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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A quintessential 18th century 2 bedroom stone built cottage right in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most picturesque towns in The Cotswolds. Standing across the road from the oldest inn in England, which has timbers carbon-dated to AD 987 and just a short stroll to numerous tea shops, restaurants, pubs, shops, take-aways and antique shops, Serendipity is an excellent base for exploring Stow on the Wold and for a break in the Cotswolds. (See location details for some ideas on local pubs, restaurants and tea shops).
In October 2014, the cottage was completely re-painted with new carpets and flooring throughout, along with many other new features including a new remote control electric stove fire, larger TV with on-demand movies, DAB radio and other items to make your stay even more comfortable.
Delightful and characterful beamed living room with exposed stone wall, 3 seater sofa, 2 single chairs, coffee table, colour TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs and 200 on-demand movies, books and games to help you unwind and enjoy your break. Free wifi broadband is included to enable you to stay in touch (should you wish to).
The large kitchen / dining room has a circular solid oak dining table and 4 comfortable oak chairs to enable you to share a meal and glass of wine with your family and friends. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need for 4 people, along with a washing machine, micro-wave, kettle and toaster.
Large landing with exposed stone wall provides access to both bedrooms, the bathroom and the second toilet room.
Bedroom 1 is a very pretty room with beamed wall and ceiling along with a comfortable king-sized (5 ft) bed, large mirror, dressing table and built-in wardrobe.
Bedroom 2 is also a double room with double bed, dressing table, 2 large mirrors and built-in wardrobe.
The main bathroom contains a bath with over-bath shower, basin and toilet. The second cloakroom contains a toilet with hand basin.
Outside, the south facing courtyard garden is equipped with a table and 4 chairs, making it an ideal place to relax in the sun, enjoy a cold drink or dine alfresco on a warm summer's morning, lunchtime or evening.
Included in the price is electricity, central heating, towels and bedding. In addition, local biscuits or cake are provided and tea cups are ready setup for you to make a quick cuppa on your arrival.
Despite Serendipity being a characterful and pretty 18th century cottage, it does NOT have any low beams or ceilings and the stairs are normal width with a handrail.
On-street parking (recessed parking bays) is available immediately outside the cottage. This is both free and unrestricted, however is on a 'first come, first served' basis. Free, unrestricted parking extends down the hill on both sides of the road. Additional parking is also available in the streets behind the cottage. Free unrestricted off-street parking is available in the main public car park next to Tesco, which is approx 7-8 minutes walk away.
If you have any questions at all, please email us.
What our guests say (actual words taken from our guest book):
First time in this area. Fab cottage. Fab location. We will be back.
Second time here and this time for a 'mini moon'. It was perfect. Thank you. Will definitely be back.
Yet another lovely break at our favourite cottage. New carpet and decor look great. Be back soon.
Thank you for a lovely stay. Your cottage is ideally situated and very comfortable.
Lovely house, lovely village, lovely surroundings, lovely people, lovely shops, lovely weather. We conclude: a lovely holiday!
Lovely cottage, great location, well equipped. Had a lovely time despite the weather!!. Thanks again, enjoyable stay.
Had a wonderful birthday weekend away. Cottage is lovely, the bed to die for! Couldn't have asked for more. See you soon.
Great cottage, great location, close to very decent pubs to cater for all tastes. Enjoyable stay.
Our 2nd visit and as lovely. Thank you for a super comfortable stay.
Perfect little getaway cottage for a romantic weekend away. Lots of country walks available and restaurants to die for. Our personal favourite being The Bell in Stow. The cottage was so much more than we were expecting and we loved snuggling up in front of the fire of an evening. 10/10 for Serendipity, we can't wait to come back. Thanks !
Lovely cosy cottage. Comfy beds and great location.
Our week in Stow has been very special. We have had 100% lovely food everywhere, friendly people, pretty countryside. Great for walking and cycling. Cottage extremely comfortable and cosy. Loved it all.
Enjoyed staying at your house, for a couple of days our home. Very warm, cosy and nicely furnished. Definitely come back. Will tell our Dutch and English family and friends.
Had a lovely week here is Stow, cottage was really lovely, warm and cosy, The Bell, Porch House, Digbeths recommended for evening meals, so many nice places to try. Would come and stay here again.
Lovely cottage and good weather. Brilliant location. Batsford Arboretum recommended, also Hidcote Manor.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
About this location
The Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of England with honey-coloured stone buildings, slate roofs, tea shops, antique dealers, pubs and restaurants in abundance. There really is something for everyone in the Cotswolds: history, countryside, shopping, dining - or simply wonderful surroundings for a leisurely walk or to relax and do nothing much at all. For race-goer, Cheltenham racecourse is a short drive away.
Places to visit include Broadway, Broadway Tower, Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter (the Mill is particularly interesting) and Burford (featured on Time Team) - all with their own uniqueness, walks, tea shops and Arts & Crafts studios.
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 and just wander.
In 1476 an abbot petitioned for a charter for two fairs, the first in May and the second in October. The charters were granted for May 12th, the feast of Saints Philip and James and the October 24th the feast of St. Edward the Confessor and these dates are still used today to decide the gipsy horse fair.
Throughout the Cotswolds stone features in buildings and stone walls act as a common thread in seamlessly blending the historic towns & villages with their surrounding landscape.
