An elegant escape in a peaceful location, just a stone’s throw from Bourton-on-the-Water’s bustling centre. With classic, refined cottage interiors and a tranquil location just moments from the heart of one of the Cotswolds’ favourite villages, Moore Cottage is the perfect choice for those in search of a quiet country escape with amenities on the doorstep. Found close to the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, romantically known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ thanks to the River Windrush which flows directly through it, this little country hideaway offers an elegant getaway for guests in search of some peace and quiet.
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With classic, refined cottage interiors and a tranquil location just moments from the heart of one of the Cotswolds’ favourite villages, Moore Cottage is the perfect choice for those in search of a quiet country escape with amenities on the doorstep. Found close to the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, romantically known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ thanks to the River Windrush which flows directly through it, this little country hideaway offers an elegant getaway for guests in search of some peace and quiet. Boasting bright, spacious interiors and with a wonderful garden at its disposal, guests here have more than enough room within which to unwind, plus a handy private driveway shared with Moore House next door; hard to come by in a village as popular as Bourton. Two well-sized bedrooms offer a cosy rest-stop for up to four guests, with a well-equipped kitchen diner and spacious living room offering more than enough room for entertaining. Dog-friendly with plenty of walks from the door, this is a fantastic base for lovers of the great outdoors looking to explore this corner of the Cotswolds. Alternatively, those who don’t want to move a muscle are well-catered for, thanks to Bourton-on-the-Water’s host of cafés, restaurants, boutiques and grocery stores, all within a 2-minute walk of the cottage. Moore House’s friendly Sporting Lucas Terrier Sam is also sure to be on hand to give you a friendly hello on arrival.
The Living Space
Arriving through the cottage’s shared gated courtyard with Moore House, you’ll step directly into the heart of the cottage through your own private entrance. To your left sits Moore Cottage’s attractive country-style kitchen; a spacious open-plan kitchen diner, overlooking the shared courtyard driveway. In here, you’ll find plenty of traditional touches that give the cottage the refined elegance that you’d expect from an escape to the Cotswolds. Tiled flooring, a deep Belfast sink and traditional wooden units give it a real farmhouse feel, plus all of the mod-cons you need for a self-catered stay including an electric hob, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer and built-in fridge with a small freezer. There’s also a dining table that seats up to four guests comfortably. Back through the entrance hallway to the cottage’s rear you’ll find a spacious living area, boasting beautiful views of the extensive garden. With sink-in sofas, a cosy electric fire and French doors opening up directly into the garden, this living area is the ideal spot for some R&R no matter what the season, plus there’s a TV with DVD for when you just want to curl up in front of a film. Well behaved dogs are welcome throughout the ground floor, with wooden flooring throughout the living space giving it a clean, modern feel.
Heading upstairs through a light-filled stairwell from the cottage’s living room sit two well-appointed bedrooms, sleeping up to 4 guests in total:
Moore Cottage’s master overlooks the rear of the property, boasting the same sweeping garden views that can be enjoyed from the living room. Wonderfully spacious, wooden floors and crisp white and blue fabrics give the room a clean, elegant feel, with a comfortable super-king bed (which can be separated into two) offering more than enough space for couples sharing. Storage in here is impressive, housing a private walk-in wardrobe and separate dresser. Best of all, the master benefits from its own en-suite shower room – a real bonus in a cottage of this size – complete with pretty blue and white tiling, bath and full height shower.
Across the landing from the master you’ll find bedroom 2, a quaint twin room with two well-spaced 3ft beds; great for younger guests or adults who don’t mind sharing. In here, the cottage’s elegant country feel continues with plush white linens, classic artwork and light wooden flooring, plus a built-in wardrobe and chest for easy storage. Views out onto the cottage’s enclosed gated driveway afford the room with plenty of light, with a family bathroom conveniently located just across the hall.
Acting as the main bathroom for the house (although realistically only used by guests in bedroom 2), the family bathroom sits between the two bedrooms on the cottage’s landing. Simple yet elegant, the bathroom boasts the same pretty blue and white tiling as can be found in the master bedroom’s en-suite, plus a full height walk-in shower and sleek tiled flooring.
Tucked away in a secluded courtyard just moments from Bourton-on-the-Water’s bustling high street, Moore Cottage is ideal for those in search of a laid-back escape with the benefits of town living on the doorstep. Sat within the grounds of Moore House, here you’ll enjoy the benefits of your own private cottage with the outdoor amenities of a house twice its size. To the cottage’s rear, Moore House’s extensive shared garden is yours to enjoy, with a dividing hedge separating the al fresco eating areas – complete with outdoor seating and charcoal BBQ- for maximum privacy. The patio opens-up into a large shared lawn area centred around a glorious apple tree; ideal for younger guests wanting a good run around or dogs with energy to burn. The garden itself is entirely enclosed, making it safe for inquisitive dogs to roam. To the front, a gated courtyard driveway shared with Moore House gives you the option to park up to two cars; a rare bonus for properties this central to Bourton’s bustling heart.
