After 20 years of happy B&B operation we decided that the time had come to wind down in 2020. Then covid came along and we decided to close entirely, at least for the duration of the epidemic – as we are by every measure in the group of the population advised to “shield” themselves. So, at least for the moment, we are no longer offering B&B in the heart of the Cotwolds. Who knows? We may go back to it again as it was great fun.

Yew Tree Cottage lies in Turkdean in the very heart of the Cotswolds. Turkdean is 3 miles from Northleach and 7 miles from Bourton-on-the-Water and makes an ideal rural base for exploring this beautiful area. Our cottage B&B is a quintessential Cotswolds home providing comfortable accommodation in a very traditional setting.

Yew Tree Cottage was formed by the combination of two 17th century cottages opposite All Saints Church. A shared central doorway in the front of the cottage was replaced by a window when these were joined together between the Wars, but otherwise the front elevation is unchanged from its 17th century origins.

Turkdean is now just a small village of about 50 souls. As we have avoided the necessity of a village sign we go mostly unremarked. Our rather limited village amenities consist of a lovely, much-altered Norman church,  a postbox (still, just, with a daily collection at 4:45pm) and a recently repainted and still functional K6 Gilbert Scott telephone box.

Our nearest pubs are in Cold Aston (The Plough) and Northleach (The Wheatsheaf.)

I put together a history of this small village.  With a Roman villa (excavated “against the clock” by Channel 4’s TimeTeam in 1997), a Saxon community recorded in the Doomsday Book, a Norman church and medieval agricultural development based on the local wool trade, the village has a long history that belies its small size.

All Saints Church, Turkdean
All Saints Church, Turkdean

For information about All Saints Church, check out Turkdean’s entry on the A Church Near You website, which lists services, contact details and the historical background of the building. The wider Northleach Benefice, of which Turkdean is a part, has a website too with information about all 8 churches in the benefice.