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Stable Cottage, Fossebridge

Sleeps 4+2 | Ref: STC

3 bedroomsRural ViewsPub nearbyShop nearbyBroadband InternetChild friendlyGardenOff street parkingPets welcome

Stable Cottage is a beautiful, grade II listed building, formerly the stables for the neighbouring coaching inn. The Cotswold stone stables have been lovingly renovated, to create a warm, character filled cottage, perfectly located in the heart of the Cotswolds.

  • Village: Fossebridge
  • Sleeps : 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Key features:
    • Rural views
    • Pub nearby
    • Shop nearby
    • Broadband internet
    • Children allowed
    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Pets welcome
  • Ref.: STC
  • Rural views: Yes
  • Pub nearby: Yes
  • Shop nearby: Yes
  • Broadband internet: Yes
  • Children allowed: Yes
  • Real fire: No
  • Garden: Yes
  • Off street parking: Yes
  • Pets welcome: Yes

House

Stable Cottage

Summary

Stable Cottage was formerly the stables for the Inn at Fossebridge, an historic family run 17th century coaching inn, and the cottage sits in the Inn's beautiful four acre grounds. Fossebridge is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located between Cirencester to the South and Stow-on-the-Wold to the North. Stable Cottage is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding countryside, including the picturesque Coln Valley, or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

The graded II listed stables were solidly built in Cotswold stone and have recently been converted to form a beautiful, single storey cottage. The character of the original stables has been retained via the incorporation of stable doors and original oak beams into the cottage, and enhanced by the quality of the new finishings, including oak doors, windows and skirting boards. The character of the cottage is complemented by its facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV with DVD player and Sky, and a well presented kitchen.

Stable Cottage sleeps a maximum of 4+2 guests, in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms (with the +2 being bunk beds for children, which are in a small bedroom that connects the master bedroom to the rest of the cottage). There is a private outdoor area with a table and chairs, and the grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge are open to guests. Off street parking is available. Stable Cottage is an ideal location for families or groups of friends, looking for a peaceful retreat.

The cottage benefits from having access to all of the Inn's services, including private dining facilities.

Description

The front door of Stable Cottage opens into a hallway. The following rooms are in the cottage, all on the ground floor:

  • Living/dining room: A warm and cosy room, with one of the original oak beams from the stables and a beautiful tiled floor. There is comfy seating for five, plus a large beanbag, and a wooden dining table and chairs, seating six. There is a flatscreen TV, with integral DVD player and Sky TV;
  • Kitchen: Opening directly onto the living/dining room, the kitchen is small, but well laid out, and contains an electric cooker and four ring hob, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster (clothes washing facilities can be provided by the Inn);
  • Master bedroom: Accessed via bedroom 3, the master bedroom contains a king size bed and has an en-suite bathroom, with a bath with overhead shower, toilet and twin wash basin;
  • Bedroom 2: Contains two single beds;
  • Bedroom 3: A small room, which also gives access to the master bedroom, bedroom 3 contains two high quality oak bunk beds, which are suitable for children;
  • Family bathroom: Contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.

At the front of Stable Cottage is a private outdoor area, with a table and chairs. The cottage and the outdoor area adjoin the beautiful four acre grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge, which guests have full access to.

Key Features

Provisional bookings

Bookings for Stable Cottage have to be accepted in advance by the owner and are therefore provisional only until this has been confirmed.

Payment

For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.

All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.

Security deposits

Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).

Occupancy

The maximum occupancy of the property is four adults and two children, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than six guests at the property.

Pets

Stable Cottage accepts up to two medium sized dogs, at a cost of £20 per booking per dog.

For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs stay off the furniture, including beds, and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.

Bed linen and towels

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times

Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 11am.

If your arrival will be delayed beyond 8pm on the start date of your rental period, you must contact the person whose details are given in the Pre-Arrival Information. If you fail to do so, you may not be able to get into the property.

