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The Hive

(Ref. 988738)

Stow-On-The-Wold, Gloucestershire Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "The options above are not enough, The Hive is outstanding in everyway."

    From the second we walked in we felt totally at home. The accommodation has been finished to a very high spec and furnishings have had no expense spared. We can't wait to revisit. Well done Jayne

    Thank you for providing this lovely feedback. We're so glad you loved The Hive and look forward to welcoming you on your next visit! Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Feb 2024

  • "Very enjoyable stay and extremely high class apartment with everything you require for a comfortable stay."

    Beds very comfortable and big. Only issue for us was intermittent poor wifi in the apartment but it was good in nearby cafes. Thank you to the owner who was going to address this problem. Delicious croissants left in the apartment for our arrival and a large container of fresh milk which was appreciated. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Hive and found it so comfortable. The owner is aware of the issue with the wifi - many thanks for bringing this to our attention. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Feb 2024

  • "We loved our stay at The HIve."

    A perfect place to enjoy Stow on the Wold from the window whilst having breakfast. Extremely well equipped, spotlessly clean and immediate response from owners when contacted. We would definitely recommend this property to friends. The ONLY downside is the parking. Reversing up the lane and then having to angle into a parking spot was not ideal. However, this issue is clearly stated in the information before booking. A smaller car would definitely have made a difference!

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and were well looked after. We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Dec 2023

  • "A wonderful comfortable flat located on the high street with all facilities within easy walking distance."

    Everything you can imagine is provided and the accommodation is immaculate. Parking requires nerves of steel but is fine unless you have a really wide car. Hosts were charming and helpful - they run the cafe on the ground floor which provides one of the best breakfasts in the area. Had a wonderful week and would definitely recommend.

    Thank you for your very kind comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed The Hive and it's central location. What a bonus to have an excellent breakfast downstairs! We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2023

  • "Immaculately clean and well cared for property."

    Jayne clearly puts in a huge amount of effort to maintain standards and ensure everything is perfect for guests. Loads to do in local area and spoilt for choice with eateries on the door step. Amazing place.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at The Hive. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, it's in a great spot to enjoy all the Cafes and Restaurants in Stow. We hope you also managed to explore the wonderful walks and National Trusts not to far from your door. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Nov 2023

  • "The Hive is a fantastic property."

    Beautifully furnished, very clean and comfortable. It is in a brilliant location for exploring the Cotswolds and it's position in Stow is very convenient. We were so lucky with the weather in our week (1st to 8th September) as there was an unexpected heatwave. It is situated above the Hive Cafe. however, we were not disturbed in any way by noise or smells from it. Also there is a pub next door. But again we were not disturbed by this. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. They left us lovely cakes and scones in the property for when we arrived. The Hive cafe also serves delicious food. We had one small disappointment in that the washing machine and dryer were out of order. The owner, however, did warn us about this before our arrival. It would have been useful to have a clothes airer provided. We loved our visit and hope to come back..

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are pleased you liked the property and its location and especially enjoyed the goodies provided. We have passed on your suggestion about the clothes airer. We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Second stay in this beautiful apartment and once again a fantastic holiday."

    The most fabulous apartment in the amazing Stow on the Wold. Thank you once again Jayne and Sally.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed a lovely three nights at The Hive."

    The accommodation was clean and comfortable, and we especially enjoyed the main bedroom and bathroom. Unfortunately, the washing machine and drier were not working during our stay, and we were not advised that this was going to be the case ahead of our visit, which we would have appreciated as we usually like to do a wash before returning home. There were a couple of other minor issues that we alerted the owner about on arrival, but these did not distract from our enjoyment of our stay. Communication with the owner both before, and during our stay was very good. We would definitely return, and recommend to friends and family.

    Thank you for providing this feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Hive. The washing machine and drier are no longer included in the description of The Hive so we hope this did not impact your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vincenzo4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had a great time in this beautifully decorated and exceptionally well equiped ..."

    We had a great time in this beautifully decorated and exceptionally well equiped apartment , it had everything we wanted and was extemely comfortable, we would definately recommend it to our friends, also loved the area and would visit again, the owners were very charming and helpful but not at all intrusive which we like as we just like to do our own thing, definately one of, if not the best we have stayed in

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. The Hive really is a beautiful property and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time away! We hope that we can welcome you again one day soon! Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Perfect holiday apartment."

