Spinner’s Cottage is a charming and beautifully renovated Grade II listed mid-17th Century cottage nestled on the edge of the popular Cotswold village of Bibury, described by William Morris the 19th-century artist and craftsman as, “the most beautiful village in England”. This three-storey, two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage features stone mullion windows, traditional Cotswold beams and pretty window seats. Being a traditional spinner’s cottage, which would have accommodated a tall spinning wheel, there are unusually high ceilings for a cottage of this age. The cottage has a courtyard patio off the kitchen, where you can enjoy an alfresco dinner or enjoy your morning coffee and is a minute’s walk from a pub and the start of superb walks along the Coln Valley.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - Free nearby street parking
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x 1
- Bedding & towels
Full Description & House Rules
Spinner’s Cottage is in an elevated position on the edge of beautiful Bibury village and is approached along a private no-through road, making it a peaceful and calm setting away from the hubbub of visitors to the village. As you turn into the shared courtyard, the scene ahead could come directly from any mid-17th Century painting.
To the front, the cottage shares a gravel courtyard with three equally beautiful, Grade II-listed properties, all with typical English cottage front gardens, forming a tranquil and quiet setting. To the side of the cottage is a passageway leading to a small, enclosed suntrap patio, also accessed through a stable door in the kitchen. Beyond the patio is a private, neighbouring garden, which provides fantastic views from the first floor living room and second-floor bedroom.
Spinner’s Cottage has been restored to a very high standard whilst retaining enormous charm and character. Guests enter through a porch into a handy hallway that leads to a kitchen and dining area, with a stable door opening to a small courtyard patio. Guests also have access to a large and useful cellar/utility room below the dining area, accessed through an original, oak trap door. On the first floor there is a charming double-aspect sitting room with traditional oak-beamed inglenook, with an electric woodburner-effect fire, and views over a beautiful neighbouring garden. The second bedroom and a shower room are also on the first floor. Continuing up to the second floor is the gorgeous master bedroom with an attached bathroom, featuring an enticing Victoria & Albert roll top bath.
Bibury village sits on the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames. The village’s honey coloured cottages are what many visitors regard as quintessential Cotswold, with many visitors making a beeline to the famous Arlington Row cottages, once depicted on the inside cover of every UK passport, and just a minute’s walk from Spinner’s Cottage. Bibury has two country pubs, a tearoom and post office, and a trout farm with a ‘catch your own’ fishery. Bibury is perfectly located to visit Cirencester and Burford, both less than 10 miles away. Bibury is the starting point of fabulous walks up and down the Coln Valley – most notably to Coln St Aldwyns where you can stop for a drink and bite to eat at the New Inn, before returning to Spinner’s Cottage to rest and relax. The closest train station is Kemble (12 miles) on the GWR line from London Paddington.
- Sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms across 1 king size bed and 1 standard double bed
- 2 bathrooms: 1 shower room with cubicle shower and WC; 1 family bathroom with roll top bath and WC
- Fireplace with electric woodburner-effect fire
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
- Heating via electric radiators and hot water via electric emersion.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- 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 (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Everhot oven/hob
- Fridge/freezer (in cellar)
- Washing machine (in cellar)
- Dryer (in cellar)
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
- Dog friendly: 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Outside caterer: If you would like an outside caterer to cook a special meal for you during your stay, the owner of Spinner’s Cottage recommends ‘By Matilda’. To enquire or make a booking please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07789 860 617.
Full Property Description
Step through the front door into a handy enclosed porch with hooks for coats and room to remove boots and shoes. Continue through into the hallway, with the stairs to the two upper floors are straight ahead and the dining area and kitchen is off to the right.
The Kitchen-Dining Area
The pretty, dual-aspect kitchen-dining area has views out to the front courtyard through shuttered windows and to the rear patio, framed by the neighbouring garden’s mature trees. The dining area features a beautiful, herringbone hardwood tiled floor, with a circular table to one end to comfortably seat four guests. A double kitchen pantry cupboard stores the cleaning equipment and a highchair. Inside an antique Welsh dresser, you’ll find plenty of crockery and glasses for your stay. Tucked to one side of the dining area is the well-equipped kitchen, with polished limestone floor tiles, a beautiful marble worktop, butler sink and Everhot stove. On a sunny morning or warm summer evening, step through the kitchen’s stable door to eat al fresco in the courtyard patio.
