AN HISTORIC, DETACHED PROPERTY, IN THE IDYLLIC COTSWOLD VILLAGE OF LOWER SWELL

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Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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AN HISTORIC, DETACHED PROPERTY, IN THE IDYLLIC COTSWOLD VILLAGE OF LOWER SWELL

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Lower Swell House Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 12 in five bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Off street parking for up to 5 cars

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Summary

The Old School House is a beautiful, historic house, dating back to 1869 and located in the Conservation Area of the idyllic Cotswold village of Lower Swell, just one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold. Originally built for the village school mistress, the house contains various character features, including a large fireplace, with wood burning stove, original walk-in pantry and a romantic bathroom with clawfoot bath and stone fireplace. Complementing these period features, The Old School House has been decorated, furnished and equipped in a warm and contemporary style, making the house a perfect holiday choice for families or groups of friends.

The Old School House sleeps up to 12 people in five bedrooms – see bedroom configuration below. There are two family bathrooms. Off street parking for up to five cars is available.

Description

The Old School House is situated at the end of a short lane, from which the garden is accessed. A path through the garden takes you to the front door of the house, which leads to:

•Kitchen/dining room: The kitchen and adjoining dining room are the heart of the house, with the dining room containing a large wooden table that comfortably seats 12 guests. The dining room also contains a book library and a large selection of games. The kitchen is bright and spacious, and is equipped to a high standard, including a cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine. Adjoining the kitchen is a walk in pantry and a utility room, containing a washing machine and tumble dryer.

From the dining room, a door leads to the:

•Living room: The large, yet cozy living room contains a wood burning stove (initial logs provided), a TV with a home cinema system and Freesat HD, and comfy seating for 12. There are also two portable iPod docks.

A door from the living room leads to stairs to the first floor:

•Bedroom 1: Double bed;

•Bathroom: Beautiful roll top bath, basin and toilet, with stone fireplace;

From the first floor landing, stairs go up to the second floor:

•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed and a single bed;

•Bedroom 3: Double bed. This bedroom is accessed via bedroom 2.

Returning to the dining room, another set of stairs leads to:

•Bedroom 4: Double bed;

•Bathroom: Roll-top bath, with shower attachment, basin and toilet;

•Bedroom 5: Contains an antique Victorian double bed and a single divan bed.

Returning to the kitchen, the front door leads out directly into a fabulous, peaceful garden, with distant views towards the church in Stow-on-the-Wold. The enclosed garden has a flagstone terrace, with teak garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue, overlooking the lawn and shaded woodland areas. All the main rooms in the house look out onto the lovely gardens.

Key features

Security deposit:

No security deposit is required.

Pets:

Regrettably, The Old School House does not accept pets.

Bed linen and towels:

Conran bed linen and two bath towels per guest are provided.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time at The Old School House is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am, unless prior arrangements are made with the owner. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations

•Bedroom 1: Double bed

•Bedroom 2: Double bed and a single bed

•Bedroom 3: Double bed

•Bedroom 4: Double bed

•Bedroom 5: Double bed and a single bed

Please note that bedroom 3 is accessed via bedroom 2.

Fuel and logs:

Electricity and oil for the central heating are included in the price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and an initial supply of logs is provided for guests.

Services provided:

The Old School House has free wireless internet access and a flat screen TV with home cinema system and Freesat HD. A telephone is available with free calls to standard UK land line numbers.

Parking:

Off street parking for up to five cars is available.

Housekeeping:

Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay linen and towel change are included in the price.

Child friendly facilities:

Two travel cots (without linen) and two high chairs are available.

Initial consumables:

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Health and safety:

The Old School House is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to those with limited mobility, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

Photographs:

In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Birmingham International Airport
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
The Golden Ball Inn
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Kingham
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many in Stow-on-the-Wold
Car: recommended

Lower Swell:

Lower Swell is a beautiful Cotswold village located on the River Dikler, one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold. The village has a tranquil green, mellow stone cottages and is surrounded by stunning countryside.

