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The Old School House

Lower Swell, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1091150)

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "The house is cold ."

    The heating system is poor and the radiators either tepid or cold . The weather was warm for this time of year circa 12 degrees . If it had been colder the house would have been freezing, There are convector heaters supplied and a wood stove needed to use all the time to keep the place warmish . Many windows are old and draughty. The hot water needed an immersion heater on as otherwise there was not enough water . The furnishings , carpets and decoration are generally old and tired . The two bedrooms up a very steep flight of stairs were freezing and unsuitable for young children especially as there is no bathroom facility there . The TV is old and not connected to the wi fi so it’s free view only . The wi fi is appalling and is intermittent at best or non existent at times so we had to use our own mobiles . Generally the house is ok but we would not stay again or recommend it for winter use . The garden is unkempt and had not been touched over the winter months . Overall it’s very expensive for what it is . The house needs some capital spending on it to make it a luxury stay at these prices .

    Reviewed by NigelDec 2021

  • "We had a fantastic weekend catching up with friends in a relaxing environment!"

    The wine and chocolates were much appreciated. Your house was full of character, well presented and clean.

    CatherineNov 2019

  • "Great location in the Cotswolds."

    Has everything you need for a weekend away with a group - Lovely cosy cottage in a good location. Very well equipped with everything you need. Very clean and comfortable.

    AlisonNov 2019

  • "The house was ideal for our requirements having a 3 month old baby and six adults."

    As the house divides in two we could have the parents and baby in one side and the other 4 adults in the other side. Lr Swell is an idilic village with a very good pub serving good food and within walking distance from Stow.

    PhilomenaSep 2019

  • "The owner was great in answering all our questions and on arrival the property was well stocked with everything you could need."

    The welcome wine was appreciated! It is a great base to explore on foot, on a bike or even by horse. I would recommend this property!

    KatherineJul 2019

  • "The house was perfect for a group of friends looking for a lovely weekend in the Cotswolds, and the owners were very obliging and kind."

    MirandaMar 2019

  • "This is a fantastic property very nicely presented."

    There was loads of room for our stay and really well kitted out. All the advance correspondence was thorough and very detailed. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and would highly recommend this House to anyone considering it.

    SteveJan 2019

  • "This a fabulous property in a great location."

    Walking into Stow is easy and all accessible via public footpaths. Some great quirky shops and wonderful pubs, you are literally spoilt for choice. We also loved the local pub which is about 3 minutes walk from the cottage and does the most amazing Sunday lunch. The cottage is very well equipped and has everything you need. An separate toilet would be advantageous with a large group as there are 2 but both in the 2 bathrooms which if being used creates an issue. All the bedrooms were lovely. The double bed in the room above the kitchen is very, very small though. A full sized double bed would be better even if it takes up more of the floor space available. All in all we had a great weekend and made some wonderful memories. The owner was really helpful and I would definitely go back.

    SharronNov 2018

  • "Excellent place to stay for a family weekend in the Cotswolds."

    Comfortable and well-appointed house with a pretty garden and plenty of space for parking.

    DeirdreMay 2018

  • "Yes we had a brilliant time."

    The house was perfect for 4 couples and 3 children – total 11. The only criticism was that there was no shower, other than over the baths! But would definitely go again if opportunity arises.

    RebeccaNov 2012

  • "The Old School House is absolutely beautiful."

    We literally could not believe our eyes when we got there. Very well appointed and gorgeous furnishings. It felt thoroughly indulgent! I was there for a hen-do and we all had a wonderful time. The spacious lounge and huge tv were perfect for a girls movie night, and since the weather was so glorious we also made good use of the bbq and beautiful outdoor space. I haven't got a single bad thing to say about this place. I was very sad to leave. -

    Jul 2012

  • "Yes, we very much enjoyed our stay."

    It was a perfect location and a lovely house. Exactly as described, it was very well equipped and had all the facilities we were looking for. Also, it was very welcoming with the owner providing some wine and snacks for us when we arrived. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again and/or recommend. Thanks! - James

    Jun 2012

  • "Very spacious and comfortable cottage."

