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Fairlie Cottage Overlooks the River in Bourton-on-the-Water parking for 3 cars.

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Fairlie Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds. - Located In The Centre Of Bourton-On-The-Water Classed As The 'Venice Of The Cotswolds'

The ground floor contains a kitchen/dining room, a sitting room, a twin bedroom and a shower/cloakroom. The large kitchen / dining room has a range of fitted units and an extensive range of appliances - including dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge, freezer, microwave, oven and hob. The room features a large oak refectory dining table with seating for eight, mullion windows and a feature fireplace with electric fire. The Sitting room overlooks the River Windrush and features a period stone open fireplace (for decorative use only) along with designer sofas and oak furniture. There is also a TV and DVD. The twin Bedroom on the ground floor also benefits from views of the River, and contains a period stone fireplace with electric fire, 2 x single beds and antique furniture.

Penny Bigwood
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Penny Bigwood

We are a small family business specialising in producing comfortable 'home from home' type holiday cottages in Cornwall, Devon and the Cotswolds. Each of our properties featured are owned and managed by ourselves. The benefit of this is that we know each property personally and this helps us provide a better service. Many of our guests return on a regular basis and some come by recommendation. If you are new to us you will find 'the team' to be efficient and helpful even to the extent of helping you to find the property that suits your holiday requirements best. It is important to us to provide a service of good quality and we are always happy to hear from our visitors with ideas or suggestions to help improve the service.

Penny Bigwood purchased this cottage in 2005


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water in Bourton-on-the-Water

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Strictly NO Smoking.
Location Type:
  • river
  • town
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The family bathroom on the first floor compromises of a bath with shower facilities, a basin and high level lavatory. There is also a shower room on the ground floor with a lavatory and wash hand basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The two double bedrooms on the first floor benefit from views of the River and have a traditional four poster bed. The other two bedrooms have twin beds and all four bedrooms have a feature fireplace with a range of traditional oak furniture.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Outside: Outside there is a courtyard garden surrounded by Cotswold stone walls. There is also an outside wash room with basin (to wash boots etc) a detached garage, and off street parking for another two cars. Well behaved Dogs are accepted at an additional cost of £30 per pet, per week or short break booking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All the beds will be made up and there will be a white bath sheet and a bath towel per person.


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Fairlie Cottage Overlooks the River in Bourton-on-the-Water parking for 3 cars.
average rating of 3.75 based on 4 reviews

A magical holiday

  • 5 of 5

A truly beautiful house in the centre of the most idyllic village you can imagine.

A real home from home that we gave stayed in for the last ten years.

I hope this speaks for itself !!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your outstanding review, we are hopefully looking forward to your return next year.
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Gorgeous property and location

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming cottage, beautifully furnished, in the most stunning location in the heart of Bourton-on-the Water. Didn't want to leave. Truly a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a super review.
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Great on the outside, tired on the inside!

  • 2 of 5

The house is nicely located and has parking which is a real benefit in Bourton. On the outside it looks large and impressive, however, the inside is much smaller than it looks and is very tired. The downstairs dining room has been turned into a fourth bedroom which really restricts the space available. We were six adults and found it cramped (what it would be like with its theoretical compliment of eight is hard to image!) The downstairs loo has had a shower shoe-horned in which it simply is not big enough to hold. Fortunately, the weather was sunny and warm, so we did not need to spend much time in the house.

We stay in several houses each year and this is the first time we have written a poor review. Fairlie Cottage needs some TLC and reconfiguring for six - then it would be a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were disappointed with this review as we have many guests returning to this cottage. The downstairs bedroom has been appreciated by elderly guests especially as there is a shower room adjacent and this is the first occasion anyone has criticised this arrangement. The kitchen/diner has a table which seats 8 and the lounge also easily accommodates 8 people. I may add that the lounge and some of the bedrooms have recently been updated prior to the Summer season.
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Mixed bag

  • 3 of 5

This cottage is so hard to rate! In some ways it's 5 stars and in others it is 1. Throughout the stay I found myself saying, that's fantastic, but that's terrible. For each aspect it it could be rated 5 star and 1 star.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people may well find this property to be a bit like marmite. I've tried to look at it from all angles.

