Meadow View 2 is a 1930’s, 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath cottage, with a classic feel, in the heart of Coln St Aldwyns, one of the Cotswolds' prettiest hidden villages. It has been recently modernised and is immaculately decorated and maintained, sleeping 4 across a spacious double bedroom and a large twin room.
This two-story, semi-detached cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Coln St Aldwyns, is just 15 minutes from Burford, 5 minutes from Bibury and 20 minutes from Cirencester. The two bedrooms share a well-equipped family bathroom, with walk-in shower and bath. Benefitting from front and rear gardens with an outdoor entertaining area and easy, free parking, this property is ideal for 2 couples or a young family. Keen walkers, cyclists, parents visiting Hatherop School, or perhaps fishermen keen to cast their rods in the waters of the River Coln, will all enjoy the calm of a stay in Coln St Aldwyns away from the more crowded Cotswold towns and villages, in the comfort of Meadow View 2.
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One of the undiscovered Cotswold villages, Coln St Aldwyns will delight anyone who wants to be immersed in the Cotswold countryside, have a memorable Cotswold experience, yet avoid the hustle and bustle of the Cotswolds’ tourist hot spots. As with most Cotswold villages, Coln (as the locals call it) is steeped in history, with a perfectly maintained, 13th-century Norman church and 17th-century coaching inn, the New Inn. As you stroll around the village, you’ll find endless photo opportunities to capture beautiful, honey-coloured, Cotswold limestone cottages backed by pastoral, rolling countryside.
Meadow View 2 is an immaculately decorated and maintained, bright and airy cottage, with lots of pretty windows affording views on all sides, sweeping across the Williamstrip and Hatherop Estates – acres of meadow, parkland and farmland – and the undulating Coln Valley and rushing waters of the River Coln.
Step out of the front door and you’re straight into miles and miles of walking, including an idyllic 4- or 6-mile route to Bibury (famed for its Arlington Row cottages, possibly the most photographed tourist location in the Cotswolds!), where you can have a bite to eat at The Swan, The Catherine Wheel or in the café at Bibury Trout Farm.
If you’re staying with littles one, simply cross the road to a safe, secure and immaculate adventure playground, complete with picnic tables and benches. Then wander downhill to the River Coln, flanked by rolling hills that are home to flocks of sheep and herds of cows – a truly bucolic scene. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunset, it’ll be one of the most beautiful you’re ever likely to see!
Head back up the road to the Coln Community Shop for a cuppa and a slice of some of the tastiest cake in the Cotswolds!
At the end of your day exploring the Cotswolds, return to Meadow View 2 and Coln St Aldwyns, far from the madding crowds, with easy parking, peace and quiet and an immaculate and cosy home-from-home.
- Sleeps 4 across 2 bedrooms: 1 king-size; 1 twin
- Bathrooms: 1 upstairs family bathroom; 1 downstairs WC
- Guest bottles of shampoo, shower gel and conditioner and bar hand soaps provided
- Parking – unrestricted, on quiet, country road in front of property
- Heating: oil-fired radiators
- Freeview TV in sitting room
- Utility room with large Hotpoint washer/dryer machine
- All bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
- Remington hairdryer in Bedroom 1
- Hob and fan-assisted oven
- Russell Hobbs Microwave
- 1 high chair: wooden, wipeable, folding with table
- 1 SpaceCot travel cot (NB: linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- Ironing board + iron
- Private enclosed back garden
- Outdoor patio/dining area (in back garden)
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- BBQ (From spring 2019). Please supply your own charcoal
- Outside shed suitable for bikes/pushchair/fishing gear
- Dog friendly – 2 well-behaved dogs welcomed (£25 per pet fee): please see ‘Dog Code of Conduct’ below.
Rear Entrance Hall
To the right…
Dual-flush toilet with handbasin. (The cottage’s water stop cock and fuse box is located here.)
Through inner door to…
Stepping through the cottage’s side door, you’ll enter the well-equipped kitchen, overlooking the large back garden, with the tall trees of Williamstrip Park peeking over the drystone wall. Decorated in a classic farmhouse style with oak worktops, French-grey wall tiles and wooden flooring, in here you’ll find all you need for a self-catered stay, including an electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, integrated fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and lots of immaculate cupboards with all the crockery and utensils you’ll need.
The double-aspect, bright and airy dining room has a light-oak dining table to seat 5 comfortably (plus a highchair), and matching side board. Meadow View 2’s dining room is the perfect space to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, light lunch or a special evening supper.
On through to…
Here you’ll find the front door (the key to this door is hanging on the wall next to the door), hooks for coats and hats, a large coir floor mat (ideal for muddy shoes and boots), the entrance into the living room and the staircase (with handrail) leading upstairs.
Straight ahead to…
The Living Room
Both cosy and bright, the sitting room has views to the cottage’s front and rear gardens. Comfortably seating 4 guests on 2 deep, curvy sofas the room is elegant and welcoming’ with William-Morris-style curtains and cushions adding elegance yet maintaining the Cotswold-cottage ambiance. You’ll also find a light-oak coffee table, blanket box, BT router, Samsung TV and dimmable lighting to help create a cosy retreat.
Back to staircase…
Well-lit, carpeted staircase with handrail up to…
At the top of the stairs is a light-oak desk positioned so that you can look out over the back garden and Williamstrip Estate as you sit and gaze through the window. You’ll find 2 double power points, making this an ideal spot for connecting devices, working on a laptop, reading or relaxing.
Off the landing…
Overlooking the front of the house is Bedroom 1, the master bedroom, with its inviting, king-size bed and oak headboard; large, 3-door wardrobe (with plenty of covered hangers); bedside chest of drawers and lamps; full-length mirror; a dressing table (with Remington hairdryer), stool and mirror; dimmable lighting; and space for a baby’s travel cot (should you need one). You’ll also find a fitted cupboard housing the water heater and immersion tank. The large window, with its wide window sills, provides a beautiful frame for views of Coln St Aldwyns and the valley beyond.
Back to landing and across to…
A pretty, brightly lit twin dual-aspect bedroom with windows providing beautiful views over the cottage’s front and rear gardens and out towards the wider Cotswold countryside. This twin room has 2 sink-in single beds, a large oak wardrobe (with covered hangers) and an oak dressing table with stool and mirror. With accents of sunny yellow, this room is a very pretty second bedroom that couples or children will enjoy.
The cottage’s family bathroom sits off the landing, at the rear of the house, next to Bedroom 1, yet still convenient for Bedroom 2. Polished limestone tiling, wood-effect flooring and a window to the rear (with Venetian-style blind for privacy) creates a lovely space to relax in. With a large, walk-in Grohe shower, full-size bath with mixer taps, heated towel rail, dual-flush toilet, and sink with large mirror, plus a small selection of toiletries, there’s everything here you’ll need for your stay.
Meadow View 2 is framed by a lawn area to its front and large private garden to its rear, affording it a wonderful feeling of privacy. A wooden fence separates Meadow View 2 from the neighbouring Meadow View. It’s in the back garden where the cottages’ magic really comes alive, thanks to the adjoining Williamstrip Park, making the garden feel larger than it is thanks to the adjacent, sweeping countryside views. The cottage has an elevated patio area with garden table and chairs, making it perfect for al fresco sundowners after a busy day exploring the Cotswolds. (Please note: patio furniture will be placed outside from mid-Spring.)
To the side of the cottage is a large Utility Room housing the Hotpoint washer/dryer. This is also the perfect space to securely store walking gear, bicycles or a pushchair.
Dog Code of Conduct
We are proud to provide quality, luxury accommodation in our beautiful holiday cottages, and enjoy meeting the different needs of all our guests by offering a selection of dog-free and dog-friendly holiday cottages. We make a small charge of £25 per dog. When making a booking, guests are required to accept our Terms & Conditions, including this ‘Dogs Code of Conduct’. This enables us to ensure we keep our cottages in excellent condition for all guests.
