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Spinners Cottage

Arlington, Bibury

Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Spinner’s Cottage is a charming and beautifully renovated Grade II listed mid-17th Century cottage nestled on the edge of the popular Cotswold village of Bibury, described by William Morris the 19th-century artist and craftsman as, “the most beautiful village in England”. This three-storey, two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage features stone mullion windows, traditional Cotswold beams and pretty window seats. Being a traditional spinner’s cottage, which would have accommodated a tall spinning wheel, there are unusually high ceilings for a cottage of this age. The cottage has a courtyard patio off the kitchen, where you can enjoy an alfresco dinner or enjoy your morning coffee and is a minute’s walk from a pub and the start of superb walks along the Coln Valley.
Full Description

Spinner’s Cottage is in an elevated position on the edge of beautiful Bibury village and is approached along a private no-through road, making it a peaceful and calm setting away from the hubbub of visitors to the village. As you turn into the shared courtyard, the scene ahead could come directly from any mid-17th Century painting.

To the front, the cottage shares a gravel courtyard with three equally beautiful, Grade II listed properties, all with typical English cottage front gardens, forming a tranquil and quiet setting. To the side of the cottage is a passageway leading to a small, enclosed suntrap patio, also accessed through a stable door in the kitchen. Beyond the patio is a private, neighbouring garden, which provides fantastic views from the first-floor living room and second-floor bedroom.

Spinner’s Cottage has been restored to a very high standard whilst retaining enormous charm and character. Guests enter through a porch into a handy hallway that leads to a kitchen and dining area, with a stable door opening to a small courtyard patio. Guests also have access to a large and useful cellar/utility room below the dining area, accessed through an original, oak trap door. On the first floor there is a charming double-aspect sitting room with traditional oak-beamed inglenook, with an electric wood burner effect fire, and views over a beautiful neighbouring garden. The second bedroom and a shower room are also on the first floor. Continuing up to the second floor is the gorgeous master bedroom with an attached bathroom, featuring an enticing Victoria & Albert roll top bath.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
Step through the front door into a handy enclosed porch with hooks for coats and room to remove boots and shoes.

The Kitchen-Dining Area:
The pretty, dual-aspect kitchen-dining area has views out to the front courtyard through shuttered windows and to the rear patio, framed by the neighbouring garden’s mature trees. The dining area features a beautiful, herringbone hardwood tiled floor, with a circular table to one end to comfortably seat four guests. A double kitchen pantry cupboard stores the cleaning equipment and a highchair. Inside an antique Welsh dresser, you’ll find plenty of crockery and glasses for your stay. Tucked to one side of the dining area is the well-equipped kitchen, with polished limestone floor tiles, a beautiful marble worktop, butler sink and Everhot stove. On a sunny morning or warm summer evening, step through the kitchen’s stable door to eat al fresco in the courtyard patio.

Utility / Laundry Room:
Within the dining area floor space, there is a solid wood, hinged trap door. Once opened, stone steps lead down to the cellar where guests will find a washer, dryer and fridge/freezer. On arrival at the cottage, the trap door will be closed. Please take great care of opening it and descending the steps which are uneven and have a low beam on the way down. (See the ‘Need to Know’ section for guidance on how to open the door.)

First Floor

The Living Room:
The charming, dual aspect living room with exposed beams has a wonderful view to the rear, out over the neighbouring garden, and to the front over the courtyard and ancient village rooftops, which guests can enjoy from the cushioned window seat. Furnished with a smart TV, double sofa, footrest, two armchairs and reading lamps the living room is charming and cosy yet spacious - an attribute of the higher than normal ceilings once needed to accommodate a spinning wheel. The original beamed inglenook houses an electric wood burner effect fire.

Bedroom Two:
Looking out over the front courtyard, the pretty, first-floor bedroom features a beautiful window seat with a plump cushion – the perfect place to sit and read or daydream. The bedroom is furnished with a standard double bed with overbed reading lights, a small in-built cupboard with hanging space and shelves, and a bulkhead cupboard perfect for storing bags and cases.

Family Shower Room:
Next to Bedroom 2 is the family shower room, with a cubicle shower with Cotswold stone tiles, a W.C., washbasin with a mirror and shaver point and a heated towel rail.

Second Floor

Three sets of double, half-height, louvered cupboards. In here guests will find the travel cot and a full set of synthetic bedding for guests who have allergies to the featherbedding provided.

Bedroom One:
The spacious and beautiful principle bedroom has stunning views over the village and beyond. This room is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique pine chest of drawers and a dear little button-back armchair. A large, clothes hanging area, with a tie-back curtain, is in a large inglenook space beside the original chimney breast, which itself features a fabulous arched antique mirror.

Family Bathroom:
Directly next to Bedroom 1 sits the Family Bathroom, featuring a Victoria & Albert roll-top bath with a shower attachment (for hair washing only), a Waverley WC, and washbasin, with a mirror and shaver point, and a heated towel rail. A wide windowsill provides plenty of room for personal items.


To the rear of the cottage is a small courtyard patio that can be accessed through the stable door in the kitchen or via a passage to the side of the cottage. The patio backs onto the neighbouring garden, a beautifully tranquil space, giving the feeling of being in a much larger area. A small table and four chairs are provided for alfresco eating and relaxation.

Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms across 1 king size bed and 1 standard double bed
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 shower room with cubicle shower and WC; 1 family bathroom with roll top bath and WC
  • Fireplace with electric woodburner-effect fire
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Hairdryer x1
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
  • Heating via electric radiators and hot water via electric emersion.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV
  • Games
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, 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
  • Everhot oven/hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer (in cellar)
  • Washing machine (in cellar)
  • Dryer (in cellar)
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
  • Dog friendly: 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture – seats 4
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
You will find Tesco Extra, Waitrose, Lidl, and ALDI supermarket along with an M&S Simply Food, Jessie Smith’s butchers, a good selection of bakeries, coffee shops, and independent shops in Cirencester (7 miles).

Eating Out:
  • The Swan, Bibury (0.3 miles)
  • The New Inn, Coln St Aldwyns (3 miles)
  • The Village Pub & Barnsley House Hotel, Barnsley (3 miles)
In addition to having the walks of the Cotswold Way on its doorstep, there are many self-guided walks to enjoy in and around Cirencester. 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. Another great option is the Riverside Walk from West Market Place in the town centre; a gentle 2.5-mile stroll along the riverbank, taking in the Abbey Grounds, Roman Wall, and a 16th-Century mill house

Places to Visit:
  • The Model Village (13.5 miles)
  • Cotswold Water Park (14.5 miles)
  • Bibury Trout Farm (0.3 miles)
  • Train – Kemble station (14 miles) and Swindon station (17 miles), both have direct trains from London.
  • Taxi - Cirencester Radio Cars, Tony’s Taxis Kemble, Kemble Station Taxis, Hills South Cerney Cabs
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: The cottage does not have a dedicated parking place. However, it does have an unloading area in front of the property. Once you have unloaded you can park on the nearby green. Further details will be given on booking
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: the mobile phone networks ‘EE’ and ‘3UK’ provide good cover in Bibury, while others vary or do not work
  • Dog friendly: A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted for an additional charge per dog
  • 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


We couldn’t fault the cottage it was perfect! The only thing was I couldn’t turn up the heating as I get so cold, however, the owner messaged and sorted this for us which was lovely. So clean, comfortable, perfect to get ready for my wedding morning and the top room was beautiful! we will definitely be coming back. The biscuits and milk was a lovely touch too- thank you so much!
| 08/12/2021
Nice place and great cottage
| 24/11/2021
Stunning accomodation, clean and cozy, in a beautiful location as a starting point to move around this marvellous area, perfect communication with the host.
| 01/11/2021
We had a lovely stay! The cottage is very clean and cosy and had everything we could need! The electric log burner was a lovely addition and toiletries and towels were also provided. We ate at the local pub both nights & really recommend the trout farm and a walk along the Arlington row! Our only comment would be for fellow dog owners - there isn’t any grass in the patio area/garden but there is a little green a 2 min walk away :) Highly recommend a visit to bibury and this cottage!
Elly - October 2021
| 04/10/2021
We had a wonderful stay at the Bolthole. It is tucked away down a private driveway, and has a perfect cottage feel, with lovely furnishings and attention to detail. Wendy made us feel very welcome. Bibury is the quintessential Cotswolds village. Be prepared that not all phone carriers have signal in the area.
Alison September 2021
| 30/09/2021


Bibury village sits on the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames. The village’s honey coloured cottages are what many visitors regard as quintessential Cotswold, with many visitors making a beeline to the famous Arlington Row cottages, once depicted on the inside cover of every UK passport, and just a minute’s walk from Spinner’s Cottage. Bibury has two country pubs, a tearoom and post office, and a trout farm with a ‘catch your own’ fishery. Bibury is perfectly located to visit Cirencester and Burford, both less than 10 miles away. Bibury is the starting point of fabulous walks up and down the Coln Valley – most notably to Coln St Aldwyns where you can stop for a drink and bite to eat at the New Inn, before returning to Spinner’s Cottage to rest and relax. The closest train station is Kemble (12 miles) on the GWR line from London Paddington.

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