The Old Post Office is a luxurious and peaceful home, nestled in the enchanting village of Adlestrop. Set in the heart of the North Cotswolds and long famous for Edward Thomas' poem, the tranquil, tiny village of Adlestrop is still home to all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire mentioned in the poem.
With its two beautifully appointed and luxuriously comfortable bedrooms, The Old Post Office offers luxury bed & breakfast throughout the year.
Virtually equidistant from the dreaming spires of Oxford, the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, the Roman antiquities of Cirencester and the rich Shakespearean heritage of Stratford upon Avon, Adlestrop is perfectly located to explore not simply the treasures of such local towns and cities but also the breathtaking Cotswold countryside, scattered as it is with beautiful houses, castles and gardens. If walking is more your thing, the Cotswold and MacMillan Ways offer access to outings of any and every duration with the countryside of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire quite literally on your doorstep.
A peaceful rural village, Adlestrop numbers no more than 80 residents, boasts its own beautiful church dating back to the 13th century and numbers Jane Austen as a former visitor to the rectory, now Adlestrop House, where her uncle had a living. It is believed that Austen used Adlestrop as a model for at least one location in her novel 'Mansfield Park'.
And last, but not least, the poem 'Adlestrop' by Edward Thomas:
Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.
The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name
And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.
And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
A really amazing property for bed and breakfast! We only stayed one night, unfortunately, but wouldn't hesitate to go back. Tea and scones on arrival, and the most amazingly comfortable bedding in the two rooms. Breakfast was delicious too. The house is beautifully decorated and furnished and there is just a lovely atmosphere of luxury and peace everywhere.