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Willow Vale

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a lovely cottage and the criticisms I have are quite minor but would make a difference."

    The most notable thing really was the curtains in the middle double room , the housekeeper had left a note saying she couldn't reach to hook the curtains back up, but unfortunately it wasn't the hook ups, but the tape on the curtains was completely worn and ripped so couldn't be hooked up. The blind also in the upper room is broken and can't be shut , so that means that room couldn't be used really . (This had also been noted by the house keeper) .My hubby managed to secure them so that the light could be kept out as best as possible, one of the pulls on the drawers is also broken, and the handle comes off in your hand! Again a minor thing but of note. A full length mirror would be a bonus maybe on the back of a door and as a self catering cottage a griddle pan would be magic. Apart from these small issues the cottage is lovely, well positioned and we had a fab stay . Will definitely come back Pub is very friendly too !

    Reviewed by Steve3.8Feb 2024

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and village!"

    The children's bedroom was wonderful with a great addition of books and toys. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom is a good size. The walls in the kitchen / dining room could do with a paint, a lot of marks on the walls and damp by the back door. The garden was big and the kids enjoyed the swings but its a shame that the garden isn't attached and no gate so we couldn't let the dog out on his own. The curtain in the double room needs some attention, some of the hooks are missing so it doesn't hang properly. Don't let these comments put you off, it's well worth a visit!

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Willow Vale. It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time at the cottage and thank you for letting us know these little things, we will pass this onto our Managed Services for review. We would love to welcome you back again in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mel4.4Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfectly picturesque village - so pretty that we kept seeing tourists driving up to take photos of the church, green, and our cottage."

    Property was clean and comfortable. Plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the shower. Beds were comfortable. Kitchen was modern and had most things that we needed. The property felt quite cold initially (even at the end of April) and the electric central heating took about 24 hours to warm up the property - and bring slippers for the cold stone floor. So definitely put the wood burning stove on if you want the property to get cosy quickly. I think the bedroom on the first floor only has a double bed rather than a king size (as is listed in the description). Property does technically sleep six people, but the lounge is quite narrow and not large, so I think we would have struggled with a party of six. But overall we had a lovely time.

    Thank you for your constructive comments and suggestions. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great location and comfortable cottage."

    Would suit family with kids, perhaps not toddlers as garden is not in view of the cottage and is up some steep steps. A couple of minor issues we found: Coat rail in hall is loose and falls off the wall. Needs properly fixing to the wall. Fixtures seem to be upside down. No Mop - there is a bucket and holder, but no actual mopping cloth/head. And no cleaning liquids, disinfectants etc. With dogs and kids it would be nice to be able to ensure stone floor is clean. No door mats. External lights, front now working (just needed bulb changing, which we did) but back light is not working. So it’s hard to navigate steps and paths in the dark. Particular issue in winter with dark evenings. Would be good to have a cafetière to be able to make coffee. Otherwise all good and great location.

    Thank you for providing this thorough feedback which is much appreciated. We're glad that you found the cottage comfortable and loved the location. Thank you also for highlighting some issues which we have passed on to our maintenance team. We hope these didn't impact your stay and that we will be able to welcome you again. Best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pam3.1Feb 2023

  • "What a lovely little cottage in a perfect location for exploring the cotswolds!"

    We had 3 young children who loved all the little toys and books. It’s a well laid out cottage that has everything you need to make your stay comfortable Would definitely recommend ❤️

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Willow Vale and time in the Cotswolds. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Dec 2022

  • "Back door handle Carpet needs cleaning"

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Sep 2022

  • "A quality property that met all of our needs, I don’t do recommendations but ..."

    A quality property that met all of our needs, I don’t do recommendations but would in the case of this property - all aspects

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay at Willow Vale. We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing! Such a beautiful home in a picturesque setting."

    The property had all the equipment, appliances and comforts of a fully functioning home. It is walking distance to the local friendly pub and many walking tracks. Short drive to the shops in Broadway. We all had such a lovely stay and would love to return.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Willow Vale. It's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at the house and we hope to have you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caira5.0Feb 2022

  • "E had a lovely weekend at this cosy cottage."

