Little Elms

In Stow-in-the-wold


Per Night

4 Guests

3 Beds

1.5 Bathrooms

Little Elms is a beautifully restored, Grade II listed, late 1700’s townhouse at the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, overlooking the green on Market Square. This gorgeous home retains its ancient character while incorporating a clever modernisation, with a fabulous kitchen-dining room as the main entertaining space, a spacious living room with a super-size TV, a master bedroom with an emperor-size bed, a bespoke bunk-bed room, a gorgeous shower room and a refurbished basement with a cloakroom. Everything that visitors to this quintessentially Cotswold town could want is right on the doorstep, from independent boutiques, art galleries and antique shops to some of the best pubs and restaurants in the area.
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  • WiFi
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Travel Cot - x1
  • High Chair - x1
  • Bedding & towels

Full Description & House Rules

This handsome, four-storey townhouse sits at the north end of Stow’s well-known Market Square, overlooking the green, the ancient stocks and a famously tall elm tree. Standing in a historic row of 18th Century townhouses, and next door to the well-known Fosse Gallery, Little Elms’ immaculate exterior prepares you well for what’s to come inside…

The owners have gone to great lengths to create a fabulous, contemporary, sleeps-four home, whilst conserving the original 1700’s features. There are original, exposed beams and an impressive stone staircase framed by an oak and glass bannister, leading down to the stone- and brick-lined basement – a great hang-out zone for young guests – and a modern cloakroom has been installed. Throughout there’s a blend of modern art, Cotswold Company furniture and Farrow & Ball paintwork. The master bedroom has a magnificent emperor-size bed, all the way from the Pottery Barn in the USA, while the second bedroom has a delightful, bespoke bunk bed. On the first floor, with a great view to the eponymous elm tree and Market Square, is the spacious living room with a 63” smart TV.

Little Elms is literally a stone’s throw to some of the best-known eateries and watering holes in the Cotswolds, and next door to the Fosse Gallery – considered one of the best art galleries in the country. This handsome town house does not have its own outside space, rather it is a property to return to and relax in after a long day out exploring the town and the Cotswolds.

Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the Cotswolds’ most popular, historic wool towns, full of honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms, narrow streets, independent boutiques, art galleries and antique shops as well as an impressive choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes.  This is a working market town too, so there are all the general amenity stores and services you need, including food shops, banks, a pharmacy and a Post Office. Nearby Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles) and Kingham (5 miles) have train services to London Paddington (from 90 minutes).


  • Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms with 1 emperor-size bed and 1 bunk bed with 2 standard single beds.
  • 5 bathrooms: 1 Shower Room (with Jack & Jill doors), 1W.C. (in basement)
  • Parking: restricted outside the property but unlimited nearby
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
  • Hairdryer x1
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, fresh coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
  • Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 2 Smart TVs (one 63″)
  • Bluetooth speaker (in kitchen)
  • Games
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (scales, grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • Oven/hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate, bed guard (for bunk bed)
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
  • Pubs, restaurants, cafes, tearooms, shops, galleries all within 1-200 metres.

Note: Little Elms does not accept pets and does not have its own outside space.

Full Property Description

Little Elms is decorated throughout with Farrow & Ball Ammonite and Moles Breath paint, giving it a calm and soothing feel that’s fresh in the warmer months and cosy at the colder times of year.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall

Step through the front door into a small hallway, with stairs to the upper floors straight ahead and the kitchen-dining room to the left. Here you’ll find an umbrella stand and room to take of shoes and walking boots.

The Kitchen-Dining Room

The beautiful, bright, open-plan kitchen-dining room is the focal point of the house and a great space to relax, cook, socialise and enjoy your meals around a generously sized table. There is every appliance needed for preparing home-cooked food, from the Smeg fridge-freezer to the abundance of kitchen cabinets and work surfaces. An original window seat is a lovely place to perch and watch the world go by – through the wooden shutters. The stairs down to the basement form a unique feature, with the glass panelling providing a view of the 300-years-old stonework. Behind the door is a handy upcycled church pew with seating and hooks for coats and storage for footwear. A Porcelain-tiled floor, with underfloor heating, provides a smart finishing touch.


Cotswold stone stairs lead down from the kitchen-dining room into a vaulted room with original stone flooring. A rug and beanbags (not shown) are provided for younger guests to chill out and use the space as their own. At the far end of the basement is a newly installed cloakroom with a toilet and wash basin.

First Floor

Head up the carpeted stairs, with banister, to the first floor landing off which are the living room and bunk bed room. The landing has a handy sideboard and a full-length mirror.

The Living Room

This stylish, spacious room features a long, L-shaped, leather sofa, a swivel armchair, original, exposed beams and a large (63”) smart TV on a retro TV unit. Ceiling lights and standard lamps provide the perfect lighting, both day and night. Snuggle up with a book, watch a film or take a nap on the fabulously comfy sofa! (Note: the fireplace is for decorative purposes only.)

Bedroom 1 – Bunk Bed Room

This delightful bedroom is furnished with a custom-built bunkbed with a pretty arch framing the top bunk. Each bed has its own in-built lighting and shelves to place personal items. The bedroom has a smart TV and is furnished with a large wardrobe, chest of drawers, a mirror and a set of removable steps to access the top bunk. Though ideal for younger guests, the bedroom feels grown up too, with its modern art and contemporary fabrics. (Each single bed measures 3ft x 6ft3”.) 

Second Floor

Carpeted stairs with a bannister lead up to the top floor landing off which is the master bedroom and family shower room.

Master Bedroom

Up on the top floor, with a fabulous view out over the square and the towering elm tree, the gorgeous master bedroom is the most romantic of retreats. With its sumptuous emperor-size bed (2m/6ft6”) grey, rich lavender and subtle pink tones, this bedroom draws you in to relax and unwind. Furnished with bedside tables and reading lamps, an Art Deco-style dressing table, a chest of drawers, hanging rail (not shown) and a full-length mirror. A door leads directly from the bedroom into the shower room, creating an ensuite feel and purpose.

Family Shower Room

The stylish, spa-like shower room features floor-to-ceiling marbled tiling and a double walk-in shower (with overhead and handheld shower heads). There’s also a wash basin in a vanity unit with a mirror over, a toilet and a heated towel rail.

The family shower room has two Jack & Jill style doors, with one opening to the master bedroom and the other to the landing, providing direct access for guests in the bunk bed room. Both doors have locks on the inside to ensure privacy.


Little Elms does not have its own outside space, but it is directly in front of the green on the Square where there is seating and the famous elm tree and ancient town stocks.

Local Amenities

A stay at Little Elms brings you to the heart of this fabulous Cotswold town with restaurants, cafes, pubs of all budgets within a few minutes’ walk, including The Porch House, The Old Butchers, The Sheep, Number Four and Lucy’s Tearoom. There’s also a fantastic range of independent boutiques, art galleries and antique shops, providing those who love a bit of retail therapy plenty of opportunity to indulge.  Little Elms is next door to the Fosse Gallery, often described as “one of the most important UK art galleries outside London”. This is a working market town too, so there are all the general amenity stores and services you need, including food shops, banks, a pharmacy and a Post Office.

The town has a well-stocked Co-op right on Market Square, a Tesco Superstore 10 minutes’ walk away and a Marks & Spencer mini store at the fuel service station on the A429.


This area is famed for its walking. Sitting right in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice. A wonderful 5.5km/3.75-mile circular village walk, taking in St Edward’s Well, Maugersbury and the Fosse Way, is highly recommended and allows you to appreciate Stow-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, as you stroll past key sites, buildings and monuments. A map of the walk is provided in the Welcome Guide at the house.

See our Stow-on-the-Wold Guidebook (provided on booking and at the house) for more details of places to eat out and visit in and around the town.

By Car

From the A429, turn into the High Street and follow it until you enter Market Square. Turn left just as you enter the Square, opposite the Organic Shop. You will see the Old Stocks on a grassy area with large trees around it. Little Elms is the first residential property after the Fosse Gallery.

By Train

Kingham Station and Moreton-in-Marsh Station are within a five-mile drive. Both have trains that run from London Paddington and other parts of the UK.


There is unrestricted, but not allocated, on-street parking directly outside the property. As this space is not a dedicated parking place, it may not be available. However, guests can stop here and unload luggage and then go and park, as detailed below:

Parking is available on Market Square, Park Street and Sheep Street, but is limited to two hours between 9am and 3pm. There is a free long stay car park next to Tesco on the Fosseway/A429 (GL54 1BX), an easy walk 10-minute walk from Little Elms.

Little Elms

In Stow-in-the-wold

4 Guests

3 Beds

1.5 Bathrooms