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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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, 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), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
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.