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Japonica Cottage

Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire (Ref. 988652)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "We would like to recommend you to tell that you have to pass one bedroom to go to the bathroom or upstairs."

    Reviewed by JosApr 2022

  • "Great little cottage, everything you need for an excellent stay and location is perfect."

    Thank you for your feedback. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Japonica Cottage and we hope to welcome you back one day in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LyndaMar 2022

  • "Its a beautiful period cottage with a slight modern twist."

    Everything you want and more, with a added conservatory, laundry room and private parking, a must in Bourton. We also have a dog so the shared garden at the back was a welcome addition. We've stayed in both Japonica and Newbury and both were as impressive. We will definitely be booking again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ScottOct 2021

  • "The cottage is in a fantastic location."

    On site parking a bonus. Dog friendly so my little yorkie could join us. He also had the best time. The place was very clean and we had everythingwe needed. In terms of self catering it had the best kitchen utensils of any where we have stayed. Thanks for a good stay

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, It's always wonderful to hear when guests have enjoyed staying and it's a great spot to visit. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2021

  • "Who ever stays in this cottage need to know that the road outside is very busy and noisy on a morning."

    And if you are over 50 should know it’s a rope to get you up and down the stairs.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay at Japonica. We do mention the steep stairs on our website, but will add the comment about the rope as a hand rail on also. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RoySep 2021

  • "A fantastic stay in a beautiful setting."

    It was a home from home and we were all extremely comfortable and happy. Even our dog loved it! The cottage had everything we needed. It was clean and tidy, had an abundance of information and it was lovely to receive a little box of chocs on arrival - thank you. In a great location, I would definitely return and have already recommended to friends and family. My only little complaint was that some of the insides of the bedroom drawers were a little dusty and some of the kitchen cabinets/draws may need a little clean on the inside. On the whole we had an epic stay and would not hesitate to book again. Thank you

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you had a good stay and that even your dog enjoyed it! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DanielleJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, only drawback is the stairs, as we come to Bourton on the water every 2 years and as we are getting on in life we will not be able to stay in this cottage again which is a shame."

    Perfect position for walking into the centre of Bourton (3 minutes). Good to have a garage and not to have to worry about parking. Would recommend this cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm pleased that the cottage was able to meet you expectations and you had a lovely time there. Unfortunately, the stairs in these cottages can be rather steep but we hope it didn't cause too much of an issue during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2021

  • "Perfect holiday rental, great to have parking space, comfortable, meals in conservatory very pleasant place as was being able to sit outside in the sun."

    Bourton on the Water the very best location. BMB and JB Durham

    We are pleased to hear that Japonica Cottage is the perfect holiday rental and you were able to enjoy the weather! Property Owner

    Reviewed by BernardJun 2021

  • "Far too many emails from Sykes given that the booking was for one single week!"

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your recent stay at Japonica Cottage. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JenJun 2021

  • "Property is situated on a through road so some traffic is to be expected at peak times - although it was quiet at night."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Japonic Cottage had every thing we required for our one week stay, hope to revisit in the spring of 2021."

    All shops, pubs and resturants all within easy walking distance [5 mins] plus there our some nice walks just on the outskirts of the vllage.

    We hope to welcome you back in the Spring! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GeorgeOct 2020

  • "The stairs are very steep and the lock on the conservatory door is temperamental but apart from that we were very impressed."

    Bourton on the Water is delightful. A great place to tour the Cotswolds from and although it was very busy all the shops and attractions had excellent social distancing arrangements in place. The cottage is delightful and very well situated.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on Japonica Cottage. We are glad to hear that you were impressed with the property and you were able to enjoy the Cotswold. The stairs are steep and it does state in the description for the property. We will inform the owner of the temperamental lock on the conservatory. Many Thanks Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineAug 2020

  • "We had a brilliant time at Japonica Cottage."

