The Landers is a very well-equipped, black and white timber holiday home, dating back to the 17th century. This 5-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home sleeps 10 guests across 3 king-size rooms and two twin bedrooms and seamlessly combines its original features, - two open fireplaces and oak beams - with sought after facilities including a fantastic kitchen-breakfast room, two reception rooms, two modern bathrooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and three garden areas with parking for six cars. This spacious, dog-friendly property is six miles south of Cheltenham and has with a shop, pub and restaurant less than a mile away.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
The Landers was originally two farmworker’s cottages which over the years have been combined into one long and spacious Cotswold home, cleverly updated with an extension on the rear. The black and white timber exterior belies the modern facilities within, notably the contemporary kitchen and breakfast room, family bathroom and shower room. This spacious five-bedroom holiday home has two characterful living rooms both with Smart TVs – one with an open fireplace – and a dining room that comfortably seats 10 with an inglenook fireplace.
Outside, the three garden areas provide a fantastic choice of areas to relax and play in, from the country cottage front garden to the huge lawn and Garden Room, and the swimming pool (open 1 May-30th September) with its surrounding patio, BBQ, chiminea and lawn.
Side Entrance/Utility Room:
The Landers has a beautiful original oak front door, which leads into the front hallway. However, guests are asked to enter the property via the side door, stepping into a spacious Utility Room. This area, with a stone floor and padded bench is perfect for removing shoes and boots, keeping a dog basket and doing the washing and ironing. The Utility Room is kitted out with a washing machine and washer-dryer, iron and ironing board, clothes airer, vacuum, cleaning items, double and stainless-steel dog bowl.
Straight ahead to:
The Landers’ beautiful, contemporary kitchen stretches the length of the back of the house from the Utility Room to the breakfast area at the far end, where there’s an enticing hanging ‘egg chair’ and a pantry where the highchair, stair gates and baby chair is stored. The Kitchen is fully equipped with everything guests need for a self-catering stay, with a double electric oven, five-ring induction hob, fridge, freezer, wine fridge and dishwasher, plus a full range of utensils, crockery and glassware. The polished stone floor, with underfloor heating, perfectly complements the immaculate and polished preparation surfaces. The Kitchen overlooks the swimming pool, patio and pool garden. At the Utility end of the Kitchen is a spiral staircase leading up to Bedrooms One, Two and Three and the Family Bathroom. A side door leads out to the swimming pool.
Beside the spiral staircase and next to the door leading out to the pool is a handy cloakroom, with a W.C., washbasin and heated towel rail.
Leading off the Kitchen’s breakfast area (down one step) is the cosy and inviting Living Room, which combines the original cottage features of the open stone fireplace, wooden floor and beams with contemporary furniture and a large flat-screen TV and DVD player. The comfy sofa and two armchairs seat seven comfortably. The armchairs are kept in an alcove, an ideal spot for reading or listening to music, yet being part of the rest of the group watching TV.
The impressive oak front door opens into an original cottage hallway, now situated between the Dining Room and Living Room, and features a beautiful 17th century wooden arch. Guests will find a desk and brochures of local places of interest. It’s a handy area to store large suitcases and coats.
The superb Dining Room features the original inglenook fireplace, with an open fire, and a long wooden table to comfortably seat 10 guests. (Most guests only light the open fire in the Living Room as it can get too warm sitting at the dining table with the fire blazing.) The Dining Room overlooks the pretty front garden and Ermin Way.
The Dining Room connects to the Kitchen in one direction (up one step) and the Sitting Room continuing to the far end of the house, towards the main garden. A door off the Dining Room leads upstairs to Bedrooms Four and Five and the Dressing Room (see below).
Connecting with the Dining Room, Entrance Hallway and the main garden through French doors, the Sitting Room is a great place to relax or watch TV in the sink-in sofas, which comfortably seat five or six guests. A corner cupboard houses the travel cot (Joie brand) and baby bounce chair. This room has a wonderful view down the length of the main garden to the raised Garden Room.
From the Kitchen ascend the spiral staircase to the first-floor landing:
Landing Seating Area:
At the top of the spiral stairs is a cosy seating area, with two Baroque-style armchairs and power points to charge devices. It’s a great place to relax and read.
This spacious master bedroom features an impressively high vaulted, A-frame roof with original, exposed beams and stone chimney breast. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed on a solid oak bed frame, bedside tables with reading lamps, two chests of drawers, one with a mirror, a comfy armchair and a long hanging rail with hangers. There is plenty of room to set up a travel cot and other baby equipment. The bedroom overlooks the front of the house and the main road.
The second king-size room, with a cosy cream, chocolate and coffee colourway, is furnished with a king size bed, double wardrobe, bedside tables and reading lamps, a comfy armchair and a full-length mirror. Featuring a beautiful Cotswold stonewall - the opposite side of the stone chimney breast in Bedroom One. The bedroom overlooks the gravel parking area and the main garden.
This pretty twin room, with a relaxing cream, grey and burnt orange colourway, features two, full-size single beds with a shared central bedside chest of drawers and reading lamp and a chest of drawers with a three-way mirror. This bedroom overlooks the swimming pool.
A beautiful and spacious bathroom, combining contemporary styling, a walk-in shower (with detachable showerhead), dual flush toilet, washbasin with large mirror and heated towel rail with a freestanding Victorian-style roll-top bath. Finished with polished grey tiling, dark dove-grey walls and wood effect flooring.
