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Filly Island | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Cirencester, Cotswolds

Filly Island

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, UK

Life began at Filly Island in the 1700s, when the cottage was used to store the cart which the neighbouring mill's horse dutifully pulled upstream. Flash forward to today and this unique self-catering retreat in the Cotswolds is a beguiling melange of creative style and romantic ideologies. Sat upon a tiny island accessed by a humpback bridge, whether staying the weekend or entire summer, two people and two dogs can claim Filly Island all for themselves.

Introduction

The owner's passion for upcycling and discovering use for old objects is what makes this unique homestay so special. Pre-loved finds are revivified to great effect, from the fire bucket light shades to the curtains made from old Hungarian grain sacks to the vintage mangle and cartwheel. When you can tear yourself away from this luxury cottage in Gloucestershire, the pretty Cotswolds scenes outside tempt exploration. Spend afternoons sauntering around picture-postcard villages following honey-coloured streets, before peeling out to uncover the rolling hills which comprise this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Inside

From your morning cup of tea to the moment you slip between the sheets, every aspect of Filly Island has been carefully and lovingly considered so your whole day is as gorgeous as possible. Look forward to home-cooked repasts crafted in the rustically stylish kitchen before taking a seat by the window to dine. In winter the woodburner merrily crackles away to create a warm, romantic ambience; sink into the sofa and unwind as the dogs snooze at your feet. Conclude the day with a soak in the fire-engine red roll-top bath before heading to the double bedroom, sprinkled with luxury touches.

Outside

Situated in the pretty Saxon village of South Cerney just three miles from Cirencester, Filly Island sits on a tiny triangular island betwixt a millstream and the River Churn. Stand on the tip of the ‘island’ to enjoy views upriver to the village beyond, or challenge your partner to a game of Pooh sticks. Summer afternoons sat underneath the big sycamore tree threading buttercups and daisies into a chain to press and frame will create a cherished keepsake which will last long after your holiday ends. Once the day is done, unwind in the garden of your own tiny island with a G&T.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £850 per week, £650 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom, one bathroom with a roll-top bath and over-bath shower
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilySorry, no babies or children
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for one car over the humpback bridge to the rear of the property. There is a fridge with freezer box, coffee machine, electric oven with hob, microwave, coffee machine, washer dryer and dishwasher.
  • Homestay includesA handmade dish from the Filly Island Studio, pickup from local train station, luxury welcome hamper with local produce and a bottle of Prosecco, Smart TV with Sky and Netflix, iPad, WiFi internet, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Cirencester

This thriving Gloucestershire market town, often referred to as the ´Capital of the Cotswolds’ is steeped in history. Picnic by the river churn, wander handsome golden streets and admire the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist at the heart of the square.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Filly Island sits in the village of South Cerney, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
  • By Car Approximately one and a half hours from London, just half an hour from Cheltenham and an hour from Oxford.
  • By Train Kemble is the nearest station, about 10-15 minutes by car. Oxford is an hour in the car, depending on traffic.
  • By Air Both Birmingham and Heathrow airport are just over an hour's drive away.

From the owner

“I was passionate about retaining the history of this old cart store by using turn of the century handmade items. It was also important to ensure that Filly Island was cosy, warm and unique. I have loved the challenge of finding new homes for unwanted artefacts and hope you love what I have created.”

From the owner

The house was originally built around 1750 as a cart store for the Old Mill. Filly Island lies between the River Churn and the original mill stream. Its history has remained unchanged for many years, but in the early 1900s the mill became an orchard and the cart house became an apple store.

In the 1970s it was converted into a usable dwelling and in May 2014 went on the market. That was on a Friday morning, and by the same Friday afternoon, I had put a note through my neighbours' door saying I would like to buy it. My offer was accepted, and I then had to wait for planning permission and the environmental agency to accept my proposals. Work started in September and finished in February 2015.

For me, the most important thing was to keep Filly Island ensconced in history, so everything in it (where possible) has been hand-crafted, hand-made, up-cycled and recycled: from the wonderful old ball footed bath that was found in a bush (it now sits resplendent in the luxurious bathroom), to the re-enamelled sinks which came from the dump, and more!

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Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Cirencester with an insider’s perspective.

Lynwood & Co Cafe, Lechlade
To Eat

Lynwood & Co Cafe, Lechlade

Owned by the owner´s close friends, Lynwood & Co Cafe is award-winning and brings the down-to-earth and family-oriented coffee culture of Sydney to the Cotswolds. Enjoy excellent ´proper´ coffee, lovely breakfasts and light lunches.

The Cotswolds Way
To Do

The Cotswolds Way

There is no shortage of footpaths or country lanes in the area. Try out the Cotswolds Way; a historic 102-mile footpath running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment, showcasing some of the most picturesque villages and breathtaking countryside.

History and Culture
To Do

History and Culture

Whether it´s a visit to the Corinium Museum, Brewery Arts Centre or the Roman Amphitheatre, Cirencester has plenty to offer. You are also within easy reach of Westonbirt Arboretum and Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Tetbury
To See

Tetbury

This charming little town is packed full of antique shops and Cotswold history. Roam the streets or simply watch the world go by from one of the many tea rooms.

Guest Testimonials

We have had an amazing couple of days staying at Filly Island. Time to relax and enjoy the sound of the river and birdsong was just what we needed after days exploring the surrounding area. We had everything we could have possibly needed and the owner made us feel very welcome.

We had an amazing time, thank you. Filly Island is one of the most well equipped places we have stayed and is a beautiful home, we cannot wait to come back one day. Thank you, again!

