This charming, 200-year-old, 3-bedroom cottage is in the heart of the pretty Cotswold village of Lower Swell and is just one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the Cotswold’s most popular towns. Originally the village cowman’s cottage, 1 Horseshoe Cottage is now a semi-detached country holiday retreat with a contemporary kitchen, bathroom, wood burner and pretty garden. It is an ideal touring base for the Cotswolds, with an excellent village pub and free parking directly outside the cottage.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
1 Horseshoe Cottage is a typical Cotswold stone cottage overlooking Lower Swell’s quintessentially English village green and War Memorial. As you step through the front door of the cottage, you’ll immediately feel the care and high specifications that the owner has used to modernize the cottage. Everything from the royal blue velvet sofa to the lighting and crisp bed linens exudes good taste, comfort, and style.
The cottage has a delightful English cottage garden, with a lawn and Bramley apple trees (guests are welcome to use the apples), a seating area, and a brick barbeque with a grill.
Step through the outside door into the porch/hallway where you will find the key box and room to leave muddy boots and shoes.
The cottage has a delightful and cosy Living Room with a wood burner, a three-seater royal blue sink-in sofa, armchair, and a large beanbag. Guests have use of a Smart TV with an Amazon Firestick.
There are two steps into the kitchen.
To the right is a fully equipped kitchen (see Facilities) with an induction hob, oven, dishwasher, pretty Quaker-style units, and plenty of wooden work surfaces for preparing and cooking meals. To the left is the Dining Area overlooking the village green, with a rectangular table and seating for five.
Utility / Laundry Room:
Just off the Living Room, at the bottom of the staircase, is a handy Utility Room with a washing machine, dryer, ironing board/iron, long work surface (good for storing luggage), and storage area, where the owner keeps the travel cot, highchair, and stairgate.
A vacuum, mop, and broom are stored in the under-stairs cupboard.
A moderately steep staircase, with a handrail, leads up to three bedrooms, all with sisal carpeting, and the family bathroom.
The master bedroom looks out over the garden and local fields, a view guests can enjoy from the dear little window seat. The white walls and natural sisal carpeting are complemented with a king-size bed with a soft grey fabric headboard, two bedside tables, unusual spotlight reading lamps, a hanging rail, storage baskets and a full-length mirror.
The cottage’s second double bedroom has a soothing grey/white/yellow pallet and is furnished with a double bed, a bedside table with a globe reading lamp, a double wardrobe, and a full-length mirror.
Looking out over the village green, this bedroom has a single bed, partly under the eaves, and is ideal for younger guests or smaller adults. The bedroom has a chair for clothes and a pretty Art Deco-style bedside light.
The bathroom has a full bath with an over-bath shower, a washbasin, a vanity unit with a mirror, a dual-flush toilet, and a heated towel rail.
Immediately outside the front door is a small garden patio. Directly opposite is a wooden garden gate, which leads through to a very pretty garden with a seating area, lawn and mature trees, including Bramley apples, and a brick barbecue and grill.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size bedroom; 1 double bedroom; and 1 single bedroom
1 Family Bathroom with bath, over-bath shower, toilet and washbasin
Parking – free, roadside beside the cottage
Private enclosed garden – safe for children
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, ground coffee, sugar, salt and pepper
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil, cling film
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo and body wash
Heating and hot water via oil central heating with individual thermostat controls.
TV – flat screen Smart TV with Amazon Firestick
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetière, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The closest food shops are in Stow-on-the-Wold where there is a Co-op and Tesco supermarket and a Marks and Spencer mini store at the fuel service station on the A429.
The Talbot (1.3 miles)
The Bell at Stow (1.4 miles)
The Porch House (1.6 miles)
A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s centre is highly recommended and allows you to really appreciate Stow-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings and monuments as you stroll. The walk is an easy 5.5km/3.75-mile circular miles-without-styles walk (opens pdf) around the town, taking in St Edwards well, Maugersbury and the Fosse Way. Or walk a bit ofthe Cotswold Way which runs 100 miles from Chipping Campden via some wonderful Cotswold sites like Broadway Tower, Hailes Abbey, Sudeley Castle and Iron Age Hill Forts on Cleeve Hill above Cheltenham all the way down to Bath.
Places to Visit:
Stow-on-the-Wold (1.5 miles)
Longborough Festival Opera (2.5 miles)
Daylesford Farm, Cookery School, Spa and cafe (4 miles)
Train - Kingham Station and Moreton-in-Marsh stations (5 miles), both with direct routes to London
Taxis - Jays Taxis, Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Parking: Free parking is available immediately outside the cottage around the War Memorial triangle. If more parking is needed, guests may park anywhere in the village (unless clearly marked as No parking)
There is a low beam in the single bedroom, two steps down into the Kitchen, and a moderately steep staircase (with handrail) up to the bedrooms
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
lovely little spot very quiet, well decked out, great place to cabin up.
Andrew - August 2021
So happy to be able to stay at Horseshoe Cottage, was just what we needed for our holiday and the cottage was perfect for its location and it was a lovely very comfortable cottage with everything that we wanted.
Hazel July 2021
Great location, beautiful airbnb with everything you need! The garden is great and we spend lots of time there! Overall great stay!
We had a very pleasant stay.
This is a beautiful house in a wonderful village. The garden was larger than I expected and nicer than the pictures indicate. Sun sets in the back garden, perfect spot to BBQ. We hope to come back.
Lower Swell is a small Cotswold village (population 400), just over one mile from the historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and 17 miles to Cheltenham. Surrounded by open countryside, the village is the perfect location for walking. Take a circular walk around the surrounding villages and back to Lower Swell or cross the fields to nearby Bourton-on-the-Water - a walking distance of about five miles.
Nearby Stow-on-the-Wold is a thriving Cotswold market town which, along with Moreton in Marsh, is perhaps the best known of the small Cotswolds towns. This popular town stands on a 700-foot high hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, perhaps a reason why it was the site of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. Stow has a sophisticated collection of shops and restaurants – including The Porch House Hotel, reputed to be the oldest inn in England, dating back to 947 AD.
Nearby attractions include Daylesford Farm (4.5 miles), Soho Farmhouse (18.5 miles), Cotswold Farm Park (4.5 miles), Cotswold Wildlife Park (14 miles), Birdland (5 miles), Broadway Tower (4 miles) and Snowshill Manor.
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