A gorgeous, Grade II listed, mid-19th century Cotswold cottage that sleeps 5 guests in four bedrooms laid out over three floors, with two bathrooms. Both the living room and dining room have fireplaces, making this a super cosy winter destination, while the beautiful, enclosed garden with its own water course is a fabulous summer time retreat. Upper Oddington is a delightful village, just two miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and Daylesford Organic Farm. The cottage is within 2-minutes’ walk of a highly recommended pub, with fabulous country walks on the doorstep.
Inside, Woodbine is a typical, cosy, mid-19th century Cotswold cottage with a kitchen-dining room and living room and cloakroom on the ground floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and two single bedrooms on the top floor in the converted attic. Unusually for its age, Woodbine Cottage has windows to the front and rear, making it a light and bright cottage yet with plenty of original 1800s features. To the rear of the cottage is a large, beautifully planted garden on two levels; the top level has a patio with two seating areas and a smooth lawn - ideally suited for playing croquet with the set that’s provided - and a lower level, down two steps, to a more informally planted area with a towering willow tree and an original, 19th century rill (water course) running through it.
Step through the front door into the hallway where you will find stairs leading to the two upper floors, a door to the right leading into the dining room-kitchen, a door to the left leading to the living room and a passageway ahead through to the cloakroom, back door to the garden and the alternative entrance to the kitchen-dining room.
This cosy room features an exposed Cotswold stone wall, original beams and a wood burning stove. The room is furnished with a three-seater sofa and three armchairs placed to enjoy the woodburner and smart TV. Occasional tables and lamps provide plenty of places to curl up with a book and relax. A sideboard houses family games and a large pouf conceals a wide choice of DVDs. French windows open out to the garden.
At the centre of the light and bright dining room is a feature stone wall and open fireplace. A long, rectangular table comfortably seats six guests, while at the window is an original window seat, providing the perfect place to perch and watch the village life go by or chat to the chef in the adjoining kitchen.
Two steps lead down into the kitchen: The fully equipped kitchen features a polished stone floor, with underfloor heating, a full range of appliances to cater to every chef’s needs and a butler’s sink looking out to the gorgeous garden. A door leads out of the kitchen into the back hallway where there is a cloakroom, hooks for hanging coats and plenty of room to keep outdoor shoes and boots. A door leads from here to the garden – perfect for easy access and carrying food and drinks out to the patio and seating area.
Carpeted stairs with a banister lead up to the first-floor landing and the two double bedrooms (at the front of the house) and the two, family bathrooms (at the rear, overlooking the garden).
Bedroom One - Master:
This pretty cream-coloured bedroom is furnished in a style that complements the age of the house, with a king-size bed on a cream-coloured, Victorian-style bed frame, bedside tables (that double as trays – perfect for breakfast in bed), bedside reading lamps, and a wardrobe with hanging and storage space.
Directly across the landing from the master bedroom is the second double bedroom, which is furnished with a standard-size double bed on a black and brass Victorian-style bed frame with bedside tables and reading lamps, and a wardrobe with hanging and storage space.
Family Bathroom One:
Sit back and relax in the lovely roll-top bath (with a central handheld shower attachment), while gazing out to the trees in the garden below. This spacious bathroom also has a toilet, washbasin with a mirror, a heated towel rail, and a lovely little window seat!
Family Bathroom Two:
The second bathroom also has a full-size bath, with an overhead rain shower, a toilet, a washbasin with a mirror, and a heated towel rail.
Carpeted stairs with a banister leading up to the second floor where there are two single bedrooms. Please note: these stairs are very steep and are not suitable for very young guests or those with limited mobility.
The two single bedrooms are in the renovated and refurbished attic, tucked in under the eaves to either side of the staircase. Please be aware that both bedrooms have impressive original timbers and beams that run above the beds and are quite low – so do mind your head!
A sweet little bedroom that’s furnished with a standard single bed, bedside table and lamp, a chest of drawers and mirror, with a view at tree height up the hill!
This is an equally dear little room that’s furnished with a standard single bed, bedside table and lamp, a chest of drawers and mirror, with a view to the neighbouring garden.
To the front of the cottage is a grassy verge and the original, 19th century railing enclosing a narrow garden strip, with a gate to the front door. A wooden gate to the side of the cottage opens to reveal a beautifully planted garden on two levels; the top level has a patio with two seating areas and a lawn - ideally suited for playing croquet with the set that’s provided - and a lower level, down two steps, to a more informally planted area with a towering willow tree and an ancient, water rill (man-made water course) passing from one side of the garden to the other with, during the wet months, water rushing along it. The garden can be accessed from inside through the back hallway door (beside the Kitchen) or through the French windows in the Living Room.
