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13 Bowbridge Lock

Stroud, Gloucestershire (Ref. 975028)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "I could not find a grill pan!"

    Found the setter a little uncomfortable after a while. However a very nice cottage to stay in. Would not hesitate to return, if going back to area.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday."

    This property is not just a holiday cottage, it’s a beautiful and obviously much loved home. It was spotlessly clean and everything was provided for our comfort. The little garden was a delight and we enjoyed the peaceful views, up and down the canal, from the balcony. It was an easy walk into town and an even easier one to the local pub! We hope to return in the future. Thank you Linda.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "This is a great place to stay, exceptionally comfortable with attention to detail."

    The balcony on the first floor and the patio garden are delightful. We returned a second time and were not disappointed.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Lovely property, very comfortable with thoughtful extras including plenty of bin bags, dishwasher tablets etc."

    The property is in a good location with a manageable walk to the town. Would happily recommend to family and friends

    Reviewed by AilsaApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week away, and a big part of that was where we were staying."

    It's in a lovely location with great views of the canal and the hills, and the living room is super cosy in the evening. We'd be more than happy to come back here again, and we'd have no issues with recommending this as the perfect base to explore the southern Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by NevilleMar 2022

  • "Lovely house, perfect for us."

    Beautifully clean, very well equipped and great walking from the door. We used our car some days, but could easily have managed without one as the house is very close to Stroud which has good shops and bus services.

    Reviewed by LesleyMar 2022

  • "A lovely town house so close to the Cotswold canal and with everything you might need and more."

    All this makes for a very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2022

  • "Extremely helpful owner, the cottage was beautifully kept and very well furnished."

    The kitchen was really well equipped. The view from the window of the canal was really relaxing, even better in summer.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "This is a lovely property, recently upgraded with new large Kingsize bed in the main bedroom, wonderfully appointed main bathroom and everything you could want for a comfortable time away."

    The owner Linda was very welcoming with the kettle on when we arrived and happy to show us around the property. It is a real bonus to be able to wake up and open the curtains to see swans, ducks and other wonderful wildlife on the canal. We especially liked sitting on the patio with our morning coffee. There are plenty of interesting places to walk to from the property especially along the towpath. Linda has a huge selection of information regarding the area and it was really helpful. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by BarbaraFeb 2022

  • "My stay at 13 Bowbridge Lock was fantastic."

    The owner, Linda, was so kind and helpful from start to finish and obviously takes great care to keep the cottage at its best for anyone who comes to stay. The cottage has lots of room while still being cosy - a great combination. The kitchen was very well-equipped and everything worked beautifully. The new upstairs bathroom is lovely and I now dream of having a similar shower at home some day. The large living room area became a multipurpose space for me for daily yoga/pilates/T'ai Chi, quiet reading and study, and then movie/TV-watching in the evening. The setting of the cottage right on the canal is an amazing feature - to have the towpath and all its connections to other footpaths up to Rodborough Common right outside the back door along with the natural setting was so ideal for me as a walker/hiker and amateur photographer. Yet it was still only a 10 minute walk to all the shops and Saturday market in the centre of town and to the rail station - so convenient. I had no car for the two weeks of my stay in Stroud but with the town being on the rail line and with so much to see within walking distance, I didn't miss having a vehicle at all. I hope to return to Bowbridge Lock again some day, maybe in a warmer month than November so I could also take advantage of the lovely courtyard as well as the balcony with beautiful views over the canal. An exceptional place!

    Reviewed by WendyNov 2021

  • "Very comfortable, well appointed accommodation in a great location overlooking the canal."

    We particularly appreciated all the information provided, especially the walking folder/book & maps. Lovely area with so much to explore.

    Reviewed by MarilynNov 2021

  • "Wonderful comfortable house with everything you need."

    Just a short distance from Stroud town and a supermarket. Plenty to do lots of walks and beautiful country side. The Bowridge arms is well worth a visit good food friendly welcoming staff. Would use this house again if in the area.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2021

  • "Lovely place and position so ..."

    Lovely place and position so Peaceful and yet within walking distance of stroud town centre lovely and warm again just to say so peaceful it really close to everything and saw kingfisher from window

    Reviewed by JOct 2021

  • "The locality and scenery"

    Reviewed by TerenceSep 2021

  • "Extremely enjoyable."

