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10 quirky Cotswold holiday cottages

Posted: Tue, 5th Jan 2021
Bedroom, timbers, Mercia House

We have many properties located throughout the north, south and central Cotswolds, and surrounding counties of Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and NE Somerset and Avon. Some are manor houses, some are village cottages, some are townhouses… whatever they are, we treasure them all! Among these treasures are some slightly quirky properties, and we find guests repeat book these gems exactly because they are… well, quirky! So, if you like a something-different holiday property then look no further than the following group of 10 Bolthole Retreats quirky holiday lets.

1. Hayloft

Location: Kingscote

Garden, Hayloft at Walnut Farm, Bolthole Retreats

As you step through the front door, you’ll immediately feel the Hayloft’s calming ambience. The natural tones of greys, whites and mushroom are set against the unique and verdant backdrop of the courtyard garden peeking at you through the kitchen and French windows. The Hayloft’s sleeping area is a glass and oak-framed, mezzanine floor, accessed via a bespoke, narrow, spiral staircase, which has been created from the old hay store.

2. Castle Gatehouse

Location: Winchcombe

Outside, Castle Gatehouse, Bolthole Retreats

The fairy-tale Gatehouse is split into two wings, accessed by separate doors. On one side you have a four-poster bed master bedroom with ensuite shower room. On the other side you enter the kitchen-diner, going upstairs to the living area and then up into the second king size bedroom with ensuite shower room. The unique (quirky?) layout of this property makes it ideal for two couples wanting the privacy of their own space whilst sharing kitchen/diner and living areas.

3. Shepherd’s Hut

Location: Saltford

Bedroom, Shepherd's Hut, Bolthole Retreats

Accommodating two guests, the Avon Estate’s Shepherd’s Hut is split into a curtained sleeping compartment, a kitchenette-dining area with wood burner, and a door leading into a separate bathroom with a walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. Outside, guests have plenty of open space to relax and soak up the views, including in the luxurious hot tub and around the firepit!

4. The Drying House

Location: Ledbury

Upstairs Living Area, The Dying House, Bolthole Retreats

The Drying House is a spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom red brick and timber property in the heart of historic Ledbury. The exposed beams in the open-plan living area tell the tale of the property’s past – a drying barn for the hops used by local brewers. The two-storey, ‘upside down’ cottage has the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the open plan living-dining area and kitchen upstairs.

5. Brock Cottage

Location: Kingham

Bedroom, Brock Cottage, Bolthole Retreats

This seriously cool property is an eclectic haven with dramatic interior décor with Anglo-Asian influences and lots of separate indoor spaces to explore and find some privacy. A stunning home that’s perfect for large families or friends with children, there are two bedrooms specifically set up for little ones. There’s even an uber-stylish annex with its own log burner and loft sleeping area that would be great for teens or a bit of seclusion for yourself.

6. Cyder Press House

Location: The Leigh

Bedroom, Cyder Press House, Bolthole Retreats

Cyder Press House is everything you may expect of a 17th Century farmhouse, with fine craftsmanship, wooden beams, large fireplaces, flagstone floors and lots of wonderful little nooks and crannies. The master bedroom’s timbers were originally part of a hull of a ship in Gloucester docks.

7. Mercia House

Location: Winchcombe

Mercia House, Bolthole Retreats

As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover… From Hailes Road, Mercia House will strike you as an interesting medieval property, with exposed timbers and the classic overhang, or jettying, of homes of that period. This original part of Mercia House, which includes the side that you see from Hailes Road, dates back to the mid-16th century, while the rear of the house, including the terrace, is an uber-stylish, contemporary addition made by the current owners in 2018.

8. Spinner’s Cottage

Location: Bibury

Kitchen, Spinner's Cottage, Bolthole Retreats

This three-storey two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage in the village of Bibury features stone mullion windows, traditional Cotswold beams and pretty window seats. Being a traditional spinner’s cottage, which would have accommodated a tall spinning wheel, there are unusually high ceilings for a cottage of this age. Guests also have access to a large and useful cellar/utility room below the dining area, accessed through an original, oak trap door.

9. Matara Lodge

Location: Kingscote

Matara Lodge, Bolthole Retreats

The Lodge is the original gatehouse to Kingscote House, a beautiful 9-bedroom mansion with an 800-year history. From the outside, the Lodge looks quite petite, but step inside and you’ll be amazed by its spaciousness. The vaulted ceiling (painted a stunning royal blue), windows in all directions, a fantastically big porthole in the bathroom, and gorgeous Regency window to sit at while working or reading make the Lodge light, bright, and feel far bigger than its 41 beautiful square metres!

10. The Bothy

Location: Bibury

Lounge, The Bothy, Bolthole Retreats

This beautiful, one-bedroom, 17th Century bothy was originally built to house cattle and a herdsman. It has been lovingly converted by the current owners into a luxurious and romantic bolthole for two. Downstairs is an open plan, elegant sitting room with a well-equipped corner kitchen. A spiral, contemporary staircase leads upstairs to a beautiful bedroom with an ensuite shower room. Outside, you are provided with a garden bench at the Bothy’s front door, where you can sit and enjoy a peaceful beginning or end to your day in the Cotswolds.

If you’re into something a little different, discover our Top 10 quirky cottage collection in the Cotswolds.

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