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Distillers Cottage

(Ref. 925352)

Blackwell near Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "There's a difference between the photos on the Sykes' site and the owner's site which needs correcting."

    The cottage was welcoming and warm. The bed was super king size and very comfortable. We only stay where the beds are this size. The owner was extremely quick to find a plumber to replace the shower cartridge which controls the temperature of the water.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Oct 2023

  • "This is a great little cottage for a break in the Cotswolds."

    The location is perfect for exploring many of the towns and villages you’d want to see when visiting, it’s situated in very quiet village making for a very relaxing retreat. You can park right outside the cottage which is great with a dog and luggage. The cottage had all of the things you’d need for a short break and was very clean and comfortable. Ok it’s nothing overly flash however fantastic value for money and extremely clean and well-priced compared to many other places to stay with a dog nearby. The bed is very big and comfortable. My only comment would be is that the shower runs at one temperate, hot! Although there is a lovely bath to use if you’d prefer so not an issue. Overall a great place to stay and we will certainly be back!

    Thank you for your kind comments, it is always helpful to know if anything is not working as it should, we have now traced the problem with the shower and it has been repaired. We would love to see you both again including of course your dog. Best wishes, Liz Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ellie4.7Oct 2023

  • "Very comfortable little cottage with everything we needed for a short break from our usual routine."

    The weather was pretty bad but the location of the cottage meant we were just a short distance from Stratford, Warwick Castle and many of the Cotswold villages. Would recommend.

    Thank you for your comments and also thank you for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2023

  • "Distillers Cottage , nice little cottage, well equipped kitchen ,apart from no dishwasher they did have a washing machine and pegs but no line to dry your clothes, l found the cottage to be infested with fleas , my dog was crawling quite badly by Sunday night, went into Shipston on- Stout the nearest pet shop for flea treatments for the dog costing over £40 for spray, shampoo , flea combs etc spent time controlling the fleas ,bathing the dog every day hovering 3times a day finding fleas in dust compartment of hover ."

    In the end left early on the Thursday morning . Was offered £50 compensation as it was not the owners fault, but it was not mine ,would not recommend.

    Reviewed by Jane2.2Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was comfortable, clean and tidy."

    In a quiet village location. Locals are friendly. Plenty of places to visit in the area. Brochures would be handy.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Jul 2023

  • "Just returned from spending a lovely week at the distillers cottage."

    The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and in a great place to go visiting the surrounding area. The listing says pub close by, however you have to travel by car as it is too far to walk and down country lanes.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Although it is only a mile to the local pub it is probably better to go by car (especially after a good dinner) sorry we could not organise better weather for you. Regards, Liz Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Jun 2023

  • "Such a delightful cottage with a warm and comfortable ambiance."

    The super king size bed was just amazing and the cottage is set in a lovely quiet little village. We would definitely recommend this property to friends.

    Thank you for your comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a really relaxing stay at the cottage, it could do with a little updating but nevertheless it was cosy and we loved the log fire."

    The bed was really comfortable and it had everything we needed plus the parking is brilliant and you are able to unload and take your cases straight in. Lovely little garden area and a very base so we had a very nice time. Would we stay here again - definitely!

    Thank you for your kind remarks, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. The cottage is due for its annual spruce up this winter when we close for a few weeks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property is in a nice position but there is scope to make a lot of improvements inside it."

    The lack of matching glasses and mugs is a shame. One of each type of glass is not ideal. Some of the cooking equipment is old e.g. a stained frying pan and an old worse for wear plastic jug. Saucepan lids did not fit. One of the chopping boards was very dirty, looked like it hadn’t been washed. Very disappointing.The property does smell of damp. The property cannot be classed as dog friendly. The back area is tiny and at the front there is no secure fence. It’s easy for dogs to get onto the road which is worrying. I’m afraid we would not recommend it.

    We take note of your comments which are always helpful. As stated in the details the patio is small, it is never advisable to allow any pets run free when there are many good dog walking areas near to the cottage. With regard to other matters in your ‘comments’ we will endeavour to correct them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola2.8Oct 2022

  • "Very cosy cottage with everything we needed."

    Great that it is dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely and snug, especially with the log burner going."

    Would recommend an evening meal up the road at the Lion in Tredington. Friendly host.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2022

  • "Cottage was nice and comfortable could do with a bit of a spruce up also some ..."

