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Howman House

(Ref. 1091425)

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


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "There are a few issues of practicality: The beds are too large for the rooms, in particular the smaller of the two where it is not possible to get round the end of the bed which would mean climbing over your partner if you needed the loo."

    The shower has a low ceiling so the shower only just clears my head, and I’m only 5’7”. The seating in the kitchen has three stools, OK for a breakfast/snack but not very comfortable for any longer or if you have a dodgy back. If there were a forth person then they would have to use the window “seat” which is about 8” wide and only big enough for a small child. Finally I think it should be pointed out in the description that staircase to the bedrooms is quite steep and narrow and the bedroom floors slope so some less able people my struggle. Generally the “look”, which is very good, has taken precedence over comfort and convenience.

    Thank you for your comments. It is a shame that the property did not suit you. Howman House is a Grade II Listed period townhouse, showcasing many features of the era. This will provide a different experience from staying in a modern property. We do our best to represent our properties accurately, through photographs and written descriptions, so that customers can choose a property to meet their needs. Photographs are included of the stairs and kitchen seating arrangements, which you mentioned. We have updated the written description since you booked, highlighting the limitations of the property. The owner has provided roomy comfortable beds so that guests can enjoy a pleasant night’s sleep. But there are constraints to the size of the rooms. We hope you enjoyed the central location in the popular town of Stow on the Wold and were able to explore the surrounding Cotswolds. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Sep 2023

  • "The listing made it sound like there was parking right outside, but didn’t mention that it’s only for 2 hours at a time and there is no actual parking available nearby."

    The listing warned of it being an old house but failed to mention that one bed has the head at a significant and vertigo inducing downward angle. Also, the Wi-Fi address given was incorrect and when we happened to get it working it didn’t work on the top floor. The beds also are so large for the small rooms that you can’t move around them. Some of these things could be overlooked if not for the apparent attitude from the owner. First, not allowing any option for cancellation, the incessant notes starting at the front door with instructions about how to behave in her house (take shoes off, no changing temperature, don’t pull on railing, fold the coverlet neatly if not using it, etc) and the misleading info about parking. These things all contributed to us not staying more than one night even though we had booked 5. In my opinion this house in its current condition and ownership, while “cute”, shouldn’t be a rental at all.

    Many thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. It’s such a shame that you did not enjoy your stay at Howman House. This beautiful property is Grade II listed, and whilst the owner has made every effort to modernise it to a high standard, it does retain many original character features including, stone walls and some sloping floors. The WiFi is the best it can be in the location and the beds have now been levelled for guests’ comfort. Situated on the market square in Stow, on street parking can be found close by and there are additional car parks if needed. Many thanks for your comments regarding the information in the cottage which has been reviewed. The bookings conditions are explained at the time of booking and the option of purchasing travel insurance is provided when booking through our website to help cover any unforeseen circumstances. Best wishes, Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie3.8May 2023

  • "Extremely small bedrooms."

    Less than 12in gap between beds and wall at the end of the bed. Very poor quality bedding. Beds slope at angles because of the uneven floors. Kitchen table has cardboard underneath and is unusable because of the wobble. Internet does not work on the bedroom floor. Extractor fan non functioning as it blows air back into the kitchen. No microwave or washing machine.

    Reviewed by Dominic1.6Apr 2022

  • "The property is really beautiful and I can't recommend staying there high enough, everything has a 5 star luxury feel and it shows real thought has been put in, ensuring guests have everything they need with a touch of luxury, our stay really did feel like a special treat."

    The property has an amazing cream carpet throughout which is immaculate, there were several 'do not' reminders throughout the property which ensures it's kept in pristine condition, this is fully understandable as it is beautiful but we found it a little hard to fully relax as a result and refrained from drinking in the lounge for example, this is partly because I'm a spiller I feel I must add though. Will definitely be rebooking it really is beautiful.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Howman House. It's wonderful to her how much you enjoyed the house and i hope you managed to enjoy so many of the fabulous sites the Cotswolds has to offer. We hope to welcome you back very soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Mar 2022

  • "All good. Sofas looked great but 4 people could not all sit on a comfortable seat (only 2 seats out of 4 were comfortable)."

    But it looked lovely just think that could be something to think about. Everything else was fab - thank you

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Howman House. It's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and thank you for providing your feedback, this will be passed onto the owner. We hope to welcome you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly4.7Mar 2022

  • "We loved it, very well equipped and so comfortable."

    Just as described online. Parking was a little difficult, but we soon got used to it. Would definitely recommend to friends.

    VictoriaJun 2021

  • "Beautiful place to stay in the Cotswolds in a great town!"

    Would highly recommend it.

    MariaApr 2021

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  • Split-level apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in rain shower, separate hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, four-ring gas hob, fridge (with small freezer), dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker machine (Using Nespresso pods), cafetiere
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of board games and hairdryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free parking between 6pm and 8am on a first come first served basis, alternatively, 2 hours free between 8am and 6pm, as well as, local payable carparks
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles.

The property

Howman House is a stunning, luxuriously decorated split-level apartment located in the charming town of Stow-on-the-Wold, its striking and chic design is wonderfully complimented by the contemporary décor throughout.

The Grade ll listed property sleeps four, in two striking bedrooms and is ideally nestled between two shop fronts, where as you enter, the entrance hall has storage space for coats and shoes so after a long day of exploring, kick off your boots and make your way up the staircase.

On the first floor you are greeted by a stylish and characterful sitting room, which has exposed beams, panel feature wall and windows overlooking the history-filled market square.

Beautiful furnishings give a luxury feel, where you can kick back and relax on sofa or armchair and enjoy a chilled evening in front of the Smart TV.

Moving through the hall, you are welcomed by the tastefully decorated, well-equipped kitchen which displays some of the original Cotswold stone walls; why not cook your favourite meal here and enjoy it around the dining table, overlooking the scenic views and outlook towards St Edward’s Church.

A winding staircase leads up from the first-floor landing to the second-floor landing, where you will find the Master bedroom, the second bedroom and the family bathroom.

The Master bedroom has stunning views over the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and boasts a king-size bed.

The second bedroom is well-furnished and has a double bed.

The family bathroom boasts a walk-in rain shower to rinse down after a fun-filled day of exploring.

A short walk from your doorstep there are many amenities to enjoy; 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, add a touch of opulence and revel in the scrumptious tea and cakes – or scones!

- at The Old Bakery Tea Room.

Discover over 500 species of birds by visiting Birdland Park & Gardens, which is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic, surrounded by wildlife, or perhaps make a visit to the nearby village of Bourton-on-the-Water and discover a 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.

Why not take the 6.09mile hike tour of Battle of Stow which is a Market Cross Loop from Stow-on-the-Wold, or a leisurely stroll through the gardens at Batsford Arborteum.

Take a trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens for the day, or take a tour at Undiscovered Cotswolds.

If you want to enjoy the scenic spots that The Cotswolds have to offer, or arrange a tour with Cotswold Walks & Hikes & Bikes, all just a short car journey from Howman House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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: Children under ten are not accepted at this property.

Note: This is an old, Grade II listed property with many character features including steep stairs and some restricted head height, both of which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility.

Note: The property is nestled between other Grade II listed buidlings and Wi-Fi can be obstructed at times upstairs in the bedrooms, where Wi-Fi can be limited.

Note: Howman House is a boutique, quirky and quaint property. The property highlights the age of the building and design. The bedrooms are intimate, cozy, having an unusual space. Making this a unique property.

Note: The Stow Horse Fair is held twice a year, on the Thursday closest to 12th May and the Thursday closest to 24th October, this is a traditional fair for 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.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250.00.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas