Audrey and I visited Chipping Campden in March 2018. Our timing was slightly unfortunate as our visit coincided with the ‘Beast From The East’ snowstorm, and we were essentially snowed in at Diamond Cottage. Luckily for us, we were able to extend our Cotswolds trip for two additional nights, as there were no passable roads between England and Scotland, where we live. One extra night in our cottage here, a last minute booking at the Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh (you can read my review here), and finally an overnight stop off with my Granny in Nottingham and we could finally make our way home. If you are going to get snowed in anywhere, it may as well be a beautiful Cotswold town I guess!
We made it into Chipping Campden by the skin of our teeth. All of the routes into the town had become impassable within a few hours of our arrival. After my first reverse park since my driving test many years ago(!), we made it to Diamond Cottage, our haven for the next few nights. Audrey and I were greeted with the much welcome sight of a logburning stove, good wifi, and Netflix. We had come from nearby Stow on the Wold, where thankfully due to the kindness of Amanda at The Old Stocks Inn, who looked after
Her Royal Highness Audrey for me, I had managed a trip to the supermarket to stock up on essentials as well as some luxuries. After all, you don’t want to get snowed in with no treats in the house!
It looked like my sister and sister-in-law who were due to share the cottage with me were not going to be able to make it due to the snow, so Audrey and I resigned ourselves to a few days of snuggling by the fire, watching Netflix, eating and drinking tea. Of course this wasn’t our original plan, but none the less one which wasn’t full of hardship.
Walks In Chipping Campden
Our planned itinerary included some of the well renowned walks in and around Chipping Campden. The Cotswolds is a walkers’ paradise and one which I was keen to explore for myself. Alas, one trip out of the front door and it quickly became clear that long walks were off the agenda. Even with her much despised coat on, the snow was still up to Audrey’s tummy and the dreaded snowballs started to gather up her legs almost instantly. So, even though we sadly didn’t manage them this time, here are a few of the walks that were on our agenda:
- The Cotswold Way Circular Walk
- Cotswold Way Circular Walk 2
- Chipping Campden to Broadway Tower
- Chipping Campden Town Stroll
I paid £487 for a 4 night stay at Diamond Cottage, plus £20 dog fee, and booked it through Jigsaw Holidays. There was a welcome pack with bread, butter, jam, milk and a cake along with plentiful supplies of tea and coffee. Audrey spotted the huge treat jar full of delicious dog treats on the window ledge in the kitchen straight away!
- Dog Friendly Score: 10/10
- Comfort/Design: 8.5/10 (Minuses for the main bathroom and no dedicated parking space).
- Wifi: 10/10
- Netflix: 8/10 (A couple of times it didn’t work – but the weather was severe).
- Garden: 10/10
- Value for Money: 8/10 (Price was average for the town, I did appreciate the dog fee not being nightly).
- Blog On A Dog Approval Score: 9/10 (I just hope you get better weather than I did).
I couldn’t have asked for a better location, Diamond Cottage is right in the heart of Chipping Campden, just off the end of the High Street. There is no allocated parking, and understandably as it’s a premier Cotswolds town, parking spaces are at a premium but I did manage to find a spot within 100 yards of our front door.
Chipping means ‘market’ or ‘marketplace’ from the Old English word ‘ceping’, and Chipping Campden was world renowned as a medieval wool town. The famous old Market Hall built in 1627 still remains in the town today. The town remains an exemplary Cotswold town that is very popular with tourists, particularly the stunning High Street.
The spectacular High Street is lined with quaint little cafes, pubs, restaurants, independent shops and delis. As I did, you could easily park your car and then not move it again until the end of your stay. However, it is also worth noting that Chipping Campden would make an excellent base for exploring The Cotswolds.
Diamond Cottage is a quintessential Cotswold chocolate box cottage. Inside it is surprisingly spacious, as it is 2 original houses knocked into one. Downstairs there is a spacious entry, with a large door matted area. I appreciate this so much when I’m travelling with Audrey. It’s just so inconvenient when the front door opens straight onto a lovely carpet. There is a cosy lounge with woodburning stove, and a beautiful kitchen with french doors onto the garden.
There are two bedrooms at Diamond Cottage. The master bedroom is easily spacious enough to fit a cot in, and has its own ensuite (shower only) bathroom. The second bedroom is on the third floor and has a separate dressing area. The main bathroom is on the small side and the shower head is extremely low, though the bath in here looked to be a normal size.
The Glorious Garden at Diamond Cottage
The garden is absolutely what drew me in to this cottage. It really is wonderful! It is large enough to easily fit in a gorgeous summer house, a large raised paved area at the back with a beautiful outlook, and two separate areas for al-fresco dining.
While choosing this cottage, I even had the conversation with my sister that maybe we will have a lovely early spring weekend and be able to use the summer house and/or dine in the garden. So, to everyone that was affected by the ‘Beast From The East’ I can only apologise, as clearly I jinxed the weather so you can blame me!
Dog Friendly Area
Whilst staying at Diamond Cottage we went to The Eight Bells (pub with good food), Campden Coffee Company (cafe – loved it), The Noel Arms Bar (lovely roaring fire)and the Crystal Palace Chinese Takeaway (not dog friendly but has a very suitable courtyard to tie your dog up in sight at all times) and I can recommend them all.
We also went to Huxleys for a meal, which rates highly on Tripadvisor. I’m sad to say we had horrible service and not a great experience in general, so although it is dog friendly, Blog On A Dog does not recommend Huxleys in Chipping Campden.
Dog Friendly Score for Diamond Cottage
With limitless walking opportunities on the doorstep, a garden that was absolutely enclosed, a huge jar of dog treats, window seats perfect for Audrey to watch the world go by, hard wearing doormats at all of the entrances to the street and garden, lots of dog friendly cafes and restaurants within strolling distance and dogs allowed upstairs, Diamond Cottage fully justifies a perfect score of 10. I can confidently say Diamond Cottage is Blog On A Dog approved.
Final Thoughts On Diamond Cottage
I would book Diamond Cottage again, without hesitation. The owner, Anna, was easy to get hold of and constantly in touch to see if we were okay due to the extreme weather. The garden is fabulous, and I would love to go back in the summer months to be able to experience it in all its glory. The Cotswolds rightly has its own outstanding reputation, and when you add in how dog friendly the whole area is, you won’t regret a visit with your dog.
You can find out more about Diamond Cottage on the Jigsaw Holidays website: here.