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The Old School House

Lower Swell, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1091150)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews

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16 Customer Review(s)

  • Nigel

    “The house is cold .”

    The heating system is poor and the radiators either tepid or cold . The weather was warm for this time of year circa 12 degrees . If it had been colder the house would have been freezing, There are convector heaters supplied and a wood stove needed to use all the time to keep the place warmish . Many windows are old and draughty. The hot water needed an immersion heater on as otherwise there was not enough water . The furnishings , carpets and decoration are generally old and tired . The two ...

    The heating system is poor and the radiators either tepid or cold . The weather was warm for this time of year circa 12 degrees . If it had been colder the house would have been freezing, There are convector heaters supplied and a wood stove needed to use all the time to keep the place warmish . Many windows are old and draughty. The hot water needed an immersion heater on as otherwise there was not enough water . The furnishings , carpets and decoration are generally old and tired . The two bedrooms up a very steep flight of stairs were freezing and unsuitable for young children especially as there is no bathroom facility there . The TV is old and not connected to the wi fi so it’s free view only . The wi fi is appalling and is intermittent at best or non existent at times so we had to use our own mobiles . Generally the house is ok but we would not stay again or recommend it for winter use . The garden is unkempt and had not been touched over the winter months . Overall it’s very expensive for what it is . The house needs some capital spending on it to make it a luxury stay at these prices .

    - Nigel, December 2021

    The owner has us asked to respond to each of your points as they feel it does not present an accurate picture of the property nor did you contact anyone to discuss things with during your stay. The heating system has just been serviced and will take a little while to reheat if it is used excessively. There is an electric shower that can be used continuously. You could have also put the heating on constant if you were cold. The TV is a smart TV with over 100 channels and Netflix. The Wifi has a pair of routers to ensure fast internet speeds, it appears you have turned these off. The windows had been largely replaced at the time of your stay except 4 that have since been done The property was fully redecorated during lockdown, we appreciate this will be a matter of personal taste. They have replaced sofas, chairs, refitted the shower room, replaced the roof, TV, beds and mattresses in the last few years, all others guest have been very happy and love the property. The garden is a cottage garden and they leave the heads on the Japanese anemones as winter food for the goldfinches. We would have liked to have had the opportunity to resolve these matters for you during your stay. Property Owner

The property

The Old School House is a beautiful, historic house which sleeps 12 guests, in five bedrooms, with two bathrooms. Dating back to 1869, the house was originally built for the village school mistress, and has various wonderful character features including a large fireplace with a wood burning stove, original walk-in pantry and a spacious bathroom with a freestanding clawfoot bath. The period features have been complemented by the warm contemporary décor and modern facilities, including a Smart TV with home cinema system and built-in HD Freesat, two iPod docks and wireless internet access. There is a stunning enclosed garden and off-street parking for up to five cars is available on the driveway. The Old School House is located in the pretty village of Lower Swell, surrounded by the stunning Cotswold countryside. Two of the village’s focal points are the beautiful War Memorial standing on the tranquil village green and the silvery waters of the River Dikler, a popular spot for trout fishing. The village benefits from having a beautiful countryside inn which offers superb food, an open fire and hosts local walks and activities. Lower Swell is just one mile from the delightful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold which is popular for its numerous antique shops, pubs and restaurants. The location is also ideal for exploring the wider region including the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as further afield places, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath. The Old School House is situated at the end of a short lane, from which the garden is accessed. A path through the garden takes you to the front door of the house, which leads to: Kitchen/dining room: The kitchen and adjoining dining room are the heart of the house, with the dining room containing a large wooden table that comfortably seats 12 guests. The dining room also contains a book library. The kitchen is bright and spacious, and is equipped to a high standard, including a cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine. Adjoining the kitchen is a walk in pantry and a utility room, containing a washing machine and tumble dryer. From the dining room, a door leads to the: Living room: The large, yet cosy living room contains a wood burning stove (initial logs provided), a Smart TV with a home cinema system, and comfy seating for 12. There are also two portable iPod docks. A door from the living room leads to stairs to the first floor: Bedroom 1: Double bed; Bathroom: Beautiful roll top bath, basin and toilet, with stone fireplace; From the first floor landing, stairs go up to the second floor: Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed; Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed and a single bed. This bedroom is accessed via bedroom 2. Returning to the dining room, another set of stairs leads to: Bedroom 4: Double bed; Bathroom: Walk-in electric shower, wash basin and toilet; Bedroom 5: Contains an antique Victorian double bed and a single divan bed. Returning to the kitchen, the front door leads out directly into a fabulous, peaceful garden, with distant views towards the church in Stow-on-the-Wold. The enclosed garden has a flagstone terrace, with teak garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue, overlooking the lawn and shaded woodland areas. All the main rooms in the house look out onto the lovely gardens.

Floorplans

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 2 x first floor double (accessed via different staircases), 1 x first floor double with single bed, 1 x second floor double, 1 x second floor double with single bed
  • 1 x first floor bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC, 1 x first floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freesat and home cinema system, 2 x iPod docks, WiFi, telephone
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x high chairs and cots available
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Patio and lawn garden with furniture seating 8 and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 4 min walk

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

About the location

CHELTENHAM

Tewkesbury 5.9 miles; Cirencester 14.7 miles; Stratford-upon-Avon 30 miles;

Cheltenham is a town in Gloucestershire and lies beneath Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds and above the vale of the River Severn. It is known as 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'. This edge-of-the Cotswolds spa town is hard to beat for refined elegance and Regency terraces, annual festivals, Ladies' College and racecourse. Also fortnightly farmers markets, classy shops and restaurants all surrounded by glorious countryside. The town is home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. It's also known for Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, a remnant of Cheltenham’s past as a spa town. There's fine art at The Wilson museum, and the Victorian Everyman Theatre has an ornate auditorium.

Note: The Old School House is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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