Yew Tree is a delightful double-fronted Cotswold stone cottage, part of which dates back to the 16th Century. Sitting on the peaceful high street in Longborough, just a short stroll from the friendly village pub, this exceptional house is both elegant and filled with character and offers the perfect Cotswold escape. Sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, with a stunning kitchen-diner and an impressive inglenook fireplace, Yew Tree Cottage is dog friendly and has been renovated to the highest standard to create a spacious and superbly comfortable holiday home.
The quiet village of Longborough lies in the pretty countryside just a few miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh and is a peaceful spot where time seems to slow down. Sitting on a traditional high street of equally charming pale golden Cotswold stone buildings, Yew Tree Cottage is the picture-perfect place for a countryside caper through the Cotswolds.
Set across three floors this pretty cottage is the epitome of style and elegance and retains a wealth of original features. On the expansive ground floor, the spacious kitchen-diner with its vaulted ceiling and twin-antler chandeliers creates a real wow factor, whilst the super-stylish living room boasts a stunning, inglenook fireplace, now home to a wood-burning stove. There are three airy bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor, and a romantic master bedroom on the second floor with an ensuite shower room. Throughout the house, exposed wooden beams and original features sit side by side with beautiful soft furnishings and every creature comfort needed for a magical stay.
To the rear of the Yew Tree Cottage is a fully enclosed and private, south-facing garden with a pergola and patio. There’s also an outside dining area with a charcoal Weber barbecue and a private driveway with parking for two cars.
The porch is used as the main entrance and is perfect for ensuring wet dogs are dried off and removing outdoor gear. There’s a cushioned bench where you can sit to put on or pull off shoes and boots, a large wooden shoe rack and a handy storage cupboard.
From the porch, step into the hallway which is warm and welcoming with wooden flooring and plenty of light. For those who have to bring work away with them, there is a desk and chair, the cottage also benefits from superfast, Gigaclear wi-fi. The hall leads to the kitchen/diner, living room and the utility and cloakroom.
Leading off from the hall, this useful space houses the washing machine and tumble dryer, recycling bins and cupboard space where you’ll find the highchair and iron and ironing board. There’s also a ground floor cloakroom with a WC at the end of the utility room.
This exceptional room is filled with light and really brings the wow factor with its high, beamed vaulted ceiling and twin antler chandeliers. The stylish white cupboards hide all manner of equipment including a dishwasher, wine cooler and plenty of cooking and baking utensils. There’s a generously sized fridge-freezer and the range-style oven and induction hob is ideal for preparing delicious dishes for your guests. The wooden dining table with stylish white wicker chairs seats eight comfortably and is perfect for lazy breakfasts and sociable, relaxed evening meals by candlelight. Double doors lead out to the enclosed garden and a large floor to ceiling window floods the room with natural light. There is a shallow stone step from the hall into the kitchen.
Two stone steps lead up from the hall into the sumptuous living room. Taking centre stage is the magnificent inglenook fireplace with a log burner which adds a cosy warmth when the evenings turn chilly. This room forms part of the cottage that dates back to the 16th century and the original beams, exposed stone walls and windows still remain. Two plump four-seater sofas sit in front of the fire around a wooden table, which is perfect for board games, a jigsaw or resting a book. Games and puzzles can be found in the bureau beneath the stairs. A 55” OLED Smart TV sits to one side of the fireplace, hidden on a remote-controlled TV lift within a cabinet, ensuring that it does not detract from the quietly elegant feel of the room. The front door is in the centre of the front wall and whilst still in perfect working order, is rarely used.
From the corner of the living room stairs rise to the first floor.
This expansive super-king-size room can also be set up as a twin room (please ask at the time of booking if you require this). There is plenty of space and storage to unpack with a double wardrobe and chest of drawers and a glass wall unit is a pretty feature. The original beams can be seen overhead and the windows, which looks out to the front of the cottage, have white wooden shutters.
At the end of the landing, closest to the second flight of stairs, this lovely room features a wooden-framed super king-size bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps, a vintage chest of drawers and a single wardrobe. The walls are white accentuating the wooden beams overhead. The original deep-set window looks over the quiet high street and is framed by wooden shutters.
