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Thimble Cottage

Lower Slaughter

Romantic Retreat
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
12-24 Mbps
Thimble Cottage is a tranquil village retreat in an idyllic setting. The compact interior is a comfortable home from home while the first-floor bedroom is surprisingly spacious. Ideal for couples and their dogs, walking trails lead from the door, including the Wardens Way and along the River Eye. Inside, the cottage is well-equipped and you will find added luxuries including a wood burner in an inglenook fireplace and a freestanding rolltop bath. This romantic cottage is perfectly situated for The Slaughters, nearby Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, and the Cotswolds beyond.
Full Description
Quietly secluded in the delightful village of Lower Slaughter between Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, Thimble Cottage is a country getaway for couples and their dogs. A stone’s throw from The Old Mill gift shop and museum with the River Eye flowing gently by, this is a perfect Cotswold bolthole.

When you arrive after your journey through the Cotswolds, you pass through the cottage garden to the front door. Surrounded by climbing vines and rose bushes in the summer it is a picturesque property. Through the front door you find yourselves in the living room which has a wood burner in an eye-catching inglenook fireplace. The cottage has a country aesthetic with tartan curtains and well-chosen accessories. In this room is a dining table for two where you can enjoy romantic home-cooked meals which have been prepared in the well-equipped kitchen.

On the first floor, the stairs open into the king-size double bedroom. This surprisingly spacious room is a relaxing haven with luxurious bedding. A rolltop freestanding bath provides a real retreat where you can soak away your stresses and there is also a shower room on this floor.

Outside, the garden gives extra space for your dogs, and you can enjoy meals cooked on the BBQ. The icing on the cake of this property are the many walking routes you can choose from which you can follow right from your doorstep.

Ground Floor

Living Room/Dining Room:
Stepping into the living room you will instantly feel at home. Closing the curtain across the front door behind you, this is a true bolthole retreat. Traditional features including a stone floor, exposed stone walls and wooden beams give this perfectly sized cottage added character. There are nods to your country location with stag décor and traditional hunting imagery on the walls.

This comfortable room has been wonderfully decorated with warm Mulberry red accessories, a leather armchair, and a plump two-seater sofa in front of the inviting wood burner in its inglenook fireplace. There is a dining table in front of a window seat where you can enjoy evening meals together looking out to the lawned garden.

Up one step is the kitchen with wooden worktops and a stone floor. It is well-equipped for your stay and you will find all the appliances you could need including a coffee machine, washing machine, dishwasher and oven/hob. There is space in this room to store your dogs’ accessories by the side door.

First Floor

Carpeted stairs with a turn and a handrail lead up to the bedroom and bathroom.

Bedroom One:
This king-size double bedroom overlooks the garden and is a tranquil escape away from the world. Enjoy the silence lying beneath the exposed wood beams with the electric log burner on to keep you cosy. Decorated in tones of taupe and cream you will start each morning well-rested.

Three steps take you up to the bathroom with underfloor heating and a freestanding rolltop bath where you can fully immerse yourself in luxurious relaxation.

Shower Room:
The shower room includes a shower with a rainfall head, heated towel rail, sink, and WC.


To the front of the cottage is a south-facing garden, a real sun trap, where you can enjoy a morning coffee or evening glass of wine at the four-seater table on the patio. There is an electric BBQ to enjoy a meal alfresco in the summer and lawned space for the dogs. While there is no parking at the cottage, there is on-street parking at the village green, a short walk from the door.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • 1 Bathroom - Shower room and separate bath
  • Hair dryer - 1
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer - Compartment in fridge
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 12-24 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Sound system - Bose speaker


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Electric
  • Parking - On-street parking 3 mins walk
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping: Bourton-on-the-Water has a Co-op and a Londis, there is a Tesco supermarket in Stow-on-the-Wold (3 miles) as well as a small M&S Food Hall.

Eating Out:
The Slaughters Country Inn (2 mins walk)
The Slaughters Manor House (3 mins walk)
The Atrium at Lords of the Manor (1 mile)

Walks: There are many walks which run through Lower Slaughter and it is a short walk to visit nearby Upper Slaughter. The Wardens Way is an 8 mile route which runs from Winchcombe in the north to Naunton in the south, following this route you can reach Bourton-on-the-Water.

Places to Visit:
Upper Slaughter (1 mile)
Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water (2 miles)
The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water (2 miles)
Hawkstone Brewery, Bourton-on-the-Water (20 mins walk)

Train - Kingham (8 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (7.5 miles) have regular services from London Paddington. Cheltenham Spa (21 miles) has services from the South West, Midlands and north of England.
Taxis - Bourton-on-the-Water Private Hire, Call Bobby Private Hire.

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. 
  • Thimble Cottage is an adult-only property and does not accept children or infants.
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee.


Perfect for a weekend away in the Cotswolds. The cottage was lovely, clean and in a perfect location. The instructions were really comprehensive and clear, would highly recommend it.

| 27/10/2023

Beautiful cottage and very cosy.

| 11/10/2023

The cottage is just perfect. We had a wonderful stay at Thimble Cottage. The cleanliness comfort and attention to detail were excellent.We loved the food essentials left for us and the small details, like very good quality bed and bedding

| 04/10/2023

We had a lovely stay at Thimble Cottage so would recommend it. The cottage is beautiful and we love Lower Slaughter. A perfect stay, thank you.

| 11/09/2023

A beautiful and romantic cottage in a top location in the heart of the Cotswolds.Totally relaxed here.

| 02/09/2023


The Slaughters are two picturesque villages full of unique character and stunning architecture. Joined by the River Eye, Upper and Lower Slaughter are a short walk apart and create a romantic setting for breaks away. In Lower Slaughter is the much-photographed Ford Bridge which crosses the river in front of a row of Cotswold stone cottages. In the village is the Church of Saint Mary, a Village Hall and two restaurants set in beautiful buildings. You might find you don’t want to leave this idyllic location, but you can easily reach Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and even Cirencester and Cheltenham in around 30 minutes.