Head back to the Dining Room and up the wooden staircase – mind the low beam - to:
Directly outside Bedroom Four is a large dressing room area furnished with a sofa, coffee table and double wardrobe (for Bedroom 4 and 5’s guests’ use). It’s a lovely area to get ready to go out, curl up with a book and have a quiet read, or for setting up a travel cot.
One step up from the Dressing Room is another impressive double bedroom, featuring original oak floorboards, beams and a fireplace (not in use). Furnished with a king size bed, bedside tables with reading lamps and a large wall mirror.
This pretty twin room, with a cream colourway and accents of mossy green, features two, full-size single beds with a shared central bedside chest of drawers and reading lamp and a chest of drawers with a three-way mirror. The bedroom overlooks the swimming pool.
Family Shower room:
Sitting conveniently between Bedroom Four and Five, the Family Shower room features a beautiful walk-in shower with a curving tile wall (with overhead and detachable showerheads), a double washbasin unit, dual-flush toilet and heated towel rail.
The Landers has ¾ acre of land divided across three gardens and a large gravelled parking area accessed via a gated, private driveway off Ermin Way. To the right of the driveway. as you approach the house. is a large lawn with mature trees and fabulous elevated, wooden Garden Room, approximately 1 metre off the ground – an ideal hang-out for youngsters. (Access to the Garden Room is via 6 wooden steps and the sides are open; it is not suitable, therefore, for young children to use unattended.)
To the front of the house is a pretty English-cottage garden with roses and lavender, a bistro-style table and chairs, and a bird feeding house. Guests can access this garden through the front door or via a side gate.
And, finally, the property’s great attraction for late spring and summertime visitors the 9.6m x 3.5m swimming pool (available from 1 May to 30 September) and pool garden. The poolside garden has a lawn, a large patio, a charcoal barbecue, outside seating for 10 guests and a chiminea. The swimming pool can be accessed through a gate off the parking area, which can be secured to stop pets and small children from entering, or through a door off the Kitchen. Pool towels are provided.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms across 3 king-size bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms
Dog friendly – double stainless-steel bowl provided
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 10
BBQ (charcoal) – charcoal provided and chiminea
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The closest small supermarket is a Co-operative food store in Brockworth, just under a mile away. In the same location you’ll also find a fish & chip shop, Chinese takeaway, bank and laundry. If you like fresh, homegrown produce, head to Primrose Farm Shop and Pick Your Own, 1.2 miles away.
Little Witcombe (150 metres)
The Royal George Hotel (1.5 miles)
The Greenway Hotel and Spa (2.5 miles)
The Landers is right at the heart of the Cotswold Way, the national walking route that offers just over 100 miles of magical walking, with long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment and journeys through picturesque villages and famous ancient sites. Or for a quick stretch of the legs, turn right out of the cottage, then almost immediately left towards Gt Witcombe and the Parish Church. Continue along this country lane to St Mary’s Church and a brief explore before heading back again.
Places to Visit:
Little Witcombe Cricket Club (200 metres)
Crickley Hill Country Park (3 miles)
Leckhampton Hill (5 miles)
Train - Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester (5.5 miles)
Taxis - Starline Taxis, Dial-a-Cab, Andy Cars & Central Taxis Association
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
Parking: The property has a gravel drive and parking for 6 cars
Dog friendly: A maximum of two well-behaved dogs are permitted at a cost of £25 per dog (on booking)
Steps: There are a number of steps which guests with mobility issues/parents carrying babies should make themselves aware of
Spiral stairs: a wide but spiral metal staircase leads out of the Kitchen to Bedrooms 1, 2, and 3 and the Family Bathroom
Low Beams: the staircase from the Dining Room to Bedrooms 4 and 5 has a low beam over the stairs
The pool is available from 1 May to 30 September. The pool is open between 8 am-9 pm
Landers is in a residential area, please respect the neighbours and keep noise to a minimum after 10 pm.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Excellent property, can't fault it. However, the pool could be cleaned more often.
Virginia - August 2021
Quirky house, lovely grounds, pool, kitchen, bathrooms, beds great.
Carole - July 2021
We had a great couple of nights stay at the Landers. Was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Lovely bathrooms with nice rain showers. The pool was also brilliant! Thanks very much for the stay. We would highly recommend!.
We had a great couple of nights stay at the landers. Was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Lovely bathrooms with nice rain showers. The pool was also brilliant! Thanks very much for the stay. We would highly recommend!.
Overall this is a very nice place. I came for a week with a group of friends and we all had a great time! The pool and the garden room are both outstanding features and we got a lot of use out of both. The house itself was very clean upon our arrival and the interior was very nice. There were a few problems with doors and locks but nothing serious enough to take away from our fantastic experience - I would definitely recommend coming here!
The Landers is in the hamlet of Little Witcombe, three miles from the M5 motorway, eight miles from Gloucester, six miles from Regency Cheltenham, 12 miles from Cirencester and 10 miles from Stroud. The nearby A46 road provides easy access to all the towns and villages of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Burford. The remains of the nearby Roman Villa is proof of the area's long history, as is nearby Prinknash Abbey, which dates back to 1096. Today, the area around the Landers is home to several small villages, farmland and light industry. Witcombe Cricket Club is across the road, a Premier Inn with a pub and restaurant is half a mile down the road, Gloucester Ski & Snowboard is 5.5 miles away and FlyUp417 Bike Park is just a mile away. Regency Cheltenham (6 miles away) has plenty of boutique shopping, the celebrated Gold Cup Cheltenham Racecourse and world-famous jazz and literary festivals.
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