Birch House, Shepherds Way
Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This delightful, Cotswold stone house makes a perfect base for a family or group of friends. Birch House is quietly situated, just four minutes' stroll from the Market Square inns & restaurants and is ideal if you enjoy going out for a meal and do not want the worry of having to drive. The house catches both the morning and evening sunshine and enjoys the benefit of a double aspect in several of the very pleasant rooms, hence has a light and airy feel.
The large kitchen dining room has a superb dining table which is perfect for a celebration meal. With its light and airy sitting room and comfy sofas, Birch House is ideal for a family get together all year round. A small lawned garden at the front of the house and a courtyard garden at the rear, provide pleasant outside spaces for you to sit and enjoy a drink with friends. A table tennis table is provided for those who like to test their skills. There is a wide choice of excellent restaurants and pubs on the doorstep and fabulous walks leading around the town and to nearby villages. This is a beautifully presented and very well equipped property from which to enjoy your stay in this lovely area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heathrow Airport 95 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh or Kingham 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Hall with cloakroom having wash hand basin & WC; sitting room with three sofas and large flatscreen LCD TV, Cotswold stone fireplace and double aspect; spacious kitchen dining room with utility off. Garage with table tennis table. Stairs lead from the hall up to
Master bedroom with Four poster king size (5') double bed en-suite with bathroom having bath and separate shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin; Second double bedroom (4' 6” wide bed) also en-suite with bathroom having bath, separate shower cubicle, WC & wash hand basin; two twin bedrooms, family bathroom having bath with shower over, WC & wash hand basin.
Linen & towels provided.
Toddler & baby friendly - two travel cots (linen for cots not provided), two high chairs, plastic plates & cutlery and stair gate available. Large LCD TV, DVD player, a colour TV in master bedroom, Mini hi-fi with CD player/radio. Dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, clothes drier, full size hob & oven plus combination microwave oven. Filter coffee machine, toaster. Table tennis table. Books, games and a small selection of DVDs available.
The house was constructed in 2005 and so is thoroughly insulated and double-glazed. This means it is cool in the summer and warm and cosy in winter!
Free WiFi broadband internet access for your laptops/phones.
|Further details outdoors|
Small lawned garden to the front of the property, which is fully enclosed by a Cotswold dry-stone wall and two gates. There is an enclosed courtyard at the rear with garden furniture for al fresco dining.
There is a parking space for one car to front of garage and parking for 2 or 3 more cars to the side of the property.
No smoking in the property please.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds is officially designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and is perhaps the most 'quintessentially English' and unspoilt region of the UK. It is situated between between Cheltenham, Oxford, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon.
The area is well known for beautiful countryside with river valleys, gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), water meadows and beech woods, historic market towns, sleepy ancient limestone villages, where time has stood still for over 300 years.
Stow on the Wold
Stow-on-the-Wold is a Cotswold Wool Town, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills on the Roman Fosse Way. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds at a height of 800 feet above sea level.
King Henry I granted Stow its first charter for a weekly market in the year 1107. It soon became an important and famous market town, mostly due to the wool trade. Some of the houses nearby still feature alleyways (sheep runs) connected to the square, which were used for herding sheep to be sold at the market.
Today, Stow-on-the-Wold is a bustling market town that thrives on tourism and the antiques trade. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th Century and are built from local honey-coloured Cotswold stone. There are numerous restaurants, tea-rooms and old English Inns in which to relax.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath are within easy driving distance and the town is surrounded by delightful villages and towns to explore such as The Slaughters, The Oddingtons, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Bibury, Adelstrop, Burford and Chipping Campden to name a few! Bourton-on-the-Water with, its many attractions such as Birdland, The Motor Museum, Maze and Model Village, is only a ten minute drive away.
The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Cotswold Farm Park are also a short drive away and make for a great day out for the whole family. Warwick Castle, Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace are all superb and well worth a visit.
The National Trust Hidcote Manor & Garden and Kiftsgate Gardens next door (near Chipping Campden) are a must for gardeners! The National Trust Snowshill Manor & Gardens and the Snowshill Lavender Farm are also worth the short drive (15 mins) with amazing views of the Cotswolds!
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25 Feb 2014
"Perfect in every way"
We have just returned from a fantastic stay here. Eight adults and one baby and it was ideal. The house had everything you could wish for, and lots of nice extra touches too. The kitchen was exception… More
10 Nov 2013
"large attractive house in perfect situation"
our family of 5[5 adults+2 small children] found birch house a fabulous place to stay. the house was spotless,large and thoughtfully set up. a welcome package was on the table,shelves stacked with child and adult games,and the cupboards contained tea coffee etc,even a coffee machine was available for use. the owner was extremely helpful whenever we needed anything before and during our stay. the beautiful village of stow was a 7 minute walk away[by a lane way at the top of the street] and the many villages of the cotswolds were well within reach. i would happily go back here.
27 Feb 2013
"Amazing house & Amazing location!"
We stayed at Birch House as a group of friends to celebrate a 40th birthday & it was perfect. The spacious layout of the house meant everyone had their own space, even those sharing rooms! 3 bathrooms… More
6 Nov 2012
"Fantastic location and lovely homely touches"
This house was perfect for our girls weekend away. We parked the car on Friday and did not use it again till we left on Sunday. The house is ideally located for exploring Stow and with lots of great shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs we had everything we needed for a great weekend. The house is lovely with a great kitchen with large table, the rooms are all good sized and well equiped.
29 Oct 2012
"Beautiful and very comfortable. Home from home."
I stayed at Birch House for the weekend in October. It is beautifully furnished, with top quality modern fixtures and fittings. Everything worked and was up to date and in excellent condition. The hou… More
16 Oct 2012
"Home-away-from-home in Stow"
We absolutely loved The Birch House! It felt just like a home-away-from-home. The cottage has a large living room and kitchen on the ground floor with everything you could ever need to cook. There are also a full-size washer & dryer for laundry, which worked great. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms (2 en-suite). We stayed in the "master" bedroom with en-suite bathroom. (The cottage can sleep 8-10, but it was also perfect for the two of us!) The bed was very comfortable, and there were plenty of pillows to choose from to find the right one. The only complaint is that the television was set a little low to watch from bed; but that's only an issue if wanting to lounge in bed and watch TV (there's a great TV in the living room with really comfy couches to lounge on as well.) The bathroom was nice and roomy with separate shower & tub - it was always the warmest room in the house as well, with its nice heated towel rack!
The parking was a breeze - our rental car ended up being a bit big for the driveway, but we never had trouble getting a spot around the side of the house. The combination code door-lock is ingenious! We never had to worry about remembering to take the key (just the code, which wasn't a problem!) The other great thing about The Birch House is its location. It seems to sit in the middle of a neighborhood with everyday folks, which is neat. Plus it's just a 4-5 minute walk into town down a couple of small old sheep-rows that are pretty well-lit at night. We enjoyed the walk to/from the town for dinner each night.
A great thanks to Julian for providing so much great information about Stow and the house! The little town map definitely came in handy, especially when we first arrived and had to actually find the cottage. All the info about restaurants and grocery stores was spot on and very helpful.
If we are ever back in Stow, we would not hesitate to book the Birch House again!
23 Jul 2012
"Lovely comfortable house in an ideal location"
We stayed at Birch House with a group of friends and their small children. The house was clean, spacious, well equipped and comfortable, its an ideal house for families or a group of friends staying together, lots of room for everyone and ample parking for our three cars. The main bonus for us was its location, the shops, restaurants and pubs are a short stroll away - easy to pop out for forgotten shopping and more importantly there is no need to worry about taxis or having a designated driver when you fancy a tipple with lunch or dinner.
It's also perfect for exploring the rest of the beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. Will definitely be back.
15 Jul 2012
"Lovely cottage, in great location for walks, shops and restaurants"
Lovely cottage in great location for walks, shops and restaurants. Very well equipped in the kitchen, board games and dvds available for rainy days. Small selection of kids toys to keep them entertained.
Me and 7 of my girl friends stayed here for 2nights, with 8 girls having 4 bathrooms was ideal! Very spacious and comfortable..would highly recommend!
Nice little touches such as cake and milk for cups of tea on arrival!!
28 Jun 2012
"Great location, great for group get togethers"
Birch House is brilliantly located, just steps from the main square and more real ale pubs with great food than you can raise a glass to. We loved the size of the house - perfect for group get togethers. The kitchen table was large enough for 8 people (or more) to spend many happy hours all together around it, and having 4 bathrooms made a group stay practical and comfortable. Having the washer dryer was another great practical touch. The beds and sofas were all super comfortable. The bedroom carpets could do with a clean though and it was a problem for us that the bins only get emptied once every 2 weeks and the previous people clearly hadn't put the bins out as requested as the bins were all completely full when we arrived, so disposing of garbage was tricky. Maybe the local housekeeper / supervisor could make sure the bins are put out on time? Other than that, great rental.
6 Feb 2012
Our stay at Birch House coincided with my 60th birthday (end of January) and we couldn't have chosen a better location. We arrived on an icy cold evening and the house felt warm and welcoming. Spacious, clean and very well equipped. Conveniently situated just a few minutes walk from the market square with a good selection of pubs and restaurants. We would definitely return to Birch House in the future.
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