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Arlington, Bibury

Romantic Retreat
Local Pub
The Sycamore is a beautifully designed, luxurious retreat for two in the popular Cotswold village of Arlington, in the parish of Bibury. The owners have spared no expense furnishing this bolthole, using a clever combination of contemporary building materials, sumptuous fabrics, gorgeous antiques and eye-catching artwork. The Sycamore sits in the grounds of Arlington House, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and includes many extra welcoming touches that will delight you and make your stay that little bit special. A minute’s walk from the famous Arlington Row cottages and a local pub with a roaring log fire and garden.
Full Description
As you pull through the wrought iron gates and up the driveway of Arlington House, a stone’s throw from the popular village of Bibury, you’ll see The Sycamore at the end of the driveway. It is a truly deceptive retreat, looking like a neat and tidy new build from the outside, but step through the front door and you’ll be wow-ed by the spacious, stylish, fully equipped, and open plan character of this one-bedroom bolthole.

The front door opens into a small entrance lobby from where an oak and glass staircase leads up to the open plan living area. At the top of the stairs, you’ll find the dining area followed by a well-equipped kitchen and the slightly off-set gorgeous seating area, overlooking the patio through bi-fold doors. Also, at the top of the stairs, is a luxury shower room, featuring a large, walk-in shower. At the far end of the living area is the inviting bedroom, with its king-size double bed on a majestic wooden bed frame. Throughout, no expense has been spared in the presentation of The Sycamore, from the oak flooring to the unique artwork and from the sumptuous furniture to the extra welcoming touches that you’ll discover as soon as you arrive.

Ground Floor

Step from the gravelled parking area immediately in front of The Sycamore into an entrance lobby with polished limestone floor, handy coat hooks, and a pretty antique chair - ideal for perching while you remove your boots or shoes before heading up the beautiful oak staircase to the open plan living space and king-size bedroom.

First Floor

Dining-Living-Kitchen Area:
Emerge at the top of the stairs to a brightly lit, elegant, and beautifully decorated living space, with the stunning king-size antique bed in view at the far end. A dining table at the top of the stairs comfortably seats two around a contemporary, glass-top table. The dining space leads to a central island housing the oven and hob, crockery, and glassware. At the far end is a double ceramic sink, kettle, toaster, and fridge-freezer, while a sideboard at the dining end houses a microwave oven.

Within the main living area, but slightly off-set, is the delightful seating area, with a three-seater sofa and plush, velvet cushions, a coffee table, and a large smart TV with an Amazon Firestick. The living area has bi-fold doors that open out onto the patio.

At the top of the stairs, French doors open out onto an elevated walkway that leads round to the back of The Sycamore’s patio.

At the far end of The Sycamore is the beautiful bedroom, with a king-size bed on a fabulously carved mahogany bed frame, creating an opulent feel, perfect for any couple wanting to escape for a romantic break. The bedroom has bedside tables with reading lights, a comfy antique armchair and occasional chair, with a low coffee table between the chairs, a large double wardrobe with hanging space and shelves, and a Velux window (with fitted blind) that allows the sunlight to flood in.

Shower Room:
Just opposite the dining area is the entrance to the luxurious shower room, which features a large walk-in shower with handheld and overhead showerheads, a contemporary washbasin with vanity unit and large mirror, a dual flush W.C. and a heated towel rail. All towels, shampoo, and soap are provided for guests.


The Sycamore’s guests have a private patio at the rear of the property, accessed through the living area’s bi-fold doors or through French doors at the top of the stairs. A table and seating is provided along with a charcoal BBQ (please provide your own fuel). The patio looks out to a towering beech tree and Arlington House’s lovely garden.
Full List of Facilities

  • Sleeps 2 in 1 king-size double bedroom
  • 1 ensuite shower room - with large walk-in shower, contemporary wash basin, W.C. and heated towel rail.
  • Parking for 1 car in marked bay
  • Private rear patio
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen starter consumables: e.g.  teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt/pepper.
  • Cleaning starter pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil.
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash
  • Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV: flat screen, smart TV with Amazon Firestick
  • Card and boardgames
  • Kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil and trays.
  • Oven/hob (gas)
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Microwave
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Outdoor patio seating area with seating for 2
  • BBQ – charcoal (please provide your own fuel)
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
  • The Sycamore’s patio adjoins the owners’ private garden. Though it may be tempting to take a stroll in the garden, we ask that you remain on the patio as the main garden and pool is not for The Sycamore guests’ use
  • Parking: One marked parking space, in front of the cottage, is available for guests to use


We decided to visit Bibury over a long weekend and the Sycamore was the perfect accommodation - a tastefully decorated cottage of the highest quality from our warm and welcoming hosts!
Lovely and well presented property with beautiful surroundings. Only a two night stay so a very fleeting visit but enjoyable.
We booked 5 nights here and really enjoyed our stay. Plenty of local walks which involved pubs and other locations within reasonable travelling distance by car to enjoy. We would certainly like to come again.
Was even better than the photos.
Lovely stay! Right in the middle of Bibury! And a really simple drive to all the surrounding towns! Would recommend to anyone!
Really beautiful place, styled really well with lovely touches. Very clean and has everything you would need while you are away. We felt really at home. Great location in a beautiful village walking distance to Arlington Row, a pub, restaurant and the trout farm. I would definitely stay again. Really well located for exploring other Cotswold villages.
A great location for a relaxing break from the city. The place was as advertised with all the mod cons. We had a slight issue with the heating but this was promptly resolved within 10 mins of speaking to Melissa. I would definitely go back!
Great stay, perfectly equipped. A great location to enjoy Bibury and the surrounding areas
Thankyou for a wonderful stay and for our bottle of bubbles on arrival as we were celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary. Beautiful property, in a stunning position, centrally positioned to get around the cotswolds and within walking distance of a local pub, the Catherine wheel, great food and excellent staff. The property was extremely well equipped with great little touches, and the bed was very comfortable. If we were in the area again we would definitely consider staying here


Arlington was first mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and was for centuries a village known for cloth making. Arlington village and Bibury village sit side-by-side, separated by the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames. The village’s honey-coloured cottages are what many visitors regard as quintessential Cotswold, with most 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 The Sycamore.

Arlington was also the ancestral birthplace of John Custis II, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia and named his Virginian mansion "Arlington" after the village. Arlington Mansion was abandoned, but the name was used again by Custis’ great-great-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis (the grandson of Martha Washington and step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington, the first President of the United States) as the name for Arlington Estate on the south shore of the Potomac River near what is now Washington, D.C. Today it is known as Arlington National Cemetery. The 19th-century artist and craftsman William Morris called Bibury "the most beautiful village in England" – he probably meant Arlington too!
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