Bed sizes and configurations

  • Master bedroom (accessed via bedroom 3): King size bed
  • Bedroom 2: 2x single beds
  • Bedroom 3: 2x bunk beds (full size) - for children only

Bathrooms

  • Family bathroom: Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
  • En-suite bathroom: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and twin wash basin.

Heating

The property has a gas fired central heating system. Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.

Services provided

The property has free wireless internet access and a TV with Sky and a DVD player.

A coin operated payphone is available in the Inn and Vodafone customers can be added to the Inn's Sure Signal box, by notifying the Inn in advance.

The property has access to all the services available at the Inn – see Food and Drink for further details.

Mobile phone reception is variable.

Parking

The property has off street parking space for three cars.

Housekeeping

Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.

Child friendly facilities

A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are available upon request.

Initial consumables

A very limited quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. dishwasher tablets, bin bags, toilet rolls), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety

The property is a single storey cottage, with one step up to the front door.

The smoke detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

Smoking

No smoking is permitted throughout the property.

Photographs

In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Location

Fossebridge and The Cotswolds

Fossebridge

Fossebridge is a small hamlet, situated on the historic Fosse Way, a Roman road running all the way from Exeter to Lincoln. The location is perfect for exploring the entire Cotswold area and beyond, being eight miles north of Cirencester and 11 miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold.

The area around Fossebridge showcases rural England at its very best, with many beautiful walks right on the doorstep, in particular through the stunning Coln Valley.

Chedworth

The village of Chedworth is in the County of Gloucestershire, seven miles from Cirencester, five miles from Northleach and eleven miles from Cheltenham. It is close to the Roman Fosse Way and is roughly 600 feet above sea level. Chedworth is an attractive Cotswold village, with old and modern Cotswold stone houses hugging the steep sides of the valley, which extends for almost two miles along a tributary of the River Coln. The village remains unspoilt and off the beaten track, with the exception of the famous Chedworth Roman Villa, which is less than a mile from the village, as the crow flies, but approximately five miles away by road.

There is much evidence of Roman occupation in the countryside surrounding Chedworth, but the first mention of it as a settlement appeared in the 9th century when 'Ceddanwyrde', or 'Cedda's homestead' was listed. In the Doomsday book the settlement was recorded as Cedeorde. The church of St Andrew's contains Early English and Norman features, so the core of the village must have been well established by that time.

By the beginning of the 20th century the population was still only a few hundred people, but the Parish boasted several farms, at least five pubs, shops, post office, cobbler, blacksmith, farrier and many other trades.

The railway line from Cheltenham to Southampton ran through the village with a station near St Andrew's School until its closure in 1961. It is still possible to determine the course of the old railway line through much of the village as it ran through cuttings, on embankments, over road bridges and through a tunnel below Hartshill and into Chedworth woods.

Chedworth is a thriving community and has a pub, church, village school and a wide range of clubs and societies.

St_Andrews_Church

St Andrew's Church, Chedworth

The area around Chedworth is renowned for its beautiful scenery, in particular the Coln Valley, and there are numerous public footpaths and trails accessible from the village.

Northleach

For many, Northleach is a Cotswold secret. Tucked away from the busy A40, between undulating hills, it stands at a crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The streets in and around the ancient market place are rich in architectural interest, ranging from half-timbered Tudor houses and merchants' stores to the great House of Correction, (formerly 'The Cotswold Heritage Centre'), built in the 18th Century.

Above all, Northleach is a thriving small Cotswold town, which has successfully balanced its traditional commerce with the demands of tourism. When you walk through the town, it presents itself as a proud descendent of the great days of the wool trade, boasting the finest example of the Cotswold perpendicular style in the impressive Church of St Peter and Paul. Although wool is no longer the main business of the town, the marketplace is busy with trade and the local hostelries provide a lively service to both visitors and locals.

