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A Grand Cotswold Stone House, With Rural Views, Roaring Fire and Plenty of Space



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Sleeps 16 in 6 Bedrooms, With 4 Bathrooms. Beautiful Garden. Off Street Parking



Tree Tops House is a grand, detached Cotswold stone house and a beautiful cottage annexe, which sit proudly in their large grounds, in the pretty village of Temple Guiting. The village is perfectly located, by the beautiful River Windrush, in the heart of the North Cotswolds countryside, close to the market towns of Winchcombe and Stow-on-the-Wold. Temple Guiting is ideally placed for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as places such as Cheltenham, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The main house has been extended and lovingly refurbished by its owner, retaining character features such as a large wood burning stove, flagstone floors and exposed Cotswold stone walls. Likewise, the Garden Cottage annexe has recently been fully refurbished and includes full kitchen, dining and living room facilities. The character of the property is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, six flatscreen TVs (five of which are Smart TVs) and a large, well equipped kitchens in both the main house and the Garden Cottage annexe.

In total, the property sleeps a maximum of 12+4 people, comprising upto 8+2 people in the main house and upto 4+2 people in Garden Cottage. The main house has four bedrooms and a sofa bed in the second living room, with four bathrooms. Garden Cottage has two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the first floor sitting room, with two bathrooms (please note that the family bathroom in Garden Cottage is accessed via the first floor sitting room/bedroom 3). Please note that, although there is ample living room and dining seating across the main house and Garden Cottage, there is no single dining table that seats 16, or individual living room with comfy seating for 16. There are large, enclosed front and back gardens, and there is plenty of off-street parking. Tree Tops House is perfect for multiple families, large family gatherings, or groups of friends looking for an exceptional holiday home in a rural location.


Tree Tops House consists of the large main house and the beautiful Garden Cottage, both of which sit in the property's large garden.

The main house's oak front door opens into a large hallway and the following rooms are on the spacious ground floor:

•Living room: The centrepiece of the large, triple aspect living room is the stone fireplace, with its large wood burning stove. There are three large, stylish leather sofas, providing ample comfortable seating for eight. The style of the room is complemented by the 40" Freesat Smart TV, with blu-ray/DVD player and a humax recorder;

•Kitchen/breakfast room: This character filled room has granite worktops, a double Belfast sink, under unit and cabinet lighting, a flagstone floor and an exposed Cotswold stone wall. The kitchen facilities include a Belling range cooker, with two electric ovens, an electric grill and a six ring hob, a freezer, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, separate free standing fridge and coffee percolator, as well as a Smart TV. There is a large wooden breakfast table, with seating for eight;

•Dining room: The dual aspect dining room contains a large wooden dining table, with seating for eight, and a beautiful Welsh dresser. A staircase from the dining room leads up to bedroom 4;

•Country room: A second living room, for relaxing and reading, which contains two large Chesterfield sofas and an ornate wooden cabinet. One of the sofas is a sofa bed, which provides the +2 accommodation in the main house;

•Utility/boot room: With access to the back garden, this room contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, water softener and Belfast sink;

•Cloakroom: Contains a toilet and wash basin.

Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following large rooms, with all of the bedrooms having lovely dual aspects:

•Bedroom 1: Contains a super-king size bed and a Smart TV. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;

•Bedroom 2: With lovely rural views, this room contains two single beds and a Smart TV.

•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed and a TV with DVD player. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;

•Family bathroom: Doubling up as the bathroom for bedroom 2, this room contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.

A second staircase leads up from the dining room to:

•Bedroom 4: A large, dual aspect room, with lovely rural views, which contains a king size bed and a Smart TV. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.

Garden Cottage is accessed either via the driveway, or via a path across the back garden from the main house. The front door is to the side of the cottage and opens up into a hallway. The following rooms are on the ground floor:

•Kitchen/dining room: Exuding Cotswolds character, the kitchen has a tiled floor, wooden worktops and a Belfast sink. The kitchen facilities include an electric oven and four ring hob, a fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and toaster. There is a wooden dining table, with seating for six;

•Living room: A lovely, cosy room, which contains comfy seating for six and a flatscreen TV, with a blu-ray player;

•Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed. There is an en-suite bathroom, containing a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;

•Utility room: Contains a washing machine.

Stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor hallway, off which are the following lovely eaves rooms:

•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed. Please note that guests in bedroom 2 only have access to a bathroom via the playroom/bedroom 3;

•Sitting room/bedroom 3: Contains a futon and a flatscreen TV, with a DVD player. The futon can be used as a bed and provides the +2 accommodation in the cottage;

•Family bathroom (accessed via the first floor sitting room/bedroom 3): Contains a bath, toilet and wash basin.

The large enclosed gardens surround the main house, with the front garden providing lovely views of the rolling Cotswold hills. There is an outdoor bench, table and outdoor seating for 16, as well as a charcoal barbecue. There are also various fruit trees, which guests are welcome to help themselves from.

The large driveway to the front of the house provides plenty of off-street parking.

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  • Sleeps 16
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 45 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Plough Inn at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Kingham at 12 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Various in Winchcombe at 4 Miles Car: recommended

Temple Guiting

The peaceful village of Temple Guiting lies in the idyllic Windrush Valley, close to the pretty villages of Guiting Power and Kineton, all of which are blessed with a smattering of glowing cotswold stone cottages, set along tree lined lanes interlaced with soft meadows brim full of grazing cattle and sheep.

St Mary's Church in Temple Guiting was founded in Norman times, around the year AD 1170, by the Knights Templar and retains many features of interest. Staring out from below the roofline on each side, are eleven stone corbels; beautifully carved beasts, figures and grotesque heads designed to ward off evil spirits. In the nave of the church stands a beautiful 15th century font and above it in the central south window, three panels of attractive medieval glass of Flemish or German origin.

Leigh Wood lies just south of Temple Guiting. These beautiful woods are home to a rich variety of plants and wildlife. Both the woods and the Tudor manor at Temple Guiting are owned by Christchurch College, Oxford. The manor was probably a summer residence for the Bishops of Oxford.


Set above the River Isbourne, Winchcombe is arguably the hidden jewel in the Cotswolds crown. The town became prosperous from its Abbey (one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in England), its wool trade and as a producer of tobacco. Although the Abbey has gone there is still much to see of historic Winchcombe and the wealth of the town is reflected in many of the buildings, as well as in the surrounding countryside.

Known as the walking capital of the Cotswolds, Winchcombe sits at the intersection of the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way, the Wardens Way, the Windrush Way and the new Winchcombe Way. Alternatively, the GWR Steam Railway provides a fantastic fun day out for the family, running from Toddington through Winchcombe to Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the 'Heart of England'. The name Cotswold means 'sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”.

The Cotswolds are characterized by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone 'wool churches'. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe.

Food & drink

Local area:

There are a number of well-regarded pubs and restaurants located a pleasant walk or a short drive away from the property, including:

•The Plough Inn, Ford

•The Half Way House, Kineton

•The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power

•The Farmers Arms, Guiting Power


Winchcombe is fortunate to be blessed with a variety of places to eat and drink, with the following being just a selection of the options available:

•Restaurant 5 North Street: A small family run Michelin starred restaurant.

•Wesley House

•Wine and Sausage at The White Hart Inn


Stow has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:

•The Queens Head Inn

•The Conservatory Restaurant at The Grapevine Hotel

•The Talbot


•White Hart

•The Bell

Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:

•Cotswold Food Store and Café

•Hamptons Fine Foods

North Cotswolds:

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.


The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.

•Blenheim Palace

•Warwick Castle



•Cheltenham race course

•Cotswold Farm Park

•Batsford Arboretum

•Broadway Tower Country Park

•Snowshill Manor & Garden


Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.

Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.


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  • Our rental prices fluctuate throughout the year, according to season or special events. We constantly review the market to ensure that our properties remain competitive, and often run late deals and seasonal discounts.

    Most weekend and mid-week breaks are priced between 65% and 75% of the weekly rate, depending upon the season. There are occasional exceptions to this rule, such as Cheltenham Race Week, when the prices may be higher.

    For the very latest prices and special offers, please contact Character Cottages directly, via the Email Manager button below.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bed sizes and configurations Main house: •Bedroom 1: Super-king size bed •Bedroom 2: Super-king size bed or 2 x single beds •Bedroom 3: Double bed •Bedroom 4: King size bed •Country room: Double sofa-bed Garden Cottage: •Bedroom 1 (ground floor): Double bed •Bedroom 2: Double bed •Playroom: Double futon (please note that the family bathroom is accessed via the playroom)


  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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