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2021

  • "Accommodation was spotlessly clean, comfortable and had everything you could need or want."

    It was within walking distance of Stroud and a short rail journey into Gloucester. Can't think of a single negative thing to say, well apart from the slightly dodgy weather at the start of our stay, but that's just British summertime!

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2021

  • "We had a great week in Bowbridge the house was perfect for 4 of us - easy walk ..."

    We had a great week in Bowbridge the house was perfect for 4 of us - easy walk in to Stroud - very nice pub 2 mins walk - House was warm and comfortable and mostly well equipped - bedrooms a bit small , lots of stairs in 3 storeys but very clean and up to date - particularly brilliant new bathroom with excellent shower The house is very handy for all sorts of walks which are detailed in some very good literature and guides provided by the owner - some very steep but a lot starting from the house's back gate on to the canal - perfect We visited Newark Park House(National Trust), Gloucester and the Cathedral and we also went to Oxford so the property is perfectly placed to see the sights of the Cotswolds and beyond Pete from Kelsall

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2019

  • "Lovely owners extremely comfortable cottage views from lounge beautiful walk along canal wonderful"

    Reviewed by KimOct 2019

  • "In terms of value for money this has been the very best cottage we have stayed in."

    The standard of cleanliness was exceptional - the facilities were first class everything you could possibly need was taken care of. Our host were lovely and they couldn't have been more helpful. The area is beautiful with lots of interesting places to visit - more than you could possibly do in a week! All in all a perfect week

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2019

  • "This townhouse is uncluttered and well thought out, the linens and furniture good quality."

    The position next to the canal is lovely, with both short and long walks on the doorstep. The courtyard garden is a suntrap, whilst the wildlife on the canal, ducks, kingfisher, dragonflies and the owls at night, very special. We enjoyed our break and wished we could have stayed for longer. Hope to be back again soon.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2019

  • "Wonderful homely feel in a great location right on the canal side."

    Delightful colourful courtyard sun trap. Very relaxing

    Reviewed by GraemeMay 2019

  • "Great location; especially good for those who wish to access easy walks that are ..."

    Great location; especially good for those who wish to access easy walks that are scenic, but on one level, avoiding energetic hill climbing (using canal towpaths)

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2019

  • "Excellent position with beautiful views along the canal."

    House very comfortable with everything provided. Warm welcome from owners. Good base for walking and visiting local attractions.

    Reviewed by MargaretApr 2019

  • "Excellent start to our UK adventure."

    House is ideally located on the canal tow path, very peaceful, comfortable and welcoming but close enough to walk into Stroud for the Saturday markets or some shopping. Bowbridge Arms is just a very short walk away and has great pub food at very good prices. Bird life is prolific, a pair of swans had taken up residence on the canal. We did train trips to Bath, Oxford and Gloucester and some really enjoyable day trips in the car. Would highly recommend 13 Bowbridge.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2019

  • "We have just spent a few days here at Bowbridge Lock, overlooking the quiet canal towpath."

    Lovely bird friendly small garden to sit in, or best the 1sf floor lounge balcony. We had lovely weather and enjoyed walks along the towpath. Had the weather been bad Linda has thoughtfully provded a large selection of books, games and DVDs to use along with a smart tv. I can fully recommend this property.

    Reviewed by JamesMar 2019

  • "All of it"

    Reviewed by DeniseFeb 2019

  • "The personal welcome by the property owner was a very positive experience and instantly we felt "at home"."

    The property was well maintained and the attention to detail was evident. The information sent prior to out arrival enabled us to plan activities for our short stay Many thanks to Linda.

    Reviewed by BeverleyNov 2018

  • "No everything was really good."

    Location excellent and very Friendly welcome.

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2018

  • "Perfect location, cosy townhouse."

    Close to the town centre, easy access to the canal for walks etc. The hosts let us in, were very friendly and were really accommodating with regards to checking in / out. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2018

  • "Superb accommodation- cosy, warm, welcoming and has everything you will need to make your stay memorable."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2018

  • "Fab house by the canal"

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2018

  • "Everything what we needed to make our holiday was there."

