History of our 18th century cottage.
Frogfurlong Cottage Guest House is situated in the green-belt area within the triangle formed by Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury. The cottage itself is what remains of a collection of 18th century cottages which, when first built, were rented out from the main owner Thomas Pear to his various brothers and sisters for a ‘peppercorn rent’.
In recent years three of the original five cottages have been knocked down and the remaining two extended and modernised into the house, pretty much as it is now. Whilst many years ago the Courtyard Room housed the farm pigs and the Garden Room was where the pony and trap were kept they are now extremely comfortable, small, wholly self-contained cottages.
Frogfurlong Lane, Down Hatherley.
The cottage stands well back from the little Frogfurlong Lane and is surrounded on all sides by fields. As to the name, ‘Frogfurlong’ – no-one knows where this originated and there are no documents that give any explanation as to what it means. It gives considerable enjoyment to the postman however as we often get mail addressed to “Frog Fell on Cottage” and “Frog Fellow Cottage” and people seem unable to resist putting pictures of frogs on their envelopes when writing to us.
Our link with the USA.
The village of Down Hatherley has a long history. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was listed as Athelai and one notable resident was Button Gwinnett (1735–1777) who was the son of the rector. Gwinnett was second of the signatories (first signature on the left) on the United States Declaration of Independence.
There is another local link to the United States of America. Around 1780 John Stafford Smith, who was born and lived in Gloucester, composed a melody originally called “The Anacreontic Song”. In 1814 Frances Scott Key wrote the poem which was later set to Smith’s music and in 1931 it was adopted by the USA as their national anthem and subsequently called The Star Spangled Banner.
We, along with our assortment of rescued dogs and cats, hope to welcome you to Frogfurlong Cottage soon to explore more of our county and enjoy the beautiful local countryside.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information, you can call us on 01452 730430 or 07855 808061 or send a message via our Contact page.