Our Dog Code of Conduct is as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We ask that your dog is kept on a lead if you are staying in a cottage complex with shared outside areas.
- We regret that dogs known to bark excessively are not permitted.
- Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking through fields if they are occupied by livestock. 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 clean and tidy as possible. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should excessive cleaning be required following your departure.
One of the undiscovered Cotswold villages, Coln St Aldwyns will delight anyone who wants to be immersed in the Cotswold countryside, have a memorable Cotswold experience, yet avoid the hustle and bustle of the Cotswolds’ tourist hot spots. As with most Cotswold villages, Coln (as the locals call it) is steeped in history, with a perfectly maintained, 13th-century Norman church and 17th-century coaching inn, the New Inn (due to re-open early Spring 2019). As you stroll around the village, you’ll find endless photo opportunities to capture beautiful, honey-coloured, Cotswold limestone cottages backed by pastoral, rolling countryside.
Coln Community Shop is in the centre of the village, 2-minutes’ walk from Meadow View 2. Here you’ll find a wide range of provisions, a café, Post Office, off-license, laundry service and lots of local information. There’s even a small cinema in the village (details at the shop) and a bus service (one bus per day) to Fairford and Cirencester, should you want a car-free day trip.
The closest supermarkets are in Cirencester, a 20-minute drive from Meadow View 2. Cirencester has a well-equipped Waitrose and Tesco Extra, as well as an M&S Simply Food, ALDI and Lidl. Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to Meadow View 2. There is a Coop Food in Fairford (GL7 4AB) just 10 minutes’ drive from the cottage.
There are 2 pubs in walking distance of Meadow View 2: The New Inn, a beautiful 17th-century coaching inn with restaurant, bar and gardens, and The Keepers’ Arms in the neighbouring village of Quenington – an award-winning pub, locally famed for featuring in the Camra Good Beer Guide since 2011. (Note: The New Inn is due to re-open in the Spring of 2019 following refurbishment.)
Fishing on the Williamstrip Estate can be organised during your stay. This is a rare opportunity to have an exceptional day’s fishing on the Broadwater of the beautiful River Coln in Coln St Aldwyns. Day Ticket: £84 per rod; limit two rods per day. Book through Ruth Hurst (telephone: 01285 750071) or The Water Bailiff (telephone: 07980 449326).
Cirencester is the closest major town with lots to see and do. See the ‘A Visitor’s Guide to Cirencester’ (below) for more details of amenities there, and Burford (‘Gateway’ to the Cotswolds) is just 15 minutes’ drive.
The closest train stations with connections to London Paddington (between 1- and 2-hours’ travel) are Kemble (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles). Please see taxi companies in the ‘At a glance’ page or the Cirencester Guidebook for transfers to the cottage.
Closest doctor’s surgery:
- Hilary Cottage Surgery (Keble Lawns, Fairford, GL7 4BQ) Telephone: 01285 712377. Out of Hours: call ‘111’
- Lechlade Medical Centre (Oak Street, GL7 3RY) Telephone: 01367 252264. Out of Hours: 08454 220220.
- Swindon Great Western (Coatside Way, Swindon SN3 6BB)
- Cirencester Hospital (Tetbury Road, Cirencester GL7 1UY)
Emergency Dentist: Gloucester Street Dental Practice, Cirencester. Telephone: 01285 653251
Commonly referred to as ‘The Capital of The Cotswolds’, Cirencester holds a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest market towns in this corner of the UK. With a heritage dating back to the Roman Empire, when it was the second largest settlement in Britain, its rich history is still evident throughout the town’s beautiful buildings and landmarks, making it a must-visit for history buffs and those in search of a slice of authentic Cotswold life.
