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Wonderful detatched cotswold cottage

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden


The Sheiling is a beautiful, detached country cottage, set in its own enclosed garden, in the unspoilt Cotswolds conservation village of Upper Oddington. Many walks through the stunning Cotswold countryside are available on the doorstep and the cottage is only 2 miles from the beautiful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The Horse & Groom, a quintessential English Cotswold stone inn, is located 100 yards from the cottage and Daylesford Organic, with its award winning food, cookery school and spa, is also located close by.

The cottage is built from traditional Cotswold stone and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including wooden beams, a real fire in the living room and an inglenook fireplace in the kitchen, containing a Rayburn cooker. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access and Freeview TV.

The Sheiling sleeps six people, in four bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor. There is also a small fold-up bed available, suitable for children up to age 11. There are two bathrooms. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a family holiday or for groups of friends seeking a beautiful country retreat.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham International Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 6 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 Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The cottage is entered via its front door, which opens into a good sized hallway, containing a beautiful antique bench.

The main ground floor rooms are:

- Living room: Accessed from the hallway, this is a relatively large, but cosy room, with oak beams, a real fire and beautiful furnishings. There is a Freeview TV, with DVD player and a Sony stereo system;

- Dining room: Also accessed from the hallway, this is a good sized room, with oak beams, a fireplace (not used) and a large wooden dining table and chairs. French doors lead out from the dining room to the garden;

- Kitchen: A wonderful room for both cooking and relaxing in, with oak beams and flooring, wooden work surfaces and an inglenook fireplace, containing a Rayburn cooker. The well equipped kitchen also has a separate electric cooker with electric hob, fridge, small freezer, microwave, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine (capsules not provided), dishwasher and washing machine/tumble dryer. There is a centre island and a table and chairs for four. A back door leads out from the kitchen to the garden;

- Bedroom 4: Accessed from the living room, this bedroom contains a single bed.

Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are three bedrooms and a family bathroom:

- Bedroom 1 (en-suite): Contains a king size bed. The large bathroom contains a bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet;

- Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed;

- Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed;

- Family bathroom: Contains a shower, basin and toilet.

Further details outdoors

The enclosed garden surrounds the house, with a mixture of grass, decking and gravel areas. The garden is very quiet and tranquil, perfect for both adults and children to relax in. There is an outdoor table and chairs for six people.

Further details

Security deposits:

A security deposit of £200 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. For the avoidance of doubt, guests are requested to leave the property in a reasonable condition, consistent with the property's appearance upon arrival. In the event that the owners, or their appointed housekeepers, have to spend additional time tidying up after your departure, then the cost of this extra time may be deducted from your security deposit. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.


Regrettably, The Sheiling does not accept pets.

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time at The Sheiling 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: Double bed;

- Bedroom 3: Single bed;

- Bedroom 4 (downstairs): Single bed.

A small fold-up bed, suitable for children up to age 11, is also available for £10 per night, which fits most easily into bedroom 1.

Fuel and logs:

Electricity and oil are included in the letting price. There is a real fire in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).

Services provided:

The Sheiling has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.


The Sheiling has private parking for two cars on its driveway, with off street parking for a further two cars in front of the house.


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.

Child friendly facilities:

A travel cot (without linen), high chair and safety gate are provided.

The Sheiling has an enclosed garden surrounding the house - young children should be supervised at all times.

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.

Accessibility, health and safety:

The Sheiling has two floors, with low ceilings in parts of the second floor, 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 Sheiling.

The Central England/Cotswolds region

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.

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.


Food and drink:

The village of Upper Oddington is perfectly located for visiting the numerous pubs and restaurants in the North Cotswolds.

There are two pubs within a short walk of The Sheiling:

- The Horse and Groom: A quintessential English Cotswold stone inn, dating back to 1580;

- The Fox Inn: This Virginia creeper clad, Cotswold stone Inn, with flagstone floor, beams, open fireplaces and collection of antiques is the perfect setting for a meal or drink with family and friends.

Also within a short walk or drive of The Sheiling is Daylesford Organic Farm, one of the most sustainable farms in the UK. As well as award-winning food in the farmshop and cafe, there is a host of things to see and do, including farm tours and farm walks, a cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa.

Two miles away, Stow has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. For eating in, Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce.

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

- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Hidcote

- 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. There are also a number of spas located in beautiful surroundings.

Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.

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Review 1-9 of 9

29 Jan 2013


"Fantastic Weekend Away"

We had a wonderful time - the house was beautiful and in great condition. The owners/managers had also left nice touches like a bottle of wine and tea and cake for us on arrival which was lovely. We had a really good time, local pub was excellent. I'd definitely recommend.

