The finest Cotswold cottage fireplaces

(Last Updated On: 26th October 2020)

It’s that time of year when the nights are cool and crisp, the heating has been turned on, and the firewood is piled up at the ready.

You may be lucky enough to have an open fire or wood burner, but if you don’t and you yearn to cosy-up in front of a roaring fire with your loved ones, your dog, or even on your own with a good book, then the next best thing to installing one is to stay at a luxury holiday cottage that is warmed by the crackle of the flames.

The wow-factor fireplaces

(Key: WB – Wood Burner; OF – Open Fireplace)

Crooked Cottage, Nook Norton – OF

Fireplace, Crooked Cottage, Bolthole RetreatsCrooked Cottage’s formal sitting room has a magnificent open fireplace, which guests are very much invited to use at their leisure when the cold weather sets in. There’s plenty of seating for all to sit round and enjoy the roaring fire.

Lovell Cottage, Minster Lovell – WB

Fireplace, Lovell Cottage, Bolthole RetreatsThe cottage’s stunning living room with original features, including a beamed ceiling and flagstone floor, has a striking double-sided woodburner, shared with the snug, effectively making this a cottage with two wood burners.

27 Horsefair, Malmesbury – WB

Fireplace, 27 Horsefair, Bolthole Retreats27 Horsefair is a small cottage in comparison to the other six wow-factor contenders, but its fireplace packs a punch for its size. The dusky, cornflower blue walls of the living room offset the original exposed beams and stone fireplace, complete with a large wood burning stove

Oldbury Barn, Elkstone – OF

Fireplace, Oldbury Barn, Bolthole RetreatsAt the far end of Oldbury Barn’s open-plan living area is the place to relax with two three-seater, velvet sofas and an armchair, all perfectly positioned to enjoy the large woodburner in a beautiful inglenook fireplace.

The Landers, Little Witcombe – OF

Fireplace, The Landers, Bolthole RetreatsThe Landers’ living room perfectly combines contemporary furniture with the original cottage features, including a wooden floor, exposed timbers and beams and a large open stone fireplace.

Cyder Press House, The Leigh – WB

Fireplace, Cyder Press House, Bolthole RetreatsThis 17th century holiday home has a beautiful sitting room with white-washed beams and original oak features. It is a great place to relax, either in front of the wood burning stove or on one of the sumptuous sofas.

Butts Farm, Poulton – WB

Firepace, Butts Farm, Bolthole RetreatsThe living room at Butts Farm, a Grade II listed barn conversion, has a large wood burner set into an impressive stone fireplace. The room is furnished with three large sofas, comfortably seating all guests around a solid oak coffee table. A large, flatscreen smart TV and a bookcase with local reference books and guides is provided for rainy days and relaxing evenings.

Meadow View, Avon Farm Estate – WB

Fireplace, Meadow View, Avon Farm Estate, Bolthole RetreatsSet within the owner’s 230-acre arable farm, Meadow View is a cleverly converted, wood-clad barn building, with spectacular views of the Avon Valley. The spacious living area has two comfy three-seater sofas, an armchair and a double sofa bed, all positioned to enjoy the fabulous wood burner and the view out to the deck and hot tub.

The seriously cosy fireplaces

If those wow-factor fireplaces weren’t enough to entice you, here are 10 more that are beautifully cosy and are just asking to have a pair of slippers propped up in front of them.

The fireplace centrepiece: Hillside, Swerford – OF

The antique fireplace: New Church Cottage, Tetbury – OF

The inglenook fireplace: Barebones Farm, Winchcombe – WB

The original 1930s fireplace: Church Cottage, Burford – WB

The stylish fireplace: Brown’s Cottage, Charlbury – WB

Two fireplaces to choose from: Bellhouse, Nympsfield – WB

The beautiful fireplace: Walkley Wood, Nailsworth – WB

The Clearview stove: Maisey Cottage, Kencot/Lechlade – WB

The rustic log burner: Milliner’s Barn, Chipping Campden – WB

The coned fireplace: Hayloft at Walnut Farm, Tetbury – WB

We know from reviews and comments sent by guests that fireplaces are one of the top facilities searched for in an autumn or winter break in a Cotswold holiday hOpen Fire / Wood Burnerome. That’s why we have assigned each warming property with the relevant icon.



If you’re longing to sit in front of a fire toasting your toes this autumn, or warming your whisky this winter, indulge in some Cotswold fireplace therapy.