Horseshoe Cottage


8 Guests

5 Beds

2 Baths

300 year old cottage with wood burner and courtyard garden in quintessential Cotswold village. Sleeps 8; pet friendly. Within easy walking distance of award winning pub. Great base from which to explore the Cotswolds; free entry to Sudeley Castle included.
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  • WiFi
  • Dogs
  • Open Fire / Wood Burner
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Parking
  • Travel Cot
  • High Chair
  • Bedding & towels


Our family of 5 had a wonderful time. The cottage is warm, spacious (4 bedrooms) and perfectly equipped including the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, wifi and the wood-burning fireplace! We walked 5 minutes up the hill...
Matt January 5, 2018
Overall a very nice cottage - warm, nice bedrooms, comfortable living space.
Mike December 27, 2017
Our group of eight had a wonderful time at the cottage. It was cosy and clean, and the extra little touches like the Christmas tree added to the lovely atmosphere. The kitchen was well equipped...
Lucia December 22, 2017
Exceptional, ten out of ten
Fay December 11, 2017
The house is quite beautiful and comfortable. The host Martin and his wife are friendly and kind. Many thaks for the care during this period.We will recommend to our friends for this nice house.
JMA July 26, 2017

Full Description

Horseshoe Cottage is an impressive end of row period Cotswold stone cottage, located in the heart of the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.  It is located within a stone’s throw of the beautiful Norman Church of St Lawrence and the award winning Horse and Groom pub – winner of the Good Pub Guide, Pub of the Year 2016.

Horseshoe Cottage is the perfect place to relax and explore the stunning Cotswolds region and its picturesque market towns.  Bourton-on-the-Hill is between the famous Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, and is ideally located for traveling to Stratford-upon-Avon the ‘home of Shakespeare’, Oxford and Sudeley Castle.

This beautiful, period cottage has many character features, including a wood burner, exposed Cotswold stone walls, wooden beams, flagstone floors and original wooden floors.  The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wifi, flat screen TVs and a well presented, contemporary kitchen.

The cottage sleeps eight people, in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms.  There is a lovely enclosed south-west facing courtyard garden and free parking down a side-street adjacent to the cottage.

The front door of Horseshoe Cottage opens into a large, open plan, triple aspect, downstairs space, which is partially segregated into two spaces by the staircase:

  • Living Room and Dining
    This large space has wooden beams, a flagstone floor, with underfloor heating, and an exposed Cotswold stone fireplace containing a wood burning stove. There is a flat screen internet TV, with a DVD/Blu-ray player, an iPod 4/5 stereo, comfy seating for eight and a wooden dining table, also with seating for eight.  Bi-fold sliding doors give direct access to the garden; the garden is fully enclosed and is a wonderful sun trap.  It contains an outdoor table, eight chairs and a charcoal barbecue.
  • Kitchen
    A lovely, contemporary space, containing a Smeg range cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine.  There is a half-stabled door, which gives side access to the house.

Stairs lead up from between the dining area and kitchen to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:

  • Bedroom 1
    Contains a double bed.  There is direct access to the family bathroom from this room;
  • Bedroom 2
    A large, dual aspect room, with feature fireplace and rural views.  Contains a king size bed.
  • Family bathroom
    Access from both the hallway and bedroom 1.  Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin, as well as underfloor heating.

Further stairs lead up from the first floor landing to the second floor landing, off which are two further large rooms:

  • Bedroom 3 (en-suite)
    Contains a king size bed.  The en-suite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin, as well as underfloor heating;
  • Bedroom 4
    Large, dual aspect room, with an exposed Cotswold stone wall and lovely rural views.  Contains two single beds.  There is also a flat screen TV, with a Sony PlayStation 3 and games (this is also a DVD/Blu-ray player).

Key Features

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).

The maximum occupancy of the property is eight adults and infant 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 eight guests at the property.

Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by one additional infant.

Up to two dogs are accepted.  For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.

Fluffy towels and soft bed linen are provided for guests.

Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations

  • Bedroom 1 (1st floor, en-suite): Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 (1st floor): King Bed
  • Bedroom 3 (2nd floor): King Bed
  • Bedroom 4 (2nd floor): 2x single beds

Family bathroom (1st floor): Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin. Underfloor heating;
Bedroom 3 (en-suite): Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin. Underfloor heating.

