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Charlton Down Cottage


Sleeps 4
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Overlooking Westonbirt Arboretum in the distance, Charlton Down Cottage is a beautifully renovated country cottage. Nestled along tree-lined lanes just outside Tetbury it provides a refreshing retreat for couples and their dogs. Leave the car behind and explore the surrounding countryside on foot, dine in picturesque Tetbury and enjoy slow days of relaxation at Charlton Down Cottage. The location is inspiring, and each room comes with an enviable garden view that stretches to the treeline of Westonbirt which is within walking distance. The cottage is a spacious haven with everything you could need for a rejuvenating break in the Cotswolds.
Full Description
This unspoilt corner of the Cotswolds is a dream come true for anybody looking for a peaceful escape. Charlton Down Cottage is hidden away just a stone’s throw from spectacular Cotswold highlights such as Westonbirt, Highgrove Gardens and Tetbury.

The cottage retains its charming traditional character while the spacious and well-equipped rooms make it a contemporary home-from-home. Start your days with breakfast in the garden and you’ll find you can’t resist the draw of your natural surroundings. The area is criss-crossed with walking routes, and you will be rewarded by the country pubs you stumble upon. Coming back to Charlton Down Cottage the handy utility is an added bonus giving you space to clean muddy paws. Lighting the woodburning stove in the open plan living/dining room you have a cosy evening ahead of you. Prepare a homecooked meal using local produce to be enjoyed at the dining table and watch a film together in the comfortable sitting area. Ideal for couples or small families, there are two king-size bedrooms and a large bathroom.

At any time of year, the garden is a feast of colour from the fiery reds and oranges of autumn to lush greens in the summer. If you’re lucky enough to stay when the laburnum is in bloom in spring you’re treated to a glorious display of bright yellows. It is a fantastic place to spend time with the dogs, enjoy the views while relaxing with a book and cook up a feast on the barbecue. There is off road parking for up to four cars on the gravelled driveway.

Ground Floor

Utility Room:
You enter Charlton Down Cottage into the utility room which is perfect for post-walk mucky boots and wet dogs. There is a sink, washing machine and tumble dryer and a second freezer. You will find extra storage space and room to leave coats, bags and shoes.

Open Plan Living/Dining Room:
The open plan living area is split across a sociable sitting area and a dining area. Two comfortable sofas add a pop of colour and face the smart TV and woodburner. The window looks out across the garden and there is a coffee table so you can sit and enjoy the view with a cup of tea.

The dining area has a table and chairs seating four. There is plenty of space to set the table for fine meals and celebrate a special occasion.

In the spacious kitchen you have everything you need for a self-catering stay. With a double Belfast sink, oven and hob, fridge/freezer and lots of worktop space, you can prepare meals with ease.

First Floor

The landing doubles as a workspace with a beautiful desk. Whether you are having to catch up on work or want to read one of the books on display here, you are sure to be distracted by the view. Looking out across the fields to Westonbirt the window seat will be hard to resist.

Bedroom One:
The king-size bed sits beneath the high ceilings in the first bedroom. The quiet position of the cottage provides a good night’s sleep as you sink into the plump bedding. A built-in wardrobe lets you hide your suitcases away and there are bedside tables.

Soak amongst the bubbles in the wonderful bathroom. This large room has a bath with a hand-held shower, separate shower, and a toilet with a view.

Bedroom Two:
With a king-size bed the second bedroom is a fantastic place to wake up. Opening the blinds you are treated with a view of the garden which you can enjoy from bed. There are bedside tables and a chest of drawers while a decorative fireplace adds charm to this bedroom.


You will spend most of your time outdoors while staying here, either on country walks or in the lovely cottage garden. The south facing front lawn is ideal for a morning coffee and the entire garden is enclosed by a stone wall. To the rear a west facing sheltered terrace has a table and chairs to dine al fresco while enjoying the evening sun. Spread a blanket under the oak tree in this private garden and soak in the Cotswold sun, glass of wine in hand and dogs at your side, what could be better.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • 1 Bathroom - With extra long bath, shower, WC and sink
  • Hairdryer
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer - 2
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 4
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Drying rack
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Stair gates


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 4 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Charlton Down Cottage is in a rural location near Tetbury (2.5 miles) where you will find a buzzing high street and a large Tesco supermarket. Further afield in Cirencester (13 miles) is a Waitrose, Lidl, Tesco, M&S and Morrisons Daily. Jolly Nice Farm Shop (10 miles) is an award-winning destination with a charming country drive-through, special events, bar and yurt restaurant and farm shop specialising in only the best local produce.

Tetbury has some great specialist food and wine shops including Tetbury Wines, Hobbs House bakery, Jesse Smith Butchers, Knead bakery and Martin & Malthouse Deli. Tetbury is an antiques hub with over 25 antique stores on the High Street and Church Street. The town also has a wide range of independent clothing boutiques and interiors stores, including Overider, Sassy & Boo, Domestic Science and the Highgrove shop. Twice weekly markets are held at the Market House selling everything from local produce to jewellery, second-hand books and furniture.

Eating Out:
  • Hare and Hounds, Westonbirt – award-winning restaurant for delicious meals and a cosy bar with a fire for casual drinks (1 mile)
  • The Royal Oak, Tetbury – dog-friendly bar and relaxed dining area with a Summer pop up outside serving world street food (2.5 miles)
  • The Blue Zuchini, Tetbury - family-run restaurant/bar/cafe with a menu suiting any time of day (2.5 miles)
  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Easton Grey – Michelin starred dining in an elegant setting (4.5 miles)

Charlton Down Cottage is within a 30-minute walk of Westonbirt Arboretum where you can follow trails through the woodland. Dogs are welcome in two sections of the arboretum with space for them to be off lead. From your doorstep you can join the Macmillan Way which passes the arboretum, follow trails to Tetbury, head to Beverston Castle or Chavenage.

Places to Visit:
  • Westonbirt Arboretum – 600-acre arboretum with beautiful walking routes, treetop trail and Gruffalo statues to be discovered (1 mile)
  • Beaufort Polo Club, Westonbirt - watch an exhilirating game and tread the divots at half time (1 miles)
  • Highgrove Gardens and House, Tetbury – private residence of King Charles II and the Queen Consort. Advance booking required (2 miles)
  • Calcot Spa, Tetbury - enjoy true relaxation with a treatment at this luxurious spa (4 miles)
  • Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton - every May the Badminton Estate is home to one of the most important events in the equestrian calendar (8 miles)
Train – Kemble railway station (10 miles) has a frequent and direct service to London and Cheltenham.
Taxis - Cotswold Cab, Pink Cab Tetbury

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
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome for an additional fee. Please keep dogs on the ground floor only and keep dogs off the furniture. When coming back from a country walk the utility is perfect for bringing in muddy paws.
  • Due to the light colour of the carpets, the owners would be grateful if you could leave shoes on the boot rack in the utility room. 


We booked at Charlton Down Cottage, the booking experience was very smooth and all the arrival directions and details were easy to follow. The cottage itself was really nice, well-equipped, warm and very comfortable. For those wanting fast internet, it is worth knowing that the Cottage benefits from full fibre internet from rural broadband specialists Gigaclear which combined with the Smart TV meant it really was home from home. Having left we were contacted pretty quickly to be informed we'd left something behind and both the Bolthole office and housekeeper were really helpful so we were able to drop by on our way home to collect the items. All in all a very positive experience.

| 10/04/2024

Stayed a weekend - was a good base for exploring the local surroundings - the dogs loved the long walks! Cottage was very comfy. Thanks for having us to stay.

| 05/04/2024


With Westonbirt Arboretum to one side, Highgrove Garden to the other, Beaufort Polo Club and a quintessentially Cotswold country pub within a stone’s throw, locations don’t get much better than this. Elegant Tetbury is a mere 2.5 miles away and has an abundance of stylish cafes, pubs and restaurants and independent shops. If all this isn’t enough, wonderful days out can be spent at Stroud, Cotswold Water Park and Cirencester.