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The Small House

Near Bourton-On-The-Water, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1087933)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "An absolutely stunning house in a beautiful quiet village."

    Everything was perfect.

    Many thanks Bruce, glad you enjoyed your stay, hope to see you again. very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by BruceApr 2022

  • "A beautiful and comfortable property in a pretty village."

    A real home from home. Highly recommend

    Thank you for the feedback , we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by MozApr 2022

  • "Lovely quaint cottage, log-fire, AGA and low ceilings (of which the top of my head is still suffering :) )."

    The garden is also great for guests with (o without!) dogs, just watch out for the visiting pheasants! Everything in the cottage is top-notch helping our stay be even more enjoyable. Village is very quiet with a friendly welcome awaiting in the local inn... Only two very minor gripes; we're not sure guests, who are not particularly tech-savvy, get on with Now TV for terrestrial TV channels (as there seems to be no TV aerial?) and the patio area of the garden could do with a proper sweep or spring-clean...maybe with the onset of spring this maybe on the agenda anyway... Finally, thanks to the owners for the basket of goodies...nice touch!! Well don all, even the weather was fantastic with not one drop of rain for the whole of our stay. Mark & Liz Buontempo, Dan the Spaniel & Daphne the Mini-Dachsund

    Thank you for the feedback , glad you found the cottage top notch and met the local wildlife, we have regular visitors, the joy of the countryside!. The TV instructions using Apple TV are contained in the info pack we sent ,if in doubt or you need support you are always welcome to call us. Apologies the patio needed a sweep , as it is a walled garden in the patio area sometimes when it has been windy leaves can collect. We have a gardener attend the house every week. I will check with the turnover team. Glad the weather was glorious for you and hope to see you again in the future. Very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "This cottage is home from home."

    It’s beautifully designed and has everything you need for your holiday. Delightfully comfortable beds, 2 bathrooms and a further downstairs toilet and a fully equipped kitchen with the added bonus of a boiling water tap. The garden is also fabulous and a great place to chill on a sunny evening looking across the open fields. Superbly located for touring the Cotswolds.

    Thank you- lovely feedback and really appreciated- we have tried to make it home from home so everyone can relax and enjoy without worrying about anything. Hope to see you back soon. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by DarrenMar 2022

  • "A really charming house in a beautiful setting with lovely gardens."

    The owners have paid great attention to detail with decor and furnishings so it is very comfortable (including the beds) and well equipped. Only thing missing was a cafetiere (pod machine only) but I am assured that there is one now in place!! Our visit was a delayed Christmas get together with family, there were 4 of us (adults). May have felt a little tight if there had been 6 (adults), as the 3rd bedroom is quite small. All in all though a great place for a peaceful and relaxing break. We would return.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay, appreciate the feedback ,it all helps! the cafetière is now in the kitchen with the coffee machine!!- hope to see you again soon. very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2022

  • "We stayed in this superbly furnished and quaint cottage for our holiday with our children and our dog."

    Everything was provided for us and decorated to such a high quality. We had cosy nights by the open fire where the firewood was provided. The beds were so comfortable and it was lovely to cook a hot breakfast on the Aga! Full of wonderful details including a lovely welcome basket full of treats! It felt like going back in time. Not only was the cottage a perfect stay but the location also. Just up the road was The Lamb Inn which provided delicious pub classics (best to book a table) along with friendly staff, it was also dog friendly. We did a wonderful walk around Great Rissington and took in the views down by the River Windrush. The local villagers were all so welcoming as well. Further afield we made day trips to Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold where we explored lots of antique shops and sampled many cream teas! We wouldn't hesitate to return.

    Many thanks for your feedback much appreciated, the surrounding area is peaceful with the lovely pub up the road! Glad you found the house comfy too. Look forward to welcoming you back Very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "Beautifully appointed house oozing with old-world classic Cotswolds charm, beautifully complimented by modern luxury touches, thoughtful styling details and all the creature comforts you could need."