The property has a gas central heating system. Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.  An initial supply of logs is provided for the wood burning stove from October to April. Further supplies can be purchased locally.

The property has free wireless and a flat screen internet TV and DVD/Blu-ray player. There is a second TV in bedroom 2, with a Sony PlayStation 3 (which is also a DVD/Blu-ray player) and games.

Free parking is available close to the property. When arriving and departing it is possible to unload and load directly outside the property.

Please let us know your housekeeping preferences when booking; guests sometimes request a refresh of bed linen and towels after seven nights and we will provide this free of charge for a booking of nine nights or more. Our housekeepers are also available for laundry, ironing and shopping services, please contact to request additional housekeeping services.

A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are provided.

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (e.g. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc.).

This is an old property and has many character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, multiple and sometimes uneven floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency. Please note that there is no handrail on the staircase from the ground floor to the first floor.

The smoke and CO 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.

No smoking is permitted throughout the property.

Things to do


With Bourton-on-the-Hill’s award winning pub, the Horse & Groom 200m from the cottage and Moreton-in-Marsh a short drive away, guests at Horseshoe have a selection of eateries.

Moreton-in-Marsh is just a 6-minute drive and offers a variety of excellent eateries for different budgets. For a memorable evening out, head to The Mulberry Restaurant at The Manor House Hotel; a Michelin-guide favourite offering an excellent selection of locally-sourced seasonal dishes in a beautiful setting. Yellow Brick Café (5-minute drive) on the town’s high street is a real favourite with locals and visitors alike in search of a coffee and light bite, whilst those in search of something a little more exotic need look no further than The Spice Room Indian restaurant (8-minute drive).

Blockley is also close-by. The Great Western Arms can be found in the heart of the village, and offers a fantastic selection of gastropub classics at reasonable prices; perfect for lazy lunches or evening meals. The Crown Hotel offers a good selection of British classics and bar snacks, whilst Blockley Village Shop & Café is a great little spot to head to for a tasty breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea and cakes.

Paxford is also just a short drive from the cottage’s front door, homing the renowned Churchill Arms, another Michelin-guide favourite with an impressive menu of pub classics with a distinctly refined twist.


Bourton-on-the-Hill & Batsford Arboretum

7 miles – Start/finish: Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill (

Explorer map OL45: Grid Reference SP174326

A walk that takes you south past Sezincote House (pronounced See-zin-kt), a Mogul-style Indian extravaganza complete with minarets and domes ( before circling north through Moreton-in-Marsh to Batsford House, childhood home of the Mitford sisters, with its 56-acre gardens and arboretum.

Head south along the Heart of England Way past Sezincote House before turning left along the footpath towards Moreton-in-Marsh, just after Home Farm. After Moreton the Monarch’s Way takes you over open fields (which can be very boggy!) to Batsford Arboretum (; do not miss) before rejoining the Heart of England Way again for the short return leg back to Bourton.


Horseshoe is perfectly placed to explore numerous surrounding villages for a true taste of Cotswolds life. We recommend heading to nearby Moreton-in-Marsh (5-minute drive) as a first port of call, a classic Cotswold market town with a host of independent boutiques and cafés to enjoy, as well as a weekly market with over 200 stalls. Chipping Campden (10-minute drive) is also a must-visit when in this neck of the woods, a historic market town hailing from the 7th century with a bustling high street, beautiful church and ancient market hall. Nature lovers will adore Batsford Arboretum’s glorious foliage displays on show throughout the year, just a 5-minute drive from Stepping Stones cottage, whilst Chastleton House (15-minute drive) will keep heritage-fans happy; a National Trust property with a stunning Jacobean home and wonderful gardens to roam. Slightly further afield, Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon is just 30 minutes by car, with a host of attractions including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre putting on a host of productions throughout the year. Carrying on the heritage theme is Blenheim Palace, just a 40-minute drive from Stepping Stones, where visitors can spend the day exploring the magnificent palace and surrounding Estate.

Getting There

Horseshoe Cottage offers guests free parking on the side street adjacent to the cottage. Although the village itself does sit on several bus routes, we’d highly recommend driving to give you easy access to all that the Cotswolds has to offer. For those who choose not to, the nearest rail station can be found at Moreton-in-Marsh, which offers good direct rail links to major cities including London Paddington. From here, you’ll just need to jump in a taxi to make the short 6-minute car journey to Bourton-on-the-Hill.

