A quintessential 18th century 2 bedroom stone built cottage right in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most picturesque towns in The Cotswolds. Standing across the road from the oldest inn in England, which has timbers carbon-dated to AD 987 and just a short stroll to numerous tea shops, restaurants, pubs, shops, take-aways and antique shops, Serendipity is an excellent base for exploring Stow on the Wold and for a break in the Cotswolds. (See location details for some ideas on local pubs, restaurants and tea shops).
Delightful and characterful beamed living room with exposed stone wall, 3 seater sofa, single chair, coffee table, colour TV and DVD player, with a selection of DVDs, books and games to help you unwind and enjoy your break. Free wifi broadband is included to enable you to stay in touch (should you wish to).
Newly painted for 2014, the large kitchen / dining room with a circular solid oak dining table and 4 comfortable oak chairs to enable you to share a meal and glass of wine with your family and friends. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need for 4 people, along with a washing machine, micro-wave, kettle and toaster. Also new for 2014 are a new cooker and fridge with small freezer box.
Large landing with exposed stone wall provides access to both bedrooms, the bathroom and the second toilet room.
Bedroom 1 is a very pretty room with beamed wall and ceiling along with a comfortable king-sized (5 ft) bed, large mirror, dressing table and built-in wardrobe.
Bedroom 2 is also a double room with double bed, dressing table and built-in wardrobe
The main bathroom contains a bath with over-bath shower, basin and toilet along with another room containing a toilet with hand basin.
Outside, the south facing courtyard garden is equipped with a table and 4 chairs, making it an ideal place to relax in the sun, enjoy a cold drink or dine al-fresco on a warm summer's morning, lunchtime or evening.
Included in the price is electricity, central heating, towels and bedding. In addition, local biscuits are provided and tea cups are ready setup for you to make a quick cuppa on your arrival.
Despite Serendipity being a characterful and pretty 18th century cottage, it does NOT have any low beams or ceilings and the stairs are normal width with a handrail.
On-street parking (recessed parking bays) is available immediately outside the cottage. This is both free and unrestricted, however is on a 'first come, first served' basis. Free, unrestricted parking extends down the hill on both sides of the road. Additional parking is also available in the streets behind the cottage. Free unrestricted off-street parking is available in the main public car park next to Tesco, which is approx 7-8 minutes walk away.
If you have any questions at all, please email us.
What our guests say (actual words taken from our guest book):
Lovely cottage, great location, well equipped. Had a lovely time despite the weather!!. Thanks again, enjoyable stay. J&J, S&C - Feb 2014
Had a wonderful birthday weekend away. Cottage is lovely, the bed to die for! Couldn't have asked for more. See you soon. D&C - Jan 2014
Great cottage, great location, close to very decent pubs to cater for all tastes. Enjoyable stay. S&R - Jan 2014
Our 2nd visit and as lovely. Thank you for a super comfortable stay. M&H - Dec 2013
Perfect little getaway cottage for a romantic weekend away. Lots of country walks available and restaurants to die for. Our personal favourite being The Bell in Stow. The cottage was so much more than we were expecting and we loved snuggling up in front of the fire of an evening. 10/10 for Serendipity, we can't wait to come back. Thanks ! C&A - Dec 2013
Lovely cosy cottage. Comfy beds and great location. J&B - Nov 2013
Our week in Stow has been very special. We have had 100% lovely food everywhere, friendly people, pretty countryside. Great for walking and cycling. Cottage extremely comfortable and cosy. Loved it all. C&C - Nov 2013
Enjoyed staying at your house, for a couple of days our home. Very warm, cosy and nicely furnished. Definitely come back. Will tell our Dutch and English family and friends. K&C - Oct 2013
Had a lovely week here is Stow, cottage was really lovely, warm and cosy, The Bell, Porch House, Digbeths recommended for evening meals, so many nice places to try. Would come and stay here again. G family - Oct 2013
Lovely cottage and good weather. Brilliant location. Batsford Arboretum recommended, also Hidcote Manor. J&P, K&B - Sep 2013
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|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of England with honey-coloured stone buildings, slate roofs, tea shops, antique dealers, pubs and restaurants in abundance. There really is something for everyone in the Cotswolds: history, countryside, shopping, dining - or simply wonderful surroundings for a leisurely walk or to relax and do nothing much at all. For race-goer, Cheltenham racecourse is a short drive away.
Places to visit include Broadway, Broadway Tower, Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter (the Mill is particularly interesting) and Burford (featured on Time Team) - all with their own uniqueness, walks, tea shops and Arts & Crafts studios.
You can put on serious walking gear to explore the Cotswold area - there is a profusion of information showing walking / cycling routes. Or you can put on a pair of trainers, take a picnic and just wander.
In 1476 an abbot petitioned for a charter for two fairs, the first in May and the second in October. The charters were granted for May 12th, the feast of Saints Philip and James and the October 24th the feast of St. Edward the Confessor and these dates are still used today to decide the gipsy horse fair.
Throughout the Cotswolds stone features in buildings and stone walls act as a common thread in seamlessly blending the historic towns & villages with their surrounding landscape.
A detailed and comprehensive tour directory can be found at www.cotswolds.info and is the perfect visitor guide to the region's history, beautiful villages, places to visit and places to eat including where to shop, and what glorious gardens to see.
It also includes outdoor activity pursuits including Walking, Cycling, Fishing, Golfing, Garden Visits, Horse Riding, Camping and Caravanning.
Places to eat in Stow that we would recommend - we haven't tried all of the other establishments so are not commenting on how good they are.
Tea room - Lucy's - in the far corner of Stow square - 5 minute walk
Posh pub - The Bell Inn - right, down the hill - 2 minute walk - you MUST book
Posh pub - The Porch House - immediately opposite - 1 minute walk - the oldest Inn in England and just had a £1m refurbishment
For a beer with an open fire - The Talbot - in Stow square - 5 minute walk
Comfy sofa and quiet beer - The Unicorn - turn left, at the top of the hill by the traffic lights - 5 minute walk
Home made food - Digbeths - almost opposite the cottage up on the left - 2 minute walk (I think this might be closed in Jan though)
Home made food - The Vine Leaf - burger, posh fish & chips etc - left up the hill into small courtyard on right - 2 minute walk
Pub not in Stow - The Grey Goose - go out of Stow down the hill - keep going for approx. 10 minute drive - immediately opposite at the T-junction
Journeys to/from Stow on the Wold
Destination Distance Time (by Car)
Cheltenham 20 miles 35 mins
Stratford-on-Avon 20 miles 40 mins
Warwick 25 miles 45 mins
Oxford 30 miles 1 hour
London (Heathrow) 70 miles 90 mins
London (Central) 85 miles 2 hours
London (Gatwick) 115 miles 2 hours 15 mins
If you wish to visit London during your stay, you can make use of the direct service between Moreton-in-Marsh station and London Paddington. This journey takes approximately 1.5 hours. For further information, including timetables, visit the National Rail web site here.