    It's a perfect size for a small to medium family. The wood stove is excellent, the kitchen is well-equipped and there is a garden up the top for kids to play and the parents to have a nice drink in the late afternoon. The owners must use it for their own family as there are lots of toys and books for the kids, local info and walking maps for the adults, and the cottage has a nice lived-in feel. The location is perfect, close to Broadway, Bourton and Stow but off the tourist trail. Snowshill village is just gorgeous - very small and not too busy, just a few instagrammers outside the church. There are fantastic walks around, a really nice and interesting National Trust, Broadway tower just up the road, and the relaxed pub has a great beer garden with a playground for the kids.

    JenniferApr 2021

  • "Character Cottages were very responsive to our needs and questions."

    The house was pristine, with milk and shortbread left for us in the kitchen. I would definitely be happy to rent from them again.

    JulieApr 2021

  • "Wonderful views, peaceful location, cosy warm and well equipped house, we had a wonderful stay and enjoyed our first family trip to the Cotswolds immensely."

    NancySep 2020

  • "A very cosy cottage with a beautiful outlook to the church and distant views beyond."

    The interior has been tastefully done and is all in good order. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    DianaSep 2020

  • "Lovely stay, fab location and comfy beds!"

    JessicaAug 2020

  • "Such a comfortable and pretty house in a beautiful location."

    The beds and bedding were so comfortable. The house equipped with everything you could need, along with children’s books and a selection of games. Behind the house lies an elevated garden, perfect for star gazing or an early evening drink! The village of snowshill is so picturesque with a church and a local pub. Can’t wait to book again, next time in the winter!

    NaomiJul 2020

  • "Quaint and well situated two story cottage in the heart of the Cotswold's."

    HenryJul 2020

  • "Cute little place to stay!"

    NatalieJun 2020

  • "The property is gorgeous, fantastically situated and a really comfortable place to stay, from the gorgeous hidden garden, the very well equipped kitchen to the local guides left for your use."

    Would recommend to anyone!

    JackJun 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, perfect location for our young family and loads of baby and kid essentials are provided."

    Already booked to return in Septembers, what more can I say!

    EmilyMar 2020

  • "My family and I had an amazing week exploring the Cotswolds and this cottage was a perfect place to relax and enjoy the calmness of the area."

    Highly recommended.

    RicardyJan 2020

  • "Cosy cottage with real log burner, beautiful location and comfortable furnishings"

    RichardNov 2019

  • "We had a lovely two weeks stay in the cottage."

    There is so much to do within an hours drive we didn’t get to do it all and the cottage was very well set up for children including high chairs, travel cot, plastic ware and of great relief with a baby, two stair gates! A quaint little village with tourists wandering around on foot rather than lots of traffic and buses which made it much quieter than neighbouring Broadway.

    KristineJul 2019

  • "Everything was great."

    Calm, tidy, nice neighbourhood...! We want to stay again.

    MayakoJul 2019

  • "We had a lovely time at the Willow Vale cottage."

    It was clean, charming and cosy. No complaints at all. Would definitely recommend.

    HayleyJun 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Willow Vale."

    Exactly as advertised. Amazing location with great hiking nearby. Would definitely return.

    TomMay 2019

  • "Wonderful stay with my family in what we found to be the most scenic and idyllic town in all of Cotswolds."

    Everything surpassed our expectations, especially the fantastic location and how updated the interiors of this historic cottage are.

    MeiMay 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Willow Vale."

    We had my parents and our two kids and there were some lovely little touches for young children like toys and dvds. The area is stunning and we loved enjoying nights in the cottage and lovely sunny afternoons in the garden!

    FionaApr 2019

  • "Lovely clean cottage with everything you might need ."

    Perfect location in a lovely village

    VeronicaApr 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage in a very quaint village."

