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Escape to the Costwolds

Church Cottage in Kelmscott is the latest addition to Luxury Cotswold Rentals, offering much more than meets the eye, cleverly combining honey-hued stone with glass and light to create a beautiful family home.

With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, this rural Cotswold home – close to Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’ summer residence, has been renovated with care, style and impeccable taste. Transformed with a beautiful kitchen and dining room extension into a light, airy and sophisticated space, the historic cottage is perfect for cosy weekends away, but with the space to house a large family or group. Church Cottage Kelmscott is now exclusively available to rent through Luxury Cotswold Rentals for the first time.

The living spaces flow from snug Cotswold sitting rooms, to a dramatic dining room and kitchen, with views out over the private, enclosed garden, heated swimming pool and self-contained two-bedroom, two-bathroom annexe.

Its owner, a passionate art collector and interior designer, has filled the house with mixed contemporary and mid-century artworks purchased from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.  Stand-out pieces include works by Elizabeth Wallace, Tess Jaray RA and Anthony Green RA, with mid-century pieces by Scottish painter and printmaker Horne Shepherd, Anthony Benjamin – who is exhibited at The Tate Gallery – and Australian artist Franklin White.

For those with a passion for interiors, just close by is 17th century Kelmscott Manor, inspirational home and summer retreat of William Morris. One of the Founders of the Arts & Crafts movement, Morris leased Kelmscott with his friend and Pre-Raphaelite artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Once described as ‘this loveliest haunts of ancient peace’, visitors today can still experience the beauty and seclusion that inspired many of Morris’ most important designs and writings, and enjoy and anoutstanding collection of his works as well as of his associates (Benson, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Webb) including furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings, carpets, ceramics and metal work.

Also on the doorstep is The Plough, an excellent dining pub just a five minute walk away, and The River Thames for Thames Path walks or messing about in a boat rented from Cotswold Boat Hire.

Church Cottage (sleeps 12) is available for 3 night weekends from £2,000. For more information or to book visit www.luxurycostwoldrentals.co.uk

* Luxury Cotswold Rentals offers over 50 properties, from one bedroom cottages to 12 bedroom mansions. Prices start from £551 for 3 nights or £735 for 7 nights.