Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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Horseshoe Cottages is one of a pair of traditional Cotswold stone cottages, located in the heart of the peaceful village of Lower Swell. The village has a traditional Cotswold pub, The Golden Ball Inn, and is surrounded by stunning countryside, as well as being just a mile away from the famous market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Lower Swell is well placed for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as further afield places, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Blenheim Palace.
The cottage has traditional character features, including some exposed Cotswold stone walls and oak beams, window seats and a large wood and coal burning stove. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two TVs and a well presented kitchen.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of five people, in three bedrooms, with one bathroom. There is a large, enclosed garden and free on street parking is readily available. Horseshoe Cottages is an ideal location for friends, couples or a family, seeking peaceful tranquillity in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The front door of Horseshoe Cottages is accessed via the garden and opens into the living room, one of the three ground floor rooms:
•Living room: A lovely, dual aspect room, with a window seat and a large multi-fuel stove. Contains comfy seating for five and a Freeview TV with an integrated DVD player;
•Kitchen/dining room: The well presented kitchen contains an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, kettle and toaster. The dining area contains a wooden dining table, with seating for six;
•Utility room: Contains a washing machine and separate tumble dryer.
Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed;
•Bedroom 2: Contains two single beds;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.
Horseshoe Cottages' large, enclosed garden is in front of the property, with peaceful views towards the village pub. The mature garden is mostly laid to lawn and contains an outdoor table, parasol, and seating for six, as well as a charcoal barbecue.
Free on street parking is available next to the cottage.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 70 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Lower Swell is a beautiful Cotswold village located on the River Dikler, one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold. The village has a tranquil green, mellow stone cottages and is surrounded by stunning countryside. Lower Swell is also fortunate to contain a traditional Cotswold pub, the Golden Ball Inn, which serves fresh food and local ales.
In 1086 the manor of Lower Swell was owned by Raoul II of Tosny and William II, Count of Eu. In the 13th century the Lower Swell manor was sold to Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall (formally "King of the Romans", from 1257). In the 16th century it was exchanged back and forth between the Crown and the Bishop of London. Other notable owners include Sir Robert Atkyns, who was an English Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Lords. His son, also Sir Robert Atkyns, lived in Lower Swell and wrote "Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire".
In the Middle Ages the village's name was Little Swell. Documents indicate that the village was well developed by the 17th century, although it was probably well developed much earlier.
There are a few ancient ancient burial chambers located around Lower Swell. Some of them are marked with menhirs - standing stones. One of these stones is named the Whittlestone. There is a local legend that the Whittlestone once belonged to an immovable megalith, from which any stones moved would return to their initial places the morning after they are moved. The Whittlestone was moved, however, and contrary to the legend it remains at the location that it was moved to in the centre of Lower Swell. Another legend states that the Whittlestone is a moving megalith, and every night, "when the Whistlestone hears Stow clock (a mile off) strike 12, it goes down to Lady-well (and the hill's foot) to drink".
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 Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward, probably Edward the Martyr.
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.
Stow on the Wold
Food & drink
The village of Lower Swell is perfectly located for visiting the numerous pubs and restaurants in the North Cotswolds. Within the village itself is a traditional Cotswolds pub:
•The Golden Ball Inn: Built in the 17th century, the building has been a pub for over one hundred years. The Golden Ball Inn prides itself on being a traditional village pub for everybody from near and far. In the summer you can take advantage of the garden and decking with fantastic views of the beautiful surrounding countryside, whilst in the winter you can sit by the log fires and enjoy a drink or two. The menu aims to be a traditional pub menu with dishes to suit all tastes and there is also a "Gourmet Burger Menu", which uses burgers from award winning producers Love My Cow, who farm down the road in Bourton-on-the-Water. Take away food is also available.
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.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•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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