Travellers Joy, Lower Swell

Sleeps 4+2 | Ref: TJL

2bedRural ViewsPub nearbyBroadband InternetChild friendlyGardenReal firePets welcome

Travellers Joy is an exquisite Grade II listed cottage in the peaceful village of Lower Swell, close to the famous market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Boasting plush interiors and an abundance of original features, it is the perfect base for a relaxing holiday in the Cotswolds.

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Travellers Joy is a quintessential Cotswold cottage which sleeps 4+2 guests, in two bedrooms (with the +2 option being a day bed in the snug), with a contemporary family bathroom. Dating back to the 17th century, this picturesque Grade II listed property has a wealth of character features including exposed beams, oak flooring, ledge and brace doors and an impressive inglenook fireplace with a cosy wood burning stove. These period features have been complemented by modern furnishings and facilities such as wireless internet access, a Smart TV and underfloor heating in the well-equipped kitchen and bathroom. There is a beautiful walled garden to the rear, and free on-street parking is available nearby.


Travellers Joy is situated in scenic Lower Swell, a small village which is located just a mile from the vibrant market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The village pub, The Golden Ball Inn, has a welcoming atmosphere and prides itself on its home-cooked food and range of local ales. Surrounded by breathtaking countryside, there are many walks and cycle routes from the village including footpaths to The Slaughters and Bourton-on-the-Water, the latter known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to the low arched bridges which cross the River Windrush.

Lower Swell is well-placed for visiting the many charming towns and villages of the North Cotswolds such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden and Broadway which are all home to a number of pubs, restaurants, tearooms and independent shops. Popular tourist attractions and activities in the area include Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Sudeley Castle, the Lavender Farm and Fields, Birdland Park and Gardens, clay pigeon shooting or a gentle hack with Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre. Further afield destinations such as Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace, Oxford and Bath are accessible for day trips.


Travellers Joy is the perfect property for a gathering of friends or family seeking a relaxing break amongst the rolling Cotswold hills. The cottage is laid out as follows:

The front door opens into a small entrance hall, off which are the following rooms:
Living/dining room Bathed in natural light, this bright and spacious open plan living area is the heart of the home. Boasting exposed wooden beams and rural views, this room contains:
  • inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove
  • three-seater sofa, two-seater sofa and armchair
  • Smart TV
  • record player
  • selection of board games and records
  • wooden dining table with seating for six
  • window seat
Kitchen A small step up leads into the attractive and well-equipped kitchen which has underfloor heating and enjoys views of the cottage garden. This room contains:
  • electric oven and four-ring induction hob
  • fridge/freezer
  • dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, cafetière and smoothie blender
  • washing machine and tumble dryer
  • breakfast bench with two stools
Snug Accessed via the living room and kitchen, this tastefully decorated room leads out into the garden and is a great spot to hide away with a good book. It contains:
  • super king size day bed, available upon request
  • gentleman's wardrobe
  • toilet and wash basin
Stairs lead up from the kitchen to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
Master bedroom This elegant dual aspect bedroom has a stone mullion window, oak flooring and lovely views over the Abbotswood Estate to the rear. It contains:
  • double bed
  • ornamental Victorian fireplace
  • freestanding wardrobe
  • bedroom chair
Bedroom 2 With exposed timber beams and a gable window overlooking the fields opposite, this cosy room contains:
  • double bed
  • built-in cupboard and chest of drawers
  • bedroom chair
Family bathroom This bright and stylish room with underfloor heating contains:
  • walk-in shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail

The enchanting cottage garden is a peaceful spot to relax and unwind in the warmer months. This enclosed garden features an immaculate lawn and a colourful flowerbed which runs the length of the garden and leads to the raised patio at the rear. This patio is home to an outdoor table with seating for six and overlooks the fabulous grounds of the Abbotswood Estate. Stored within the small stone shed adjacent to the snug is a charcoal barbecue and a paddling pool, perfect for cooling off in the height of summer.

Free on-street parking is available in the village.

  • Village: Lower Swell
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Ref.: TJL
  • Rural views: No
  • Pub nearby: No
  • Shop nearby: No
  • Broadband internet: No
  • Children allowed: No
  • Real fire: No
  • Garden: No
  • Off street parking: No
  • Pets welcome: No

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