Here’s genuine feedback from some of our guests who have stayed at The Lodge, our lovely luxury holiday retreat in Ilmington – known as a hidden gem in the Cotswolds!
Samantha – “A gem of a find, the perfect location for all the local gardens with an excellent pub and village shop. The welcome basket was amazing and we felt very confident staying in these Covid times with extra cleaning and supplies. Sue is a well deserved super host and we hope to make it back to explore some of the local walks.
Theresa – “Sue’s place was rather exceptional, I believe it’s the most clean AirBnB I’ve been to – and I travel a lot. The space is full of lovely touches not to mention the little basket with her – you’ll read bout in in other reviews – homemade brownies. Sue was kind and helpful and easy to communicate with. Unfortunately AirBnB doesn’t allow me to reflect how great our stay was and how much we liked it – two sisters on a trip in the Cotswolds: 5 plus extra stars! Thank Sue – staying at your place was a treat for us and it was absolutely worth it”.
Niki and Geoff – “A perfect space and location for visiting the local area, especially for us the nearby National Trust and other gardens etc. Sue was a most welcoming host and provided more than we could have possibly asked for, including a very generous welcome basket full of goodies (with the most delicious home made brownies). A very comfortable bed and the quietest nights in the peaceful village setting. The space was immaculately clean and, with gaps between bookings, we felt very happy with the arrangements during this strange Covid-19 time”.
Priya – “Sue was an absolutely fantastic host! The Lodge was really homely yet, modern and stylish. It had all the little touches that really made it feel like a home away from home! Everything was neat and tidy and very clean. The welcome hamper was really nice to have and a great added touch, that really helped make our trip extra special and all the little things that you would need for breakfast and small snacking that took away the stress of finding shops and breakfast cafes after arriving late in the evening. The home made brownies were an added delicious bonus! Really can’t recommend this place highly enough! Would definitely return for another stay!”
Paul and Irene – “Sue provides a perfect little bolt hole in the beautiful Ilmington village. The village is less touristy than Broadway or Chipping Campden, has a great pub but is a short taxi ride away from Chipping Campden if you want to go in. Sue also goes that extra mile with her breakfast goods – fresh eggs, bread, milk – ok that would be enough – but then a bottle of white wine and home made brownies. Perfect. We will be back.”
Kim and Steve – “We absolutely loved staying at The Lodge. As soon as we walked in the door we felt at home. A beautiful welcome basket of goodies was left along with fresh cut flowers from Sue’s garden. The whole place smelt lovely and fresh. Excellent facilities throughout and very comfortable and cosy bed. Sue met us not long after we arrived. She was a brilliant host who could not do enough for us. Totally recommend this beautiful place to stay.”
Emily and Andrew – We had a fantastic stay at The Lodge in Ilmington. Sue had thought of everything to make the visit enjoyable. Ilmington is in a perfect location, the accommodation is spotlessly clean, and it was such fun to explore a most generous welcome basket. I would recommend that anyone who wants to stay near the Cotswolds should consider staying at The Lodge.”
Lyndsey and Geraint – “The Lodge is beautiful. We had a fantastic weekend away for my husband’s birthday. Sue has thought of absolutely everything and is a fantastic host. There are so many extra things provided that we were not expecting. The breakfast basket was lovely. The location is great, close to so many places for days out. We walked to the local pub and had a lovely meal. We will definitely be back again.”
Sue and John – “Amazing amazing amazing! Everything and more, down to restaurant being booked and breakfast ready brought. Thank you for helping us get the R&R we both really needed. We had a great weekend. I’ve saved the postcode in my sat nav as I know we’ll be back”
Dan and Gabi – “Sue really is the host with the most wonderful touches. The basket of delights we had waiting for us was, well, an absolute delight. The Lodge is small but fantastically appointed – a great deal of thought and love has gone into it and it was really appreciated after a tiring week in the city. Thank you Sue and see you again soon.”
Sam and Jon – “Thank you for such a wonderful and charming stay – we wish we’d had longer! Loved the welcome breakfast basket – your Brownies were superb. excellent pub and walking recommendations too! Thanks again.”
Keith and Sheila – “Just a note to say how much we have enjoyed our short stay at The Lodge. The bed is very comfortable, as were all the furnishings, and the extra touches, e.g. the flowers, wine and brownies, much appreciated – those brownies are to die for!!. Hope to come again in the future – many thanks.”
