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Lilac Cottage

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 18 reviews

Rear of cottage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

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

Lilac Cottage is a wonderful 2-bedroomed Cotswold cottage dating from the 1830's, rated 4* by Visit England. It is a perfect mix of traditional furniture and soft furnishings with modern conveniences. There is a log fire as well as central heating, wooden beams and crisp white decoration, high ceilings but still retaining a cosy cottage feel.

Perfectly located within short walking distance (approx 4 minutes) of everything Stow has to offer - pubs, restaurants, tea shops, gift shops - yet situated in a cul-de-sac and at the rear, a patio and long garden providing peace and quiet.

Excellent base for exploring the beautiful towns and villages nearby e.g. Burford, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Bibury, Snowshill. Then there is the extensive, beautiful countryside for walking - both serious and not-so-serious!

Local people retain their friendliness and helpfulness all through the year, however busy the season.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 600 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London Heathrow 117 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 7 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, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Central England/Cotswolds region

The Cotswolds welcomes travellers with its honey-coloured stone buildings, many with a story to tell - as do the local people!

There really is something for everyone in the Cotswolds: history, countryside, shopping, dining - or simply wonderful surroundings to do nothing. Cheltenham racecourse is a short drive away.

On a fine day, from the top of Broadway Tower, you can see between 5 and 17 counties ... depending on whose story you believe. But however many in truth, the view is outstanding. And the nearby cafe is not just a cafe - recently refurbished and providing excellent lunches (my personal recommendation) and a gift shop with so much more than postcards.

Feed the ducks in Bourton-on-the-Water. Admire the beautiful cottages in Lower Slaughter (the Mill is particularly interesting). Walk up one side of the main street in Burford (featured on Time Team), stop for refreshments, then walk back down the other side. Have afternoon tea at the Lygon Arms in Broadway, a wonderful historic hotel. I can personally recommend the hot chocolate at the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden and a visit to the Arts & Crafts studio/workshops off Sheep Street.

You can put on serious walking gear to explore the Cotswold area - there is a profusion of information showing walking / cycling routes. Or you can put on a pair of trainers, take a picnic in a backpack and wander.

Stow on the Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is different from most Cotswold towns in that it is built around a Market Square which is ideal for wandering around the antique, gift and clothes shops, restaurants, tea shops, pubs (some with local beers). The market cross commemorates the role Stow played in the English Civil War, in which the parish church of St Edward's also played its part. St Edward's Hall in the Square regularly hosts events such as craft & antique fairs.

There are traditional independent shops such as a bakery, butcher, delicatessens and my personal favourite - the Cotswold Chocolate Shop where you can watch chocolate being made. There is also a late shop in the square and a 24-hour supermarket just on the outskirts.

As previously mentioned, there is a wealth of different eateries - pub food (very good!), cafes, bistros, top class restaurants; somewhere for every occasion. Stow also boasts the oldest inn in England on Digbeth Street.

It is also worth mentioning that, off the market square are lovely alleyways to explore, sometimes with a surprise courtyard of shops.

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Review 1-10 of 18

4 Nov 2014


"Cosy cottage, very well equipped and in a great location"

Stayed for 3 nights and found the cottage very comfortable for our group of 4 adults and 6 month old baby. Had everything we needed to have an enjoyable stay. The weather was wet but it gave us a go… More

24 Aug 2014



Nous avons passé 4 nuits dans ce merveilleux cottage au rapport qualité prix imbattableLe cottage est charmant et d'un très bon goût, très bien aménagé, il ne manque rienil est extrêmemen… More

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of Lilac Cottage - and such a positive one. We appreciate your lovely comments about the cottage and it reassures us about our endeavours to maintain our standard of quality. We do hope you will return to enjoy Lilac Cottage again. Best regards. Dianne

5 Aug 2014


"Cozy little cottage in a perfect location"

Our family (including two teenaged children) stayed here for one week while exploring the Cotswolds. The cottage was in a perfect location in the village of Stow-on-the-Wold in that it was a very sho… More

Thank you for your positive comments on Lilac Cottage - we're glad you enjoyed your stay.
Regarding the two negatives, the kitchen was stocked with a full set of pans so I don't understand why you could only find one small saucepan. The Information Folder does have the number of the Housekeeper and suggests visitors contact her with any problems - I'm sure she could have resolved this one quite quickly for you.
Concerning the car parking space, I don't understand your comment that visitors should bring only a small car to Lilac Cottage - we use a BMW X3 and our neighbour parks her BMW X3 alongside and we haven't encountered any problems up to now.
I thank you for taking the time and trouble to post your review and am glad you enjoyed the Cotswolds.

