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Luxury Cottage In Superb Location In The Heart Of The Cotswolds

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

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.


Owner
Biny Gregory
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 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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Location

Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Birmingham
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Stow Square
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Naunton
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Kingham Station
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
M40
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Stow Square
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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold in Cotswold District

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Amazing property and hosts at Stow-on-the-Wold

  • 5 of 5

This property and our hosts were absolutely lovely, checking that we had everything we needed and offering assistance if needed. The cottage was well appointed with everything you could need and was a fantastic place to stay in peaceful surrounds but still so close to everything. Wish we had the time so we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Golden Girls getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I took my Mum/Mum in Law/Nan for a week. We had a great time. The cottage is secluded, great parking, all on one level (great for the disabled) and very well appointed. Cannot fault and will book next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A gem at the end of the lane

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place from which to explore the area around Stow! There was a footpath (Monarch's Way) literally outside our doorstep. The village was a short walk down the lane and the cottage was everything we could ask for. Thank you, Biny and Tony, for a most comfortable home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning cottage in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at TLC and every bit as good as the first. I love the location of this beautiful cottage, being only a short walk to Stow on the wold. The cottage is great for my mum who has mobility issues and it has everything you need. We had a few days of rain but even then to sit in the lounge and look out at the lovely view through the patio window is very relaxing. Biny and Tony are very helpful if you need anything and provided us with a lovely cake. This cottage is perfect for us, easily accessible and where it is situated couldn't be better. Hope to return again for a third visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely summer hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at Top Lodge Cottage which is delightfully secluded yet easy to access from Stow. The house has every amenity you could want, the use of the swimming pool was a godsend, and the hosts were extremely kind and friendly. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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Perfect bolt hole for "The Golden Girls"

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a week staying in this fab bungalow. I cannot find fault. Only problem was that I only booked a week and wish I'd stayed a fortnight. Tony (the owner) was very helpful and quite charming! Thank you very much and we'll book for next summer. Please be aware this property is great for people with mobility problems.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid Season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£735
 
 
Low season
1 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£95
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£665
 
 
Christmas & New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
£768
for 6 nights
From
£122
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£854
 
 
Low Season
4 Jan 2018 - 8 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£720
 
 
Cheltenham Festival
9 Mar 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
£675
for 5 nights
From
£135
£920
 
 
Spring Season
17 Mar 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£810
 
 
Spring Season
13 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
Summer Season
12 May 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,085
for 7 nights
£1,085
 
 
Late Summer
31 Aug 2018 - 4 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£945
for 7 nights
£945
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£150
for 1 night
From
£150
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

1. SMOKING. 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.

2. CANCELLATION Any cancellation made by the client for any reason whatever shall be confirmed in writing (or by email with a request for acknowledgement) addressed to TLC. The following cancellation charges will apply:
(a) If cancelled more than 8 weeks before the start of the rental: loss of deposit.
(b) If cancelled less than 8 weeks before the start of the rental when full payment has been made TLC will attempt to re-let the property for the period of the booking. If TLC is successful in letting the property for the full period of the rental it shall refund to the Client the full amount paid less an administration fee of £30. If TLC is successful in re-letting only part of the booked period it shall refund an amount equal to the amount paid less, on a pro rata basis, the rental for the period which is not let and less an administration fee of £50. If TLC is unable to let the property at all for the cancelled period then all monies paid by the Client for the cancelled booking shall be forfeit to TLC.
3. CANCELLATION INSURANCE Cancellation insurance is not mandatory but TLC strongly recommends that Clients should take such cover to provide protection re the cost of cancellation penalties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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