Appletree Cottage

Bourton-on-the-Water

£125

Per Night

5 Guests

3 Beds

2 Baths

Appletree Cottage is a sumptuously furnished, 3-bedroom (2 king-size doubles and 1 single), 18th century cottage at the heart of the popular Cotswold town of Bourton-on-the-Water. The cottage has been sensitively modernised with a fully equipped kitchen, ensuite shower room and downstairs family bathroom (with bath/shower). A typical cottage garden at the front and a secure back garden, with a patio and outside seating, complement this inviting holiday home, which also has private off-road parking for up to three cars. The cottage welcomes one well-behaved dog.
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This was our second visit to Appletree Cottage, the position is perfect, lots of lovely walks nearby, just minutes from the village where there is a good choice of dog friendly places to eat. The Read more
Jane May 21, 2019

Facilities

  • WiFi
  • Dogs
  • Sky TV
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Parking - Private parking for up to 3 cars
  • Travel Cot - x1
  • High Chair - x1
  • Bedding & towels

Full Description & House Rules

Summary

Appletree Cottage is a sumptuously furnished, 3-bedroom (2 king-size doubles and 1 single), 18th century cottage at the heart of the popular Cotswold town of Bourton-on-the-Water. The cottage has been sensitively modernised with a fully equipped kitchen, ensuite shower room and downstairs family bathroom (with bath/shower). A typical cottage garden at the front and a secure back garden, with a patio and outside seating, complement this inviting holiday home, which also has private off-road parking for up to three cars. The cottage welcomes one well-behaved dog.

Introduction

Appletree Cottage is the middle property of three, terraced, 18th Century Cotswold stone cottages, just a minute’s walk from the beautiful and bustling centre of Bourton-on-the-Water. The front entrance of the cottage is on Victoria Street, with the front door and porch framed by a rambling rose and ivy. To the rear, accessed via Bow Lane, is private parking leading to the back garden, patio and an entrance into the cottage through the kitchen.

Perfectly located for easy access to the centre of this popular Cotswold village, yet away from the well-trodden tourist trail, Appletree Cottage is surrounded by some of Bourton-on-the-Water’s most attractive architecture. Guests can set out from the cottage’s door to explore a wonderful circular village walk, or head off into the surrounding countryside following the River Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways for four miles to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter.

The cottage has been thoughtfully modernised, while preserving its 18th Century features, including an inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and impressively thick walls. It is decorated in a style that perfectly suits its age, with a touch of opulence and Rococo style in its lighting, furniture and finishes.

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is renowned for its pretty waterside views and quaint limestone buildings and bridges over the River Windrush, giving rise to the moniker ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds. Step out of Appletree Cottage’s front door, turn left and you are about 100 metres from Paynes Bridge, dated 1776.  The village has so much to see and do, for all ages, you hardly need to go further afield during your stay to get a feel for the Cotswolds, from the Cotswold Distillery to the Motor Museum and Birdland. (See the Guidebook at the end of this Welcome Guide for suggested sights and activities.)

Facilities

  • Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 2 king-size doubles and 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 ensuite with shower and 1 downstairs family bathroom with shower over bath
  • Parking: off-road private parking for up to 3 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with furniture – safe for a dog and children. Front garden with low wall and gate
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Hairdryer (with diffuser)
  • Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk, cake, salt and pepper
  • Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil, cling film
  • Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
  • Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls
  • Fireplace (inglenook with gas-fired woodburner-effect fire)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 32” LG flat screen TV with Freeview and Sky (basic package)
  • DVD player + selection of DVDs
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Pure Contour i1 Air wireless music speaker
  • Games and books
  • Child / dog friendly (one well-behaved dog)
  • Fully equipped kitchen with 4-slice toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, teapot, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin.
  • Oven/hob: electric with extractor fan
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot with mattress and topper (cot linen not supplied)
  • Outdoor patio with garden furniture – to seat 6
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.

Full Property Description

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall

Step through the front door into the sumptuously decorated and furnished living room and dining area, with its welcoming off-white walls and accents of blue and warm orange. Thick, full length curtains can be drawn to screen the pretty half-pane front door (Note: the back door into the kitchen is used by most guests as the main entrance.)

Living Room-Dining Area

The original 18th Century stone wall surrounding the inglenook fireplace and exposed beams are the statement features of the living room, which are perfectly complemented by the Rococo-style furnishings, including two large sink-in sofas, an armchair and large square coffee table. Light from the front of the house is reflected into the room by two, sculpted mirrors sitting on ornate tables with decorative lamps. Within the inglenook fireplace is a gas-fired woodburner-effect fireplace, which creates a lovely cosy atmosphere on a winter’s evening. A pretty window seat is the perfect place to sit and read, or while away the time watching the world pass by the front of the cottage – though not many of the village’s visitors do explore further than the High Street, yet they really should as this is where the architectural gems of the village can be found.

Georgian features and character meet 21st Century in Appletree Cottage’s living room with a flat screen TV, with Sky and Freeview, a DVD player, Blu-Ray player and Pure Contour i1 Air wireless music speaker. On the bookshelf beside the fireplace is a good choice of novels, DVDs, local guidebooks and leaflets.

Opposite the fireplace is the dining area, tucked under the stairs yet with adequate room for five guests to dine, and conveniently situated next to the kitchen for ease of serving. A handy under-stairs cupboard houses the vacuum cleaner.

Kitchen

The bright, modern and fully equipped kitchen, with spacious white units and grey-blue tiles, is at the back of the cottage, overlooking the garden. The kitchen has all the appliances you need for a self-catering holiday, including electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge-freezer, plus all the crockery, glasses and cutlery for six guests. A pretty, half-paned door opens into the living room, and a second door next to the sink leads directly out to the patio and garden. A blue sideboard serves both as a pretty centrepiece as well as useful place to sit a cook book and store house equipment manuals, lightbulbs and other household items. Just off the kitchen is a large storage cupboard, housing cooking equipment and the washing machine/tumble dryer. Just next to the cupboard is the downstairs family bathroom.

