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The Alms Houses

(Ref. 1120768)

Forthampton near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful, cosy and quiet cottage with all the essentials and an ideal location."

    This is one of the places we intend to return to.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great place to stay!"

    Really ideal property and nice and quiet. Great for the dogs and plenty of walks around!

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Alms house was delightful, clean and cosy."

    The property is set in a very quiet location with beautiful countryside views, perfect for couples travelling with a dog. The extra boot room attached to the back of the property was so useful for wet clothes and umbrella's. The house was comfortable and equipped with all that we needed. A lovely break away.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.1Sep 2023

  • "Thank you for the excellent customer service, the personalised card you left us and the treats in the hamper is a lively touch."

    The cottage is lovely and Mt dad enjoyed his stay, the only thing we could suggest is a BBQ would have been amazing to enjoy the lovely sunset with. Thank you again and I will be sure to recommend your cottage to any future family visit.

    Reviewed by Wijnand4.7Sep 2023

  • "Our stay in August was lovely."

    The cottage has been renovated recently to a decent high standard and the owner has gone beyond with the small but very welcoming touch's. The location is really nice, peaceful and the views and Church right by the cottage are just amazing. As the listing states you can't park outside but your car is left off the road and is accessible down a short walk through the church grounds. The local attractions are really good. Tewkesbury Abbey and The John Moore Countryside Museum in Tewkesbury is a must, if you can book a tour it's really good. Boat trips along the Avon is a must too.

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Aug 2023

  • "We have just returned from a weeks stay at this property and highly recommend for anyone looking to get away from it all."

    The location was just perfect, quiet and relaxing, yet only a short drive away from the lovely town of Tewkesbury, which has a great selection of cafes, shops, pubs, restaurants and a great chippy. The house has everything you could need to make your stay relaxing, and the little extra's that were provided to make our stay just that little bit special, were very welcome. If taking dogs, there are some lovely local walks right on your doorstep. We all agreed that we would love to come back again as we enjoyed our stay so much.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a pleasant stay at the Alms cottage."

    A beautiful setting and lovely views from the garden. The cottage was central to a lot of the places we visited such as Gloucester cathedral. Thank you for a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Jul 2023

  • "We absolutely loved staying at the Alms House."

    The location was perfect. So peaceful and quiet. The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable. The bath was amazing! The location was ideal to get out and about to discover the various counties. We would definitely recommend this beautiful house. We will return in the future.

    Thank you Karla for your glowing review and so pleased you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back anytime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karla5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is a beautifully renovated property."

    The attention to detail is excellent - all kitchen equipment and facilities that were needed were there. The location is stunning - lovely views all around. Access to the address wasn’t an issue for us, but could be more testing for others as access is via the church drive and cars need to be parked back on the main road.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x queen-size, 1 x twin (can be linked to create a king size)
  • Ground-floor bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Boot room/dog kennel
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available upon request
  • Roadside parking
  • Lawned garden and patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome (please no dogs upstairs)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 16:00, checkout by 10:00
  • Note: The property is situated on a hill
  • Note: Please make sure the sofas do not roll back onto the radiators for fire reasons
  • Note: Please do not use disposable barbecues
  • Note: The church driveway is narrow and therefore can only be used for unloading, parking can be found at the bottom of the drive on the other side of the road
  • Note: Pets are not allowed on furniture or upstairs

The property

Tewkesbury 3.7 miles.

This beautiful property sits in a stunning churchyard location at the top of a hill in the tranquil and unspoilt village of Forthampton.

Architecturally distinctive with unique features, The Alms Houses was designed by William Burges, known as one of the greatest Victorian Arts and Crafts architects, and provides an idyllic base for a family of four and their canine companions seeking a base in the Cotswolds.

Park up at the bottom of the drive and walk past the church and just beyond lies a series of houses.

Enter at the rear into a purpose-built boot room/dog kennel where you can dry off your furry friends and sort out your walking attire before heading inside.

The kitchen is well-equipped and features delightful, light blue tones throughout, providing all the necessities for a home-cooking – there's even a dishwasher so you won’t have to lift a finger when cleaning up!

Gather in the dining room to enjoy the fruits of your labour before collapsing on the sofa as the woodburner gently warms the space.

Completing the ground-floor is the family bathroom, featuring a freestanding bath and walk-in shower, so you can best decide how to freshen up.

The bedrooms sit upstairs but are accessed via separate staircases at either end of the cottage; the master houses a queen-size bed whilst the second room offers twin beds that can be joined to become a king-size.

Make the most of the spacious garden as you relax on the patio furniture or wander the idyllic church grounds and marvel at the views overlooking the Severn Vale Malvern and Cotswold Hills.

Forthampton is a quiet village with numerous footpaths running through, some of which start from the cottage.

Just under two miles away is a hearty pub, The Hunters Inn, with the Michelin starred Butchers Arms slightly further away in Eldersfield, whilst there is a fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés, takeaways, pubs and supermarket in the nearby town of Tewkesbury.

This charming market town is also home to a weekly market on Wednesday and Saturdays, a medieval abbey with a Romanesque Tower that dates back to 1121, along with John Moore Countryside Museum and the Tewkesbury Battlefield, a must for those keen historians.

Ledbury is nearby and offers a range of quality eateries from cafés to high end restaurants, Cheltenham is further afield and is famously known for its racecourse, whilst there is also the fascinating Pittville Pump Room and The Wilson Museum which holds a fascinating selection of art.

Those holidaying with children can visit Toddington Railway, offering a 28 mile roundtrip, whilst the Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park offers a chance to feed lambs and those older children will appreciate a visit to Gloucester Cathedral, famously used in Harry Potter.

Walking and cycling opportunities come in abundance, with the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds AONB easily accessible, plus there are the charming destinations of Worcester and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The Alms Houses provides a truly fantastic retreat, whatever time of year.

Please note that this property does not accept check-ins on a Wednesday

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


  • Cheltenham 9.2 miles
  • Gloucester 11.2 miles
  • Malvern 14.1 miles
  • Ledbury 17 miles

A historic riverside town located on the confluence of the River Severn and Avon, retaining medieval character with an abundance of half timbered Tudor buildings. Tewkesbury is renowned as having one of the best medieval Black and White townscapes in the country, boasting over 350 listed buildings of historic interest set in a conservation area. The town has a stunning 12th century abbey with the highest Norman tower in England, several museums, a Heritage Centre as well as a plethora of individual shops, tea rooms, restaurants, pubs and wine bars. The town plays host to country and farmers' markets, musical events and Vintage and Food Fairs throughout the year. Many lovely walks can be enjoyed from the town with both the Severn Way and Shakespeare's Avon Way running close by. Nearby the regency spa town of Cheltenham, boasts historic Georgian architecture and an incredible range of shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions. Other festivals in this vibrant town cover literature, jazz, science, cricket, food and drink and comedy to name but a few! The racecourse plays host to the annual, world famous Gold Cup races, as well as numerous other horse racing events throughout the year. The historic city of Gloucester offers Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and a magnificent Norman cathedral, whose cloisters where used as a location in the Harry Potter films, plus a bustling city centre. The magnificent Royal Forest of Dean, Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the beautiful World Heritage city of Bath, Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and many unspoilt Cotswold towns and villages all make for a great day out.

Please note that this property does not accept check-ins on a Wednesday

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas