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Cotswold Farm Hideaway: A Swiss Family’s Cottages for Let in the English Countryside

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Cotswold Farm Hideaway: A Swiss Family’s Cottages for Let in the English Countryside

October 11, 2019

When Judith and Martin bought a farm in the Cotswolds, a place they could retire with their menagerie of sheep and goats, they didn’t expect to find three small cottages tucked away on the property, formerly an artist’s home and studio, but left abandoned and crumbling. Then they saw an opportunity. Judith renovated the three little houses completely, shoring up the structures, working with local builders to keep their original charm intact, and injecting some of her native Swiss style into the interiors.

Now, the three cottages—WhitehallWinterspring, and the Baby Cottage, together called Cotswold Farm Hideaway—are available to rent on Airbnb and sleep six, four, and two, respectively, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Judith runs the operation with her daughter, Kyra Kirwin. “It’s the essential antidote to city life,” Kyra tells us.

Join us for a virtual look (and, if you’re like us, consider booking a stay).

Photography by Marina Denisova, courtesy of Cotswold Farm Hideaway.

The cottages are surrounded by their own private gardens and lots of sheep.
Above: The cottages are surrounded by their own private gardens and lots of sheep.
The entrance to the Baby Cottage, situated next to Whitehall, which sleeps two guests in a snug loft.
Above: The entrance to the Baby Cottage, situated next to Whitehall, which sleeps two guests in a snug loft.

Whitehall

The entryway, with hooks in green and white—a recurring palette throughout the cottages.
Above: The entryway, with hooks in green and white—a recurring palette throughout the cottages.
The Whitehall living area has a stone floor, fireplace, and long pale curtains. &#8
Above: The Whitehall living area has a stone floor, fireplace, and long pale curtains. “My mother’s approach is to always respect and maintain the natural charm of the location and to combine it with raw, high-quality materials whose earthy colors are adapted to their natural environment,” Kyra says.
Above: The walls throughout are a mixture of lime and regular plaster. “The color of the Whitehall cottage is a typical Cotswold tone,” Kyra says.
The cottage kitchen—including the double faucet—is by DeVol, with a backsplash of blue Bert and May tiles and industrial lights from Trainspotters.
Above: The cottage kitchen—including the double faucet—is by DeVol, with a backsplash of blue Bert and May tiles and industrial lights from Trainspotters.
The family bought the large hutch already restored. &#8
Above: The family bought the large hutch already restored. “We loved this beautiful light color with an old patina,” Kyra says.
A sitting area in shades of blue.
Above: A sitting area in shades of blue.
A bedroom under the beams (note the two comforters). Though Judith sourced furnishings and fittings from local shops as much as possible, Kyra notes, &#8
Above: A bedroom under the beams (note the two comforters). Though Judith sourced furnishings and fittings from local shops as much as possible, Kyra notes, “Ebay and Instagram were also great ways of sourcing individual vintage furniture, such as the beautiful bedside table lamps and bathroom mirrors.”
The cloth headboards throughout the cottages were hand-made by a local outfit, Badminton Blinds. The bed linens are 0 percent linen, sourced from Globus in Switzerland.
Above: The cloth headboards throughout the cottages were hand-made by a local outfit, Badminton Blinds. The bed linens are 100 percent linen, sourced from Globus in Switzerland.
The bathrooms are tiled in green and white patterns, all sourced from Bert and May.
Above: The bathrooms are tiled in green and white patterns, all sourced from Bert and May.
In the WC is a smart way of corralling spare toilet tissue. &#8
Above: In the WC is a smart way of corralling spare toilet tissue. “My mother had this idea,” Kyra says: hanging a net market bag on a pulley hung from the rafters. The bag is from June Home Supply.
A patio is fitted for dining outdoors, when the weather&#8
Above: A patio is fitted for dining outdoors, when the weather’s warm enough.

Winterspring

Winterspring, the other main cottage, was formerly an artist&#8
Above: Winterspring, the other main cottage, was formerly an artist’s atelier, as evidenced in part by the natural light. In the kitchen, a striking straw-colored backsplash couples with a clean-lined island from Silvera. “The beautiful handmade tiles are from the south of France, from a friend who had too many of them and therefore wasn’t using them,” Kyra says.
Note the copper pipes running throughout, chosen for their industrial look but also, practically speaking, to save space, rather than building walls out to hide the plumbing.
Above: Note the copper pipes running throughout, chosen for their industrial look but also, practically speaking, to save space, rather than building walls out to hide the plumbing.
Above: Dashes of yellow in the living areas echo an antique spiral staircase (not pictured) that the family purchased on Ebay and painted bright yellow. As for the lamp on the desk, Kyra says: “My mother bought it in Tetbury. Then she thought that the lamp looked great without a shade—it’s different. She likes different.”
A cool-toned bedroom, with a hutch from Splendid Antiques.
Above: A cool-toned bedroom, with a hutch from Splendid Antiques.
A vintage bedside light in another guest room.
Above: A vintage bedside light in another guest room.
The vintage bath mirrors were Ebay finds.
Above: The vintage bath mirrors were Ebay finds.
A glimpse of the surrounding countryside.
Above: A glimpse of the surrounding countryside.

The cottages are available via Airbnb, Whitehall and Winterspring both. And, follow Cotswold Farm Hideaway on Instagram at cotswold_farm_hideaway for more.

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