29 Jan 2013


"Unforgettable traditional English experience..."

My feedback regarding the Sheiling. LOVED IT. From the journey to Upper Oddington, to pulling in the drive of the beautiful house we were in absolute heaven. The house is so homely and cute, and unbelieveably well equipped for everything we needed and more.
The trip was a treat for my parents who were visiting from Australia and they have said they would like to make this their regular destination when visiting the UK.

Having now experienced it's charms in winter, we would love to see the cottage in it's summer glory as well.

Having the Horse and Groom on our doorstep was fantastic and we enjoyed dinner on 2 nights there.

Stow is a short drive from the cottage as well with quaint shops, pubs and convenience stores.

I would highly recommend The Shieling to international and UK based guests as it's a true gem.

23 Oct 2012


"A great weekend!"

We had a lovely time at The Sheiling. Cottage was well-appointed with all equipment, beds were extremely comfortable and we all had a very enjoyable weekend. An idyllic peaceful village in a beautiful part of theworld.

4 Oct 2012


"We would return!"

The cottage was perfect for the 6 of us, in terms of size and the beddings provided were very comfortable. The kitchen is a lovely size with all the necessary utilities provided. We made sure we broug… More

5 Sep 2012


"Very cosy"

We (2 couples + 2 infants < 2yrs) had a very nice stay . The cottage is clean (except the oven), very cosy and warm. And the village is really nice, all houses and gardens are very well maintained.… More

We are pleased that overall these guests enjoyed The Sheiling, however, we are obviously disappointed by the perceived “black points”. These points have been fully investigated and our response is as follows:

• We are very sorry that the guests felt they were unable to contact anyone about the heating on the Saturday. Two numbers are generally provided for dealing with any problems that may arise, the Guest Services Manager and Character Cottages. On the weekend in question, the Guest Services Manager was away, so a third number was also left, that of the Housekeeper. We are not entirely sure what happened regarding the calls that were made by the guests, as no-one has any record of receiving these calls. In the case of Character Cottages, we operate an electronic voicemail system, which ensures that every message is recorded and stored on our IT system. We have therefore been able to go back through every voicemail received during the weekend in question and, unfortunately, we have no record of any message being left by the guests. This is therefore a bit of a mystery for us, however, we apologise if the guests felt that they could not contact anyone;
• With regard to the checkout time, whenever possible, we always endeavour to help if guests request an early or late checkout. The day the guests departed was one of the busiest days of the year for the housekeeping team (August Bank Holiday) and they had a lot of cottages to turnaround prior to the 3pm arrivals. As no request had been made for a late checkout, The Sheiling was the first property on the teams' busy roster, so they arrived just after 10am. We apologise if the guests felt that this was inappropriate, however, we have to try and ensure that all cottages are ready on time for new guests. Departure times for all our properties are clearly stated as part of the “Key Features” guests accept when booking, however, we will always do our best to accommodate requests for late departure

23 Aug 2012


"A beautiful, comfortable and homely cottage in a quiet village"

We had a lovely stay in The Sheiling. It was as beautiful as the pictures on the website showed. The garden was also very lovely, and we were very comfortable there.
There was a good variety of DVDs, games and books. The bedrooms were very lovely and comfortable. Information of things to do in the area was provided.

12 Aug 2012


"Very cosy retreat"

We stayed at the Sheiling for a friends' reunion and had a great time.

It was a really perfect set up for our group (2 couples, 2 singles and an infant) and a really cosy house. The Horse and Groom also provided some overspill for friends that could only stay one night.

Good location and we all enjoyed exploring an area none of us had really been to before.

5 Jul 2012


"A perfect reflection of the charm and comfort of the Cotswolds."

We have rented frequently on mainline Europe but neverbefore in England, and we felt that for charm, location, and reasonable price, the Sheiling was our best ever. It was beautifully equipped and immediately comfortable "like home". We loved eing in a quiet hamlet instead of one of the large villages. The information provided was most helpful in planning our day trips and meals out.

28 May 2012


"Beautiful house, in a beautiful location - peaceful getaway"

We really enjoyed our stay-the cottage was lovely and had everything we needed.  The welcome bottle of wine and cake was also a really nice touch.
I was also really pleased with how easy it was to book, and the speed at which all the details were sent through - and the information provided was easy to understand and comprehensive.
We'd definitely look to use Character Cottages again, and will recommend to friends.

Review 1-9 of 9

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