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Luxury Cottage In Superb Location In The Heart Of The Cotswolds



Updated: 27-Jun-2017
  • 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

About the property

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.

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About the Owner

Biny Gregory
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Biny Gregory

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.

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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Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely cottage, pleasant stroll to Stow. Loved the log fire, and had a very enjoyable stay.
Jan 2016
  • 1 of 50

36 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveller reviews)


Beautiful cottage with great views & facilities

  • 5 of 5

This was our third holiday at TLC and it did not disappoint. The cottage was clean and well equipped with a home from home feeling. The use of the swimming pool and tennis court is fantastic and enjoyed especially by the children. An added bonus for the children was playing with Jessie the dog! There is so much to do in and around Stow, you are never stuck for something nice to do. Thank you to Tony and Biny for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very pleasant, quiet place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Top Lodge Cottage is a lovely, well-maintained property. Biny and Tony are very helpful and friendly - the delicious fruit cake waiting for us was a lovely surprise. The cottage is really comfortable and we would recommend anyone to stay there. Being at the end of a road (as far as vehicles are concerned) it was very peaceful.If we're down that way again we will look to see whether the cottage is available before looking anywhere else.

Top Lodge Cottage is a short, pleasant walk from Stow, a pleasant village. It is close to several National Trust properties, two interesting arboretums and some other beautiful villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway.

Thank you both for a lovely week's holiday.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice, well equipped and close to a very nice village.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location and close to all the amenities the Cotswolds has to offer. Would definitely recommend and re-book.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A really lovely Cotswold property that is in great condition, lots to do, and the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time at this cottage due to the location, amenities and living space. It has everything you could want, including a tennis court which we used and a pool (which disappointingly wasn't usable until mid May). This place is perfect for couples, families and group of friends - due to the living space, layout of bedroom space and ensuite bathrooms.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, clean cottage in a perfect location! Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Two couples spent three nights at the lovely Top Lodge Cottage. The perfectly appointed cottage was a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds! The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking in. The bedrooms were large with plenty of storage. It was definitely a plus for each bedroom to have its own bathroom. It was a little chilly in February when we visited but the outdoor area was beautiful and peaceful. A short ten minute walk to the heart of Stow but when you were at the Cottage you felt like you were truly away from it all. George and Biny were perfect hosts! The bottle of wine and delicious cake to welcome us we're just what we needed! George even took us on a ride through town showing us the best pubs and restaurants! We enjoyed the fireplace in the evenings and had fun playing the board games they had at the Cottage. A perfect spot...I highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, welcoming home

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated, spotless cottage with underfloor heating that was on as we arrived all set the tone for what was a delightful, if at times, rainy few days in the Cotswolds. The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings and the warm welcome we received was very much appreciated. There are so many places of interest close by that one is never lost for ideas on where to go next. Thank you so much for the wonderful accommodation.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • 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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 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 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Low Season
4 Jan 2018 - 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 27-Jun-2017


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 ...


  • 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

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only


  • 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.