    Set in an idyllic location with far reaching views, walks from the doorstep and within easy access of neighbouring towns like Bourton-on-the-Water it’s an ideal base for exploring the area. The owners do ask that you strip beds & take out the rubbish on the day of departure, ahead of a 10AM early check out. We were happy to do this but if we were to make one comment it would be to perhaps allow for a slightly later check out to reflect the request and make things a little less rushed for guests. That said, it was a real treat to stay at this gorgeous property. Would very happily return!

    Many thanks for your feedback, we are so pleased you enjoyed the house and surrounding area. Noted re check out time, we also have a lot of guests who request an earlier check in which we try to accommodate too , whilst still allowing enough time for the turnaround team to make everything nice for the next guest. Appreciate you taking the time out to review the small house and look forward to welcoming you back soon. best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebbieFeb 2022

  • "An simply outstanding, dog friendly home!"

    We booked a long weekend away for birthday celebrations and we’re certainly not disappointed. The Small House is an exquisite option when visiting the Cotswolds. Clean, characterful, spacious and located only a stones throw from many Cotswolds attractions, with ample private car parking and a lovely local pub to walk to. Whilst we explored areas surrounding The Small House during the days, our evenings and early mornings we’re spent cosied by the fire or strolling the garden. The dining table was laid beautifully, where we enjoyed a lovely home cooked dinner one evening and stunning home decor every corner that caught the eye. Customer service and communication was also impeccable, making this experience even better. Highly recommend this stay & will certainly return. Thank you so so much.

    Thank you so much! really pleased you enjoyed your stay in the house and the surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming you back Very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by EmiFeb 2022

  • "Thank you for an amazing holiday."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and cannot wait to book again. The house is beautiful, the grounds have stunning views and we felt very lucky to stay in this beautiful place. We all slept amazingly well and found the size of the property just perfect. The hosts provided thorough information and were very helpful. With regards to stripping beds and putting towels in the bath, for us this is common courtesy wherever you stay but considering we are still battling covid we fully support this. Thanks again and see you soon.

    We are so pleased you had a lovely stay and appreciate the feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back. very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeonFeb 2022

  • "A really beautiful property that had everything you could wish for provided."

    A few simple changes could make it a totally dog secure place. Over all I would say, a fantastic place. ( mind you're head) old cottages do have head room problems.

    Thank you Robert, much appreciated, thanks for taking the time out to review. Very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertJan 2022

  • "The Small House was absolutely beautiful, quaint, cosy and homely and was exceptionally well equipped, it was like home from home."

    The owners have paid such great attention to detail in the house and we were welcomed with a lovely and thoughtful welcome pack when we arrived (thank you) The location was just perfect for getting out and about in the Cotswolds with superb local walks right on the door step. The Lamb Inn just a short walk away does the most amazing food and the staff were so welcoming and friendly (dog friendly too) There was nothing nicer than to return to The Small House after a long day, light a log fire and sit in with our feet up and a glass of wine. We will definitely return.

    Thank you Jayne, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Small House and the surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming you back, it is a home to enjoy in every season. Very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by JayneJan 2022

  • "Beautiful and spacious cottage in a wonderful quiet village."

    Superb facilities and very homely! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Dog friendly too

    Thank you James, appreciate the feedback and really pleased you enjoyed your stay , hope to see you again soon. Regards Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesJan 2022

  • "Great little property."

    Clean and tidy with all amenties to hand. Lamb Inn 500 yards away is a superb little pub, food is fantastic. Gardener very helpful. Drive way is a little tight. Didn't like the fact that you had to strip the bedding when you pay over £200 per night. Overall nice place

    Thank you Andrew for taking time the time out to review ,it is very helpful feedback It is great to have a super pub in walking distance of the house Hope to welcome you back in the future. Very best Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewJan 2022

  • "Fantastic house."

    Did not want to leave and can’t wait to go back. House was even more beautiful than I expected.

    Thank you for your feedback Lisa ,we are so pleased you enjoyed the cottage , look forward to welcoming you back soon- happy 2022. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaDec 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, very well equipped, spotlessly clean, updated to an exceptional standard and in a quiet village location."

