A calm, delightful and luxurious retreat in the heart of the Cotswolds, 10 minutes walk from the centre of historic Stow on the Wold. Built all on one level in the grounds of the owners' 19th century home, with fabulous uninterrupted views over miles of beautiful Cotswold countryside. The cottage sits alongside an ancient bridleway which forms part of the Monarch's Way walking trail. Built by local craftsmen in traditional materials the cottage is spacious, private and exceptionally comfortable with all modern amenities and its own south-facing garden. Guests are welcome to use the owners' heated pool and tennis court. A perfect sanctuary with easy walking access to one of England's most beautiful small towns, and an ideal base for exploration of the very heart of England.
Top Lodge Cottage...
- english, french, german, dutch
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 9, 2018
About Biny Gregory
Tony (English) and Biny (Dutch) came to Stow in 1973 when Tony was a pilot in the RAF. We bought Top Lodge in 1978 and have taken root here. We feel very privileged to own an idyllic spot in this glorious part of the UK and much of our time is spent caring for Top Lodge and its surroundings. We're National Trust members, avid supporters of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, keen walkers and occasional culture-vultures in Stratford-on-Avon, Oxford and Cheltenham all of which are close by. Family comprises two daughters in their 30s and twin grandsons aged 5. We've family connections in Holland, Germany and France and spend time in Europe both summer and winter. We love where we live and very much want our guests to enjoy Top Lodge as much as we have in the past 36 years.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Perfect, friendly and thoughtful hosts,perfect, clean, warm homely cottage in perfect,stunning location - would definitely recommend. Five star - 10/10. We’ll be back!
Glenda and Steve
Clean bright with stunning views from the terrace.
Very comfortable and spacious. Everything you need is provided. The flowers and the delicious cake were a lovely welcome.
The cottage was appointed with very good quality appliances and the situation is fantastic. It feels as you look out of you windows that you are surrounded with countryside and yet in just under 10 minutes you can be in the center of Stow. The host, Biny, could not be more helpful and we had a great holiday.
A magical location.
We particularly enjoyed entertaining friends on the patio around dusk. But then breakfast was also great there. I suppose it’s the feeling of being right there in the heart of the Cotswolds with fields stretching out and no other dwellings close by that makes the magic of the place.
Top Lodge Cottage
Top Lodge Cottage is at the end of a lane where the only passing traffic is walkers and joggers, this is peace and quiet!
The owners Biny and Tony are excellent hosts and provide for all needs.
Stow is 10mins away if you wish to walk, but take a torch!
Another lovely stay, many thanks.
Lovely spacious cottage but in need of some TLC and bringing back up to five star.
Beautiful cottage in beautiful location with fantastic owners who were super helpful and friendly. Fantastic pool and gardens. We loved every minute of our stay but the cottage could do with a little tlc and a good clean. This is constructive feedback and not by any means a slating as we wouldn’t hesitate in booking again. We loved everything about it and had a wonderful week.
Special interest holidays:
Tennis coaching available at the cottage from LTA coach.
'Pamper days' in house can be arranged with local wellness expert.
Heathrow Airport (LHR) 90 miles (1 hour 20 mins by car).
Birmingham International (BHX) 52 miles (1 hour by car).
Train from London Paddington to local station (Kingham, 10 minutes from Stow) 1 hour 25 minutes.
Stratford on Avon 35 minutes by car.
Oxford 1 hour by car or 35 minutes by train from local station Kingham.
Bus services to local Cotswold villages (Moreton in Marsh, Bourton on the Water, Chipping Norton, Northleach) and to Cheltenham.
The cottage lies just outside Stow on the Wold, the scene of the last battle of the English Civil War and at the heart of the Cotswolds. Stow has a rich collection of fine old pubs (including the oldest pub in England) along with restaurants, brasseries and coffee shops gathered round the ancient market square or tucked away in fascinating old buildings and alleyways.
Everyday shopping requirements are served by the Tesco supermarkets 5 minutes walk from the square and by more traditional shops in the town where there are excellent delicatessens, butchers and bakers and many lovely gift shops.
Several important National Trust properties are within easy reach. Snowshill, Hidcote, Upton and Chastleton and the Roman Villa at Chedworth. Nearby are Sudeley Castle (home of Henry VIII's last and surviving wife) and Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill's birthplace and childhood home. Shakespeare's Stratford on Avon, with its Royal Shakespeare Theatre, is 25 minutes away by car. The dreaming spires of Oxford are 30 minutes by train from Stow's local station.
For children Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park is a 20-minute drive away as is the lovingly restored Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway at Toddington which offers a 13-mile ride through classic Cotswold country and (in season) a direct link to Cheltenham Racecourse.
The cottage lies within and extensive web of delightful and well documented Cotswold walks and is sited on a section of the Monarch's Way, the long and winding escape route of Charles II after his defeat at the battle of Worcester. Walkers' handbooks are among many books in the cottage.
Neighbouring villages close by include Chipping Norton, Burford, Northleach, Blockley, the famous Slaughters, the Swells, Bourton on the Water and Moreton in Marsh with its vibrant Tuesday market.
1. SMOKING. Top Lodge Cottage is emphatically a NO SMOKING environment. We would much appreciate it if if you could please respect this in the interest of other guests renting the cottage after you. 2. CANCELLATION Any cancellation made by the client for any reason whatever shall be confirmed in writing (or by email with a request for acknowledgement) addressed to TLC. The following cancellation charges will apply: (a) If cancelled more than 8 weeks before the start of the rental: loss of deposit. (b) If cancelled less than 8 weeks before the start of the rental when full payment has been made TLC will attempt to re-let the property for the period of the booking. If TLC is successful in letting the property for the full period of the rental it shall refund to the Client the full amount paid less an administration fee of £30. If TLC is successful in re-letting only part of the booked period it shall refund an amount equal to the amount paid less, on a pro rata basis, the rental for the period which is not let and less an administration fee of £50. If TLC is unable to let the property at all for the cancelled period then all monies paid by the Client for the cancelled booking shall be forfeit to TLC. 3. CANCELLATION INSURANCE Cancellation insurance is not mandatory but TLC strongly recommends that Clients should take such cover to provide protection re the cost of cancellation penalties.