Horseshoe Cottage



Per Night

8 Guests

5 Beds

2 Baths

300-year-old cottage with wood burner and courtyard garden in quintessential Cotswold village. Sleeps 8; dog friendly. Within easy walking distance of award winning pub. Great base from which to explore the Cotswolds.
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Excellent stay, photos and descriptions very accurate. Easy communication, would highly recommend. Many thanks.
Alice April 14, 2019
I arranged a weekend with friends to walk, eat and hang out and we had a truly amazing time. Beds were super comfy. The downstairs was a great layout to cook, eat and relax. We Read more
Abigail March 1, 2019
Such a beautiful cottage in a great area! It really was perfect for what we needed, I have recommend it to friends and we would definitely stay again :)
Emma February 3, 2019
Lovely cottage which was organised so professionally. Fantastic welcome guide provided, which we found to be really useful. Great location, pub just up the road and easy to get to local attractions.
Joanna January 7, 2019
We had an excellent stay at Horseshoe Cottage and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend exploring the Cotswolds.
Hannah November 6, 2018


  • WiFi
  • Dogs
  • Open Fire / Wood Burner
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Parking - x3 side street adjacent to cottage
  • Travel Cot - x1
  • High Chair - x1
  • Bedding & towels
  • BBQ
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Full Description & House Rules

A 300-year-old cottage with wood burner and courtyard garden in quintessential Cotswold village. Sleeps 8; pet friendly. Within easy walking distance of award winning pub. Great base from which to explore the Cotswolds.

Horseshoe Cottage is an impressive end-of-row period Cotswold stone cottage, located in the heart of the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.  It is located within a stone’s throw of the beautiful Norman Church of St Lawrence and the award winning Horse and Groom pub – winner of the Good Pub Guide, Pub of the Year 2016.

Horseshoe Cottage is the perfect place to relax and explore the stunning Cotswolds region and its picturesque market towns.  Bourton-on-the-Hill is between the famous Cotswold market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, and is ideally located for traveling to Stratford-upon-Avon, the ‘home of Shakespeare’, Oxford and Sudeley Castle.

This beautiful, period cottage has many character features, including a wood burner, exposed Cotswold stone walls, wooden beams, flagstone floors and original wooden floors.  The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including WiFi, flat screen TVs and a well presented, contemporary kitchen.

The cottage sleeps eight people, in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms.  There is a lovely enclosed south-west facing courtyard garden and free parking down a side-street adjacent to the cottage.

The front door of Horseshoe Cottage opens into a large, open plan, triple aspect, downstairs space, which is partially segregated into two spaces by the staircase:

  • Living Room and Dining
    This large space has wooden beams, a flagstone floor, with underfloor heating, and an exposed Cotswold stone fireplace containing a wood burning stove. There is a flat screen internet TV, with a DVD/Blu-ray player, an iPod 4/5 stereo, comfy seating for eight and a wooden dining table, also with seating for eight.  Bi-fold sliding doors give direct access to the garden; the garden is fully enclosed and is a wonderful sun trap.  It contains an outdoor table, eight chairs and a charcoal barbecue.
  • Kitchen
    A lovely, contemporary space, containing a Smeg range cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine.  There is a half-stabled door, which gives side access to the house.

Stairs lead up from between the dining area and kitchen to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:

  • Bedroom 1
    Contains a double bed.  There is direct access to the family bathroom from this room;
  • Bedroom 2
    A large, dual aspect room, with feature fireplace and rural views.  Contains a king size bed.
  • Family bathroom
    Access from both the hallway and bedroom 1.  Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin, as well as underfloor heating.

Further stairs lead up from the first floor landing to the second floor landing, off which are two further large rooms:

  • Bedroom 3 (en-suite)
    Contains a king size bed.  The en-suite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin, as well as underfloor heating;
  • Bedroom 4
    Large, dual aspect room, with an exposed Cotswold stone wall and lovely rural views.  Contains two single beds.  There is also a flat screen TV, with a Sony PlayStation 3 and games (this is also a DVD/Blu-ray player).

Key Features

Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).

The maximum occupancy of the property is eight adults and infant children, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges.  Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than eight guests at the property.

Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by one additional infant.

Up to two dogs are accepted.  For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.

Fluffy towels and soft bed linen are provided for guests.

Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 11am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations

  • Bedroom 1 (1st floor, en-suite): Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 (1st floor): King Bed
  • Bedroom 3 (2nd floor): King Bed
  • Bedroom 4 (2nd floor): 2x single beds

Family bathroom (1st floor): Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin. Underfloor heating;
Bedroom 3 (en-suite): Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin. Underfloor heating.