In the heart of the town sits Market Square, first mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, and very much still a bustling destination for shoppers of all kinds, from artisan lovers to local trinket seekers. Every Friday and Monday, it is home to a Charter Market, whilst a Farmers’ Market comes to town every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month; both well worth a visit. The town’s Corn Hall also boasts a regular programme of events which include a Home Fashion and Garden Bazaar (from Monday to Thursday), an Antiques and Collectables market (on Fridays) and the Original Craftsman’s Market (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month); as well as a Cotswold Craft Market (every 2nd and 4th Saturday).
As well as its fantastic variety of markets, Cirencester’s thriving retail scene boasts an excellent selection of shops spread throughout its winding honey-coloured streets, from larger high-street favourites to smaller independents. Foodies are well-catered for here, too, with many award-winning restaurants, excellent cafés and traditional pubs to choose from, no matter what the time of day (see below for suggestions).
Cirencester is chock-full of landmarks and attractions to explore; a real treasure-trove of discovery thanks to its rich heritage and fascinating history. Located just off the town’s Market Square is the Parish Church of St. John Baptist, one of the finest remaining wool churches in all of the Cotswolds, dating back to around 1490. Boasting beautiful architectural features, keep an eye out for the Church’s silver-gilt cup, once belonging to Anne Boleyn herself, and enjoy one of its expert-led guided tours. History-lovers will also enjoy the Corinium Museum on Park Street, home to a huge variety of artefacts from the town’s Roman roots, brought to life in the Roman Amphitheatre just a short walk from the town centre. This English Heritage site is one of the best-preserved of its kind in the UK, built in the early 2nd Century for a capacity of over 8,000 spectators. For crafty types, New Brewery Arts is just the place; a converted Victorian brewery homing a contemporary art studio, craft shop, on-site studios and excellent café, located on Cricklade Street in the town’s centre.
An adventure paradise for all ages to enjoy, Cotswold Water Park is an extensive wetland area covering 150 lakes set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. Visitors can take part in a host of outdoor activities such as sailing, rowing, horse riding, shooting and even playing on a purpose-built beach or simply cycle and walk in the Park.
Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns, walk with lemurs, ride on the train, explore the adventure playground and meet the farm animals up close. The park also has a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.
Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. There is plenty to do all year round, whatever the weather, with an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows, providing entertainment for children of all ages. Adam’s Kitchen cafe/restaurant and the Farm Park shop are both open to the public, so you don’t even need to buy a ticket to the Farm Park.
Birdland is a 9-acre site (on a former Bryant & May Poplar Tree plantation – famous for its matchstick crop!) in a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens. It is home to over 500 birds (swans, pelicans, penguins, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more) in more than 50 aviaries, with open enclosures, a Desert House (home to the mocarre delicate species), and a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the Discovery Zone. Birdland is also the home of Marshmouth Nature Reserve, which has developed into a small ecosystem of the Cotswolds where over 60 species of bird have been recorded, including the kingfisher. And within Birdland is ‘Jurassic Journey’, a trail for dinosaur enthusiasts with more than 30 different dinosaurs ranging from a metre-long baby stegosaurus to a 5-metre tall brachiosaurus.
Located in Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum’s collection is full of travel- and motoring-related vehicles, toys and memorabilia. There are seven galleries packed with classic cars and memorabilia from the 1920s, 1930s and 40s, vintage motorbikes, retro collections from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the children’s TV star Brum (photo left) who was based at the museum. (Note: the museum opens for the 2019 season on 16 February.)
From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. Enjoy amazing wildlife up-close. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise that this fabulous centre is an award-winning day out!
This unique subterranean spa can be found in the vaults of the boutique Kings Head Hotel, just off the town’s main Market Square. With four treatment rooms, a relaxation room and thermal suite complete with hot tub, infra-red sauna, steam room and experience shower, this is the ideal spot to unwind away from the hubbub of the town centre. Indulge with one of the spa’s pampering treatments, with everything from therapeutic massages and beautifying facials on offer. Booking essential.
