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Spa Changing Rooms

Lower Swell, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1091260)

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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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48 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was so wonderful and cozy."

    The perfect get away in these weird times. We loved every second of our stay.

    JaneDec 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely, really clean and there was everything you could possibly need in the kitchen."

    Lovely sized garden and views. Bathroom was incredibly clean especially given recent times. Parking was nice and easy and the local village is a 2 min car journey away. Really quiet area. Claudia

    Nov 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay, and it's with noting there is s footpath from the cottage all the way up to Stow, which is great for a meal or drink out."

    Runs and walks in the countryside possible from the front door step.

    JonathanOct 2020

  • "Great stay in a lovely cottage!"

    Extremely well equipped and bigger than expected from the photos. Lovely view from the garden.

    JessicaOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage which was very clean and great location."

    HannahSep 2020

  • "Small but perfectly formed."

    A cosy cottage that was immaculately clean and came with some nice touches such as firewood for the log burner. The main road entrance may not suit everyone and the garden is steep at the back but this is clear in the details. The view out back is fabulous and unexpected.

    TimSep 2020

  • "Had a brilliant stay!"

    Cottage has a lovely garden with a fantastic view. Easy walk into the local town too. Would definitely recommend.

    NicholasAug 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay here, all the amenities we required were available and the location was perfect for both Bourton and Stow."

    Thank you!

    SianJul 2020

  • "Lovely weekend stay with friends in this Airbnb."

    The beds were very luxurious!

    EllenJul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, well presented with nice touches."

    JaneMar 2020

  • "We had a perfect weekend at this lovely cottage which has a well stocked kitchen, cosy wood fire, great shower and cloud-like comfy beds."

    Nigel and Jane were easy to contact and quick to sort the one issue we did have. Would definitely recommend!

    BroganMar 2020

  • "Great location and a lovely cottage with suggested walks to Bourton on the Water!"

    AneesaFeb 2020

  • "We loved our stay at this wonderful cottage!"

    It's really well equipped with good quality fittings, appliances, crockery and cutlery. The owners went out of their way to make it baby friendly which made our holiday really easy, thank you! It's also in a great location to explore the Cotswolds.

    PamelaJan 2020

  • "Beautiful property, very well appointed and comfortable."

    Everything you need to be able to relax and enjoy your stay.

    DavidJan 2020

  • "We spent a long weekend at the Spa cottage and had a great time."

    Gorgeous venue and near a beautiful village - Stow on the wold - so much to do!

    Catherine NiglasNov 2019

  • "Charming cottage in the Cotswolds."

    We loved the area and appreciated the highchair and pack n play being all set up for us when we arrived. Had an absolutely magical stay.

    KatrinaOct 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for myself and 2 friends."

    Great location. Cosy and warm. Comfy beds and a lovely bathroom.

    ClaireOct 2019

  • "Charming place in the middle of a wonderland."

    We enjoyed every moments here. The house was very well prepared.

    DorottyaOct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very convenient location. Beautifully maintained. Attention to detail for all the equipment and little extras. Garden at the rear opens up to fantastic countryside views. Great place to stay

    SianSep 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Lower Swell."

    The cottage was peaceful and quiet, with lots of beautiful locations nearby and guide books to help you with your stay. We particularly enjoyed a long sunny evening in the garden watching the sheep. A lovely home away from home for 5 friends to catch up. Thank you!

    RobynAug 2019

  • "A wonderful little cottage ."

    Very well equipped. The seating area at the top of the garden has lovely views and is perfect for a BBQ.

    ZoeAug 2019

  • "The cottage is full of attentions and top equipment to have a good time whatever the weather."

    It is also well located to discover the Cotswolds.

    SandrineAug 2019

  • "A stylish and comfortable cottage."

    Perfect location for local Cotswold attractions and pleasant country walks.

    VadreAug 2019

  • "My wife and I and our three daughters had a wonderful time at the cottage."

    The amenities are great with a very well appointed kitchen with high end touches. We cooked a wonderful dinner one night. The view from the back patio table is a nice scenic Cotswolds landscape including some close by but shy sheep! Location is convenient to Stow on The Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, and other nearby sites. The bathroom is much nicer than the one at my house and also stocked nicely. Extra touches like slippers made it really comfortable. It is not a huge cottage but it is fabulous. Hosts and communications were spot on, all details made it easy our visit. Highly recommended.

    BrianJul 2019

  • "It was such a great experience to stay at Spa Changing Rooms, we smoothly self checked-in."

    Clearly guided everything that we need. We enjoyed a peaceful holiday here. We love this cottage and really want to recommend it to other travellers.

    TaoJun 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time at the cottage!"

    The whole space was charming and had everything you might need for your stay (including the coziest towels!). We especially enjoyed sitting on the back deck as we enjoyed breakfast. It was a great location for seeing many of our favourite Cotswolds sites. Totally recommend!

    HeatherJun 2019

  • "What a charming gem in the Cotswolds ."

    This cottage is warm and cosy, filled with numerous thoughtful and charming touches. Our hosts were very attentive and so easy to deal with. Highly recommended.

    LynJun 2019

  • "Great location, lovely cottage and garden with view over the fields."

    In the midst of some lovely walks with great pubs en route.

    MarkJun 2019

  • "Great space in an ideal setting."

    This was our first visit to the Cotswolds and we didn't really know where to stay or what town would fit our needs best. The Character Cottage - Spa 2 - was fabulous! Very old and interesting building, but completely renovated and updated with every modern thing you'll need. The bedrooms and bathroom were excellent, and the kitchen was small, but had everything you can imagine, even in induction cook-top! The view of the sheep pasture out the back is stunning - this time of year we saw like 100 little lambs, adorable! Highly recommend this place for a small group or family of 5 like ours.

    RyanMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the world."

    TomMar 2019

  • "Great spot, near villages in area."

    Pub down the road. Awesome petite furniture which matches the space perfectly.

    JacobMar 2019

  • "A great stay at Character Cottages, the house is very quaint with all the modern amenities and touches that you could want."

    The house had everything to make for a perfect weekend including tea and coffee and all that was needed to easily get the fire going.

    JordanFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a convenient location."

    Would definitely stay there again.

    GraceDec 2018

  • "Clean place, perfect for a small family or girls weekend."

    Expect great extra touches, ample space to relax and a fully stocked kitchen set for cooking wonderful meals. Nigel and Jane were wonderful hosts! The space was beautiful and well kept. Everything from available firewood to soap extras were perfect! The neighbourhood was perfect as well. We wish we had more time to enjoy the town.

    AlexandraDec 2018

  • "An exceptionally well equipped cottage."

    SueOct 2018

  • "We had the most amazing stay!"

    It was a fantastic location and we really enjoyed walking down to the pub. We took our 4 month old bub and were so touched that they had a baby bath, change mat, towel, travel cot, rubber ducky and toy all at the house it was such a great touch and many properties I looked at wouldn’t even accommodate babies so this was fantastic. House was brilliant we didn’t cook as we were out and about but great applicants and washing machine. House was spotless and really well kept. We will be back! Thanks so much.

    SophieOct 2018

  • "Thanks to our host Jane and Nigel, we had a wonderful time staying in your charming n beautiful cottage."

    We stayed for a week n love every moment of it. We especially like the backyard view, the well equipped kitchen, the tastefully decorated interior and all the little personal touches throughout the cottage. We hope to return again in the future.

    The Soon FamilySep 2018

  • "We loved our stay at the Spa cottage."

    What a charming place!! It’s obvious that it is well taken care of as every detail has been well thought out. It’s a perfect jumping off point for exploring the Cotswolds. We walked for miles and stopped at so many wonderful was lovely to come back to the cottage and have a meal and relax with modern conveniences. The only (very tiny!) negative was that the road out front gets quite busy during the morning and evening and can be a little loud. It wouldn’t stop us from staying again though. We loved all of the history provided by the owners, as well. It was fun to learn about the origin of the Spa Changing Room.

    MarlaJul 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage in a wonderful location."

    The cottage is excellently equipped and has many thoughtful touches to make your stay homely and comfortable.

    JenniferJun 2018

  • "Very comfortable, modern and extremely well-equipped accommodation in an excellent location."

    GilesDec 2017

  • "The spa changing room is one of my favorite places to stay."

    It's not too far from stow on the wold by walking. The cottage is managed very well, in every single detail, such as the torch for darkness, umbrella for raining day etc..we really enjoyed our stay and experience a different way of living in UK. Definitely would like to be back.

    FengOct 2017

  • "Spa Changing Rooms exceeded our expectations."

    The cottage was picturesque. The location perfect. Just minutes from Stow on the Wold. I would definitely come back.

    MegOct 2017

  • "First Class."

    Everything that you could require on site. Clean, Comfortable, and in an ideal spot.

    ChristineSep 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage, impeccably presented, glorious views from back garden."

    Really convenient for Stow on the Wold. Highly recommended.

    ShaunAug 2017

  • "The cottage was smaller than it looked in your photos, but that's usually the case."

    However, it was lovely and very comfortable and not overly decorated, which made it possible to bring in all our stuff and not have the cluttered feel. The beds were very comfortable with very nice quality linens, with the added benefit of being able to store our luggage underneath. The bathroom was a joy. The cottage was exceptionally equipped with all one could need and a very workable kitchen. The view in back (my main reason for booking this one) was absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The owners put a great deal of personal thought into this cottage.

