Swallows Rest is a deceptively spacious, mid-terrace Cotswold stone cottage in the sleepy village of Laverton, just a stone’s throw from Broadway. Sleeping 6 guests across 4 bedrooms, with a generously sized kitchen/diner, living room, sunroom and a pretty enclosed garden, this is a wonderful spot for a family holiday. There are beautiful far-reaching, rural views from the top floor, and you may even catch sight of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire steam train as it puffs its way between Cheltenham and Broadway.
Blending in perfectly with its environment, Swallows Rest is a traditional Cotswold stone cottage, tucked into pretty gardens. The row of cottages sits on the edge of the village of Laverton, surrounded by rural views and is a very peaceful and relaxing place to stay.
Swallows Rest is a real home away from home offering a traditional style that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable. There's a spacious, open-plan kitchen-diner, separate living room and a light and airy sunroom which opens onto the enclosed rear garden. There are three well-appointed bedrooms on the first floor including one with an antique four-poster bed and a family bathroom, on the second floor the fourth bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and the most glorious of views.
This charming cottage has beautiful gardens both front and back. To the front, the pretty garden has borders filled with flowers including a magnificent Hydrangea bush and roses climbing over the front door. The rear garden is fully enclosed with a smooth lawn, planting and a stone patio, perfect for al-fresco dining and watching the vivid sunsets over Bredon Hill in the distance.
The traditional wooden front door opens into a tiled entrance hall. To your left the door to the kitchen-diner and to your right, the living room.
This generous open plan space runs the length of the cottage, the window to the front looks out over the front garden and lets the sunshine flood in. There's a country-style wooden table that seats six comfortably and it’s in close proximity to the kitchen area, making for sociable mealtimes. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you could possibly need to create wonderful meals including a range-style stove with a gas hob and electric oven and washing up ceases to be a chore with a full-size dishwasher.
From the kitchen area, there are two steps to the rear hall which has a handy downstairs cloakroom and where you'll find the washer-dryer and a separate freezer if you need it. There's also a side door to the back garden.
This lovely room has two comfy three-seater sofas and double doors which open to the garden. There are wonderful rural views to the rear and it’s a relaxing and sunny spot to curl up with a good book or just listen to the birds singing outside.
The living room is double aspect and furnished with two vibrantly coloured plump sofas upholstered in shades of purple and turquoise. The wooden floor is topped with a colourful rug and light comes from a ceiling chandelier and two reading lamps. The coal-effect gas fire creates a warm cosy glow on chilly evenings and there’s a large screen Smart TV for entertainment, there's also a DVD player.
Stairs lead from the entrance hall to the first-floor landing and a window taking in the rural views.
The antique four-poster bed is the focal feature of this spacious bedroom which overlooks the front garden. There's a large antique wardrobe, bedside cabinets with reading lamps and a dressing table set with a triple mirror and stool. Above the occasional chair is a wall-mounted TV.
This delightful single bedroom has lovely views over the back garden and beyond to Bredon Hill. The room is furnished with a full-size single bed, a dressing table with a reading lamp and a rocking chair. There's also a built-in cupboard with hanging space and a wall-mounted TV above the bed.
The second of the single bedrooms looks out over the front garden and is equally charming. This spacious yet cosy room has a double wardrobe, dressing table and a little bedside table with a reading lamp.
The main family bathroom has a bath with a shower over, a handbasin and a WC. There’s also a mirrored bathroom cabinet and a heated towel rail. The frosted window lets natural light in.
There is a second flight of stairs with a door at the bottom to Bedroom Four.
Encompassing the whole of the second floor this spacious bedroom features a brass bed, built-in wardrobes, bedside tables with reading lamps and a panoramic window that showcases the incredible views. From here you can watch the weather as it changes and the magical sunsets over Bredon Hill. You might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the steam train as it trundles past.
The ensuite bathroom is vast. There's a standalone bathtub with a handheld shower, WC and handbasin. A large Velux window lets in plenty of natural light.
To the rear of Swallows Rest is a large, enclosed garden with a gate to the parking area behind the cottage. On one side is a field where you'll often see sheep grazing and further beyond there are green paddocks. The stone patio has a six-seater wooden table with chairs and bench seating, there are also two reclining loungers and an American smoker BBQ. It's a lovely space for al fresco dining and drinks on warm summer evenings and to take in the wonderful sunsets.
Swallows Rest also benefits from a pretty front garden filled with cottage plants, it creates the perfect frame for this lovely Cotswold cottage.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms across 1 four-poster, 1 double and 2 x single bedrooms
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite to bedroom four, 1 family bathroom and a ground floor cloakroom.
Garden furniture: 6-seater wooden dining table with chairs and benches for 6. 2 reclining sun loungers.
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a Midcounties co-op in Broadway (2 miles) which has an excellent selection of essentials. Broadway also has some wonderful independent boutiques and stores, and an excellent deli. In Evesham (6.6 miles) you’ll find all the major supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, and an M&S Food Hall.
The Swan (2 miles)
Broadway Hotel (2 miles)
Crown & Trumpet (2 miles)
Laverton is surrounded by some excellent walking trails including the Cotswold Way which passes through the village. There is an easy to moderate circular walk encompassing Broadway, Stanton, Laverton, and Buckland (7.5 miles). See the self-guided walking section on the Cotswold AONB website for more local walks
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
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.
Swallows Rest does not permit dogs
The stairs to bedroom 4 are quite steep and open into the room. There is however a door that can be closed at the bottom of the stairs.
The shower is over the bath so guests must be able to step into the bath
Swallows Rest is situated in the middle of a very quiet residential area, in consideration of our neighbours we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10 pm, especially outside on warmer evenings.
We appreciate that fireworks might be fun to have for a celebration, but they present too high a risk in our area with some very old houses neighbouring our property. Therefore, please do not use fireworks in any area, inside or outside whilst at Swallows Rest. We hope you understand our concern.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We enjoyed our stay at Swallows Rest Cottage! The garden and neighbourhood were beautiful and the property was well-equipped, especially the kitchen. Parking was very easy as well. Would definitely stay again.
Idyllic Holiday Cottage. A beautiful home in a beautiful village, surrounded by beautiful views. The house had everything you could need and more, so many thoughtful details. Would love to visit again!
Very well located with beautiful countryside and local sites. Well appointed and well managed. A very comfortable property; warm, safe and secure with the owners of the property nearby and very helpful. We would gladly return and recommend it to any future occupants.
Had a wonderful time in this lovely cottage for two weeks. We cannot ask for more - it’s clean, spacious, great location and beautiful view. It has everything you need as a “temporary” home. The hosts were delightful, thank you Di and Dave. We can’t recommend this cottage enough.
Lovely cottage. A real home from home. Very nice location in a beautiful quiet village a couple of miles from Broadway.
Laverton is a peaceful village just 2 miles from Broadway whilst 6 miles in the other direction you’ll find the medieval town of Winchcombe, home to Sudeley Castle. The setting is blissfully rural, and you’re surrounded by superb walking country. Many attractions including Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Broadway Tower and Snowhill Manor are within a 20-minute drive.
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