Appletree Cottage | Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds
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Appletree Cottage


Sleeps 5
Family Friendly
No Pets
Local Pub
Nestled a stone’s throw from the beautifully picturesque centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, 18th century Appletree Cottage is a true Cotswold gem. Stroll the River Windrush, shop at the boutique perfumery and Cotswold Distillery and enjoy meals out knowing it’s just a short walk back to the cottage. Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ you won’t find a better location and Appletree Cottage will become your much-loved home from home
Full Description

The warm golden glow of the Cotswold stone of Appletree Cottage welcomes you as you arrive at this traditional home. Dating back to the 18th century you find a balance between the old and the new creating a contemporary but characterful cottage.

Inside you find an exposed stone inglenook fireplace, beautiful soft furnishings, wooden beams and a comfortable atmosphere. There is a touch of luxury in the ornate décor making Appletree Cottage that bit more special. You instantly feel at home and are drawn to make a cup of tea and put your feet up in front of the fire. There is space to dine together, and family meals can be prepared in the modern kitchen which is complemented by traditional focal points. Each bedroom is a haven for relaxation with a focus on quality bedding and linen so you gently drift away after family days out.

The rear Mediterranean-style garden is perfect for dining alfresco on the terrace. Potted shrubs line the walkway to the gate which takes you straight out to the parking area. There is space for three cars parked end to end, a privilege hard to come by when staying in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Ground Floor

The bright kitchen looks across the garden and is well-equipped for your stay with an oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Prepare meals that can be taken out onto the patio to be enjoyed on sunny days or through to the dining area. The washing machine and tumble dryer are cleverly hidden away to one side.

The bathroom is tucked away at the back of the cottage and has a bath with a shower over, WC and sink.

Living/Dining Room:
This stylish room makes a feature of the original exposed stone wall which houses an inglenook fireplace and an electric wood burner effect fire. With a choice of seating, you can curl up on an armchair with a good book or sink into the sofa to enjoy a film on the Smart TV.
Tucked under the stairs is a dining area seating four. Making the most of the space you can have a quick breakfast or pull the table out for an evening meal together.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
The master bedroom has a touch of luxury with a king-size bed and soft button-back headboard. The room has been finished with sumptuous bedding and neutral décor inviting you to spend lazy mornings here. Storage is provided with bedside tables and a double built-in wardrobe and there is a fabulous ornate mirror.

The en-suite has a shower cubicle, WC and sink giving guests staying in this room some added privacy.

Bedroom Two:
The second double bedroom overlooks the front garden and is furnished with a king-size bed with soft Egyptian cotton linen, a tall button-back headboard, a large mirror and beautiful mirrored bedside tables and reading lamps. The room has a double built-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and a single corner cupboard with shelving.

Bedroom Three:
The final bedroom is an invitingly cosy room with a single bed. Exuding the same style as the double bedrooms there is a feature mirror, button-back headboard, bedside table and lamp. Despite being the smallest room there is also built-in storage so you can unpack and feel at home.


The main garden at Appletree Cottage is the Mediterranean style hideaway at the rear. With potted plants and seating, you can enjoy a morning coffee or dine with your group at the table and chairs provided. The garden is fully enclosed, and it is a lovely spot to spend time together. At the front of the cottage is a picturesque lawn leading to the rose and ivy enshrined entrance which is no longer in use.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • Bedroom Three - Single
  • 2 Bathrooms - 1 en-suite with shower and 1 downstairs family bathroom with shower over bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Fire - Gas
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 5
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • No BBQ available
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 3 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

The nearest supermarket is Bourton-on-the-Water’s Co-Operative Food, an 18-minute walk (1 mile). It is well-stocked for all the essentials you will need during your stay. There is also a Londis a bit closer to the house (0.6 miles) which is again perfect for store cupboard essentials. Bourton-on-the-Water houses some fantastic shops including a bakery, coffee shops, and Christmas shop! A Tesco Superstore and a small M&S Food can be found in Stow-on-the-Wold (5 miles.)

Eating Out:
  • There is a good section of pubs and restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter (3 miles)
  • Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold (4.5 miles)

Right in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice when it comes to walks that lead straight from the village centre. A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s Visitor Information Centre, is highly recommended and allows you to really appreciate Bourton-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings, and monuments as you stroll. For those keen to explore the surrounding villages, a circular walk following the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways through to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter offers a gentle pace that totals 4 miles in distance; perfect for those not looking for anything too strenuous. More hard-core ramblers should give the 9-mile circular trek from Bourton through Naunton and the Slaughters a go.

Places to Visit:
  • The Model Village (0.5 miles)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (11.5 miles)
  • Cotswold Motor Museum (0.7 miles)
  • Train - Moreton-in-Marsh station (9 miles) or Kingham station (7 miles), both have direct trains from London.
  • Taxi - Bourton-on-the-Water Private Hire, Call Bobby Private Hire, Limozena Taxis
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CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN ! Such a lovely, cozy cottage gorgeously and perfectly decorated . Had everything we needed , hot water , beautiful linens , great kitchen , cozy fireplace , comfy beds and pillows , books , games , TV, internet all worked perfectly . House in pristine condition ! Wish it were mine . We came for Easter weekend and loved walking through the tiny quaint town and visiting the nearby villages and sites never more than a 20 minute drive away . Easy parking right outside the cottage and lovely quiet road in Bourton on the Water which got busy at times over the holiday weekend but we were well sheltered from the bustle . Can’t recommend enough !!

| 29/03/2024

We had a fantastic time at Appletree Cottage and I would highly recommend a stay there. A beautiful home in a stunning location. Easy access to shops and restaurants. Nice welcome with biscuits, coffee and eggs etc A very sweet gesture.

| 27/03/2024

My family and I stayed for two nights at the Appletree Cottage in Bourton on the Water. The location is close and excellent for walking around town. The cottage was clean and very comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The property manager was prompt and friendly with all enquiries we had during our stay. I would highly recommend this property.

| 10/03/2024

This was our 2nd year staying in Appletree Cottage. Such a beautiful and quaint cottage in stunning Bourton on the Water. What a gem of a place! We’ll be back next year!

| 08/12/2023

Appletree Cottage is in a lovely location and feels very homely.It was very clean with all amenities catered for a real home-from-home.

| 01/12/2023


Bourton-on-the-Water is rightfully one of the Cotswolds most visited villages with a wealth of attractions, delightful shops and eating establishments to suit everyone’s taste. The River Windrush flows through the centre, and is spanned by several, low arched bridges flanked by wide village greens and lovely period Cotswold stone buildings, giving the village its well-known moniker of Venice of the Cotswolds. Forsythia is less than a minute’s walk from the river and its beautiful bridges, making it the perfect place to visit all the sights, including the Model Village, Birdland Park and Gardens, the Motor Museum, the Dragonfly Maze and the Cotswold Brewing Company.