We have lavished care on this Grade 2 Listed Cotswold stone cottage and it’s award-winning garden. “Claypot Cottage” has been completely refurbished and remodelled to combine comfort and style with country living
We have lavished care on this Grade 2 Listed Cotswold stone cottage and it’s award-winning garden. “Claypot Cottage” has been completely refurbished and remodelled to combine comfort and style with country living.
Thinking Local and supporting the community, the cottage features artwork, which reflects the Cotswolds. Much of the artwork, has been sourced within a 10-mile radius.
Light fittings are from World Famous Original BTC based in Witney, just 20 minutes away and the bedroom furniture was created for us by Dormy House in the next county. Local crafts people were used in the renovation and Cotswold based Goose Joinery created the kitchen and new staircase.
We want to spoil our guests with carefully selected products when they arrive. In nearby Faringdon, they make the wonderful Little Goat Company Soaps, which are in the shower rooms and Cotswold Lavender products offer you a touch of local luxury for your body.
In the kitchen, you will find one of our welcome packs, which will be created using wonderful locally sourced ingredients
The ancient history of the village of Barnsley begins with an Iron Age settlement in Barnsley Park. When the Romans invaded, these inhabitants worked for the owner of the Roman villa built (in A.D. 360) on the same site. After the departure of the Romans and the capture of Cirencester by the Saxons (in 577 ) a Saxon village grew up on the site of the present village. Its name then was ‘Bearmodeslea’ – that is, Bearmod’s glade.
By Domesday, the village had 24 inhabitants; in 1197 it had become known as Barndesley. Three hundred years later it was royal property - Henry VIII gave it to each of his wives in turn - after which it passed to the Bourchier family, who held it for 200 years. Its inhabitants still earned their living through agriculture, increasingly, though, through the sheep that made the Cotswolds the centre of the wool trade.
In 1667 the head of the family, Brereton Bourchier, built Barnsley House, Church Cottage and a new farmhouse (now the older part of Church farm); the population of 100-odd now included a few tradesmen; and there was an inn.
To house the rising population, which peaked at 318 in 1821, new cottages were built along the Cirencester-Bibury road between 1810-1820. Six of the 200 who lived in the village in the early 1900s lost their lives in the 1914-18 war. Today only a few of us work on the land.
In the future, we hope to offer a choice of arrival hampers. In the meantime, do contact them directly to place an order for your collection from their shops, which are both nearby.