This beautiful one-bedroom, 17th century bothy, originally built to house cattle and a herdsman, has been lovingly converted by the current owners into a luxurious and romantic bolthole for two. Soft furnishings and warm colours create an elegant retreat with contemporary artwork dotted throughout.
The Bothy sits in the grounds of Arlington House, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and includes many extra welcoming touches that will delight you and make your stay that little bit special. It’s only a minute’s walk from a local pub with a roaring log fire and garden, and is based in Bibury – one of the most photographed sites in England, famed for Arlington Row.
As you pull through the wrought iron gates and up the driveway of Arlington House, a stone’s throw from the popular village of Bibury, you’ll see the Bothy straight ahead. At first view the Bothy seems like an unimposing Cotswold stone barn. However, the moment you open the front door you’ll immediately realise you have chosen a luxurious and perfectly proportioned Cotswold bolthole for two.
This old stone bothy was originally used for cattle over the centuries and has recently been converted. It now offers a light, bright and stylish accommodation 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 en-suite 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.
Step through the Bothy’s front door into the delightful, elegantly furnished, open plan living area, with polished limestone floor tiles, a comfy sofa, and smart TV. A perfectly equipped corner kitchen, with a fridge, toaster, kettle, gas hob, and oven, is at the far end of the room, while a bistro table is provided for guests to dine at, with a window seat providing one of the seats. (Trays are provided should you wish to eat sitting on the sofa.) A fabulous, antique wall-sized mirror reflects light into the room, making this open-plan living area beautifully bright.
A narrow, contemporary spiral staircase winds upstairs to:
Simple elegance best describes the Bothy’s luxury ensuite bedroom, with its vaulted and exposed beams, grey and white colour scheme and combination of antique and contemporary furniture. The room is furnished with a king-size bed, reading lamp, a wardrobe and drawer, a small sofa, luggage rack and full-length mirror. A hair dryer, iron and ironing board are also provided for guests.
The door in the bedroom that leads to external stairs was originally used by the herdsman who lived above his cattle. The morning sun streams through the door’s window, which can be enjoyed while lying in bed, but curtains are provided should you prefer to keep the light out for a lie in! (This door should only be used in case of fire. Please leave the keys in the door at all times.)
The elegant ensuite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, with handheld and overhead showerheads, a contemporary wash basin, a dual flush W.C. and a tall heated towel rail. All towels, shampoo and soap are provided for guests.
The Bothy has a delightful, dedicated seating area to the side of the cottage, with a bistro table and chairs. Guests access the property using the owners’ private driveway. A parking space for one car is located to the front of the Bothy.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2 in 1 king-size double bedroom
1 ensuite bathroom - with large walk-in shower, contemporary wash basin, W.C. and tall heated towel rail.
Parking for 1 car
Garden bench at front door
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Cleaning starter pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls
TV: flat screen, smart TV (online viewing only)
Cards and boardgame
Kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil and trays
Ironing board and iron
Dedicated seating area to the side of the cottage, with a bistro table and chairs
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The closest supermarkets are in Cirencester (7 miles) where you will find a choice of national and independent stores. For large food shops, there is a Tesco Extra, Waitrose, Lidl Cirencester, ALDI and an M&S Simply Food.
The Swan (320 metres)
The Catherine Wheel (480 metres)
The Village Pub (2.8 miles)
In addition to having the walks of the Cotswold Way on its doorstep, there are many self-guided walks to enjoy in and around Cirencester. For history buffs, try The Whereat Trail, an easy-to-follow route from the Corinium Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre with interesting historical facts dotted along the way. For those after a slightly longer route, the field and woodland walk from Cecily Hill to Peddington Polo Ground is a great choice. Covering 4 miles in total, this circular walk starts from the top of Cecily Hill, taking you through parkland and across the River Churn before heading through rolling fields and woodland to Peddington Polo Ground. Another great option is the Riverside Walk from West Market Place in the town centre; a gentle 2.5-mile stroll along the riverbank, taking in the Abbey Grounds, Roman Wall and an early 16th-Century mill house.
Places to Visit:
Bibury Trout Farm (320 metres)
Cirencester (7.3 miles)
Cotswold Water Park (12.5 miles)
Train - Kemble Station (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles) both have regular services into London Paddington
Taxis - Cirencester Radio Cars, Tony's Taxi Kemble, Kemble Station Taxis, Hills South Cerney Cabs, Station Taxis
There is so much to explore and experience when visiting the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Parking: One marked parking space.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Quirky, cosy and comfortable stay, with easy parking. Well-equipped and easy to use facilities and the spiral staircase is a novelty!
My wife and I stayed at The Bothy for 7 nights, and enjoyed every minute of it. It was straight-forward to locate, with a decent-sized parking spot. There was private outside seating. The property owners lived in the immediate vicinity, and were very kind, approachable and helpful, without being intrusive. We would stay again. The accommodation would not really suit anyone with mobility issues, due to a narrow spiral staircase, which is stated prior to booking, so we knew what to expect. An ideal accommodation for a couple, and for spending a few nights is a beautiful part of the Cotswolds. The accommodation provided some useful local information, and everything we needed for a welcoming arrival - thanks for the cake!
Perfect, place to base ourselves for a weekend trip to the Cotswolds. Beautiful little village within easy driving distance of many attractions. Plus lots of walks local to the venue.
Spent five nights in this wonderful little spot. While small, it was very well equipped and appointed. The location is just right for country walks and sightseeing. One small plumbing issue was handled efficiently by the very friendly hosts. The weather during our stay was not very good, but the charm of the property made our indoor hours very memorable.
Arriving at The Bothy, we found a very clean and comfortable snug - exactly what we needed. We booked the space during lockdown as we had a wedding to attend in the area and it really was the perfect choice. The little touches we found were so helpful: basic groceries and treats (oil, salt and pepper, ground coffee, fresh milk and cookies; even two little bottles of wine in the fridge!) and a Smart TV (we brought our own Firestick which made things super easy). As we’ve been to Bibury many times, we didn’t need to take advantage of its excellent position for the tourist trail but would highly recommend it for this purpose. Both the Bolthole Retreats agency and the owner Michelle are delightful to deal with too.
Arlington was first mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and was for centuries a village known for cloth making. Arlington village and Bibury village sit side-by-side, separated by the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames. The village’s honey-coloured cottages are what many visitors regard as quintessential Cotswold, with many visitors making a beeline to the famous Arlington Row cottages, once depicted on the inside cover of every UK passport, and just a minute’s walk from the Bothy.
Arlington was also the ancestral birthplace of John Custis II, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia and named his Virginian mansion "Arlington" after the village. Arlington Mansion was abandoned, but the name was used again by his great-great-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis (the grandson of Martha Washington and step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington, the first President of the United States), as the name for Arlington Estate on the south shore of the Potomac River near what is now Washington, D.C. Today it is known as Arlington National Cemetery. The 19th-century artist and craftsman William Morris called Bibury "the most beautiful village in England" – he probably meant Arlington too!
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