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Hour Cottage

(Ref. 912836)

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fabulous week’s holiday in this lovely characterful cottage, which was ideally located for shops, pubs and restaurants and the town square which were all only a few minutes walk away."

    The cottage was spacious, yet cosy, tastefully furnished and decorated, fully equipped and spotlessly clean. The owners were quick to respond and help with any queries.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Mar 2024


    Reviewed by David4.1Oct 2023

  • "Lovely house , cosy & clean felt home from home ."

    Excellent location & added bonus of parking for 2 cars

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage close to everything Stow has to offer."

    It's the 2nd time we've stayed there and I'm sure it won't be the last. Excellent communication from the owners too.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely clean, well-equipped cottage."

    Convenient central location. Everything we needed for a few days away in Stowe and it’s surrounds, The only criticism was that the fan in the bathroom didn’t work. No problem in Summer as we could vent via the window but could be a problem in the Winter months. Would love to return sometime. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very clear directions and instructions from the owners prior to visit."

    Easy to find, great location and very cosy. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2023

  • "A comfortable house in a very good location with private outside space and parking."

    Would agree with some previous reviewers that some updating would be good (particularly the bathroom) . We did have an enjoyable 2 week stay.

    Reviewed by Audrey3.8Jul 2023

  • "Nice cottage."

    Clean and well equipped with lots of thoughtful small touches. Good location. Bath towels too small (we were pre-warned by another review and took our own). Couldn't get dishwasher to work but as we had only one main meal in the cottage this wasn't a problem and I'm sure the helpful owner would have sorted it out if we had telephoned.

    Reviewed by Baroness4.4Jun 2023

  • "A comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Well appointed. Easy to live in. Suggest four comfortable chairs needed in the tv area and bath towels need to be larger.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage a few minutes walk from the centre of Stow on the Wold"

    Reviewed by Susan4.1May 2023

  • "Perfectly located for getting into town centre, had everything there that you would need, plenty of hot water, good shower, personally we found the living room furniture slightly uncomfortable and wouldn’t have wanted to sit on it for an entire evening."

    Although the cottage was very clean it had obviously not been redecorated/refurbished for a good while.

    Reviewed by Martin3.4Apr 2023

  • "The property is very well situated and within easy walk to the town centre."

    It is very comfortable and has most of the facilities you require, there are some things that require a little upgrading but in general it is a very good place to stay.

    Reviewed by Alastair4.4Apr 2023

  • "A very helpful and kind owner and a comfortable, warm, well stocked cottage in a lovely location"

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely area."

    The position of the cottage is brilliant as you can walk in to the village to eat out at any of the many varied places to eat. Brilliant to have 2 parking spaces. Well equipped if you want to stay in and cook. Fabulous cottage in all aspects of a self catering holiday. Would like to stay there again.

    Thank you for your kind comment. We do try to maintain standards! Hope that you will indeed stay at Hour Cottage again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2023

  • "We enjoyed our time at the cottage it's the 4th time ."

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Jan 2023

  • "We stayed for 3 weeks and all our needs were catered for."

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely house in a great location."

    Very good for exploring the area close to Stow and further afield. Lots of restaurants and pubs within a few minutes of the property.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Was an absolutely delightful cottage in an excellent position and immaculately clean ."

    Wonderful having a parking space too . Was a little on the expensive side, but we did have a wonderful holiday !

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage is absolutely beautiful."

    It had everything we could have possibly needed. The location is excellent, very peaceful and only a short walk into the centre of Stow.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2022

  • "Perfectly situated to visit the Cotswolds, lots of NT properties within half an hour, also Blenheim."

    Lovely pubs to eat at in Stow, spoilt for choice, highly recommend the Kings Head, Queens Arms and The Porch. Small courtyard ideal to sit in with a coffee or glass of wine!

    Thank you so much for this review. Pub recommendations are often asked for, so thank you for your feedback on the 'locals'. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely holiday home not a thing wrong everything possible had been provided and thought of !"


    Thank you for this very kind review. We'll try and maintain our standards! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic accommodation and facilities in excellent location."

    Have been before and will use again.

    Thank you for saying kind things. We look forward to your next visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very cosy and comfortable cottage with easy access to all Stow has to offer."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2022

  • "A lovely, cosy, well situated cottage."

    Our family of four enjoyed our stay very much. Being a few minutes walk into the centre of town with its many good pubs, restaurants and shops was a real plus. The town looked very festive with the Christmas lights and decorations. The close was very quiet with easy parking right outside the door. The cottage was well equipped with nice quality kitchen ware and equipment and everything was well maintained and clean. The beds and bedding were good quality and there was plenty of storage space. Our only small issue was the sofa and armchair in the sitting room was only really adequate for 3 adults and meant we shifted the furniture a little to accommodate another chair from the garden room but this was just our preference. Our hosts were very pleasant and informative and communication was excellent. All in all a perfect place from which to explore this lovely area.

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Dec 2021

  • "Its our third time at the cottage we love it as it is cosy and in a great location and we love Stow will return"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2021

  • "This is a lovely and cosy cottage which really is a few minutes walk from the centre of Stow."