Local Amenities

The nearest supermarkets can be found in Moreton-in-Marsh, just a short 5-minute drive from the cottage, where Warner’s Budgens, Co-Operative Food, Aldi and Tesco Express give you plenty of choice to stock up during your stay. For a completely hassle-free stay, we recommend ordering your groceries online to be ready and waiting for you on arrival; Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to Horseshoe Cottage.

Helpful Addresses/Links


Cotswolds Walks-

Moreton-in-Marsh Walking-


The Great Western Arms – Station Rd, Blockley GL56 9DT | 01386 700362

The Crown Hotel- High St, Blockley GL56 9EX | 01386 700245

The Churchill Arms – Paxford GL55 6XH | 01386 593159

The Village Shop & Café– Bell Ln, Blockley GL56 9BB | 01386 701411

The Mulberry Restaurant- High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0LJ | 01608 650501

Yellow Brick Café- 3-5 Old Market Way, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AJ | 01608 651881

The Spice Room– 3 Oxford St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0LA | 01608 654204



The Village Shop & Café– Bell Ln, Blockley GL56 9BB

Warner’s Budgens- High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AF

Aldi- 10 Stow Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0DS

The Co-Operative Food- High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AH

Tesco Express- 13 Manchester Court, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0BY

Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons home delivery available.



AAA Station Taxis of Moreton-in-Marsh-
07732 382153

North Cotswold Taxis and Tours- 07832 915871

Moreton-in-Marsh Taxi4u- 07565 521833

Dog Code of Conduct


At Bolthole Retreats we are proud to provide quality, luxury accommodation in our beautiful holiday cottages. We enjoy meeting the different needs of all our guests by offering a selection of both dog-free and dog-friendly holiday cottages. For this to work for everyone, we have a Dog Code of Conduct, which can be found below.

Our dog friendly cottages can be found on our Dog Friendly Cottages page. We are able to accommodate a maximum of two well-behaved dogs in each of our dog-friendly properties. Guests must let us know they are bringing their dog at the time of booking. We take a small charge of £25 per pet.

When booking, guests are required to accept our Terms & Conditions, including the Dogs Code of Conduct. This enables us to ensure we keep our cottages in excellent condition for all guests.

Dogs Code of Conduct:

  • We ask that your dog be kept on the lead in the courtyard.
  • The surrounding fields are often used for grazing sheep and lambs. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking through the fields if they are occupied by livestock.
  • We ask that you do not allow your dog on furniture or in bedrooms. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should there be evidence of dogs having been on beds or furniture.
  • If you are part of a group booking, your dog must be kept to the dog-friendly cottage it was booked into. If you wish your dog to go in and out of other cottages included in your booking, the £25 pet fee must be paid for those cottages too. This of course will mean ensuring the other cottages in your booking are also dog-friendly.
  • Dogs must be booked and paid for in advance. Any dogs arriving without prior arrangement will need to be accommodated elsewhere at your own cost.
  • Dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in any cottage unless they are happy to rest in their own cage brought from home and are unlikely to bark and disturb other guests. A list of walks, as well as dog-friendly pubs, is provided to help you plan a dog-friendly day out.
  • We regret that dogs known to bark excessively are not permitted.
  • Please wash off muddy dogs before entering the cottage; guest towels must not be used on dogs.
  • Please clean up after your dog, including whilst in the cottage gardens, courtyards and the surrounding fields. Dog waste must be binned using appropriate bags.
  • Any damage caused by dogs to furniture, carpets, bed linen etc. will incur a commensurate replacement or cleaning fee.
  • Please obey the Countryside Code whilst enjoying the area with your dog. Keep your dog under close control at all times for their own safety as well as the comfort of others.
  • Upon departure, please leave the cottage as you would wish to find it. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should excessive cleaning be required following your departure.

Travelling by car

Bourton-on-the-Hill is easily accessed by car, being located on the A44 and approximately 2 miles away from the A429 (Fosse Way), which are two of the main roads through the North Cotswolds.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to Bourton-on-the-Hill is Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 2 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.

Travelling by plane

Bourton-on-the-Hill is within easy reach of a number of international airports:

  • Birmingham International Airport: 42 miles, approximately 60 minute drive
  • Heathrow International Airport: 75 miles, approximately 90 minute drive
  • Bristol International Airport: 74 miles, approximately 90 minute drive

Horseshoe Cottage


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5 Beds

2 Baths

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