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Westerleigh Cottage

Cowley

Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Family Friendly
Local Pub
A truly sumptuous family home sleeping 5+1 guests in 3 bedrooms with an additional pull-down wall bed with 1 bathroom, 1 en-suite and a downstairs WC. Perched on the side of a small grassy valley, this exquisite Cotswold stone cottage can only really be defined as country luxe at its very best. With a wonderful enclosed garden, plenty of outdoor seating, rejuvenating countryside views and an elegant and sleek interior with just a touch of opulence – this property must be seen to be believed.
Full Description

As you approach Westerleigh Cottage, set down a paved garden path away from the lane, overlooking nothing but sweeping green fields filled with grazing livestock and woodland, you may feel as though you have reached a Cotswold paradise. Constructed of the iconic honey-coloured Cotswold stone for which this area is so well-known, Westerleigh Cottage is the perfect blend of mod-con luxury and unique country-cottage features.

From the electric gated gravel driveway with secure parking for up to 3 cars, you can admire the stunning views. With a securely fenced garden stretching around the house, there is plenty of space to enjoy the fresh country air and relax. A paved patio area wraps its way around the front door and Sitting Room, with additional sets of 2 patio doors providing further access straight from the Sitting Room to the patio. On the patio, you will find a beautiful large glass-topped outdoor dining table with seating for up to 8 guests and retractable parasol, as well as lovely comfy corner seating with a coffee table – perfect for a drink as the sunsets!

Westerleigh Cottage has featured in a number of glossy magazines, and once you step inside you’ll see why. Decorated throughout in complimentary Farrow & Ball earth tones, with unique contemporary twists on traditional country home grandeur, Westerleigh Cottage is a seamless melting pot of the old and new. There’s a real sensory emphasis on raw materials in this property, from the exposed Cotswold stone walls and brick fireplaces, original timber beams, copper furnishings throughout the kitchen and velvet adorned Sitting Room furniture. Guests have full use of the house with its spacious Sitting Room, slick Kitchen/Dining area, luxurious Master Bedroom with en-suite, cosy Twin Bedroom, charming Child’s Bedroom and opulent Family Bathroom with perhaps the biggest free-standing bathtub in the Cotswolds!

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
Step through the front door into the welcoming Entrance Hall, decorated in soft slate grey tones. Slip off your shoes and immediately feel a sense of homely warmth thanks to the underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. There’s plenty of hooks to hang your coats and space to leave shoes!

Cloakroom:
A convenient downstairs toilet and washbasin, perfect for a guest sleeping on the pull-down wall bed in the Sitting Room. Filled with an array of interesting and quirky artwork, this WC proves that even the smallest of spaces can be stylish!

Living Room:
The main feature of this bright spacious room is the large Cotswold stone fireplace which houses a cosy wood burner for guest use. Painted in neutral shades, the quirky country features set the tone in this room, with thick brushed cotton tweed-effect blinds, a gingham inspired feature wall and antler themed decorative pieces. Get cosy around the fireplace on the sumptuous velvet sofa and footstall and high-backed armchairs, and be sure to make use of the soft blankets and throws. Tune into the Smart TV, settle down for a movie night using the DVD player, or even get the competitive spirit going with a board game from the vast selection in the sideboard to the right of the fireplace. The Sitting Room makes for the perfect relaxing environment to lose yourself in a book, and there’s plenty of lighting, including a lovely retractable overhead reading lamp. Towards the back of the room you will find a separate area containing a rocking chair and the pull-down wall bed that can also be configured as a desk. This area can be separated from the rest of the room thanks to a thick partition curtain, allowing privacy – the perfect hide-out for younger guests! There are two sets of patio doors in the Sitting Room from which the patio can be accessed.

Kitchen:
A breath-taking space, perfect for cooking and dining. This room is part of the original house, as illustrated by the beautiful exposed Cotswold stone wall, large disused fireplace and original beams. With two cushioned window seats, a dining table that seats 8 comfortably and 3 bar stools, you won’t be short of places to sit and relax in this room. Decorated in cool neutral tones with warm touches of copper and slate-inspired work surfaces, the Kitchen effortlessly conceals all the mod-cons you will need around the central island unit, including 2 fridges with a freezer compartment, Krups Espresso bean to cup coffee machine, Rangemaster 5 conduction hob and double oven with remote controlled extractor fan, double Belfast sink, and a built-in wine cooler to name but a few. In the pantry next to the fireplace you will find a microwave and toaster (the toaster can be removed and used on the work surfaces) as well as place mats and a few kitchen basics.