Church

Old photograph, showing the church of St Peter and Paul

For the visitor, Northleach is an ideal place to stay, perfectly located in the heart of the Cotswolds. The town centre is compact and completely unspoilt, having changed little since 1500. Here you walk through the small alleys leading off the marketplace and discover houses whose upper levels of timber framing overhang great stone built walls and wide oak doors. It is said that beneath the houses and streets of Northleach runs a maze of stone vaulted tunnels. Whether this was the result of mining or some more obscure activity, few residents of Northleach could tell you!

Most of the shops in Northleach are owned by independent proprietors and you will find something for everyone, from fresh bread and cakes, newspapers and magazines, to specialist wines, fine quality meats and cheese, dolls houses and furniture, music boxes, cosmetics, cards and souvenirs. Northleach also has a variety of eating places and public houses.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".

The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.

Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

The Inn at Fossebridge

The property benefits from being located in the beautiful grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge, providing guests with access to all the Inn's facilities, including its excellent eating and drinking options.

The Inn's traditional Cotswold bar and integral restaurant are located in the oldest part of the building and are a wonderful retreat, rustic and cosy, with flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, two open log fires, a log burning stove and mellow Cotswold stone walls.

fossebridge_pub_shot

The cosy and welcoming bar

Restaurant

The restaurant

In the spring and summer months the four acres of gardens around the lake offer a wonderful spot to enjoy a drink or two, lunch on a sunny afternoon or dinner on a balmy evening.

Garden

The Inn also has two adjoining Georgian dining rooms, overlooking the gardens and lake, which offer private dining facilities, as well as facilities for larger parties.

The Inn is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are different menus for lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday lunch menu that changes weekly and separate children's menus.

 

Northleach

For a small town, Northleach is fortunate to have a number of eating and drinking options, including:

  • The Wheatsheaf Inn (www.cotswoldswheatsheaf.com): The Wheatsheaf is a coaching inn, where in years gone by teams of horses and coaches would be kept in the stables below and above blindingly drunken parties would be held, where coachmen, travellers and mysterious highwaymen would drink, dance, tell tales, sing and generally be very badly behaved. Much has changed but the aim is still to be an exceptional example of a traditional coaching inn with a great wine list, good beer and some excellent regional food, which is, wherever possible, local, seasonal and sourced from only the best suppliers in the area.

The Wheatsheaf

Dining at The Wheatsheaf Inn

  • The Ox House Wine Company (www.oxhousewines.com): The Ox House overlooks the market square and is the home of the Ox House Wine Company's retail shop, cafe, bistro and wine-bar. The atmosphere is similar to a continental café-bar, where many of the company's wines are offered for tasting, or can be bought by the glass, bottle or case in a relaxed yet informed manner.
  • The Red Lion Inn
  • The Sherborne Arms

There are a couple of cafes in Northleach and, unusually for a small Cotswold town, there is also a takeaway kebab and pizza shop.

Northleach also has a convenience store, a baker and confectioner, and an award winning butcher:

  • W. J. Castle (www.castlebutchers.co.uk): The traditional styled building, complete with central passage, has been extensively refitted over the years in line with modern methods of butchery, but has still kept its own character and sense of tradition. The building's timber beams are still present in the shop, along with the original flagstone floor, all fronted by the original sash windows. Winners of the 'Best Small Butcher's Shop', you can always be assured of a warm and friendly welcome at the shop.

 

Central Cotswolds

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider Central Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Cirencester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach and Burford containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.

The list below focuses on some of the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the Central Cotswolds (as ownership and chefs change regularly, we are unable to give specific recommendations regarding the quality of any particular establishment):

We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.