A detailed and comprehensive tour directory can be found at www.cotswolds.info and is the perfect visitor guide to the region's history, beautiful villages, places to visit and places to eat including where to shop, and what glorious gardens to see.
It also includes outdoor activity pursuits including Walking, Cycling, Fishing, Golfing, Garden Visits, Horse Riding, Camping and Caravanning.
Places to eat in Stow that we would recommend - we haven't tried all of the other establishments so are not commenting on how good they are.
Tea room - Lucy's - in the far corner of Stow square - 5 minute walk
Posh pub - The Bell Inn - right, down the hill - 2 minute walk - you MUST book
Posh pub - The Porch House - immediately opposite - 1 minute walk - the oldest Inn in England and just had a £1m refurbishment
For a beer with an open fire - The Talbot - in Stow square - 5 minute walk
Comfy sofa and quiet beer - The Unicorn - turn left, at the top of the hill by the traffic lights - 5 minute walk
Home made food - Digbeths - almost opposite the cottage up on the left - 2 minute walk (I think this might be closed in Jan though)
Home made food - The Vine Leaf - burger, posh fish & chips etc - left up the hill into small courtyard on right - 2 minute walk
Pub not in Stow - The Grey Goose - go out of Stow down the hill - keep going for approx. 10 minute drive - immediately opposite at the T-junction
Journeys to/from Stow on the Wold
Destination Distance Time (by Car)
Cheltenham 20 miles 35 mins
Stratford-on-Avon 20 miles 40 mins
Warwick 25 miles 45 mins
Oxford 30 miles 1 hour
London (Heathrow) 70 miles 90 mins
London (Central) 85 miles 2 hours
London (Gatwick) 115 miles 2 hours 15 mins
If you wish to visit London during your stay, you can make use of the direct service between Moreton-in-Marsh station and London Paddington. This journey takes approximately 1.5 hours. For further information, including timetables, visit the National Rail web site here.
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25 Feb 2015
"The perfect cottage!"
Thank you Rob and Bev for a perfect weekend away. Serendipity is wonderfully furnished and so cosy, there was everything! Stow is in the heart of the cotswolds and wonderful for exploring the nearby t… More
Thank you so much for the great feedback and we're so pleased that you had a lovely time. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. R&B
11 Feb 2015
"Perfect Short ( or longer) Break Property"
A lovely property in central Stow which was beautifully furnished and equipped. Despite being sub zero temperatures outside it was very warm and cosy inside. Plenty of good pubs and restaurants within… More
We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that our time and efforts (and decorating skills) haven't gone unnoticed. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, perhaps for longer next time.
10 Feb 2015
"The cottage is amazing & I have recommended to my friends"
The cottage was so warm and welcoming, despite being the middle of February. So well equipped and everything in the cottage was of high quality. It had clearly been decorated and filled with a lot of … More
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Bev and I have put a lot of time, money and energy into trying to provide a lovely warm and comfortable cottage for our guests, so your feedback is much appreciated. Please come back soon.
11 Jan 2015
"Excellent Accom, Location Perfect, Plus Extras from Owners. Will Return"
We choose Serendipity for our first ever break at christmas. Serendipity was furnished superbly, warm and cosy the kitchen had everything you need, we arrived to a lovely cake, butters and jams and m… More
We are so glad that we were able to make Christmas very special for you and that the little extra touches were appreciated. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. R&B.
6 Jan 2015
"Loved the area, loved the cottage, just a shame it was attached!!"
Great sized cosy cottage right in the main town of stow. Walking distance to pubs and shops. The cottage has everything you will need for your break. Just pack your clothes and go. There's a large Tes… More
Really pleased you made the most of the lovely area and thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. Sorry to hear that you had some 'noisy neighbours'. I'm afraid that can be a minor irritation in any terraced or semi-detached property. As they were also there for a short break, we can be assured that they have now left. Hope to see you back soon.
4 Oct 2014
Lovely cottage, lovely village, lovely holiday. We found Serendipity immaculately presented in the ideal location from which to sortie out to experience the wonderful Cotswolds. Rob and Bev have inves… More
Thanks for being great guests and for your valuable feedback. Hope to see you again soon. R&B
21 Sep 2014
"Cosy in The Cotswolds xx"
Cottage was lovely and had all you needed for a week away. The village has everything from good pubs, restaurants shops etc . We especially loved The Bell ! Had lovely Sunday lunch and another evening… More
We are so pleased that you had a lovely relaxing stay. Please come back soon. We do have lots of return guests.
1 Sep 2014
"Beautidul cottage in the heart of Stow on the Wold"
This is a really lovely, well equipped cottage right in the middle of Stow on the Wold. The cottage was very comfortable...beds especially and was tastefully decorated throughout. We were welcomed wit… More
Thank you for your kind feedback. The Porch House dates back to approx 1140 and is indeed, the oldest Inn in England. Other pubs are available! :-)
30 Aug 2014
"Perfect cottage in beautiful Stow"
Had a wonderful long weekend and wanted longer in this perfect, well equipped cottage. The biscuits were very welcome after a long journey! Comfy beds and everything you need to enjoy your stay in a q… More
Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Serendipity and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
13 Aug 2014
Serendipity is a beautiful property that is extremely cosy and comfortable. It has everything you could want in a holiday rental. The location is excellent and the check in and check out was an absolu… More
Thanks for your great feedback. We are so pleased you had a lovely stay. Please come back soon.
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