    It was comfortable and cosy but with everything we needed. There is literally nothing we could complain about just perfect. And just a few steps away from the most beautiful town in England. Thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely comments on Japonica Cottage and we are pleased to hear you had a brilliant time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by StevenAug 2020

  • "It was a wonderful cottage and we had a very relaxing week."

    Thank you.. we are really pleased you had a lovely break away. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2020

  • "We all enjoyed our stay at Japonica Cottage w"

    Reviewed by MarcusFeb 2020

  • "Overall the quality of service was very good."

    One thing that could be improved relates to the lack of flexibility around check-in and check-out times; this can be tricky to manœuvre around when carrying luggage. I understand that this is a general comment that would apply to all cottage rentals; however addressing that point would make you stand out.

    Reviewed by EmilySep 2019

  • "We have now spent 7 weeks in Japonica which speaks for itself."

    It is a perfect location for a Cotswold holiday - plenty of pubs/restaurants just across the green, within easy reach of all the attractive villages and National Trust properties, and a good bus service into Cheltenham. Bourton itself can get very crowded, but there is so much else to see in the surrounding areas. Took the train from Moreton-in-Marsh to Oxford this time, and spent the day hopping on and off the open-top bus - a brilliant day out.

    Reviewed by CarolMay 2019

  • "Wow!! It just gets better"

    . This is the 4th time we have stayed at Japonica Cottage in Bourton in the Water in the last 5 years. We all absolutely love it!! It is such a cosy, clean cottage and can thoroughly recommend. We will be definitely going again next year.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "Nice short break with friends."

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2019

  • "Had a lovely short break here."

    Cottage is cosy and everything you need. It's like home from home. Village is beautiful and plenty of walks for the dog. Hope to come back in the future.

    I, L And K

  • "Lovely to be back for our second stay in Japonica."

    We've revisited all of our favourite places and the cottage is a lovely home from home to come back to each day. Everything we need is here - we'll be back in December!

    Mr And Mrs H

  • "This is a wonderful place to stay."

    I have extremely enjoyed staying here and the location is beautiful.

    C, C And E

  • "Beautiful cottage and village."

    Cottage is very welcoming, clean and contains everything you need. Very comfortable. Lovely walks around the area and lots of shops/pubs restaurants to enjoy.

    E And P

  • "A lovely holiday."

    Bourton is a lovely village which we've visited many times over the years. Japonica made an excellent base for exploring. Very cosy. We'll definitely be back!

    Mr And Mrs R

  • "We had a wonderful week here in the Cotswolds."

    This cottage is very cosy and equipped with everything you need for a small break. We felt very much at home

    J And E.

  • "Good standard for the price"


  • "Beautiful village and a lovely place for a short break, cottage is lovely and felt like home."

    Had some lovely walks and scenery is amazing.

    N And L

  • "“Had a great week in Japonica Cottage, an ideal place to see the Cotswolds from."

    We will definitely return.”

    Steve And Lynn (Durham)

  • "Our first stay in Japonica."

    ..the cottage is so welcoming after a day out...we have had a lovely week - many thanks. We'll be back!

    Mr And Mrs H.

  • "Another visit since that hot week in June."

    Cottage is great. We'll be back again soon.

    T And P

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week in Japonica, a very relaxing cottage, an ideal garden for our dog, good parking facility and position in the village, couldn't have been better, close to walks and eateries."

    T And P

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, first visit to the Cotswolds and thoroughly enjoyed it."

    T And L

  • "A beautiful cosy cottage that had everything we needed for our stay."

    The cottage was bright, clean and airy.

    Mrs King

  • "Good facilities & excellent location so close to the village."

    Mr Sommerville, .

  • "“We have really enjoyed our stay in Japonica and Bourton on the Water."

    The cottage has truly been a home from home. It was clean and had everything we needed. The girls especially enjoyed the garden and climbing frame. We have all loved our stay, will recommend to our friends and family and definitely come back.”

    Anna, Michael, Antonia And Alyssa (Birmingham), Easter

  • "“Have had a wonderful time here at the cottage and as always in this beautiful village."