Debra and Beth – “Beautiful setting and lovey lovely Airbnb with lots of space to chill, comfy bed, sofa and fab kitchen and bathroom facilities. So many thoughtful touches throughout like toiletries, loads of towels, magazines, local information and an amazing basket and food hamper. Positioned in a lovely village with amazing views, walking and cycling amidst wonderful scenery. Close to pubs to eat though we were shattered after long days cycling so chilled and ate in. We were made to feel so welcome and communication throughout was superb. Thanks so much. I would love to stay again and highly recommend.”
Diane and Edward – “Well worth a stop over, clean and very well equipped. Great host too. Local pub served a lovely meal, good atmosphere. Your basket of goodies was fabulous – thank you”
Julia and Ben – “Fantastic accommodation in an idyllic setting. The Lodge is very well designed with lovely décor, a gorgeous bathroom and all the facilities we needed for a couple of days away in the Cotswolds. Sue and her family made us feel very welcome, the basket of local and homemade goodies was a lovely touch and discount at the fantastic village pub a bonus. Thoroughly recommended.”
Derrick and Sue – “Thank you for making our stay at The Lodge so lovely. We felt really comfortable and were able to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Ilmington has to offer. Thank you for all the special treats you left for us. The delicious contents of the hamper were most welcome. Everything about The Lodge was just perfect. Thank you too for your kind hospitality and all those special little extras that made it a real home from home. We will definitely be back again next year.”
Louise – “We had a fantastic relaxing time staying at The Lodge for a few days. It’s a lovely village location, within walking distance of a great pub and so easy to explore the local area on foot and by car. The Lodge itself was beautiful and well thought out, providing everything you could possibly need including delicious chocolate brownies! We hope to come back again soon and will recommend it to everyone we know. Thank you!”
Ella and Dion – “Would 100% recommend staying at The Lodge. The hamper was a lovely touch and made us feel really at home. Sue is an excellent host who made us feel very welcome. Staying at The Lodge is worth every penny and the village is so picturesque and beautiful. Would definitely stay again.”
Lynne and Paul – “We had such a wonderful week in The Cotswolds, enhanced so much by our accommodation at The Lodge. You had thought of everything to make our stay very comfortable. The village is stunningly pretty and the perfect location from which to explore the surrounding areas. We have returned feeling refreshed and relaxed. thank you for looking after us so well and ensuring our comfort. We would like to think we will return again to enjoy your hospitality”.
Aimee and Richard – “We had such a lovely time at Sue’s Lodge. Ilmington is a quintessential British village. It has everything you need within walking distance from The Lodge. Sue was extremely helpful and welcoming and the personal touches in The Lodge made the stay even better! (Kev’s Brownies need a special mention!) The Lodge is clean, beautifully furnished and has everything you need. We can’t wait to visit again soon.”
Graeme and Hazel – “Everything about our visit was 5 star – accommodation, location and all the help that Sue offers when staying at The Lodge. This is Airbnb at its very best and we look forward to returning hopefully in the future”
Hayley and David – “Absolutely idyllic little lodge in a sleepy Cotswolds village. Perfect for an escape away from the city with lots of walks close by and pubs a short drive away. The Lodge is small but perfectly formed with everything you need to a very high standard. Sue could not have been more helpful on arrival with plenty of suggestions on what to do on our trip. Definitely worth a visit!”
Samantha and Lewis – “Had a really lovely weekend stay at The Lodge. Sue was lovely, friendly and very helpful. The Lodge itself has everything you need and everything in it is really well done and very good quality including the excellent goodie basket! Lovely country pub 10 minutes walk away that does delicious food too. Perfect country getaway!”
Ken and Lynette – USA – “Sue and family are the perfect hosts. This accommodation exceeds expectations and was extremely clean and well appointed. Everything is thought of, it is quiet, comfortable, has parking on-site and the little village is charming – quintessential Cotswolds. There are two good pubs and a little community store and coffee/tea café – all within easy walk. Oh, and the bed and bathroom are great too, This is about Airbnb number 20 for us and one of the very best.”
Cath and Karl – “Thanks for the lovely stay, we both enjoyed it very much. Everything was beautiful as always and you were very helpful”
Clare and Tony – “Many thanks for accommodating us – we had a lovely couple of days and will be recommending The Lodge to others again!