    Thank you for your feedback, we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to welcoming you again Very best Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x King size bedrooms, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven, halogen hob and AGA, microwave, fridge, coffee maker, washer/ dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stoves and open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars with additional parking available roadside
  • Large rear garden with patio area, log burners, gas barbecue, furniture and lawn and enclosed terrace
  • Two small well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £350
  • Note: Please ensure dogs are kept downstairs and in the kitchen at night
  • Note: Due to the properties age there are low ceilings, please take care
  • Note: There are two steps leading down into the double bedrooms, please take care
  • Note: Gas canisters for the barbeque aren't provided at the property

The property

Nestled near Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire is this superb three-bedroom 17th-century listed building, The Small House.

Boasting a fabulous location within the 'golden triangle' of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning interior full of character and a private garden with fantastic views over the Windrush Valley, The Small House is the perfect dwelling for a group or family of six looking for their next Cotswolds escape.

Park up on the spacious driveway which can accommodate three cars, before unloading your bags and stepping into your new home-from-home.

Be welcomed into the spacious sitting room, traditionally-decorated with authentic exposed wooden beams and original stone flooring dating back centuries, where you can look forward to curling up on the plush sofa with your favourite tipple as you select your favourite show from the Smart TV whilst the rustic open fire crackles nearby.

When stomach’s start to rumble, make your way through to the well-equipped kitchen, stocked with exquisite glass and tableware, to whip up flavourful meals with the help of the electric cooker, AGA and fridge.

Gather around the dining table for six to savour a delicious meal, or if the weather is nice, make dinner an alfresco affair and fire up the barbecue on your private patio, with fine log burners for when the evening cools.

Completing the ground-floor is a handy cloakroom, ideal for avoiding the morning queues!

Climb the stairs to the first floor where you will find three well-presented bedrooms, two doubles and a twin, each supplied with sumptuous high-quality linens and served by two bathrooms, one with a beautiful free-standing bath and a generous supply of Molton Brown toiletries for an indulgent soak, the other with a walk-in shower for those refreshing rinses.

The Small House is excellently located within the 'golden triangle', within easy reach of vibrant towns for shopping sprees and a wealth of attractions, yet you can look forward to retreating back to The Small House to escape the hustle and bustle.

Journey to the popular market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, where the quaint streets are lined with boutique stores, eye-catching art galleries and a host of elegant wine bars, providing the perfect stop-off for a well-deserved drink.

For a family-friendly day out, venture further afield and visit Adam's Farm, the home Adam Henson, famed as the best-known farmer in the UK following a string of appearances on the BBC's Countryfile, where you can come face-to-face with cute farm animals, let the little ones burn off some steam at the adventure barn, or simply take in your picturesque surroundings with a wander through the magical woodland trails.

Explore the local area and head over to the idyllic village of Bourton-on-the-Water, where you will find a charming selection of eateries, each serving tasty hearty meals, perfect for those evenings where you don’t feel like cooking!

A wander through the village will also find a plethora of welcoming shops, the Cotswold Museum & Toy Collection, The Model Village, The Dragon Fly Maze, the expansive Birdland Park & Gardens which features over 500 birds and The Cotswolds Brewing Company, where you can pick up your favourite tipple or sample the local delights at a tasting.

Just a short drive away is Northleach, home to a beautiful park and playground as well as the fascinating Old Prison, a Grade II listed building which now houses a café which serves delicious breakfasts and lunches, here you can also tour the former cells and a courtroom.

Additionally, the medieval town of Burford rests nearby, on the banks of the River Windrush, home to a handsome high street, an impressive church and scattered with ancient houses and buildings, this makes an idyllic day out.

Be sure to visit Daylesford Organics Farm for a superb selection of delicious restaurants, as well as the award-winning farm shop for fresh ingredients!

For the keen walkers in your party, the Cotswolds boasts some of the best walks offering incomparable views, including the famous Cotswolds Way which spans 102-miles starting at Chipping Campden and ending at Bath Abbey.

Just a little further, you will find the delightful town of Chipping Norton, well-known for its Diddly Squat Farm Shop which featured on the hit TV show, Clarkson’s Farm, as well as its local history museum and excellent selection of amenities.

For an escape to the Cotswolds like no other, choose The Small House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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