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Westerleigh Cottage


Sleeps 5 + 1
Family Friendly
No Pets
Local Pub
50-99 Mbps
A truly sumptuous family home sleeping up to six guests in three bedrooms with an additional pull-down wall double bed, with a bathroom, an en-suite and a downstairs WC. Perched on the side of a grassy valley, this exquisite Cotswold stone cottage can only really be defined as country luxe at its very best. With a wonderful, enclosed garden, plenty of outdoor seating, rejuvenating countryside views and an elegant and sleek interior, with just a touch of opulence, this property must be seen to be believed.
Full Description

As you approach Westerleigh Cottage, set down a paved garden path away from the lane, overlooking nothing but sweeping green fields filled with grazing livestock and woodland, you may feel as though you have reached a Cotswold paradise. Constructed of the iconic honey-coloured Cotswold stone for which this area is so well-known, Westerleigh Cottage is the perfect blend of mod-con luxury and unique country-cottage features.

From the gated gravel driveway with secure parking for up to four cars, you can admire the stunning views. With a secure fenced garden stretching around the house, there is plenty of space to enjoy the fresh country air and relax. A paved patio area wraps its way around the front door and sitting room, with additional sets of two patio doors providing further access straight from the sitting room to the patio. On the patio you will find a beautiful large glass-topped outdoor dining table with seating for up to eight guests and retractable parasol, as well as lovely comfy corner seating with a coffee table – perfect for a drink as the sun sets.

Westerleigh Cottage has featured in several glossy magazines. Once you step inside, you’ll see why. Decorated throughout in complimentary Farrow & Ball earth tones, with unique contemporary twists on traditional country home grandeur, with a sensory emphasis on raw materials, from the exposed Cotswold stone walls and brick fireplaces, original timber beams, copper furnishings throughout the kitchen and velvet adorned sitting room furniture. Guests have full use of the house with its spacious sitting room, slick kitchen/dining area, luxurious master bedroom with en-suite, cosy twin bedroom, charming child’s bedroom and opulent family bathroom with perhaps the biggest free-standing bathtub in the Cotswolds!

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
Step through the front door into the welcoming Entrance Hall, decorated in soft slate grey tones. Slip off your shoes and immediately feel a sense of homely warmth thanks to the underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. There’s plenty of hooks to hang your coats and space to leave shoes.

Downstairs WC:
A convenient downstairs toilet and washbasin, perfect for a guest sleeping on the pull-down wall bed in the sitting room. Filled with an array of interesting and quirky artwork, this WC proves that even the smallest of spaces can be stylish!

Sitting Room:
The main feature of this bright spacious room is the large Cotswold stone fireplace which houses a cosy woodburner for guest use. Painted in neutral shades, the quirky country features set the tone in this room, with thick brushed cotton tweed-effect blinds, a gingham inspired feature wall and antler themed decorative pieces. Get cosy around the fireplace on the sumptuous velvet sofa and foot stool and high-backed armchairs and be sure to make use of the soft blankets and throws. Tune into the Smart TV, settle down for a movie night using the DVD player, or even get the competitive spirit going with a boardgame from the vast selection in the sideboard to the right of the fireplace. The sitting room makes for the perfect relaxing environment to lose yourself in a book, and there’s plenty of lighting, including a lovely retractable overhead reading lamp.

Towards the back of the room is a separate area containing a rocking chair and the pull-down wall double bed. This area can be separated from the rest of the room with a thick partition curtain, allowing privacy – the perfect hide-out for younger guests. There are two sets of patio doors in the sitting room from which the patio can be accessed.

Kitchen-Dining Room: A breath-taking space, perfect for cooking and dining. This room is part of the original house, as illustrated by the beautiful exposed Cotswold stone wall, large disused fireplace and original beams. With two cushioned window seats, a dining table that seats 8 comfortably and 3 bar stools, you won’t be short of places to sit and relax in this room. Decorated in cool neutral tones with warm touches of copper and slate-inspired work surfaces, the kitchen effortlessly conceals all the mod-cons you will need around the central island unit, including two fridges with a freezer compartment, Rangemaster 5-ring induction hob double oven with remote controlled extractor fan, double Belfast sink, and a built-in wine cooler to name but a few. In the pantry next to the fireplace you will find a microwave and toaster (the toaster can be removed and used on the worksurfaces) as well as placemats and a few kitchen basics.

First Floor

Master Bedroom:
The first thing that will strike you about the master bedroom is its lofty ceiling and ornate original beam structure. The second thing is the enormous, comfy super king size bed! A wonderfully spacious and elegant room with garden views and two cushioned window seats, this bedroom feels instantly soothing and restorative. With concealed beam spotlights and dusky rose walls offsetting the exposed Cotswold stone, there’s no better place for a good night’s sleep. There’s plenty of storage space, with a large chest of drawers, cast-iron hanging rack and storage shelf and hooks on the back of the door. Guests staying in the master bedroom have access to their own private en-suite, separated by a curved partition wall next to an original brickwork fireplace. The en-suite features a walk-in shower, toilet and washbasin with a beautiful view over the valley.

