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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 29 reviews

The Crook

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 29 reviews

from £122 /night

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The eaves double bedroom, filled with character and charm

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

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



The Crook is a beautiful, Grade II listed house, dating back to the 18th century and located in the heart of the quintessential English market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The house contains a wealth of character features, including wooden beams, flagstone floors, exposed walls and fireplaces. Complementing these period features, The Crook has been decorated, furnished and equipped in a warm and contemporary style, making the house a perfect holiday choice for families or groups of friends.

The Crook sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms – see bedroom configuration below. There is a family bathroom and downstairs cloakroom.


The Crook's front door on Sheep Street opens into an entrance hall, with flagstone flooring, which leads to:

•Living room: The cosy living room contains a wood burning stove (logs provided) and a plasma TV with DVD player. There is also a DVD and book library, plus a selection of games;

•Kitchen/dining room: The dining room is the heart of the house, with exposed walls, wooden beams, flagstone flooring and a large brick fireplace (no longer used as a fire). There is a large dining table, with seating for 8, and a plasma TV. The new kitchen is bright and airy, with a door leading directly out to the courtyard garden. Equipped to a high standard, the kitchen contains a range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a fabulous dual temperature controlled wine fridge and a Nespresso coffee machine (capsules are not provided);

•Downstairs cloakroom: Accessed via the original back door of The Crook, contains a WC and basin;

•Small storage cupboard.

A stairway from the hall leads upstairs to the first floor:

•Bedroom 1: Contains a king size bed and plenty of wardrobe space;

•Bedroom 2: Contains two single beds, which can be joined together to form a super king size bed;

•Bathroom: Refurbished to an exceptional standard, the bathroom contains a bath with overhead shower, a WC and basin. The tiled floor has under floor heating.

From the first floor landing, an old door opens onto the staircase to the second floor:

•Bedroom 3: The staircase opens out directly into a spacious eaves bedroom, with beautiful exposed beams and a super king size bed;

•Bedroom 4: At the top of the stairs, connected to bedroom 3, is a small eaves bedroom. This room contains two small single beds (75cm wide). A particular feature of this room, which makes it ideal for younger children, is that the door from bedroom 3 can be safely shut but left open at the top, so that adults in bedroom 3 can keep an eye on the children.

Back downstairs, a door from the kitchen leads directly outside to a fabulous courtyard garden, which includes a stunning open fireplace (logs provided). Sheltered from the wind and with ample seating and dining space for eight guests, the courtyard is perfect for entertaining, whatever the season. The courtyard is well lit for evening dining.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham International 75 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 8 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, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ

About this location

The 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:

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.

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

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Review 1-10 of 29

14 Nov 2014


"A lovely cottage but not so lovely customer sevice"

We stayed here as a family of seven adults for a birthday celebration. The cottage is pretty and welcoming. The kitchen is super and also the three main bedrooms. However beware of the pictures as the… More

Character Cottages, as a marketing agency, does not look after or maintain any cottages.

The following is written by the professional property manager, as appointed by the property owners:

"As we work so hard to ensure that every property is prepared to a high standard, it is disappointing to hear a negative comment about one of our homes. This is especially difficult when we are not made aware of some of the problems until after the guests' departure. This party called on Friday night to report that the fridge was not working, and that there was also a problem with the wine cooler. As always, we acted swiftly and a maintenance person attended on Saturday morning, and found the fridge to be working perfectly well. The wine cooler, however, was not, and could not immediately be fixed. It was checked by a specialist engineer on the Monday morning, and has to be replaced. With a perfectly working fridge, this should not have been a problem for the guests.

When we received notification of the other issues raised, (after the guests' departure) we investigated each point and spoke with the relevant parties. The housekeeping team had missed checking the placemats, for which they apologised. On checking the maintenance schedule, it was discovered that the chimney sweeping company had attended after the housekeeping team had prepared the house. Whilst there, the sweeps admitted using the toilets, which was clearly not acceptable. We have since instructed all maintenance contractors that none of the properties' facilities are to be used at any time. Further, we visited the house and checked/tested all the appliances – aside from the already notified broken wine cooler, all of them worked correctly. It is fairly common for some guests to occasionally have difficulty with operating some appliances, and for that reason, we leave all instruction manuals at each home.

