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Bothy at Arlington

Arlington, Bibury

Romantic Retreat
Local Pub
This beautiful, one-bedroom, 17th Century bothy, built to house cattle and a herdsman, has been lovingly converted by the current owners into a luxurious and romantic bolthole for two. 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. A minute’s walk from a local pub with a roaring log fire and garden.
Full Description

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.

Ground Floor

Living-Dining-Kitchen Area:
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:

First Floor

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.


A bench to the side of the front door is provided for guests’ use – a lovely pace to sit and contemplate the day ahead or the day just gone by.

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
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen starter consumables: e.g.  teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt/pepper.
  • 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.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV: flat screen, smart TV (online viewing only)
  • Card 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.
  • Oven/hob (gas)
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Outdoor seating: a bench is provided at the front door
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
  • Parking: One marked parking space, behind the cottage


Great location in a gorgeous village with lots of local walks. The Bothy is cosy and decorated beautifully. One window was broken and wouldn’t close when we arrived but this was sorted quickly.
A beautiful stylish little cottage set in a perfect location. Very clean with nice little added extras Prosecco mince pies tea coffee and condiments.
We loved the quirky nature of this old building and the great conversion into a little bolthole for two. Very comfortable king size bed.
Bibury is so quaint and relaxing and full of history, just like the Bothy. We had everything we needed for a short stay, welcomed by biscuits and fresh flowers and even some fizz in the fridge. A nice touch.
The cosiest little cottage in such a beautiful location. Stones throw away from the key sights in Bibury. Hosts leave out such thoughtful touches and the Bothy is decorated impeccably. Everything you could need is provided. Perfect base to visit other areas of the Cotswolds too. Would recommend to anyone. Just a warning that we had no phone signal in this area - however that’s not the fault of the place and the WiFi in the Bothy is great anyway
We couldn't have loved our stay at the Bothy in Bibury more! It was simply a dream. The cottage itself far exceeded our expectations. When you pull into the driveway you see an incredibly charming 300 year old Bothy, that has been incredibly well maintained, rose bushes and terracotta planters. The inside was completely renovated and very clean. It was tastefully decorated and cozy, yet spacious enough for the two of us. We appreciated the organic prosecco and treats that awaited us as well, as well as the fully stocked kitchen of supplies (since we cooked a lot). The cottage was also conveniently located – a few minutes walk from local attractions and breath taking footpaths and trails. We couldn't recommend it enough!


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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