Sixpenny Cottage | Clapton-on-the-Hill near Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds | Original Features and Woodburner
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Sixpenny Cottage


Sleeps 10
No Pets
25-49 Mbps
Sixpenny Cottage is a hidden marvel with its Cotswold cottage exterior keeping its awe-inspiring historic interior and unrivalled views of the Windrush Valley a secret only to be shared with its guests. Just three miles from Bourton-on-the-Water, it sleeps ten guests across five lavish bedrooms. This is the perfect choice for a family reunion or special occasion with friends. You will dine in elegance, enjoy relaxing before the fireplace, cook up a storm in the spacious kitchen and bathe in luxury in the freestanding bath. The country views are a showstopper and if you can drag yourself away you will be rewarded with the feast of activities that the Cotswolds has to offer including the picturesque villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold less than a twenty-minute drive away. A network of footpaths depart in all directions from the village across valleys and nearby villages.
Full Description
Arriving at this quiet, rural Cotswold village, navigating the narrow country lanes you will find Sixpenny Cottage nestled into the hillside below. There are no hints of the wonders to be found inside until you pass through the swathes of curtains at the front door. Inside you are surrounded by pale wooden beams, artwork and rare fabrics. French chateaux style bureaus, Florentine sconces, soft velvet seating and the large wooden dining table draw you through, past the spacious kitchen with its quirky open serving area and a perfectly placed settee which catches the sun, out onto the terrace. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Windrush Valley spread before you offering only the rustle of leaves in the trees and great expanses of blue skies and fresh farmland beyond the treetops.

Set over three floors the ground floor also offers a snug, utility, additional kitchenette and cloakroom. On the first floor are four of the five bedrooms. While each room is exquisite with a detailed headboard in the double, heritage green panelling in the twin, and delicate cherubs in the single, the master suite is second to none. You pass through the en-suite with its tapestry wall hanging, marble sink and freestanding bath to the bedroom. With a super king-size bed in the centre of the room it looks out across the country view and is filled with light. Up on the second floor is a romantic double room. Sitting under the eaves with their painted beams the bed is given a luxurious finish with its curtained headboard in toile de jouy.

Outside, the terrace has space for dining and enjoying the quiet sounds of the countryside looking out to the Windrush Valley beyond. Steps take you down to a small lawn where children can play under supervision. To the front is off-road parking for two vehicles and additional street parking can be found in the village.

Ground floor

Open plan living area – kitchen, dining, sitting room:
Split into four areas, the first is the main sitting area in front of the French stone fireplace with its woodburning stove. The smart TV is hidden in a cabinet. A large settee, two-seater sofa and two armchairs provide space to gather and admire the artwork. The dining area is placed before the windows providing wonderful scenery as a backdrop to your meal. Before the kitchen is a garden room style seating area with wicker chairs (which move to the terrace when the weather is clement) and a sink-in sofa under the skylight above. The large kitchen is very well-equipped with appliances and tools for the serious amateur cook. A large oven and plenty of countertop space make this a dream for preparing meals.

Butler's Kitchen:
Beyond the main kitchen is an additional butler's kitchen. Here there is a second oven, fridge/freezer, second sink and additional small appliances. There is plenty of storage space.

Passing an intriguing vintage storage unit and up two steps, the study has a large corner sofa, a second TV and a desk. It is ideal for catching up on work or as a hideout for the children.

Boot Room:
Also in this part of the house is the boot room, which also hosts a washing machine and dryer so you are undisturbed by the noise.

From the entrance hall is a cloakroom with WC and sink.

First Floor

Family Bathroom:
There is a deep bath with a shower over, WC and a sink, decorated in painted white wood panelling, this room is a peaceful retreat.

Bedroom Two:
This cosy room has a single-day bed which pulls out to become a double on request. It can also easily host a cot for an infant.

Bedroom One:
Through curtains from the en-suite is a super king-size bed under the high ceilings. Wake up beneath the chandelier and open the curtains to feel rejuvenated by the hills before you. It is a wonderfully peaceful room made for leisurely mornings watching the view with a cup of coffee in bed.

The short corridor passing gold cherubs and a large full-length mirror takes you to the en-suite bathroom which you reach before the bedroom. A freestanding bath is at the centre with a shower, sink and a separate WC.

Bedroom Three:
This king-size double room is full of charm with a curtained headboard and statement chandelier. The room feels entirely silent letting you sleep in peace.

The en-suite has a walk-in shower, sink and WC.

Bedroom Four:
At the other end of the house is the twin room. Two single dark Queen Anne beds nestle under wooden beams and there is built-in storage and seventeenth century oak panelled walls.

In the en-suite is a step-in shower, WC and sink.

Second Floor

Bedroom Five:
As the only room on this floor, it is hidden away from the rest of the house. The double bed is under the beamed eaves and feels like the ultimate retreat at the end of the day.


The stone terrace has a table, benches and plenty of chairs to enjoy a meal or drinks in this peaceful setting. The view will inspire you to spend your days relishing the fresh Cotswold air on country walks. Enclosed by a metal fence, a gate opens to steps which take you down to a small lawned area with a drop to the farmland beyond. Children should be supervised while playing here.

