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Hillview Cottage is a period town house that has been refurbished to retain its original 19th century character, while giving it a contemporary feel. The cottage is in a quiet location with beautiful walks from the doorstep, yet it is just a stone’s throw from Tetbury's town centre with its tempting antique shops, independent boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Hillview sleeps five guest across three bedrooms, with one family bathroom, and has a secure, terraced courtyard garden. Tetbury is surrounded by delightful Cotswold Countryside whilst being conveniently located less than 30 minutes from the M4 and M5, with Highgrove, Badminton, Gatcombe, Westonbirt, Cotswold Water Park and Malmesbury all close by. One, well-behaved dog is accepted.
Full Description
Head from the centre of Tetbury halfway down Gumstool Hill, a quiet no-through road and the location of the historic Tetbury Woolsack Race. Here you will find Hillview Cottage, a 19th century, terraced, three-story, Cotswold cottage with a front door that opens into the cosy living space. The owners have retained the cottage’s charm, while bringing it up to date with contemporary furnishings and comforts. The ground floor has a pretty living-dining room to the front, with a large woodburner and window seats (an ideal spot for watching the world and Woolsack Race go by), and a contemporary kitchen to the rear, plus a back door opening to the terraced, courtyard garden. On the first floor is the master bedroom and family bathroom, while up the second flight of stairs is a double and single bedroom.

Hillview Cottage has a long and narrow, courtyard garden set over three terraces, each with seating areas, providing plenty of opportunities to eat and drink al fresco, particularly on the top level which has a raised deck and catches the sun, when it’s out, all day long. At the bottom of Gumstool Hill is a pretty community park with paths to Preston Park, the Chipping Steps and a stream and bridge leading to the Goods Shed Arts Centre and the Tetbury Trail.

Ground Floor

Step in through the front door onto a small, raised entrance area with hooks for coats and a handy basket for keys.

Living/Dining Room:
The cottage’s principal living space is at the front of the property looking out over Gumstool Hill. Here you will find a large woodburning stove set in the original fireplace with a painted, exposed stone surround, and two delightful window seats. The living area has original, limestone flooring with a cosy rug, a four-seater sofa, an armchair, and occasional tables with reading lamps. A 32” smart TV sits to one side on an oak stand, with shelving holding family games and local walking guides. The dining area has a wooden floor with a table, bench and chairs to seat five guests.

Head to the rear hallway, with limestone flooring, where you will find the kitchen, a back door out to the garden, a walk-in understairs cupboard and the staircase up to the bedrooms and family bathroom.

Though small, the kitchen is well-equipped with a five-ring gas hob and electric oven, a double sink, a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge-freezer, plus all the essentials for a self-catering stay. It is a lovely bright room with sunlight streaming in through the Velux windows and the window looking out to the garden.

First Floor

Head up the carpeted staircase to a small landing with a long mirror:

Bedroom One:
The delightful master bedroom is decorated in soothing white and pink tones and overlooks the rooftops of Gumstool Hill and the trees behind them. It features a king-size bed with a bedside table and reading lamp to one side and a fitted wardrobe with hanging space and shelves to the other side. (Note: the bedroom door must be shut to gain access to the left-hand side of the bed.)

Bathroom/Shower Room:
At the top of the first flight of stairs, and next to Bedroom One, is the family bathroom with a full-size bath and over bath power shower, a WC and wash basin.

Second Floor

Head up the carpeted staircase with a rope handrail to the top floor landing and two bedrooms in the converted eaves. Here you will find a long mirror and some open shelves, with space for storing luggage and/or clothes and the travel cot. (Note, this staircase is steep and curving, so is unsuitable for guests with restricted mobility or very young children.)

Bedroom Two:
The second double bedroom features a standard double bed with shelves to one side, with a night light and space for personal items. Over by the window, which overlooks the garden, is a dressing table with a mirror and stool. The bedroom has hooks with coat hangers for hanging clothes.

Bedroom Three:
Your dreams will be sweet in this pretty, single bedroom, overlooking Gumstool Hill and the mature trees along the Tetbury Trail. The bedroom is furnished with a single bed with a bedside table and reading lamp, a chest of drawers with a make-up mirror and hooks with coat hangers for hanging clothes.


Step out the back door to a pretty, gravel courtyard garden built on three terraces, each with seating. The first terrace, directly outside the kitchen, has a wooden bench and is ideal for enjoying a reviving early morning cuppa, the second has a bistro table with two chairs, and the last terrace has a raised wooden deck with a dining table and chairs to comfortably seat five guests. This terrace catches the sun all day, perfect for al fresco dining with a great view over the adjoining gardens and rooftops. (Note: the first set of steps from the back door to the first terrace are particularly deep and would be difficult for young children and guests with reduced mobility.)
Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size double, 1 standard double and 1 single
  • 1 family bathroom with bath, shower over bath, WC
  • Parking: Limited, free, on-street parking plus free car park in walking distance
  • Dog friendly: maximum one well-behaved dog (2 dog bowls and towel provided)
  • Private, enclosed, multi-level courtyard garden with three seating areas
  • Fireplace with wood burner – one basket of logs and kindling provided
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
  • Hairdryer x2
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toilet paper
  • Heating and hot water via gas central heating with central thermostat
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV 32”
  • Games – board games and cards
  • Kitchen equipped with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • Oven/hob - gas
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
  • Garden furniture: dining table and 6 chairs, bistro chairs and 2 lounging chairs
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

Food stores: There is a well-stocked Cooperative food store in walking distance on the High Street, while a Tesco superstore is the main supermarket in Tetbury, a 15-minute walk from the cottage, on London Road. The town also has some great specialist food and wine shops including, Vinotopia, Hobbs House bakery, House of Cheese, Jesse Smith Butchers, Lola & Co Deli and The Grocer of Church Street for health foods.

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 Outrider, Sassy & Boo, Treacle George, Domestic Science and the Highgrove shop. See the Tetbury Guidebook for more details.

Eating Out:

There’s 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 (0.1 miles)
  • Quayles Cornerhouse Bistro (0.1 miles)
  • Blue Zucchini (0.1 miles)

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:
  • Westonbirt Arboretum (3.7 miles)
  • Highgrove House & Gardens (1.4 miles)
  • Badminton Horse Trials (10 miles)
  • Train - Kemble Station - direct service to London Paddington in 75-80 minutes (7 miles)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The cottage has a steep and narrow staircase to Bedrooms Two and Three on the second floor
  • The garden has several sets of steps, including three deep steps from the back door to the first terrace, making it inadvisable for guests with restricted mobility and for guests with young children
  • The top floor bedrooms have low beams, potentially making them unsuitable for very tall guests
  • Hillside Cottage accepts one, well-behaved dog for an additional fee
  • Parking: Free, unrestricted, on-street parking is usually available on Gumstool Hill. If parking is not available on Gumstool Hill, guests can stop, unload and then head to the nearby Old Railyard Car Park (GL8 8DG) where there is free, unrestricted parking 24/7 (a 5-minute drive and a 2-minute return walk)


Lovely place and in great location - would stay again!
| 31/10/2021
Rented cottage to catch up with girlfriends & to visit westonbirt & Tetbury. Cottage on a very steep hill - very quiet & friendly. Hill not for anyone unfit or with mobility issues - stairs to attic bedroom very steep & narrow tread! Garden area on three levels also. Cottage lovely, warm & welcoming - quality towels, bed linen & utensils & furniture. Good central location - lovely cafe in the goods shed /arts centre at the bottom of the hill. JMC
Julie and David
| 23/09/2021


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.
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