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The Old School House in summer time

House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

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


The Old School House is a beautiful, historic house, dating back to 1869 and located in the Conservation Area of the idyllic Cotswold village of Lower Swell, just one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold. Originally built for the village school mistress, the house contains various character features, including a large fireplace, with wood burning stove, original walk-in pantry and a romantic bathroom with clawfoot bath and stone fireplace. Complementing these period features, The Old School House 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 Old School House sleeps up to 12 people in 5 bedrooms – see bedroom configuration below. There are two family bathrooms. Off street parking for up to 5 cars is available.


The Old School House is situated at the end of a short lane, from which the garden is accessed. A path through the garden takes you to the front door of the house, which leads to:

•Kitchen/dining room: The kitchen and adjoining dining room are the heart of the house, with the dining room containing a large wooden table that comfortably seats 12 guests. The dining room also contains a book library and a large selection of games. The kitchen is bright and spacious, and is equipped to a high standard, including a cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine. Adjoining the kitchen is a walk in pantry and a utility room, containing a washing machine and tumble dryer.

From the dining room, a door leads to the:

•Living room: The large, yet cozy living room contains a wood burning stove (initial logs provided), a TV with a home cinema system and Freesat HD, and comfy seating for 12. There are also two portable iPod docks.

A door from the living room leads to stairs to the first floor:

•Bedroom 1: Double bed;

•Bathroom: Beautiful roll top bath, basin and toilet, with stone fireplace;

From the first floor landing, stairs go up to the second floor:

•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed and a single bed;

•Bedroom 3: Double bed. This bedroom is accessed via bedroom 2.

Returning to the dining room, another set of stairs leads to:

•Bedroom 4: Double bed;

•Bathroom: Roll-top bath, with shower attachment, basin and toilet;

•Bedroom 5: Contains an antique Victorian double bed and a single divan bed.

Returning to the kitchen, the front door leads out directly into a fabulous, peaceful garden, with distant views towards the church in Stow-on-the-Wold. The enclosed garden has a flagstone terrace, with teak garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue, overlooking the lawn and shaded woodland areas. All the main rooms in the house look out onto the lovely gardens.

Key features

Security deposit:

No security deposit is required.


Regrettably, The Old School House does not accept pets.

Bed linen and towels:

Conran bed linen and two bath towels per guest are provided.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time at The Old School House is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am, unless prior arrangements are made with the owner. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations

•Bedroom 1: Double bed

•Bedroom 2: Double bed and a single bed

•Bedroom 3: Double bed

•Bedroom 4: Double bed

•Bedroom 5: Double bed and a single bed

Please note that bedroom 3 is accessed via bedroom 2.

Fuel and logs:

Electricity and oil for the central heating are included in the price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and an initial supply of logs is provided for guests.

Services provided:

The Old School House has free wireless internet access and a flat screen TV with home cinema system and Freesat HD. A telephone is available with free calls to standard UK land line numbers.


Off street parking for up to five cars is available.


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay linen and towel change are included in the price.

Child friendly facilities:

Two travel cots (without linen) and two high chairs are available.

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.

Health and safety:

The Old School House is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to those with limited mobility, 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.


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 12, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham International 75 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 9 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
General Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

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.

Stow on the Wold

Food and 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 the Golden Ball Inn, which was built in the 17th century and has been a pub for over one hundred years.

A mile 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.

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

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Review 1-5 of 5

25 Jan 2014


"Style over substance"

On the face of it, this is a beautiful property and very luxurious with Conran bedding and denny china. The location is perfect, nice and peaceful with beautiful outside space and ample parking. Lot… More

21 Aug 2013



The Old School House was absolutely brilliant to celebrate my 30th birthday with a large group of friends. Plenty of space, easy to access, great location. It was that good that I'm even thinking… More

18 Apr 2013


"Very good Cottage house"

First of all, i would like to say that the house was great and was spot on. it had everything that we needed and it was as advertised.The owner sounded very nice and polite over the phone as we never … More

26 Feb 2013


"Exceptional Quality"

What a treat - nestled in a pretty Cotswolds village this was ideal for me and my 'chicks' for my hen weekend. Ideally kitted out and more than comfortable. Everything you could have needed … More

23 Jan 2013


"A great place for a reunion"

We had a brilliant time at The Old School House. The house was perfect for 4 couples and 3 children – total 11. The only criticism was that there was no shower, other than over the baths! But would definitely go again if opportunity arises.

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