Elaine and Tony – “Lovely Village to stay in – lots of interesting walks. The Lodge is very cosy and really well equipped and clean. There was a lovely hamper made up of local produce which we both enjoyed. Sue was a great help telling us of places to visit and dine at. Close to the Races and historic homes. Will be returning in the near future as there is a warm welcome.”
Katherine and Thom – ” Sue is a wonderful host, great communication and very welcoming. There were lots of thoughtful touches throughout The Lodge, including some lovely baked goods. The Lodge is really well maintained, great quality furnishing and spotlessly clean. The Village is stunning. Great walks all around, lovely gardens to visit nearby, Just lovely. Very happy to highly recommend.”
Richard and Liz – “Thank you for making our few days away in the Cotswolds a lovely relaxing time. The Lodge was absolutely lovely and the cleanliness was second to none. The Welcome Basket you included was a real treat, the eggs from you own hens were smashing and we didn’t have to worry about breakfast at all. Staying at The Lodge was a real home from home and the feeling we had was homely and friendly. We will, of course, recommend The Lodge to anyone and wish you continued success with it”.
Ella and Jamie – ” Thanks for a lovely stay once again Sue. We have really loved spending our first Wedding Anniversary at The Lodge and I am sure we will see you again in the future”.
Ron and Kay – “Just like to say how much we really enjoyed our weekend break at The Lodge. We found the accommodation to be very comfortable and so well equipped. The welcoming food hamper was much appreciated. We sincerely hope that we will be seeing you again in the not too distant future”.
Emma and Chris – “We have just returned from the perfect anniversary weekend at The Lodge which is thoughtfully designed, well-equipped and beautifully furnished. Sue and her family are the most wonderfully friendly and helpful hosts, and the welcome hamper a treasure of delights. Ilmington is a picturesque and well-served village with amazing walks from the door. We could not recommend The Lodge highly enough and will be back!”
Sukhi and Raveen – “Thank you Sue for such a lovely stay. We loved The Lodge, everything was perfect. We will happily return again in the future and tell our friends and family”.
Barbara and Paul – “Thank you again for our lovely welcome – we have enjoyed our third stay at The Lodge and had a really relaxing time.”
Ella and Jamie – “We have loved our stay at The Lodge. It was such a lovely surprise mini-moon and we would definitely like to come back in the future. The Brownies were amazing – thank you!”
Ann and Michael – “Just a quick note to thank you for all your help during our short visit to The Cotswolds. We thought that The Lodge was perfect for our visit and it was beautifully furnished and the hamper was great – especially the chocolate brownies on our arrival! Ilmington is a lovely village and a great spot to visit. Many thanks again and, as a flower lover, I loved the jug of fresh flowers when we arrived!”
Chris and Elaine – “Thank you so much for the use of your wonderful Lodge. It was the perfect retreat and so well appointed, with everything we could possibly need – the fantastic Welcome Basket was the icing on the cake. We both hope to see you again, and The Lodge.”
Will and Rachel – “I just wanted to thank you again on behalf of Rachel and myself for letting us stay at The Lodge last weekend. We had a really great time and both of us felt it exceeded all our expectations. The breakfast hamper was thoroughly enjoyed and was a great surprise to see just how packed it was! “
Angela and Mick – “We are so glad you liked the roses – it was just our way of saying a huge thank you for a wonderful stay. The Lodge was so sweet and cosy. It gave us all we needed and more – a perfect bolthole for two with a lovely touch of homemade chocolate brownies 😉 and a welcome hamper that had everything we needed . I will certainly pass your details on to family, friends and colleagues and will be back again very soon. The meal we had on the Friday at The Howard Arms was amazing, really great, and the staff were most pleasant.”
Elaine and Mick – “We had a great time at The Lodge. We have stayed in many 5 star hotels and yours is up there with them.The quality of the furnishings was lovely and you have thought of every little detail to make our stay perfect. I actually said to Mick I could live here – it was perfect. We have already told some friends and work colleagues about The Lodge and hopefully they will book and enjoy the same experience we had. We hope to book with you again in the near future when we can squeeze in another weekend away.”
Judith and Ian – “It’s been lovely staying here – we had a warm welcome and a place with many comforts to benefit from – the bed was comfy for starters! Thank you so much for the great hamper with so many goodies – we especially enjoyed the Brownies!