    Owner was very helpful too. Thank you. - .

    Feb 2012

  • "I like the fact that there were in effect 2 self-contained bedroom wings which is ideal for 2 families wanting their 'own space'."

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    Dec 2010

  • "Excellent place in an excellent location."

    Two minutes away from Stow which is a beautiful town - .

    Aug 2010

  • "Immaculate."

    A beautiful setting for an exciting weekend away with good friends. Lots of space. Helpful and friendly owners. Everything we needed was there for us, and more. We had a really lovely time staying here, and would strongly recommend it to anyone - one of our party members is already planning a similar do there next year! - .

    Jul 2010

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

The property

Nestled in the picturesque countryside setting of Lower Swell, and offering sleeping arrangements for 12 guests, The Old School House makes for the perfect family or group holiday.

The Old School House has been thoughtfully renovated and dates back to 1869, where it was originally built for the school mistress.

It holds many character features which have been graciously complimented by contemporary decor and amenities.

Upon arrival at The Old School House, you and your guests can park up to five cars on the driveway and make your way to the door at the rear of the house which opens directly into the spacious and bright open kitchen/dining room which is the heart of the house and is the perfect space for socializing.

A handy utility room is located adjacent to the kitchen.

Moving through the ground floor you will find the sitting room which boasts a warming wood burning stove in a large fireplace, and offers a homely place for you and your loved ones to relax and catch up The layout of the upstairs is unique and quirky; the bedrooms are accessed via two different staircases.

A door from the dining room leads you to the staircase to the first floor where you will find two characterful bedrooms and a shower room.

Both bedrooms benefit from inviting double beds and one contains a convenient additional single bed, perfect for families.

Moving back downstairs and into the sitting room, a second staircase leads you to the other first floor where you will find the stylish master double bedroom and a bathroom containing an ornate roll-top bath and ornamental fireplace.

From the landing on this floor, you will be taken up a third staircase and onto the second floor where you will find two further double bedrooms, one accessed by the other and with the addition of a single bed.

You are spoilt for choice at The Old School House!

Once you’ve rested for the evening, make your way downstairs and cook up a hearty breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen.

When the weather is kind, enjoy some time in the enclosed garden, which has a lovely patio area overlooking the church in Stow-on-the-Wold and features seating for eight and a barbecue.

The lawn area has pretty flower beds and shrubs and provides the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee.

One-mile from The Old School House you will find yourself in market town Stow-on-the-Wold, where there are many amenities to enjoy.

The market square is the heart of the community and offers boutique shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as the Farmers’ Market which every second Thursday of each month, featuring inviting local produce.

As one of the highest Cotswold towns, Stow-on-the-Wold features many cycle routes and picturesque country walks, boasting beautiful rural views.

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.

Choose The Old School House for your next country getaway with your dear ones.





  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 2 x first floor double (accessed via different staircases), 1 x first floor double with single bed, 1 x second floor double, 1 x second floor double with single bed
  • 1 x first floor bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC, 1 x first floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freesat and home cinema system, 2 x iPod docks, WiFi, telephone
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x high chairs and cots available
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Patio and lawn garden with furniture seating 8 and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 4 min walk

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Tewkesbury 5.9 miles; Cirencester 14.7 miles; Stratford-upon-Avon 30 miles;

Cheltenham is a town in Gloucestershire and lies beneath Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds and above the vale of the River Severn. It is known as 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'. This edge-of-the Cotswolds spa town is hard to beat for refined elegance and Regency terraces, annual festivals, Ladies' College and racecourse. Also fortnightly farmers markets, classy shops and restaurants all surrounded by glorious countryside. The town is home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. It's also known for Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, a remnant of Cheltenham’s past as a spa town. There's fine art at The Wilson museum, and the Victorian Everyman Theatre has an ornate auditorium.

Region Information

Note: The Old School House is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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