Built in the late 1930s, Meadow View is a recently modernised, immaculately decorated and maintained, semi-detached cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Coln St Aldwyns, just 15 minutes from Burford, 5 minutes from Bibury and 20 minutes from Cirencester. This two-story cottage sleeps 6 across a spacious king-size double bedroom and twin room on the upper floor, and a downstairs double bedroom off the kitchen.
The two upstairs bedrooms share a well-equipped family bathroom, with walk-in shower and bath, while the downstairs double has direct access to the downstairs WC. Benefitting from front and rear gardens with an outdoor entertaining area and easy, free parking, this property is ideal for 3 couples or a large family. Keen walkers, cyclists, parents visiting Hatherop School, or perhaps fishermen keen to cast their rods in the waters of the River Coln, will all enjoy the calm of a stay in Meadow View away from the more crowded Cotswold towns and villages.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - 1 off-road space + unrestricted quiet roadside parking
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
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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, have a memorable 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 (due to open early Spring 2019). 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.
Meadow View is an immaculately decorated and maintained, bright and airy cottage, with lots of pretty windows affording views on all sides, sweeping across the Williamstrip and Hatherop Estates – acres of meadow, parkland and farmland – and the undulating Coln Valley and rushing waters of the River Coln.
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 littles one, 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 Meadow View 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: 1 king-size; 1 double; 1 twin
- Bathrooms: 1 upstairs family bathroom; 1 downstairs WC
- Travel-size bottles of shampoo, shower gel and conditioner and bar hand soaps provided
- Parking – unrestricted, on quiet, country road in front of property
- Heating: oil-fired radiators
- Freeview TV in sitting room
- Large Hotpoint washing machine
- All bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
- Remington hairdryer in Bedroom 1
- Hob and fan-assisted oven
- Morphy Richards Microwave
- 1 high chair: wooden, wipeable, folding with table
- 1 SpaceCot travel cot (NB: linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- Ironing board + iron
- 1 Sharp vacuum cleaner
- Private enclosed back garden
- Outdoor patio/dining area (in back garden)
- Garden furniture – seats 6
- BBQ (charcoal). Please supply your own charcoal
- Outside shed suitable for bikes/pushchair/fishing gear
Step into a brightly lit hallway with coat hooks and a large coir mat for muddy footwear, leading to stairs with handrail to first floor and entrance to dining area/kitchen…
Leading through from the hallway is the open plan dining room/kitchen with oak dining table, to seat 6 comfortably (plus a highchair), and matching side board. Bright and airy, with accents of yellow throughout and windows to the front, rear and side of the property, this is a fantastic entertaining space. Separating the dining area from the kitchen is a wide breakfast bar with 2 bar stools on the dining side, while concealing cupboards and the built-in fridge and freezer on the kitchen side. Meadow View’s dining room is a delightful space to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, light lunch or a special evening supper. (Please note: food items in the photographs are for illustration purposes only.)
The immaculate light-oak laminate worktops and white cupboards are offset with lichen-green wall tiles and wooden flooring. The double sink overlooks the back garden and the tall trees of Williamstrip Estate. You’ll find all you need here for a self-catered stay at Meadow View, including a spotless electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, integrated fridge/freezer, matching De’Longhi toaster and kettle and all the essential crockery, glassware and cooking utensils.
In the kitchen, in the under-stairs cupboard you will find a foldable highchair with table, a SpaceCot travel cot, Shark upright vacuum, brush, mop and bucket.
The Living Room
The relaxing and calming cream-coloured living room, with accents of yellow, has views to the cottage’s front and rear gardens. Seating six guests on a very comfy sink-in corner sofa and armchair, the room is set up for viewing the TV or enjoying a game and a chat. You’ll also find a light oak coffee table, occasional table with lamp, BT router, LG TV and dimmable lighting to create a cosy ambiance. French windows lead directly out to the patio area and garden, making this room an easy walk through from the kitchen for setting up an al fresco meal.
Back across Kitchen and through kitchen side door, straight ahead to…
Dual-flush toilet with handbasin, mirror and handy under sink cupboard (for guests sleeping in Bedroom 3).
Exit this door to access bins and side entrance through a wooden gate to the back garden.
This downstairs double bedroom, looking out onto the side garden, is ideal for guests who find stairs difficult or for anyone who might like a little independence from the rest of the group. With a snug double bed set with crisp linens, a fluffy duvet and country-inspired embroidered curtains and cushions, Bedroom 3 is a retreat within a retreat. (Note: a built-in cupboard with hangers is not shown but is provided.)
