Lakeside House is a stunning Grade II listed property which sleeps 8 (+3) guests, in four bedrooms with two bathrooms. Overlooking the lovely grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge, Lakeside House dates to the 19th century and has retained many wonderful character features, including wooden beams, exposed stonework and a lovely wood burning fireplace, yet includes modern facilities and is decorated in a fabulous contemporary style. The property has a lovely garden to the front and parking for up to four cars.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for up to 4 cars
- Travel Cot - x1 on request (+1 permanent cot)
- High Chair - x1 on request
- Bedding & towels
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Set back from the Fosse Way, down a private driveway, Lakeside House is a beautiful Grade II listed property set in a great location in the heart of the Cotswolds – perfect for exploring the North and South Cotswolds. With four bedrooms, this spacious property is a superb choice for friends or families looking for a relaxing break.
Lakeside House has a beautiful lawned garden to the front with a glorious view across to the lake and gardens of the nearby historic Inn at Fossebridge. To the side is a gravelled outdoor seating-dining area with a charcoal barbecue.
The front door opens into an entrance hall that leads to a living room with a wood-burning stove, an open plan kitchen-dining room, a cloakroom and two downstairs bedrooms – one ensuite king-size master bedroom and the other a twin bedroom with French doors to the garden. Upstairs are two bedrooms – a king-size double with wash basin and a family room with four single beds – and the family bathroom.
The hamlet of Fossebridge, with its own pub (the Inn at Fossebridge), is on the Fosse Way (the A429), an impressive Roman road that runs in and out of a steep wooded valley and over the River Coln. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful, rolling countryside that the Cotswolds has to offer, with walks up the Coln Valley to the Roman Villa at Chedworth and downstream towards beautiful Bibury and the famous Arlington Row.
- Sleeps 8 (+3) in 4 bedrooms across 2 king-size bedrooms, 1 twin, 1 family room (4 singles)
- 5 bathrooms: 1 en-suite (bath, shower, WC), 1 family (bath with overhead shower, WC), 1 cloakroom with WC, plus 2 in-bedroom wash basins.
- Parking for 4 cars
- Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x2
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, instant coffee, coffee pods, sugar, UHT milk.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
- Heating and hot water e.g. via gas/oil central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – Flatscreen
- Games: playing cards and small selection of board games
- Dog friendly
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso with aeroccino), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Oven/hob: electric fan oven with gas hob
- Washing machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer/drying rack
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: 1 fixed cot, plus, on request, 1x highchair, 1x travel cot (no cot linen not supplied)
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Guests arrive at the front door of Lakeside House from the pretty lawned garden and step into an entrance hallway, off which lead all the ground floor rooms.
Turn left into:
The Living Room
The stylish, bright and inviting, dual aspect living room is decorated in a classic contemporary Cotswold style, featuring a Cotswold stone fireplace with a wood burning stove. The room is furnished with two comfy sofas, two armchairs, a coffee table with plenty of books to curl up with, and flatscreen TV with Sky sports package.
From the Living Room continue into the:
Ensuite Master Bedroom
This stunning ground floor bedroom features original exposed beams and a king-size bed on a delightful Victorian-style brass bedframe, with bedside tables and reading lamps. The bedroom also has an armchair, wardrobe and antique chest of drawers with a large wall-hanging mirror over. A high ceiling and a large window overlooking the garden make this a light and bright bedroom.
The spacious ensuite bathroom features striking forest green tiling, a full-size bath, cubicle shower, WC and twin wash basin.
Head back to the Hallway to the:
A handy downstairs toilet with wash basin sits at the centre of the house.
Turn right from the hallway into:
Kitchen-The Dining Room
This beautiful, open-plan area is the perfect place for socialising, with its long wooden dining table that comfortably seats ten next to the fully equipped kitchen. Featuring a Rangemaster double oven and 5-ring gas hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine (with aeroccino) and a washing machine.
Head through the second hallway/lobby (with stairs up to Bedrooms 3 and 4) to:
This beautiful bright and light, dual-aspect bedroom is decorated in a contemporary style, with French doors leading out to the pretty garden, and features two single beds with a bedside table and reading lamp, a wash basin, a pretty dressing table with a mirror, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
This stylish bedroom looks out over the garden through two windows, one a pretty porthole, and features a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a wash basin and towel rail, a wardrobe, and a chest of drawers.
Immediately outside Bedroom 3 is a wide landing and the Family Bathroom
The contemporary family bathroom features a b-shaped bath with a shower over, a large wash basin in a stylish vanity unit, and a WC.
This family bedroom in the eaves features four single beds on pretty, Victorian-style metal bedframes – perfect for four young friends or two adults wanting a bit of extra space. The bedroom has two Velux windows with blinds, a wardrobe and two bedside tables with reading lamps.
Lakeside has a beautiful lawned garden to the front with a glorious view across to the lake and gardens of the neighbouring Inn at Fossebridge. To the side is a gravelled outdoor seating-dining area with a charcoal barbecue. Up to four cars can park on the private driveway within the garden area, which is accessed through two gates.
A gate leads from Lakeside House’s garden to the Inn’s garden, which guests have permission to explore and walk in. The River Coln flows to the side of the Inn, on its journey from Brockhampton to Lechlade, where it joins the River Thames.
The closest food supplies can be purchased at Chedworth Farm Shop, just 1 mile away, which sells basic food items, wine, beer, plus farm-produced cheese and milk, locally reared meat, fruit and veg. (See chedworthfarmshop.co.uk for opening times.) The farm shop also has a small cafe, serving all-day, full-English breakfasts.
A wider range of amenities are available in Northleach, 3 miles along the Fosse Way, (see below), while the greatest selection is in Cirencester, (about 8 miles away).
Northleach has a small Budgens mini-market store in the centre, which stocks all the essentials, while Cirencester has all the major supermarkets, including Waitrose, Tesco Extra, Lidl and M&S Simply Food. Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and Sainsburys all deliver to The Old Post Office.
Fossebridge is in the centre of superb Cotswold walking country. You can walk on footpaths directly from the cottage, up the Coln Valley to the Roman Villa at Chedworth and downstream towards beautiful Bibury and the famous Arlington Row.
For a short introduction to the area, follow a stunning 2-mile walk that starts at the Inn at Fossebridge, published by Paws under the Table (pawsunderthetable.blogspot.com) – a guide to dog friendly walks and pubs in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.
For longer countryside walks visit cotswoldsaonb.org.uk to download several walks in the area, including an easy 4.5 Mile-Without-Stiles ramble from Northleach through historic Hampnett and back along the Saltway – an historic route along which salt was transported from Droitwich to the Cotswolds.
The Inn at Fossebridge is next door and is considered by visitors as a very handy second larder! It is set in four acres of gardens next to the River Coln and is dog friendly. Serving a wide range of food throughout the day and noted in the 2019 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, this is a welcoming and very handy inn for guests at Lakeside House.
The owners of Lakeside House’s favourite restaurants and pubs include:
- The Fox at Oddington
- The Hollow Bottom at Guiting Power
- Made by Bob, Cirencester
- The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns
- The Slaughters Country Inn
- The Stump at Fosscross
- The Swan at Southrop
- The Village Pub at Barnsley
- The Wheatsheaf Inn at Northleach
- The Wild Rabbit at Kingham
- Williams Oyster Bar & Food Hall, Nailsworth
- The Old Passage, Arlingham
- The Montpelier Chapter, Cheltenham
- Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham
- Barnsley House, Barnsley
- Huffkins, Burford
- Huffkins, Stow-on-the-Wold
Take Away Food
- The Take Away: pizza, burgers, fish and chips, Northleach, GL54 3EE (01451 8661116)
- Koloshi Restaurant and Take Away, Charlton, GL54 4HG (01242 516400)
Local tourist attractions:
The Roman Villa, Chedworth: (a National Trust property) – 3.5 miles from Fossebridge: one of the “grandest Roman villas in Britain” with a stunning Roman mosaic. There are picnic benches and summer deck chairs set to look across fantastic views of the Cotswold countryside and a café that’s open to all.
Far Peak Climbing: This fantastic climbing facility, just 2 miles along the Fosse Way, offers indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities and an outdoor 15m climbing tower. There’s also a café and deli on site as well as bike hire.
The Cotswold Discovery Centre in the Old Prison: a grade II listed 18th century building and now an historic visitor attraction. The centre is also home to the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the Cotswold Lion Cafe and the Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Academy.). Located on the Fosse Way, 3 miles from Fossebridge.
Northleach, 3.5 miles away, is a fantastic example of a medieval “New Town”, built following the Norman Conquest, and is still very much intact. The free “Historic Town Walking Trail” booklet (available from the Post Office on Market Place) provides an in-depth guide and a map detailing all the major landmarks, including 16th and 17th century merchants’ houses, a workhouse, alms houses and St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church built in the 1400s from wealth generated by the town’s wool merchants, this Perpendicular church is known as “The Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. It has several famed brasses dedicated to the merchants, including John Fortey whose legacy was to rebuild the nave of the church. The church bells ring spectacularly, for services and on Tuesday night. St Peter and St Paul’s is open to daytime visitors.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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CirencesterBibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS North Cerney Siccaridge-Wood-MWS
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Fossebridge is easily accessed by car from all directions. It is in the grounds of The Inn at Fossebridge, which is on the A429 (Fosse Way), approximately eight miles north of Cirencester and 11 miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold.
Coming from London: Take the A40/M40/A40 towards Oxford, then Burford. Continue through Burford, then take the A429 (Fosse Way) towards Cirencester. After approximately 3 miles, as you approach Fossebridge, the Fosse Way dips steeply downhill. Indicate right and turn into the Inn at Fossebridge. Lakeside House is on the left-hand side of the Inn. Drive up the side of The Inn, passing through two 5-bar gates and park on the gravel infront of the house.
There are frequent direct rail services from London Paddington to Kemble station (12 miles away) and to Cheltenham Spa (15 miles away) which take approx. one hour. Other stations to consider are Kingham and Charlbury.
- Chedworth Cabs – 07928 465820
- Coln Valley Cabs – 01285 740070
There is parking in front of the house for up to four cars, with extra parking for one just outside the garden.