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Kimkeri is a charming semi-detached, Edwardian villa in the popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Lying within the Cotswold stone interior is a spacious house filled with an abundance of character. The ground floor flows effortlessly with rooms that link to each other but also create individual spaces for guests to spread out and relax. Kimkeri comfortably sleeps six guests across three elegant bedrooms with two bathrooms and features a fully enclosed sunny garden. Whilst perfectly placed for enjoying the charms of Bourton-on-the-Water, it is also in a superb location for exploring the wider Cotswolds.
Full Description
Set just a short stroll from the centre of picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the Cotswolds’ most iconic villages, Kimkeri is a traditional Cotswold stone house with a wealth of charm and character. This is the perfect choice for those searching for a peaceful Cotswold escape with plenty of attractions within walking distance.

Once inside you’ll find original quarry tiles lining the hall floor, which leads from the front door to the rear of the house, stained glass windows and exposed Cotswold stone walls and beams all adding to the appeal. On the ground floor there’s a spacious living room and cosy snug, both with decorative fireplaces, and stretching the width of the house is a fabulous dining/family room, a sociable space with plenty of room for all. To one end is a light-filled dining space with a large dining table set beneath glass roof lights with doors that you can throw open to the patio and to the other a relaxing TV area. On the first floor are two beautiful bedrooms and a bathroom, and on the second floor, a spacious master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.

After a busy day exploring, the enclosed, sunny rear garden is a beautiful and peaceful spot to relax with a G&T or two, as you listen to the bees busy in the lavender bushes, and perhaps rustle up a delicious feast on the barbecue. Through the garden gate at the end of the lawn, you’ll find private parking for three cars, a real bonus in such a central and popular location.

Ground Floor

This practical room is well-equipped with everything needed for a self-catering holiday. The electric range-style stove has five gas burners making meal preparation easy, there’s a fridge with a small freezer box and an eye-level dishwasher. The large roof skylight and window to the side ensure there is plenty of natural light.

Dining Room/Family Room:
Stretching the width of Kimkeri this welcoming and sociable space includes a light-filled dining area, with a large wooden table which can seat all guests comfortably, set beneath a roof lantern, to the rear, double doors open out to the patio and garden. The other end is arranged as a TV area with a large, wall-mounted Smart TV and two vibrant yellow velour easy chairs with matching footstools for comfortable viewing. The storage cupboard built into the original fireplace contains a selection of board games and cards.

This cosy room is filled with character including exposed Cotswold stone walls and a decorative cast iron fireplace with floral tile panels. The two-seater sofa adds a splash of colour and makes this a lovely spot to curl up with a coffee and a good book.

The useful ground floor toilet houses the washer/dryer along with a WC and hand basin.

Living Room:
Set at the front of the house, this elegant room features a decorative cast iron fireplace with floral tiles and a deep bay window to the front. The large Smart TV makes it a wonderful room to enjoy a movie night.

Running from the front door along the length of the house, the hallway features a multi-colour quarry tiled floor.

First Floor

Carpeted stairs with a handrail lead up to the first floor:

Bedroom One:
This beautiful bedroom looks over the rear of the house and boasts a gorgeous limed-oak, upholstered UK King-size/Continental Queen-size bed and is a peaceful and restful space decorated in shades of cream and beige. There are night tables with reading lamps on either side of the bed and a chest of drawers and built-in cupboards for storage, under the window is a pretty Victorian-style towel rail.

Bedroom Two:
Overlooking the front of the house, this lovely bedroom is a spacious and charming room. Furnished with an elegant rattan UK King-size/Continental Queen-size bed, bedside tables stand on either side, topped with reading lamps, a delicate metal hanging rail so you can properly unpack and a chest of drawers.

Bathroom / Shower Room:
The family bathroom has a bath with a shower over it, a toilet and a hand basin with a mirror above it. There’s a storage cabinet for your toiletries.

Second Floor

Narrow, carpeted stairs rise to the second floor and the master bedroom.

Bedroom Three:
Lying at the top of the house, the spacious master bedroom features a beautiful UK Super King-size/Continental King-size wooden sleigh bed, bedside tables with reading lamps and a built-in cupboard for storage. Windows line the wall facing the garden allowing lots of natural light to flood through.

Completing the master bedroom is the ensuite bathroom with a step-in corner shower, toilet, and hand basin. There’s ample storage for all your toiletries and the large roof velux brings in plenty of natural daylight.


