Little Elms is a beautifully restored, Grade II listed, late 1700’s townhouse at the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, overlooking the green on Market Square. This gorgeous home retains its ancient character while incorporating a clever modernisation, with a fabulous kitchen-dining room as the main entertaining space, a spacious living room with a super-size TV, a master bedroom with an emperor-size bed, a bespoke bunk-bed room, a gorgeous shower room and a refurbished basement with a cloakroom. Everything that visitors to this quintessentially Cotswold town could want is right on the doorstep, from independent boutiques, art galleries and antique shops to some of the best pubs and restaurants in the area.
The owners have gone to great lengths to create a fabulous, contemporary, sleeps-four home, whilst conserving the original 1700’s features. There are original, exposed beams and an impressive stone staircase framed by an oak and glass bannister, leading down to the stone- and brick-lined basement - a great hang-out zone for young guests - and a modern cloakroom has been installed. Throughout there’s a blend of modern art, Cotswold Company furniture and Farrow & Ball paintwork. The master bedroom has a magnificent emperor-size bed, all the way from the Pottery Barn in the USA, while the second bedroom has a delightful, bespoke bunk bed. On the first floor, with a great view to the eponymous elm tree and Market Square, is the spacious living room with a 63” smart TV.
Little Elms is decorated throughout with Farrow & Ball Ammonite and Moles Breath paint, giving it a calm and soothing feel that’s fresh in the warmer months and cosy at the colder times of year.
Step through the front door into a small hallway, with stairs to the upper floors straight ahead and the kitchen-dining room to the left. Here you’ll find an umbrella stand and room to take of shoes and walking boots.
The Kitchen-Dining Room:
The beautiful, bright, open-plan kitchen-dining room is the focal point of the house and a great space to relax, cook, socialise and enjoy your meals around a generously sized table. There is every appliance needed for preparing home-cooked food, from the Smeg fridge-freezer to the abundance of kitchen cabinets and work surfaces. An original window seat is a lovely place to perch and watch the world go by – through the wooden shutters. The stairs down to the basement form a unique feature, with the glass panelling providing a view of the 300-years-old stonework. Behind the door is a handy upcycled church pew with seating and hooks for coats and storage for footwear. A Porcelain-tiled floor, with underfloor heating, provides a smart finishing touch.
Cotswold stone stairs lead down from the kitchen-dining room into a vaulted room with original stone flooring. A rug and beanbags (not shown) are provided for younger guests to chill out and use the space as their own. At the far end of the basement is a newly installed cloakroom with a toilet and washbasin.
Head up the carpeted stairs, with banister, to the first floor landing off which are the living room and bunk bedroom. The landing has a handy sideboard and a full-length mirror.
The Living Room:
This stylish, spacious room features a long, L-shaped, leather sofa, a swivel armchair, original, exposed beams and a large (63”) smart TV on a retro TV unit. Ceiling lights and standard lamps provide the perfect lighting, both day and night. Snuggle up with a book, watch a film or take a nap on the fabulously comfy sofa! (Note: the fireplace is for decorative purposes only).
Bedroom One – Bunk Bed Room:
This delightful bedroom is furnished with a custom-built bunk bed with a pretty arch framing the top bunk. Each bed has its own in-built lighting and shelves to place personal items. The bedroom has a smart TV and is furnished with a large wardrobe, chest of drawers, a mirror and a set of removable steps to access the top bunk. Though ideal for younger guests, the bedroom feels grown up too, with its modern art and contemporary fabrics. (Each single bed measures 3ft x 6ft3”).
Carpeted stairs with a banister lead up to the top floor landing off which is the master bedroom and family shower room.
Up on the top floor, with a fabulous view out over the square and the towering elm tree, the gorgeous master bedroom is the most romantic of retreats. With its sumptuous emperor-size bed (2m/6ft6”) grey, rich lavender, and subtle pink tones, this bedroom draws you in to relax and unwind. Furnished with bedside tables and reading lamps, an Art Deco-style dressing table, a chest of drawers, hanging rail (not shown), and a full-length mirror. A door leads directly from the bedroom into the shower room, creating an en-suite feel and purpose.
