If your energy needs reviving, your spirit and soul need some tender loving care, or you simply need to reconnect with your loved ones, we sense a stay at one of our boutique boltholes may be the revitalising answer you need. Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by elegance, luxury and sumptuous interiors – the kind you see and long to own in beautiful magazines, with caressing colours, fabulous furnishings, vibrant views, and soothing surroundings. Now open your eyes and step into our 10 hand-picked bolthole retreats, which we’re sure will provide you with the sanctuary you need to bounce back to a life full of energy and vigour.
Baby friendly boltholes
The Thatch at Todenham is a quintessentially Cotswold country cottage with a thatched porch and a pretty cottage garden where guests can relax and enjoy an alfresco drink or meal after a day of exploring the region. The owners have spared nothing in the design and décor of the fabulous interior, using Farrow & Ball paint, Fired Earth tiles, GP & J Baker fabrics, Sanderson and Harlequin wallpapers, and White Company linen and towels. Thatch Cottage has plenty of room for a travel cot and has easy stairs, making it a baby friendly bolthole as well as one of our boutique retreats.
This secluded cottage is a stunningly stylish bolthole for two in an amazing location. On the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen-dining-living area, oozing style and comfort that has been created by its interior designer owner. Sitting between the kitchen-dining room and living room is a fabulous wood burner creating the cosiest of ambiences during the cooler months, while French doors open to the courtyard garden and bring the outside in. Upstairs is a unique and romantic bedroom, with a super king-size bed and an adjoining luxury shower room. There’s plenty of room for a travel cot, so Apple Store Cottage ticks the baby friendly bolthole box too.
Family friendly boltholes
The owner has spared no expense in converting the Coach House into a luxury Cotswold holiday cottage, combining character features with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities, including an outdoor pool. The vaulted ceilings, majestic beams, open log fire, and polished Cotswold stone flooring with underfloor heating, sit perfectly with the Smart TVs, sound system, and contemporary kitchen. The Coach House has a spacious, open-plan dining-living-kitchen area and a stunning sitting room, both with smart TVs, making it ideal for entertaining younger and older guests, making it one of our most idyllic and family friendly boltholes.
Old Fox Cottage will capture your heart even before you go in with its Tiffany-blue front door, and foxy door knocker that peeps out from under the gorgeous thatched roof. The owners have produced a look and feel throughout the cottage that is tasteful and luxurious. With its peaceful blues, calm creams and woodland themes, you’ll feel particularly warm, cosy and cosseted here. The attention to detail is fantastic, with every mod con anticipated and provided. Shut the front door and all the worries of the world will melt away. When you do venture outside, you’ll find the very popular, National Trust-owned Fleece Inn just across the road, serving excellent local beers and hearty food, putting Old Fox Cottage firmly on the list of family friendly boltholes and boutique retreats for two.
Little Elms’ fabulous, contemporary interior blends perfectly with the original 1700’s features, including exposed beams and an impressive stone staircase framed by an oak and glass bannister leading down to a unique basement – a great hangout zone for young guests. Throughout there’s a blend of modern art, Cotswold Company furniture and Farrow & Ball paintwork. The master bedroom has a magnificent emperor-size bed, while the second bedroom has a delightful, bespoke bunk bed ideal for younger guests. The first floor living room has a wonderful view through the eponymous elm tree to Stow-on-the-Wold’s Market Square and features a 63” TV. Little Elms joins the company of family friendly boltholes, as well as being a romantic bolthole for two.
A boutique retreat
This delightful cottage has plenty of its original character features yet has a modern and elegant interior ensuring that it sits comfortably on our list of extra-special bolthole retreats. The exposed stone walls create a focal statement while the internal wood store and a glass panel staircase bring modernity to an old building. Enjoy some bath-time bliss and drift away in the gorgeous bathroom complete with a clawfoot bathtub.
Painswick Valley is one of the most tranquil and revitalising settings you’re ever likely to find, with Court Cottage at its centre surrounded by 94 acres of meadows and woodland. From the outside, the house may at first appear slightly austere, with its straight lines and pebbled exterior, but that just makes the contrast with the beautifully furnished and styled interior even more breath-taking. From the fabulous kitchen to the dining room, living room and beautiful bedrooms, the owners have spared no expense to create a calm and serene atmosphere, transforming the interior into one of the valley’s best luxury boltholes, with the perfect combination of nkuku and Neptune furnishings and lighting, Little Greene paintwork, and sensitively refurbished vintage furniture.
Singer House is rightly considered one of Chipping Campden’s luxury boltholes. This wonderfully elegant, Grade II listed, Cotswold stone townhouse is in the heart of the popular Cotswold town, with all its amenities on the doorstep. This sumptuous holiday home’s interior perfectly combines sophisticated-modern with elegant-traditional, producing a distinctly boutique ambience, making it a strong contender for one of our leading bolthole retreats. In addition, the kitchen’s stunning glass doorway hides one of the prettiest courtyard gardens that you’re ever likely to see; a private little hideaway from the gentle hubbub of the High Street, framed by Cotswold-stone walls and lush topiary at every corner.
Gorgeous Tachbrook is cosy and super stylish and is, without doubt, one of Charlbury’s top luxury boltholes. The owners’ attention to detail, using the perfect combination of colour, fabrics, furniture and lighting, has created a style that would easily feature in any interior magazine. The renovation cleverly combined a Georgian and Victorian cottage, retaining the character of each era, to form the luxury, Grade II listed holiday home that you see today. The cottage has a delightful and private garden, and parking – a much sought-after amenity in the attractive and bustling Cotswold town of Charlbury, with a mainline train station making it just an hour from London.
Bolthole retreats don’t come more beautiful than Colebrook Cottage. Built in 1861, Colebrook was once the Police Station in the peaceful Cotswold village of Blockley. Today it has been transformed into a luxurious townhouse, with every creature comfort provided and an interior that’s breathtakingly stylish and elegant. The owners have cleverly combined some intriguing original features with contemporary furnishings and styling, including the old police cells which are now the utility area, and the master bedroom which covers the entire top floor and has a vast emperor bed with beautiful Oka linens, a statement wooden chandelier and an elegant dressing room.
We warmly invite you to explore these 10 boutique boltholes and hideaways where you simply have to step inside to feel pent-up stress and pressure peel away to reveal the new, revived you.