Looking out to the rear of the cottage this cosy room features twin beds and is decorated in shades of grey, with pale tartan wallpaper and soft fluffy cushions. A bedside table stands between the two beds topped with a reading lamp. There’s a built-in cupboard for storage and younger guests will enjoy the selection of children’s books on the windowsill.
Enjoy leisurely soaks in the double-ended bathtub, which also has a shower over with both a rainfall showerhead and a handheld option. This lovely bathroom is spacious and beautiful featuring a vanity unit with a hand basin, large mirror and a WC. The room is finished in calming hues of greys and white with natural light from the frosted window.
From the first floor, there is a door and a second flight of stairs to the top floor bedroom. Please be aware of the very low beam and mind your head!
This delightful room is a calm and restful space hidden away at the top of the house. The vaulted roof, exposed beams and original rafters add to the charm and character as does a pair of striking chandeliers. There is plenty of space to relax with a chaise longue set beneath one of the windows, the perfect spot to unwind with a good book and offers an abundance of storage with a double wardrobe, dressing table with a mirror and two sets of chest of drawers. The beautiful upholstered king-size bed has bedside tables on either side with reading lamps.
Tucked away at the far end this well-appointed ensuite features a shower cubicle with both a rainfall and a handheld showerhead, WC, hand basin with storage underneath and a mirrored bathroom cabinet with lights and shaving points. The roof Velux gives views over to the green hills, dotted with trees in the distance.
The garden at Yew Tree Cottage is totally enclosed and faces south, making it a real suntrap. A pergola runs along the rear border whilst the outdoor dining area is a lovely spot for alfresco meals in the sunshine. There are two further reclining chairs for soaking up the sun, and a charcoal Weber barbecue. This is a peaceful village and you’ll be surrounded by the sound of birdsong and the occasional horse passing by. There is parking for two vehicles on the private drive. Additional on-street parking is also available.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms across 1 king-size, 2 super-king-size, one of which can be twin beds on request, and 1 twin room
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room to Bedroom One, 1 family bathroom with a bath and shower over and a ground floor cloakroom.
Parking for 2 cars
Dog friendly – 1 dog is welcome
Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls
Superfast free Wi-Fi
55” 4k LG OLED Smart TV
Bose Bluetooth speaker
Games and jigsaw puzzles
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, 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
Range-style oven with induction hob
Ironing board, iron
Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Outside dining table with bench seating and stools and two reclining chairs with a coffee table
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The community-run village shop is a 2-minute walk from the cottage. In Stow-on-the-Wold (2 miles) there is a Tesco and in Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) a Co-op and an Aldi. The Cotswold Food Store and Café is a 2-minute drive and there are some excellent farm shops around the area too.
Coach and Horses (0.15 miles)
Stag at Stow-on-the-Wold (3 miles)
Restaurant Henne (3 miles)
Longborough is surrounded by some beautiful countryside walks. From the village there are paths to Bourton-on-the-Hill and Sezincote, along with some wonderful walks around Batsford Arboretum.
Places to Visit:
Bourton House Garden (2.8 miles
Batsford Arboretum (3.7 miles)
Sezincote Gardens (4.8 miles)
Trains: Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) has regular services from London Paddington
Taxis: TA Taxis; Stow Taxi
There is so much to see and 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.
One dog is permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
There is low headroom as you go up the stairs to the master bedroom.
The maximum occupancy for Yew Tree Cottage is 8 guests, this is inclusive of children and infants.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Excellent place, the house is very comfortable, well decorated, the restaurants in the excellent altededores. very kind people where one goes. one of my best travel experience
Great quality accommodation and host, would definitely stay again.
Lovely home in a well located part of the Cotswolds. Decorated to a contemporary standard and modern appliances to go with the house. The owner was very hospitable and communicated well. Thank you, we had a lovely time.
Couldn’t fault it! The most beautiful house, stocked up with absolutely everything you need. Very impressed! 10/10
Longborough is a quiet village close to Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh, with a community-run village shop and a friendly pub, just a short walk from the cottage. The village is best known for the Longborough Festival Opera which takes place during the summer. This is a peaceful spot and ideal for exploration further afield with attractions such as Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Broadway, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park all within easy reach.
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