The carpet in the bedroom was unfortunately stained by a previous party and, as the carpet is not able to be cleaned, will be replaced.

As for the guest comment about the fourth bedroom being unsuitable for adults, she is quite correct. However, it is clearly listed on the Character Cottages website that this room 'contains two small single beds (75cm wide). A particular feature of this room, which makes it ideal for younger children, is that the door from bedroom 3 can be safely shut but left open at the top, so that adults in bedroom 3 can keep an eye on the children in bedroom 4'.

Booking a property for eight adults, when it is clearly advertised and furnished as being only suitable for six, plus two children, must have been an oversight on the guests' part. Therefore, this criticism of the property is entirely unjustified."

16 Oct 2014


"1st class cottage with loads of charm"

We booked this cottage for our staff as an alternative to a Hotel for the Big Feastival Event and it was a wise choice. The accommodation was excellent, as were the facilities.Location could not have … More

12 Dec 2013


"Needs A Facelift"

Have just spent a pre- Christmas weekend break with family staying at The Crook cottage. This cottage does not live up to its web site photos or description of its amenities, it was a let down. The w… More

Character Cottages can confirm 100% that we did NOT receive any notifications from this guest whatsoever. This review, posted on TripAdvisor, was the first time we had any indication of dissatisfaction.

Since Character Cottages is a lettings only agent and does not actually own or manage any of its cottages. The owners, or the owners appointed property managers, are responsible for maintaining standards and as such, they have provided a response to this guests review, as follows:

"It is disappointing to have received negative comments after the guests have departed the property. We can confirm that NO communication was received by us, or the letting agents during their stay, and so no inspection of the property could took place to verify the legitimacy of those comments. However, we can offer the following information:

The garden was clear and tidy prior to the guests' arrival. However, the Cotswolds area was subject to storm-force winds in excess of 74mph during the preceding day. This was undoubtedly the reason for the garden being messy, as trees were blown down and debris was scattered across the whole region. BBQs are obviously not intended for use during the winter months and, as such, are not normally checked for wear and tear until the Spring. At that time, should the BBQ be found to be inadequate it will, of course, be replaced. We shall assess the quality of the carpets and shower seal and take action as necessary.

Well-balanced, honest and fair reviews, whether positive or not, are always welcome and all feedback is treated with great importance. It is a pity that these guests failed to mention that the house was clean, tidy, well-equipped and in a prime location.

Kind regards,

The Property Manager"

1 Dec 2013


"Lovely cottage - shame about the detail!"

We've just returned from an excellent weeks holiday. The cottage was beautifully positioned in the heart of Stow giving us access to all that the town had to offer plus great walking from the do… More

Character Cottages is a lettings only agent and does not actually own or manage any of its cottages. The owners, or the owners appointed property managers, are responsible for maintaining standards and as such, they have provided a response to this guests review, as follows:

"It is regretful that this guest had cause to make negative comments about their stay at the lovely Crook. On receipt of the review, the housekeeping team was instructed to complete an inventory of the cooking pans and found there to be 5 frying pans and 3 original saucepans, along with the new one purchased by the guest during their stay. We would say this is in line with the equipment requirement for holiday homes. It is standard practice to leave only 'non-abrasive' washing sponges, to prevent damage to non-stick equipment and stainless steel appliances etc. However, this guest was reimbursed for the extra saucepan which was required, and for the pan scourer and two light bulbs. As the guests said, these items were minor irritations, and the property was well-presented, clean, tidy and warm. Even so, as the property manager, these comments still command our attention to ensure any issues are addressed and resolved with speed; which they were.

Many kind thanks,

The Property Manager"

2 Nov 2013


"Beware of management!"

We have visited the Cotswolds many times and love it! This visit, we elected to stay at the Crook. There were a number of deficiencies which the "guest services manager" was not willing to … More

The following response is from the owner's appointed Property Management company who run the maintenance and call out support for The Crook. The guest suggested that this is the job of Character Cottages, which is not correct. Character Cottages is the letting agent and is not responsible for the operations of The Crook.

