Amber Cottage is a cosy, semi-detached, holiday home built in traditional, honey-coloured Cotswold stone. It was originally part of the stables to a once neighbouring 18th-century coaching inn, with evidence of this time seen in the cottage’s ancient, exposed beams. Amber Cottage is designed as a reverse-living home with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor and an open-plan kitchen living and dining area, with a log burning stove, on the first floor. Amber Cottage has a private garden, with an outside dining area, accepts up to two dogs and has parking for two cars. The location is perfect for walkers, cyclists and visitors exploring the wider Cotswolds.
The cottage is approached along a winding lane surrounded by woodland, which follows the edge of Crickley Hill. Turn off the lane into a green oasis created at the end of the 19th Century by the then owner Sir William Thistleton-Dyer, who was a director of Kew Gardens. The sloping land to the side of the cottage has been well looked after for well over a hundred years and was planted with many rare and unusual plants, which the current owners of Crickley Court – Jasmine Cottage’s parent location – continue to maintain with great care.
The accommodation is arranged over two floors. The ground floor has a hallway with access to two comfortable and simply decorated bedrooms (one twin and a super-king, the latter can be twin on request), and a bathroom with a separate shower and bath. The contemporary open-plan sitting-dining area and fully equipped modern kitchen is on the first floor, accessed by a wide and open, spiral staircase. The living area has a log burning stove, Smart TV, DVD player and sound system, ideal for cosy winter evenings.
To the rear of the property is a private garden, which is accessed via a gravel courtyard to the side and up four stone steps. Here you’ll find a charming, west-facing lawn, planted borders and mature trees. A paved area, with a round, wooden table, four chairs and a parasol, makes this a lovely spot to catch the afternoon and evening sunshine. There is a separate children’s play area with swings, a slide and a trampoline, which is shared with guests at neighbouring Jasmine Cottage.
Step through the double front doors into a spacious hallway, with hooks to hang your jackets and coats and plenty of room to leave boots and shoes. Here you’ll find an open, spiral staircase with wooden treads leading up to the open-plan kitchen and dining-living area.
This pretty, dual-aspect bedroom, with its original exposed beams, has a view out over the garden and gravel courtyard. It is furnished with a super-king size double bed (which can be made up as a twin on request), a bedside chest of drawers and reading lamps and a chest of drawers with a mirror over. A large, walk-in wardrobe has a hanging rail for clothes and provides space for a floor fan and vacuum cleaner. A rug is provided over the wood-effect floor to keep toes cosy.
The second bedroom has a lovely view out to the garden and is furnished with two full-size single beds, with a central chest of drawers and a reading lamp. At the foot of the beds is a double wardrobe with sliding glass doors and plenty of hanging space and internal drawers. Exposed timbers provide a reminder of the property’s original 18th-century stable block history. A rug is provided over the wood-effect floor to keep toes cosy.
Family Bathroom / Shower Room:
The bathroom has a full-size bath and a separate shower cubicle, with a detachable showerhead, a WC, a washbasin with a mirror and shaver point, a wall-mounted hairdryer and a heated towel rail.
A wide, spiral staircase with wooden treads and a handrail leads up to the first floor.
Open-Plan Living-Dining and Kitchenette Area:
The stairs lead up to a welcoming, dual-aspect room that covers the whole first floor, with light pouring in through three Velux windows. The living area is furnished with a three-seater sofa, an armchair, coffee table and a wood-burning stove, with a log basket and fire tools. For evening and rainy-day relaxation, there is a Smart TV (32”) DVD player, with a wide choice of films, local maps and guidebooks, and a stereo system with a CD player and aux/USB points.
The kitchenette runs most of the length of the first floor and is equipped with a double oven and grill, with an extractor fan above, a dishwasher, washer/dryer and all the crockery and cooking equipment needed for a self-catering stay. At the opposite end of the room to the living area, there’s a wooden dining table and four chairs, plus a fridge, freezer and sideboard with crockery, glassware and a microwave.
