Stow House is a beautifully restored, late 18th Century holiday home in the historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. This three-storey, five-bedroom, end of terrace, Cotswold stone home provides the perfect combination of modern comforts with original charm, combined with tranquil colour schemes that create a luxurious living space. On the top floor is a magnificent bedroom suite, with an open-plan bathroom. To the rear, is a beautiful south-facing garden, with a small lawn surrounded by flower-filled borders, a pond and two terraces, providing the perfect space to relax in and dine al fresco. The house is a short walk from Market Square, with all its ancient history, and just half a minute’s walk to Stow’s best restaurants and pubs.
As you stand on Park Street, looking across at Stow House, you’ll immediately feel a sense that this handsome, three-storey house has been nurtured and restored to a very high specification. The house sits at the end of a terrace of Cotswold stone houses. To one side is an ancient footpath leading to the fabulous garden and Back Walls road. The house is located within a child’s stone’s throw of two of Stow’s most highly acclaimed foodie destinations, The Old Butchers and Sheep on Sheep Street.
The beautifully restored interior perfectly combines the character of the original 18th century home, including exposed timbers and stone walls, with an exceptionally high standard of renovation, stylish furnishing and calming colourways. The elegant living room, with its oak floor and wood burning stove provides a cosy retreat, while the dining room with its lantern roof is a light and relaxing space to entertain. To the rear is a contemporary extension with a gorgeous kitchen and sunny breakfast room that opens to the garden. On the first floor are three stylish, light and airy double ensuite bedrooms, plus a further single bedroom with an adjoining cloakroom. Head through a glass panelled door to the top floor and the stunning master suite, with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower and great views across Stow’s rooftops.
To the rear of the house is a delightful, south-facing garden designed as an extension of the interior, with a lawn and mature planting, a pond and two terraces – an unusual luxury for a town house in popular Stow. The lower terrace, immediately outside the dining room and kitchen, has sofa seating while the upper terrace has a refectory-style, wooden dining table, a long bench and chairs, a BBQ and superbly atmospheric lighting - creating an enchanting space for summertime entertaining.
This elegant room has two windows looking out over Park Street and across the road to a row of honey-coloured cottages. There is a beautiful oak floor and a wood burning stove set into a contemporary inglenook, with a feature stone wall that’s home to shelves holding books and decorative items. The room is furnished with two large and comfy sofas, a vintage snuggle chair, and an antique sideboard with reading lamps, which bathe the room is a soft cosy glow.
Head up one stone step into the light and stylish dining room with feature stone and charcoal-grey walls, and a lantern roof that throws sunlight on to the long, rectangular dining table, which comfortably seats up to 10 guests. French windows open from the dining room to the lower terrace. To one side is an original 18th century, feature fireplace and a handy understairs cupboard for coats and shoes. A staircase rises from the dining room to the upper floors.
The beautiful, light and bright kitchen has a fabulous, polished limestone floor, which extends right through to the breakfast area at the end of the room. The kitchen is fully equipped with black Corian worktops and sleek units incorporating all the appliances you need for a self-catered holiday. To one side is a double sink looking out over the garden, with a dishwasher and washing machine in the units below. To the other side is where all the cooking action takes place, with a long line of units housing a double oven, induction hob, fridge, microwave and drinks fridge. A door opens from the kitchen to the lower terrace and a path through the garden to the upper terrace, making it super easy to carry food and drinks outside.
This inviting dining area, with a refectory-style table, six chairs and two hanging lights, reaches from the kitchen to the end of the contemporary extension, with windows to two sides, affording a lovely view to the lawn, flowering borders and upper terrace with its cleverly placed mirror that reflects lights and garden colour back to the house.
Sisal-carpeted stairs with a banister lead up to the first floor where there are three ensuite double bedrooms, a single bedroom and separate WC all with sisal carpeting and a soothing pale taupe wall colour.
Sitting at the front of the house, this ensuite double bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed on a cream coloured, wooden bedframe, with bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table and a three-quarter height standalone wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. On top of the wardrobe is a 32” Smart TV.
Ensuite Shower Room:
The small but spa-like shower room features a double width, walk-in shower with rainfall and hand-held shower heads, a washbasin with a mirror over, a toilet, heated towel rail and a delightful porthole looking out towards the garden.
Head along the back landing to the first of the rear bedrooms. Here you’ll find a charming bedroom furnished with a standard double bed with bedside tables crafted out of upcycled wooden crates and wall-mounted reading lights. The room has a three-quarter height standalone wardrobe, with a 32” Smart TV sitting on top and plenty of hanging space inside. The bedroom has two Velux windows (with blinds) with a view out to the adjacent rooftops.
This relaxing bathroom features polished wooden floorboards and a full-size bath, with a hand-held shower, that’s perfectly positioned to lie back and look up at the sky and stars through the Velux window. The bathroom also has a wash basin with a mirror over and a toilet.