First Floor

Master Bedroom:
The first things that will strike you about the Master Bedroom is its lofty high ceiling with ornate original beam structure. The second thing – the enormous, comfy super king-size bed! A wonderfully spacious and elegant room with garden views and two cushioned window seats, this bedroom feels instantly soothing and restorative. With concealed beam spotlights and dusky rose walls offsetting the exposed Cotswold stone, there’s no better place to bed-down for a good night of sleep. There’s also plenty of storage space, with a large chest of drawers, cast-iron hanging rack and storage shelf and hooks on the back of the door. Guests staying in the Master Bedroom have access to their own private en-suite, separated by a curved partition wall next to an original brickwork fireplace. The en-suite features a walk-in shower, toilet and washbasin with a beautiful view over the valley!

Twin Bedroom:
Bright and fresh as a daisy, the Twin Bedroom has two comfortable single beds with a shared bedside table and large chest of drawers for storage as well as door hooks. And a convenient full-length mirror. Double aspect windows provide plenty of natural light.

Laundry Room:
A convenient upstairs laundry for guest use featuring a steam iron with ironing board, washing machine, tumble dryer and sink, with 5 starter washing tablets.

Child’s Bedroom:
A sweet and cosy bedroom featuring a single bed with removable safety guard, little ones will love this special room! Decorated with pastel bunting, plenty of friendly little characters and a very unusual stack of books bedside the table, this makes the perfect bedroom for younger guests. There’s even a whole cabinet filled with toys and games! Safety features in this bedroom include child lock window restrictions and a remote controlled blind.

Family Bathroom:
A sumptuous deep purple decorated room, the enormous free-standing bathtub offers unrivalled views over the Cotswolds countryside. With a separate tap and shower head unit, guests can relax comfortably in the bath – there’s even a bath tray to place your book or glass! The Family Bathroom also has a large walk-in shower with rain head and movable shower head, toilet and washbasin.

Outside

Guests have use of the generous-sized garden at Westerleigh with stunning views of the livestock-filled valley. A paved patio area houses an 8-seater outdoor dining set with a parasol as well as a comfy corner seating area and coffee table.

Full List of Facilities

  • Sleeps 5+1 in 3 bedrooms (+ pull-down wall bed in Sitting Room) in one super king bedroom, twin bedroom and a single bedroom
  • 1 family bathroom, 1 en-suite shower room, plus downstairs WC
  • Private secure parking for up to 3 cars
  • Heating downstairs is underfloor heating. Upstairs heating is via wall mounted radiators
  • Free Wi-Fi: Gigaclear Full Fibre Ultra-Fast Broadband
  • Child friendly
  • Laundry room with sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and starter washing tablets
  • All bed linen, bath towels inc. tea towels provided
  • Woodburner and basket of logs  
  • Hairdryers in Master Bedroom and Twin Bedroom
  • Rangemaster twin oven with 5 conduction hobs
  • Panasonic microwave and Dualit toaster inside cupboard next to the fireplace
  • Dishwasher
  • Krups coffee machine
  • Fridge with freezer compartment – x 2, located either end of kitchen units
  • Built-in wine cooler
  • Creative iRoar Bluetooth Speaker
  • 1 x high chair (supplied on request)
  • 1 x travel cot (NB linen for travel cots not supplied.  Please bring your own.)
  • Private enclosed garden  
  • Outdoor patio/dining areas
  • Garden furniture – table and seating for 8 + comfy outdoor sofa seating and coffee table
  • Charcoal BBQ  
  • Smart TV + DVD player
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and grocery stores:
As a productive agricultural area, the Cotswolds is the ideal place to sample local produce and there are many farmers’ markets dotted across the region in the various market towns and villages. From locally produced cheese to speciality sausages, there is an extraordinary range of quality food created here. Take a morning out to explore one or more of the wonderful markets listed below and read our blog post about local farmers' markets.
A Sainsbury’s Local is within a 5-10-minute drive from Westerleigh Cottage, located on the Cirencester Road in Cheltenham. The store was built in 2015 and is relatively well stocked with good parking.

