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Swift Cottage


No Pets
Local Pub
200+ Mbps
This quaint Cotswold stone cottage is full of original features and charm, nestled on a quiet street, walking distance from the centre of Blockley. It is located in an elevated position and is set over three floors to make the most of the beautiful, uninterrupted views from front and rear. Swift Cottage overlooks its own mature, cottage garden with sweeping views across a deer park and the Blockley valley. Set into the hill, the living and dining room are at street level, and the kitchen and breakfast area are below and open directly into the garden. On the first floor are two bedrooms, both with spectacular country views. You can enjoy walks from the door and a visit to Blockley Café is a must. Further afield Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are highlights.
Full Description
This terrace of golden Cotswold stone cottages was once home to the Blockley silk mill workers and forms a picturesque backdrop to the rolling hills around. Named after the swifts that nest in the eaves during summer, Swift Cottage is a Cotswold country getaway where the views will take your breath away each morning.

Set over three floors you can enjoy the beautiful far-reaching views from the front and rear of the cottage. On the ground floor is an open-plan living and dining area with exposed Cotswold stone, oak beams and original elm floorboards. A traditional style open gas fire sits in a Cotswold stone fireplace, ready to warm your toes after a bracing winter walk. The dining table rests next to another original stone fireplace and looks out over the countryside scene beyond. Down the stairs is the kitchen with a breakfast area which opens out to the terraced garden. Up on the first floor are two charming king-size bedrooms, one of which has the flexibility to be a twin on request, making this cottage ideal for a romantic retreat or enjoying country walks with friends and family.

The garden slopes gently and has three seating areas, starting with a bistro table outside the breakfast area French Windows and leading to a gravelled terrace with sunny and shady corners where you can sit and watch the birds bathe in the ornamental bird bath. From here you are drawn down to the end of the garden where a dining table seating four provides a captivating setting for lunch or evening meals with drinks below the parasol while the deer in the field beyond keep you company. From here you can look out over the rooftops nestled down in the valley, to the fields, hills, and horizon beyond; this is a truly wonderful location.

Ground Floor

Living/Dining Room
This spacious, bright, quintessentially Cotswold, dual aspect living and dining room is full of original features which make this country cottage come to life. The original elm floor echoes the oak beams above and there is an exposed Cotswold stone wall and traditional gas-fired cast iron fire grate set in a large stone surround. Two sofas sit in front of the fire where you can warm yourselves after walking the hills. Enjoying the view through the window to the rear is a wooden dining table next to a decorative, original stone fireplace. Seating four, once the table is cleared after dinner you can play some restful music on the Bluetooth speaker and take advantage of the cottage board games or plan tomorrow’s adventure with the guidebooks and maps provided for guests to borrow. Comfortably furnished with antiques, the room draws you in to relax on a window seat below each of the windows and find time to finish off that book or browse your favourite magazine.

Lower Ground Floor

From the ground floor, wooden stairs take you down to the lower ground floor. Mind your head here as taller members of the group may need to watch out for the beams.

Opening via French Windows to the garden, the kitchen has a breakfast area and a separate utility area at the rear, behind a traditional glazed door. The Belfast sink sits in a hardwood worktop and affords views across the garden. The shaker-style cupboards and dual electric ovens and gas hob provide everything you’ll need.

When sitting at the breakfast table, open the doors to let in the birdsong and the country air, or step out beneath the rambling rose and enjoy a coffee at the bistro table immediately outside. In the utility area is a second fridge, a freezer, and the washer dryer. An integrated dishwasher sits adjacent the Butler sink.

Shower Room:
Tucked away off the utility area is a shower room which is the second in this cottage. With a shower, sink and WC it provides guests with a shower room for each bedroom.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
Overlooking the garden, this king-size room is the larger of the two bedrooms. The window seat is a lovely place to stop and gaze across the valley. Furnished with an antique chest of drawers and large fitted wardrobes, you can make this room your own. The comfortable bed has Egyptian cotton bedding which you won’t want to leave in the morning.

Shower Room:
This shower room has a step up to the power shower and there is also a sink and WC. It is easily accessible from each bedroom or you can make use of the shower room on the lower ground floor.

Bedroom Two:
With a second king-size bed which can be split to a twin on request, this room provides flexible sleeping. From the window seat, you can look over the hedge to become lost in the expansive Cotswold view with only fields, hedges, and trees (and the occasional tractor!) interrupting the view. By day, watch for kites soaring the thermals or listen out for owls by night. Or just gaze at the stunningly bright stars in a clear sky. This comfortable room has a rustic country charm with a painted chest of drawers, bedside table, and antique style hanging shelf.