    We were very happy there for a week and can highly recommend it. Lovely little outside area and very private. Easy access to other area’s including Stratford, Chipping Norton, Bourton on the Water and Broadway. Lots of information in the cottage about the area and local walks. Very nice restaurants and coffee shops in Stow so you can park up in the evening and stroll in for a meal or a drink.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2021

  • "Great location handy for restaurants bars & shops yet tucked away in quiet cul de sac"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2021

  • "Rear courtyard needs attention."

    Dustbin and recycling boxes had not been emptied for a while putting the onus on me to clear other guests rubbish.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Aug 2021

  • "Perfect cottage, great location, spotlessly clean and easy communications with the owners for key collection."

    Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Aug 2021

  • "A veritable home from home with everything you need."

    ...and nothing you don't! Hard to imagine anywhere that could possibly be more convenient - hassle-free parking and literally 3 minutes walk to the centre of Stow and - and yet at the same time quiet and secluded. We'll be back.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation, everything has been thought of"

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2021

  • "Hour cottage is in a central location with easy parking by the front door and a gentle stroll into the centre of Stow ."

    Generally very well placed for exploring The Cotswolds . Well equipped, clean and comfortable with plenty of hot water and heating. To the rear there is a small but pretty courtyard garden with garden furniture provided. Plenty of cleaning materials and general supplies, eg dishwasher tablets, toilet rolls, foil, cling, were provided. Instructions for all appliances provided in a folder. There is a small freezer under the stairs. It would of been helpful to be able to sit near a mirror to blow dry hair and apply make up and a TV in the bedroom would have been nice as the socket and aerial are in place in the double room but these are minor points. We had fish and chips from Greedys which were delicious, there is a co op in Stow centre and a M and S food outlet at the BP station just a few yards away from the cottage. We would happily return, especially when the restrictions are lifted and we can enjoy all the local area has to offer. This is one of the nicest properties we have stayed at in recent years.

    Reviewed by Diana4.7Apr 2021

  • "We always enjoy our holidays at Hour Cottage but this holiday is in the pandemic."

    We felt safe with Hour Cottage being so clean and practical. We were sad we couldn't wander round Stow in the evenings and have a few pints due to Covid restrictions but Hour Cottage was warm and cosy. So with wine, comfy seating and a tv that was simple to use we enjoyed our evenings. Many thanks for another great holiday in Stow. Looking forward to our next booked holiday with you in April 2021.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Oct 2020

  • "Hour cottage at Stow On The Wold is very convenient for the shops, pubs and restaurant as it is only about a four minute walk away."

    Stow On The Wold is a very interesting and pretty market town. The people serving the eating places and shops are very polite and friendly. We would definitely stay in Hour Cottage again as it exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Aug 2020

  • "There is some what looked like renovation work going on nearby but didn't affect us."

    They didn't work for 3 out of the 4 days we stayed and noise was minimal. Can't wait to stay again. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great Location for touring the Cotswolds"

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped kitchen and beds very comfortable. Loved the electric fire so easy to use. A heated towel rail would have been lovely but we were not there long enough to worry too much about that

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Feb 2020

  • "Its a perfect holiday spot; tucked away with easy access parking outside yet right in the heart of the town."

    Its not a quirky period cottage with century old features, but a really well appointed, comfortable and exceptionally clean modern house. We liked the location- including the church tower clock chime that adds to the bygone feel for a holiday. Compared to other cottages we have stayed it in the area, very good value.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2019

  • "Little things such as the dishwasher being very difficult to use proved correct."

    Everything else was as described and more. Comfortable, warm, everything we needed. Central, close to,Stow centre but far enough away so that we didn’t hear any traffic noises.

    Reviewed by Chrissie5.0Nov 2019

  • "Hour Cottage is a perfect location to have a holiday in the Cotswolds."

    It is clean and cosy and the owners cannot do enough for you. The neighbours are helpful and friendly. Parking is right at the front and there's room to manoeuvre easily. Stow provides an excellent location, with shops, lots of pubs, many allies to wander round and friendly, helpful residents. That's why we stay at Hour Cottage twice a year.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2019

  • "Immaculate presentation on arrival."

    Very comfortable, well equipped and warm cottage, perfectly located for all of the Cotswolds. Would definatley return.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a very good experience with this cottage which was ideally situated for exploring the Cotswolds and surrounding areas."

    The accommodation was comfortable and warm in keeping with the style, like home from home! We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Oct 2019

  • "Our booking was for 4 adults and an infant but on speaking to the owner it became apparent that no facilities were provided for an infant."

    The owner was happy for us to take our own travel cot and high chair but it was a bit of a squeeze in the bedroom. The cottage itself is really nice and very central. I just don't think you should accept future bookings when an infant under 2 is included in the party.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Sep 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Comfortable in a location where everything is easy to reach. Also nearby is a Tesco and an M&S shop. Stow on Wold has nice shops and Places to eat all within easy walking distance. Stow is also surrounded by beautiful villages and many National Trust Houses.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a perfect location."

    We were able to park the car and not use it for three days as we walked everywhere.

