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Cosy Country Cottage Hidden Away In A Secluded Orchard With Its Own Private South Facing Garden

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Winchcombe, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire - Rural Peace In The Heart Of The Cotswolds, Ideal For Walkers As Direct Access To Open Countryside

In the North Cotswolds, within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Orchard Cottage is tucked away in the grounds of a 14th century hall house which was the home to the writer and engineer LTC Rolt. Orchard Cottage stands in an old fruit orchard where some of the great perry pear trees so characteristic of this slope of the Cotswolds still survive. Fresh limestone spring water makes incomparable tea, and a small group of pure bred Cotswold bred sheep graze nearby. Stanley Pontlarge is a hamlet of six houses and a small Norman church at the end of a lane. Beyond the nearby farm buildings, a hill track, leads over Stanley Mount to Winchcombe, one time capital of Mercia, an historic stone town with a fine wool church and now a conservation area. The cottage provides direct access to many footpaths making it an ideal base for walkers.

Orchard Cottage has a simple single floor layout. It will sleep four, ideally two adults and two children. The main bedroom has a double bed (which can on request be made up as two singles). The second bedroom has two full sized bunk beds. The bathroom is ensuite with the master bedroom. To access the bathroom from the second bedroom you have to pass through the main bedroom.

The cottage is equipped with electric wall heaters and underfloor heating in the bathroom. There is a recently installed wood burning stove and there are additional free standing heaters. There is free wifi.

The cottage has a delightful south facing secluded garden with outdoor seating and a barbecue.

More Details

Tim Rolt
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Tim Rolt

Tim Rolt lives with his partner and two children in Bath. Orchard Cottage is set in the grounds of his childhood home at Stanley Pontlarge. The cottage was originally built in the mid 1950's for Tim's grandmother.

Why Tim Rolt chose Winchcombe

I inherited this property. It is set in the grounds of my childhood home. It is a rural bolt hole, a place of tranquility and peace set on a the side of a hill on the Cotswold edge. It is great walking country with many lovely walks accessible directly from the cottage. It is also very convenient for many of the attractions offered by the Cotswolds.

What makes this cottage unique

Principally this is a place of real peace and quiet. Set well back from the dead end road in an old perry pear orchard, Orchard Cottage offers a complete get away. With 360 degree rural views, the cottage windows provide the sight of a huge variety of wildlife.

With direct access to open countryside there are many beautiful walks from the door - making the cottage ideal for walkers.

The cottage is conveniently placed for most of the attractions of the cotswolds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Another lovely week in this cottage. We enjoyed the beautiful weather and the autumn colours. This is a magic place a hidden gem especially for town/city people like us. We hope to be back soon.” - Nov 2012 – Utrecht

“Lovely quaint cottage that reminded mum of her childhood. Enjoyed the cheeky robin and the squirrel.” - Linda Keith & Brenda - Norfolk - Aug 2012

“Good to have so many windows in this cottage for brightness inside and views out. We saw deer going up the hill behind the cottage towards Winchcombe” – Harold & Beata - April 2012

“We will not forget the wonderful time we spent in this charming and cosy cottage.” - Amael piano trio from Slovenia - Nov. 2011

“Thank you so much for letting us share this lovely little bolt hole. Everything about it is perfect.” Crawfords - Oct. 2011

“Our children loved the donkey in the adjacent paddock and the squirrel which appeared almost every morning. Five star rating.” - Scott family - Ireland - July 2011
May 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Winchcombe in Tewkesbury District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • min. 3 night bookings from 1 Jan to 1 May and from 27 Oct to 22 Dec. Otherwise 7 nights min. Changeover day Saturday.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • En suite to bedroom one, the bathroom has a cast iron bath with shower over, toilet, heated towel rail, sink, shaving socket, and extractor. It is equipped with underfloor heating.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2+2 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom One has two single beds (can be made into a double) Bedroom Two has adult sized bunk beds. A travel cot is provided but you must bring your own bedding for this, otherwise all bed linen is provided. Bedroom one is ensuite with the bathroom. To access the bathroom from bedroom two you have to pass through bedroom one.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: This is a no smoking property. Well behaved dogs are welcome and will be well exercised on the pleasant walks around. (there is an additional charge of £25 per dog per week). Outside: With rural views all around, your own enclosed south facing private garden is supplied with a variety of outdoor seating, a picnic table, and barbecue making it the perfect place for al fresco dining. Orchard Cottage sits on the lower slopes of Stanley Mount where numerous footpaths can be accessed directly from the cottage. There are many delightful rural walks within direct access of the cottage, so leave your car behind and head for the hills! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is provided and included in the rental. The cottage is cleaned once a week and we ask visitors to, as much as possible, leave the cottage in the condition in which they found it.


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Cosy Country Cottage Hidden Away In A Secluded Orchard With Its Own Private South Facing Garden
average rating of 4.5 based on 5 reviews

Simple, charming cottage in fabulous area

  • 4 of 5

Small, basic kitchen. Old fashioned but nice bathroom. Cosy. Lovely situation. Lots of peace and quiet. Many birds. Heritage steam trains run along bottom of garden. Winchcombe is about 1 hour walk and has everything you might need. Half hour walk to nearest pub restaurant. Beautiful area with lots to see and do. Many footpaths though signage a little lacking!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

Very warm and comfortable. I have stayed here several times and this place is so peaceful. There are great walks from the cottage and it is ideally located to visit lovely cotswold villages. Also not far from Stratford on Avon.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location for walks

  • 4 of 5

This is a great cottage if you like walking and the sound of the occasional steam train at the bottom of the garden. The views from the top of Langley Hill above the cottage are superb. It is simply appointed - no washing machine or dishwasher - but the wood-burner is brilliant. It is really a two adults and two children cottage, but three adults would be comfortable. Also it is very dog friendly. The Royal Oak in the nearby village of Gretton is recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Orchard Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Orchard Cottage since 1994 and have already booked for 2015. The preserved steam railway runs passed the bottom of the orchard. A visiting friend once described it as paradise with steam engines. This is a wonderful holiday destination for a relaxing and peaceful stay. Central for sightseeing and shopping.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Royal Oak Pub
Nearest Train
8 Miles

Special interest holidays:

Close to the Gloucester & Warwickshire Steam Railway. (Toddington 2 miles) Also within one mile of Prescott Hill Climb historic motor sport venue. Close to Cheltenham racecourse venue for the Gold Cup and other horse racing events. Cheltenham Literary Festival. Cheltenham Music Festival.


Two and a half hours from London, 2 hours from Heathrow, 3 hrs from Gatwick, 1 hr from Birmingham International, 1 hour from Bristol airport.


Three miles from Winchcombe, Orchard Cottage, makes an excellent base for all Cotswold and Midland expeditions. Tewkesbury (8 miles), Cheltenham, (8 miles, and its famous race course 7 miles) Stroud, Chipping Camden etc. all have Festivals of Music, Literature, Arts and Crafts. The famous motor sport venue Prescott Hill Climb is less than 1 mile. As is the heritage steam railway the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway.

Further Details:

Lovely pubs providing food include nearby- The Royal Oak (Gretton 1 mile). Nearest supermarket Bishops Cleeve (3 miles) Banks; Winchcombe (2 miles) Bishops Cleeve (3 miles) Attractions. Sudely Castle (2miles) Broadway (6 miles) Gloucester & Warwickshire steam Railway (Toddington 2 miles) Cotswold Farm Park (8 miles). Cheltenham (8 miles), Tewksbury (8 miles). Hospital - Cheltenham 8 miles.

Distances from airports

Bristol 50 miles.

Birmingham International 50 miles

Heathrow 85 miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New year
23 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
To secure a booking a deposit of £100.00 is payable in advance. The balance of the rent is payable one month prior to the week(s) of the holiday.

Payments can be made either by cheque or by internet or phone.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday. Arrival time 4pm departure time 10 am.

Notes on prices:
The rental listing is all inclusive of bed linen towels and electricity. Short breaks in the low season are a minimum of two/three nights. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR SHORT BREAK RATES. There is a winter fuel surcharge of £25.00 per week. There is a charge of £25.00 per week per animal for pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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