Pubs and restaurants:
  • The Ivy, Cheltenham The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham is an all-day dining British restaurant with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international classics, seven days a week. Located in the stunning grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda building, the restaurant serves breakfast, elevenses, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner and features a private dining room and a bar, offering relaxed yet sophisticated dining in the popular town in Gloucestershire.
  • No. 131, Cheltenham Classic on the outside, contemporary British on the inside located in the heart of Cheltenham. Traditional classics and modern European dishes showcase the best seasonal ingredients in the restaurant. All ingredients are sourced and gathered locally wherever possible but always from British lands and shores. The Green Dragon, Nr Cowley Dating from the 17th century, the Inn has proven to be a popular retreat for those appreciating good food, fine wine and real ales. The Butchers Arms, Sheepscombe Our 16th century Public House is situated on Lime Street in the parish of Eldersfield near Gloucester.
  • The Butchers Arms is first and foremost a rural pub, where the bar is the hub of life, with low ceilings, wooden floors, roaring fires and real ale served straight from the cask. We serve high quality seasonal British food using only the best suppliers. Our menu constantly changes in accordance to the seasons.
  • The Black Horse, Cranham Cosy 1600s village pub with log fires, serving real ale and hearty fare including pies and Sunday lunch.

Walks:
The Cotswold Way offers just over 100 miles of magical walking, with long-distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and journeys through picturesque villages and famous ancient sites. Winchcombe has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status and many lovely footpaths with interesting things to see en-route. You can visit a remote Roman villa, Belas Knap Long Barrow – a Neolithic burial site, as well as climb to the top of the Cotswold scarp and get fantastic views. Winchcombe hosts an annual walking festival in May which offers a variety of walks with local guides, orienteering and evening events. Winchcombe’s rolling countryside is a true walkers’ paradise, with options for casual, seasoned and hardy walkers running right from the cottage’s front door. Winchcombe itself is a “walkers are welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break. The Winchcombe Way, a 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred around the town, offers walkers a great way of discovering the surrounding Cotswold towns and villages section-by-section over the course of a stay, whilst there are plenty of options for those looking for a more casual, leisurely pace within a close radius of the cottage.
We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll; a 2-mile loop, taking you along the river, straight through the heart of the town and into the grounds of historic Sudeley Castle - a must-visit for any guest. The 2 ½ mile walk to Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered long barrow sat atop Cleeve Hill, is also a great walk to try, providing you don’t mind the incline.


As well as exploring everything the local town has to offer, why not take a day to sit back, relax, and let the experiences come to you. We have curated some of our favourite local businesses who offer experiences directly to your cottage, including pamper and spa packages, a personal chef service, or craft workshops. Follow the link to explore all the experiences available at your cottage.

Points of Note
  • Parking: secure private parking at Westerleigh Cottage for up to four cars 

Reviews

Westerleigh Cottage is just beautiful. The kitchen is well appointed, beautifully thought out and a dream to cook in. The living room is cozy and homely, sitting by the fire in the evening was a highlight as it was a quiet and clean fire that just set the atmosphere. The master bedroom was comfy, light and airy, and snoozing in the sunny morning with the window open was just perfect. A personal highlight was the huge bath - we did not want to get out! We walked to The Green Dragon pub and had drinks and dinner one evening and we were able to get some breakfast bits and booze from the adjoining shop. You also pass Cowley Manor, where we popped in for a cocktail on a couple days and sat on the sun chairs on the lawn in the sun. We have already said we will be returning as our stay was just too short, and definitely recommend the cottage to others.
Rebecca
Beautiful home!! Lovely walks all around, short walk to a wonderful local shop and pub. We had a perfect weekend and would love to return to this home, 100% recommend!!
Anna
We needed somewhere to stay between moving houses and critical for us was comfort and good WiFi. This place had it all! Not only that we had beautiful walks to go on too and the owner was really friendly and helpful. Highly recommend it!
David
The property is finished to a high standard with beautiful surroundings. The perfect location for countryside walks and easy trips into Cheltenham. Thanks for a lovely stay!
Amee
This was a great stay - exactly as described and very comfortable. The location was great for country walks and exploring the towns in Cotswolds and we really enjoyed the property.
Laura
A very pretty and comfortable stay, we easily settled in and felt at home in the cottage. Great selection of toys and games.
Angelo

Location

Westerleigh Cottage is located in the beautiful secluded village of Cowley, located in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire. It lies between the A417 and A435 roads between Cheltenham and Cirencester in the Churn Valley, and has a population of 333. The name originates from 'cow' and 'leigh', literally meaning cow pasture. Although incredibly peaceful and tucked away, Cowley is only a 15-20 minute drive to the Cotswold Regency town of Cheltenham and the cottage is also within walking distance of Cowley Manor Spa, perfect for a weekend of pampering!

 
 
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