswolds locations. The cottage itself ist very well equipped; David W. Birch, the owner of the cottage is very helpful and friendly. Being himself an artist, the house shows beautiful pictures in every room. As the cottage is located in a quiet surrounding (the main and highly enjoyable sounds one hears are made by sheep), it is a marvellous opportunity to take the meals in the secluded garden as often as the weather allows for it. We were two persons and stayed at Croftsbrook for 2 weeks; it was an awful mistake not planning on making it three.
Croftsbrook enabled us to enjoy a lovely family Christmas in beautiful Chipping Campden. The property was very well equipped with everything we needed and also prettily decorated for Christmas - thank you very much indeed David and Annabel
Our second visit to Croftsbrook was as pleasant as our first. The house is clean and very well equipped. There are lovely gardens, interesting birds and many sights to see in the area. We enjoyed the time the owner took to tell about things of local interest. We are looking forward to a return visit.
We stayed the months of September and October at Croftsbrook. It was our second stay. We previously had visited for one month in the Spring of 2016 and loved the contrast with Fall. For its size and comfort, Croftsbrook cannot be beat in Chipping Campden. While one may find trendier or more recently renovated holiday cottages, for a long-term stay, Croftsbrook provides everything in comfort and accommodation that you need at a reasonable cost. The parking was a necessity for us as we wanted to wander by car. Croftsbrook was our base and because of its reasonable price, we could spend a number of nights away in South Wales, Devon and London. But we always looked forward to our return to Croftsbrook. David, it was lovely to see you again and we enjoyed viewing your four panel watercoulor of Warwick Castle. As a sometimes watercolor artist myself, I really can admire your skill. All the best.
We, my wife, her 2 sisters and I, stayed at Croftsbrook from 28 July until the 4th of August 2017. From arrival until departure we had a great time and most importantly “we felt at home”. The cottage was as advertised. All we needed was available, beds were made, it was clean, excellent Wifi connection, private parking, quiet area and only a few minutes walk from the centre of the beautiful ancient little town of Chipping Campden. Apparently ‘Chipping’ means ‘market town’ and is most probably a derivation of the word, ‘cheaping’.
I was very pleased to have met Dennis, better known as Dennis the builder, when the girls were shopping. Dennis maintains the WW1 and WW2 monuments. He saw me looking at the poppies and messages on the wreaths and we had a chat about Ypres and Waterloo in Belgium. Places and surroundings he had visited, and where I have been too. What I found also interesting is that he invited me to see his museum and especially his American museum. So proud that he had been able to visit 41 of all the American states. Regret the fact that I have not been able to meet up with him in the Volunteers bar that Saturday evening.
We also had dinner at the Red Lion Inn and Lygon Arms Hotel. Both restaurants serve good food at a reasonable price.
During our stay we visited: Bourton on the water, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Broadway, Burford, Bibury, Cirencester, Witney and Oxford.
On Wednesday evening we met David, the owner of Croftsbrook. We had already admired his paintings in the cottage but now we got a first insight in his latest project, a five panel watercolour painting, overall size 1m. x 3.3m., almost ready for framing. Wow David, you are a true artist and we hope to see a picture or link to your final product. So impressive. Even my wife who is an artist too was impressed about all the details such as your family, the Bentley, and so it goes on. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, the meet and greet was short but could have lasted for hours.
To conclude, our visit to Croftsbrook was a success, although too short. I should have stayed at least a week longer, because there is so much to see and discover in this area.
And last but not least I wish to thank David for his hospitality and wish him all the best and continued success in the future of Croftsbook holiday cottage.
First, Chipping Campden turned out to be the perfect place for us to spend our month in the Cotswolds. As all travel articles state, it's the quintessential Cotswolds village - quaint architecture with 6 pubs, all offering excellent pub food, as well as 2 convenience marts proving all essential grocery and home supplies. However, Chipping Camden isn't overrun with tour buses and other tourists like other nearby towns of equal or larger size. This was the perfect place for us to base our daily journeys throughout this region of England.
Next, we feel very fortunate to have chosen Croftsbrook as our rental cottage. During our 4 week stay it comfortably housed 2 of us, then 4 of us, and finally 5 total people for our final week. Ample space for eating, sleeping or just relaxing.
Location was ideal, as well. While on the very edge of town, we were able to experience the feel of the Cotswolds countryside, particularly with the herd of sheep grazing nearby. But, no need to drive to town. Of the 5 pubs we regularly frequented, the closest was a 7 minute walk, while the furthest was 12 minutes away by foot. The two convenience marts sit between these 2 pubs.
Last and equally important is the host/landlord. David was most accommodating, continually reaching out to assure that all our needs were being met. Seldom did we need anything additional, however, as this cottage was fully stocked with linens, towels, kitchen and cleaning supplies.
While it's always nice to get home, we will definitely reflect back on our time here, both inside the cottage, as well as outside in the garden with cocktails.