For the ultimate in luxury, look no further than Barnsley House – an iconic hotel tucked away in the picturesque Cotswold village of Barnsley – where a dedicated spa hidden in the gardens offers all visitors a truly memorable day of R&R. The glass-walled spa really is the ultimate in luxury retreats, boasting an outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool, herbaceous sauna and indoor/outdoor lounge relaxation areas.
This historic 15,000-acre estate owned by the Bathurst Family boasts a beautiful 19thCentury parkland designed by Alexander Pope, which the general public are free to enjoy at their leisure. Accessible via entrance gates on Cecily Hill, little ones will love stretching their legs here, whilst older visitors will enjoy taking in the stunning landscapes. Dogs are welcome, too, just take care to stick to the designated walking areas.
This spectacular 600-acre arboretum offers nature lovers of all ages a memorable day-out whatever the weather. Filled with over 15,000 trees from around the world, visitors can keep their eyes peeled for specific species using the Arboretum’s Tree Spotter’s Guide, wander amidst the treetops on the award-winning STIHL Treetop Walkway (photo) or head off on one of the guided walks. Visitors in autumn are in for a particular treat, as the trees put on an incredible leaf-changing display which carpets the area in red and golden hues.
Found just off Market Place in the centre of Cirencester is the former site of St. Mary’s Abbey, demolished in 1539, where only a Norman Arch and artificial lake remains. Now a lovely spot to enjoy on a sunny day, we recommend heading here with a picnic in tow, or simply when you need a breath of fresh air after a busy day exploring the town.
Another outdoor gem in the town’s centre, St. Michael’s Park boasts a children’s play area, tennis courts, mini golf, boules, table tennis, cricket nets and crazy golf… More than enough to keep little ones entertained!
Built in 1869, swim in the town’s open-air, 28-metre natural spring water pool heated to an average 27°C (80°F). Open May to September. (See the website for exact dates.). Sunbathing patio and children’s paddling pool.
Rated amongst the top attractions in the Cotswolds, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. The castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200-acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation. (Note: Sudeley is open from 4 March – 31 December 2019.)
Cirencester enjoys a vibrant cultural scene, with events on throughout the year. Visit Cirencester Info for details about what’s on during your visit.
Every July, the skies above Fairford come alive with the world-renowned Air Tattoo; arguably one of the greatest airshows in the world. Drawing in over 185,000 people every year, The Air Tattoo welcomes over 300 aircraft from 30 nations around the world, with a thrilling programme of flying air displays taking place over the course of the event. An absolute must-visit for flying fans and adrenaline-junkies, with plenty on offer to keep others entertained, too.
Cheltenham Festivals is a charity running outreach programmes throughout the year, culminating with the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz (May), Science (June), Music (July), and Literature (October) Festivals over a total of 36 days. The four festivals feature nearly 1,000 events, with 25% of their programme free to enter. Bringing in world-famous acts, performers, experts and authors year on year, the town well and truly comes to life during the Festivals. Head to the website to see if your stay coincides with one of the above but, be warned, tickets can be snapped up months in advance for the most popular events.
Cheltenham racecourse, the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best horse jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills. Whether you’re here on a crisp bright October day or a balmy evening in May, you’ll feel that unmistakable Cheltenham magic. There are 16 days of top-class Jump racing in the Cheltenham race calendar, with hundreds of thousands of racing fans visiting every year. Spectators can enjoy a wide variety of race experiences from the relaxed meetings in October and April to the exciting November Meeting and family fun on New Year’s Day. But the real focus of the Jump season, is of course, The Festival™ presented by Magners, taking place over four days in March with the backdrop of the magnificent Cotswolds. Read more about the area in our Cheltenham Guidebook.
