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Old Brewery House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds House
- 4 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- min stay varies
Old Brewery House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds
- 4 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- min stay varies
Description from owner
Old Brewery House is a special place! A secret hideaway, yet within minutes of some of the Cotswolds most delightful towns and attractions, the property lends itself perfectly to family holidays and re-unions or group get togethers. Set over three floors, each room is big enough for a party, has its own bathroom and they all retain their original period features. The garden is truly stunning, with a croquet lawn, a beautiful river running through the valley, a lake teeming with swans, ducks and peacocks!The setting and architecture of Old Brewery House and the buildings that surround it are quintessentially Cotswolds and utterly idyllic. This is unique in its location, right in the heart of Donnington Brewery, the buildings of which date back as far as the 12th Century when it was a working mill. In 1827 it was bought by Thomas Arkell, whose descendant Richard Arkell started a Brewery there in 1865. It remains a working brewery today and although running full time, has very little impact
Old Brewery House is a special place! A secret hideaway, yet within minutes of some of the Cotswolds most delightful towns and attractions, the property lends itself perfectly to family holidays and re-unions or group get togethers. Set over three floors, each room is big enough for a party, has its own bathroom and they all retain their original period features. The garden is truly stunning, with a croquet lawn, a beautiful river running through the valley, a lake teeming with swans, ducks and peacocks!The setting and architecture of Old Brewery House and the buildings that surround it are quintessentially Cotswolds and utterly idyllic. This is unique in its location, right in the heart of Donnington Brewery, the buildings of which date back as far as the 12th Century when it was a working mill. In 1827 it was bought by Thomas Arkell, whose descendant Richard Arkell started a Brewery there in 1865. It remains a working brewery today and although running full time, has very little impact on the house or its occupants. Donnington Brewery is not open to the public and access to the brewery buildings is understandably prohibited.There is however plenty of opportunity to enjoy the end results nearby! The Coach and Horses at Ganborough or the Golden Ball in Lower Swell are just over a mile away in each direction. If you walk to either, the landlords will return you to Old Brewery House with their complements (ring in advance)! Donnington Brewery has a further 14 pubs within the Cotswolds and they are linked by a 62 mile circular walk, the Donnington Way, that takes in some of the most spectacular parts of rural Gloucestershire. Even a small section of the route would offer a rather brilliant challenge for your Stay in the Cotswolds!
Location description from owner
The Cotswolds region
Less than 2 miles from Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh and approximately 7 miles to Bourton on the Water. Chipping Norton, Chipping Campden and Broadway are all less than 20 minutes drive. Stratford on Avon, Cheltenham, Warwick and Tewkesbury are a little over half an hour away by car.Architecturally, Stow has many historic buildings around the market square, having risen to prosperity on the back of the wool trade in medieval times.The 15th century St Edwards parish church played a role in the civil war. The old town stocks still stand though not used much in recent years. These days, Stow has many boutique and antique shops to browse around and pubs and restaurants provide a large choice of places to eat. Further afield villages built with the traditional honey coloured Cotswold limestone are within easy reach. Broadway Tower on the edge of the Cotswolds has views of 16 counties, so they say. Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Stratford on Avon or Snowshill Manor are all less than 45 minutes.For those interested in walking, there are numerous walks in and around Stow, varying from gentle strolls to extended walks. A map of local walks can be had from the information centre or local shops. Cycles may be hired in Bourton on the Water and are an ideal way to explore the quieter back country lanes and the smaller villages of the Cotswolds, but the hills can be steep!Cheltenham Festival Week, home of the famous Gold Cup, happens every March. Stow is only 35 minutes from the races.Location Information: Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold’s countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops. The combination of rural informality and fine food and drink makes this small market town the ideal destination for a holiday or weekend break. Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line Great centre for discovering this most attractive part of England, with its sleepy stone villages and interesting market towns. Also good for walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists, theatre/opera goers and those interested in historical buildings. Close to Bourton on the Water, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton and within 45 mins drive of Oxford, Stratford on Avon and Cheltenham. A particularly good location for walkers, cyclists and National Trust lovers. Also great for horse racing, with courses at Cheltenham, Stratford and Warwick all less than 45 mins away. Theatre goers are spoilt for choice with the Stratford memorial theatre, Cheltenham Playhouse and Oxford Playhouse easily available, while the Longborough Festival Summer Opera is a short walk away. Sports centres and swimming pools are available at Chipping Campden and Chipping Norton and there are riding stables and fishing lakes locally. For water sports, the Cotswold Water Park is less than an hour away.