Activities

Activities

There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds and the list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in many Cotswold towns, including:

  • Cirencester
  • Stroud
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Burford
  • Tetbury
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Woodstock
  • Chipping Norton
  • Chipping Campden
  • Broadway

Historical buildings, stately homes and gardens

  • Batsford Arboretum & Wild Garden, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.batsarb.co.uk): Set in 56 acres of natural beauty and once home to the famous Mitford family. Meandering paths wander through glades and alongside streams. A garden of peace and tranquillity for all seasons;
  • Berkeley Castle, Berkeley GL13 9BQ (www.berkeley-castle.com): England’s oldest inhabited castle. Over 24 generations of Berkeleys have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a stately home full of treasures. Learn about murder, mystery and plotting, then enjoy the grounds, adjacent Butterfly Farm and church;
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PX (www.blenheimpalace.com): A World Heritage site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the finest private houses in England. It is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of spectacular Capability Brown parkland and award-winning formal gardens;
  • Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway WR12 7LB (www.broadwaytower.co.uk): A unique Capability Brown Folly Tower open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. Displays, roof viewing platform, shop and Red Deer Park are a must for Cotswold visits. Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and offers unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties;
  • Broughton Castle, Banbury OX15 5EB (www.broughtoncastle.com): This historic 14th century moated castle, enlarged in the 16th century, has fine walled gardens with herbaceous borders, old roses and clipped box. Inside boasts splendid plaster ceilings, fireplaces and panelling. Described as "the most romantic house imaginable", Broughton Castle has won starring roles in many films, including The Madness of King George and Shakespeare in Love;
  • Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU (www.nationaltrust.co.uk/chastleton): A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant, as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting.
  • Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, near Cheltenham GL54 3LJ (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-chedworthromanvilla): The remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country, featuring several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water-shrine and latrine. Chedworth is the best site in the country for exploring and understanding the remains of a large country house of the Roman period. The Villa is very much an interactive attraction, with many events being staged so that your experience of the site is enhanced and your understanding of the Roman way of life improved.
  • Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester GL1 2LX (www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk): A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country. Here you will discover magnificent stained glass, royal tombs, fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and a rich musical heritage. Admission free but £5 donation requested;
  • Hailes Abbey, near Winchcombe GL54 5PB (www.english-heritage.org.uk/hailes): Set in the beautiful western fringe of the Cotswolds surrounded by wooded pasture, the Abbey was one of the main centres of pilgrimage due to a phial said to contain the blood of Christ. The museum displays fine examples of sculpture and decorated tiles;
  • Hidcote, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote): Relax and unwind in one of the country's great gardens and experience for yourself the fulfilment of a quiet American's English fantasy. You'll never forget the exquisite garden rooms, each with its own unique character. Discover rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from around the world. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's spectacular Red Border. Nestled in the Cotswolds with sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, a visit to Hidcote is inspirational at any time of year;
  • Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick GL6 6TH (www.rococogarden.org.uk): The garden is situated in a hidden Cotswold valley. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality and is a magical experience at any time of the year. Charming garden structures nestle next to informal plantings, herbaceous borders and a striking kitchen garden;
  • Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester GL7 6PF (www.rodmarton-manor.co.uk): Attractive Arts and Crafts House with original hand made furniture, painted pottery, wall hangings. A large garden of outdoor rooms with many parts including topiary, herbaceous borders and plenty of places to sit;
  • Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill WR12 7JU (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor): Explore the treasures collected by one man with an eye for the unusual. Be intrigued by the story of Charles Wade, be amazed by his huge and varied collection from around the world and relax in the peaceful hillside garden;
  • Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD (www.sudeleycastle.co.uk): Once the property of King Ethelred the Unready, later home of Queen Katherine Parr and garrison headquarters of Prince Rupert during the Civil War. Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit;
  • Sulgrave Manor, near Banbury OX17 2SD (www.sulgravemanor.org.uk): The ancestral home of the Washingtons in Britain. A compact Manor House - a gentle stroll through three centuries of English history in the company of a friendly and informative guide. The largest UK collection of George Washington memorabilia, demonstrating the British contribution to the origins of the USA, with a separate exhibition on George's life and career in the US;
  • Upton House & Gardens, Near Banbury OX15 6HT (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uptonhouse): Presented in its 1930s heyday, this handsome country mansion contains world-class art collections. Delve into the story of a millionaire’s life, hear stories, play games, relax and read magazines or journals. Wander through the beautiful gardens, with sweeping lawns, terraced borders and a kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant;
  • Warwick Castle, Warwick CV34 4QU (www.warwick-castle.com): Britain's greatest mediaeval experience. From a mediaeval household in the Kingmaker exhibition to a Victorian 'Royal Weekend Party'. Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers most Fridays and Saturdays;
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt): Spectacular all year round, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum contains one of Europe’s finest collections of trees and shrubs. 17 miles of paths to explore, it is a magical place to visit for the whole family. Famous for its beautiful displays of autumn colour, a popular place to visit in spring for the flowering rhododendrons and in the summer for the Festival of the Tree.