    Reviewed by Kelli5.0Sep 2019

  • "The property was comfortable, clean and well appointed re facilities, position in the area, off road parking."

    Attention to detail was evident. Would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2019

  • "Hour Cottage is a perfect place to stay to explore the Cotswolds."

    The cottage is warm, well equipped, private and there's ample car parking. What more could you want!

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Feb 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage and really lovely hosts."

    It provided everything we needed and was just perfect. Would highly recommend and will be returning!

    Reviewed by Joel5.0Feb 2019

  • "Superb location in a quiet close just off the main road into town and only minutes to the shops, restaurants and pubs."

    So you dont have to worry about parking or getting stuck in traffic. Very cosy house with all the facilities you would need. Lovely gas stove and wood burner to keep you warm on those chilly evenings. Very clean and well kept. Would definitely book again. Highly recommended as a great base for exploring the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2018

  • "This was our third visit to hour cottage."

    A lovely well equipped centrally located property to all the wonderful places in the cotswolds. I would recommend it to everyone.

    Reviewed by Alun5.0Sep 2018

  • "In our opinion the main strength of this cottage is its location."

    It is very easy to get to several places of interest with ease and with little mileage. M & S Simply Food together with a forecourt garage,just around the corner, was very convenient.

    Reviewed by Clive3.8Aug 2018

  • "The house was very nice."

    clean and had all facilities we needed. during the week we went to several places and seen a lot.

    Reviewed by Karin4.1Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Well situated to visit Cotswold attractions. Well equipped and clean. Would certainly recommend and will hopefully return.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2018

  • "Perfect stay in beautiful Hour Cottage for our first family holiday with our young baby."

    So well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Lovely quiet location (although off a busy road, the courtyard outside the cottage makes it feel so private and great for parking ) and just a short 5min walk to centre of beautiful Stow. The Cottage was spotlessly clean & check in and thorough instructions for all the appliances made our stay a breeze. We absolutely loved it & would love to stay again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sarrah5.0Mar 2018

  • "The cottage was wonderful, clean and cosy!"

    !! Full of everything you would imagine in your home!!! Really a home to home experience!! Stow is a really pretty little town!! The Cotswolds are superb more than we expected!! Milena and friends

    Reviewed by Milena5.0Dec 2017

  • "A very comfortable and well appointed cottage, very close to local amenities which meant one did not have to drive for everyday items."

    Local public houses gave a good choice of meals and a very local M & S Store supplied our daily papers etc. only a few minutes walk away. Despite a heavy fall of snow during our stay we were able to relax and enjoy the cottage and its surroundings. Good to be able to park directly outside. Most certainly a cottage to consider again in the future.

    Reviewed by John4.8Dec 2017

  • "Cottage was perfect for our needs."

    Owners are friendly and wanting us to have a good holiday. The location is perfect to explore the Wolds and Stow is a friendly, well serviced village. All in all the perfect place and accommodation for a real good holiday.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2017

  • "Everything as described - a very good cottage"

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2017

  • "A lovely little cottage very near to all amenities in Stow"

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0May 2017

  • "It was the best rental property we have ever stayed in because of the amenities ..."

    It was the best rental property we have ever stayed in because of the amenities and helpfulness of the owner we will be back and will use Sykes again thank you

    Reviewed by Clive5.0May 2017

  • "Hour Cottage is a perfect holiday retreat."

    The contact with the owners was perfect. They made us feel special and couldn't do enough for us.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2016

  • "A good starting place for walks in the cotswolds, within walking distance of the centre of Stow-on-the-wold."

    Off-street parking for two cars was great.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and gas fire
  • Garden room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 4 mins walk.

The property

A delightful semi-detached Cotswold stone cottage ideally located less than five minutes' walk from the centre of the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Comfortably furnished throughout with the owners' personal touches, this lovely Stow-on-the-Wold cottage makes a perfect base for a couple on a romantic break or a group of friends, in a beautiful part of the country.

This superb Stow-on-the-Wold cottage has two light and bright bedrooms with comfortable and generously-sized beds.

There is a very well-equipped kitchen in this Stow-on-the-Wold cottage.

The main room has a gas fire in the sitting area, with a dining table and chairs on the other side of the room.

There is also a garden room with woodburning stove and doors that open onto a private secluded courtyard, an ideal place to sit and relax whilst enjoying the delights of alfresco dining.

Just a couple of minutes’ walk away is the centre of Stow-on-the-Wold, with its vast Market Square with an ancient cross, town stocks and an elegant array of town houses, unique shops, tea rooms and traditional pubs.

Time your visit right to attend one of the many events held within the town, including Gypsy Horse Fairs (dating back to 1476), craft fairs and monthly farmers’ markets The Horse Fairs are held on the Thursday closest to 12th May and the Thursday closest to 24th October Stow is busy on these days and for and day or two before and after; some shops, pubs and restaurants will be closed.

A few minutes away by car is a selection of the Cotswolds’ unspoilt towns and villages, including Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Chipping Norton, along with the gardens of Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate and much else.

The spa town of Cheltenham, along with Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Worcester and Gloucester are all within driving distance.

A wonderful Cotswolds cottage in an idyllic location.

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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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