Excerpt of Volume V | Ivy Cottage

With Volume Five about to hit shelves we wanted to share an excerpt from our Offline Getaway section, giving you a taste of what to expect. This time we're heading to the Cotswolds and sharing our knowledge of where to stay, what to eat and drink and fun things to do. Below is our feature on Ivy Cottage, a idyllic cottage tucked away in the heart of the Cotswolds. 

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There’s always something quite exciting walking into your rental cottage for the first time. Even though you’ve seen photos of the home, there’s nothing quite like exploring it for yourself, moving from room to room and taking in all the details. At Ivy Cottage it is clear that no extra touch is too small. As we walk in the back door we see half a dozen golden brown eggs, a loaf of bread and a jar of local marmalade sitting on the kitchen counter. The lounge had all we needed to build ourselves a fire as well as a cocktail or two before settling in for the night with a book or a film. 

Ivy Cottage is a modern styled farmhouse, something that looked as if it had jumped off the pages of Country Living Magazine. While style was obviously a key factor for the owners of the house, it was also clear that comfort always took precedence. With the sheepskin rugs, cashmere blend throws and feather down pillows you couldn’t be anything but comfortable in this quaint cottage in the Cotswolds. It’s a holiday cottage that has been designed with relaxation in mind, encouraging you from room to room to take things slower. I’ll be the first to admit that the deep copper tub had me at first sight. 

Located in the village of Little Compton, the streets are lined with limestone, a tell tale sign that you’re in the Cotswolds. Further down the road are official signs pointing us in the direction of a local distillery and a pottery shop. If the town thought that these locations were important enough to make official signs for, it’s something that we had to visit. The following day we visited the Cotswolds Distillery where they make a fine whiskey as well as a lavender gin. Both drinks are made from local sources, our tour guide even joking to us that they go down the road to check on their lavender sometimes to see how it’s growing. 

As the tour came to an end we asked the woman working in the gift shop if she had any good local recommendations, we were hastily pointed in the direction of the pottery garden, Whichford Pottery. It was a rainy afternoon as we pulled into the rammed carpark, we snagged an unorthodox spot in front of the shrubbery before quickly ducking into the ramshackled cafe. We were lucky to get the last seat in the house and as we looked at the menu we were distracted by the colourful decor and the walls lined with cookbooks. With produce sourced locally, the menu changes on a daily basis. Upon our foods arrival we were satisfied that we’d chosen correctly. 

For anyone looking for a break from their normally hectic lives, an escape to Ivy Cottage is just the ticket. It’s a warm and welcoming spot where you can choose to host a small family supper, relax in a deep copper tub or take in the sights of the surrounding area. There’s something for everyone!