Built in the late 1930s, Meadow View is a recently modernised, immaculately decorated and maintained, semi-detached cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Coln St Aldwyns, just 15 minutes from Burford, 5 minutes from Bibury and 20 minutes from Cirencester. This two-story cottage sleeps 6 across a spacious king-size double bedroom and twin room on the upper floor, and a downstairs double bedroom off the kitchen. Welcomes a maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs.
The two upstairs bedrooms share a well-equipped family bathroom, with walk-in shower and bath, while the downstairs double has direct access to the downstairs WC. Benefitting from front and rear gardens with an outdoor entertaining area and easy, free parking, this property is ideal for 3 couples or a large family. Keen walkers, cyclists, parents visiting Hatherop School, or perhaps fishermen keen to cast their rods in the waters of the River Coln, will all enjoy the calm of a stay in Meadow View away from the more crowded Cotswold towns and villages.
Meadow View is an immaculately decorated and maintained, bright and airy cottage, with lots of pretty windows affording views on all sides, sweeping across the Williamstrip and Hatherop Estates - acres of meadow, parkland, and farmland - and the undulating Coln Valley and rushing waters of the River Coln.
Step out of the front door and you’re straight into miles and miles of walking, including an idyllic 4- or 6-mile route to Bibury (famed for its Arlington Row cottages, possibly the most photographed tourist location in the Cotswolds!), where you can have a bite to eat at The Swan, The Catherine Wheel or in the café at Bibury Trout Farm.
If you’re staying with little ones, simply cross the road to a safe, secure, and immaculate adventure playground, complete with picnic tables and benches. Then wander downhill to the River Coln, flanked by rolling hills that are home to flocks of sheep and herds of cows – a truly bucolic scene. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunset, it’ll be one of the most beautiful you’re ever likely to see!
Head back up the road to the Coln Community Shop for a cuppa and a slice of some of the tastiest cake in the Cotswolds!
At the end of your day exploring the Cotswolds, return to Meadow View and Coln St Aldwyns, far from the madding crowds, with easy parking, peace and quiet and an immaculate and cosy home-from-home.
Step into a brightly lit hallway with coat hooks and a large coir mat for muddy footwear, leading to stairs with handrail to first floor and entrance to dining area/kitchen.
Leading through from the hallway is the open plan dining room/kitchen with oak dining table, to seat 6 comfortably (plus a highchair), and matching side board. Bright and airy, with accents of yellow throughout and windows to the front, rear and side of the property, this is a fantastic entertaining space. Separating the dining area from the kitchen is a wide breakfast bar with 2 bar stools on the dining side, while concealing cupboards and the built-in fridge and freezer on the kitchen side. Meadow View’s dining room is a delightful space to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, light lunch or a special evening supper. (Please note: food items in the photographs are for illustration purposes only).
The immaculate light-oak laminate worktops and white cupboards are offset with lichen-green wall tiles and wooden flooring. The double sink overlooks the back garden and the tall trees of Williamstrip Estate. You’ll find all you need here for a self-catered stay at Meadow View, including a spotless electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, integrated fridge/freezer, matching De’Longhi toaster and kettle, and all the essential crockery, glassware, and cooking utensils.
In the kitchen, in the under-stairs cupboard you will find a foldable highchair with table, a SpaceCot travel cot, Shark upright vacuum, brush, mop and bucket.
The Living Room:
The relaxing and calming cream-coloured living room, with accents of yellow, has views to the cottage’s front and rear gardens. Seating six guests on a very comfy sink-in corner sofa and armchair, the room is set up for viewing the TV or enjoying a game and a chat. You’ll also find a light oak coffee table, occasional table with lamp, BT router, LG TV and dimmable lighting to create a cosy ambiance. French windows lead directly out to the patio area and garden, making this room an easy walk through from the kitchen for setting up an al fresco meal.
Dual-flush toilet with handbasin, mirror and handy under sink cupboard (for guests sleeping in Bedroom 3).
Exit this door to access bins and side entrance through a wooden gate to the back garden.
This downstairs double bedroom, looking out onto the side garden, is ideal for guests who find stairs difficult or for anyone who might like a little independence from the rest of the group. With a snug double bed set with crisp linens, a fluffy duvet and country-inspired embroidered curtains and cushions, Bedroom 3 is a retreat within a retreat. (Note: a built-in cupboard with hangers is not shown but is provided).
At the top of the stairs is a light-oak desk positioned so that you can look out over the back garden and Williamstrip Estate. You’ll find two double power points, making this an ideal spot for connecting devices, working on a laptop, reading or relaxing.
Overlooking the front of the house is the king-size, master bedroom, with its relaxing tonal hues and moss green accent. The light-oak bedframe is complemented by an oak headboard, large, 3-door wardrobe (with plenty of covered hangers), bedside chest of drawers and lamps, and a dressing table (with TRESemme hairdryer), stool and mirror. In addition, the room has dimmable lighting, a long mirror, and plenty of space for a baby’s travel cot. You’ll also find an original 1930’s fitted cupboard housing the water heater and immersion tank (please do not adjust settings). The large window, with its wide window sills, provides a beautiful frame for views of Coln St Aldwyns and the valley beyond.
