The Landers is a very well-equipped, black and white timber holiday home, dating back to the 17th century. This five-bedroom home comfortably sleeps 10 guests 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 a shop, pub and restaurant less than a mile away.
The property is in the process of being upgraded. The owners are updating / replacing some of the internal and patio furniture; therefore some of the items in the pictures might be different to now.
As you turn off the main road passing the Landers, up the gravel drive, you will be immediately met by the wide-open space of the garden, with its large lawn and tall trees and countryside views reaching across to rolling Cotswold hills.
The Landers was originally two farmworkers’ 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. On the ground floor are 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, a cloakroom and a contemporary kitchen with a breakfast area and large utility/boot room. Upstairs are three king-size bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, with a contemporary family bathroom and shower room.
Outside, the three garden areas provide a fantastic choice of spaces to relax and play in, from the country cottage front garden to the huge lawn and garden room, and a large, heated swimming pool (open 1 May-30th September), with a surrounding patio, BBQ 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 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 and cleaning items.
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 are 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 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.
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. 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 stone wall - the opposite side of the stone chimney breast in Bedroom One. The bedroom overlooks the gravel parking area and the main garden.
This pretty double, with a relaxing cream, grey and burnt orange colourway, features a standard double with bedside chest of drawers and reading lamps and a chest of drawers with a three-way mirror. This bedroom overlooks the swimming pool. (Note: photos show this room as a twin.)
A beautiful and spacious bathroom, combining contemporary styling, a walk-in shower (with detachable shower head), dual flush toilet, washbasin with large mirror and heated towel rail with a freestanding Victoriana-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 guests in Bedroom Four and Five’s 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 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 shower heads), a double wash basin unit, dual-flush toilet and heated towel rail.
The Landers has three-quarters of an acre of land divided across three gardens and a large, gravel parking area that’s 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 one metre off the ground – an ideal hang-out for youngsters. (Access to the garden room is via six 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 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 is 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 sun loungers for all. 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, 1 standard double, 1 twin bedroom
Garden furniture: dining table and chairs, sun loungers
BBQ (charcoal) – please bring your own charcoal
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 Cooperative food store in Brockworth (GL3 4NY), just under a mile away. In the same location you’ll also find a fish and 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. For larger stores, head to the Gloucester Business Park (GL3 4AA) just under two miles from The Landers where you will find a Tesco Superstore, Domino’s Pizza, Costa Coffee, Subway and Greggs (plus a David Lloyd Racket & Health Club).
Beefeater/Premier Inn, Little Witcombe (0.2 miles)
The Royal George Hotel, Birdlip (1.5 miles)
The Green Dragon, Cockleford (5.5 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. For shorter, family friendly walks head to Crickley Hill Country Park (a four-mile drive to the car park), Leckhampton and around Charlton Kings. For a short, 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:
Cheltenham (6 miles)
Painswick Beacon and Rococo gardens (5.5 miles)
Stroud Farmers Market (9 miles)
Train – Cheltenham Spa (6 miles)
Taxis - Starline Taxis of Cheltenham; AndyCars
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
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 additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
Four dogs are permitted for an additional fee.
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 One, Two and Three 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 can be used between 8am and 10pm.
The property is in the process of being refurbished and a number of the furnishings are being upgraded.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
The Landers has new owners and is newly available as a holiday home after several months away. Be the first to stay and write a review in 2022.
As an historic and interesting building with ultra modern facilities, the Bolthole provided warm, clean and exceptional accommodation for our party of 10 adults. There's lots of walking routes nearby and the bars and restaurants of Cheltenham are a short bus or taxi ride away. Highly recommended!
We really enjoyed our stay at the bolt hole. The house is gorgeous, all the amenities you require are provided, the beds are lovely and the showers are top notch. 10/10 would return.
The Landers is in the hamlet of Little Witcombe, three miles from the M5 motorway, eight miles from Gloucester, six miles from Regency Cheltenham, 10 miles from Stroud and 12 miles from Cirencester. 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. 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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