Utility / Laundry Room
Within the dining area floor space there is a solid wood, hinged trap door. Once opened, stone steps lead down to the cellar where guests will find a washer, dryer and fridge/freezer. On arrival at the cottage, the trap door will be closed. Please take great care opening it and descending the steps which are uneven and have a low beam on the way down. (See the ‘Need to Know’ section for guidance on how to open the door.)
Head up the carpeted staircase, with a handrail, to the first-floor landing where there is a small bookcase and a pretty window seat with a view over the neighbouring garden. Off the landing is the Living Room, Bedroom 2 and the Family Shower Room:
The Living Room
The charming, dual aspect living room with exposed beams has a wonderful view to the rear, out over the neighbouring garden, and to the front over the courtyard and ancient village rooftops, which guests can enjoy from the cushioned window seat. Furnished with a smart TV, double sofa, footrest, two armchairs and reading lamps the living room is charming and cosy yet spacious – a attribute of the higher than normal ceilings once needed to accommodate a spinning wheel. The original beamed inglenook houses an electric woodburner-effect fire.
Looking out over the front courtyard, the pretty, first-floor bedroom features a beautiful window seat with a plump cushion – the perfect place to sit and read or daydream. The bedroom is furnished with a standard double bed with overbed reading lights, a small in-built cupboard with hanging space and shelves, and a bulkhead cupboard perfect for storing bags and cases.
Family Shower Room
Next to Bedroom 2 is the family shower room, with a cubicle shower with Cotswold stone tiles, a W.C., wash basin with a mirror and shaver point and a heated towel rail.
Head up the carpeted staircase, with a handrail, to the top floor landing where there are three sets of double, half-height, louvered cupboards. In here guests will find the travel cot and a full set of synthetic bedding for guests who have allergies to the feather bedding provided.
The spacious and beautiful principle bedroom has stunning views over the village and beyond. This room is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique pine chest of drawers and a dear little button-back armchair. A large, clothes hanging area, with a tie-back curtain, is in a large inglenook space beside the original chimney breast, which itself features a fabulous arched antique mirror.
Directly next to Bedroom 1 sits the Family Bathroom, featuring a Victoria & Albert roll-top bath with a shower attachment (for hair washing only), a Waverley WC and wash basin, with a mirror and shaver point, and a heated towel rail. A wide windowsill provides plenty of room for personal items.
To the rear of the cottage is a small courtyard patio that can be accessed through the stable door in the kitchen or via a passage to the side of the cottage. The patio backs onto the neighbouring garden, a beautifully tranquil space, giving the feeling of being in a much larger area. A small table and four chairs is provided for alfresco eating and relaxation.
Places to Eat
Guests at Spinners Cottage are lucky to have plenty of great pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from, with a few in walking distance. Here are some local favourites:
The Catherine Wheel, Bibury – a 1-minute walk. The nearest old-fashioned, local pub that offers traditional pub grub.
The Swan, Bibury – a 2-minute walk. A small bistro attached to the hotel offers non-residents breakfasts, lunches and suppers. Good food and surroundings.
The Cotswold Chippy & Café – a fantastic café at Bibury Football Club Car Park serving sandwiches, build-a-bap, hot drinks amd more, plus they have a mobile fish and chip service that visits every other Friday (5:30pm – 7:30pm). Find them on Facebook.
The New Inn, Coln St Aldwyns (3 miles away). Traditional pub with a good menu. You can do a lovely cross-country walk to Coln St Aldwyns from Bibury – it takes about 40 minutes each way or drive the 3 miles by car.
The Village Pub, Barnsley (3 miles away). Casual dining in a traditional pub with outdoor seating. Good food.
Barnsley House, Barnsley (3 miles away). The original home of Rosemary Verey, the highly acclaimed garden designer, a stunning boutique hotel and gardens open to non-residents. Well worth a visit.