We absolutely loved Filly Island, and it has wonderful owner. This is the first time we have used Unique Homestays and we were certainly not disappointed. Many thanks for a great experience!

A fabulous mini-break was had by us in the lovely Filly Island. A gorgeous place to stay, and thank you for the amazing goodies in the hamper. We had many delightful walks around and about with Pickle, our Beagle, and enjoyed wading through the river Churn. We also visited many extraordinary and fascinating nearby towns and places. A lovely time was had by all!

Excellent correspondence throughout the booking process, and the owner is delightful and went over and above to make us feel welcome. Thank you for such superb service.

Dear owner, we loved all of your suggestions of places to go, walk, and eat. You have such a great gift for interior design! Thank you for being such a wonderful host. Filly Island is the place to stay in the Cotswolds.

Thank you, we had such a lovely stay. We can´t thank you enough for your gracious hospitality. We walked, biked and ran for miles across the beautiful countryside and Filly Island could not be a more perfect place to put our feet up at the end of each day!

We had a lovely stay here. The cottage is perfectly decorated and has everything necessary for a cosy stay. The surrounding area is great, and we explored lots of nearby places. Now we are travelling back to the busy city of Amsterdam, where we will be recommending Filly Island to all of our Dutch friends. Thank you!

Wow, what a weekend! We have been blown away by your place. The design is amazing but it´s all of the little things that make it that extra bit special! Thank you for the advent calendar and bits in the hamper too! We´ve enjoyed trips to Daylesford, Bourton on the Water, Tierra and Mar in Cirencester and The Old Boathouse, plus lots of local walking with our little dog, Bear. But perhaps the best thing and why Filly Island will always be special to us is because we got engaged! Thanks for hosting such a special moment for us.

A fantastic property beautifully curated throughout. The owner gave a very warm welcome and some great tips on places to visit and see and where to get some great food. The location was idyllic and we could have happily stayed and relaxed forever! Perfect way to spend our wedding anniversary.

A truly magical place that connects its inhabitants to the beauty of the nature on their doorstep and provides a perfect escape from the busyness of life! Having got married just a week ago, we have been truly blessed to begin our marital journey in such a beautiful setting. Created with so much love, care and attention to detail, Filly Island is the gift that keeps giving! We really can not wait to return again in the future.

Filly Island is a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing place. We could not have wished for a better place to stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Filly Island, everything was perfect especially the welcome hamper which was delicious. The owner was very welcoming and had left plenty of ideas for us to do during our stay.

This little place is one in a million. As an artist myself, I look for places that are unique and perhaps a little kooky. The owner has done an amazing job with a small space; giving it a new lease of life. The location is also pretty unique. Our hound, Cholmondeley, loved to sit by the door and watch the wildlife outside. Simply incredible.

The owner was outstanding. She kept us in the loop regarding the village being closed off due to some lone weekend festivities. She has a great eye for design and Filly Island fully reflects that as well as her personality. Highly recommended from this end. Brilliant stuff.

Recipe for the perfect weekend away: Take two moderately well behaved boys (of both four legged and two legged varieties). Add liberal amounts of water based excitement and miles of walks filled with other friendly dogs. Leave to rest. (A trip to Barnsley House Spa and nearby village pub speeds up this process). Baste with red wine, fine takeaway foods and the hospitality of the villagers of South Cerney. Heat over a traditional wood fire. Enjoy!

Had a wonderful time! Cottage was beautiful, loads of home comforts and stunning views. Couldn´t fault it. We will definitely be coming back. Perfect spot for our Weimaraner too- Maggie loved it! Looking forward to our next visit.

We had a wonderful time enjoying my birthday on our own private island. We loved just sitting with the door open and listening to the sound of the water flowing by. Just the relaxing and romantic weekend away we needed.

We had a wonderful time at Filly Island, this is a magical place and I feel recharged after four days here. The cottage is so lovely, full of quirks and there is not one attention to detail that has been left out. Chester and I were made to feel welcome from the moment we were greeted on arrival, thank you for sharing this wonderful place. We hope to visit again soon.

We enjoyed a lovely four days in this unique and charming cottage. We have thoroughly enjoyed walking from Filly Island to neighbouring villages, along the Thames path and around the Cotswolds water park...such a peaceful and relaxing part of the world!

We had a magical three night stay at Filly Island (´Filly´ being my nickname made our stay even more special!) Thank you for making us feel so welcome and for creating such a wonderful stunning place. It has been so quiet and relaxing. We will visit again soon for sure.

What a wonderful place and beautiful cottage- thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We have had an amazing and relaxing weekend and really do not want to leave. It´s so peaceful and we have really enjoyed our trips out from Filly Island and walks around the surrounding villages.

A perfectly idyllic location for an excellent relaxing weekend. The cottage is faultless and the addition of the log-burning stove makes for perfect cosy evenings. With everything that can be explored in the evenings you could easily spend two weeks here! Leo our Frenchie certainly enjoyed all the walks. Thank you!

The island was simply perfect for the rest and relaxation we needed. We explored your suggestions of locations and found them beautiful and idyllic. The food was on point, and the views memorable. I am sure we will revisit in the near future for more of the same. Until we meet again, many thanks.

The owner was wonderful and very friendly. We felt if anything came up she would take care of it immediately. The river around the little island was idyllic. The home was very cosy and we will definitely come back soon. Our dog loved the island and met many friendly people and other dogs. The villagers were also very welcoming. A dream stay!

Wow! Thank you for creating such a special place to stay. So much has been thought of with this little house, and we loved all the quirky and original features. We loved every minute of our holiday and hope we can visit again soon.

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