Response from the management company:

“We received a call from these guests shortly before 9pm on Saturday night, advising that they were unable to operate the DVD player, and that one of the toilet seats was very loose. None of the previous guests, nor the housekeeping team had reported any previous problems, but we politely apologised for the inconvenience and said that we would arrange for someone to attend on Monday morning to rectify both issues.

This was not acceptable to the guests, who became particularly rude and discourteous during various phone calls late that night. We attempted to call the guests 12 times from 9pm to 11pm, and on each occasion, the call was rejected. We had no other phone number for the guests, so sent an email to explain that we had been trying to contact them and detailed the action that would be taken. They responded by saying that the phone was not working, and that we were not responding to their calls; this was simply not true and our telephone records prove such.

The following morning (Sunday), we emailed again to say that we would visit that day. On arrival at the property, we first checked the telephone with both incoming and outgoing calls – there was nothing wrong either phone. We checked the 'very' loose toilet seat, which had no more than 1” movement on one side – the screw was tightened and problem solved. Initially, the picture from the DVD player did not immediately display on the television. However, we checked the scart lead connection and found that the lead wasn't quite pushed in enough. As soon as this was done, the picture appeared on the screen.

Despite attending for these guests on a Sunday, for a non-emergency issue, this inaccurate review was posted - just 24 hours after the guests' arrival, with four days of their stay left to enjoy.

As a company, we pride ourselves on providing a high-quality, professional management service for our clients and their guests. The effectiveness of our strong work ethic is demonstrated by the numerous independent testimonials we, and the rental companies, have received. At all times, we strive to ensure the complete satisfaction of all guests at each of the properties we manage.”

9 Oct 2013


"Didn't live up to my expectations"

We booked this property because of the excellent ratings it had received on Trip Advisor, but we were disappointed with some aspects. Firstly on a positive note, Stow on the Wold is a pretty town and … More

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for providing your feedback. It is very important to us and the owners of our properties to fully understand our customers' views and to improve things where possible. Perhaps we can attempt to clarify a couple of points, for the benefit of all those reading this review:

1. Unfortunately, there was a mis-communication between the housekeepers, resulting in the bed configurations being made up in the wrong way. Please accept our sincere apologies for this. Those involved are aware of their mistake and know not to do it again;

2. With regards to the traffic, we do try our best to bring this to the attention of our guests before they make their booking, via our website, which states the following:

“The Crook is located on one of Stow's busier roads and some guests in the front bedrooms may be aware of traffic noise at night. The cottage is, however, set back from the road and is also close to a junction, so traffic speed is limited past the house.”

The upside of The Crook's location, is that it is very close to the market square and all of its attractions, which hopefully outweigh any concerns regarding road noise!

3. With regards to the layout of the property, the single bathroom and the lack of TV in the master bedroom – perhaps this was missed at the point of booking, however, our website provides a detailed floor plan, a detailed property description and an inventory, which accurately explains all of these things.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at The Crook and that your concerns didn't get in the way of a great time. Thanks again for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again.

Kind regards,

Character Cottages

28 Aug 2013


"Excellent cottage in prime location"

We stayed at the crook for the bank holiday weekend as a group of six friends (3 couples). The cottage was perfect for what we wanted - somewhere to use as a base to explore the cotswolds and also to … More

27 Mar 2013


"Fantastic cottage in perfect location"

We returned yesterday from our stay at the Crook and just wanted to say it was fantastic! It's a beautiful property, full of character in a fantastic location. It proved perfect for our gathering of 8 friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and would love to come back again one day.

22 Mar 2013


"Excellent Property"

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Crook once again, and would like to thank the owners and yourselves for a pleasant stay.

There was a problem with the boiler on Tuesday morning but I'm pleased to say it was rectified while we were at the races and was fine when we returned.

I'm sure we'll be looking to rebook for next year so if you could prompt us nearer the time regarding costs for 2014 I would really appreciate it.

26 Jan 2013


"Great House, but 4th room too small for adults"

This house was amazing. Finished to a really high standard, and really well kitted out. The location is perfect, and although we couldn't all park outside, there was plenty of free parking 5 mi… More

Review 1-10 of 29

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