Wildlife

  • Birdland – Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN (www.birdland.co.uk): A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various water habitats. Over 50 aviaries of parrots, hornbills, toucans and many more. Discovery Zone (indoor education area) and Marshmouth Reserve (2.5 acre nature reserve). Take time to wander and relax in this tranquil environment. Plus Penguin Café, picnic areas, play area and gift shop. The only group of King Penguins in England;
  • Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk): Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day giving you a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. You can enjoy these wonderful birds and think positively about their conservation;
  • Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Countryfile, this is a rare farm treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, Touch Barn, Fun Barn, Maze Quest and Jumping Pillows. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen;
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford OX18 4JW (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk): The Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and is an attraction for all members of the family. There are over 250 species of animals from Leaf-cutting ants to White rhinos; giraffes were a major addition in 2010. You can walk with lemurs in the Madagascar enclosure, ride on the train and be inspired by the beautiful landscaping and seasonal displays throughout the Park;
  • Longleat Safari Park, Warminster BA12 7NW (www.longleat.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Animal Park, Longleat is a “must do” for visitors of all ages! From Safari Park to Safari Boats, Hedge Maze to Adventure Castle and so much more.

Museums

  • Corinium Museum, Cirencester GL7 2BX (www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum): Discover the ‘Treasures of the Cotswolds’ at the award-winning Corinium Museum. Trace the story of the Cotswolds from pre-history to the 19th century. See what life was like in Corinium, Roman Britain’s second largest town. Come face to face with Anglo-Saxons. Something for all the family. Also home to Cirencester Visitor Information Centre;
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY (www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk): Multi award-winning museum for all ages and ideal for families. Home to Brum – star of the children’s TV series. Classic cars. Quizzes, old fashioned toys and hands-on activities;
  • Roman Baths, Bath BA1 1LZ (www.romanbaths.co.uk): Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in Northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water and its extensive remains lie beneath the centre of Bath. Brand new displays, costumed characters and free audioguides in 8 languages.

Other attractions

  • Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham GL50 4SH (www.cheltenham.co.uk): One of Europe’s top racecourses, hosting the three day Open Meeting and the four day Festival in March. The Centaur is the region’s largest facility for exhibitions, conferences and concerts;
  • Clearwell Caves, near Coleford GL16 8JR (www.clearwellcaves.com): An incredible natural cave system tunnelled into by miners for more than 4,000 years in their search for iron ore and ochre pigments. Nine impressive caverns with mining equipment and displays throughout. ‘A great underground experience’ for all the family;
  • Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney GL7 5TL (www.waterpark.org): Explore this watery landscape, with loads of lakes, offering watersports, fishing, birdwatching and much, much more. Call in to the Gateway Information Centre to discover where to go and what to do;
  • Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham GL56 0YG (www.daylesfordorganic.com): The Harrods of farm shops! One of the most sustainable farms in the UK, located in 2,000 acres of beautiful countryside of the English Cotswolds, owned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford. Award-winning food in the farm shop and café and a host of things to see and do: farm tours and farm walks, cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa;
  • Gloucester Antiques Centre, Gloucester GL1 5SF (www.gacl.co.uk): Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the largest and longest established antiques centres in the UK. Over 100 specialist antiques dealers offering the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. Enjoy light lunches, homemade cakes and refreshments in the café;
  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT (www.gwsr.com): The ‘Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a scenic 20 mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse, including the exciting Greet Tunnel, one of the longest on a preserved railway. Pop along and see the driver in his cab. Break your journey at picturesque Winchcombe station. Special events all year;
  • Oxford: Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture and ancient University, Oxford sits in the heart of England, just outside the Cotswolds;
  • The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AF (www.theoldnewinn.co.uk/village.htm): A model of the actual village built of Cotswold stone to 1/9 scale in 1937. The River Windrush flows under Bourton’s famous bridges. The beeches, cherries and chestnuts are all in miniature. Music in the churches and of course, the model of the model;
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Activities