Location Information: Lower Swell is a beautiful Cotswold village located on the River Dikler (which runs through the Brewery as well!), one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold. The village has a tranquil green, mellow stone cottages and is surrounded by stunning countryside. Lower Swell contains a traditional Cotswold pub, the Golden Ball Inn, which serves fresh food and local ales. Srow-on-the-Wold is one of the main Cotswold market towns and contains numerous, shops, pubs and restaurants – see above for further information. In 1086 the manor of Lower Swell was owned by Raoul II of Tosny and William II, Count of Eu. In the 13th century the Lower Swell manor was sold to Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall (formally 'King of the Romans', from 1257). In the 16th century it was exchanged back and forth between the Crown and the Bishop of London. Other notable owners include Sir Robert Atkyns, who was an English Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Lords. His son, also Sir Robert Atkyns, lived in Lower Swell and wrote “Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire”. In the Middle Ages the village's name was Little Swell. Documents indicate that the village was well developed by the 17th century, although it was probably well developed much earlier. There are a few ancient ancient burial chambers located around Lower Swell. Some of them are marked with menhirs - standing stones. One of these stones is named the Whittlestone. There is a local legend that the Whittlestone once belonged to an immovable megalith, from which any stones moved would return to their initial places the morning after they are moved. The Whittlestone was moved, however, and contrary to the legend it remains at the location that it was moved to in the centre of Lower Swell. Another legend states that the Whittlestone is a moving megalith, and every night, 'when the Whistlestone hears Stow clock (a mile off) strike 12, it goes down to Lady-well (and the hill’s foot) to drink”. Stow-on-the-Wold: Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold’s countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops. Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line. Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was St. Edward's Stowe or Holy Place, named after a Saxon missionary. The word 'wold' as in ‘Cotswold’ means hills, so Stow-on-the-Wold simply means Holy Place on the Hill. Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same. It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for ‘picture-postcard’ England. The town’s tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B’s, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000. Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- Cot available
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- 4 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 8 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
- 4 En suites
- Wi-Fi available
- Private garden
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- 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.
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
Fergus Mitchell (Property Manager Staycotswold)
- Calendar updated:
- 01 Aug 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
This House has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 27 Jan 2012. Located in Stow-on-the-Wold, it has 14 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1650 to £3250.
The Owner has a response rate of 80% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 01 Aug 2016.
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– based on 14 reviews
- Very Good
“An idyllic holiday”
An idyllic setting, a wonderful spacious house with every facility one could wish for in a country setting. The views from windows are outstanding
“Fantastic stay for the second year in a row”
Every year our group of ~10 Mums go away for a long weekend to shop, walk, relax and catch up with one another. Having visited the Old Brewery House last year we immediately booked the house again for this year. The area is super for walking, shopping and eating. The house is in a fantastic location and you can find a variety of walks directly from the house. The view of the lake from the window seat in the living room is beautiful, including the peacocks, and there was always a race for who got to read their book from that spot. The house is well supplied and provides flexible sleeping arrangements for a large group, with each person having their own bed. Also great to have a luxurious en suite bathroom with each bedroom. The access to the beer from the brewery is a great bonus for visitors and a great gift to take home for our husbands who had been looking after the kids all weekend. We particularly enjoyed our second visit to the Coach and Horses, one of the Donnington Brewery pubs, for dinner and really appreciated the drive home in the land rover, an arrangement between the house and the pub for its visitors. The shopping and tea rooms in the local villages arenexcellent and even though it is our second year we have still not explored all the villages yet. We would certainly recommend this property and are already planning our next visit
“Fantastic location and amazing House and Grounds”
What an amazing house, extremely well equipped, spacious and very clean had everything we needed and more! The grounds were incredible with peacocks, chickens, geese and swans on the lake it was hard to go out each day away from it. Andy, the Manager there, was really friendly and helpful and made sure we had a supply of the Donnington beer, made there, in the house for our consumption! Cannot recommend this enough for a beautiful property and great location for touring the Cotswolds.
“A really lovely property in stunning surroundings”
Stayed at The Old Brewery House for a long weekend with a group of friends. We all found that the property was lovely and clean, it felt extemely cosy even though it is a large property and it was lovely and warm. It is in really stunning area with a view over the lake and brook. Great walking and some good local pubs not to far away (the local beer is very good). Stay Cotswold were very efficient right from the first enquiry, booking our stay and being greeted on our arrival by Andy (but no welcome cake). We would all highly recommend The Old Brewery House if like us your a group of friends or family that want a to get together. We will return.
“An ideal Cotswold retreat”
I would strongly recommend The Old Brewery to anyone. Fergus, the manager of the property was really nice to deal with and we had a wonderful weekend there. The location, between Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh, was perfect for exploring the Cotwsolds. The property was very well equipped, user friendly and well though through. The building itself has lots of character and plenty of space for a large group. We had a baby in the party, and the property worked well for kids. I've stayed in a fair few large rental houses with my family in the past, and this rates very highly amongst them. Book it!!
My family and I stayed in the Old Brewery House for my mum and aunts 60th birthday celebrations. The weekend was perfect. The Old Brewery House is situated in the centre of the beautiful cotswolds so there are plenty of places to visit for walks / pubs e.t.c the grounds around the house are stunning. The house itself was perfect, there were 9 of us staying and all agreed we hope to return.
“therapy! 8 childhood friends in a setting like that - pretty unbeatable, particularly as the weather came as ordered!”
The Old Brewery provided the most idyllic back drop to an reunion with old friends. A place definitely worth the effort to get to, no matter where you're coming from. It felt like a spot of luxury and class in a simple and tasteful way. Plenty for room so that you didn't feel on top of each other. We hope to be back again - what more need I say?!
“The Perfect Destination for a Relaxing Stay in High Class Surroundings”
The Old Brewery House is a beautiful Cotswold stone residence, nestling amongst rolling hills and beside an idyllic river valley. The accommodation is first class, finished to the highest of specifications. Each of the four huge double bedrooms is of 5* quality with great en-suite facilities. The two receptions rooms are spacious and comfortable and the large kitchen and dining room is a cook's dream with ultra-modern facilities cheek by joul with country charm. BBQ out back was terrific too. It was the perfect destination for a group of friends, and would be equally suited to a family holiday. Great local walks and a ready supply of beer from the working Donnington brewery. The Jubilee ale is a winner. The Old Brewery House is thoroughly recommended and all involved make for a pleasurable and enjoyable stay. Book yourself in now; you'll love it.
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