    Stylish decor and lovely bedrooms. Lots to do nearby and also only 40 mins from Warwick Castle which was a fab day out with 3 kids.

    AmandaMar 2019

  • "We loved this cottage - it was perfect - it lived up to our expectations in every way."

    Highly recommended, we'd love to come back!

    TimMar 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size (one second-floor), 1 x child’s bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, cafetière, wooden dining table with seating for six, hairdryer
  • Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi, selection of DVD’s
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x highchairs, cot and stair gate available
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Shared service area, leading up to a small garden with a picnic table and children’s play area
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.1 miles, pub 0.1 miles

The property

Willow Vale is a beautifully presented cottage, tucked away in the heart of Snowshill, overlooking the beautiful church of St Barnabas, and is just a short walk from the popular country inn ‘Snowshill Arms’.

Willow Vale is the sleeps six guests and is the perfect retreat for a gathering of friends or family who are seeking a relaxing countryside break.

A patio pathway leads you up to the front door of the property which opens into a convenient entrance hall, leading directly into the open plan living space, which is perfect for the whole family to socialise when the chef of the group is rustling up the evening meal, as you all retreat to the wooden dining table to enjoy your meal before you delight in a relaxed evening watching a film courtesy of the DVDs on offer, with the warmth from the woodburning stove keeping you snug.

When the night draws to a close, tuck the little ones up in the bunk beds, and head to either the bright and spacious king-size bedroom located on the same floor, where you can wake up to views overlooking the church, or up a further flight of stairs into the master bedroom in the eaves, which also boasts views overlooking the church, has sloping ceilings, exposed beams and is home to a king-size bed.

In the morning, make use of the cafetière and make a warming mug of coffee to enjoy in the fresh, crisp morning air outside sat at the picnic table in the main garden, whilst watching the children play on the swings.

Once you’re ready for the day head over to Snowshill Manor and Gardens and grab yourself a snack and coffee in the café to enjoy whilst walking around the stunning gardens, home to the Preist’s House and further into the manor itself you will find an array of snuff-boxes, suits of armour, masks, musical instruments and you can finish off your day with a heart-warming meal at Snowshill Arms which is a classic Cotswold old world pub with a large lawned garden and beers from a small Worcester brewery.

This chocolate-box village sits atop the escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland and Laverton and allows visitors to enjoy the glorious countryside, open vistas and lovely woodlands which fall within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also close to the popular Cotswold market towns of Chipping Campden, where you can have a leisurely walk around the 17th century Market Hall in the centre of the town and visit the East Banqueting House which is just a little further on, as well as Moreton-in Marsh and Winchcombe.

For a holiday you will not forget, stay at Willow Vale.

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About the location


Broadway 3 miles; Moreton in Marsh 7 miles; Stow on the Wold 9 miles.

Snowshill village sits on the top of the escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton. It is a secluded village where ancient pretty cottages and a 19th century church cluster around a small green. As its name implies - if there is any snow about then you will find it here first.
Snowshill is renowned for its manor house, now administered by the National Trust. The Manor was owned by Winchcombe Abbey as early as 821, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. It was at one point part of Katherine Parr's marriage dowry, although she probably never visited. The house passed through many different hands and the way it has been added on to at different points in its history reflects this. The northern end of the house is the oldest surviving part, dating from around 1500, still medieval in its design. It was extended and reshaped in around 1600 but it was the additions by the Sambach family in the early part of the eighteenth century that from one viewpoint radically altered the aspect of the manor from an Elizabethan to a Georgian house.
The village is also home to a wonderfully unspoiled fifteenth century inn - The Snowshill Arms.
If you're feeling energetic, and are in the village over the summer months, then wander 3/4 mile up through the village and visit the famous lavender fields.
The fame of the village has increased in recent years with many tv and films using it as a beautiful location - the most notable of which is probably the filming of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Note: For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.

Note: Due to its rural location, guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.

Note: The property’s garden is not enclosed, therefore young children and dogs should be supervised outside at all times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas