Temple Guiting Cottage is an elegant, double-fronted house built in the mellow Cotswold stone that is so synonymous with the area. Dating back to the 1800s, this charming property has been thoughtfully and sensitively transformed by the owners to retain its sense of place and offers an abundance of character features. Sleeping up to ten guests in five bedrooms over three floors, this is a wonderful place for family gatherings. The lovely, spacious garden is enclosed by mature trees, drystone stonewalling and is filled with a variety of plants and the sound of birdsong.
Please note that whilst family gatherings are welcome, parties and events including single-sex stag and hen groups are not permitted.
Following the tree-lined country lanes into the peaceful village of Temple Guiting sets the scene perfectly for your stay in the Cotswolds. As you turn into the large driveway, Temple Guiting Cottage sits tucked behind an ivy-clad stone wall. The pleasing symmetry of the double-fronted house and honey yellow tones of the Cotswold stone that has mellowed to a gentler hue over the years revealed before you.
The front door opens to a hallway, which runs the length of the house, at the end there is a glimpse of the garden beyond, and beneath your feet, the original flooring of quarry tiles and flagstones remain. To your right, there is a long kitchen/diner with a fabulous refectory-style table perfect for sociable gatherings, on your left a handy utility room and then at the far end, the living room, stylish in its simplicity, and complete with an open fire.
On the first floor, you’ll find three spacious double bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite shower room, along with a family bathroom. The large landing is flooded with light and there’s a desk set by the window for anyone who needs to bring their work away with them. The second set of stairs rise to the top of the house and two further delightful bedrooms, a generously sized double and the prettiest of twin rooms. There is also a further family bathroom. Throughout you’ll find original wooden floors, feature windows and exposed beams.
To the rear of Temple Guiting Cottage is a wonderful, enclosed garden. A drystone wall surrounds the space along with lofty, mature trees. The flat lawn is perfect for garden games, whilst the spacious 8-seater solid wood dining table lends itself to lazy lunches in the sun. Or maybe just have a little afternoon snooze in one of the basket chairs.
As you step through the front door into the entrance hall you get a real sense of the style of this Cotswold cottage. Underfoot are quarry tiles and original flagstones, there’s also a boot rack for storing muddy boots and coat hooks.
Immediately leading from the entrance hall is a handy utility room with a ground floor WC. This is a good spot for drying off muddy dogs from their countryside walks. There's also a washing machine and a tumble dryer in here too.
Running the length of the house the open plan kitchen/dining room has plenty of light from the windows at each end of the room. The well-equipped kitchen has pretty sage green units, solid wooden worktops and everything you need to whip up culinary masterpieces. The ceramic butlers sink sits beneath the front window and there’s a dishwasher too, so no need for any washing up duty arguments. There is an electric oven and hob whilst the SMEG fridge freezer ensures there’s plenty of food storage space for feeding ten guests, and if more space is needed there’s an additional under counter fridge. Plenty of crockery and glasses sit within shelved alcoves ready for laying the fabulous wooden refectory table, which seats ten comfortably. With a stylish multi-bulb light fixture hanging overhead this is the place for leisurely lazy breakfasts and sociable evening meals with everyone gathered together. At the far end, there’s a deep-set window with a windowsill wide enough to perch on, where you can linger and watch the birds flitting around the garden.
The cosy living room is finished in a neutral palette of colours and is charming in its simplicity. The original wooden floorboards add warmth as does the open fire, which sits in a beautiful stone fireplace. A large, low comfy sofa fills one wall and there are three additional armchairs, a large smart TV, and a coffee table. The deep-set window looks over the garden, and as with the dining area, the windowsill is wide enough for you to rest awhile with a good book.
Wooden stairs rise from the hall to the first floor and a spacious landing area with a desk at one end. This space is perfect as a workstation and the cottage benefits from Giga Clear Wi-Fi.
