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Christmas Cottage


Sleeps 4
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Christmas Cottage is a delightful, mid-1800's, terraced cottage, sitting on Tetbury iconic Gumstool Hill, the location of the town’s ancient Woolsack Races, which guests can watch from the bench outside the cottage. The cottage has been furnished to accentuate its history yet remains contemporary with a well-equipped kitchen and stylish bathroom. A terraced cottage, extending over three floors, with great views over the rooftops, with a richly planted, terraced patio to the rear. The cottage is just a minute’s walk from the centre of Tetbury, with a very good pub, arts centre, village green and the start of a lovely walk a stone’s throw away.
Full Description
Located towards the bottom of famous Gumstool Hill, Christmas Cottage sits in a terrace of beautifully kept cottages. Gumstool is a quiet road with no-through traffic with the immaculately tended Millennium Green at the bottom, which leads to a stream and bridge that takes pedestrians to the Good Shed Arts Centre, a café and the start of the Tetbury Trail.

Christmas Cottage is a three-storey cottage, with over two hundred years of history made evident by the original inglenook and occasional low beam! At the front, on the ground floor, there’s a charming living room complete with wood burning stove and Smart TV, and a good-sized kitchen-dining area with a back door out to a covered utility area and steps up to a terraced, patio garden. A super-king (twin on request) bedroom and family bathroom are on the first floor, as well as a delightful landing with a window seat looking out to the garden, while on the second floor is a king-size bedroom commanding great views across the rooftops to the mature trees along the Tetbury Trail.

To the rear of the cottage, through the kitchen door and up six stone steps, is an enclosed and private rear garden arranged as a paved patio terrace on two levels, surrounded by flowering borders with a table and chairs to comfortably enjoy al fresco drinks and dining. Outside the front door, there’s a small garden bench - a lovely spot to sit and watch the Gumstool Hill activity go by, and if you’re lucky to be there in May, you’ll have ‘ring-side’ seat at the passing Woolsack Races.

Ground Floor

Step in from Gumstool Hill into a handy hallway where you’ll find coat hooks, an umbrella stand, a mirror and a shelf with local maps and walking routes.

Living Room:
The age of the cottage is clear in the cosy living room where you’ll find a feature Cotswold stone inglenook fireplace, with a contemporary wood burning stove and two deep windowsills. The living room is furnished with two comfy sofas, a small desk and a chair and an upcycled dresser full of books, guides, maps, games and DVDs.

Five steps up from the hallway lead to the kitchen-dining room at rear of the cottage.

Kitchen/Dining Room:

The kitchen-dining room has a polished, Cotswold stone floor and is spacious for a two-bedroom Tetbury cottage, comfortably seating four adults around the antique pine dining table. The kitchen area is fully equipped with a double oven and five-ring hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer and all the small appliances needed for a self-catering stay.

A back door leads out of the kitchen to the covered utility area and paved and terraced patio where you will find a table and chairs for al fresco dining.

First Floor

Carpeted stairs with a banister lead up to a landing with a delightful window seat at the top of the stairs. It’s a lovely little spot to sit and gaze out of the window - at two woolly onlookers!

Bedroom One:
This pretty double bedroom, overlooking Gumstool Hill from two windows, is decorated in a calming mix of white, taupe and sea blue and features a super-king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps. (The bedroom can be arranged with twin beds on request.) A fitted wardrobe and tall chest of drawers are provided for guests to store and hang their clothes, and a full-length mirror sits to one side.

Family Bathroom:
The contemporary, spacious bathroom features polished Cotswold stone floor and wall tiles, giving it a spa-like tone. Here you’ll find a full-size bath with wall-mounted taps and an over-bath shower, with a fixed, rainfall shower head, a lozenge-shape wash basin with an eye-catching, upcycled mirror above, a heated towel rail and a WC.

Second Floor

Carpeted stairs with a banister and handrail lead to a door through which is Bedroom Two.

Bedroom Two:
The second bedroom sits on the top floor and is furnished with a king-size bed on a painted, French-style base, with bedside tables and reading lamps. This light and bright bedroom, with a warm red and gold colourway, has been cleverly positioned in the eaves and has good headroom, but tall guests should note the roof strut and eaves. The bedroom has an in-built wardrobe, a small dressing table with a stool and a full-length mirror.


