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Carter's Cottage

(Ref. 1091366)

Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage in a fantastic location."

    Took about 10 mins to locate the cottage and parking either side of the narrow lane (shepherds row)was easy. Lounge was lovely but did get cold despite a roaring fire so the small heater was a welcomed touch. Fab to have a downstairs toilet. The kitchen was well equipped and only had one hiccup when the fridge door tray fell but thankfully nothing spilt. Rooms were lovely and comfortable. No problem with the dogs in the garden as there were 2 gates before the lane.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Carters Cottage. It's lovely to hear you had a wonderful stay and thank you for the feedback. We would love to welcome you back again very soon. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison3.8Jan 2024

  • "There are some outstanding housekeeping issues."

    Broken blind in kitchen and drawers in fridge door need attention. Microwave would not pass a PAT test as there is exposed metal. Kitchen doors need attention as previously reported. Mattress in bedroom sinks in the middle.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Carter's Cottage. We are sorry to hear your stay wasn't up to our usual high standards and we will pass on your comments to Managed Services for review/action. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith2.2Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable and cosy in an excellent location but in need of some very basic maintenance I."

    E. kitchen drawer broken, light not working in utility room and electric blow heater not working Small issues only which wouldn’t prevent us from returning

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Carter's Cottage. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for providing feedback. We will arrange for Managed Services to look at these points. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole4.1Nov 2023

  • "Rather dark but cosy well equipped ideal location"

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Oct 2023

  • "A very lovely cottage felt at home ideal location and great for the dogs it was ..."

    A very lovely cottage felt at home ideal location and great for the dogs it was very comfortable with all that you needed close to the center of town

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Carter's Cottage. It's lovely to hear that you and your furry friend had a lovely time at the cottage and it is located in a great position to view the Cotswolds. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2023

  • "No issue with cottage, which was really good, issue we had was trying to contact ..."

    No issue with cottage, which was really good, issue we had was trying to contact the housekeeping /maintenance query line, we rang the number given twice pressing option 2 and just listened to endless music, gave up in the end and sorted it ourselves

    Thank you for your feedback, we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed Carter's Cottage. We are sorry you were unable to get hold of anyone, this is unusual and we will certainly look in to this thanks to your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Cotswolds again soon. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2023

  • "Being very close to all the amenities in the village is a big plus."

    We did not find the parking a problem. There were plenty of places to park within a few steps of the cottage gate. Our stay was on the hottest weekend of the year and unfortunately we didn’t find a fan until day 3, but there was one available. We were disappointed and surprised to receive an email, only after we had left the cottage, giving details of how we had been expected to leave it. No information about this had been given in the information folder in the cottage. There were a considerable number of jobs requested which ordinarily would have been done by cleaning services, in my experience. Given the surprise email from Sykes cottages at the end of our stay I would be hesitant to book the accommodation again.

    Reviewed by Alvan3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a great stay at beautiful Stow on the Wold and the weather was glorious."

    Carters Cottage is very pretty with a nice enclosed patio garden to sit in. We parked easily at the top of the lane near the derelict cottage and there was parking on Wells Lane. The cottage was generally well equipped and the beds were comfy but it could do with a bit of a clean. Very dusty in parts, kitchen floor was grubby and we found numerous hairs on the toilet pedestal and plinth into the shower, unfortunately indicating it hadnt been properly cleaned. I'm sorry to have to point these things out but, as a fellow holiday cottage owner who does the changeover personally, I would think this is the minimum to expect to provide for guests.

    Reviewed by Ann3.4Sep 2023

  • "Such an adorable cottage located in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold."

    I would definitely recommend staying in Carter's Cottage!

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again. Best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great location."

    Nice little enclosed garden, perfect for one small to medium sized dog. Walls could do with a repaint and carpets a little grubby. Bottom shelf of fridge had been damaged and sellotaped previously. There was no warning of this and we did not spot it had been sellotaped. We filled the bottom shelf then later opened the door and the shelf fell out along with all that was in it. This needs looking at as potentially dangerous. Kitchen well equipped and bathroom very nice. Generally, a great stay.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay, and like the garden and location. We're sorry to hear that there has been an issue with the fridge and this has been reported to the Property Manager. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim3.8Jun 2023

  • "Nice cottage with a lovely enclosed garden, in a great location for Stow, no parking at the property, but plenty really close by."

    Could do with providing more crockery/glasses, there were only 2 of us and we were continually washing up. Also, should provide a key for the front door, directly in to the utility room, to save going through the kitchen all the time. Would def recommend the cottage though

    Thank you for your feedback and suggestions. We will pass these onto the Property Manager. Thank you for recommending, we hope you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philippa4.4Apr 2023

  • "Oh what a disappointment!"