    ..would go again with no hesitation..

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2018

  • "What an idyllic place."

    the cottage was spot on ,everyone was very friendly we will stay there again . Thanks for everything

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2018

  • "A lovely, friendly couple who met us at the house and showed us around, very helpful."

    We had a very enjoyable stay and would very much recommend Bowbridge Lock as a lovely place to stay

    Reviewed by DianaAug 2018

  • "I had a voucher for discount but could not obtain it off this booking when I paid on line."

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2018

  • "The accommodation was very comfortable, clean, well-equipped and quiet."

    The setting was lovely beside the canal with a tow path to walk along just outside the back gate. A supermarket was within easy walking distance as was the town of Stroud. The owners were approachable and helpful. We would love to return some time in the near future.

    Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x King bed with Juliet balcony, 1 x twin
  • Large low level walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First floor sitting room with gas fire and balcony with furniture.
  • Gas central heating, gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear enclosed courtyard garden with furniture, first floor balcony with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 3 minute walk, shop 10 minute walk
  • Note: This property is not suitable for children under 12 because of the close proximity of water, the canal and lock
  • Note: Check in 4pm
  • Please note: property sleeps 2 people only

The property

This homely, terraced townhouse sits attractively on the canal side of Bowbridge Lock, just outside of Stroud in the Cotswolds AONB giving an excellent base to explore the glorious Cotswolds. Set across three floors and with a lovely interior, 13 Bowbridge Lock offers spacious accommodation for 2 people.

There are 2 bedrooms which give flexible sleeping accommodation. The ground floor occupies an immaculate, well-appointed kitchen/diner, a delightfully social spot to rustle up some food and enjoy mealtimes together. Head up to the first floor to discover the welcoming sitting room, dressed in soothing neutral colours and boasting its own balcony with picture-perfect views over the canal below; perfect for aperitif time. The second floor of this Stroud townhouse hosts two tastefully decorated bedrooms; the master bedroom with a King size bed comes with a Juliet balcony entwined with roses (yes, on the second floor!).

The second bedroom has two single beds. A newly re-fitted family bathroom featuring a large low level walk in shower, wash basin, toilet and heated towel rail completes the accommodation. As well as a fabulous balcony, this townhouse offers an excellent courtyard garden with furniture to make the most of the South facing aspect.

It faces out over the canal to enjoy all the wonderful wildlife; swans with cygnets, a mandarin duck family numerous mallard duck families, moorhens, Herons and Kingfishers. The back gate opens onto the Thames and Severn way giving miles of walking opportunities without having to use transport. Turn right on the towpath and there is a pub on the corner offering excellent home cooked food and turn left along the towpath to Stroud Brewery A further 15 minutes walk along the canal westwards you reach the amenities of Stroud, this wonderful market town is brimming with individual shops and eateries as well as the famous Farmers' Market.

As well as this marvellous town, you can visit other popular spots such as Gloucester with its cathedral, historic docks and waterways museum. Cirencester with the Corinium Museum, Water Park offering many water sports and with the Luxury De Vere Spa. Cheltenham is also well worth a visit with its music, Jazz, Literature Festivals and the famous races, which can be easily reached on the train from Stroud. The train station offers a direct line to Paddington. Come and stay at this unique canal side townhouse for a trip to remember.

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About the location


Gloucester 9.5 miles; Cirencester 13 miles.

The town of Stroud is known as the less commercial corner of the Cotswolds, a somewhat bohemian collection of buildings, squares and lanes, tucked into the green hills which once housed countless sheep during the town’s time as the centre of the Cotswold’s woollen industry. Today, Stroud welcomes visitors to its friendly cafes, quaint bookshops, independent shops and tempting eateries. Described by Jasper Conran as the ‘Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’, Stroud has a regular farmers' market, year-round programmes of music and theatre, a thriving arts scene and a state-of-the-art cinema. For simply relaxing, Stratford Park on the edge of town offers lakeside walks, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a museum. Head out of town to explore the five sweeping valleys which surround it, with country lanes just made for walking or cycling.

Region Information

Note: This property is not suitable for children under 12 because of the close proximity of water, the canal and lock.

Note: Property does not accept workmen bookings. It is for holiday purposes only.

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