The rear garden of Kimkeri is a beautiful south-facing plot with a large, level lawn, perfect for garden games and picnics. It’s fully enclosed with an old stone wall to one side bordered by a swathe of fragrant lavender bushes, whilst the other side is a well-established hedge. The large patio boasts a rattan outdoor dining set. Enjoy morning coffee here as the day begins, rustle up an alfresco feast on the Weber barbecue or relax with evening drinks on warm summer evenings. A path leads through a high gate into a small courtyard area, where the owner has a garden shed, and a second gate leads into the front garden. A beautiful pear tree flourishes here, in honour of an original pear tree that was once planted. Raised borders and gravel beds frame the footpath and front gate. There is parking for three cars in a private parking bay for Kimkeri at the rear of the garden.
Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms 2 x first floor UK King-size/Continental Queen-size double beds and 1 x second floor UK Super-King-size/Continental King-size double bed
  • Bathrooms: 1 family bathroom with a combined bath and shower on the 1st floor, 1 ensuite shower room on the 2nd floor and a ground floor toilet
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Private enclosed garden with lawn and patio
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
  • Hairdryer x 2
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, coffee, sugar, fresh milk. (Please bring pods for the Nespresso machine)
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper and shower gel
  • Heating and hot water via central heating with a central thermostat control
  • Free Wi-Fi *67 Mb/s
  • 2 Smart TVs 55” and 65” with BT TV
  • Games
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware, sandwich press, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • Oven/hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washer-Dryer
  • Ironing board, iron, and clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture: Rattan outdoor dining set to seat six guests
  • BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
* Wi-Fi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed. 
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

All essential amenities and more are within easy reach of Kimkeri. The nearest major supermarket is Bourton-on-the-Water’s Co-Operative Food, an 18-minute walk or a 4- minute drive away. It is well-stocked with all the essentials you’ll need during your stay, with an impressive fresh meat and fish offering, local cheeses, French breakfast pastries and freshly baked bread and extensive wines and beers. There’s also a Londis a bit closer to the house, in the High Street, which is again perfect for store cupboard essentials. Bourton-on-the-Water houses some fantastic bakeries for those who like to pick up a fresh loaf in the morning. Further afield, Stow-on-the-Wold’s Tesco Superstore (a 10-minute drive) is another option.

Eating Out:
  • The Mousetrap Inn (282 ft / 0.08 km)
  • The Rose Tree (0.2 mile / 0.3 km)
  • The Old Manse (0.2 mile / 0.3 km)
Family-Friendly Walks:

The playground is just a two-minute walk from Kimkeri. Turn right out of the back gate, past the British Legion buildings on the left. There is a metal gate leading onto a grassy path to the playground and a big public meadow for games called The Naight.

Another little walk (a push-chair/buggy can be used but depending on its size might need to be lifted at some points) starts just behind Kimkeri. Go out of the back gate and turn right, passing the British Legion buildings on your left. You will come to a gate that leads onto a grassy path to the playground and public meadow. Follow the path along the back walls of the houses towards the rather grand garage complex (recognizable by the clock tower). Go along the small passageway until you come to the Mill House. Turn left and follow the path along towards the river, over the bridge and along the path on the other bank of the river. After a while, you will come to a kissing gate which leads to a field where, in the summer, you can sit and let the kids paddle in the river. When you have had enough, just follow the path over the field until you get to another gate, leading to a little pathway. Follow the pathway along until you hit a road. If you make a left on this road, you will hit the Motor Museum and the beginning of the green. If you continue more or less straight along the back roads, you will come out at the end of the green by the ford.

Places to Visit:
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection (0.2 miles / 0.3 km)
  • The Model Village (0.3 miles / 0.4 km)
  • The Dragonfly Maze (0.5 miles / 0.8 km)
  • Birdland (0.5 miles / 0.8km)
  • Train - Kingham (7.1 miles/11.4 km) and Moreton-in-Marsh (9 miles/14.5 km) have regular services from London Paddington. Cheltenham Spa (17 miles/27.4 km) has services from the South West, Midlands and north of England.
  • Taxis - Bourton-on-the-Water Private Hire; Call Bobby Private Hire and Limozena Taxis
There is so much to see and do in the Cotswolds', why not take a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences.
Points of Note
  • 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
  • Please note that guests not named on the booking and above the maximum capacity of the house are not permitted
  • This is an old characterful house and some of the ceilings over the stairs have a low head height


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Kimkeri is the ideal location from which to explore the charms of Bourton-on-the-Water, all within a short walk from the house. There are two children's playgrounds for those travelling with younger guests if you follow the lane behind the house where the parking is. This also leads to a lovely walk to the old mill and the outskirts of the village. Leave the car behind, wander the pretty streets and meander along the River Windrush as it weaves through the heart of the village. There is a good choice of eateries including cafes, inns, and restaurants. Further afield, the wider Cotswolds including Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, and attractions such as the Cotswold Farm Park and the Cotswold Wildlife Park are within a 20-minute drive.
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