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Whitsun Cottage

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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

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


Whitsun Cottage is a beautiful, double fronted Cotswold stone cottage, clad in Virginia creeper. The cottage is larger than many other properties of its age, with a separate living room, dining room and kitchen, two bathrooms, and higher ceilings than in many comparable properties. The cottage also benefits from an enclosed courtyard garden and its location in the heart of the picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, which has a wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as being ideally placed for exploring the wider Cotswold region.

The cottage dates back to the 19th century and has been beautifully refurbished, whilst retaining numerous character features, including wooden floors and beams, two exposed stone fireplaces with wood burning stoves, ledge and brace doors, and a lovely oak stair-rail. Complementing this raft of character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, Freesat TV and a well equipped kitchen.

The cottage sleeps a maximum of 4+2 people (see bed configuration below), in two bedrooms and a large landing space, with two bathrooms. It is an ideal retreat for a family or a group of friends.


Whitsun Cottage's front door opens into the dining room. The ground floor rooms are:

•Living room: A stylish room, with wooden floors, an exposed stone fireplace with wood burning stove, leather sofa and armchairs. Including a comfy foot stool, the living room can seat six people. There is also a Freesat flat screen TV and DVD player. French doors lead out from the living room to the courtyard garden;

•Dining room: Contains an abundance of character features, including wooden floors and beams, an exposed stone fireplace with wood burning stove, window seat and wall alcoves. This beautiful room has a large oak dining table, with seating for six. There is also a digital radio, with iPod dock;

•Kitchen: A well equipped kitchen, containing a dishwasher, four ring electric hob, electric oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and tumble dryer. A stable door leads out from the kitchen into the courtyard garden.

A staircase, with a beautiful oak stair-rail, leads up from the dining room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:

•Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed and plentiful wardrobe space;

•Bedroom 2: Contains two 75cm wide single beds;

•Bathroom 1: Contains a bath with shower attachment, toilet and basin;

•Bathroom 2: Contains a shower, toilet and basin.

The large landing space contains a day bed and a trundle bed, both of which can be set up, if required, to enable the cottage to sleep up to six guests.

To the rear of the cottage is a small, fully enclosed courtyard garden, with an outdoor table and chairs, and a barbecue during the warmer months. Sheltered from the wind, this is a very pleasant space to sit outside and relax in.

Key Features

Security deposits:

Security deposits are not required at Whitsun Cottage (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).


The maximum occupancy of the property is six guests, including infants and babies.


Regrettably, pets are not accepted.

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. 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: 2 x 75cm wide single beds

•Landing: Day bed + trundle bed

Fuel and logs:

Electricity and gas are included in the rental price. An initial supply of logs and firelighters are provided for the wood burning stoves and further supplies can be purchased locally.

Services provided:

The property has free wireless internet access and a Freesat TV with DVD player.

There is no telephone at the property. Mobile phone reception is generally OK, although it can be variable on some networks.


Free on street parking is readily available a short walk away from the property (luggage can be unloaded directly outside the cottage).


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are not available at this property.

Child friendly facilities:

A travel cot (without linen), high chair and safety gate are provided. There is also a small selection of games and DVDs.

The property's courtyard garden is fully enclosed.

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, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety:

The property has two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, 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.

The front door of the property opens onto the street and guests with young children should take particular care to ensure that the children are supervised when the door is opened.


No smoking is permitted throughout the property.


The property is located on one of Stow's busier roads and some guests may be aware of traffic noise at night. The cottage is, however, relatively close to a junction, so traffic speed is limited past the house.


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 6, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham Airport 70 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors BBQ

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.


Historic Stow

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. The combination of rural informality and fine food and drink makes this small market town the ideal destination for a holiday or weekend break.

Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-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 foot 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 St. Edward's Stowe or Holy Place, named after a Saxon missionary. The word 'wold' as in 'Cotswold' means hills, so Stow-on-the-Wold simply means Holy Place on the Hill.

Local information

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 2000.

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.

Although Stow is still located at the junction of several routes, motorways have taken most of the heavy traffic away from the area and the quaint market square sits away from the main roads. 21st century Stow combines the finest aspects of modern living and convenience with the Cotswold's ancient beauty.


Until 1537, Stow was controlled by the Abbots of Evesham Abbey and was intended by the Abbots to be a centre for trade, leaving the nearby village of Maugersbury to its agriculture. Consequently, Stow expanded and became a parish in its own right, with the boundary between the villages moved several times to accommodate Stow as it grew.

Stow was the most important market town in the North Cotswolds when the sale of sheep and wool was at its height. In 1476 King Edward IV gave Stow the right to hold two fairs, on 12th May and 24th October each year, and Stow Fair was for centuries one of the biggest livestock markets in Britain. There are still two Gypsy horse fairs held on the Thursdays nearest the original dates, which take place in fields between Stow and Maugesbury. For the Romanies, the two dates remain as the most important social events of the year as well as a time and place to buy and sell.

The vast Market Square is testament to the town's former importance. At one end stands the ancient Market Cross, a symbolic reminder to the traders of medieval times to deal honestly and fairly. The Cross has been restored and repaired several times, most recently in 1994 after a young man climbed up and fell bringing the top of the Cross down with him after sampling a few too many local ales!

At the other end of the Square are the town stocks – the latest in a long line dating back to the 15th Century – shaded between old elm trees. A Farmer's Market is held on the second Thursday of each month, at the edge of Stocks Green, and charity stalls and Morris Dancers use the space alongside Stocks Green on many weekends from spring to autumn.

The 'Tures' or ancient narrow alleyways leading into Market Square were used for the control and counting of the sheep brought to market. Most of the houses grouped around the Market Square date back to the 17th and 18th Century, although the 'Crooked House' on the west side of the Square dates from around 1450.

The Market Square was also the site of the last major battle in the Civil War in 1646, when Sir Jacob Astley's Royalist army were soundly defeated there.

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25 Nov 2014


"Beautiful cottage in town"

This is a beautiful little cottage in the middle of stow - the noise from the street is not too bad and the outside space in the back must be a gem in the summer. The wood burning stove adds a lovely… More

30 Jun 2014


"Whitsun Cottage was perfect for our needs, two expatriates catching up with UK family and friends."

We booked for three weeks and had four groups of friends staying with us. The cottage was perfect, and even better that there was a clothes washer and a dryer, which were used to good effect. The over… More

19 Mar 2014


"Excellent Accomadation, Excellent Loacation"

Myself and a group of friends stayed at Whitsun Cottage and used it as a base to travel to the races which is approximately 30 minutes away. The cottages facilities are excellent and are perfect shoul… More

17 Sep 2013


"A Cotswold Gem in Stow on the Wold!"

We stayed at Whitsun Cottage with one other couple for 2 weeks. The whole stay was delightful. The house included everything for a comfortable stay. The kitchen was very well equipped and the firep… More

10 May 2013


"Beautiful cottage in a great part of the Cotswold"

The cottage is beautiful! A cake and bottle of wine were waiting for us when we arrived, which was delicious and a wonderful touch. Located right in the center of town, it was a great way to enjoy the… More

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