In addition to having the walks of the Cotswold Way on its doorstep, there are many self-guided walks to enjoy in and around Cirencester. For history buffs, try The Whereat Trail, an easy-to-follow route from the Corinium Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre with interesting historical facts dotted along the way. For those after a slightly longer route, the field and woodland walk from Cecily Hill to Peddington Polo Ground is a great choice. Covering 4 miles in total, this circular walk starts from the top of Cecily Hill, taking you through parkland and across the River Churn before heading through rolling fields and woodland to Peddington Polo Ground. Another great option is the Riverside Walk from West Market Place in the town centre; a gentle 2.5-mile stroll along the riverbank, taking in the Abbey Grounds, Roman Wall and an early 16th-Century mill house.
Useful Walking Links:
A year-round, 18-hole course with a rich 125-year history, offering a fantastic day on the course for members and visitors alike. Designed by James Braid, this mature course boasts spectacular views towards Cirencester and the Marlborough Downs and is suitable for all grades of golfer. There’s also a driving range and short-game practice area, with buggy hire available.
Arguably one of the best shooting grounds on UK shores, Ian Coley Shooting School boasts 24 different shooting stands with a minimum of two traps each, three high towers (up to 120ft), Down-the-Line and much more. Perfect for shoot enthusiasts or beginners wanting to test their talents, the range of covered stands set within mature woodland mean that you’ll have fun whatever the weather. The ground is available for individual practice with self-timer release clay traps, or tuition (in groups or individually) with one of the team’s fully-qualified coaches. Pre-booking essential.
Sibling Distillery is a fast-growing brand with a brilliant backstory, created by four siblings who took on the family micro-brewery business and created their very own Cheltenham-based gin. Well worth a visit to get to know more about the story behind this tasty gin, distillery tours are available including behind-the-scenes tours of the distillery itself, tasting sessions and talks on all things gin. Don’t forget to stock up on a bottle of Sibling from the on-site shop before you leave. Pre-booking essential.
Cotswold Gliding Club at Aston Down Airfield in Gloucestershire is one of the most progressive gliding clubs in the UK with its large airfield and excellent training fleet.
It really is one of the premier places to learn to fly. We have continuously invested in both our ground and airborne fleet to provide the most reliable and efficient way of getting you in the air. Our large team of instructors gives the greatest possible availability to pilots learning to fly and all instruction is provided free of charge to members.
Cirencester and its surrounding villages have a fantastic range of eateries to suit all budgets, tastes, ages and fancies, no matter what the time of day.
He Says She Waffles: Black Jack St, Cirencester
Holding the coveted title of the Cotswolds’ first dedicated waffle house, He Says She Waffles is every bit as good as its name. The smell of freshly-baked waffles entices you from the moment you step through the front door, with toppings to suit every occasion – from the healthy to the decadent. A great pit-stop for an indulgent breakfast, elevenses or snack no matter what the time of day, with shakes, soft drinks and hot drinks available, too.
Jesse Smith Farm Shop & Coffee House: 19 Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG
This fantastic artisan farm shop and deli boasts its own coffee house, where incredible fresh feasts are served up daily. Head there to grab anything from a steaming cup of coffee to homemade cakes, freshly-made pastries, tasty sandwiches or heartier dishes, all made on-site using produce sold in the shop.
The place to head if you’re hankering for a truly decent cuppa, Keith’s is a small but perfectly formed treasure trove dedicated to all-things coffee, featuring a fantastic selection from all around the world. Grab a steaming cup and fresh slice of cake to start your day off right.
The Bathurst Arms: North Cerney, Cirencester GL7 7BZ
A distinctive pink pub set in the pretty village of North Cerney along the River Churn, The Bathurst Arms is a great place to head when only a traditional English pub will do. Head there for a tasty tipple no matter what the time of day or enjoy a bite to eat courtesy of the gastropub-style menu. Dog-friendly, it’s also got a great beer garden alongside the river.
Made by Bob: 26 Market Place, Cirencester
One of the highest-regarded eating establishments in all of Cirencester is undoubtedly Made by Bob, a multi award-winning restaurant, bar and deli in the town’s centre, serving up incredible breakfasts and lunches daily. Well worth a visit during your stay. Made by Bob also offers a catering service – perfect for a special meal at a Bolthole Retreats holiday rental.