    Cottage was nice and comfortable could do with a bit of a spruce up also some shelves or cupboards in kitchen as know where to store dry goods also door to patio was hard to close but overall was very pleased with property nice and quiet location

    Reviewed by Gary3.8Aug 2022

  • "Nice little cottage it would be ideal if back patio could be extended down to boundary to include the lawned area so if our furry friends needed early morning toilet there would be somewhere for them to go A chopping board would also be handy, good holiday accommodation."

    Graham & lynne

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Aug 2022

  • "The cottage is clean and well maintained."

    There was no sign of the problems reported by "Beverley" in June 2021. It's a shame that those negative comments are so prominent when the issues reported have clearly been fixed. The bed and the shower were excellent. The kitchen area was rather small with nowhere to store food except in the fridge. There is a washing machine but nowhere to dry washing. A dishwasher would have been more useful. We have become accustomed to finding a welcome pack in Sykes cottages, containing such things as scones, jam, tea, coffee and usually a bottle of wine. There was no welcome pack here :-( The cottage is well located for trips out to Stratford, Stow, Moreton and most of the Cotswolds. We enjoyed our time here.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Aug 2021

  • "The property is in a disgusting state, smells damp all the time, filthy, has not been properly cleaned for months, and is dangerous both electrically and physically due to the filth let along the COVID-19 issue."

    Reviewed by Beverley1.3Jun 2021

  • "Lovely location, so peaceful and secluded."

    Perfect size cottage for 2

    Reviewed by Maggie4.4Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was very cosy for two and we had the relaxing weekend away that we really needed."

    It was an excellent location for the Cotswolds area.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4May 2021

  • "The cottage was exceptional."

    A shop and pub in the next village. The caretaker was very friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. There are lots of places to visit nearby and good walks. We would certainly use it again . Angela Gresswell

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2021

  • "A perfect location for visiting many local attractions."

    Situated in a charming little village. The cottage overall was very clean, from the fridge to the bathroom. It came equipped with the majority of required tools and facilities, although it did lack a dustpan and brush to aid cleaning fire and some proper fire tools. Also the hoover had little suction making it difficult to clean. These are very minor issues on the whole, as this was a backup choice for us it turned out to be the best option. Will definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Oct 2020

  • "Distillers Cottage was a lovely, cosy jaunt for a few nights’ break for two key workers."

    The location is fine (put ‘Distillers Cottage’ into maps/your satnav and look out for the bin marked DC as it is down an easily-missable alleyway). The place is clean and well-equipped - the kitchen is small but does a job and maybe only misses a dishwasher. The reclining sofa is as comfy as you’ll find and perfect in front of the log fire. There’s an outside area though we didn’t use due to October weather. The bedroom is huge with a comfy bed and TV, and the bathroom is great with a powerful shower, though we found the hot water can be a little pretentious at times (basically, the shower would start to cool in temperature after a certain time period, but it stays hot long enough for a adequate shower). Parking space is good and it’s well connected to A Roads to get around the Cotswolds. We’d also recommend the Fuzzy Duck pub about a mile away - we walked there and back so we could have a drink and the roads are not lit so be careful after a pint of the Cotswolds’ finest! Keys were easy to arrange pick-up upon arrival and, although we didn’t meet the owners, they were good at replying to texts. Overall a lovely stay and would recommend. 4/5 stars!

    Reviewed by Lewis4.7Oct 2020

  • "If we choose to revisit this area, we would definitely book this cottage again."

    We had a warm welcome from the owner, and it was very clean and tidy, and VERY comfortable. The bed was blissfully comfortable, as was the recliner settee, and we had everything we could want in the way of equipment.The area is beautiful, and we had a great time.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2020

  • "A delightful conversion just right for two."

    As an outdoor couple there were plenty of walks either from the property or a little further afield with a small car journey. The kitchen area didn't really need the washing machine and needed some pans with lids!

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Sep 2020

  • "We had a few issues as there was no dishwasher, which in your terms you advise we use to sanitise items."

    The kitchen is so small there is no where to put any food apart from on the worktop, which is small. There is no information or map about where we were in the area (attractions). The furniture (tables &chairs) is very dated and could do with being replaced. So that they can cleaned down properly. The bathroom was lovely and a superb shower. Bed was huge and very comfortable. The people in the village are very welcoming. We enjoyed our stay as it was only for a few days, but wouldn't stay here a week.

    Reviewed by Sam3.4Sep 2020

  • "Despite 2 reviews that stated otherwise we noticed no damp whatsoever, perhaps because new heating had recently been installed."