Family Bathroom

The family bathroom is attractively decorated with white tiling, blue-grey panelling and terracotta floor tiles. It features a full-size bath with over-bath shower, toilet, sink, a heated towel rail and a large ornate mirror. There is plenty of space to place your personal toiletries, and hooks to hang clothing and towels while you bathe. (The corner cupboard houses the cottage’s boiler and main water stopcock.) 

Upstairs

A carpeted staircase, with a handrail, full length mirror and striking chandelier lighting leads up to three bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower room.

Bedroom One

The master bedroom features a king-size double bed and ensuite shower room with a large walk-in shower. This sumptuously decorated room overlooks the rear garden and is decorated in an inviting combination of white, greys and hints of purple. It features a tall button-back headboard over a king-size bed with fabulous Egyptian cotton bed linen, a large ornate mirror, bedside tables with large reading lamps and a double built-in wardrobe.

Ensuite Shower Room

Bedroom One’s ensuite shower room features a large walk-in power shower (small step up), toilet, sink with mirror, wood-effect flooring, plenty of space for personal toiletries, a heated towel rail and hooks for towels and clothes.

Bedroom Two

The second double bedroom overlooks the front garden and is furnished with a king-size bed with soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, a tall button-back headboard, a large ornate mirror and beautiful mirrored bedside tables and reading lamps. The room has a double, built-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and a single corner cupboard with shelving. (The travel cot and highchair are stored here.)

Bedroom Three

The third bedroom overlooks the front garden. Though the smallest bedroom, with one single bed, this is an inviting room for children and single guests. From the restful white, taupe and grey colour scheme to the deluxe Egyptian cotton bed linen, button-back headboard, large over-bed mirror, bedside table and lamp, built in wardrobe and storage cupboard, as the double bedrooms, nothing has been forgotten.

Outside

To the front of Appletree Cottage is a small, typically English cottage garden, with a lawn bordered by flowers and a gravel path leading from the garden gate to the front door with its porch and red letterbox. A rose and ivy climb the front of this 18th century property, making this a welcoming view of the front entrance. To the rear, accessed through the kitchen, is a large patio with a table and seating for 6. (A BBQ is not supplied but guests are free to use disposable BBQs which can be purchased at local supermarkets.) A large storage chest, on the patio, is available for guests to use to store walking boots, dog blankets etc. A garden tap may be used to wash off mud from boots and dogs. Extending from the patio is a small, private garden with lawn to either side of a paved path and mature shrubs and bedding plants along the borders. The path leads to a tall back gate and the parking area. The rear garden is secure for children and animals.

Local Amenities

Local amenities

Bourton-on-the-Water will spoil you with its choice of independent shops, pubs, coffee shops and tea rooms. Everything you need is in walking distance of the cottage, so a car is not essential.

Favourite restaurants include the Rose Tree – a grade II listed cottage overlooking the river on the High Street, specialising in locally sourced seasonal dishes, and Bakery on the Water, a great family run bakery and café. Or, for finer dining, try the Dial House Hotel, a 3-minute walk from Appletree Cottage.  See the ‘Guidebook’ section of this guide as well as leaflets in the living room at the cottage for further recommendations of cafes, restaurants, takeaways and bakeries.

Appletree Cottage is 90 minutes from London on the M40/A40. By train, it is 1hr25 minutes from London Paddington to Kingham Station (a 15-minute drive). Taxi transfers are available from the station. (Contact Cotswold Taxis: 07555302030). Heathrow Airport is 85 minutes’ drive and Birmingham International is 60 minutes’ drive.  

Supermarkets

Local Supermarkets: The award-winning, local Co-Operative food store is a fantastic choice for locally sourced, excellent-value foodstuffs. (It also has a fuel station).  Opening hours: 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday; and 10am-4pm on a Sunday.

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

Guests can pre-order online for delivery to the cottage. Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to Bourton-on-the-Water.  (Please ensure that your order arrives when you’re on the premises to accept delivery.  We cannot accept deliveries on your behalf.)

By Car

Appletree Cottage is 90 minutes from London on the M40/A40. The postcode for the parking area and back gate, which you will use to gain access at the start of your stay, is GL54 2DJ (though the actual property postcode is *GL54 2DH). From Bourton-on-the-Water’s High Street/Rissington Road (the main thoroughfare) turn up Victoria Street, which is opposite The Cornish Bakery. Cross the bridge over the River Windrush and follow the road, bearing slightly left, for approximately 100 metres. Turn first right into Bow Lane. The parking and gate to the back entrance is on the first driveway on the left-hand side. Please park in front of the middle garage, in a straight line (if more than one vehicle is in your party). The back gate (grey-green colour) is marked with an Appletree Cottage name plate and is on your left as you look at the garage. Go through the gate and up the path to the back door.

By Train

Appletree Cottage is 1hr25 minutes from London Paddington to Kingham Station (a 15-minute drive from Bourton). Taxi transfers are available from the station. (Contact Cotswold Taxis: 07555302030).

Flights

Heathrow Airport is 85 minutes’ drive and Birmingham International is 60 minutes’ drive.

Parking

Appletree Cottage has private, off-street parking for three cars (parked in a line one behind the other). If extra parking is required, the closest is at Rissington Road, a short walk away. Hourly charges apply from 10am to 3pm.

Appletree Cottage

Bourton-on-the-Water

5 Guests

3 Beds

2 Baths

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