    Everything you could possible need. Tastefully decorated and furnished. Right in the heart of Stow, with parking a bonus. A visit downstairs to The Hive recommended, delicious food.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Jun 2023

  • "We have stayed a number of times and it is really well appointed and an excellent location."

    We would highly recommend this property

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Clean, comfortable apartment in the centre of Stow, one minute walk from the old stocks."

    Friendly and helpful owners. 5* experience. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great week with superb accommodation and central to all amenities."

    The owners where very nice and helpful. Will certainly stay again in the future. The only comment I would say is that the patio area could do with a good sweep.

    We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and have noted your comments. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "Another wonderful stay at the Hive."

    Wonderful flat, first class amenities, perfect location. Sally & Jayne are the nicest people, always happy to help, with the added bonus of having the best cafe in Stow. We will be back next year!

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a great time and we look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "First class in every way, owners, location, cleanliness, amenities, style!"

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We hope to welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2023

  • "The Hive is a unique luxury 2 bed apartment."

    Spacious and comfortable, fully equipped kitchen including espresso maker right in the center of Stow-on-the-Wold. When I say luxury it is high end in every detail from the bedding to the showers and bath. I loved that the four of us could hang out in the living room as our own private space rather than a hotel lobby. The owners were charming and own the restaurant downstairs. The whole experience is 11/10.

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed The Hive and all that it has to offer. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic property."

    Spotlessly clean, spacious and a great location.

    We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your feedback. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Mar 2023

  • "The appartment was everthing we hoped for and more."

    Perfectly situated in Stow. Would love to come back again. It was luxurious and very comfortable.

    We are glad you had a comfortable stay in The Hive and were pleased with its location. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a ideal location."

    Look forward to visiting again.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Hive, as well as the local area! We look forward to welcoming you again one day soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a fabulous stay at the Hive."

    Very clean, comfortable and right in the heart of Stow-On-The-Wold village. The bee theme was the best surprise as I am a 'bee freak". Little dishes with bees on them, cushions and even a glass panel with bees etched on it. It eas hard to leave this place.

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted you had such a great stay and particularly that you enjoyed the bee theme! We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had an excellent time in this lovely property!"

    The owners, Jayne and Sally, were very welcoming. The apartment was large and very comfortable, and the kitchen was well equipped. We would love to come back!

    Thank you for providing us with feedback on your stay at The Hive. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Hive and and that the owners made you feel welcome! We hope to one day welcome you again in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cindy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful stay in this highly upgraded apartment."

    Perfect location to shop, hike and then enjoy the great restaurants, The Bell, The Old Butcher. The Prince of India and The Hive being our favourites.

    Thank you for taking time to provide this great feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed staying at the Hive (and making the most of the restaurants!). We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2022

  • "The Hive is a beautiful apartment in a stunning location."

    Everything about The Hive is exceptional and we would highly recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2021

  • "Have stayed at the Hive several times now, with no problems."

    Jayne & Sally (plus the rest of the team at the downstairs cafe) are always friendly and available if you do need anything. The flat itself (well, maisonette really) is well equipped and clean. Nothing to add to previous reviews, tbh!

    Reviewed by P5.0Jul 2021

  • "Have stayed at the Hive several times, which indicates that we're very happy with it!"

    The owners, Jayne and Sally, are lovely people who also have the cafe downstairs, and are readily available if any problems. The property is furnished with high quality gear throughout, and is ideally placed in Stow for either local walks/shops etc, or for short car trips to Bourton or Burford or similar. Bearing in mind that 'there's no place like home'(!), you can always find things you don't find ideal, but if you want a modern holiday property with good facilities both inside and out, there's no reason not to book. All being well, we'll be visiting again in 2021! I would've reviewed The Hive earlier, but the email went to my Spam folder and was only seen by me recently!

    Thank you returning to The Hive. We are pleased to hear that you were happy with your stay and hope to return in the future! We apologise for the email going into your spam. Thank you for completing and we appreciate your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by P5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely spot."

