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).
Delightful and characterful beamed living room with exposed stone wall, 3 seater sofa, single chair, coffee table, colour TV and DVD player, with a selection of DVDs, 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).
Newly painted for 2014, the large kitchen / dining room with 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. Also new for 2014 are a new cooker and fridge with small freezer box.
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 and built-in wardrobe
The main bathroom contains a bath with over-bath shower, basin and toilet along with another room containing 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 al-fresco on a warm summer's morning, lunchtime or evening.
Included in the price is electricity, central heating, towels and bedding. In addition, local biscuits 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):
Lovely cottage, great location, well equipped. Had a lovely time despite the weather!!. Thanks again, enjoyable stay. J&J, S&C - Feb 2014
Had a wonderful birthday weekend away. Cottage is lovely, the bed to die for! Couldn't have asked for more. See you soon. D&C - Jan 2014
Great cottage, great location, close to very decent pubs to cater for all tastes. Enjoyable stay. S&R - Jan 2014
Our 2nd visit and as lovely. Thank you for a super comfortable stay. M&H - Dec 2013
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 ! C&A - Dec 2013
Lovely cosy cottage. Comfy beds and great location. J&B - Nov 2013
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. C&C - Nov 2013
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. K&C - Oct 2013
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. G family - Oct 2013
Lovely cottage and good weather. Brilliant location. Batsford Arboretum recommended, also Hidcote Manor. J&P, K&B - Sep 2013
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|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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 (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Central England/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.
Stow on the Wold
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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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.
29 Jun 2014
"Lovely Cottage in a Beautiful Village."
My husband and I, along with our adult daughter recently had a week in Serendipity Cottage. What a fabulous and well appointed cottage!! It had everything we needed and everything was to a high stan… More
We are so pleased that you had a lovely stay at Serendipity. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
26 May 2014
A lovely cottage in a beautiful Cotswold village! Everything was wonderful from the tea and biscuits greeting us in the kitchen when we arrived to the comfortable beds, and beautifully renovated space… More
Delighted that you had a relaxing and comfortable stay at Serendipity.
2 Apr 2014
"A great stay in Serendipity"
We had a great stay at Serendipity during the last week in March. Small but perfectly formed you can tell the owners, Bev & Rob Dagley have really put their hearts into it providing a well-equipped a… More
Thank you so much for your great feedback on both our cottage and the location.
18 Feb 2014
Stayed for 3 nights in February with my wife and 2 friends. I have to say the cottage was faultless.We arrived thinking it looked a little small but was pleasantly surprised when we entered.Good size … More
Delighted you had a lovely time with your friends and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. PS, we recommend the vegetable Thali at the Prince of India, opposite the cottage. Excellent !
7 Feb 2014
"Perfect cottage, perfect setting, perfect weekend!"
We have just spent a terrific weekend away in this lovely homely welcoming cottage. I arranged with Rob to have fizz and cake waiting for a birthday surprise on our arrival, which he was happy to org… More
Thank you for your great review. Happy to help with the special birthday request and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
4 Nov 2013
"Lovely, warm, cosy cottage"
We stayed here at the end of October, the cottage is very pretty, clean, tidy and perfect for a base in the Cotswolds. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.I would like to thank Rob, Bev… More
Glad we were able to help during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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