Local information:

Lower Swell contains a traditional Cotswold pub, the Golden Ball Inn, which serves fresh food and local ales. Srow-on-the-Wold is one of the main Cotswold market towns and contains numerous, shops, pubs and restaurants – see below for further information.

History:

In 1086 the manor of Lower Swell was owned by Raoul II of Tosny and William II, Count of Eu. In the 13th century the Lower Swell manor was sold to Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall (formally 'King of the Romans', from 1257). In the 16th century it was exchanged back and forth between the Crown and the Bishop of London. Other notable owners include Sir Robert Atkyns, who was an English Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Lords. His son, also Sir Robert Atkyns, lived in Lower Swell and wrote “Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire”.

In the Middle Ages the village's name was Little Swell. Documents indicate that the village was well developed by the 17th century, although it was probably well developed much earlier.

There are a few ancient ancient burial chambers located around Lower Swell. Some of them are marked with menhirs - standing stones. One of these stones is named the Whittlestone. There is a local legend that the Whittlestone once belonged to an immovable megalith, from which any stones moved would return to their initial places the morning after they are moved. The Whittlestone was moved, however, and contrary to the legend it remains at the location that it was moved to in the centre of Lower Swell. Another legend states that the Whittlestone is a moving megalith, and every night, 'when the Whistlestone hears Stow clock (a mile off) strike 12, it goes down to Lady-well (and the hill’s foot) to drink”.

Stow-on-the-Wold:

Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold’s countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.

Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.

Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was St. Edward's Stowe or Holy Place, named after a Saxon missionary. The word 'wold' as in ‘Cotswold’ means hills, so Stow-on-the-Wold simply means Holy Place on the Hill.

Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.

It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for ‘picture-postcard’ England. The town’s tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B’s, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.

Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From £1,238 Per week

Lower Swell House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event
 
Oct 24 2014 - Oct 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
£1,283
£1,833
 
 
Oct 31 2014 - Dec 21 2014
2 night minimum stay
£928
£1,238
 
 
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,975
£2,975
 
 
Jan 2 2015 - Feb 12 2015
2 night minimum stay
£928
£1,238
 
 
Feb 13 2015 - Feb 19 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,099
£1,466
 
 
Feb 20 2015 - Mar 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
£928
£1,238
 
 
Mar 6 2015 - Mar 12 2015
2 night minimum stay
£928
£1,671
 
 
Mar 13 2015 - Mar 26 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,099
£1,466
 
 
Mar 27 2015 - Apr 9 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,510
£2,158
 
 
Apr 10 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,099
£1,466
 
 
May 1 2015 - May 7 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,283
£1,833
 
 
May 8 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,253
£1,671
 
 
May 22 2015 - May 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,510
£2,158
 
 
May 29 2015 - Jul 2 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,253
£1,671
 
 
Jul 3 2015 - Jul 16 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,510
£2,158
 
 
Jul 17 2015 - Sep 3 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,624
£2,319
 
 
Sep 4 2015 - Oct 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,283
£1,833
 

Notes

  • Special Offers

    Late Booking Discounts: within 9-13 weeks = 5%, within 5-9 Weeks = 10%, and less than 5 weeks before the start date = 15%;

    Our rental prices fluctuate throughout the year, according to season or special events. We constantly review the market to ensure that our properties remain competitive, and often run late deals and seasonal discounts.

    Most weekend and mid-week breaks are priced between 60% and 75% of the weekly rate, depending upon the season. There are occasional exceptions to this rule, such as Cheltenham Race Week, when the prices may be higher.

    For the very latest prices and special offers, please contact Character Cottages directly, via the Email Manager button below.
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Amenities

Amenities

Lower Swell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The shower in bathroom 2 is an integrated tap and shower unit (i.e., there are no standing showers).
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Please note that bedroom 3 is accessed via bedroom 2.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

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