I am selfishly hesitant to post a review, since I’d like to keep this gem to myself. But it’s too wonderful not to share.
My friend and I are 2 women in our early 30s, traveling in England after finishing surgical residencies in the States. We were looking for peace and relaxation, and didn’t have much time to plan between surgical cases. Number 6 Sheep Street in Chipping Camden was perfect for us, and I think the only reason we were able to reserve it late was because it’s new (ready in April 2014) and does not have a big Internet presence yet. It is next door to and a bit bigger than the Crafty Cottage (those reviews on Trip Advisor are very relevant), and is run by the same gracious hostess, Sally (who also runs the well-reviewed B&B in town, The Chance).
Location: Perfect. Chipping Camden is a village of about 2,000, big enough to have excellent pubs and markets, off-the-beaten-path enough to not feel like it’s been overrun by tour groups. It is central to many public footpaths and other picturesque villages in the Cotswolds. The cottage is around the corner from High Street, which has a fresh local produce market, a butchers, a patisserie, several wine and cheese shops, a tourists office, and 2 convenience stores that are open until 10pm. (Note: hours are limited on Sundays, so plan accordingly). This made it easy for us to prepare good meals in our well-stocked kitchen at No. 6. We did not have a car and didn’t find we needed one, but there is a complimentary off-street parking spot reserved at the cottage for those who choose to drive. The Paddington train line comes up to Moreton-in-Marsh from London, where it is a 20-pound taxi ride to Chipping Camden. Sally recommends Mr. Barry Roberts, a cheerful and obliging local gentleman who runs a taxi service.
Accommodation: It is amazing how thoughtfully No. 6 has been fitted for guests. Some of our favorite things: back patio with chairs perfect for reading, a washer/dryer with detergent and clothes line provided, wine glasses ready for our daily afternoon Prosecco, fresh milk and free-range eggs waiting in the fridge upon our arrival, dry logs and a cute wood-burning fireplace (we lit one in July!), Morphy Richards electric tea kettle with good supply of tea, old-fashioned brass key for the dutch door, impossibly comfy couch perfect for napping. Everything was clean, fresh, and simply and tastefully decorated. There are 2 upstairs bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with a king that can be split into 2 twins. Both look out over Sheep Street, which qualifies as a “busy street” by village standards. Rumbling truck traffic starts early, but even with all the windows open, we were able to sleep right on through. The bathroom has a tub and shower, overlooks the Silk Mill, and is as well appointed as any hotel bathroom. We never got to meet Sally, but she was kind enough to drop off some electrical plug converters for us to borrow for our dying iPads. There is complimentary, password-protected Wifi in the cottage.
Places to eat: We had dinner at the Lyndon Arms in town, as well as lunch at the Bakers Arms in Broad Camden after a long walk. Both were lovely. We would recommend making reservations, as all the restaurants are small, and the population of the Cotswolds (everyone looking to eat out) swells in the summer. Mostly, we ate in, and the kitchen at No. 6 may have turned out some of the best meals in town during our stay.
Things to do: Some days I read a book all day in bed with my view of the St. James tower from my bedroom. Some days, we got up early and jogged 3-4 miles around the quiet town before the day trip tourists arrived. Some days, we set off on the public footpaths for 7-8 miles, through wold and wood, past fields of grazing sheep, climbing stiles and skirting cemeteries. It was beyond relaxing.
We only stayed 4 nights, but could easily have stayed longer. Thanks to Sally for her hospitality, spot-on recommendations, and lovely cottage at No. 6!