The property has a gas central heating system. Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.  An initial supply of logs is provided for the wood burning stove from October to April. Further supplies can be purchased locally.

The property has free wireless and a flat screen internet TV and DVD/Blu-ray player. There is a second TV in bedroom 2, with a Sony PlayStation 3 (which is also a DVD/Blu-ray player) and games.

Free parking is available close to the property. When arriving and departing it is possible to unload and load directly outside the property.

Please let us know your housekeeping preferences when booking; guests sometimes request a refresh of bed linen and towels after seven nights and we will provide this free of charge for a booking of nine nights or more. Our housekeepers are also available for laundry, ironing and shopping services, please contact to request additional housekeeping services.

A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are provided.

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (e.g. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc.).

This is an old property and has many character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, multiple and sometimes uneven floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency. Please note that there is no handrail on the staircase from the ground floor to the first floor.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

No smoking is permitted throughout the property.

Local Amenities

Thanks to your proximity to Moreton-in-Marsh, you have a host of amenities a short drive away. The town itself benefits from several small supermarkets, including The Co-Operative Food, Tesco Express and Warner’s Budgens, all well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. The local Butchers offers fantastic, local meat on the town’s high street, with a host of delicious goodies available at the bakery for those in search of a fresh morning loaf. The town also benefits from a selection of independent stores to explore.


For larger shops, Tesco Superstore in Stow-on-the-Wold is just a 15-minute drive away. If you fancy taking the hassle out of your stay completely, we recommend planning ahead with a grocery delivery. Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco deliver to the cottage.


When you don’t want to cater at home, the local gastro pub, The Horse & Groom, is on your doorstep. With award-winning food, real ales, a beautifully restored dining room, sunny beer garden and blazing log-fire, this is a wonderful destination is not to be missed.



The Village Shop & Café- Bell Ln, Blockley GL56 9BB

Warner’s Budgens- High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AF

Aldi- 10 Stow Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0DS

The Co-Operative Food- High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AH

Tesco Express- 13 Manchester Court, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0BY

Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons home delivery available.



AAA Station Taxis of Moreton-in-Marsh- 07732 382153

North Cotswold Taxis and Tours- 07832 915871

Moreton-in-Marsh Taxi4u- 07565 52183


In Bourton-on-the-Hill, you have the award-wining Horse & Groom just up the road; the staff are welcoming, the food is fabulous, and the beer garden boasts beautiful views over the North Cotswolds.


Two miles away is the beautiful village of Blockley. The Great Western Arms can be found in the heart of this village and offers a fantastic selection of gastropub classics at reasonable prices; perfect for lazy lunches or evening meals. The Crown Hoteloffers a good selection of British classics and bar snacks, whilst Blockley Village Shop & Caféis a great little spot to head to for a tasty breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea and cakes.


Moreton-in-Marsh is just a 5-minute drive away and offers a variety of excellent eateries for different budgets. For a memorable evening out, head to The Mulberry Restaurant at The Manor House Hotel; a Michelin-guide favourite offering an excellent selection of locally-sourced seasonal dishes in a beautiful setting. Yellow Brick Caféon the town’s high street is a real favourite with locals and visitors alike in search of a coffee and light bite, whilst those in search of something a little more exotic need-look no further than The Spice RoomIndian restaurant.  The pretty village of Paxford is also just a short drive from the cottage’s front door, homing the renowned Churchill Arms, another Michelin-guide favourite with an impressive menu of pub classics that have a distinctly refined twist


Bakeries & Snacks


The Cotswold Tearoom

4 High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 238123


Cotswold charm for you to enjoy an afternoon cream tea, morning coffee or full Sunday lunch in comfortable and friendly surroundings. All food is prepared fresh and we make and bake scones daily (using mothers’ recipe) along with homemade cakes and biscuits. We also sell wedding and celebration cakes.


Yellow Brick Café

3-5 Old Market Square, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 651881

A modern and traditional café and artisan gelato loved by the locals. The owners pride themselves on serving great food with a smile. They strive to provide fresh, funky food using local, seasonal ingredients. We are proud to support local, independent businesses.


Cacao Bean

Carfax House, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 652060

Our warm and welcoming Café situated in the historic market town of Moreton in Marsh serves freshly baked cakes, fair trade teas and barista coffees. Whether you choose our famous Moreton Mess, chocolate Eclairs or gluten free Orange Polenta cakes we are confident you will come back for more!


