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Luxury Cottage In Superb Location In The Heart Of The Cotswolds



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Top Lodge Cottage...

A calm, delightful and luxurious retreat in the heart of the Cotswolds, 10 minutes walk from the centre of historic Stow on the Wold. Built all on one level in the grounds of the owners' 19th century home, with fabulous uninterrupted views over miles of beautiful Cotswold countryside. The cottage sits alongside an ancient bridleway which forms part of the Monarch's Way walking trail. Built by local craftsmen in traditional materials the cottage is spacious, private and exceptionally comfortable with all modern amenities and its own south-facing garden. Guests are welcome to use the owners' heated pool and tennis court. A perfect sanctuary with easy walking access to one of England's most beautiful small towns, and an ideal base for exploration of the very heart of England.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Tony (English) and Biny (Dutch) came to Stow in 1973 when Tony was a pilot in the RAF. We bought Top Lodge in 1978 and have taken root here. We feel very privileged to own an idyllic spot in this glorious part of the UK and much of our time is spent caring for Top Lodge and its surroundings. We're National Trust members, avid supporters of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, keen walkers and occasional culture-vultures in Stratford-on-Avon, Oxford and Cheltenham all of which are close by. Family comprises two daughters in their 30s and twin grandsons aged 5. We've family connections in Holland, Germany and France and spend time in Europe both summer and winter. We love where we live and very much want our guests to enjoy Top Lodge as much as we have in the past 36 years.

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Speaks English, French, German, Dutch

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely cottage, pleasant stroll to Stow. Loved the log fire, and had a very enjoyable stay.
Jan 2016
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19 Reviews

based on 19 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely People and wonderfull cottage. Would defenately stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing view, spacious gorgeous cottage. Everything was good! The Kids loved it and so did we.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay in Top lodge cottage. As it's all one level it was ideal for my mother who has mobility issues.

The cottage has everything you need with 2 ensuite bedrooms. The view from the lounge and patio is stunning and you have the added bonus of the use of a pool and tennis court if you want it. The location is ideal as it's only a 10 min walk up to stow down a lovely lane. Tony and Biny, the owners provided cake and wine on arrival and are very helpful. We enjoyed our stay so much that we've already booked again for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything is brilliant,

  • 5 of 5

First class cottage, furniture,hosts,surrounding, comfort. The whole could not be bettered

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place and owners .great to go out and about but really fantastic to relax and extra great to have the pool . Will definitely go back again

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed staying at TLC and hope to return! It was clean, well-equipped, spacious and as described. It was situated on a beautiful and quiet property with lovely gardens and a very nice view. It was an easy walk to Stow on the Wold, which was convenient. Stow on the Wold definitely had enough stores, shops, and eateries to keep one busy. We also enjoyed exploring the neighboring town of Broadwell, which was a 10 minute walk in the other direction. Tony and Biny were wonderful hosts and very helpful. In addition, everyone we encountered in Stow was friendly and helpful. For day trips, we enjoyed Blenheim Palace, Oxford, and Stratford upon Avon. A wonderful trip!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Home Away Home With Best of All Worlds

  • 5 of 5

We almost booked a different home in Stow before we decided to take one more looking around. I am glad we did. It is a perfect place to stay in England, a place I have always imagined England countryside should be. The cottage is new, built a few years ago, so all the appliances are modern and convenient to use. Its exterior style and interior decoration, however, is on the antique side with very good taste. So far, don't you already feel awesome? There are more, its location. It is in a secluded woods, with rolling grassy hills sweeping the side of the house. Although, it is not far from town, only 10 minutes SCENIC walk to Tesco. Even the night before we left, my husband still wanted to walk down the winding road one more time. Tennis court and swimming pool are nice, however, we were too busy sightseeing, didn't get much use of them. The day we arrived , we were welcomed by Biny and Tony with a bottle of Rioja Gran Reserva, which has been added to my favorite list of wines by now. Biny also baked a cake for the kids and placed flowers in the living room and every bedroom. All these details made us feel like coming home. I hope we'd be so lucky next time to go to a foreign country and find something like this again. But I realize that this kind of house is so perfect, it can only be discovered but not sought.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 51 Miles Nearest Barpub : Stow Square at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Naunton at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Kingham Station at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : M40 at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Stow Square at 0.5 Miles Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Tennis coaching available at the cottage from LTA coach.

