We booked on line to have a base to explore the Cotswolds after 18 days in a motorhome zipping around England and Ireland.We were greeted by a smiling Yolanda, who was struggling with a cold, but could not have done enough for us. We ( Wife and I plus 21 y.o. son ) had 5 nights in the Windrush Room. The room was beautifully appointed, extremely comy bed, a lot of attention to detail, including mouthwash in the bathroom with little cups. Little surprises as well at night on return to find cupcakes and chocolates on the pillow. Good reading material too. Can recommend 50 Sheds of Grey. We were made most welcome by the whole Bowden family..even though both Jeff and young son Max were battling or just getting over a touch of a cold. We sat in the lounge and had a good chat on our last night about life, the universe and everything and had hugs all round on our departure the next day. Yolanda's expertise on the pots and pans was brilliant from the warm fruit compote to Eggs Benedict to whatever we wanted at breakfast. She also went to the trouble of getting some extras in for a BBQ one night but we arrived back to late to avail ourselves of her generosity. We did share a glass of wine with Yolanda though. We walked into Broadway a couple of times, about 15 minutes down the road, making friends with a couple of Clydesdales along the way. Yolanda also was forthcoming with plenty of advice as to where to go and what to see, including a shopping trip to Bicester. I don't know if my credit card would thank her for that. All in all we found Collin House good value and a great base for "doing" the Cotswolds with the Bowden Clan excellent hosts. We felt like part of the family. For an extended stay or overnight, a beautiful BnB, that puts the "excel " into excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A traditionally run family business, Collin House is a beautifully restored mid 17th Century, Grade 2 Listed Country House in the heart of the North Cotswold. We strive to give our guests a 5* experience with lots of personal touches, scrumptous breakfasts with locally sourced produce and homemade jams and cakes. We will also cater for any SPECIAL DIETARY requirements you may have for your breakfast, ie: vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Set in its own mature gardens of approximately 1.5 acres, there are lots of beautiful places for you to relax. Swing in the hammock with a glass of champagne or relax in the garden reading a book, the choice is yours. Explore the local villages boutique shops, pubs and restaurants and enjoy the beautiful walks in the stunning cotswold countryside, whilst enjoying your stay at Collin Country House. ... more less
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