    Very comfortable beds and cosy apartment. V well equipped.

    Reviewed by Anthea5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Hive is a truly lovely property, very luxurious, and the location couldn't be better, being just a a stone's throw from the main market square."

    There was just one teeniest niggle, it almost sounds insulting to mention it as the kitchen facilities are superb, but when you are checking in (currently) at 6pm, it would have been nice not to have had to straight back out again for milk and teabags. I'm not suggesting a massive welcome pack, but a pint of milk, a small jar of coffee, a few tea bags and a packet of local biscuits would have been very welcome. Not a complaint - just a suggestion.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, The Hive is perfectly positioned to explore Stow and all the surrounding villages. The welcome pack has been removed due to COVID but if requested the owner is more than happy to provide this for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Oct 2020

  • "The apartment is very modern and beautifully decorated and maintained and has everything you need."

    The only bit of advice would be supply more toilet paper

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Feb 2020

  • "Our second time to The Hive, (from Australia) and once again it exceeded our expectations."

    Sally and Jayne where so welcoming. The apartment is so beautifully decorated and the Christmas tree was such a lovely touch, thank you. Beds are the most comfy we have found in any holiday cottage. Stow on Wold such a great base for exploring the Cotswolds. Such a memorable stay.. a big thank you

    Thank you for staying at The Hive a second time and for leaving your lovely comments. We are pleased to hear it exceeded your expectations again. Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracie5.0Dec 2019

  • "This was our first holiday in the Cotswolds and we had a great time."

    Stow is a great base to explore and walk, with good transport links, friendly bars and fantastic options to eat out. The Hive is a superb flat, right in the heart of Stow and really is home from home. The accommodation has a quality feel, is very comfortable and well equipped. Perfect for 2, 3 or 4 guests.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Nov 2019

  • "Having stayed at the Hive before, we've been happy to stay again."

    Jayne and Sally (owners) are lovely people who also have the cafe downstairs; very convenient if any problems! All equipment / bedding is good quality. No cleanliness problems. There are a couple of maintenance issues but nothing that will adversely affect your stay. We use both bedrooms and - for the guidance of others doing the same - upstairs is in the eves and tight for headroom in places, especially in the WC, but obviously this hasn't been a deal-breaker for us! The Hive is well-located about 100 yards from the town square; there is a pub next door but we haven't heard anything offensive from there (ie: at chucking-out time), so not a problem. The cafe is always very busy, which says something in a town with quite a few cafes; all staff are great and food likewise. No reason for us not to return!

    Thank you for your comments and we are pleased to hear that it is your second visit to The Hive and would return again. Feedback is important to us at Manor Cottages and we have amended our website description to say the second floor bedroom is located in the eves. We hope you return soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by P5.0Nov 2019

  • "It was the perfect place to stay."

    So comfy and had everything we needed. We loved Stow on the Wold, such a beautiful town. All in all a really great trip!

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, we do love 'The Hive'. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Flora5.0Nov 2019

  • "Our hopes were high prior to arrival but everything exceeded our expectations in respect of the accommodation and the service received."

    The furniture and accessories were of the highest quality and there was nothing whatsoever that left us feel that we had been short changed. We would have no hesitation in recommending this particular property to anyone and indeed have already done so.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "This is without doubt, the loveliest apartment we have ever had during our travels."

    Everything is top of the line, the appliances, the furniture, the bathrooms. And the beds are ultra-comfortable. Jayne is a wonderful host and runs the restaurant directly below the flat. The area is beautiful. If we had known they the Cotswolds were so beautiful, we would have stayed longer. Lots of places to visit nearby with many historic towns within short driving distance and many, many nice restaurants and pubs. If you are going to the Cotswolds, I highly recommend staying at Stow on the Wold and absolutely booking this amazing flat.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2019

  • "This is an extremely lovely apartment with the most amazing fixtures and fittings."