    What was shown in the information as a relatively bright and sunny cottage turned out to be a dark and poorly maintained building. Being surrounded by other buildings little natural light entered the lower rooms and we had to have the lights on all the time. For us the worst thing we discovered was the erratic heating with a controller that was not working. The radiator in the double room was out of action completely. As for the king bed room, it was like an oven, and the bed should have been replaced long ago. There is nothing worse than sleeping on a worn mattress. The promised log for the fire were absence. The instructions for use of the television were totally inaccurate as it had to be turned on at the back, not by the controls. We did contact the agent on the Sunday of our holiday and they visited on the Monday but apart from a delivery of logs there was nothing that could be done during our visit. There was also the dirty oven and the mould on the shower tray. I think what made us laugh, and not for a good reason, was the comment by the owner that dog should not use the garden as a toilet, this from a supposedly "dog friendly" cottage ! Pauline Tillett

    Reviewed by Pauline1.3Apr 2023

  • "We arrived at Carters cottage after a long journey only to find the garden was full of dog dirt, when we entered the cottage we found there was dried dog dirt on the kitchen floor and it was obvious that the floor had not been mopped as there was a broken mop head in a bucket outside the door and the handle was put away in a cupboard."

    We mended the mop and before unpacking mopped all the kitchen floor - the water was extremely dirty. The oven was dirty with oil spills on the bottom which again we had to clean before we could use. The TV didn't work, we followed all the instructions but could not get it on, we even went out and bought new batteries for both remotes but it still would not work. The shower tray needs a good clean, probably needs bleaching to get rid of the mouldy edges. When i took the throw off the bed to fold up the underneath side was dirty. The whole cottage could do with a deep clean instead of just a quick clean on a change over day. We noted that the Owners live in America, it might be advisable to get a Housekeeping agency involved to do checks on the Cleaners as the cottage itself is in a good location, close to all the shops and restaurants.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this comprehensive feedback. We are so sorry that the cleanliness at the cottage was not up to our usual high standards and can only apologise for the inconvenience caused. We wish you had contacted us during your stay as these issues could have been resolved there and then, but please be assured that your feedback is now being addressed by the Property Manager. We can confirm that the TV is now working, and the property has had a deep clean. This feedback is very helpful to us as a team and I am truly so sorry you had these issues Best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by David1.9Apr 2023

  • "Great idyllic place to stay in a great location."

    The only criticism I had was the windows in the bedrooms need to be able to be opened. I did manage to open one of them but levering it with a table knife. I wanted to air the room during the day but this was not easy as I would say its never been opened before? Also the bed mattresses really needs to be renewed. We are not big people but we were laying in dips. Other than that the place is great. Oh also a key for the back door would have been handy as we would have brought the dog in that way instead of the kitchen. The tilled floor would have been perfect. Again thank you for the stay.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We're delighted you loved the cottage and location. Thank you also for highlighting some issues - these have been passed on to the Property Manager for review. We hope to welcome you again. Best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen3.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in Carter’s Cottage."

    Quaint and cosy and easily within reach of all that Stow has to offer. Although there is no dedicated parking, we could always find a nearby spot at either end of Shepherd’s Row. The cottage is really comfortable with a well equipped kitchen but a few more knives and ovenproof dishes would have been useful. Stow is ideally placed for exploring the Cotswolds and we went to just about everywhere. I would recommend Bourton-on-the-Water - so pretty and Moreton In Marsh, especially on a Tuesday when there is a great market. We went to the King’s Arms and The Sheep for evening meals, both dog friendly and we used the Indian Takeaway and Greedy’s fish and chips, both highly recommended. All in all a great week and the weather was kind to us too. A bonus in early February.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Carter's Cottage. The detailed feedback is very much appreciated. Best wishes, Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, thank you."

    A couple of thoughts: bringing in logs tricky with no dedicated parking, serious challenge if you're not physically fit and pretty strong. Maybe provide some for purchase from the garden bin store? We had actually selected that we needed parking but clearly that filter was lost in transit and we didn't spot the error. Sykes or Snaptrip issue? Also - really small thing but easily remedied! - there was no salt. We always carry a pack of essentials, but had stopped salt because it's always there... oops!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed Carter's Cottage and we appreciate your comments/suggestions. Best wishes, Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jan 2023

  • "Everything lovely except we had no logs (as promised) and house very chilly on arrival."

