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.
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 fireplace, 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.
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 an electric 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.
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.
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).
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.
En-suite Shower Room:
Bedroom One’s en-suite 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.
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).
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.
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.) Extending from the patio is a stylish, gravel, Mediterranean-style garden. The rear garden is secure for children. A gate opens from the garden to the parking area behind.
Full List of 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 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 electric woodburner-effect fire)
32” LG flat screen TV with Freeview and Sky (basic package)
DVD player + selection of DVDs
Pure Contour i1 Air wireless music speaker
Games and books
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
Washing machine and dryer
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
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.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest supermarket is Bourton-on-the-Water’s Co-Operative Food, an 18-minute walk (1 mile). It is well-stocked for all the essentials you will need during your stay. There is also a Londis a bit closer to the house (0.6 miles) which is again perfect for store cupboard essentials. Bourton-on-the-Water houses some fantastic shops including a bakery, coffee shops, and Christmas shop! A Tesco Superstore and a small M&S Food can be found in Stow-on-the-Wold (5 miles.)
There is a good section of pubs and restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water
Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter (3 miles)
Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold (4.5 miles)
Right in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice when it comes to walks that lead straight from the village centre. A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s Visitor Information Centre, is highly recommended and allows you to really appreciate Bourton-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings, and monuments as you stroll. For those keen to explore the surrounding villages, a circular walk following the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways through to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter offers a gentle pace that totals 4 miles in distance; perfect for those not looking for anything too strenuous. More hard-core ramblers should give the 9-mile circular trek from Bourton through Naunton and the Slaughters a go.
Places to Visit:
The Model Village (0.5 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (11.5 miles)
Cotswold Motor Museum (0.7 miles)
Train - Moreton-in-Marsh station (9 miles) or Kingham station (7 miles), both have direct trains from London.
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Points of Note
Parking: private off-road parking for up to three cars (parked end to end i.e. first in, last out)
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
I can’t fault this cottage, it was absolutely gorgeous. The location is central and is 50 feet from the main area of shops and pubs. The beds were comfortable, and the whole cottage was spotless. It was also great to have parking for 3 cars, so no having to stress about that. An excellent stay!
Lovely cottage in a fabulous location. So close to town but very quiet as town is very busy. Everything as described. We had a great 4 nights there.
Just had a wonderful weeks stay at Appletree Cottage, the back garden was amazing and caught the evening sun. The cottage itself was beautifully decorated and we felt very at home. Although it was only a few roads away from hustle and bustle of Bourton we couldn’t believe how peaceful it was. Highlights of the week was the riding at Bourton vale equestrian centre and the most amazing scones from the bakery called Bakery on the Water 3 minutes walk away. Overall a lovely stay.
Cottage was comfortable and full of charm. Although Bourton on the Water is busy, the cottage was conveniently located on a quiet location on a side road, just a couple of minutes from the centre. Parking was good, enough for 3 cars. Milk, orange juice and cake on arrival was a nice touch.
Excellent location & a really lovely cottage. All of the furnishings are really high quality & beds were really comfortable.
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 for suggested sights and activities). 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.
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