There is off road parking available for 1 car. Additional on-street parking is available on the village's main green but must be used considerately as farm vehicles do pass by and space is tight.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super-king
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • Bedroom Three - Twin
  • Bedroom Four - King-size
  • Bedroom Five - Single (can be double on request)
  • 4 Bathrooms - 2 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms
  • Hairdryer - 2
  • Fire - Logs for an initial fire are provided (1st Oct-31st March)
  • Oven - 3
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge - 2
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 10
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 25-49 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 1 car, additional on-road parking available nearby
On your Doorstep
Farm shops, delis, and shopping: The Sherborne village shop is close by (2.5 miles) to pick up any necessities and Bourton-on-the-Water is a short drive (3 miles) where you can browse the bakeries, coffee shops and small boutiques. Daylesford Organic (10 miles) is a hub of locally grown and sourced ingredients, homewares and gifts. Pick up some delicious ingredients for that evening’s meal or a picnic hamper to take with you on your day out.

Cafes, pubs, and restaurants:
  • The Lamb Inn, Great Rissington – A homely pub and restaurant serving classic pub grub (2.5 miles)
  • The Plough Inn, Cold Aston – Family run using local suppliers for ingredients (5 miles)
  • The Wheatsheaf, Northleach – 17th century coaching inn serving a seasonal menu (4.5 miles)
  • The Fox Inn, Oddington – A beautiful country pub with décor inspired by the area (9 miles)
  • The Feathered Nest Inn, Nether Westcote – Offering a tasting menu with a focus on exceptional food (6 miles)

Walks: Clapton-on-the-Hill is a fabulous destination for walkers. The Windrush Valley which can be seen from the terrace is traversed by two main routes, the Windrush Way, Monarch’s Way and the Diamond Way. The Windrush Way takes you from Bourton-on-the-Water up to Winchcombe, the Monarch’s Way is a long distance path following the route of Charles II after the Battle of Worcester and runs through Stow-on-the-Wold and the Diamond Way is a circular route from Northleach up to Moreton-in-Marsh and can easily be joined in Clapton-on-the-Hill.

Places to Visit:
  • National Trust Lodge Park and Sherborne Park Estate – tranquil estate with 17th century grandstand (2.5 miles)
  • Bourton-on-the-Water – unmissable picturesque Cotswold village (3 miles)
  • Stow-on-the-Wold – a beautiful town and a foodie hot spot (6.5 miles)
  • Cotswold Farm Park – Adam Henson’s farm park where you can see the live lambing in Spring (7.4 miles)

Train: Kingham (10 miles)
Taxi: Bourton-on-the-Water, Bobby Private Hire, Jays Taxis

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 the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties. This property is ideal for family groups.
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • Sixpenny Cottage is set over three floors with a couple of internal steps making it unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
  • Sixpenny Cottage is one of our pet-free properties and therefore dogs and other pets are not permitted.


Absolutely amazing. Does not disappoint. Rosie was most helpful.

| 11/04/2024

Everything was fantastic! 8 of us stayed here for 4 nights and had the best of times! Fantastic property with amazing views in a great location for visiting different parts of the Cotswolds. Would highly recommend!

| 29/02/2024

Sixpenny Cottage certainly has the wow factor ! which we were looking for as it was a family gathering to celebrate my father's 90th birthday. The property is a beautiful cottage and the views from the dining and sitting area by the French doors to the terrace are stunning. Well-equipped kitchen and utility, all straight forward to use and easy to produce 2 x 3-course dinners for 8. We enjoyed a log fire both nights. The bedrooms were lovely and the en suites were very good with great showers and baths. The cottage was nice and warm, the heating was easy and simple to use. It was great to get in earlier on our arrival day (after having been on a Factory Tour of the Morgan Factory in Malvern in the morning - highly recommended). Rosie the housekeeper was responsive, helpful and positive, much appreciated! A fantastic weekend, full of wonderful memories.Thank you !!

| 02/02/2024

The house is amazing, especially the living area, which is very large and has stunning views. There are multiple long walks right from the village and it's within easy walking distance of Bourton on the Water.

| 19/01/2024

Sixpenny Cottage is located in a quiet little village towards the end of a lane. It is a pretty traditional Cotswold cottage that has been cleverly extended to provide a large living/dining/kitchen space and a large master suite. All of the rooms are a decent size. The view from the rear is down the valley and far-reaching. It is furnished in cottage style and looks very nicely done and well kept. We will definitely come back if in the area again.

| 15/10/2023


Clapton-on-the-Hill is a wonderful retreat in the Cotswolds overlooking the Windrush Valley. It is reached along quiet country lanes and Sixpenny Cottage sits at the end with no through access making it a peaceful, quiet location. Trails for ramblers criss-cross through the village and it is ideally placed for some of the highlights of the Cotswolds including Bourton-on-the-Water, The Slaughters and Stow-on-the-Wold. It's central location also lends itself to great days out at Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswold Water Park and the larger towns of Cheltenham and Cirencester.