    Beautiful and characterful house otherwise, superbly equipped in perfect location for Stow. Monarchs Way on doorstep for dog walking and all facilities 5 minutes walk away with some great pubs, restaurants and tearooms. Really appreciated all the maps and info of the area, a thoughtful touch. Thought parking would be an issue but you can unload on Shepherd's Row outside house and park easily and safely on Shepherd's Way (75 metres away), although we never found room on Well Lane (20 metres away) as there is a lot of building traffic

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great Cottage - Short walk from centre of town."

    Comfy beds and no street noise. Only down side is the car parking - Free but need to find a space on street about 50m from cottage. Would stay again.

    Thank you for your feedback on Carter's Cottage and we hope you stay again soon! Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren4.4Sep 2022

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Carters Cottage."

    The gentle ambience and cosiness and comfort there make it such a cheerful place to stay. It’s perfectly located in the village. It’s quiet and private and has a lovely garden area perfect to sit in on a warm summer evening. It was fresh and clean when we arrived. We love Carters Cottage and highly recommend it.

    Thank you for providing us with such lovely feedback on your stay. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time away at Carter's Cottage and hope to welcome you one day again in the future. All the best, Character Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in great location."

    Only improvement would be comfortable outside seating for four. We would certainly rent this cottage again.

    So pleased you had a lovely stay in Carter's Cottage. We appreciate your comments with regards to the outdoor seating and will look in to this. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thank you for the feedback. Best Wishes, Character Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lelia5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great Position on a quite side road, just 5 mins walk to the high street"

    Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and found the location so convenient. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jul 2022

  • "Carters cottage is lovely but smaller than expected and due to small cottage windows it can be pretty dark even when the sun is shining in the garden."

    The kitchen is impacted most by this which is a shame. Mostly clean with a couple of disappointing exceptions like the kitchen bin and amount of visible dust. Upstairs bedrooms are good size (comfy bed) with a really decent bathroom and shower. The downstairs bathroom is also really practical. Watch out for the stairs though. Overall we had a lovely break here particularly enjoying the garden and five star location.

    Thank you for providing this feedback - we're glad you enjoyed the cottage and garden, together with the location. Thank you for bringing the minor issues regarding cleanliness to our attention which we will certainly pass on to the housekeeping team. We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roisin3.8Jun 2022

  • "A perfect weekend in a traditional character cottage."

    Before we arrived we were a little concerned having read the previous negative feedback however we needn't have been worried as the cottage was lovely! Super-comfy beds with nice bedlinen, well-equipped kitchen, cozy lounge and in such a fantastic location with great local walks and fab dog-friendly pubs on the doorstep (Kings Arms and The Sheep our favourites). Great weekend in a great cottage. Thank you.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice feedback, We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Character cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fran5.0Jun 2022

  • "On arrival to the cottage we found it difficult to find as the name plate was faded and hidden behind the gate, stairs were steep and slippy, dust and cobwebs in down stairs toilet and chandelier over the dining table also was dirt in kitchen, cabinet door on left of sink was hanging off, fridge door had a broken shelf, bin lid broken, also no cleaning products or bin bags left, the heating was not working, the thermostat was flashing all the time, generally it needs a deep clean and maintenance, no welcome pack for the price we paid we expected a higher quality accommodation."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth2.2May 2022

  • "The location was perfect."

    Upstairs was clean with fresh bedding and towels, although there was a broken bedside lamp that had just been left on the floor. The biggest disappointment was the kitchen. Cupboard doors were hanging off or didn’t close properly, the drawers did not fit and dropped each time you opened them. We appreciate the property is old and has character but don’t expect to have to wash every utensil or item of crockery before it can be used, because it is dirty. We were asked to leave the property as we found it, I believe we left it in a better state. This is the first holiday cottage I have stayed in that didn’t have any sort of welcome pack, such as milk and a few tea bags or coffee. There was no mention in the details about parking, some advice or guidance would have been useful. Overall very disappointed with Carters Cottage and Sykes.

    Thank you for your feedback at Carters Cottage. I'm really sorry to hear the cottage wasn't up to our usual high standards during your stay. The Housekeeper has advised the cupboards have been fixed and all kitchen equipment crockery and utensils have been cleaned. With regards to the welcome pack, i can only apologies if this was not in place for your arrival. Again the Housekeeper has been spoken to. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah1.9Jan 2022

  • "Very cosy and well located."

    Clean and well equipped. We had a lovely stay and would definitely come again and recommend to others. Only a few improvements: could do with matches/ newspaper/kindling to light the fire.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Isobel4.7Dec 2021

  • "So much to see and enjoy in the Cotswolds and the cottage was ideally placed for the holiday."

    The cottage offered comfort and adequate amenities. Central location to be able to enjoy all that Stow had to offer.

    JanetAug 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful, so cosy, and in a fantastic location."

    JasonJun 2020

  • "Great location to Stow on the Wold."