Twin Bedroom:
Bright and fresh as a daisy, the twin bedroom has two comfortable single beds with a shared bedside table and large chest of drawers for storage as well as door hooks. And a convenient full-length mirror. Double aspect windows provide plenty of natural light.

Laundry Room:
A convenient upstairs laundry for guest use featuring a steam iron with ironing board, washing machine, tumble dryer and sink.

Child’s Bedroom:
A sweet and cosy bedroom featuring a single bed with a removable safety guard (stored in the utility room). Little ones will love this special room. It’s decorated with pastel bunting, plenty of friendly little characters and a very unusual stack-of-books bedside table, making it the perfect bedroom for younger guests. There’s even a whole cabinet filled with toys and games. Safety features in this bedroom include child lock window restrictions and a remote-controlled blind.

Family Bathroom:
A sumptuous deep purple decorated room, with an enormous free-standing bathtub providing unrivalled views over the Cotswolds countryside. With a separate tap and shower head unit, guests can relax comfortably in the bath. There’s even a bath tray to place your book or glass. The bathroom also houses a large walk-in shower with rain head and shower hose, toilet and washbasin.


Guests have use of the generously sized garden at Westerleigh with stunning views of the valley beyond. A paved patio area houses an eight-seater outdoor dining set with parasol as well as comfy corner seating area and coffee table.

Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super-king
  • Bedroom Two - Twin
  • Bedroom Three - Single (only suitable for children)
  • Additional beds - Pull-down double bed in sitting room
  • 2 Bathrooms - 1 family bathroom, 1 en-suite shower room, downstairs WC
  • Hairdryer - 2
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge - 2
  • Freezer - Compartment in fridge
  • Wine fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 8
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 50-99 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Highchair - 1
  • Sound system - Creative iRoar Bluetooth Speaker


  • Garden
  • BBQ - (Available May-September) Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off road parking for 4 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

There is a local village shop at the Green Dragon pub, which sells daily essentials such as bread, butter, eggs, meat, milk, fruit and vegetables, as well as more specialist products such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, anchovies, passata and pasta from around the world. The shop supplies ice-cream from Salcombe, ale from Cornwall, meat from the local butcher, vegetables from the south-west of the UK, plus they have a great selection of gins and vodka, as well as fine wines from Bordeaux. The shop also stocks homeware items, perfect for your home or as a gift. (Note the village shop is not open in the evenings.) For a bigger shop head to Tesco Extra at Brockworth (6.7 miles) or Sainsbury’s Local (4 miles) on the Cirencester Road in Cheltenham.

Eating Out:
  • The Green Dragon Inn (0.7 miles)
  • Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne (3.4 miles)
  • Fostons Ash Inn - The Polo Pub, The Camp (5.2 miles)

Westerleigh Cottage is right at the heart of great walking country. A 4.5-mile moderate, circular walk takes you from Cowley to Elkstone, through the woods, along the River Churn and back again. Time it right and you’ll be back for lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.
For other great walking routes, visit Cotswold AONB - it is the best source of local information, and you can download maps (walking and cycling) for free.

Places to Visit:
  • Cowley Manor C-Side Spa (0.2 miles)
  • Crickley Hill Country Park (3 miles)
  • Cheltenham town centre (6.5 miles) and Cheltenham Racecourse (7 miles)
  • Train - Cheltenham Spa (6 miles)
  • Taxis - Starline Taxis, Dial-a-Cab, Andy Cars & Central Taxis Association
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. 
  • Westerleigh Cottage accepts a maximum of 4 adults.
  • Dogs and pets are not accepted.
  • Please note that a travel cot is not provided at Westerleigh.


We had a wonderful stay at Westerleigh Cottage; it is beautiful, spacious, tastefully decorated, well-maintained, comfortable and clean. The garden is delightful, offering lovely views. Situated in a charming village not far from Cheltenham, it is an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds. The booking process was smooth, and communication excellent.

| 05/04/2024

The cottage was an absolute delight to stay in with everything thought of. A real credit must go to the owners. We will be staying there numerous times throughout the year when we have to be in Cheltenham(if avaliable).

| 09/02/2024

Had a lovely time. Great place.

| 22/01/2024

We really enjoyed our stay at Westerleigh Cottage. The house was beautiful and located in a peaceful village with stunning views.

| 24/11/2023

It was a very nice stay! We would have liked to have stayed longer.

| 31/10/2023


Westerleigh Cottage is located in the beautiful secluded village of Cowley, located in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire. It lies between the A417 and A435 roads between Cheltenham and Cirencester in the Churn Valley, and has a population of 333. The name originates from 'cow' and 'leigh', literally meaning cow pasture. Although incredibly peaceful and tucked away, Cowley is only a 15–20-minute drive to the Cotswold Regency town of Cheltenham and the cottage is also within walking distance of Cowley Manor C-Side Spa, perfect for a weekend of pampering and the popular Green Dragon Inn.