Immediately outside the kitchen door is a covered, weatherproof passageway with storage space for walking boots and recycling and an outside tap. From here, head up six stone steps to the garden - brushing past heavenly scented lavender as you go - to a paved and terraced, private patio surrounded by flowering borders. Here you’ll find a circular table and four seats, a delightful spot to enjoy a morning coffee or al fresco dining. Whilst there is no allocated parking for Christmas Cottage there is free parking usually available on the hill.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super king-size (can be twin on request)
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • 1 Bathroom - Family bathroom with bath and over-bath shower, WC
  • Hairdryer - 1
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • No BBQ available
  • Parking - On-street parking
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

There is a well-stocked Cooperative food store in walking distance on the High Street. A Tesco superstore is the main supermarket in Tetbury, a 15-minute walk from the cottage, on London Road. The town also has two independent bakeries, a cheese shop, a butcher, a deli and a health food shop. All major supermarkets will deliver to the cottage.

Eating Out:

There is a wide range of eating out options in Tetbury, from relaxed cafés to restaurants for special events. Here are the main choices, all within easy walking distance of the cottage:
  • Royal Oak Pub (pub with restaurant)
  • Blue Zucchini (eclectic bistro)
  • The Close Hotel (restaurant and bar)

There are plenty of walks in and around Tetbury to suit all ages and mobilities, from historic strolls past the town’s most famous landmarks, to rural rambles across the surrounding Cotswold countryside. The Tetbury Trail (once the Tetbury to Kemble Branch Line) is a gentle and historically interesting walk that’s suitable for walkers, cyclists (mtb) and horse riders. The Trail starts from the Tetbury Goods Shed, just down the hill from the cottage, and continues for three miles towards Kemble. There’s a picnic area at the start, plus the Goods Shed café is there should you need something before leaving, and along the way there are also 20 exercise stations.

Places to Visit:
  • Tetbury antique shops
  • Highgrove House & Gardens (1.4 miles)
  • Westonbirt Arboretum (3.7 miles)
  • Train - the nearest train station to Tetbury is Kemble, a 15-minute drive away. Kemble operates a very popular and direct service to London Paddington in 75-80 minutes.
  • Taxis - Express Taxi, Cotswold Shuffle
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.
  • The garden is unsuitable for children under seven or guests with any mobility issues, as there are a number of levels and several stone steps.
  • Please do not walk on the flat roof over the kitchen-dining room.
  • The property is situated in a residential area; therefore, in consideration of the neighbours, we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10pm, especially outside on warmer evenings.
  • Two well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.


Good place to stay for touring the south Cotswolds and a great host thank you!

| 16/09/2023

Christmas Cottage is in a great location, particularly if you are bringing a dog as there is a great walk along the Tetbury Trail mere minutes from the cottage.Also very close to the centre of town with its variety of restaurants, bars and an excellent book shop. The cottage is comfortable and well-equipped. The back garden is fully enclosed and has a beautiful area to sit and enjoy a drink in the evening.

| 01/09/2023

Overall, very cosy cottage. Good stock of games, books and Dvds. Excellent Wi-Fi, and the area of Tetbury was pretty I would definitely stay again.

| 28/12/2022

We had a wonderful Christmas at Christmas Cottage. The house was perfect and the host made it all very easy. Tetbury is a lovely town to visit.

| 23/12/2022

Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Tetbury, made even better by our stay in this beautiful and well-appointed cottage.It really feels like the owner cares and ensures everything is there to make the stay comfortable and enjoyable, with a lot of thought has gone into it. Beautiful fabrics have been used, it's well-decorated and very warm (it was a misty chilly December!). A well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable sitting room (complete with some logs for the wood burner)We would stay again in an instant and I am sure we will return in 2023. Thank you for letting us stay here

| 01/12/2022


If you’re a lover of all things vintage or antique, Tetbury is undoubtedly the place for you, with some 25 antique stores located throughout the town. There’s an abundance of stylish and arty cafes, pubs and restaurants and independent interior, clothing and food shops, as well as Highgrove - Prince Charles’s Tetbury residence-inspired shop. Enjoy wonderful walking routes right from the front door, and the Tetbury Goods Shed, with its eclectic mix of music, art and theatre, is a minute away. Within a 10-mile radius, there are several places of interest to visit, including Nailsworth, the National Trust’s Newark Park, Westonbirt Arboretum, Owlpen Manor, Woodchester Mansion, Highgrove House, Badminton, and Gatcombe Park.