Back to front hallway and staircase…
Well-lit, carpeted staircase with handrail up to…
At the top of the stairs is a light-oak desk positioned so that you can look out over the back garden and Williamstrip Estate. You’ll find two double power points, making this an ideal spot for connecting devices, working on a laptop, reading or relaxing.
Off the landing…
Overlooking the front of the house is the king-size, master bedroom, with its relaxing tonal hues and moss green accent. The light-oak bedframe is complemented by an oak headboard, large, 3-door wardrobe (with plenty of covered hangers), bedside chest of drawers and lamps, and a dressing table (with TRESemme hairdryer), stool and mirror. In addition, the room has dimmable lighting, a long mirror and plenty of space for a baby’s travel cot. You’ll also find an original 1930’s fitted cupboard housing the water heater and immersion tank (please do not adjust settings). The large window, with its wide window sills, provides a beautiful frame for views of Coln St Aldwyns and the valley beyond.
Back to top of stairs and right to…
A pretty and bright, dual-aspect twin bedroom with beautiful views over the cottage’s front and rear gardens and out towards the wider Cotswold countryside. This twin room has two sink-in single beds, a large, 2-door, oak wardrobe (with covered hangers) and an oak dressing table with stool and mirror. With accents of refreshing duck-egg blue, and a gorgeous picture of a hare looking down over the beds, this room is a delightful second bedroom that couples or children will enjoy.
Back to top of stairs and left to…
The cottage’s family bathroom is at the rear of the house, next to Bedroom 1, yet still convenient for Bedroom 2. Polished limestone tiling, wood-effect flooring and a window to the rear (with Venetian-style blind for privacy) creates a spa-like space to relax in. With a large, walk-in Grohe shower, full-size bath with mixer taps, heated towel rail, a sink with large mirror and dual-flush toilet, plus a small selection of toiletries, there’s everything here you’ll need for your stay.
Meadow View is framed by a lawn area to its front and large private garden to its rear, affording it a wonderful feeling of privacy. A wooden fence separates Meadow View from the neighbouring Meadow View 2. To the side of the cottage is a secure wooden gate leading to a gravel and concrete path around the back of the house. It’s in the back garden where the cottages’ magic really comes alive, thanks to the meadow of the adjoining Williamstrip Park, making the garden feel larger than it is thanks to the adjacent, sweeping countryside views. The cottage has patio area outside the dining room’s French windows, with BBQ and garden table and chairs for 6 (available from late March 2019), making it perfect for al fresco dining and relaxing after a day exploring the Cotswolds. Next to the patio area is a garden store room, suitable for a couple of bikes/a pushchair and walking gear. (Note: there is an oil tank at the back of the garden, concealed with wicker fencing. Please do not allow children to play near the tank.)
Coln Community Shop is in the centre of the village, 2-miuntes’ walk from Meadow View. 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 Meadow View. 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 Meadow View.
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 Meadow View: 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. (Note: The New Inn is due to re-open in the Spring of 2019 following refurbishment.)
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 Ruth Hurst (telephone: 01285 750071) or 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.
Closest doctor’s surgery:
- Hilary Cottage Surgery (Keble Lawns, Fairford, GL7 4BQ) Telephone: 01285 712377. Out of Hours: call ‘111’
- Lechlade Medical Centre (Oak Street, GL7 3RY) Telephone: 01367 252264. Out of Hours: 08454 220220.
- Swindon Great Western (Coatside Way, Swindon SN3 6BB)
- Cirencester Hospital (Tetbury Road, Cirencester GL7 1UY)
Emergency Dentist: Gloucester Street Dental Practice, Cirencester. Telephone: 01285 653251
Postcode for the property is GL7 5AB: Meadow View is located in Coln St. Aldwyns, 9 miles from Cirencester. Once in the village, with the village shop behind you, descend Hatherop road (directly opposite the shop behind the tall tree) approximately 200 metres. Meadow View is the right unit of a semi-detached property with a high garden wall, located on the left side of the street (as you descend the hill), opposite the entrance to the village’s adventure playground (concealed behind a tall beech hedge).
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.
The closest train stations with connections to London Paddington (between 1- and 2-hours’ travel) are Kemble (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles).
A2B Taxis – 01285 655651
Cirencester Taxi – 07400 288866
Siren Cars Cirencester – 01285 652388
T4 Taxis – 01285 641590
Meadow View is on a quiet, country road, with plenty of parking on the road directly outside the cottage. There is also one-off road space next to the bus shelter opposite the cottage – it is the space on the left-hand side as you drive in.