    CharlotteMar 2020

  • "The cottage was truly lovely, with stunning walks and a beautiful quintessential Cotswold village, amazing pubs and cafes."

    A particular favourite was Hives.

    SarahMar 2020

  • "Great place, brilliant location."

    Very cosy.

    FrazerMar 2020

  • "Great location off the main road but really close to the centre of Stow."

    Place was really clean and tidy and a great space downstairs for 4 people. Highly recommend for the price. Vicky

    Dec 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in rain shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, cafetiere, Smart TV, WiFi, selection books and board games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free roadside parking a short walk from the property
  • Lawned garden with patio courtyard and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles

The property

Positioned in the heart of the historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, in a quiet bolthole lane, lies this character-filled, charming family home which boasts period features such as a warming wood burning stove, exposed beams and Cotswold stone walls.

Sleeping four guests in two well-presented bedrooms, this cottage is the perfect getaway for a couple or a family wanting to explore the Cotswolds.

On approach to the cottage, marvel at the sweet sight of the harmonious courtyard garden that wraps around the front and the side and enter through the gated fence and into the secluded patio area.

The front door opens into the kitchen/diner which overlooks the garden, which has everything you will need for your stay; why not test your culinary skills and cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen and move to the dining table to tuck in whilst discussing your trip itinerary with your party.

The homely ambience of the sitting room provides a relaxing space to unwind after a day spent exploring the Cotswolds.

Get the fire burning in the woodburning stove and sit back with your favourite book and enjoy the serenity.

Completing the ground floor is a utility and cloakroom, available to store your muddy boots and coats and wash up in the basin.

When sleep calls, make your way up the stairs from the sitting room and discover two well-presented bedrooms and the bathroom.

The first floor hosts a king-size which boasts dual aspect windows and a double which is reached by a small step and has lovely natural lighting, each with hanging space for your belongings and a light and fresh décor.

Finish off your day with a soothing soak in the bath or an invigorating rinse in the walk-in rain shower.

A moment from your doorstep you will be greeted by many local amenities such as individual shops, tearooms, pubs and art galleries.

Visit the Fosse Gallery to admire an array of contemporary British art, indulge in a bite to eat and drinks at The Stag at Stow.

Take a trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens for the day which is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic, surrounded by wildlife or to Bourton-on-the-Water to discover the miniature replica of the Cotswold-stone village at The Model Village.

Perhaps you’re visiting as Stow is the centre for many long-distance walking routes and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty boasts over 5000km of walking and cycling trails, passing through stunning honey-stone villages and rural countryside.

At nearly 800ft, Stow is the highest of the Cotswold towns, located on the Roman Fosse Way and has many scenic walking and cycle routes to explore.

For a memorable break in the Cotswolds, Carter’s Cottage is the right choice for you and your loved ones.

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About the location


Bourton-on-the-Water 4 miles; Stratford upon Avon 15 miles.

The highest town in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold, originally an Iron Age Fort, epitomises olde worlde 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, antique shops, tea rooms, traditional pubs, award-winning restaurants and its very own cricket museum. Many walks and cycle rides through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Cotswolds can be enjoyed from the centre of Stow, with the Macmillan Way, Heart of England Way, Gloucestershire and Monarch's Way all running close to the town. Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' as the River Windrush runs through the centre, lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of the most popular Cotswold villages. The Saxon market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and the quintessential English village of Broadway are all within easy reach and make a great day out. Cheltenham (20 miles away) is, architecturally, the most complete regency town in England. A spa town 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. At other times of year, it is host to literature, jazz, classical music, science and food and drink festivals. 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 within easy reach, making Stow-on-the-Wold an ideal base.

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Note: An initial basket of logs for the woodburning stove are provided between October and March; guests can purchase further log supplies locally.

Note: Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, or on the furniture.

Note: The courtyard is enclosed however children and dogs should be supervised at all times.

Note: Guests are welcome to bring their own cot and highchair.

Note: Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards occupancy figure, however, due to the space, the occupancy may only be exceeded by up to two infants.

Note: Due to the low ceiling height in the shower cubicle, guests over 6ft tall may have difficulties.

Note: Bedroom 2 contains two Velux windows with dimout fabric blinds which block out approximately 60% of daylight; guests who are sensitive to light may prefer to bring their own eye masks.

Note: the Stow Horse Fair is held twice a year, on the Thursday closest to 12th May and the Thursday closest to 24th October which is a traditional fair for gypsies and travelling people to meet up and trade, which dates back to 1476, when its Charter was granted; Stow is very busy for a day or two before and after each fair, and a number of shops, pubs and restaurants are closed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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