Situated in the picture-postcard village of Coln St Aldwyns, Cotswold Cottage is a delightful and spacious family home sleeping 6 guests across 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a separate WC. This exquisite Cotswold stone period property is the epitome of country charm, featuring a well-equipped Kitchen, separate Dining Room and comfortable Living Room. Full of surprises, Cotswold Cottage also boasts an incredibly pretty private garden, not to mention the secret and luxurious loft-conversion en-suite bathroom! (Please note: Cotswold Cottage does not accept dogs.)
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Updated 26 May 2020
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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 and have an authentic 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.
Cotswold Cottage is an idyllic Cotswold home for families or friends looking for utter peace and quiet. One thing that may strike you about Coln is its blissful feeling of calm. Guests who are fortunate enough to enjoy sunny days at Cotswold Cottage will be able to appreciate the tranquillity of its gorgeous garden. Providing plenty of open space and room, Cotswold Cottage is an ideal base from which to explore the undulating Coln Valley and rushing waters of the River Coln, or to venture further afield.
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 little ones, 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 Cotswold Cottage and Coln St Aldwyns, far from the madding crowds, with easy parking, peace and quiet and an immaculate and cosy home-from-home.
- Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 2 standard double beds and a king size double
- 1x downstairs WC, 1x family bathroom and 1x en-suite bathroom (no WC)
- Off street parking
- Private enclosed garden – safe for children
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryers in each bedroom
- Toiletries (hand soap, shower gel, shampoo)
- Welcome pack including tea and coffee pods for the machine
- Heating and hot water
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV with Freeview
- Blueray DVD player / DVDs
- Games + books
- Child friendly
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) bakeware, food preparation.
- Roasting tins
- Full set of Le Creuset pans and casserole dishes
- Britannia range cooker with double oven and 5 gas hobs
- Sharp microwave
- Separate fridge and freezer
- Bosch washing machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, cleaning equipment
- Deckchairs/ sun loungers + outdoor furniture
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: high chair and travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
- Garden dining – seats 6
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
- Dogs not accepted.
Open the front door from the lane into a large, flagstone-floored Entrance Hall, with plenty of space to leave your shoes after a long day exploring the Cotswolds.
Head down three steps into the…
A beautiful spacious room that feels cosy and homely while offering guests plenty of space to relax and unwind. Decorated in neutral tones with a polished wood floor, exposed beams and wrought iron furnishings, the Living Room casts a feeling of understated elegance, offering guests two large sink-in sofas to rest on after a long day of exploring the local area. The Living Room also features a homely gas fireplace, Panasonic TV and Blue-ray DVD player, Bose CD player and speakers and double patio doors leading out to the sunny patio dining area.
From the hallway head straight across into the…
A bright, contemporary room featuring an ornamental original fireplace and wrought iron and glass dining table and chairs to seat 6 guests, with 2 extra chairs and a free-standing wine cooler.
Turn left into the…
An excellently equipped room with partial conservatory roofing and direct access into the garden. The Kitchen features a small breakfast table (seats 4), central island, double Belfast sink, Britannia range cooker with double oven and 5 burner gas hobs, full range of Le Creuset cookware, microwave, 3-slot toaster kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher and washing machine.
Off the Kitchen you will find the downstairs WC with washbasin.
Turn left into…
A cosy double bedroom with exposed beams overlooking the quiet lane, featuring a double bed, bedside tables, dressing table with mirror and a hanging cupboard and drawers.
Along the corridor and up the steps into…
An airy double bedroom with views overlooking the garden, featuring a double bed, canvas hanging cupboard, chest of drawers and a free-standing, full-length mirror.
Back along the corridor and right after the stairs into the…
A large family bathroom, featuring both a separate bath with central taps and walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. Please note – there is a switch in the hallway to turn the electric shower on.
Bedroom One/ Master Bedroom
A luxurious bedroom with a huge sink-in king size bed and matching cosy corner chair. The Master Bedroom boasts stunning original beams and a polished wood floor, as well as a chest of drawers and full-length mirror. Head up the secret spiral staircase in the corner to the…
A delightful loft-conversion en-suite, this secret bathroom is more private spa than washroom. Relax among the original timber rafters either in the deluxe free-standing bathtub or walk-in rain-shower in this seriously cool, concealed space. Please note there is also a washbasin but no toilet.
Cotswold Cottage offers a beautifully maintained private garden, with a stone patio area featuring a charcoal BBQ and an outdoor dining table and chairs (+parasol) for 6 guests. The central feature of the garden is the beautifully quaint garden out-building which is a haven for climbing plants. Guests may use the deckchairs outside as well as other garden furniture located in the storage cupboard next to the Living Room.
Coln Community Shop is in the centre of the village, barely a 1-minute walk from Cotswold Cottage. 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 large supermarkets are in Cirencester, a 20-minute drive from Cotswold Cottage. 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 Cotswold Cottage. There is a small, well-stocked Coop Food in Fairford (GL7 4AB), just 10 minutes’ drive from the cottage.
There are 2 pubs in walking distance of Cotswold Cottage: 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.
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 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.
Cotswold Cottage is located in Coln St. Aldwyns, 9 miles from Cirencester. Once in the village, follow the no-through’ lane to the side of the village shop and Post Office until you reach Cotswold Cottage, located on the right-hand side of the lane.
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.
Kemble Station is the closest station to Cotswold Cottage, located 14 miles from Coln St Aldwyns. Kemble operates a very popular and direct service to London Paddington in 75-80 minutes as well as offering good transport links to the rest of the UK.
Off road parking is available to the side of the cottage outside the kitchen window, next to the garden gate.