    The cottage is very comfortable, large compared to most other single bedroom properties and in a small rural village. The area is extremely quiet, the only noise we ever heard were a pigeon and our neighbours cars being started up. The nearest shops and pubs are about 2 miles away in either Ilmington or Shipston on Stour. Due to its rural location the television reception sometimes faltered for a second but I did not notice this when using my tablet or mobile.

    Reviewed by Basil4.7Aug 2020

  • "Cottage was lovely just right for 2 people very cosy ."

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Cotswolds"

    Reviewed by Corry4.1Aug 2020

  • "This property is damp and smells musty and mouldy."

    Everything we took with us smells of damp. The property had not been cleaned properly. The oven had food inside, food splashes down the front and on the handle. The remote control was filthy. The kitchen bin lid was dirty. There were spiders webs everywhere. There is very little kitchen equipment. Nothing matching. One sharp knife which is a bread knife and no chopping board. The only baking tray was smaller than my iPad. Previous guests have used the plates to cut things on due to the lack of chopping board so the three mismatched plates were covered in chips and scratches. I complained immediately to Sykes and have been compensated for this below standard property. However, as a holiday let owner myself it was not about the money but about not letting below par property owners get away with it, especially in present times when cleaning should be a priority. The cleaning can be sorted however the rising damp issue won’t be a quick fix. The location is good and it was very quiet. The small terrace was suitable for our one small dog and there was ample parking.

    Thank you for your feedback, it is always helpful to have some constructive remarks, We have taken note and done our best to rectify the problems. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia1.3Jul 2020

  • "The peace and quiet the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere ,yet there were plenty of places to visit, slept very well and Ian and I feel so much better and look forward to going back."

    As we are new members of National Trust we visited 3 places ,and all were within distance of distillers cottage. we found no fault with anything. Almost wish we could have stayed forever!!!!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was very cluttered."

    Cables untidy and wifi did not work beyond the first evening. The TV was little more than the size of a laptop screen mounted to the wall. There were cobwebs everywhere. The microwave was dirty. It is advertised as for two people, so more than 12 drinking glasses are unneccessary. As are three bedside lights each side of the bed! - and six downlighters!! The furniture is old and shabby but definitely not chic. The kitchen cupboards are so full of mismatched items that there is no room to put your provisions. The cottage benefits from a washing machine, however there is no means to dry. It does have a lovely comfortable bed and the shower is good. The welcome pack was a nice thought - until I realised that the milk had run out of date FOUR days before we arrived. So, all in all, a disappointing stay.

    Reviewed by Stephanie2.5Jul 2019

  • "Cottage in a quiet village in the lanes with very little traffic but surrounded with places to see with good main road connections."

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2019

  • "The only thing was it was a dog friendly cottage however dogs are not allowed on the sofa or beds ?"

    Reviewed by Mark3.8May 2019

  • "We were extremely disappointed, when we arrived opened the door to a smell of damp, the WiFi did not connect at all, when running a bath there was only around 3inches worth of hot water before it went cold."

    I also noticed that the blinds had mould on them due to the exceptional weather we made the most of it. But by Tuesday we could not stay any longer our clothes were starting to smell damp so we came home. Originally I called Sykes to say we were leaving due to personal reasons, which in hindsight I wish I had advised the real reason. Which I did on the Wednesday. They raised a case and advised that they were going to contact the cottage owner and feed back. To date I have not received a response. Personally I am extremely disappointed as this is our only holiday this year as my husband has a long term illness. As a customer that has used Sykes previously I feel extremely let down! Surely Sykes can arrange some form of compensation as we had to cut our holiday short due to no fault of ours. Regards Mr and Mrs Dance

    Reviewed by Caroline1.6May 2019

  • "Nice welcoming gestures of fresh flowers and eggs, bread, home made marmalade, milk and butter."

    Even a nice warm blanket for our Dog to keep her cozy and comfortable. All very thoughtful and much appreciated. The cottage was welcoming and comfortable situated in a nice quiet village. Surrounding countryside beautiful. A good base to explore the surrounding areas. The owner of the cottage came to say hallo and see we had all the things we needed.

    Reviewed by Allen3.8Mar 2019

  • "It is a good centre for touring the N."

    Cotswolds but the village has no shop or pubs so you have to drive.There are two pubs in Ilmington and a village shop. The cottage is small and compact on one level with a very comfy bed. The kitchen area although it has a fridge, a cooker, Microwave and washer there is a distinct lack of cupboard storage and nowhere for cereals and bottles. The owner who is charming and helpful left us bread, milk, local butter and home made marmalade a truly welcome pack on arrival. As we had plenty of warmth from the storage heaters we did not use the wood burning stove. The patio is somewhat small!

