a weekend get-away in an arty cotswold cottage
1 August 2011 § 1 Comment
Close on the heels of the 1st anniversary of this blog comes this, akuta’s 100th post. In celebratory fashion I am allowing the topic to swerve sharply from the usual path of contemporary art over to a little rental property – Asphodel cottage – that is simply the best place ever for a long weekend – or week for that matter!
Actually, on reflection, there is an art connection in that hanging on the wall, in place of the usual anodyne prints of local hunting scenes, is some pretty good modern and contemporary art: a Jennifer McCrae portrait and two works by Paul McDevitt hang above the dining table, a Magritte-style surrealist portrait and a Leon Underwood print watch over the sitting area, a romantic Bloomsbury landscape presides over the bedroom and a 19th century Hungarian gentleman ensures that you behave in the bathroom. If you fancy getting any more arty the Pangolin foundry and gallery (of Chadwick, Moore and Hepworth fame) is close by, as is Sudely Castle where, Sotheby’s Material Worlds has a selling exhibition of sculpture in the lovely gardens.
Out in the wilds of ‘Poshtershire’, a few miles from Cirencester in fact, is this recently renovated thatched, and detached, cottage that sleeps just two people. A perfect spot for a romantic get-away. The cottage is named after a pretty plant of the lily family, long beloved of writers and poets and symbolic of longing and desire.
All the original features have been retained with natural floors, beamed ceilings and an inglenook fireplace with log fire. There are velvet sofas, beautiful oriental carpets, fine art and classic books. Lighting is discrete and atmospheric whilst a log stove provides a delightful atmosphere.
The large garden is pretty and peaceful, enjoying open country views from either a formal garden, an orchard or open areas. There are also large comfy sofas on which to relax with a good book – or someone who has read one – under a big swinging parasol. Heaven!
For full details, contact and prices go to www.asphodelcottage.co.uk
Sotheby’s Material Worlds at Sudely Castle runs until 30 September 2011
The Pangolin Gallery at Chalford is open Monday to Saturday. See website for full details.