Craig and Michelle – “We have had a lovely stay at your Lodge and were extremely impressed. You have a fantastic Village that you live in and have given us everything and more upon our arrival – Big thanks”.
Diane and Greg – Australia – “Thank you again for the wonderful welcome basket and your lovely welcome! We had a comfortable and enjoyable stay.”
Norm and Marcella – USA – “Thank you so much for our wonderful stay! Ilmington is a delightful village and I would highly recommend The Lodge at Highcroft to anyone. Thanks again for all the helpful tips and the yummy food.”
Jo and Jon – “Thank you for making my wife’s 40th Birthday very special. The Lodge is a lovely place to stay, very cosy, well appointed and with a lovely welcome pack!”
Wendy and Chris – “We had a wonderful time at your beautiful Lodge..how relaxing. You are so lucky to own such a beautiful place!! The breakfast hamper and toiletries were a lovely touch!! We were very excited to tell our girls what a lovely time we had !! Hidcote was beautiful, the tulips were still out and very impressive. Thank you again and we will be back!”
Louisa and Jonathan – “Great location, peaceful and tranquil – just what we needed. Great access to the countryside. Accommodation, fabulously decorated with great welcome Basket for breakfast. Sue was very accommodating and helpful and it was clear to see that she has put a lot of time and effort into the finishing touches of The Lodge. We will be returning.”
Pat and Ernie – “I would like to thank you again for a marvellous break in your lovely Lodge. It was absolutely wonderful knowing we had such a fabulous base to return to at the end of each lovely day – it was a real home-from-home as your colour schemes are very similar to ours. Your welcome basket was excellent and we wanted for nothing – in fact, we couldn’t fault anything about the place. We have had a brilliant time and won’t hesitate to recommend you to friends and family in the future.”
Olive and Rod – “Just a quick note to say thank you for the truly lovely stay we had with you once again at The Lodge. Everything was perfect as usual. We really enjoyed ourselves, had a wonderful rest & are already thinking about how soon we could get back to you!”
Bal and Cos – ” We would like to say a huge thank you. We enjoyed our stay at The Lodge and it was a perfect setting. The Lodge was beautifully presented and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We will definitely be back again, until then thanks again.”
Claire and Gareth – “Just wanted to thank you for such a lovely stay! The Lodge is just beautiful & we have already started to think about when we will be back! A friend who saw our photos today has already asked for the details. The hamper was a lovely touch! Especially the brownies!! Also, thank you for booking our table at the pub, the food was delicious! Thanks again, hopefully see you soon!”
Jane – “From the initial point of contact with Sue, I knew this would be a lovely place to stay. She was friendly and helpful and always willing to answer questions even before I arrived. Ilmington is a lovely Cotswolds village close to places of interest to visit. The Lodge itself, is a good sized bedroom/sitting room/open kitchen arrangement with an ensuite bathroom. The whole place is beautifully decorated with great attention to detail so that whatever you think you may need in self catering accommodation, you can be sure that Sue has already thought of it. An exceptionally well stocked basket of goodies was also provided and with the other things already in the kitchen, it meant for my 2-night stay, I was able to have wonderful country breakfasts. All in all, a lovely place to stay, good location and it comes highly recommended.”
John and Carol – “Thanks so much for all your help, it was much appreciated. Thanks too for all the extras that made our stay even more enjoyable. We also felt it was very good value for the extremely high standard of the accommodation and would most certainly like to return in the future.”
Maree and Doug – Nelson Bay, Australia – “Thank you Sue – Ilmington and The Lodge have been the perfect way to spend our last few days before we fly home. We are relaxed and ready for the long trip. We have felt very much at home in The Lodge, it is a lovely warm, comfortable home way from home.We took your advice and had a nice meal at the local, walked around and discovered how pretty Ilmington is. Had a small dose of Shakespeare, went to see Hamlet one night and, of course, visited many of the pretty villages in the area. Thanks again for a perfect place to stay.”
Mary and Clare- “We have absolutely loved it here. Far above our expectations. Congratulations on this lovely accommodation and thank you so much for our ‘goodie’ basket. We most certainly will be back and we have taken your business cards to give to our friends.”
