A stylishly decorated Cotswold Stone property that comfortably sleeps seven across 4 bedrooms, with three bathrooms (2 en-suite). The house has driveway parking for four cars, a spacious open-plan living area, and a large private garden, all within easy walking distance of the centre of the bustling Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water. South Winds has a spacious ground floor double en-suite bedroom that is suitable for people with limited mobility.
Family events are welcome at the property, but it is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.Also, under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
South Winds has classic, refined interiors and is a tranquil location just moments from the heart of one of the Cotswolds’ favourite villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. It is the perfect choice for those in search of a quiet country escape with amenities on the doorstep. Close to the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, romantically known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ thanks to the River Windrush which flows directly through it, this country hideaway is perfect for guests in search of some peace and quiet.
Boasting bright, spacious interiors, with a wonderful large garden and secluded terrace at its disposal, guests have more than enough room within which to unwind, plus essential off-street parking for four cars on a handy private driveway. Hard to come by in a village as popular as Bourton!
Four bedrooms offer a cosy rest-stop for up to seven guests, with a well-equipped kitchen diner and spacious living room offering more than enough space for entertaining friends and family. With plenty of walks from the door, this is a fantastic base for lovers of the great outdoors looking to explore the Cotswolds. Equally, those who don’t want to move a muscle are well-catered for, thanks to South Winds’ amenities such as TVs, garden and board games, and Bourton-on-the-Water’s host of cafés, restaurants, boutiques and grocery stores, all within a few minutes walk of the cottage.
On entering the house, you will be drawn to the light-flooded, open-plan kitchen which leads into the large suntrap garden. You will be hard pushed not to immediately want to fling open the double French doors and collapse onto the luxury Rattan furniture (maybe making a G&T on the way!).
The hub of the home is the south-facing downstairs living space, consisting of a spacious living room, cosy snug, open-plan kitchen and dining room. This light-filled area, mainly due to the notable roof lantern, makes it the perfect space to spend time with family or to entertain guests. The natural solid oak dining table and scroll back chairs seat up to ten people, perfect for generations of families or friends to get together.
Two sets of French doors encourage you outside to the flower-bordered, south-facing garden with additional views into the surrounding Cotswold countryside; with a patio, luxury garden furniture and a charcoal American Smoker BBQ – perfect! Grab a blanket from the footstool in the living room when the sun goes down and you can continue to enjoy the outdoors for hours feeling snug. There are many games to be enjoyed inside and out, including poker, cards and dominoes.
South Winds has four bedrooms and three bathrooms that have been lovingly furnished by the owners, to offer all the conveniences of modern-day living, making you feel home. Downstairs, there is a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room which is perfect for people with limited mobility. Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and a single bedroom. The upstairs master double bedroom has an en-suite bath/shower room and the second upstairs double bedroom shares a family shower room with the single bedroom.
Enter through the oak front door into the entrance hall. There you can hang your coats. A travel cot and a highchair are stored under the staircase.
Charming entertaining space with roof lantern, solid oak dining table, candelabras, and eight scroll back chairs perfect for getting everyone together. Two armchairs over an ultra-soft rug in the end of the room provide extra room for those seeking somewhere to chat or just a comfortable place to read.
Wonderfully bright, fully equipped, modern kitchen with country cream cupboards and oak worktops. The kitchen also contains a handy wine rack, double oven and electric hob, large fridge-freezer and Nespresso coffee maker (please bring your own pods).
Just off the kitchen, the utility room contains a washer dryer. As you enter the room, there is a cupboard for some more storage and where you can find the iron and a hand vacuum cleaner. To the left of the entrance door is a tall cupboard storing a laundry basket, an ironing board, a vacuum cleaner, a broom, a mop with a bucket and a hand brush and dustpan.
Watch a movie, read a book or just catch up with each other in this sociable living room. It boasts a 43” Smart TV, a large L-shaped sofa with a footstool and two armchairs. Manuals for the main electric and electronic appliances are in a folder in the bookshelf. In the cupboard underneath the bookshelves, on the right-hand side, there are many games and board games: puzzle ball, puzzle pyramid, poker set, gravity maze, monopoly, scrabble, playing cards, set of traditional board games and cranium.
Snug / TV Room:
Bring your games console and escape to the snug room! 32” Smart TV, comfy sofa, DVD player and stereo.
Through the Snug room, you will find a spacious ground floor double en-suite bedroom with views to the front of the property. The room is suitable for people with limited mobility and is finished with beautiful soft furnishings, French Grey bedside cabinets with lamps, a solid grey wardrobe.
A stylish en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, vanity mirror and hairdryer.
Turning left at the top of the stairs leads you to the tasteful master bedroom. Furnished with a UK king size/International queen size bed, solid oak bedside cabinets with lamps (tap the base to turn the light on!) and a double wardrobe, the room offers spectacular views over the garden and Cotswold countryside beyond.
The en-suite is spacious with underfloor heating, a shower over the bathtub, vanity mirror and hairdryer, a large sink and mirror and a heated towel rail.
A double bedroom with views to the front and side of the cottage; this bedroom shares the family shower room with the single bedroom (bedroom 4). It contains a UK king size/International queen size bed, bedside cabinets with lamps and an open wardrobe.
A cute single bedroom with one solid oak single bed, bedside cabinet and a single wardrobe. This bedroom shares the family shower room.
Family Shower Room:
Good-sized shower room with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, hairdryer and vanity mirror.
Two sets of French doors from the kitchen encourage you outside to the flower-bordered, south-facing garden with additional views into the surrounding Cotswold countryside. With a patio, luxury garden furniture for al fresco dining and a charcoal American Smoker BBQ – you’re all set to enjoy the country life!
