Built over 200 years ago, Spa Changing Rooms is one of three cottages that originally formed a Spa (a fourth cottage was added later), whose aim was to rival the spa facilities in the towns of Cheltenham and Bath. The cottage is located on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Lower Swell, which has a traditional Cotswold pub, and is less than a mile away from the famous market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, with its wide range of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the cottage is an ideal base for exploring the region, either on foot, by bike or by car, with many of the quintessential Cotswold towns and villages within easy reach, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. Further afield places such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Blenheim Palace are also easily accessible.
This historic grade II* listed property has an abundance of period features, including oak beams, exposed Cotswold stone walls, flagstone floors, a wood burning stove, and ornate stone mullion windows at the front of the cottage, with leaded lights, which are described as “Moghul” style, an Indian influence believed to have been inspired by the construction of nearby Sezincote House. The cellar of the cottage contains one of the original springs to the spa house, with the old steps down to the cellar being visible from the kitchen. The historic character of the cottage is complemented by modern facilities, including wireless internet access, three Smart TVs and a Freeview TV, a water softener, drinking water purifier, and an efficient heating system throughout the property.
Spa Changing Rooms sleeps five people, in three bedrooms, with a family bathroom. There is a lovely back garden, with a wooden decking area that has spectacular rural views across the Abbotswood Estate. There is dedicated parking for up to three cars across the road from the cottage. Spa Changing Rooms is perfect for a family or group of friends looking for a relaxing break in the heart of the Cotswold countryside.
Spa Changing Rooms is located in a short row of cottages, on the road from Stow-on-the-Wold to the village of Lower Swell. The front door opens directly into the living room, with the following rooms on the ground floor:
- Living room: This comfortable and characterful room has exposed beams, a flagstone floor, and a large fireplace with exposed Cotswold stone and a lovely wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for five, further seating including a window seat, plus a Smart TV, DVD/Blu-Ray Player, and a music system;
- Kitchen: A doorway leads through from the living room to the well equipped kitchen, which has smart granite worktops. The kitchen contains a four ring induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffee percolator, bread making machine, DAB radio and a drinking water purifier. The original stone stairs down to the cellar are visible from the kitchen, offering a glimpse of the original springs for the spa (the cellar is not accessible to guests);
- Dining room: Next to the kitchen, this lovely room has a beautiful long case clock, a wall map of the area, a dining table and seating for six. French doors lead out to the enclosed back garden.
Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
- Bedroom 1: A lovely light room, with beautiful rural views, which contains a king size bed and a 32” flatscreen TV;
- Bedroom 2: This characterful room can be set up as either a king size bed or two single beds, and also contains a 32” Smart TV;
- Family Bathroom: Contains a freestanding roll-top bath, with a separate shower, toilet and wash basin.
Steep stairs lead up to the second floor:
- Bedroom 3: A characterful room with exposed beams in the eaves of the cottage, which contains a single bed and a 24” Smart TV.
The French doors in the dining room lead directly out to the enclosed garden. Steps lead up from a patio to a lawned area, at the end of which is a decked area, with fabulous rural views across the Abbotswood Estate. There is an outdoor table and seating for six, a parasol and a charcoal barbecue.
Directly opposite the cottage there is a dedicated parking area for up to three cars.