The Wheatsheaf, Northleach (6.5 miles away). Casual dining inside and out with great food and cocktails.
Made by Bob, Cirencester (7 miles away). If you would like to explore Cirencester, Bob’s is the best restaurant in the town, whether it is for brunch or a full-blown supper.
The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester (6 miles away). Fab food that is largely grown on site. On the Burford Road, just outside Cirencester.
Things to Do
There are some lovely walks that you can start from Arlington/Bibury. Maps are provided with the printed Welcome Guide at the property and are attached to bookings made directly with Bolthole Retreats.
If you would like to try your hand at fishing, and have your own rod, the Swan Hotel offers access to the riverbank in Bibury. Just ask at reception for details. Alternatively, you might want to take the easier option and catch your own trout at the Bibury Trout Farm. You can just turn up and they will provide you with everything you need. Alternatively, Fishing on the Williamstrip Estate in nearby Coln St Aldwyns 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. Book through The Water Bailiff (telephone: 07980 449326).
The nearby Cotswold Water Park at South Cerney offers a great selection of water sports, from kayaking and sailing to water skiing and rowing. There is also a lake for swimming, and you can hire bikes there to explore the local area. (See www.waterpark.org/)
Between May and September, you can watch a polo match almost every Saturday and Sunday either at the Cirencester Park Polo Club or the Beaufort Polo Club (near Tetbury). If you have never watched it before, just turn up with a picnic and enjoy this very English pastime on a lovely summer day, there is nothing nicer, and you may be lucky and catch a match with a member of the royal family playing!
Cirencester is the nearest town that offers a selection of really good boutiques, small independent shops and the Corn Hall in the Market Square, which features a home, fashion and garden bazaar from Monday to Thursdays, antiques on Fridays and crafts on Saturdays. (The Corn Hall occasionally holds specialist fairs on a Sunday. Check www.cornhallcirencester.org.uk for all Corn Hall events.)
A farmer’s market is held in the Market Square, Cirencester on the 2nd and 4th Saturday in the month, from 9am to 2.30pm.
Burford Garden Company is just 8 miles away and is known as the next best thing to Liberty’s outside London. It is well worth a visit to browse, shop and enjoy the great food in their cafe. Burford – known by many as ‘the Gateway to the Cotswolds’ is also very sweet with lovely shops and eateries.
Museums and archaeological sites
As an important area to the Romans, Cirencester and the surrounding villages offer some interesting museums and archaeological sites, including the Corinium Museum in Cirencester and Roman sites at nearby Chedworth and Withington.
A car isn’t essential for a short break at Spinner’s Cottage but is recommended if you want to explore further afield as public transport is limited.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The Spinners Cottage is tucked away off the tourist trail down a small lane in a quiet cul-de-sac.
Cross Bibury bridge and head up the hill. Just before the Catherine Wheel Pub turn right up a small lane, following the two signs marked ‘Baptist Church’/’Access to residents’. At the top of the lane you will come to a small village ‘green’ with a tree and a track in the middle. Drive around the green as if it were a roundabout, exiting at your original point of entry but keeping to the top/left-hand track parallel with the main road below. (You may park anywhere around the green, except in front of the cottages straight ahead with green/orange doors.) Continue on this track to its end, approximately 200 metres, where the asphalt becomes gravel. Bear right onto the gravel, through a narrow gap between a hedge and a cottage wall. Spinner’s Cottage is the property directly ahead of you. The cottage does not have parking immediately outside, but guests can drop off luggage then return to the parking options.
The closest train stations with connections to London Paddington (1hr 15 minutes travel) are Kemble (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles). Please see ‘Taxis’, below, for transfers to the cottage.
- Cirencester Radio Cars
- Tony’s Taxis Kemble
- Kemble Station Taxis
- Hills South Cerney Cabs
- Station Taxis
The cottage does not have a dedicated parking place; however, it does have an unloading area in front of the property suitable for small-/medium-sized cars (see ‘Directions’). Guests may park around the nearby green or adjoining roads.