    LynnJun 2017

  • "Exceptionally clean."

    Lovely little cottage. We had a terrific time! Jeanne Jermyn

    Apr 2017

  • "Is cottage has been evaluated under the Visit England Quality in Tourism scheme and awarded 4* Gold, reflecting the latest annual inspection."

    More information can be found by reference to the websites of both Visit England and Quality in Tourism.

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This property is part of the Character Cottages collection.
Specialists in stylish, contemporary and characterful Cotswold cottages

The property

Spa Changing Rooms is an eye-catching, historic looking grade ll listed cottage, located between the bustling market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and Lower Swell.

Beautifully restored, this former Spa is one of three cottages originally erected over 200 years ago to rival spa facilities in nearby Cheltenham and Bath.

Step into the property directly into the sitting room which has beautiful exposed beams, flagstone floor and exposed Cotswold stone with a warming woodburning stove to warm yourself on a cold winter day.

Make use of the window seat and peer out of the historic feature windows whilst enjoying a warm mug of tea.

The well-equipped kitchen provides everything you need for your stay and has lovely exposed beams and smart granite worktops.

An original stairway leads down to the cellar which is visible from the kitchen, giving sight to the original springs for the spa – the cellar is not accessible to guests.

Once you’ve cooked up a storm in the kitchen, gather with your guests in the dining room that houses a stunning long case clock and distinctive preserved and framed original leaded windows, giving a real historic feel to the property.

When sleep calls, head up to the first floor where you will find two lovely, bright and characterful bedrooms, both containing king-size beds, one of which can be changed to twin beds on request, and one boasting beautiful rural views.

The bathroom hosts a stunning toll-top bath, perfect for total relaxation after a long day.

Heading up to the second floor, you will find bedroom three in the eaves of the cottage; a characterful room, housing a single bed and admirable exposed beams.

The garden can be accessed via the French doors in the dining room and is predominantly lawn, with a sweet decked area to the rear, hosting seating for six, parasol and barbecue, overlooking the rural views of Abbotswood Estate.

You will find plenty to do in and around Lower Swell; the village itself is a village and parish, located on the River Dikler, just over one mile from the popular and bustling market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and was developed around the 17th century and holds a lot of history.

Neighbouring market town Stow-on-the-Wold is home to plenty of amenities including tea rooms, individual shops, pubs, restaurants and art galleries.

If you want to discover the history of Stow, take a walk around the market square, where you will find the town stock at one end which dates back to the 15th Century and is shaded by an old Elm Tree and at the opposite end, you will find the ancient Market Cross, originally erected as a symbolic reminder to traders of the times to deal honestly and fairly.

St Edward’s Parish Church is known for its enchanting looking tree surrounding the doorway and it is here you will find a memorial of those who fought in the last Civil War.

Further afield you will find Bourton-on-the-Water which is a village straddling the River Windrush, it’s known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses.

Make a visit to Birdland which is home to over 500 species of birds including parrots, owls and king penguins, plus life-size model dinosaurs, or discover a miniature replica of the Cotswold-stone village at The Model Village.

There are plenty of walking and cycling trails in and around Lower Swell for you to discover, so pop on your walking boots and explore the local area.

For a fantastic trip to the Cotswolds, stay at Spa Changing Rooms.





  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x first floor king-size doubles (one of which can be changed to twin on request), 1 x second floor single
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs, Blu-ray, DAB radio, WiFi, selection of garden games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, high chair and 3 x stair gates available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.6 miles

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About the location

Lower Swell

Lower Swell is every inch the classic Cotswolds village. Surrounded by rolling countryside this is quintessential Cotswolds in many ways. A cracking local pub is literally around the corner (run by a local brewery) along with a host of beautiful buildings including a pretty church. As you'd expect there are many walks into the surrounding countryside. As the cottage is located on the way 'out' of Lower Swell it is also very close Stow on the Wold, which is about 1 mile away, a 10 min walk up a foot path.

Region Information

Note: We politely request that guests are courteous and considerate towards the neighbours, keeping noise to a sensible level. Due to its proximity to the local neighbours, this property is not suitable for parties. Note: Guests should take care to ensure that the front door to the cottage is not left open, as it is close to the road. Note: This is an old, Grade II* listed property and has many character features, including narrow and fairly steep stairs, low beams in the kitchen, and low doorways, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility. Note: Though the cellar can be seen through glass, it is not accessible to guests. Note: One of the king-size rooms can be changed to twin on request.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • 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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