Meadow View 2 is a 1930’s, 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath cottage, with a refined, classic feel, in the heart of Coln St Aldwyns, one of the Cotswolds' prettiest hidden villages. It has been recently modernised and is immaculately decorated and maintained, sleeping 4 across a spacious double bedroom and a large twin room.
This two-story, semi-detached cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Coln St Aldwyns, is just 15 minutes from Burford, 5 minutes from Bibury and 20 minutes from Cirencester. The two bedrooms share a well-equipped family bathroom, with walk-in shower and bath. Benefiting from front and rear gardens with an outdoor entertaining area and easy, free parking, this property is ideal for 2 couples or a young 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 Coln St Aldwyns away from the more crowded Cotswold towns and villages, in the comfort of Meadow View 2. Two well-behaved dogs welcome.
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.
Meadow View 2 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 littles one, 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 2 and Coln St Aldwyns, far from the madding crowds, with easy parking, peace and quiet, and an immaculate and cosy home-from-home.
Stepping through the cottage’s side door, you’ll enter the well-equipped kitchen, overlooking the large back garden, with the tall trees of Williamstrip Park peeking over the drystone wall. Decorated in a classic farmhouse style with oak worktops, French-grey wall tiles and wooden flooring, in here you’ll find all you need for a self-catered stay, including an electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, integrated fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, and lots of immaculate cupboards with all the crockery and utensils you’ll need.
The double-aspect, bright and airy dining room has a light-oak dining table to seat 5 comfortably (plus a high chair), and a matching sideboard. Meadow View 2’s dining room is the perfect space to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, light lunch, or special evening supper.
Here you’ll find the front door (the key to this door is hanging on the wall next to the door), hooks for coats and hats, a large coir floor mat (ideal for muddy shoes and boots), the entrance into the living room and the staircase (with handrail) leading upstairs.
The Living Room:
Both cosy and bright, the sitting room has views of the cottage’s front and rear gardens. Comfortably seating 4 guests on 2 deep, curvy sofas the room is elegant and welcoming’ with William-Morris-style curtains and cushions adding elegance yet maintaining the Cotswold-cottage ambiance. You’ll also find a light-oak coffee table, blanket box, BT router, Samsung TV, and dimmable lighting to help create a cosy retreat.
Dual-flush toilet with handbasin. (The cottage’s water stop cock and the fuse box are located here).
Well-lit, carpeted staircase with handrail up to…
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 as you sit and gaze through the window. You’ll find 2 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 Bedroom 1, the master bedroom, with its inviting, king-size bed and oak headboard; large, 3-door wardrobe (with plenty of covered hangers); bedside chest of drawers and lamps; full-length mirror; a dressing table (with Remington hairdryer), stool and mirror; dimmable lighting; and space for a baby’s travel cot (should you need one). You’ll also find a fitted cupboard housing the water heater and immersion tank. The large window, with its wide window sills, provides a beautiful frame for views of Coln St Aldwyns and the valley beyond.
A pretty, brightly lit twin dual-aspect bedroom with windows providing beautiful views over the cottage’s front and rear gardens and out towards the wider Cotswold countryside. This twin room has 2 sink-in single beds, a large oak wardrobe (with covered hangers) and an oak dressing table with stool and mirror. With accents of sunny yellow, this room is a very pretty second bedroom that couples or children will enjoy.
The cottage’s family bathroom sits off the landing, 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 lovely space to relax in. With a large, walk-in Grohe shower, full-size bath with mixer taps, heated towel rail, dual-flush toilet, and sink with a large mirror, plus a small selection of toiletries, there’s everything here you’ll need for your stay.
Meadow View 2 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 2 from the neighbouring Meadow View. It’s in the back garden where the cottages’ magic really comes alive, thanks to the adjoining Williamstrip Park, making the garden feel larger than it is thanks to the adjacent, sweeping countryside views. The cottage has an elevated patio area with a garden table and chairs, making it perfect for al fresco sundowners after a busy day exploring the Cotswolds. (Please note: patio furniture will be placed outside from mid-Spring.)
To the side of the cottage is a large Utility Room housing the Hotpoint washer/dryer. This is also the perfect space to securely store walking gear, bicycles or a pushchair.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 across 2 bedrooms: 1 king-size; 1 twin
Bathrooms: 1 upstairs family bathroom; 1 downstairs WC
Guest bottles of shampoo, shower gel and conditioner and bar hand soaps provided
Parking – unrestricted, on quiet, country road in front of property
Dog friendly – max. 2 well-behaved dogs. (See Dog Code of Conduct below)
Heating: oil-fired radiators
Freeview TV in sitting room
Utility room with large Hotpoint washer/dryer machine
All bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
Remington hairdryer in Bedroom 1
Hob and fan-assisted oven
Russell Hobbs Microwave
Child friendly – adventure playground across the road
1 high chair: wooden, wipeable, folding with table
1 SpaceCot travel cot (NB: linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
Ironing board + iron
Private enclosed back garden
Outdoor patio/dining area (in back garden)
Garden furniture – seats 4
BBQ (From spring 2019). 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)
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: Meadow View 2 is on a quiet, country road. There is plenty of parking on the road directly outside the cottage
Dog friendly: A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome. There is a charge of £25 per dog
The entrance path from the road has a short (approximately two metre), steep section. However, there is a handrail to aid guests with reduced mobility
The interior staircase has a full-length handrail. Guests with small children should take note that the front garden is not fully enclosed
Meadow View 2 is the smaller, semi-detached partner to Meadow View (sleeps 6). 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 (4+1; 6+1) or together, making it a great venue for family gatherings or friends’ reunions
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Great retreat and amazing location facing the playground for the children! We had a blast.
Marion - September 2021
We had a great week in this lovely cottage. Clean and cosy with very comfy beds. The cottage is in a very pretty village and in an excellent location for exploring the Cotswolds.
Katherine - August 2021
Property is on edge of village surrounded by fields ... not a sound. Excellent walks and cycles from village. The Keepers Arms in Quenington is just a short walk through fields and serves excellent food, as does the pub in East Leach and the wonderful Gilbertine Kitchen on Poulton estate. This time of year walking through fields of gold to Bibury and beyond is a real treat. House is comfortable, airy and perfectly positioned. An ideal get away from it all.
Paula August 2021
The house is very well furnished, well equipped, really clean and comfortable. The outside furniture is functional, but could do with an umbrella. During our stay it was unusually hot, at other times this may not matter. Coln St. Aldwyns is a delightful friendly village and the children's play area opposite the property has a range of safe equipment and is a real bonus. Overall, we had a very pleasant stay.
We were so delighted with this cottage for our stay this weekend - it was so comfortable, everything you needed and in a stunning location - will be back!
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. 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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