Things to Do
Bourton-on-the-Water is jam-packed full of quaint cafés, renowned restaurants and traditional pubs to enjoy, all within a gentle stroll of Moore Cottage’s front door. Highly recommended by owner David is The Rose Tree, a cosy riverside restaurant boasting great views and even better food where booking is essential, as well as The Croft Restaurant at Chester House Hotel; another riverside gem with a well-priced menu of light bites and freshly-prepared mains, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. An afternoon tea lover’s dream, Bourton-on-the-Water has options galore to satisfy your sweet tooth. Smiths of Bourton is a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors alike; a quintessential Cotswolds tearoom in every sense from the outside, serving up a freshly-baked menu of sweet and savoury treats as well as traditional afternoon teas. For fans of the artisan scene, Bakery on the Water is somewhat of an under the radar riverside gem, offering up delicious fresh pastries, brunch dishes, tasty sandwiches and baked goodies, freshly made each day using the finest of ingredients. Slightly further afield in nearby Upper Slaughter (9-minute drive), Lords of the Manor offers an award-winning fine dining experience that comes highly recommended (albeit with a price tag to match), as does The Slaughters Manor House; a 17th century manor house that houses an award-winning restaurant in its Orangery, with an exquisite locally-inspired menu created by chef Nik Chappell. Nearby Stow-on-the-Wold also boasts its fair share of dining establishments well-worth a visit, including the laid-back Sheep on Sheep Street with its sourdough pizza specialities and The Old Butchers; a hugely popular eatery where booking is recommended.
Smack bang in the middle of the glorious countryside of the rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice when it comes to walks that lead straight from the village centre; just a two-minute stroll from Moore Cottage. A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s Visitor Information Centre, is highly recommended and allows you to get to grips with Bourton-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings and monuments as you stroll. For those keen to explore the surrounding villages, a circular walk following the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways through to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter offers a gentle pace that totals 4 miles in distance; perfect for those not looking for anything too strenuous. More hard-core rambling fans should give the 9-mile circular trek from Bourton through Naunton and the Slaughters a go. Starting at Victoria Street’s Visitor Centre, this picturesque walk takes you through lush fields, chocolate-box villages and along the flowing River Windrush, with Naunton acting as a perfectly-placed pit-stop half way round to relax and refuel.
Bourton-on-the-Water and its surrounds have a plethora of attractions to keep guests of all ages entertained, many of which are within walking distance of Moore Cottage. No visit to the village would be complete without a visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection (2-minute walk), perfect for kids and big kids alike, and home to children’s TV favourite Brum. The Model Village (5-minute walk) is also a must see, a perfect replica of the village built to 1/9th scale in traditional Cotswold stone, as is the wildlife-lovers’ paradise Birdland (8-minute walk) if you’ve got younger guests in tow. If you’re visiting in the summer, you may also be lucky enough to play witness to the village’s annual football match taking place entirely in the River Windrush; an August Bank Holiday favourite that sees visitors flock from miles around to cheer on their favourite team. Slightly further afield, Cotswold Farm Park (10-minute drive) is a firm favourite for families and animal lovers, as is Sudeley Castle (25-minute drive) in the historic town of Winchcombe. For adults in search of a peaceful day out, Burford Garden Centre (20-minute drive) is a shopping haven crammed full of luxury goodies, artisan gifts and beautiful plants to browse, as is Daylesford Farmshop & Café (15-minute drive); a famous farmshop with a distinctly luxury feel, owned by Lady Bamford.
Thanks to its wonderfully central location, all of the amenities of Bourton-on-the-Water are very much within walking distance at Moore Cottage, making a car non-essential. We would recommend bringing one along should you want the freedom to explore the many attractions that the Cotswolds has to offer, but should you decide to come car-free the Visitor Information Centre in the village is able to book a host of day-trips, attraction tickets and coach tours for you. For those arriving by train, Kingham Station (18-minute drive) is your nearest major station with good direct links to London Paddington. Taxis here aren’t always guaranteed, particularly outside of the usual 9-5 working day, so we’d recommend pre-booking one for your arrival. For those driving, Moore Cottage has the benefit of two private parking spaces on the right-hand side, with Moore House occupying two spaces on the left.
Facilities & Amenities
Parking on premises (two cars on the right)
Dog-friendly (two well-behaved dogs)
Washing Machine & Dryer
Outdoor Dining Area
Amenities within walking distance
Amenities are within easy reach here at Moore Cottage. The nearest major supermarket is Bourton-on-the-Water’s Co-Operative Food, just a 2-minute walk, well-stocked with all of the essentials you’ll need during your stay, as well as an impressive fresh meat and fish offering. There’s also a Londis just a 2-minute stroll in the opposite direction, again perfect for store cupboard essentials, with Bourton-on-the-Water housing some fantastic bakeries for those who like to pick up a fresh loaf in the morning. Further afield, Stow-on-the-Wold’s Tesco Superstore (10-minute drive) is your best option for a major shop. If you want to take the hassle out of your stay completely, we recommend planning ahead with a grocery delivery; Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to the cottage. For activity lovers, it’s worth mentioning that the cottage sits just a 2-minute walk away from The Cotswold Leisure Centre, a well-equipped centre offering a pay-as-you-visit swimming pool, squash court and fitness studio.
Helpful Address & Links
Cotswolds Walks- www.cotswolds.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-in-the-cotswolds
Bourton on the Water Restaurants and Attractions- www.bourtoninfo.com
The Rose Tree Restaurant – Riverside Victoria Street, Bourton-On-The-Water GL54 2BX | 01451 820635
The Croft Restaurant- Chester House Hotel, Victoria Street, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BS | 01451 820286
Smiths of Bourton- Victoria Street, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BT |
Bakery on the Water- Sherborne St, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY | 01451 822748
Lords of the Manor Hotel- Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2JD | 01451 820243
The Slaughters Manor House- Copsehill Road, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HP | 01451 820456
Sheep on Sheep Street– Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AG | 01451 830344
The Old Butchers- Park Street, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1AQ | 01451 831700
Co-Operative Food- Station Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2EP
Londis- Cotswold Court, High St, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ
Tesco Superstore– Fosse Way, Stow-On-The-Wold GL54 1BX
Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons home delivery available.
Bourton-on-the-Water Private Hire- 01451 822190
Call Bobby Private Hire- 07801 255554
Limozena Taxis– 01451 820972