There is private parking for four cars on the gravel driveway.
Full List of Facilities
Parking for up to 4 cars
Bed linen, towels and tea towels
Charcoal American Smoker BBQ
Nespresso coffee machine (own pods required)
Outdoor dining area
Luxury Rattan Furniture
Board games and cards
4 bedrooms (3 double, 1 single)
3 bathrooms (2 en-suite)
Double oven and hob
Mixer and blender
Rice cooker and steamer
Sandwich press café style
Bodum French press coffee maker
43” Smart TV
32” Smart TV
JVC stereo Hi-fi / Wifi
Mini Wifi speaker
Travel cot x1
Iron and ironing board
Hairdryers in bedrooms
Many pubs within 1 mile
Many shops within 1 mile
All essential amenities are within easy reach of South Winds. The nearest major supermarket is Bourton-on-the-Water’s Co-Operative Food, an 18-minute walk or a 4-minute drive away. It is well-stocked with all of the essentials you’ll need during your stay, with an impressive fresh meat and fish offering, local cheeses, French breakfast pastries and fresh baked bread and extensive wines and beers. There’s also a Londis a bit closer to the house, in the High Street, which is again perfect for store cupboard essentials. Bourton-on-the-Water houses some fantastic bakeries for those who like to pick up a fresh loaf in the morning. Further afield, Stow-on-the-Wold’s Tesco Superstore (10-minute drive) is another option.
If you want to take the hassle out of your stay completely, we recommend planning ahead with a grocery delivery; Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to the property. For activity lovers, it’s worth mentioning that the cottage sits just a 5-minute walk away from The Cotswold Leisure Centre (everyoneactive.com), a well-equipped centre offering a pay-as-you-visit swimming pool, squash court and fitness studio.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest supermarket is Bourton-on-the-Water’s Co-Operative Food, an 18-minute walk (1 mile) It is well-stocked for all the essentials you will need during your stay. There is also a Londis a bit closer to the house (0.6 miles) which is again perfect for store cupboard essentials. Bourton-on-the-Water houses some fantastic shops including a bakery, coffee shops, and Christmas shop! A Tesco Superstore and a small M&S Food can be found in Stow-on-the-Wold (5 miles.)
There is a good section of pubs and restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water
Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter (3 miles)
Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold (4.5 miles)
Right in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice when it comes to walks that lead straight from the village centre. A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s Visitor Information Centre, is highly recommended and allows you to really appreciate Bourton-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings, and monuments as you stroll. For those keen to explore the surrounding villages, a circular walk following the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways through to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter offers a gentle pace that totals 4 miles in distance; perfect for those not looking for anything too strenuous. More hard-core ramblers should give the 9-mile circular trek from Bourton through Naunton and the Slaughters a go.
Places to Visit:
The Model Village (0.5 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (11.5 miles)
Cotswold Motor Museum (0.7 miles)
Train - Moreton-in-Marsh station (9 miles) or Kingham station (7 miles) have direct trains from London.
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Parking: off-street parking for four cars on a private driveway
Please be aware that South Winds was built many decades ago and has some low ceilings and small steps between rooms
Family events are welcome at the property, but it is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
South Winds is a beautiful 4 bedroom cottage with all the essentials needed for a comfortable stay. My family of 6 adults and a toddler had lots of quality time around the very large kitchen table. The garden is lovely and safe for children to play. There is comfortable outside seating with a table. We had a couple of BBQ nights which was good fun. The location of the house is perfect as it’s within easy walking distance to the main village area but away enough to feel very peaceful. Bolthole Retreats had excellent communication, always replied to any queries I had prior to departure swiftly and all the necessary information in regards to check in/departure etc was given in ample time. There is also a very good information booklet at the cottage itself. Had a wonderful stay.
Teresa - August 2021
Truly fantastic location is a beautiful village. We had two families with small kids and it was perfect. Loads of space to spread out, big garden, and plenty to do nearby.
Francesca - August 2021
Lovely spacious house, comfortable beds and well equipped kitchen. Easy walk into the village of Bourton-on-the-Water
Spacious and well appointed villa. Very clean and very modern interior. Not the most comfortable living room furniture but, hey, it’s the Cotswolds - you’re not going to be sitting inside very much.. Plenty of back garden for kids to play in and adults can easily be accommodated around the comfortable garden furniture. A most enjoyable stay in the finest of Cotswold villages..
Carol July 2021
Great location - very easy to walk into the village. Very comfortable beds. Lovely light airy kitchen/dining room area and a nice size garden with good seating.
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at South Winds. The cottage is spacious and very comfortable, perfect for our party of 4 adults and 2 children. The well equipped kitchen/dining area was really lovely with patio doors opening out onto the rear garden - we were lucky to have gorgeous weather and the sun was on the garden all day long. The cottage's location is within a quiet residential cul-de-sac which was very peaceful, but it is only a 15 minute walk into the bustling, beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-water. We were pleased that we did not have to worry about finding a car parking space in the village, with car parks being very full on a busy Bank Holiday weekend.
Special thanks to James on the Management Team who was extremely courteous and helpful when we stupidly locked ourselves out of the cottage one evening.
One of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water is often referred to as the ''Little Venice'' of the Cotswolds. The River Windrush flows through the centre, spanned by low arched bridges, flanked by wide village greens and lovely period Cotswold stone buildings. Bourton on the Water has more than its fair share of honey-coloured Cotswold houses, many of them dating back to Elizabethan times and now home to independent tourist shops, unique gifts, and cafés.
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