    I am usually resigned to not sleeping whenever I go away as I find all beds other than my own extremely hard and uncomfortable. Not here - the beds were so comfortable and the bed linen of such a good quality that I slept well throughout the stay. The apartment is fitted out with an array of high end equipment from Bosch to Miele and has plenty of plates, cutlery etc. The en-suite bathrooms had double headed showers and the towels were plentiful and very soft. Take heed of the owners warning about the parking space, we have a Qashqai and I would say this was even slightly too big for the space which was tricky to access. However that said, the parking space is a definite plus as parking in the village was quite difficult (it’s a very popular spot for visitors). Jane was very welcoming and the food at the Hive restaurant was wonderful especially the scones. The restaurant is very popular and as you access the apartment through the terrace with outside seating for customers you will have to ask people to move so you can access the stairs to the apartments front door.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Jun 2019

  • "This is a fabulous apartment in a central location with amazing facilities."

    Cleanliness was of the highest level and the apartment exudes luxury. We would not hesitate to return ourselves or recommend it to anyone else.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2019

  • "Superb accommodation, stylish and comfortable and in a great location."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2019

  • "Location is fantastic."

    The home is beautiful, comfortable, and well appointed. There has been great attention to detail and quality.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth and Greg5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautifully designed and in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2019

  • "An absolutely beautiful stay at The Hive."

    Spacious, luxurious and comfy bed. A outstanding place to stay if looking for a property in the Cotswolds. Would 100% stay here again.

    Reviewed by Tracie5.0Mar 2019

  • "The accommodation is beautiful and every little detail has been considered; book now!"


    Reviewed by Shona5.0Dec 2018

  • "The Hive was stunning!"

    I have nothing but great things to say. Would most definitely return.

    Reviewed by Aman5.0Dec 2018

  • "The Hive was amazing, it was a wonderful treat."

    The easy access to delicious cakes from the cafe below was an added bonus! We had a great weekend and hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Nov 2018

  • "Well equipped, really clean, really nice touches like fresh scones on arrival, milk in the fridge, tea, coffee etc\ \"

    Mrs Kearney

  • "Fabulous apartment, modern, well equipped, under floor heating, high standard of decor, it looked amazing but was also comfy too."

    Mr Nisbet

  • "The cottage was better than expected and we had a great time."

    Great location, great furnishings, extremely comfortable beds and friendly hosts. Sally and Jayne were lovely and made us feel very welcome.


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  • Please Note: This property only accepts children over 12 years old
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king size double with smart TV and en suite bathroom with bath, walk in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king size on the second floor located in the eves (zip/link can be a twin if requested), with smart TV with en suite shower with shower and basin, there is a separate WC and basin
  • Cloakroom/utility with basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner effect fire place.
  • Central heating, woodburner effect fire place
  • Four ring gas hob, double oven and grill, dishwasher and microwave and a large Fisher and Paykel fridge/freezer, Nespresso coffee machine (a few pods are left for guests)
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Patio/terrace with table and chairs for 4
  • Parking for one small car
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: This property requires a good housekeeping bond of £250
  • Note: The parking for this property is tricky and this is why it is only suitable for 1 small car. NO WORKING GROUPS PLEASE

The property

No more than a hop from the heart of Stow on the Wold, The Hive is as sweet and gorgeous as it sounds!

Ideal for couples (no children under 12).

A period house with a boutique feel that has undergone the most comprehensive overhaul imaginable, you are surrounded by quality and luxury.

Inside, there is a smart open plan living area, more than ample space for up to 4 people, including an uber-smart kitchen that will allow you to enjoy cooking up a storm!

The views towards the little green and Sheep Street beyond are lovely and for such a central property you are surprised at how peaceful it is.

There are two bedrooms a sublime master suite and a secluded twin/double upstairs too.

Light and bright it is hard to believe this venerable old building is as old as it is, the clean and simple lines are relaxing and the quality of the fixtures and furnishings is a joy to behold.

The entire experience here is outstanding, we love it.

Whether entertaining at home or taking advantage of the superb choices in Stow, this is an exceptional base to explore the cotswolds.

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: The external stairs leading up to the property can be slippery in wet weather, and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues. Please take care when using them.
Note: This property does NOT accept any children under the age of 12 - including babies. The owner does live on site.
Note: This property requires a good housekeeping bond of £250.This amount is automatically shadowed when the booking is made
Note: The parking for this property is tricky and this is why it is only suitable for 1 small car.


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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas