This charming, 200-year-old, 3-bedroom cottage is in the heart of the pretty Cotswold village of Lower Swell and is just one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the Cotswold’s most popular towns. Originally the village cowman’s cottage, 1 Horseshoe Cottage is now a semi-detached country holiday retreat with a contemporary kitchen, bathroom, wood burner and a large, pretty garden. It is an ideal touring base for the Cotswolds, with an excellent village pub and free parking directly outside the cottage.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 30 Oct 2020
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1 Horseshoe Cottage is a typical Cotswold stone cottage overlooking Lower Swell’s quintessentially English village green and War Memorial. As you step through the front door of the cottage, you’ll immediately feel the care and high specifications that the owner has used to modernize the cottage. Everything from the royal blue velvet sofa to the lighting and crisp bed linens exudes good taste, comfort and style.
The cottage has a delightful English cottage garden, with a lawn and Bramley apple trees (guests are welcome to use the apples), a seating area and a brick barbeque with a grill.
Lower Swell is a small Cotswold village (population 400), just over one mile from the historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and 17 miles to Cheltenham. Surrounded by open countryside, the village is the perfect location for walking. Take a circular walk around the surrounding villages and back to Lower Swell or cross the fields to nearby Bourton-on-the-Water – a walking distance of about five miles.
Step through the outside door into the porch/hallway where you will find the key box and room to leave muddy boots and shoes.
Head through into the:
The cottage has a delightful and cosy Living Room with a wood burner, a three-seater royal blue sink-in sofa, armchair and a large beanbag. Guests have use of a Smart TV with an Amazon Firestick.
From the Living Room go down two steps and through an original oak door into:
To the right is a fully equipped kitchen (see ‘Facilities’) with induction hob, oven, dishwasher, pretty Quaker-style units and plenty of wooden work surface for preparing and cooking meals. To the left is the Dining Area overlooking the village green, with a rectangular table and seating for five.
Utility / Laundry Room
Just off the Living Room, at the bottom of the staircase, is a handy Utility Room with washing machine, dryer, ironing board/iron, long work surface (good for storing luggage), and storage area, where the owner keeps the travel cot, highchair and stairgate.
A vacuum, mop and broom are stored in the under-stair’s cupboard.
A moderately steep staircase, with a handrail, leads up to three bedrooms – all with sisal carpeting – and the Family Bathroom.
The master bedroom looks out over the garden and local fields – a view guests can enjoy from the dear little window seat. The white walls and natural sisal carpeting are complemented with a king-size bed with a soft grey fabric headboard, two bedside tables, with unusual spotlight reading lamps, a hanging rail, storage baskets and a full-length mirror.
The cottage’s second double bedroom has a soothing grey-white-yellow pallet and is furnished with a double bed, a bedside table with a globe reading lamp, a double wardrobe and full-length mirror.
Looking out over the village green, this bedroom has a single bed, partly under the eaves, and is ideal for younger guests or smaller adults. The bedroom has a chair for clothes and a pretty Art Deco-style bedside light.
The bathroom has a full bath with over-bath shower, a wash basin, vanity unit with mirror, a dual-flush toilet and heated towel rail.
Immediately outside the front door is a small garden patio. Directly opposite is a wooden garden gate, which leads through to a very pretty garden with a seating area, lawn and mature trees and a brick barbecue and grill.
Nearby Stow-on-the-Wold is a thriving Cotswold market town which, along with Moreton in Marsh, is perhaps the best known of the small Cotswolds towns. This popular town stands on a 700-foot high hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, perhaps a reason why it was the site of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. Stow has a sophisticated collection of shops and restaurants – including The Porch House Hotel, reputed to be the oldest inn in England, dating back to 947 AD.
Nearby attractions include Daylesford Farm (4.5 miles), Soho Farmhouse (18.5 miles), Cotswold Farm Park (4.5 miles), Cotswold Wildlife Park (14 miles), Birdland (5 miles), Broadway Tower (4 miles) and Snowshill Manor.
The closest food stores, restaurants, cafes, shops and a large supermarket are in Stow-on-the-Wold one mile away. The surrounding area also has many local farms that sell local fruit, vegetables and local produce.
The village has six buses that run to Witney, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Cheltenham and Moreton in Marsh.
The nearest train stations are Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham, (6 miles away), which have hourly trains on the GWR line to London Paddington via Oxford.
The local village pub, The Golden Ball, is a family run pub, serving excellent food and Donnington beers. Traditional pub games are available, such as Aunt Sally, plus SKY TV (showing all the major sporting events in the adjoining room separate to main bar).
Lower Swell has a beautiful church dating back to the 12th Century, with a Norman archway.
Stow-on-the-Wold food stores:
Co-op Food store in The Square: open Mon to Fri 7am to 10pm and Sunday 8am to 10pm.
Tesco on the Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1BX: open Mon to Sat: 6am to midnight and Sun: 10am to 4pm.
Stow also has several independently owned boutiques, antique shops and general amenities, including banks (Barclays and Lloyds) and a Post Office.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Stow-on-the-WoldBourton Circular-WWS Cornwell-Chastleton-MWS Harford Bridge-MWS Hinchwick-WOW Kingham Station Circular Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power-MWS Stow-on-the-Wold-MWS
NorthleachAndoversford-MWS Bibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS Great Rissington-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power - MWS Northleach-MWS Salperton-MWS Stow-on-the-Wold-MWS
Moreton-in-MarshCornwell-Chastleton Long-Compton-Cherington Rollright-Stones Stow-on-the-Wold Miles without Styles Walk-1-Chipping-Campden-Circular-Walk
Chipping NortonCharlbury-WOW Charlbury-MWS Cornwell-Chastleton-MWS Long-Compton-MWS Rollright-Stones Spelsbury-MWS
Bourton-on-the-WaterBourton Circular-WWS Great Rissington-MWS Harford Bridge-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power and Castlett-MWS Naunton-Circular-WWS Salperton-MWS
The postcode is GL54 1LG.
By Car: From Stow-on-the-Wold take the B4068 signed to Lower Swell. On entering the village bear round to the left and then to the right. 1 Horseshoe Cottages is on the left-hand side, immediately opposite the Lutyens war memorial and the triangular village green. Go through the white picket gate with the horseshoe on it. No. 1 is the first cottage.
Parking: Free parking is available immediately outside the cottage around the War Memorial triangle. If more parking is needed, guests may park anywhere in the village (unless clearly marked as ‘No parking’).
Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham are the closest train stations (6 miles away), with a regular service to London Paddington via Oxford.
Jays Taxis – 07554 424793 or Stow on the Wold Taxi Service – 07887 714047