Family Shower Room:
The stylish, spa-like shower room features floor-to-ceiling marbled tiling and a double walk-in shower (with overhead and handheld showerheads). There’s also a washbasin in a vanity unit with a mirror over, a toilet, and a heated towel rail.
The family shower room has two Jack & Jill style doors, with one opening to the master bedroom and the other to the landing, providing direct access for guests in the bunk bedroom. Both doors have locks on the inside to ensure privacy.
Little Elms does not have its own outside space, but it is directly in front of the green on the Square where there is seating and the famous elm tree and ancient town stocks.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms with 1 emperor-size bed and 1 set of bunk beds with 3ft wide singles.
1.5 bathrooms: 1 Jack & Jill Shower Room, 1W.C. (in basement)
Parking: restricted outside the property but unlimited nearby
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
2 Smart TVs (one 63”)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate, bed guard (for bunk bed)
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Pubs, restaurants, cafes, tearooms, shops, galleries all within 1-200 metres.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The closest general store to Little Elms is the Co-Op in The Square. The main supermarket is Tesco on the Fosse Way – less than a mile away.
The Old Butchers (150 metres)
The Porch House (500 metres)
The Slaughters Manor House (3 miles)
This area is famed for its walking. Smack bang in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice when it comes to walks that lead straight from the village centre. A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s centre is highly recommended and allows you to really appreciate Stow-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings and monuments as you stroll. The walk is an easy 5.5km/3.75-mile circular miles-without-styles walk around the town, taking in St Edwards well, Maugersbury and the Fosse Way. Or walk a bit of the Cotswold Way which runs 100 miles from Chipping Campden via some wonderful Cotswold sites like Broadway Tower, Hailes Abbey, Sudeley Castle and Iron Age Hill Forts on Cleeve Hill above Cheltenham all the way down to Bath.
Places to Visit:
Fosse Gallery (90 metres)
St Edward's Church (300 metres)
Sudeley Castle & Gardens (11 miles)
Train - Kingham Station and Moreton-in-Marsh stations (5 miles), both with direct routes to London
Taxis - Jays Taxis, Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service
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.
Parking: restricted outside the property but unlimited nearby
Little Elms does not have its own outside space
Pets not accepted
Little Elms has four floors, with the master bedroom and shower room on the top floor (up two flights of stairs), and so may not be suitable for guests with restricted mobility
Please note that the Gypsy Horse Fair week will be taking place in Stow-on-the-Wold each year around the 12th of May and the 24th of October. Shops, restaurants and pubs are closed for the duration
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Excellent location and lovely home away from home. Advance reservations for restaurants are a good idea.
This is a charming and comfortable home. Very clean with a large and well stocked kitchen. We just loved the location, right in the heart of Stow-on- the -Wold. We really enjoyed our time here. This town and home are a real gem.
Beautiful place to stay for a weekend, the location was perfect and check in so easy with a lockbox. Comfy beds and plenty of space. It would have been nice to have a small shampoo/ conditioner/ shower gel which a lot of holiday lets provide. But maybe Covid has prevented some of these added extras! Overall a lovely place, tastefully decorated and we had a lovely trip.
Absolutely incredible stay! The house is just stunning & decorated to the highest of standards. The bed is out of this world! So comfortable. Amazing location - will definitely be back!
Beautiful property conveniently located on Market Square in Stow on the Wold. Easy to find parking, close to two train stations and lots of local attractions, beautiful countryside and great restaurants within a short drive. Much more spacious than we expected and decorated to a very high standard - it was a real pleasure staying here - we will definitely be back!
Alice - September 2021
Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the Cotswolds’ most popular, historic wool towns, full of honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms, narrow streets, independent boutiques, art galleries and antique shops as well as an impressive choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes. This is a working market town too, so there are all the general amenity stores and services you need, including food shops, banks, a pharmacy and a Post Office. Nearby Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles) and Kingham (5 miles) have train services to London Paddington (from 90 minutes).
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