Erin and Rich – “Thank you so much for everything! We had a great time and really appreciated the little extras. Rich loved the eggs!!! It’s a lovely place to stay – so close to everything. The Lodge has great charm and the welcome basket was so thoughtful and much appreciated! You were so kind and generous – we did get the 10% offer at the Howard Arms as well.We have already given your card to some friends. We highly recommend anyone to stay here.With any luck we will see you next year!!”
Peter and Judy – “Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to stay in your delightful Lodge. You have gone more than “the extra mile” to provide a terrific welcome and most enjoyable stay.”
Joel and Maryjane – “We had an absolutely wonderful stay at The Lodge! Was so nice to stay in luxurious and comfortable accommodation, with everything we could possibly need, whilst feeling so far away from everything in such a quiet and pleasant little village. Sue and Kevin were so friendly, helpful and accommodating, and happy to answer any questions we had. There was loads of information available on activities and walks to do in the Cotswolds (all of which were beautiful, and many just on the doorstep!). And the breakfast buffet basket was AMAZING! We felt properly spoilt all week long, and will definitely be coming again…”
Carol and Fred – “We thought your Lodge was absolutely idyllic – so beautiful, so peaceful, so welcoming. Ilmington is such a picturesque village and just an ideal location for exploring the Cotswolds. We loved every minute of our stay and will recommend you highly to friends and family”.
Ev and Rob – “Thank you for such a lovely stay at The Lodge. We had a fantastic time – even with those challenging hills! The property is beautifully decorated and with everything we needed, It’s lovely and comfortable like a big blanket!”
Angie and Bob, Victoria, Canada – “Arriving at The Lodge was like a home-away-from-home. It is beautifully finished in rich colours and everything is of top quality. It sits in an idyllic part of the Cotswolds which is perfect for a peaceful night’s sleep. Sue and Kevin are lovely hosts and leave you to enjoy your little hideaway but are right there should you need some help. the Welcoming Basket is full of local farm fresh goodies and a nice bottle of wine – just perfect for toasting at the little bistro table with a view. We won’t hesitate returning and shall tell friends who need a perfect spot in the Cotswolds. Thanks Sue and Kevin, we’ll be back!”
Alison and John – ” Can I start by thanking you both so much for your wonderful hospitality during our stay at The Lodge last weekend. We were both overwhelmed by the welcome you gave us and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We have already recommended your accommodation to several friends and family members and can’t praise both The Lodge and yourselves enough.”
Sonia and Brian – “We can’t recommend The Lodge too highly for it is a beautiful, cozy, well presented place to stay, with everything you could require to make your holiday the best. Lovely very helpful owners, in a beautiful village with a super pub “The Howard Arms” really good food within walking distance. The welcome basket Sue had waiting for us was unbelievable, everything you could want including fresh eggs from Sue’s own hens, and a posy of flowers from her garden! We even received some of Sue’s eggs to bring home (a real treat) We shall certainly hope to return in the near future, it is so very well placed for all the Cotswold attractions we are telling all our friends.”
Lucy and Simon – “We loved our stay at The Lodge over the Bank Holiday. The studio apartment is recently built and provided us with everything we would need for a short break and more as the lovely owners left a gift basket of delightful goodies including homemade jams and bread, free range eggs and even a bottle of wine for our stay! Kitted out in all mod cons we needed for nothing and the owner Sue was friendly and helpful with plenty of ideas for things to do and see in the local area. Ilmington is a small and pretty village and acts as a great starting point for exploring the Cotswolds, we do recommend the Howard Arms (a 5 min walk from the Lodge) which is a great pub that does really good food and ale. Also the Eight Bells Inn in Chipping Campden is great for food and the Arts & Crafts Museum in the village is definitely worth a visit. All in all a great long weekend, we would love to go back.”
Susie – “Lovely, newly converted cosy retreat for two; located in pretty village with lovely views and a great pub/restaurant. We found the accommodation perfect with everything presented to a high standard; Sue made our stay easy as she had thought of every last detail, we didn’t have to remember anything as it was all there. We had a lovely relaxing romantic break in the Cotswolds and would highly recommend The Lodge.”
Marie-Claire – 5 stars – “I can’t recommend The Lodge highly enough, it is a great self-contained space with all mod cons and with extremely welcoming and friendly owners who spoilt us with fresh eggs laid by their own hens, a free bottle of wine and great bacon from the farm down the road, and that’s just the beginning! Extremely accommodating, beautiful setting and a luxury apartment, what more could you ask for! I am hoping to go back very soon”
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