We were a group of 4 (should have been 6 but the in laws were too sick to come)

Location - 5 star - you can't beat the location. It does what it says on the tin in this respect. The views from the living room window are beautiful and it's on the main scenic street. It makes fabulous people watching and it's always very busy. It didn't bother us but just be aware that because the house sits on the pedestrian path - people tend to people-watch back and have their pictures taken in front of the house. We actually enjoyed the very busy street on our door step because the visitors to Bourton were all lovely and respectful people

Location 1 star aspects - you have to drive a little way up aforementioned pedestrianised street to get to the cottage. Reversing out of the parking space is very difficult because of pedestrians and blind spots. We felt a bit of a plonker every time we got the car out. You looked like you were driving on a path rather than a road and people had to wait and stared at you like you were doing some thing illegal. You also look more of a plonker because you have to take time trying to avoid hitting the lamp post or falling in the water when reversing out. We had only 1 car. 3 small cars might fit but you have to park behind each other. If car 1 wants to get out car 2,3 would have to go through the rigmarole of moving out in to pedestrians to let you out

Size - 1 star and I only say this because it is supposed to sleep 8. There is no way we would feel comfortable having 8 people in the spaces provided. I think it is fine for 4 people to live comfortably, tight at 6 and I just wouldn't try 8. It's a 3 bed house upstairs and is exactly as it should be but unfortunately it has been given a ground floor dining room conversion in to a bedroom.

Lots of very grubby areas - mouldy bathroom seals etc. The place is surface clean but it needs a deep clean. Bathroom is way too small for the property and gets dirty so quickly. No ensuite. Beautiful original stair case. Excellent customer service. Beautiful from the outside. MUCH TLC needed on the interior.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and I will certainly look into your comments about ‘grubby areas and mouldy bathroom seals’. There are actually two bathrooms in the property and I must add that many off our guests are pleased to have a downstairs bedroom and a bathroom with shower facilities and a toilet to accommodate people who find it difficult to climb stairs. With reference to our driveway - to have room to park 2 – 3 cars off road in Bourton-on-the Water is very rare and although there are often pedestrians by the entrance to the cottage, I do not have trouble reversing or parking my BMW 5 Estate.
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Distances to:

2.6 miles to Lower Slaughter.

13.5 miles to Chipping Norton.

9.6 miles to Burford.

10.2 miles to Chedworth Roman Villa.

14.5 miles to Chipping Campden.

18.8 miles to Hidcote Manor.

17.4 miles to Cheltenham Racecourse.

Further Details:

Situated in the Heart of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is an ideal location for exploring the area. With the M4, M5 and M40 in close proximity, it is easily accessible from all parts of the country. The village was recently voted one of the prettiest in England on the strength of the beautiful old world Cotswold houses and the village green, traversed by six picturesque bridges which span the River Windrush.

The architecture in Bourton-on-the-Water is unique to the area, and one can see an abundance of stone mullion windows, stone tiles roves, gables and honey coloured limestone walls.

There is also a wide and varied choice of visitor attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water: Birdland Park and Gardens, The Model Village, Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Cotswold Perfumery, The Dragonfly Maze, Fundays Play Barn, Bourton Model Railway, Cotswold Pottery and Cotswold Farm Park.

In the locality: The villages of Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, The Slaughters, Stratford-upon-Avon and Burford. Other Cotswold attractions include Hidcote Manor Gardens, Painswick Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Kiftsgate Court Garden and Sudeley Castle.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June week 3
15 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
June week 5
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
School Summer Holidays
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September week 1
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September week 2
7 Sep 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September week 3
14 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September week 4
21 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September week 5
28 Sep 2018 - 4 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October week 1 & 2
5 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early December
30 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
New Year week
28 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30

Booking Notes:
A deposit of a third of the full cost will be required when booking with the final balance due about 6 weeks prior to the commencement date.

Please note that the full price includes electricity, central heating, bed linen, towels and VAT.

Changeover Day:
Normally on a Friday from April through to the end of September.

Notes on prices:
A deposit of a third of the full cost will be required when booking with the final balance due about 6 weeks prior to the commencement date.

Short breaks are only accepted from October – end of March (but not generally during school holidays unless we still have availability closer to the time).

Please note that the full price includes electricity, central heating, bed linen, towels and VAT.

The deposit needed at the point of booking is a third of the full amount and the final balance is due 6 weeks prior to the commencement date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.