A beautiful king-size wooden sleigh bed takes centre stage in this spacious room. Colefax and Fowler linens hang at the window and the polished wooden floorboards are covered with a grey and cream patterned rug. On one side of the bed is a chest of drawers and on the other a small occasional table, both with reading lamps. There’s a wall mirror and a large window overlooking the back garden.
Ensuite Shower Room:
The generously sized ensuite has a walk-in shower with an open glass screen and rainfall showerhead, there’s also a hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. The screened window lets natural light into the room.
This lovely, light bedroom also overlooks the rear garden. The king-size bed has a beautifully upholstered headboard, a single wardrobe with hanging space and bedside tables with reading lamps on either side of the bed.
Although slightly smaller than the other two bedrooms this is still a lovely room with an upholstered double bed and built-in storage. The deep-set window has a wide sill and overlooks the front of the house.
The family bathroom has a bath with a shower over, handbasin and WC.
Carpeted stairs lead to the second floor and two further bedrooms. There is a low ceiling beam at the turn of the stairs, so you please be aware of the ceiling height if you are tall.
This enchanting, light-filled bedroom is a real haven at the top of the house, it features an apex ceiling with exposed beams, an original arched window, and a king-size bed. There’s a hanging rail for clothes, a chest of drawers and an antique Grandfather chair.
Opposite bedroom four is a pretty room also boasting an apex ceiling and exposed beams. Beautiful antique twin beds sit on either side of the original arched window and make this a fun hideaway at the top of the house for children or teenagers, but it is equally suitable for adults. A chest of drawers acts as a bedside table for both beds, positioned between them.
Directly between the two top floor bedrooms is a family bathroom. There is a shower over the bath, hand basin, WC, wooden floorboards and exposed beams.
The rear garden is perfect for summer days. Surrounded by a Cotswold drystone wall and mature trees you can while away the hours in the sunshine. There’s a solid wooden garden table with 8 chairs and a couple of basket chairs for lazy days. The sound of birdsong fills the air, and you really are a million miles away from suburbia.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms across 3 king-size, 1 double and 1 twin room
3 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 2 family bathrooms with shower over the bath
Parking for 5 cars
Dog friendly – 1 well-behaved dog is welcome
Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via gas/oil central heating with individual thermostat controls.
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Ironing board, iron,
Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot (please bring your own cot bed linen) and highchair
Garden furniture: 8-seater garden table and chairs
BBQ (charcoal) – available from Spring 2022. Please provide your own charcoal.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a Tesco Superstore and an M&S Food Hall in Stow-on-the-Wold (7.3 miles), additionally there is a monthly farmer’s market in Stow-on-the-Wold (twice monthly between April and September). Stow also has several antique shops and independent boutiques. The Temple Guiting Pantry is a short walk away and a charming place for breakfast or a light lunch, you can also browse the treats and gorgeous homewares in the adjoining shop.
Temple Guiting Pantry (0.1 miles)
The Plough Inn (1.5 miles)
The Old Butchers (7.3 miles)
There are plenty of walks to enjoy in this part of the Cotswolds including a 6-mile meander between Temple Guiting and Guiting Power. Visit the Cotswolds AONB website for more information on local walks and cycling trails.
Places to Visit:
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park (2.5 miles)
Sudeley Castle (5.5 miles)
Broadway & Broadway Tower (5.9 miles)
Bourton-on-the-Water (7.4 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
There is a low ceiling beam on the flight of stairs to the second floor. Mind your head!
Temple Guiting Cottage is an old building with beautiful wooden floorboards, which may be uneven in places and a little creaky
There is ample parking for five cars
One well-behaved dog is welcome for an additional fee
Whilst family celebrations are welcome, parties and events including single-sex stag and hen groups are not permitted
The housekeeper lives in the annexe which is adjacent to the cottage
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Temple Guiting Cottage lies within the peaceful village of Temple Guiting and is perfectly based for exploring the Cotswolds. Attractions such as Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Sudeley Castle and Stow-on-the-Wold are within easy reach. The Temple Guiting Pantry is a short walk away and a charming place for breakfast or a light lunch, you can also browse the treats and gorgeous homewares, in the adjoining shop.
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