A pretty and bright, dual-aspect twin bedroom with beautiful views over the cottage’s front and rear gardens and out towards the wider Cotswold countryside. This twin room has two sink-in single beds, a large, 2-door, oak wardrobe (with covered hangers) and an oak dressing table with stool and mirror. With accents of refreshing duck-egg blue, and a gorgeous picture of a hare looking down over the beds, this room is a delightful second bedroom that couples or children will enjoy.
The cottage’s family bathroom is at the rear of the house, next to Bedroom 1, yet still convenient for Bedroom 2. Polished limestone tiling, wood-effect flooring, and a window to the rear (with Venetian-style blind for privacy) create a spa-like space to relax in. With a large, walk-in Grohe shower, full-size bath with mixer taps, heated towel rail, a sink with large mirror and dual-flush toilet, plus a small selection of toiletries, there’s everything here you’ll need for your stay.
Meadow View is framed by a lawn area to its front and a large private garden to its rear, affording it a wonderful feeling of privacy. A wooden fence separates Meadow View from the neighbouring property. To the side of the cottage is a secure wooden gate leading to a gravel and concrete path around the back of the house. It’s in the back garden where the cottages’ magic really comes alive, thanks to the meadow of the adjoining Williamstrip Park, making the garden feel larger than it is thanks to the adjacent, sweeping countryside views. The cottage has patio area outside the dining room’s French windows, with BBQ and garden table and chairs for 6, making it perfect for al fresco dining and relaxing after a day exploring the Cotswolds. Next to the patio area is a garden storeroom, suitable for a couple of bikes/a pushchair, and walking gear. (Note: there is an oil tank at the back of the garden, concealed with wicker fencing. Please do not allow children to play near the tank).
Bathrooms: 1 upstairs family bathroom; 1 downstairs WC
Parking – unrestricted, on quiet, country road in front of property
Dog friendly – max. 2 well-behaved dogs.
Heating: oil-fired radiators
Freeview TV in sitting room
Child friendly – adventure playground across the road
Large Hotpoint washing machine
All bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
Travel-size bottles of shampoo, shower gel and conditioner and bar hand soaps provided
Remington hairdryer in Bedroom 1
Hob and fan-assisted oven
Morphy Richards Microwave
1 highchair: wooden, wipeable, folding with table
1 SpaceCot travel cot (NB: linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
Ironing board + iron
1 Sharp vacuum cleaner
Private back garden
Outdoor patio/dining area (in back garden)
Garden furniture – seats 6
BBQ (charcoal). Please supply your own charcoal
Outside shed suitable for bikes/pushchair/fishing gear
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Coln Community Shop is in the centre of the village, 2-minutes walk from Meadow View. Here you’ll find a wide range of provisions, a café, Post Office, off-license, laundry service and lots of local information.
The New Inn (200 metres)
The Keepers' Arms (1 mile)
The Bathurst Arms (11.9 miles)
For history buffs, try The Whereat Trail, an easy-to-follow route from the Corinium Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre with interesting historical facts dotted along the way. For those after a slightly longer route, the field and woodland walk from Cecily Hill to Peddington Polo Ground is a great choice. Covering 4 miles in total, this circular walk starts from the top of Cecily Hill, taking you through parkland and across the River Churn before heading through rolling fields and woodland to Peddington Polo Ground.
Places to Visit:
Williamstrip Estate (1.9 miles)
Arlington Row (2.9 miles)
Corinium Museum (10.7 miles)
Train - Kemble Train Station (14 miles), Swindon Train Station (17 miles)
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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: Meadow View is on a quiet, country road, with plenty of parking on the road directly outside the cottage
Dog friendly: A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome, an additional fee per dog applies.
The front garden is not fully enclosed
Meadow View (sleeps 6+1) is the larger, semi-detached partner to Meadow View 2 (sleeps 4+1). Together they share an entrance path and front garden, but each has a private rear garden that’s laid to lawn with patio areas fully equipped with outdoor seating and individual BBQs. The 2 cottages can be rented individually (6+1; 4+1) or together, making it a great venue for family gatherings or friends’ reunions.
Meadow View can be booked with Meadow View 2 for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to sit/eat together.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Clean. Good location. Parking. Would come again.
Location was great for a weekend retreat with warm rooms and comfortable beds. The Kitchen and dinning area were good for a family
Excellent cosy, comfortable, clean property. Very well equipped. It is perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds. Just one thing we noticed was that it would be handy to have a shelf or similar in the shower!
Lovely house. Very clean and well equipped. Lounge smallish for 6 but fine for 4 plus dog. Secure garden good for dog.
Rosemary - September 2021
One of the undiscovered Cotswold villages, Coln St Aldwyns will delight anyone who wants to be immersed in the Cotswold countryside, have a memorable Cotswold experience, yet avoid the hustle and bustle of the Cotswolds tourist hot spots. As with most Cotswold villages, Coln (as the locals call it) is steeped in history, with a perfectly maintained, 13th-century Norman church and 17th-century coaching inn, the New Inn (due to open early Spring 2019). As you stroll around the village, you’ll find endless photo opportunities to capture beautiful, honey-coloured, Cotswold limestone cottages backed by pastoral, rolling countryside.
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