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.
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 and reported.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The closest supermarkets are in Cirencester (7 miles) where you will find a choice of national and independent stores. For large food shops, there is a Tesco Extra, Waitrose, Lidl Cirencester, ALDI and an M&S Simply Food.
The Swan (320 metres)
The Catherine Wheel (480 metres)
The Village Pub (2.8 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 an early 16th-Century mill house.
Places to Visit:
Bibury Trout Farm (320 metres)
Cirencester (7.3 miles)
Cotswold Water Park (12.5 miles)
Train - Kemble Station (14 miles) and Swindon (17 miles) both have regular services into London Paddington
Taxis - Cirencester Radio Cars, Tony's Taxi Kemble, Kemble Station Taxis, Hills South Cerney Cabs, Station Taxis
There is so much to explore and experience when visiting the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
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
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Lovely location easy walk to the village. Pack provided was great. Personal outdoor space secluded and not overlooked.
Jeffrey - August 2021
Beautifully fitted out, with comfort and charm.
Natalie - July 2021
A wonderful little cottage for our stay in the Cotswolds. Beautiful inside and out, the cottage was impeccable and a wonderful location for a weekend away.
I booked Sycamore for my wedding at a Cripps venue, which meant that I was also getting ready there with my bridesmaids, hair and makeup artists and mum. It was absolutely perfect; lots of space, great outside area, beautiful bathroom and shower with large mirror, lovely bedroom and sociable breakfast bar. The owner was lovely and even cleaned the room for us after we left for the venue and tied ribbons around the apartment to make it extra special! It was all just perfect and I am so glad we decided to book here! Highly recommend.
Georgia - July 2021
Perfect location for our short break. Lovely property and lovely private sitting terrace at the back. Hope we can come back again.
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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