This beautiful, one-bedroom, 17th Century bothy, built to house cattle and a herdsman, has been lovingly converted by the current owners into a luxurious and romantic bolthole for two. The Bothy sits in the grounds of Arlington House, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and includes many extra welcoming touches that will delight you and make your stay that little bit special. A minute’s walk from Bibury and the famous Arlington Row cottages, the River Coln and a local pub with a roaring log fire and garden.
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Updated 25 Aug 2020
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This beautiful, one-bedroom, 17th Century bothy, built to house cattle and a herdsman, has been lovingly converted by the current owners into a luxurious and romantic bolthole for two. The Bothy sits in the grounds of Arlington House, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and includes many extra welcoming touches that will delight you and make your stay that little bit special. A minute’s walk from a local pub with a roaring log fire and garden.
As you pull through the wrought iron gates and up the driveway of Arlington House, a stone’s throw from the popular village of Bibury, you’ll see the Bothy straight ahead. At first view the Bothy seems like an unimposing Cotswold stone barn. However, the moment you open the front door you’ll immediately realise you have chosen a luxurious and perfectly proportioned Cotswold bolthole for two.
This old stone bothy was originally used for cattle over the centuries and has recently been converted. It now offers a light, bright and stylish accommodation for two. Downstairs is an open plan, elegant sitting room with a well-equipped corner kitchen.
A spiral, contemporary staircase leads upstairs to a beautiful bedroom with an ensuite shower room. Outside, you are provided with a garden bench at the Bothy’s front door, where you can sit and enjoy a peaceful beginning or end to your day in the Cotswolds.
Arlington was first mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and was for centuries a village known for cloth making. Arlington village and Bibury village sit side-by-side, separated by 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 the Bothy.
Arlington was also the ancestral birthplace of John Custis II, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia and named his Virginian mansion “Arlington” after the village. Arlington Mansion was abandoned, but the name was used again by his great-great-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis (the grandson of Martha Washington and step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington, the first President of the United States), as the name for Arlington Estate on the south shore of the Potomac River near what is now Washington, D.C. Today it is known as Arlington National Cemetery. The 19th-century artist and craftsman William Morris called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” – he probably meant Arlington too!
- Sleeps 2 in 1 king-size double bedroom
- 1 ensuite bathroom – with large walk-in shower, contemporary wash basin, W.C. and tall heated towel rail.
- Parking for 1 car
- Garden bench at front door
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt/pepper.
- Cleaning starter pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil.
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash
- Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV: flat screen, smart TV (online viewing only)
- Card and boardgame
- Kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil and trays.
- Oven/hob (gas)
- Ironing board and iron
- Outdoor seating: a bench is provided at the front door
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Places to Eat
Guests at the Bothy are lucky to have plenty of great pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from, with a few in walking distance. Here are the owners’ local favourites:
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.
The New Inn, Coln St Aldwyns: Traditional pub with a good menu. You can do a lovely walk cross country to Coln St Aldwyns from Bibury – it takes about 40 minutes each way, or drive the 3 miles by car.
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 and within staggering distance although sometimes it can be a bit too quiet!
The Catherine Wheel, Arlington/Bibury – a 1-minute walk: The nearest old-fashioned local pub that offers traditional pub grub.
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.
Linwood Cafe, Fairford (6 miles away): Great for a coffee, breakfast or a lunch time snack.
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. You can also see more by clicking the ‘Walking/Cycling’ tab above.
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.
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 the Bothy but recommended if you want to explore further afield as public transport is limited.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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From Burford: take the A40 signposted towards Cheltenham. After 1 mile, turn left on to the B4425. Continue for 9 miles into the village of Bibury. Pass the famed Arlington Cottages on your right and follow the road as it bears left over the stone bridge, passing the Old Swan Hotel to your right and then Bibury Trout Farm also on your right. Continue up the hill for 0.2 miles. Arlington House is on your left-hand side, marked by a tall stone wall, black wrought iron gates and an ‘Arlington House’ name plate. If you pass an antiques shop on your right, you have gone too far!
From Cirencester: take the B4425 out of Cheltenham, signposted to Burford (and Stow). Continue on the B4425 for 7 miles, passing through the village of Barnsley and into the village of Arlington/Bibury. Pass the Catherine Wheel pub on your right as you descend the hill, and an antiques shop on your left. Arlington House/The Bothy is the first driveway on your right after the antiques shop and is marked by a tall stone wall, black wrought iron gates an ‘Arlington House’ name plate. The Bothy is the first building straight ahead of you. Park in the area marked ‘The Bothy’.
One marked parking space, in front of the cottage, is available for guests to use. Guests access the parking and property using the owners’ private driveway.
The closest train stations with connections to London Paddington (1hr 15 minutes travel) are Kemble (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles). Please see ‘Taxis’ for transfers to the cottage.
- Cirencester Radio Cars: 01285 650850
- Tony’s Taxis Kemble: 07500803858
- Kemble Station Taxis: 07795159974
- Hills South Cerney Cabs: 07960660885
- Station Taxis: 03338000750 or 01285641339