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The Old Forge Cottage (C537)


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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

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

Originally a blacksmith's forge, this semi-detached cottage, converted in 2011, is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom cottage that is comfortable for 6 /7 people.

You enter into the dining room off which you have a spacious, newly fitted kitchen to the right and to the left, the sitting room with leather corner suite and armchair, flat screen TV and a feature fireplace. Very well equipped. The cottage retains the original floorboards and the modern light, neutral colours throughout creates a crisp, clean finish. Although no garden there is a small outside seating area and off-road parking for 2-3 cars.

Stow-on-the-Wold is an ancient Cotswold wool town on The Fosse Way, a Roman road that runs from Exeter to Lincoln in almost a straight line. Some 800 feet above sea level, the market square is protected from the winds and rain by the buildings some of which date to the 16th century. Many have been built from mellow Cotswold limestone that has been locally quarried; some have huge beams from the days when Gloucestershire was covered in forest.

Steeped in history.....Charles 1 stayed at The Kings Arms around 1645 and The Porch House (the nearest watering hole to the cottage!) is said to be the oldest inn in England.

The cottage is just minutes walk to the nearest pubs, restaurants and all of the amenities that Stow-on-the-Wold has to offer which include many tea rooms, shops, and the market square where there are still the 15th century stocks.

Ground floor Spacious dining room with table and chairs for 7, pine dresser and stairs to the first floor, large kitchen with a small breakfast bar, sitting room with leather corner suite, armchair, bookcase, coffee table and small occasional table.

First floor Double bedroom with bed side drawers and lamps, fitted wardrobes with a dressing table and mirror, an en-suite shower room with a hand basin and wc. Twin bedroom with bedside drawers and lamp and tall chest of drawers. Family bedroom with a double bed and a set of drawers and lamps either side, a single bed with bedside drawers, a double wardrobe and a mirror. A family bathroom with a bath and separate shower, hand basin and wc.

Fast Facts

Gas central heating and electricity are included.

Bed linen and towels provided.

Flat screen TV, DVD, Freeview, Hi-Fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer.

Parking for 2 - 3 cars.

Children welcome - travel cot (cot linen not supplied) and highchair available.

Regret no pets.

Local buses from the town.

Two minutes to the nearest pub/restuarant.

No smoking, please.

Broadband available 7am - 11pm.

Flexible changeover days.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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

General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking

The Central England/Cotswolds region

From Windsor to the Welsh Borders our area offers a taste of what was and what is...fabulous properties of historic and architectural interest that sit alongside pretty tea rooms, gastro pubs, shops, restaurants etc etc!

In a simply stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are the Cotswolds with the unique honey-coloured stone, ancient woodlands and miles of rolling hills and over 3,000 miles of public footpaths. The rivers Windrush and Coln trickle their way through some of the prettiest Cotswold towns and villages you will ever come across, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury. Royal Berkshire and the Thames Valley are on the doorstep of the Capital. Stay in Windsor (with a royal neighbour!), be close to Henley-on-Thames famous for Henley Regatta or walk The Thames Path as the river meanders through rural villages, historic towns and peaceful water meadows before it reaches the Thames Barrier in the heart of London. From your 'own' front door you can explore the contrasts of Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Shropshire. Visit the theatres at Stratford-upon-Avon, walk the Ridgeway Path from the Thames in the west through to the atmospheric Chiltern Hills.

Our towns and villages optimise the English rural on the green, a glass of locally brewed beer, peace and quiet - lovely!

Stow on the Wold

Although said to have originated as an Iron Age fort (it is on a hill top), it later became a market town. This was because it was located at a point where several roads converged and therefore, advantage was taken of passing trade. Markets and fairs have been held there in the square since the 12th Century and handmade goods as well as livestock were traded. You can see several alleyways between the buildings, or tures as they were known, leading into the square and originally used to control the sheep being ushered into the square for sale.

Over the years the wool trade, and those linked to it, slowly died out and horses were sold at the fairs instead. The horse fair continues to this day and is held twice a year (May and October). A farmers' market is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at which you can buy local produce.

Today Stow-on-the-Wold is a bustling town which attracts visitors from all over the world who come to see its famed honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages and buildings. There are lots of little shops to visit and a good choice of restaurants, pubs and tearooms/coffee shops. It is well known for its numerous antique shops too. On view in the market square are some original medieval stocks, used at the time as a form of punishment.

Local attractions are Batsford Arboretum, Hidcote Manor, Birdland, Cotswold Motoring Museum, Cotswold Farm Park, Bourton Model Railway Exhibition, The Cotswold Falconry Centre and the Cotswold Wildlife Park, just outside Burford. Stow-on-the-Wold is just a 5-minute drive from Bourton-on-the-Water and Lower Slaughter. There are regular buses into Cheltenham and Moreton-in-Marsh, both on mainline train routes that go into London. Kingham Station, where you can park your car for the day, is less than 5 miles away, as is Moreton in Marsh station.

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3 Feb 2014


"Super stay with friends in great location for Stow."

A great cottage with the owner living next door. Lots of parking which can sometimes be tricky with character cottages. This cottage is extremely deceptive for space - there's loads of it! Amanda… More

Thanks very much for this, I'll be sure to tell Amanda as she takes great pride in looking after the cottage and we love to work with her too!

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Calendar last updated:24 Nov 2014

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