1 Jul 2014


"A gorgeous Gem"

What a fabulous find. Just a minutes walk out of town to get away from the traffic and tourists but perfect proximity to walk to all the local shops and restaurants. My husband and I loved this pl… More

Thank you for your prompt review of Lilac Cottage. It was lovely to speak with you and make recommendations which I'm glad helped. Your comment that Lilac Cottage was even better than expected was wonderful to hear - it is always our wish that first-time visitors are satisfied and happy when they arrive. You certainly made the most of your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards. Dianne

22 Apr 2014


"The perfect cottage in an idyllic location"

We enjoyed every minute staying at Lilac Cottage for our Easter break, what a find ! It's a warm cosy cottage in an idyllic location. The cottage was full of character, well equipped with a large… More

Thank you for your positive review of Lilac Cottage. We do try to cater for all groups of visitors - e.g. couples, families, friends, wedding guests, horse racing fans, single people needing some quiet time.
I must mention Jenny, our Housekeeper, who does a sterling job making sure the cottage is ready for the next visitors - and organising the little extras!
We are so please you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again.

12 Apr 2014


"Charming Cottage with a Bundle of Character"

A group of 5 school friends stayed here for a weekend break. The property provided everything we needed and suited our requirements perfectly.Rooms are all tastefully decorated and are welcoming. The … More

I'm so glad you enjoyed your "Girls' Reunion" weekend.
Thank you for your kind comments on Lilac Cottage - we strive to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable.
We much appreciate your comments on the convenience of the location of the cottage which really helps future guests when making a decision on a rental.
We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

1 Apr 2014


"Perfect in every way"

Lilac Cottage provided us with everything we needed for a week's stay in the Cotswolds. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac it was only 4 minutes walk into the centre of Stow and it's quaint Tea-… More

Although we have several very positive reviews, each new one is just as much appreciated as the first. It's reassuring to know we're providing what our guests need.

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you return.


11 Feb 2014


"Our cozy cottage in the Cotswolds"

My family rented this cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold for two weeks in November 2013. It is located in the oldest village in the UK and vacationing here is like taking an adventure into the past. We love… More

Thank you so much for your lovely comments about Lilac Cottage and Stow on the Wold. The Cotswolds really is the perfect part of England for our overseas visitors to experience an English village and to get a feel for English history.
It was my pleasure to help with pre-ordering - I like to feel I've done my best to make our guests welcome and to help them get the most from their stay with us.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

29 Jan 2014


"Ideal cottage for a relaxing break."

My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at Lilac Cottage during one of the few weeks last summer when the weather was a bit unpredictable and not all glorious sunshine as had been the previous … More

Thank you for your kind comments about Lilac Cottage and we will endeavour to maintain (and hopefully improve) the standard for your next visit. We're glad you were comfortable through good and bad weather - the one thing we can't arrange!

29 Jan 2014


"Perfect cottage, destination and Owner"

I cannot say enough good things about Lilac cottage and the Owner Dianne.... We stayed at Lilac cottage for 5 nights over Christmas and could have easily stayed for twice as long.. Firstly the Cottage… More

Wow! What a fabulous review. Although we have received mostly positive, and many glowing, comments from our guests, it makes us feel that we are welcoming friends to our home when we receive comments such as this. It's a pleasure researching information needed with the added bonus that I feel I have done everything I can to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for our guests. I realise you live a long way from England but we would love to welcome you again to Lilac Cottage some time.

Review 1-10 of 18

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