An original outbuilding houses the extra fridge/freezer, the croquet set and cushions for the outside chairs. Guests arriving with bicycles may store their bikes here too. (Note: the washing machine is not plumbed in.) To the left-hand side of the cottage is a gravel drive with off-street parking for two small cars.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps Maximum 5 in 4 bedrooms across 2 first floor double rooms with 1 king-size bed and 1 standard double bed; 2 second-floor single rooms each with 1 single bed
2.5 bathrooms: Family bathroom (first floor): Roll top bath with handheld shower attachment, toilet and wash basin; Family bathroom (first floor): Bath with overhead rain shower, toilet and wash basin; ground floor W.C.
Parking for 2 cars
Private enclosed garden with a rill (small stream) - young children must be supervised at all times.
1 wood burner and 1 open fire – logs and kindling supplied for first 2 fires
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water via central heating with individual thermostat controls
DVD player / DVDs
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, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Extra fridge-freezer in outside storeroom
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (mattress and cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 6
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal or purchase locally
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Horse & Groom Country Inn – a five-minute walk.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Stow-on-the-Wold (2 miles) is the nearest place and has a well-stocked Cooperative Food Store on Market Square and a Tesco Superstore, plus several independent delis and bakeries. Daylesford Organic Farm shop is 2 miles away.
The Horse & Groom (100 metres)
The Fox at Oddington (1.3 miles)
The Porch House and The Old Butchers (Stow-on-the-Wold (2 miles)
Cotswolds Walks: this area is famed for its walking. Smack bang in the middle of the glorious rolling Cotswold hills, keen walkers have plenty of choice when it comes to walks that lead straight from the village centre. A wonderful circular village walk, leading from the village’s centre is highly recommended and allows you to really appreciate Stow-on-the-Water’s rich heritage, taking you past key sites, buildings and monuments as you stroll. The walk is an easy 5.5km/3.75-mile circular ‘miles-without-styles’ walk around the town, taking in St Edwards well, Maugersbury and the Fosse Way. Or walk a bit of the Cotswold Way which runs 102 miles from Chipping Campden via some wonderful Cotswold sites like Broadway Tower, Hailes Abbey, Sudeley Castle and Iron Age Hill Forts on Cleeve Hill above Cheltenham all the way down to Bath.
Places to Visit:
Stow-on-the-Wold (2 miles)
Daylesford Farm, Cookery School, Spa and cafe (2 miles)
Longborough Festival Opera (5 miles)
Train - Kingham Station and Moreton-in-Marsh stations (5 miles), both with direct routes to London
Taxis - Jays Taxis, Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service
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
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
The stairs to the top floor and the two single bedrooms are very steep, making those rooms unsuitable for very young guests or those with limited mobility
The single beds are under the eaves with a low beam running the length of each room, making them unsuitable for very tall guests
Mobile phone cover is poor in the village on all networks. Some cover is available at the front of the house on the ground and first floor
The cottage has a beautiful, enclosed garden with a rill (small stream) running through it. Young children should be supervised at all times
Woodbine Cottage does not have a washing machine or dryer
Parking: There is parking for two small cars on the private drive. If more parking is required, we recommend continuing along the road into the heart of village and parking close to the Horse & Groom pub, where quiet street parking is available
Important parking notes:
- The boundary of the cottage’s drive follows the left wall of the garage. Please do not park over the neighbouring drive belonging to Hillbrook House. The boundary is marked on the ground by a line of stones
- Access to the bins must be available at all times to allow collection of general waste and recycling by the private refuse collection company. If access to the bins is blocked and the refuse collection company cannot pick up the refuse/recycling, their charge will, unfortunately, have to be passed on to you the guest
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We had a very relaxing stay in Woodbine cottage and were blessed with perfect weather to enjoy the extensive garden with its sunny terrace. Very well placed for Stow and the rest of the Cotswolds.
We had a fantastic holiday at Woodbine Cottage. It was absolutely charming and the backyard provided the perfect backdrop for the weekend where we spent many hours. The rooms are comfortable and well-appointed and the kitchen was easy to cook in. It was perfect, the location cannot be beaten and we will definitely be back.
Lovely cottage with a good garden and living space. The 2 single bedrooms are up very steep stairs and have low ceilings, so not suitable for older people! But the house is great and within a few minutes walk of a great pub with nice food
Woodbine Cottage was cosy and everything we could have wanted was at hand. It was the perfect place to stay to get that ‘Cotswold’ cottage feeling. We’ll definitely be booking to stay again!
The cottage was clean and cosy. It is nicely furnished and a great base for exploring the area. We really enjoyed our stay. Thanks!
Rachelle - October 2021
This beautiful, tranquil Cotswold village in the Evenlode Valley is considered, along with its neighbour Lower Oddington, to be one of the most desirable places to live in the Cotswolds. The village is surrounded by a network of footpaths that lead to an adjacent woodland which in springtime is covered with bluebells and wild garlic. The village has a 12th century church, St Nicholas’, and good country pub, the Horse & Groom. The village is just two miles from two of the area’s most-visited locations – Stow-on-the-Wold and Daylesford Organic Farmshop and spa.
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