  • Walking: Most people who visit the Cotswolds do some walking, even if it is just a stroll to the village pub! The area contains some of England’s most beautiful countryside and there are over 3,000 miles of public footpaths, to enable visitors to fully discover this rich landscape. Long distance trails in, or passing through, the Cotswolds include:
    • The Cotswold Way;
    • The Heart of England Way;
    • The Oxfordshire Way;
    • The Gloucestershire Way;
    • The Wardens' Way and Windrush Way;
    • The Macmillan Way;
    • The Monarchs Way;
    • The D'arcy Dalton Way;
    • The Wysis Way.

Further information and maps can be obtained from the local tourist information centres.

  • Cycling: The Cotswolds is criss-crossed with quiet country roads and lanes, as well as more challenging mountain biking terrain, making it perfect for all types of cycling. There are a number of places to hire bikes from, including:
  • Golf: There are many golf clubs in and around the Central Cotswolds, including:

Spas

  • Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden (www.cotswoldhouse.com): Set in a converted coach house in the gardens, the Cotswold House Spa features treatment rooms, a superb hydrotherapy pool and Turkish hammam room;
  • Wyck Hill House Hotel & Spa, Stow-on-the-Wold (www.wyckhillhousehotel.co.uk): Six therapy rooms, including one dual room. There is also a 12-seater steam room and sauna and relaxation area;
  • M Spa at Lapstone, Chipping Campden (www.mspa.so): Spoil yourself with the most progressive, comprehensive range of spa facial, bath and body experiences that deliver the most amazing results every time. Indulge in signature treatments to reconnect body, mind and soul, from head to toe and from outside in.

Map

Map

Stable Cottage is located just off the historic Fosse Way, in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Travelling by car

Stable Cottage is easily accessed by car from all directions. It is located in the grounds of The Inn at Fossebridge, which is on the A429 (Fosse Way), approximately eight miles north of Cirencester and 11 miles South of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to Fossebridge is Kemble (approximately 12 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of less than 90 minutes.

Travelling by plane

Stable Cottage is within easy reach of a number of international airports:

  • Birmingham International Airport: 56 miles, approximately 80 minute drive;
  • Heathrow International Airport: 75 miles, approximately 90 minute drive;
  • Bristol International Airport: 58 miles, approximately 90 minute drive.

 

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Reviews

Reviews

Bakers Cottage was re-launched as a Holiday Let with Character Cottages in November 2014. Customer reviews and feedback for this lovely property are provided below:

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Inventory

Inventory

Our aim is for you to enjoy Stable Cottage as if it was your own home and this information is provided to ensure that you are aware of, and are able to use, all the facilities that are available:

Main appliances, furniture and facilities
Bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels DVD player Four ring electric hob
Fridge freezer High chair (on request) Kettle
Microwave Outdoor table and seating Electric oven
Toaster Travel cot (on request) Flatscreen TV with Sky
Wireless internet Dishwasher  
General provisions
Bin bags Dishwasher tablets Toilet roll
Other equipment and facilities
Hair dryer (on request) Iron Ironing board

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