'Pamper days' in house can be arranged with local wellness expert.


Heathrow Airport (LHR) 90 miles (1 hour 20 mins by car).

Birmingham International (BHX) 52 miles (1 hour by car).

Train from London Paddington to local station (Kingham, 10 minutes from Stow) 1 hour 25 minutes.


Stratford on Avon 35 minutes by car.

Oxford 1 hour by car or 35 minutes by train from local station Kingham.

Bus services to local Cotswold villages (Moreton in Marsh, Bourton on the Water, Chipping Norton, Northleach) and to Cheltenham.

Further Details:

The cottage lies just outside Stow on the Wold, the scene of the last battle of the English Civil War and at the heart of the Cotswolds. Stow has a rich collection of fine old pubs (including the oldest pub in England) along with restaurants, brasseries and coffee shops gathered round the ancient market square or tucked away in fascinating old buildings and alleyways.

Everyday shopping requirements are served by the Tesco supermarkets 5 minutes walk from the square and by more traditional shops in the town where there are excellent delicatessens, butchers and bakers and many lovely gift shops.

Several important National Trust properties are within easy reach. Snowshill, Hidcote, Upton and Chastleton and the Roman Villa at Chedworth. Nearby are Sudeley Castle (home of Henry VIII's last and surviving wife) and Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill's birthplace and childhood home. Shakespeare's Stratford on Avon, with its Royal Shakespeare Theatre, is 25 minutes away by car. The dreaming spires of Oxford are 30 minutes by train from Stow's local station.

For children Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park is a 20-minute drive away as is the lovingly restored Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway at Toddington which offers a 13-mile ride through classic Cotswold country and (in season) a direct link to Cheltenham Racecourse.

The cottage lies within and extensive web of delightful and well documented Cotswold walks and is sited on a section of the Monarch's Way, the long and winding escape route of Charles II after his defeat at the battle of Worcester. Walkers' handbooks are among many books in the cottage.

Neighbouring villages close by include Chipping Norton, Burford, Northleach, Blockley, the famous Slaughters, the Swells, Bourton on the Water and Moreton in Marsh with its vibrant Tuesday market.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
1 Nov 2016 - 10 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Cheltenham Festival
11 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
19 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Top Lodge Cottage is emphatically a NO SMOKING environment. We would much appreciate it if if you could please respect this in the interest of other guests renting the cottage after you.

Changeover Day: Usually Friday, but flexible.

Earliest arrival 3 pm.
Latest departure 10 am

All towels and bed-linen are provided, along with two towelling dressing gowns in each bathroom.

The swimming pool is usually open, and heated, from early in May to late September. It is out of use and covered in the winter months.

The tennis court is useable all year round.

Please enquire directly (01451 832262) re prices for the CHRISTMAS and NEW Year periods and for CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP WEEK.

For further information, and for our full Terms and Conditions, please refer to our own website at www.toplodgecottage.co.uk.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to Bedroom 1 with screened bath/shower over, basin, WC, airing cupboard, heated towel rail, shaver point, 2 bath robes. En-suite to Bedroom 2 with power shower enclosure, basin, WC, heated towel rail, shaver point, 2 bath robes.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, King - Size
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Twin bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double bed, mahogany chest of drawers, mahogany wardrobe, 2 Regency style chairs, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps. Bedroom 2: twin beds, Neptune wardrobe, shelved cabinet, dressing table, 2 chairs, bedside table, reading lamp.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: All on one level, built by local craftsmen in traditional Cotswolds materials quarried locally. Tiled floors throughout, with under-floor heating. Styled for comfort and total relaxation. Outside: Own terrace with dining furniture, garden, lawn. Use of owner's 40' heated pool and tennis court. Extensive gardens between the cottage and owner's home. Utility Room: In the cottage: basic cleaning equipment: brooms, brushes, buckets, ironing board, steam iron. In the nearby summer-house: a 6.5 kg washer/drier for guests' use. Storage space for bikes, golf clubs, walking boots etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide all bed-linen, Egyptian cotton towels and white towelling bathrobes.

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