Two bedroomed Grade 11 Cotswold Cottage overlooking St Leonards Church
Phil Askey & Susan Evans
About Phil Askey & Susan Evans
My partner Phil is a professional wall and floor tiler and was taught carpentry skills by his Father, turning his hand to almost anything. I work in a busy conference venue and have developed needlework and decorating skills over the years. For the last 2 years we have worked tirelessly pooling our resources to fulfil our dream of renovating a cottage to start our holiday let business. Our mission is to make your stay as comfortable, relaxing and as memorable as possible in the hope that you will return in future years.
Phil Askey & Susan Evans purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Phil Askey & Susan Evans chose Bretforton
Bear's Cottage has been a restoration project where we have tried to retain as many of the original features and recycle as much as possible. No surface has managed to escape the wallpaper stipper, the sander and the paint brush! From the moment we stepped into the decaying half glazed porch and entered the cottage through the old front door we fell in love with it's charm and knew we could transform Bear's Cottage into a desirable holiday cottage providing a tranquil and relaxing haven.
What makes this Cottage unique
Bear's Cottage typifies the architectural type ''Cotswold Cottage'' sitting in a fantastic location in the Conservation area of Bretforton, a village bustling with activity and a vibrant pub ''The Fleece Inn''. There is always something happening in the village with the pub at the centre of everything, we have our own Silver Band (the only one left in Worcestershire) and frequently have dancing from visiting Morris Dancers. The annual musical festival 'Bret Fest' is an occasion not to miss and is free for everyone to enjoy - holiday makers included!
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A home from home.
Truely marvelous. The cottage was out of this world. Everything functioned to perfection and the “instruction folder” made life very easy. The “welcome gift” upon arrival is a lovely gesture, especially after a long, tiring car journey to reach Bretforton. The recipe for the fruit cake was a thoughtful touch and the actual cake was delicious. The cottage had a fantastic atmosphere and we could feel that Susan and Phil have put their hearts and souls into the renovation process. The villagers were extremely friendly and the community shop was a lifesaver. A large range of items including gifts and at a competitive price. We’ve rented a number of holiday cottages over the years and Bear’s Cottage is now at the top of our list as far as value for money, location and holiday satisfaction are concerned.
Ian, Anette and Justine (the danish family)
Bears Cottage was the perfect 'roost' for us. We had dreadful weather during our stay so our accommodation was even more important. The comfort, immaculate and beautifully restored and well furnished rooms (very comfy, large sofa and a great armchair) the attractively quaint character of the building (unusual spaces cleverly turned into cupboards) and the whole ambience of the village location compensated for the lack of intended exploration of the Cotswolds. The pretty and private garden is a real bonus, as is the friendly village shop across the road. The church is beside the cottage and we knew in advance that the bell tolled the hour on the hour, but it didn't bother us at all, in fact we were delighted when the bell ringers had a day time practice session - it was a real treat while the rain fell outside. The wonderful Fleece pub is something else! Its ancient walls could tell many tales. Although we did not eat there, we sampled the beers and saw some of meals being served - they looked delicious. Phil and Susan are model hosts. Phil came to welcome us and talked us through aspects of the cottage although the instruction manuals and guide notes were comprehensive and we had no problems at all. Susan left us a welcoming (and much appreciated) cake, milk and tea, so we were able to feel at home immediately. Lastly, the decor of the cottage, not least the bedrooms and beautifully tiled contemporary shower room, is tasteful, clever and relaxing. We loved it! (We should have asked why it is called Bears Cottage but forgot) Thank you, Phil and Susan.
Wonderful stay at Bears Cottage
We had the pleasure of staying here the last week in May. The cottage was lovely, spotlessly clean and finished to such a high standard! You can really tell the love Phil and Sue have for the cottage.
We had a mixed bag with the weather, so when it was sunny and warm we made the most of sitting in the beautiful garden, and when it was raining we had lovely cosy nights in!
The village itself was everything you would imagine a Cotswolds village to be! The Fleece Inn pub was a big hit with us, good ale selection, wonderful food, and a real community feel.
We had such a lovely stay here, and we would definitely come back again!
Quiet comfort in a lovely village
Bear's cottage is an attractive and beautifully restored property in a quiet village. Though of a compact size, it is comfortably furnished and the kitchen and bathroom facilities are spotless and up-to-date. The small, beautiful garden gets the sun in the morning, and is a delightful place to sit. Parking is on the road, which is generally quiet and was not a problem. The proximity of the friendly village shop and The Fleece gastro-pub (each a two-minute walk) add further convenience to this cosy property. We found the owners welcoming and approachable.
Thank you Elisabeth, for you lovely review Susan & Phil
Quiet village, great location for exploring the Cotswolds
Welcoming hosts, lovely, warm and comfortable characterful cottage with great facilities. Historical local pub. Easy access to lovely Cotswolds, Warwickshire and Gloucester locations, including villages like Broadway and Chipping Campden. Evesham is lovely with great museum and pretty historical buildings. Towns like Stratford on Avon, Tewkesbury, Gloucester are worth visiting. We also visited the British Motor Museum which is well worth a visit. All in all, a fantastic stay.
Thank you very much for such a lovely review of your stay at Bear's Cottage in Bretforton.
There is such a lot to do in the area even in the depths of Winter! Both Phil and I are delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay and also hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip - we do hope you return to Bear's Cottage in the future.
With kindest regards Susan & Phil
Delightful cottage. Great hosts and fantastic stay
Very good impression from the off. Fast last minute booking. Handled very well... cottage perfectly clean with all mod cons. Perfectly situated in the heart of the small village. Directly opposite a village shop (rare in small Cotswold villages), and less than a minutes walk to a cracking free house (the fleece).
Cottage was spotless and very much an arrive and relax environment. Credit to the owners for renovating the cottage in such good taste.
Thank you very much for your lovely review and it was a pleasure having you both to stay over New Year. We are absolutely delighted you enjoyed your time at the cottage and the village and hope you will return again in the future.
Susan & Phil