    It is very good to know that there are still a few cottage owners that will allow us to bring the dogs too!”

    Yvonne And Paul (Ipswich)

  • "“Cottage is lovely, had everything we needed and in a great location”"

    John And Sarah (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)

  • "This was our first visit to the Cotswolds."

    Japonica provided a lovely base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings. What a wonderful little place. We leave with lovely happy memories with the family.

    Mr. N

  • "Another lovely holiday here, been to our favourite places plus going to the Cotswold Wildlife Park well worth a visit."

    Mr And Mrs. R

  • "What a lovely time we had in Japonica and the Cotswolds."

    The cottage is so cosy, warm and quaint. A typical English Country Cottage and the beds are so comfy we didnÂ’t want to get up. We had a wonderful traditional Christmas and would definitely come back again.

    Julie, Dominic And Carris Philpot

  • "Very comfortable, clean, cosy cottage with everything you need for your stay\ \"

    Mrs Lane

  • "Its in the heart of bourton but you can easily get away from the hustle and bustle if you want."

    Its a cosy, clean cottage and feels like home - mind you we have been there 3 times in 3 years. Mr Kitchen, April 2017.


  • "“Had a lovely week again this year."

    Weather beautiful and a good base to stay.”


  • "“A very well equipped, clean cottage."

    A really good base from which to enjoy the many lovely walks. Hope to return again in the near future.”

    Terry, Tricia And Jenny (Norfolk)

  • "Japonica cottage was very clean and well equipped and was everything we could have wished for to make a fantastic holiday."

    Please thank the owners and housekeeper.\ \ \ Manor cottages were extremely helpful both via internet and when I called from Australia.\ \ \ I can think of no way of improving either the cottage or your web site.

    Mrs Smith

  • "Japonica Cottage is perfect as a base within easy reach of everything."

    The fact that the owners obviously love it and spend time here shows in the care that has gone into decorating and equipping the cottage, it has a wonderful cosy, welcoming atmosphere, we love it and hope to return!

    Mr. & Mrs. B.

  • "The cottage itself was great and suited our purposes perfectly"

    Mr Kleinfeldt

  • "Cottage was clean and in fantastic location."

    Mr MacDonald

  • "We wanted to be able to walk to restaurants and shops, so we liked the fact that Japonica was in the village, while having close proximity to footpaths and “the country."


    Mr Hart

  • "Ideal location and period cottage accommodation that is pet friendly."

    Mr Greenwood

  • "The cottage was as described so no disappointments there ."

    .... the location was great as it was at the quiet end of the\ \ \ village... the facilities were good and everywhere was clean and fresh......our friends were delighted that wifi was available (put this in your advert!!) Liked the no fuss no demanding rules just a relaxed place to visit where you respected the homely atmosphere.

    Mr Sykes

  • "A beautiful cosy cottage that had everything we needed for our stay."

    The cottage was bright, clean and very comfortable. Particularly enjoyed the conservatory. Cottage is in a fantastic location with so many walks right on the doorstep.

    Mr And Mrs K

  • "Excellent!"

    Mrs T

  • "Have had a really fabulous time, the cottage is fabulous, central to all areas, we really love the area of Bourton on the Water, we will definitely be returning."

    DonÂ’t want to go home, so beautiful here, lovely, lovely, lovely. Thank you.

    Julie, Martin And Thomas Hayes

  • "The cottage was clean and comfortable."

    Having a conservatory added enjoyment to our stay

    Miss Heath

  • "Traditional cottage in a central location for walking which allowed dogs"


  • "A beautiful cosy cottage that had everything we needed for our stay."

    The cottage was bright, clean and very comfortable. Particularly enjoyed the conservatory. Cottage is in a fantastic location with so many walks right on the doorstep.


  • "This was our first visit to the Cotswolds."

    Japonica provided a lovely base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings. What a wonderful little place. We leave with lovely happy memories with the family.


  • "The cottage was lovely and well equipped."