The cottage has a private, west-facing garden to the rear, with a patio area and a table and four chairs, a parasol and a charcoal BBQ. To one side is the owner’s immaculate, raised-bed vegetable garden while to the other side, separated by a high fence, is the garden belonging to adjacent Jasmine Cottage. Guests have use of a separate children’s play area with swings, slide and an enclosed trampoline, which is shared with the adjoining Jasmine Cottage. There is parking for two cars to the side of the cottage and secure bike storage.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 (ground floor) bedrooms across one twin and one super king (can be twin on request)
Bathroom: 1 family bathroom (ground floor) with bath, shower, WC
Parking for 2 cars
Dog friendly: A maximum of 2 dogs are permitted for an additional fee per dog
Private garden – not fully enclosed
Fireplace with wood burner – logs, kindling, firelighters and lighter supplied for 1-2 fires
Garden furniture: garden table with four chairs and parasol
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Secure, lockable storage for bikes
Shared children’s play area with swing set, slide and trampoline with safety net
* WiFi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There are plenty of shops and supermarkets locally, including two co-operatives in Brockworth, a Tesco superstore in Gloucester Business Park, and a Morrisons superstore in Up Hatherley.
Foston’s Ash Inn (The Polo Pub), The Camp (4.5 miles)
131 The Promenade, Cheltenham (5 miles)
The Green Dragon, Cockleford (7 miles)
Walks & Bike Rides:
Amber Cottage is on Crickley Hill, a prominent spur of the Cotswold escarpment. It overlooks the Severn Vale, with magnificent views towards Robinswood Hill and May Hill, and the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain beyond. You can enjoy short circular walks around Crickley Hill or hop onto the Cotswold Way or The Gloucestershire Way for a longer route, and is in easy cycling distance of FlyUp 417 Mountain Bike Park.
Places to Visit:
Cheltenham (5 miles) and the Racecourse (7.5 miles)
FlyUp 417 Mountain Bike Park (1.2 miles)
Cotswold Country Park & Beach (19 miles)
Train - Cheltenham Station (5.5 miles)
Taxis - Brockworth Cars, Andy Cars, 727 Car Hire
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
The cottage is close to the A417. You can hear road noise at certain times.
Amber Cottage has its own garden. A children’s play area with a swing set and trampoline is shared with Jasmine Cottage. Please do not leave children unattended in this area.
There is a watering system in place so be careful of the hose pipes across the walkway leading to the garden. There is also a deer deterrent on a motion sensor, which sprays water, it is likely to go off as you walk past! (Instructions for disabling the spray are provided in the house.)
Amber Cottage can be booked with Jasmine Cottage for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to sit/eat together.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Had a very nice stay. Well equipped and within easy distance of everywhere we needed to get to. Was lovely of our hosts to provide us with a Christmas tree so that we felt festive.
Really lovely place to stay, lots of facilities for children, travelcot, highchair, stairgate etc. Quite close to a main road but you can't hear it inside. Nice surrounding area and garden. The information provided in the cottage about local places to go and eat is really useful. If you have medium to long hair you may want to bring your own hairdryer.
Lovely stay in a nice little cottage. Easy check-in.
Joel - September 2021
Amber Cottage is a very nicely-presented, clean and well-equipped cottage with great character. Although located on the owners' property the cottage has its own pleasant garden. While there is some road noise from the nearby A417 this does not spoil the cottage, which is situated off a very pleasant country road with minimal traffic and plenty of nearby footpaths. Highly recommended.
Jonathan - September 2021
Fantastic cottage in the Cotswolds. We loved our stay at Amber cottage. The location is perfect for exploring the area. We loved sitting out in the garden and using the bbq. Highly recommend staying at Amber Cottage.
Amber Cottage is situated on the side of Crickley Hill Country Park, part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is jointly managed by the National Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. There are good links to all parts of the Cotswolds via the nearby A417, M5, A46 and A40. The cottage is also in walking distance of The Cotswold Way and The Gloucestershire Way and easy cycling distance of FlyUp 417 Mountain Bike Park. It is ideally placed to visit the many attractions, villages and towns of the Cotswolds, particularly Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, and Painswick.
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