The Fleece at Cirencester: Market Place, Cirencester
Set in one of the most iconic buildings in Market Place, The Fleece is a fantastic all-day dining destination in the heart of the town. Head there for anything from brunch to a late-night bite, choosing from a moreish menu of flatbreads, gastropub classics, grilled meats and burgers. Dogs are welcome to come along, too.
Lakeside Brasserie: Spring Lakes, South Cerney, GL7 5TH
The Lakeside Brasserie is perfect for those in search of a meal with a view, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner perched on the edge of the lake at Cotswold Water Park. Relaxed and fun, you can even enjoy some watersports whilst you’re there – observing or taking the plunge yourself!
The Wild Duck Inn: Ewen, Nr Cirencester GL7 6BY
A member of the renowned Lucky Onion group of hotels and restaurants, The Wild Duck at Ewen boasts an enviable reputation for its refined take on classic pub grub. Head there for a memorable feast for lunch, dinner or just for a picturesque drink, finding out why Tatler named it as one of its ‘Best of British’.
The Bell at Sapperton: Sapperton, GL7 6LE
Tucked away in the sleepy village of Sapperton is this fantastic hidden gem of pub, serving up the very finest in fresh, quality dishes with a modern twist. Families, dogs and diners are welcome at all times, with a great beer garden to enjoy in the summer months.
The Village Pub: Barnsley GL7 5EF
Sister pub to the luxurious Barnsley House Hotel & Spa, The Village Pub is perfect for a memorable feast, offering a refined take on traditional pub classics in a beautiful Cotswold stone setting. Booking here is recommended as it can fill up fast.
Toro Lounge: 4 Cricklade Street, Cirencester
Food, drinks, cocktails and music in a great laid-back setting.
Indian Rasoi: 14 Dollar Street, Cirencester
An elegant take on classic Indian cuisine, Indian Rasoi is a great option for those hankering for a curry during their stay. The restaurant itself is laid-back but smart, with a takeaway menu also available.
Seafare Fish & Chips: 12 Chesterton Lane, Cirencester (T: 01285 658590)
A traditional fish and chips takeaway with excellent quality fish and regular gluten-free nights.
The Friar Tuck: 64 Dyer Street, Cirencester | 01285 654263
999 (toll free/freephone – police, ambulance & firefighters)
Tesco Extra: Kings Meadow, Cricklade Rd, Cirencester GL7 1NP
Waitrose: Sheep St, Cirencester GL7 1SZ
Lidl Cirencester: Love Ln, Cirencester GL7 1YG
ALDI: Cricklade Rd, Cirencester GL7 1NP
M&S Simply Food: 42 Dyer St, Cirencester GL7 2PF
Tesco Metro: 4 Farrell Cl, Cirencester GL7 1HW
A2B Taxis – 01285 655651
Cirencester Taxi – 07400 288866
Siren Cars Cirencester – 01285 652388
T4 Taxis – 01285 641590
Postcode for the property is GL7 5AB: Meadow View is located in Coln St. Aldwyns, 9 miles from Cirencester. Once in the village, with the village shop behind you, descend Hatherop road (directly opposite the shop behind the tall tree) approximately 200 metres. Meadow View is the right unit of a semi-detached property with a high garden wall, located on the left side of the street (as you descend the hill), opposite the entrance to the village’s adventure playground (concealed behind a tall beech hedge).
From London, Coln St Aldwyns can be reached via the A40 or via the M4 and A419.
From the North, Coln St Aldwyns can be reached via the M5 and A417.
The closest train stations with connections to London Paddington (between 1- and 2-hours’ travel) are Kemble (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles).
A2B Taxis – 01285 655651
Cirencester Taxi – 07400 288866
Siren Cars Cirencester – 01285 652388
T4 Taxis – 01285 641590
Meadow View is on a quiet, country road, with plenty of parking on the road directly outside the cottage. There is also one-off road space next to the bus shelter opposite the cottage – it is the space on the left-hand side as you drive in.