Stable Cottage is a converted stable block that forms a delightful, single-story holiday home sleeping 4 adults and 2 children, with one ensuite bathroom and one family shower room. Decorated and furnished in a contemporary-country cottage style with accents of greys and bright blues. The cottage has a large gravel courtyard, with parking and outdoor seating for al fresco dining, plus access to the historic, neighbouring Inn at Fossebridge’s 4-acre gardens and pond. Ideally located for visiting Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Tetbury and Stow-on-the-Wold.
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- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Travel Cot - x1 on request
- High Chair - x1 on request
- Bedding & towels
Updated 30 Oct 2020
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Set back from the main Fosse Way, Stable Cottage is a long, single-story property that has been cleverly converted from the neighbouring Inn’s 17th-century, five-stall stable block, providing a cosy and comfortable, well-equipped bolthole in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The front of Stable Cottage has 11 windows all looking out over a large gravel courtyard with a table, parasol, and seating for six, directly next to the gardens of the Inn at Fossebridge. The gravel courtyard has two gates at either end, one leading to the Inn’s front courtyard and the main road and the other to the neighbouring Lakeside Cottage (a 4-bedroom, sleeps 10+1 holiday let also available through Bolthole Retreats).
Inside, the cottage is conveniently divided into bedrooms at the right-hand end and an open-plan living-dining-kitchen area at the left-hand end, with a family shower room at the centre. The living area has comfy seating, with a large Flatscreen TV, a well-equipped kitchenette and a dining area to comfortably seat six guests. The cottage sleeps four adults across one king-size ensuite master bedroom and one twin, and two children in a bunkbed room off the master bedroom.
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 4 (+2) in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size bedroom, 1 twin and 1 children’s bunk bed (+2)
- 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite with bath/ shower and WC; 1 family shower room with WC.
- Parking for 2 cars
- Gravel courtyard with access (through gate) to the Inn’s gardens and lake
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, instant coffee, 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: central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – Flatscreen
- Dog friendly (maximum 2: £25/£30 per dog), dog bowl and treats provided
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Fridge with freezer compartment
- Washing machine/dryer (not provided but laundry can be done on-site on request)
- Ironing board, iron
- Vacuum cleaner
- Outdoor seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 6
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
The cottage’s compact but well-equipped living space has a seating area at the far end with a three-seater sofa, occasional tables with reading lamps, a large Smart TV (with Netflix, iPlayer) and two armchairs. The dining area comfortably seats six guests around a rectangular, wooden table and sits next to the kitchenette, which is equipped with everything you need for a self-catering stay, including a dishwasher, oven and hob, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and fridge with a freezer compartment.
Family Shower Room
Conveniently located at the centre of the cottage, for all to access, the shower room features polished limestone tiles, a cubicle-style shower, WC, wash basin with mirror, and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 1 – Master
The master bedroom, at the far end of the cottage, is furnished with a king-size bed, bedside tables with reading lamps, a wardrobe with hangers and hairdryer, a long mirror and a luggage stool. A wide window ledge provides plenty of space for personal items.
The master bedroom’s ensuite features a full-size bath with shower over, a double vanity unit that includes two sinks and two mirrors, a WC and a heated towel rail.
Back down the hallway (through Bedroom 3) to the cottage’s twin bedroom furnished with two single beds, a shared bedside table and reading lamp and a single wardrobe with hangers. Sunlight streams in through a small window overlooking a garden to the rear of the cottage.
Created from the hallway outside the master bedroom, with privacy provided by a door from the hallway and a door to the master bedroom. The ‘+2’ bedroom of the cottage is furnished with a bunkbed, with two small single beds (2’6” wide) and a small wardrobe and is intended for children. An ironing board is stored under the bed. A wide window ledge provides plenty of space for personal items.
Immediately outside Stable Cottage is a large gravel courtyard where guests can park two cars and relax at a large table, with a parasol and seating for six. A gate leads from the courtyard to the beautiful garden and lake belonging to the neighbouring Inn at Fossebridge, 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 gravel courtyard has two large gates at either end, one leading to the Inn’s front courtyard and the main road (Fosse Way) and the other to the neighbouring Lakeside Cottage (a 4-bedroom, sleeps 8 (+3) holiday let also available through Bolthole Retreats).
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 Stable Cottage.
The owners of Stable Cottage’s favourite nearby 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
- Koloshi Restaurant and Take Away, Charlton, GL54 4HG
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.
See also the guide to Bourton-on-the-Water, for more places of interest and things to do.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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NorthleachAndoversford-MWS Bibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS Great Rissington-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power - MWS Northleach-MWS Salperton-MWS Stow-on-the-Wold-MWS
CirencesterBibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS North Cerney Siccaridge-Wood-MWS
Bourton-on-the-WaterBourton Circular-WWS Great Rissington-MWS Harford Bridge-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power and Castlett-MWS Naunton-Circular-WWS Salperton-MWS
By Car: 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. Stable Cottage is on the left-hand side of the Inn. Drive up the side of The Inn, passing through a 5-bar gate and park on the gravel close to the hedge, being careful not to block the gate to Lakeside Cottage. Stable Cottage is the long building on the left – a series of converted stables!
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 for 2 cars on the gravel courtyard immediately outside the property.