Laurel Cottage is an elegant end of terrace cottage in the peaceful village of Coln St Aldwyns. The owners have created a stunning country retreat that blends stylish interiors with original features and includes a beautiful kitchen-dining area. There’s a cosy living room with a wood burner, perfect for chilly winter evenings and an enclosed garden to the rear with views of the church. The cottage sleeps four guests across two bedrooms and is just two miles from the pretty village of Bibury. The village pub is a short stroll away.
Set back from the quiet road on the edge of the village, the long front garden is the perfect frame for this pretty pale stone cottage. A gravel hedge-lined path leads the eye to the front door and around to a private garden at the rear. A stone porch stands at the centre of the cottage, waiting to welcome you in.
This charming cottage is the epitome of country-chic, the pale colourways, wooden floors, and thoughtful artwork creating a tranquil and peaceful space, whilst comfortable soft furnishings add a feeling of warmth. The ground floor features a welcoming living room with a wood burner, a cleverly designed inner hall, ground floor cloakroom, snug and an exceptional kitchen-diner that wouldn’t look out of place in any interior design magazine, runs the width of the cottage. On the first floor, you'll find two pretty double bedrooms and a fabulous bathroom featuring a clawfoot bath, where you can relax amongst the bubbles to your heart's content.
To the rear of Laurel Cottage, there is an enclosed garden with views of the village church. A two-seater sofa and chairs with plump cushions sit on either side of a low-level table, where you can enjoy peaceful, warm summer evenings. A Cotswold stone border is filled with planting and there’s a charcoal barbecue and a bistro table and chairs for two. The front of the property is framed by a long garden that leads from the gate to the front door.
As you step through the wooden front door into the porch, you’ll find two baskets and coat hooks, where you can leave outdoor coats and footwear.
This elegant room has warm wooden floors underfoot and an original ceiling beam overhead. To the front of the room, a deep-set window overlooks the front garden, a second window looks out to the side of the cottage. A stylish wood burner takes centre stage, it's the perfect spot for cosy winter nights. The plump three-seater sofa invites you to sit and linger a while, there’s also an oversized snuggle seat in front of built-in bookshelves, which are packed with novels, and a large, upholstered ottoman. A wooden TV unit holds a selection of games and a 32" Smart TV. Recessed ceiling spotlights ensure the room has plenty of light, however, there are side tables with reading lamps if you prefer a gentler glow.
There is one step up from the living room into the inner hall. This clever use of space holds a small circular hairpin-leg table and two chairs, perfect for a morning coffee or as a peaceful spot for breakfast à deux, and a bench seat. There’s a large wall mirror and natural light comes from the windows on either side. You’ll also find a very stylish cloakroom decorated in dark grey with a large circular mirror, which lights up and a handy broom cupboard.
Hidden away behind a door (and up four steps) from the inner hall the snug is a cosy room with a large day bed strewn with cushions. It’s a quiet place for reading or indulgent afternoon dozes, there’s a window overlooking the garden to the rear.
From the inner hall, there are four steps to the stunning kitchen-dining room which runs the width of the cottage. The apex ceiling gives a feeling of light and space, and the wooden beams dotted with spotlights, echo the original features of the barn which now houses this beautiful room. There is a back door to the garden plus bifold doors which open fully bringing the outside in. Enjoy leisurely breakfasts and convivial evening meals at the farmhouse-style dining table which seats four comfortably. The superb kitchen features pale grey, shaker-style cupboards, which conceal everything you could need for a self-catering holiday, marble work surfaces and a stone floor, warmed by underfloor heating. A double butler sink overlooks the rear garden and there’s a range-style electric oven with a five-ring induction hob for preparing delicious meals.
Tucked away in the utility room at the end of the kitchen are a washing machine and a tumble dryer plus, you'll find a microwave beneath the sink.
From the Inner Hall, the stairs lead up to the first floor. Natural light comes in through a tiny window to one side.
