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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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.
PRICES: Unable to include in price grid - Cheltenham Festival short stays: Mon/Tues/Wed - £395. Thur/Fri/Sat - £435.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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, King Beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
About this location
The 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 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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6 Feb 2015
"Very cosy cottage"
Lilac Cottage was a lovely cottage with everything you needed to make stay enjoyable. Easy walk into town. Thank you for the bottle of Red wine. A nice touch. Just one little niggle. We had snow … More
Glad you were warm and cosy in Lilac Cottage and that you were happy with the location. Concerning the slippery steps, there is an "ice mat" available which, in this instance, hadn't been put in place and for that, I apologise. Your suggestion of a handrail is a good one and we will certainly follow up on that.
Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we appreciate it very much.
4 Feb 2015
"Lovely Cottage, lovely place, but watch out for website pricing"
Yes this was a lovely small cottage to stay in, just right for four. Nicely decorated, neat, tidy, clean and modern inside. Rear garden attractive too, great for summer. Stow is a nice village with so… More
Thank you for your very kind comments on Lilac Cottage.
I believe I explained the situation regarding the price difference in my response to the previous review - Holiday Lettings insist on publishing a nightly rate and this can't be done accurately for holiday lets such as ours.
I will suggest to Holiday Lettings that, for short stays, all prospective visitors are advised to make an Enquiry rather than an immediate Booking.
Thank you again for taking the time to review our property.
27 Jan 2015
"Lovely weekend marred by £50 price hike after booking"
We paid the cost of the break then were told it was £50 more than was advertised on the internet and we had to pay that too! Unfortunately this put a bit of a blight on our enjoyment. However t… More
This was not a "price hike after booking". As I explained in my private response to these guests, Holiday Lettings insist on publishing a nightly rate for short stays (i.e. 1/7th of weekly rate x number of nights) which is inappropriate as most holiday lets cannot operate that system due to costings such as Housekeeping. The price shown on Holiday Lettings' website says "from £xxx" with a contact form direct to the owner.
However, despite this frustration, I'm glad you were comfortable at the cottage and enjoyed Stow on the Wold.
28 Dec 2014
"Excellent relaxing stay"
Very well equipt cottage. Everything we needed to make Christmas very special. Very helpful owner and cleaners!Thank you… More
The Cotswolds, and particularly Stow, are magical at Christmas so we are very pleased to have provided a comfortable base for your festive visit.
Thank you for your kind comments about myself and my staff - we strive to provide a high quality service so it's good to have positive feedback.
We hope to see you again in the future.
Kind regards, Dianne
17 Dec 2014
"Lovely cottage, brilliant location and very friendly people."
My husband, son, sister, her boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 days and wish we could've stayed longer. The cottage was so cozy and clean. It had absolutely everything you could've wanted. W… More
We appreciate your kind comments concerning the cleanliness and feel of Lilac Cottage - we try very hard to ensure our guests are comfortable and feel they're "home from home".
It would be our pleasure to welcome you again to Lilac Cottage.
Best regards, Dianne
12 Dec 2014
"Private, Pretty, Perfect"
Lilac Cottage provided a quiet, comfy, warm base for our Cotswold vacation. The dedicated parking space right outside was a definite plus. We were pampered by the soft beds and wonderful pillows and… More
We are so pleased you felt pampered at Lilac Cottage - that's exactly what we endeavour to achieve.
Location was one of the (many!) qualities of Lilac Cottage that drew us to it and we are happy to share that with our guests.
We do hope you will return in the future.
Best regards, Dianne
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
Thank you for your comment that you were comfortable in Lilac Cottage as a group of 4 adults and a young baby - it helps future prospective visitors to see that we can accommodate groups and families of various sizes.
One thing we can't organise is the weather - but as you say, it was a good reason to light the fire and enjoy!
We would love to see you again in the future.
Best regards, Dianne
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
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