St Mary's Cottage
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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St Mary's Cottage is a truly exceptional property, set in its own private garden at the end of a quiet lane in the heart of Lower Slaughter, widely regarded as one of England's most beautiful villages. The cottage is set back from Copse Hill Road, which was named as the most romantic street in Britain in a 2011 online poll. Despite its tranquil setting, the cottage benefits from having a beautiful country inn and two of the Cotswolds finest restaurants a short stroll away, as well as being ideally placed for exploring the wider Cotswold region. The well known market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are both close by, with their wide ranges of pubs, shops and restaurants.
Built to the highest quality from Cotswold stone, with a character in keeping with the village, St Mary's Cottage has been immaculately furnished in a warm, contemporary style. The traditional character of the building has been complemented by modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a 3D flatscreen TV and a large, well equipped kitchen/dining room.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 people, in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms (one en-suite) and a downstairs cloakroom. Off street parking is available for up to four cars and a garage is available for the storage of bikes. The property is the perfect place for a family or a group of friends seeking an idyllic rural retreat.
A path from the gate leads to the front door of St Mary's Cottage, which opens into a large hallway, leading to the ground floor rooms:
•Living room: As with the rest of the cottage, the living room has been beautifully decorated and furnished. This dual aspect room comfortably seats six, on three plush sofas, arranged around the feature gas effect fireplace. There is also a portable iPod dock;
•TV room: Adjoining the living room, the TV room contains a 3D flat screen TV and a DVD player. There is comfortable seating for five or six;
•Kitchen/dining room: A large, dual aspect room, perfect for dinner parties or casual dining. The well equipped kitchen contains a double electric oven, with grill and four ring electric hob, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster and a fridge with freezer compartment. The dining table comfortably seats eight;
•Utility room: Accessed via the kitchen and with a back door out to the garden and the garage, the large utility room contains a washing machine/tumble dryer and a second fridge with freezer compartment;
•Downstairs cloakroom: Contains a toilet and hand basin.
Stairs from the hallway lead up to the first floor, where all of the bedrooms are beautifully set in the eaves of the cottage:
•Bedroom 1 (en-suite): Contains a king size bed. The en-suite bathroom contains a shower, a separate bath with shower attachment, a hand basin and a toilet;
•Bedroom 2: Contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 3: Contains two single beds;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with shower attachment, a hand basin and a toilet.
Heading outside, the cottage is surrounded by its own peaceful, child friendly, enclosed garden. There is an outdoor table and six chairs, plus a charcoal barbecue. Also in the enclosed grounds of the cottage is a garage, for storing items such as bikes, and off street parking space for four cars.
Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).
The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is six guests (not including babies in cots), at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations:
•Bedroom 1 (en-suite): King size bed
•Bedroom 2: King size bed
•Bedroom 3: 2x single beds
•Bathroom 1: Bath with shower attachment, basin, toilet
•Bathroom 2 (en-suite): Shower, bath with shower attachment, basin, toilet
•Downstairs cloakroom: Basin and toilet
Heating and fuel:
The property has a gas fired central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access, a 3D flat screen TV with DVD player, an iPod dock and clock radios in each bedroom. A telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.
Mobile phone reception is generally OK.
The property has off-street parking for up to four cars, plus a garage for the storage of bikes.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
A travel cot (without linen) and high chair are provided.
The property's garden is enclosed and set well away from through roads.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
The property has two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, 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.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 75 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Just over a mile from Bourton-on-the-Water are the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. The name comes from old English "Slohtre", which has nothing to do with killing things and means, simply, "Muddy place". Today's villages are far from muddy places, in contrast they are the epitome of idyllic, civilised Cotswold charm. Straddling the banks of the River Eye, also known as Slaughter Brook, the two villages have remained virtually unchanged for more than a century. Lower Slaughter in particular is regarded as one of England's most beautiful villages and, in 2011, Copse Hill Road was named as the most romantic street in Britain in an online poll.
Lower Slaughter is home to the pretty church of St Mary. The church and its impressive spire were re-built in 1867 but some arches between the nave and the south aisle date back to the 13th century while the church of St Peter's, in Upper Slaughter, is a historic Norman church with parts dating from the 12th century. Francis Edward Witts, who wrote "Diary of a Cotswold Parson", was rector of the Slaughters from 1808 to 1854.
Lower Slaughter is also home to a restored nineteenth century flour mill, which was last used commercially in 1958. Its tall chimney cuts an imposing figure, partly as it is made of red brick, in sharp contrast to the other buildings in both villages, which are made from the traditional Cotswold stone. The mill features a giant working waterwheel and has a tea room for visitors. It was originally part of Lower Slaughter Manor, which was built in 1658 for the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. The Manor is now a grand country house hotel.
The less-visited Upper Slaughter lies, as its name suggests, minutes upstream from Lower Slaughter. The cottages around the square were reconstructed by the famous architect Sir Edward Lutyens in 1906. The River Eye flows between neatly-mown grassy banks and is crossed several times by quaint old bridges. There are charming stone steps leading into the river which must have been built to enable villagers to more easily get water and a tiny Methodist chapel dating from 1865 also nestles by the brook. It is now used as a pottery.
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water (or “Bourton”) is famous for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges, which have led to Bourton being called the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Bourton is regularly voted the prettiest village in the Cotswolds.
Despite only being classified as a village, Bourton's status as a major tourist destination means that it has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions.
One of the Bourton's long standing traditions is the playing every summer of a game of medieval football, with goalposts set up in the River Windrush itself. Two teams play with a standard football and a referee attempts to keep order. Crowds line the banks of the river, and the aim is to score as many goals as possible (whilst getting everyone else as wet as possible!).
Various long-distance footpaths and local walks start, finish or pass through Bourton, including the Windrush Way and the Heart of England Way, which begins its 100-mile route north in the village.
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.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.
Food and drink
Despite being small villages, Upper and Lower Slaughter are blessed with excellent dining options: a country inn, two fine dining restaurants and a riverside cafe, all of which are a short walk from anywhere in the two villages:
•The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter
•Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter
•Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter
•The River Café at The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.
- Blenheim Palace
- Warwick Castle
- Cheltenham race course
- Cotswold Farm Park
- Batsford Arboretum
- Broadway Tower Country Park
- Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.
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11 Jul 2014
"Charming Cotswolds Home"
The home was fully equipped with all the amenities you could possibly need. Quiet location in the quaint village of Lower Slaughter. The owners were very helpful, even making a reservation at a pu… More
23 Apr 2014
"Lovely spacious accommodation, but think twice about the sofa bed."
Lovely house, very clean, compfy and stylishly presented and spacious. Excellent location in centre of village but with plenty parking and a garden. Well equiped. Travelled with 3 generations so had… More
1 Feb 2014
We stayed at this cottage with a party of 4 adults and 3 kids in October. The size of the cottage great for this number. The cottage was very well equipped and lovely to stay in. It was furnished well… More
5 Jan 2014
"Fantastic cottage a real pleasure to stay in"
Great location and a fabulous cottage. I loved how uncluttered and clean the space is. Everything has been thought of. Great kitchen to cook in. We had a fantastic time over the New Years holiday.… More
26 Sep 2013
"A True Gem in a perfect setting"
St Marys is a beautiful cottage in a beautiful peaceful setting and with everything we could ask for ..It was clean, nicely decorated and was fully equipped .. The only thingt we would say was there w… More
13 Sep 2013
"Comfortable, quiet and relaxing accommodation"
Nothing to grumble about at all and as described by the owners so you get what you expect which is great. Very nicely appointed and furnished in a quiet position in this lovely village. Maybe I would … More
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