The garden has three sitting areas; a table with four chairs at the bottom for meals beneath the parasol or leisurely evening drinks as you watch the sun go down over the valley. There is also a bistro set by the kitchen French Windows, and a cool, shady bench between the two areas. Planted with shrubbery and flowers along the sides it is a paradise for guests and birds alike. Down at the end you can watch the red and fallow deer who may make an appearance during your stay and if you stay quiet for long enough may come right up to the fence to investigate! On-street parking is available on the quiet road outside the cottage: it is unreserved and with no restrictions.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - King-size (can be twin on request)
  • 2 Bathrooms - First floor shower room and lower ground floor shower room
  • Hair dryer - 1
  • Fire
  • Portable fans
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso - original pods
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Drying rack
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 200+ Mbps
  • TV
  • Sound system - Jongo T6 bluetooth speaker and DAB radio


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • No BBQ available
  • Parking - On-street parking
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping: Swift Cottage benefits from superb local amenities, including the highly acclaimed Blockley Village Shop and Café, which sells a range of groceries, local produce, newspapers and magazines, fresh and frozen meats, wines and beers, ready meals and more. Vegetable Matters and Meat Matters in Ebrington (10 minutes drive) or Lower Clopton (18 minutes) are good local farm shops. Moreton-in-Marsh is a 10-minute drive away and has a wide range of independent shops. There is also an excellent market every Tuesday, which was first established in 1227. It is the largest street market in the Cotswolds and well worth a visit. You’ll also find an Aldi supermarket and a large Co-op on the High Street.

Eating Out:
Blockley Café, Blockley (5 minute walk)
The Great Western Arms, Blockley (6 minute walk)
Ebrington Arms, Ebrington (4.1 miles)

Walks: A short, flat loop to get your bearings: Turn right at the front door and pass through the five-bar gate on the left at the end of the cottages. Carry straight staying under the line of trees and then turn left across the centre of the field in front of the cottage. Turn left when you reach the road (Greenway Road) back down into the village at the bottom of Park Road. You’ve probably earnt some tea and cake from the village cafe! (Turn right down the hill towards the church, or left to go back to the cottage).

For the more ambitious, there is a nice walk across the fields to Broad Campden, starting as above but turning right immediately after the five-bar gate (lovely Sunday roast at the Bakers Arms - booking essential). Or you can carry on through Broad Campden and walk to Chipping Campden (The Eight Bells is good here).

Places to Visit:
Mill Dene Garden, Blockley (9 minute walk)
Upton Wold Garden, Blockley (1.5 miles)
Batsford Arboretum (3.6 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
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences.
  • This property does not accept dogs or other pets.
  • This property does not accept infants.
  • Children must be supervised at all times due to stairs and open fire.


We had a great few days in this lovely and cosy cottage. The village is very pretty and we enjoyed the local pub, The Great Western Arms and the cafe/shop.

| 26/10/2023

I felt right at home as soon as I got to Swift Cottage! It is decorated in a comfortable and cosy style, and the view is captivating. I appreciated walking to the Great Western Arms for dinner, the village shop for breakfast, and the available parking right outside the cottage's door was great. Blockley is quiet and charming, and though I had never been there before booking this cottage, it's now one of my favourite villages in the Cotswolds!

| 13/10/2023

Loved the village of Blockley. This cottage was very well appointed with a beautiful garden, a field of deer, a gas fireplace, comfortable beds and 2 bathrooms, all you could ask for.

| 06/10/2023

Great place to spend a holiday. You can see deers!

| 16/08/2023

Swift Cottage is located in Blockley, a beautiful, quiet village in the north of the Cotswolds. In Blockley, there is a small grocery shop and a few restaurants. The cottage has a beautiful small garden with a superb view over the valley and a deer park. The cottage was located in a small, quiet street and is the perfect location to start your adventure in the Cotswolds. The bedrooms had very comfortable beds and a superb view. A 20 min drive from Blockley you can visit some of the most beautiful towns and villages in the Cotswolds. We visited Chipping Campden, Bourton on the Water, The Slaughters and Broadway.

| 12/08/2023


Blockley offers a picture-perfect escape for those looking to explore the Cotswolds yet stay away from the crowds. The village rose to prominence in the 18th and 19th centuries as a centre for the English silk industry, and it lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked into a valley away from the usual tourist trails. The Norman church, St Peter and St Paul’s, featured in the Father Brown series where it became the fictional St Mary’s church in Kembleford and the centre of period detective mysteries. There is a fantastic community-run village shop and café, and the Great Western Arms pub and Crown Inn, both just a short stroll away. It is ideal for exploring the North Cotswolds and with plenty of beautiful walks directly from the front door.