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely with a very nice touch of a welcome hamper of local ..."

    The cottage was lovely with a very nice touch of a welcome hamper of local produce, well placed for all popular places to visit we really enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Sep 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at this cottage."

    A lovely welcome gift of bread eggs butter milk and marmalade. Everything we needed was there in the cottage. My husband enjoyed the log burner so much that now we are at home we are planning on buying one for ourselves. The Cotswolds is definitely a place to visit and we will probably return next year as we enjoyed it so much. Thank you for such a wonderful time!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2018

  • "A lovely small cottage, well presented and equipped."

    The courtyard garden is very small, perhaps too small for our medium sized dog. Otherwise an ideal place for a quiet holiday for a couple.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Jul 2018

  • "We had a great time in this lovely part of the Cotswolds."

    The cottage was clean, well presented and restful.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2018

  • "Furnishings dated - chest of drawers in bedroom had woodworm leaving wood dust over clothes."

    vacuum cleaner worked for 5mins got hot and cut out. patio shrubs and hedge made seating area smaller.

    Reviewed by Susan2.2Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage thankyou."

    Electric blanket connector under sheet was a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise excellent. Friendly and helpful host.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0May 2018

  • "Distillers cottage just makes you feel good!"

    It's as simple as that. Such a nice relaxing break here, so so cozy.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2018

  • "The cottage was cold and the heating did not keep it warm, it was overlooked by ..."

    The cottage was cold and the heating did not keep it warm, it was overlooked by neighbours who are very close to the cottage, parking is very tight, the village has nothing of interest

    Reviewed by Richard2.5Feb 2018

  • "A DVD player would be a good addition."

    Also a snag book, as the owners won't always know when light bulbs etc are not working.

    Reviewed by Darren4.6Aug 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One super king-size double bedroom with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, radio, WiFi, DVD player, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Courtyard patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile.

The property

A charming ground floor cottage conveniently located in the heart of the pretty village of Blackwell in Warwickshire, close to Shipston-on-Stour.

A former cider making barn, the cottage provides light and bright accommodation ideal for a romantic break in a beautiful part of the country.

Step inside to a wealth of character, boasting original beams and exposed stone, seamlessly combining the old with the new setting the scene for a cosy relaxing holiday.

The open plan living area has a warming woodburning stove, ideal for those chilly evenings together with comfortable seating and a well-equipped kitchen, providing everything to prepare dinner for two.

The luxurious super king-size bed ensures you will wake up refreshed ready for a day exploring the area.

The stable door from the living area takes you to a private rear patio, ideal for alfresco dining on a summer’s evening or read a book while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area.

Leave your car and enjoy many walks from the doorstep with the Centenary Way passing through the village.

Climb Ilmington Hill and take in the breathtaking views.

The charming Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold, the quintessential English village of Broadway and Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon all make for a great day out.

A beautiful cottage to be enjoyed at any time of year.

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About the location


Tredington 1.1 miles; Shipston-on-Stour 2.3 miles; Stratford-upon-Avon 9.7 miles; Warwick 16 miles.

A small village located on the northern edge of the Cotswold escarpement boasting many thatched and half-timbered buildings and lovely countryside walks with the Centenary Way passing through the centre of the village. Nearby, the small village of Tredington enjoys a peaceful setting in the rural south Warwickshire countryside, with easy access to many delightful market towns and villages in the heart of England. The small market town of Shipston-on-Stour is just a short drive away, which boasts many shops, restaurants and pubs, together with a magnificent 17th century church. Stratford-upon-Avon, with Shakespeare's house, Ann Hathaway's cottage and its famous theatres and monuments, is just nine miles away. Warwick's medieval castle and the impressive remains of Kenilworth Castle are nearby, as well as the elegant Royal Leamington Spa, with its Georgian and Victorian buildings. Explore the charming towns and villages of the Cotswolds where it is possible to visit places that have remained unchanged for centuries. Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway and Bourton- on-the-Water, to name only a few, are all within easy reach. You can also enjoy two nearby golf courses, horse racing at Stratford, Warwick and Cheltenham (only 40 minutes) and the Heritage Motor Museum. A wonderful cottage for a memorable holiday at any time of year.

This property will allow bookings during the lockdown period for Key Workers.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas