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Birch House, Shepherds Way Cottage
- 4 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- min stay varies
Birch House, Shepherds Way
- 4 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- min stay varies
Description from owner
This delightful, Cotswold stone house makes a perfect base for a family or group of friends. Birch House is quietly situated, just four minutes' stroll from the Market Square inns & restaurants and is ideal if you enjoy going out for a meal and do not want the worry of having to drive. The house catches both the morning and evening sunshine and enjoys the benefit of a double aspect in several of the very pleasant rooms, hence has a light and airy feel.The large kitchen dining room has a superb dining table which is perfect for a celebration meal. With its light and airy sitting room and comfy sofas, Birch House is ideal for a family get together all year round. A small lawned garden at the front of the house and a courtyard garden at the rear, provide pleasant outside spaces for you to sit and enjoy a drink with friends. A table tennis table is provided for those who like to test their skills. There is a wide choice of excellent restaurants and pubs on the doorstep and fabulous
This delightful, Cotswold stone house makes a perfect base for a family or group of friends. Birch House is quietly situated, just four minutes' stroll from the Market Square inns & restaurants and is ideal if you enjoy going out for a meal and do not want the worry of having to drive. The house catches both the morning and evening sunshine and enjoys the benefit of a double aspect in several of the very pleasant rooms, hence has a light and airy feel.The large kitchen dining room has a superb dining table which is perfect for a celebration meal. With its light and airy sitting room and comfy sofas, Birch House is ideal for a family get together all year round. A small lawned garden at the front of the house and a courtyard garden at the rear, provide pleasant outside spaces for you to sit and enjoy a drink with friends. A table tennis table is provided for those who like to test their skills. There is a wide choice of excellent restaurants and pubs on the doorstep and fabulous walks leading around the town and to nearby villages. This is a beautifully presented and very well equipped property from which to enjoy your stay in this lovely area.
Location description from owner
The Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds is officially designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and is perhaps the most 'quintessentially English' and unspoilt region of the UK. It is situated between between Cheltenham, Oxford, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon.The area is well known for beautiful countryside with river valleys, gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), water meadows and beech woods, historic market towns, sleepy ancient limestone villages, where time has stood still for over 300 years.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a Cotswold Wool Town, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills on the Roman Fosse Way. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds at a height of 800 feet above sea level.King Henry I granted Stow its first charter for a weekly market in the year 1107. It soon became an important and famous market town, mostly due to the wool trade. Some of the houses nearby still feature alleyways (sheep runs) connected to the square, which were used for herding sheep to be sold at the market.Today, Stow-on-the-Wold is a bustling market town that thrives on tourism and the antiques trade. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th Century and are built from local honey-coloured Cotswold stone. There are numerous restaurants, tea-rooms and old English Inns in which to relax.Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath are within easy driving distance and the town is surrounded by delightful villages and towns to explore such as The Slaughters, The Oddingtons, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Bibury, Adelstrop, Burford and Chipping Campden to name a few! Bourton-on-the-Water with, its many attractions such as Birdland, The Motor Museum, Maze and Model Village, is only a ten minute drive away. The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Cotswold Farm Park are also a short drive away and make for a great day out for the whole family. Warwick Castle, Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace are all superb and well worth a visit. The National Trust Hidcote Manor & Garden and Kiftsgate Gardens next door (near Chipping Campden) are a must for gardeners! The National Trust Snowshill Manor & Gardens and the Snowshill Lavender Farm are also worth the short drive (15 mins) with amazing views of the Cotswolds!
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: King Bed
Bedroom 2: Double Bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
Bedroom 4: 2 Single Beds
- 1 Family bathroom, 2 En suites
- Wi-Fi available
- Private garden
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Table tennis
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- DVD player
- CD player
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated:
- 09 Aug 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
This Cottage has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 30 Oct 2009. Located in Cotswolds, it has 26 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £845 to £1750.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Aug 2016.
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– based on 26 reviews
- Very Good
“large attractive house in perfect situation”
our family of 5[5 adults+2 small children] found birch house a fabulous place to stay. the house was spotless,large and thoughtfully set up. a welcome package was on the table,shelves stacked with child and adult games,and the cupboards contained tea coffee etc,even a coffee machine was available for use. the owner was extremely helpful whenever we needed anything before and during our stay. the beautiful village of stow was a 7 minute walk away[by a lane way at the top of the street] and the many villages of the cotswolds were well within reach. i would happily go back here.
“Fantastic location and lovely homely touches”
This house was perfect for our girls weekend away. We parked the car on Friday and did not use it again till we left on Sunday. The house is ideally located for exploring Stow and with lots of great shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs we had everything we needed for a great weekend. The house is lovely with a great kitchen with large table, the rooms are all good sized and well equiped.
“Home-away-from-home in Stow”
We absolutely loved The Birch House! It felt just like a home-away-from-home. The cottage has a large living room and kitchen on the ground floor with everything you could ever need to cook. There are also a full-size washer & dryer for laundry, which worked great. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms (2 en-suite). We stayed in the "master" bedroom with en-suite bathroom. (The cottage can sleep 8-10, but it was also perfect for the two of us!) The bed was very comfortable, and there were plenty of pillows to choose from to find the right one. The only complaint is that the television was set a little low to watch from bed; but that's only an issue if wanting to lounge in bed and watch TV (there's a great TV in the living room with really comfy couches to lounge on as well.) The bathroom was nice and roomy with separate shower & tub - it was always the warmest room in the house as well, with its nice heated towel rack! The parking was a breeze - our rental car ended up being a bit big for the driveway, but we never had trouble getting a spot around the side of the house. The combination code door-lock is ingenious! We never had to worry about remembering to take the key (just the code, which wasn't a problem!) The other great thing about The Birch House is its location. It seems to sit in the middle of a neighborhood with everyday folks, which is neat. Plus it's just a 4-5 minute walk into town down a couple of small old sheep-rows that are pretty well-lit at night. We enjoyed the walk to/from the town for dinner each night. A great thanks to Julian for providing so much great information about Stow and the house! The little town map definitely came in handy, especially when we first arrived and had to actually find the cottage. All the info about restaurants and grocery stores was spot on and very helpful. If we are ever back in Stow, we would not hesitate to book the Birch House again!
“Lovely comfortable house in an ideal location”
We stayed at Birch House with a group of friends and their small children. The house was clean, spacious, well equipped and comfortable, its an ideal house for families or a group of friends staying together, lots of room for everyone and ample parking for our three cars. The main bonus for us was its location, the shops, restaurants and pubs are a short stroll away - easy to pop out for forgotten shopping and more importantly there is no need to worry about taxis or having a designated driver when you fancy a tipple with lunch or dinner. It's also perfect for exploring the rest of the beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. Will definitely be back.
“Lovely cottage, in great location for walks, shops and restaurants”
Lovely cottage in great location for walks, shops and restaurants. Very well equipped in the kitchen, board games and dvds available for rainy days. Small selection of kids toys to keep them entertained. Me and 7 of my girl friends stayed here for 2nights, with 8 girls having 4 bathrooms was ideal! Very spacious and comfortable..would highly recommend! Nice little touches such as cake and milk for cups of tea on arrival!!
“Great location, great for group get togethers”
Birch House is brilliantly located, just steps from the main square and more real ale pubs with great food than you can raise a glass to. We loved the size of the house - perfect for group get togethers. The kitchen table was large enough for 8 people (or more) to spend many happy hours all together around it, and having 4 bathrooms made a group stay practical and comfortable. Having the washer dryer was another great practical touch. The beds and sofas were all super comfortable. The bedroom carpets could do with a clean though and it was a problem for us that the bins only get emptied once every 2 weeks and the previous people clearly hadn't put the bins out as requested as the bins were all completely full when we arrived, so disposing of garbage was tricky. Maybe the local housekeeper / supervisor could make sure the bins are put out on time? Other than that, great rental.
Our stay at Birch House coincided with my 60th birthday (end of January) and we couldn't have chosen a better location. We arrived on an icy cold evening and the house felt warm and welcoming. Spacious, clean and very well equipped. Conveniently situated just a few minutes walk from the market square with a good selection of pubs and restaurants. We would definitely return to Birch House in the future.
“An excellent property in a central location”
Fantastic property that met every need for our party of 5 adults and a 20 month old. All facilities and utilities were first class, heaps of space and the property was well maintained. A lovely location for both the village shops and pubs and Stow in the Wold is central to all of the surrounding villages. Great for day tripping. We will visit again in the summer. Geoff Campbell New Zealand
“Excellent accomodation for two families staying together”
Great house for a family holiday. We stayed with friends, so four adults, four teenage girls. Really great accomodation, plenty of space, family bathroom, two en-suites. Privacy therefore good, separate lounge & kitchen/diner area very good for socialising. Table tennis table in garage was great. Wi-fi handy. Two double beds plus two twin rooms. Clean and modern. Walking distance into Stow. It's a quiet/quaint area but if it is right for you then this property is unlikely to disappoint. Excellent communication from the owner, and lots of tips on places to eat etc. Local Chinese was great, as was fish and chip shop and local pubs/cafes. All in all good value in our view and would definitely go back. Guest book suggests people usually have a good time.
“Wonderful Cotswold Base”
We decided to spend a long weekend in the Cotswold with our family of 8 including parents and stayed at Birch House in Stow on the Wold. Stow is a beautiful town in the Cotswold and Birch House is a 2 minute walk from the centre so is ideally placed. Also Stow is not far from many other wonderful villages in the Cotswolds so makes an ideal base from which to do excursions. The kitchen/diner is perfect and all the family could sit around the table comfortably. The lounge is a little small and there is a small patio area in the back i.e. no garden but it was extremely comfortable, very well looked after and we spent most of the time in the property sat in the kitchen anyway. We will definitely go back to the Cotswolds and will hopefully stay at Birch House again.
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