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For our first trip to the Cotswolds we found this cottage to be perfect place to stay. The cottage is located toward the end of a long dead end road, so almost traffic free. Yet, due to its location near the Windrush river, it is less than a 5 minute walk to the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water. It includes a convenient reserved parking spot to the side of the cottage.
We loved feeling like we were living in a different time staying in the cottage with its exposed beams and rock walls and uneven floors, while also having the convenience of a modern kitchen, wonderful radiant heat, quality bed linens, comfortable furnishings, and a wonderful shower that I could have stayed under for hours. We also enjoyed using the wood burning stove each evening more for the ambiance than the need of any additional heat.
Bourton-on-the-Water has a lot of pubs, restaurants, shops, and one of the best fish and chips takeaway we have ever tried (De La Haye's) and the local Co-op store has all the supplies you need for your stay.
We enjoyed taking hikes in two different directions, one day up to Stow-on-the-Wold, and the other day to a wonderful meal at the Lamb's Inn in Great Rissington. The local tourist information office has plenty of information on what to do in the area, and the cottage was also well stocked with local tourist information.
The only caution I would express is that if you are 6 foot or taller, you will spend a lot of time ducking you head on the ground floor, as the ceiling is quite low (gives it that cozy back in time feel). Also, the bathroom is rather drafty as the window is not double glazed so when it is cold out, you can feel the cold air pour in.
All in all I would highly recommend this cottage to a couple who wanted a lovely retreat in the Cotswolds. Bette and Dawn were wonderful hosts - always prompt in their information and replies. We would definitely stay here again.
It's hard to believe that such an old historic structure could offer such comfort and luxury!
Everything was perfect right down to the homey décor. Centrally located in Cotswold country it was an easy drive to numerous other towns and villages. Would love to come for another stay, definitely recommended!