Sitting at the back of the house, this beautifully tranquil, dual aspect bedroom overlooks the garden and upper terrace. It is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps and three-quarter height standalone wardrobe with a 32” Smart TV sitting on top and plenty of hanging space inside.
Ensuite Shower Room:
Perfectly complimenting the bedroom is the ensuite shower room featuring a corner shower with rainfall and hand-held shower heads, a washbasin with a mirror over, a toilet and a heated towel rail.
Though the smallest bedroom in the house it oozes charm of charm with a feature stone wall and antique dressing table, making this an ideal room for a younger guest or single adult. The bedroom is furnished with a full-size single bed, bedside table and reading lamp, a dressing table/desk and a full-length, in-built wardrobe.
Immediately outside bedroom Four is an original, half-glazed door. Head through this door to a WC, and stairs that lead up to the second-floor master suite.
This WC may be small, but it still packs a stylish punch with its polished floorboards, Cotswold stone wall and painted shaker-style wall panelling. It serves as a toilet for the guest in Bedroom Four, with a wash basin and mirror, or a second WC for guests in the master suite on the second floor.
Sisal-carpeted stairs lead up to the second floor and the breath-taking master suite, which occupies the whole of the top floor. The beautifully converted light and bright loft room is cleverly divided using a soft grey carpet at the bedroom end and polished limestone tiling at the bathroom end. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed on a solid wood base with bedside chest of drawers and reading lamps, and a sleek, custom-built wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and shelving. Two windows afford a great view out over the roof tops of Stow.
The open-plan bathroom is fabulously stylish and inviting, and features a deep, oval bath with freestanding mixer taps, and a wet room screen behind which is a double-width shower with rainfall and handheld shower heads, with a heated towel rail to each side. A custom-built, wooden vanity unit holds a polished stone washbasin with a mirror above and lights to either side. In the corner, below a Velux window, a three-quarter height stone wall conceals the toilet.
Stow House has a gorgeous, south-facing, private garden complete with a bijou English-country house lawn, borders bursting with flowers, walls covered in climbing roses and delicate hawthorn flowers. There’s even a small pond at the centre, home to lilies, reeds and rushes and the occasional froggy visitor. Immediately outside the dining room and kitchen is a terrace with sofa seating and a coffee table – making the perfect spot to enjoy a morning tea or coffee. At the far end, the garden transforms itself into an uber-stylish upper terrace with flagstones, and outside lighting that creates a delightful ambiance in the evening to enjoy sat around the dining table waiting for the food to be served from the charcoal barbecue.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 9 in 5 bedrooms across 3 king-size bedrooms, 1 standard double bedroom and 1 single bedroom
Bathrooms: 2 ensuite shower rooms, 1 ensuite bathroom, 1 in-bedroom bath/shower, 1 WC (first floor)
Parking: on-street only
Dog friendly: accepts 2 dogs (additional fee applies)
Private enclosed garden with small lawn, pond, two terraces with dining areas
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
Bed linen (White Company sateen cotton), bath towels and tea towels
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, washing machine detergent
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with Nest thermostat control
Free Wi-Fi (approx. 18Mbps*)
Smart TV x4 in living room (40”) and first-floor bedrooms
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, wine and water glasses), , bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans
Oven – double, electric
Hob – 5-ring, induction with extractor fan
Fridge (a small freezer is in the garden shed)
Drinks fridge (small)
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor terrace/seating area x2
Garden furniture: dining table with bench and chairs (upper terrace), corner sofa set and table (lower terrace)
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
* WiFi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a very well-stocked Co-Operative Food Store on The Square in Stow, a three-minute walk away. Alternatively, there is a large Tesco on the outskirts of Stow-on-the-Wold (GL54 1BX) – less than a mile away. For something a little special, head to Daylesford’s Organic Farm Shop, just 13 minutes’ drive away.
The Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold (next door)
The Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold (1-minute walk)
The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold (1-minute walk)
Sitting right in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of routes to choose from. A wonderful 5.5km/3.75-mile circular village walk, taking in St Edward’s Well, Maugersbury and the Fosse Way, is highly recommended and allows you to appreciate Stow-on-the-Wold’s rich heritage, as you stroll past key sites, buildings and monuments. A map of the walk is provided in the Welcome Guide at the house.
Places to Visit:
St Edward's Church and the Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold (0.2 miles)
Bourton-on-the-Water (4 miles)
Batsford Arboretum (6 miles)
Train - Kingham Station and Moreton-in-Marsh Station are within a five-mile drive. Both have trains that run from London Paddington and other parts of the UK. You can get a direct train from Moreton and be in Oxford in around 40 minutes and London in less than two hours.
Taxis - Jays Taxis; Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service
Points of Note
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
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
Two well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
The garden has a small, uncovered pond. It is guests’ responsibility to supervise young children while they are in the garden.
The property is situated in a residential area; therefore, in consideration of the neighbours, we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10pm, especially outside on warmer evenings.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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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. It is a food-lovers mecca! 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. The renowned Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and Spa is just three miles away, while the popular Cotswold destinations of Longborough, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh are all within five miles.
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