Lunch & Dinner


The Swan Inn

High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh| 01608 650 711

Cosy public house in Gloucestershire. Tuck into authentic English steaks or unwind with a chilled glass of bubbly at The Swan Inn. Located in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, we are the ideal destination for a fun night out with friends and family.


The Great Western Arms

Station Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9DT| 01386 700362

The ‘local’ of Blockley, a picturesque village nestled amongst the Cotswold Hills of northern Gloucestershire. We pride ourselves on fantastic food, wonderful local ales from Hook Norton Brewery and a perfectly relaxed atmosphere.


The Beagle Brasserie

Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 650 501

Our brasserie is the perfect place to indulge in an informal bite from dishes on our seasonal menus any day of the week. Picture exposed fireplaces filled with logs, secluded alcoves with views looking out to the beautiful gardens and cushioned wicker chairs offering a comfortable seat to dine. Our light, airy conservatory is both relaxing with a sophisticated style that when blended together brings a refreshing ambiance to alfresco-themed dining. On a midsummer’s night, sit out on the courtyard patio and enjoy a truly unique dining experience amidst the beauty of our English country garden.


The Mulberry Restaurant

Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 650 501

A food lover’s dream and a wine connoisseurs gold mine – a dining experience at our 2 AA Rosette Cotswolds restaurant is a truly special affair. Chef has created a collection of exceptional seasonal menus that celebrate the vast array of local Cotswold produce available on our doorstep. The eight-course tasting menu with matching wines is one to not to be missed. Whether you’re dining with friends, gathering the family together or on a romantic dinner for two, with views overlooking our secret walled garden, The Mulberry Restaurant is one to mark every occasion.


The Greedy Goose

Salford Hill, Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SP| 01608 646 551

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of life, The Greedy Goose is a perfect retreat for anyone wanting to enjoy good quality food and drink. You can expect a very warm welcome whether you are meeting family, friends or need a unique venue in which to host an event.


Inside our pretty Cotswold pub, you will find a space to suit every social occasion. Cosy corners, private dining and a stylish restaurant – we have them all. Our good food is available for lunch and dinner and we can also cater for parties, celebrations and receptions. We have a delicious selection of beers and wines to choose from and a lovely walled garden in which to enjoy a drink outside.


Takeaways & Late Dining

The Spice Room

3 Oxford Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 654204


Russell’s Fish and Chips

20a High Street, Broadway | 01386 858435

Excellent upmarket fish and chips courtesy of the award-winning kitchen team behind the renowned Russell’s of Broadway – fish and chips, but not as you know it. Eat in and take away available.


The Mermaid Fish Bar

23 High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 651391


Locojo’s Pizza

2 Oxford Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 650378


Drinks & Nightlife

In addition to the above eateries in and around Moreton-in-Marsh, we recommend the following watering holes:


The Beagle Bar

Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 650 501

Come on in, sink into an armchair or take a seat at the bar whilst our friendly bar staff tantalise your taste buds. The Beagle Bar is the people’s local, where friends gather, colleagues come to unwind, the community mingle, and guests enjoy an informal bite to eat or a pre-dinner drink. Everybody’s welcome to relax with a wide selection of in-house signature cocktails, homemade infused spirits as well as a sumptuous collection of fine wine, and local ales and ciders. Feel right at home in the warm and welcoming ambiance and immerse yourself in the homely décor offering comfort throughout. The beagle canvas, by our favourite signature artist Katharine Lightfoot, takes pride of place behind the bar, crediting both who we are and the charming surroundings in which we reside.


The Bell Inn

High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 651887

Popular with locals and tourists alike and having been taken over by new owners in the summer of 2015, the refurbished pub with its fabulous courtyard and stunning walled garden provides the ideal setting in which to relax and unwind.


The Black Bear Inn

High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh | 01608 652 992

Another traditional pub with excellent food and great ales in the nearby village of Broad Campden, well-worth a visit.

Travelling by car

Bourton-on-the-Hill is easily accessed by car, being located on the A44 and approximately 2 miles away from the A429 (Fosse Way), which are two of the main roads through the North Cotswolds.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to Bourton-on-the-Hill is Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 2 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.

Travelling by plane

Bourton-on-the-Hill is within easy reach of a number of international airports:

  • Birmingham International Airport: 42 miles, approximately 60 minute drive
  • Heathrow International Airport: 75 miles, approximately 90 minute drive
  • Bristol International Airport: 74 miles, approximately 90 minute drive

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