This pretty bedroom has a wooden and upholstered double bed which is made up with soft white linens and plump cushions. Limed-oak bedside tables topped with reading lamps stand on either side of the bed and the built-in double wardrobe has plenty of storage space. The gentle dove grey décor seen throughout the rest of the cottage is also reflected here.
The second of the two bedrooms is equally pleasing with a wooden framed double bed, flanked by bedside tables topped with hanging lightbulb reading lamps. The single wardrobe has plenty of storage and there's a full-length mirror on the wardrobe door. Both bedrooms have windows with views over the front garden.
Bathroom / Shower Room:
The main bathroom is delightful. Generously proportioned, the standout feature is a fabulous stand-alone, clawfoot bath by the window that is just crying out to be filled with bubbles so you can lie back and let the cares of the day drift away. There’s also a separate marble tiled shower cubicle with two shower heads, a WC, and a vanity unit with storage beneath, a hand basin and a wall mirror. There is underfloor heating beneath the wooden floorboards, ensuring cosy toes all year round.
Laurel Cottage sits enclosed by a long front garden and a peaceful rear garden that is in part surrounded by a Cotswold stone wall and runs the width of the house. It’s a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. The comfortable garden sofa and chairs are the perfect spot for sundowners and, there's a charcoal barbecue for alfresco feasts.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 2 standard doubles
1.5 bathrooms: 1 family bathroom with a clawfoot bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and vanity unit with a hand basin and a ground floor cloakroom with WC.
No dogs or pets
Private enclosed garden
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling are supplied for one fire
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via oil central heating with a central thermostat controls. Underfloor heating to the bathrooms and kitchen.
Free High-Speed Wi-Fi - 66 Mbps* Please note internet speeds are not guaranteed
32” Smart TV
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso Vertuo Next), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer,
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Outdoor two-seater sofa and two chairs with cushions and a low-level table. Bistro table with two chairs.
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Coln Stores is 150 metres from the cottage, and there is a Londis in Fairford (3.3 miles). For a larger food shop, there is Waitrose, ALDI, and Tesco in Cirencester (9.4 miles).
The New Inn, Coln St Aldwyns (0.2 miles)
The Keepers Arms, Quenington (0.9 miles)
The Victoria Inn, Eastleigh (3.8 miles)
Coln St Aldwyns is surrounded by excellent walking country. As a starter, the gentle 1-mile walk around the village is a good introduction and a wonderful way to get your bearings. Head further afield and you’ll find a landscape of woods and water meadows. Try the 4-mile walk through the valley to nearby Quenington or wander a little further with a 6-mile circular walk to Bibury, home of the Arlington Row cottages, one of the most iconic, much-photographed scenes in the Cotswolds. Visit the Cotswolds AONB website for more inspiration on local self-guided walks and cycling trails.
Places to Visit:
Bibury (2 miles)
National Trust Lodge Park & Sherbourne Estate (5.4 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (8.1 miles)
Train - Swindon (12 miles) has regular services from London Paddington, the West Country, and Wales.
Taxis - First Taxi Fairford; Little’s Private Hire and Centurian Taxis
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreat Experiences
Points of Note
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property for overnight stays
Taller guests should take care of the low front door and porch door as well as mind their heads on the staircase and bedroom doors
Infants and children under the age of 16 regrettably are not permitted
Parking: There is non-allocated on-street parking to the front of the cottage
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
The Laurel cottage is fantastic. Stunning and beautiful cottage decorated to the highest standards. It is truly a home away from home and we had a very lovely and quiet 4 days pre-Christmas. We will be back again.
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Coln St Aldwyns is a beautiful yet peaceful Cotswold village in the picturesque Coln River Valley. Slap-bang between Cirencester and Burford you are away from the madding crowds but close to the myriad attractions the Cotswolds are known for. The village is surrounded by excellent walking country and there is an excellent pub just a short walk from Laurel Cottage. The pretty village of Bibury, home to the much-photographed Arlington Row is two miles away.
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