    Mrs Runham

  • "A lovely few days in the Cotswolds."

    ....the cottage was again warm and well equipped.

    T, T And J

  • "“We last stayed in Japonica Cottage 8 years ago."

    We had a lovely time then and the cottage is even better now!”

    Helen, Iain And Kirsty

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor double, 1 x second floor twin
  • First floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning effect electric fire
  • Conservatory with dining area
  • External utility
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  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freesat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Shared patio area with furniture and separate shared lawned area
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Access is via a narrow driveway between 2 properties, if this not suitable for your mode of transport please note alternative unrestricted parking can be found on street nearby on a first come first serve basis
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Second floor bedroom is accessed through the first floor bedroom via steep stairs, this may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: Stairs to first floor are steep which may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

The property

Japonica Cottage is a delightful country cottage based in Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire.

Set in a row of five cottages, this charming holiday home is the ideal property for small families.

The interior is very welcoming, with the living room boasting a fireplace and exposed beams makes a divine spot for relaxation, with a dining area for foody get-togethers and patio doors opening onto the garden.

With the conservatory boasting a lovely stone wall and a dining area, where you can enjoy quality family time.

With the kitchen offering modern fitted units and sleek worktops with an attractive tiled design.

The first floor is home to a double bedroom and the second floor has a twin, with a range of wooden furniture to house all your personal items.

To the rear is a shared patio area with a table and chairs provided, and is a real sun trap!

With a separate lawned garden and the nearby River Windrush.

In the nearby attraction of The Dragonfly Maze, your little ones can get involved with this garden maze with its puzzle holding 14 fun-filled hidden clues to work out - both parents and kids can get involved.

Japonica Cottage is ideal for a short break or cosy holiday.

Please note this property is next to a Church.

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About the location


Stow-on-the-Wold 4 miles; Moreton-in-Marsh 8 miles; Chipping Norton 13 miles; Cheltenham 15.5 miles.

Located in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the historic village of Bourton-on-the-Water dates back to Neolithic times with over 100 buildings being Grade II listed or higher. The picturesque high street nestles alongside the River Windrush over which several low stone bridges span, which is why Bourton-on-the-Water is known as the Venice in the Cotswolds. Tradition states that an annual football match is played in the summer, in the River Windrush with the banks lined with spectators, with the aim to score as many goals as possible and get as wet as possible! The village has an eclectic range of visitor attractions, including The Model Village, Cotswold Motor Museum, Birdland Park and Gardens as well as a Dragonfly Maze, monthly farmers’ market as well as many tea rooms, an artisan bakery, antiques and craft markets, traditional sweet shop, cycle hire and its very own perfumery. Nearby, Stow-on-the-Wold, originally an Iron Age Fort, epitomises traditional England. This ancient market town has played host to many fairs since the 12th century and today holds a biannual Gypsy Horse Fair, craft fairs and monthly farmers' market. The vast market square boasts an ancient cross at one end and the village stocks at the other, surrounded by an elegant array of Cotswold stone townhouses, antiques shops, tea rooms, traditional pubs, award-winning restaurants and its very own cricket museum. Also take a visit to the medieval town of Burford for a great day out where you can enjoy a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. The Saxon market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and the quintessential English village of Broadway are both within easy reach and make a great day out. The spa town of Cheltenham is, architecturally, the most complete Regency town in England with an incredible range of shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and pubs, it is famous for its horse racing festival in March, culminating in the Gold Cup steeplechase. Oxford, the oldest university city in England and sometimes called The City of Dreaming Spires has an abundance of prestigious attractions, including the 38 colleges of the university (half of which date back before 1600), the oldest university teaching room, the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, and Botanic Gardens. Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Worcester and the waterfront city of Gloucester are also all within easy reach.

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Region Information

Note: Second floor bedroom is accessed through the first floor bedroom via steep stairs, this may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

Please note the hand rail up the stairs is a rope type rail.

Note: Stairs to first floor are steep which may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
Pets welcome at £25

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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