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Japonica Cottage

Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire (Ref. 988652)

4.3

Manor Cottages rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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78 Customer Review(s)

  • Rainer

    “Japonica Cottage is a small terraced house right on the relatively busy High Street in Bourton on the Water.”

    The location of the cottage is great for going into the little town or to its one super market. Unfortunately, the road is quite noisy between 7am and 10pm minimum, and as the small living room and the bedrooms are only about 2 yards away from passing traffic, you feel constantly that some of this traffic is going right through the house as the old single-glazing original windows do not insulate you from the noise. We were very surprised that none of the reviews had mentioned this clearly, so ...

    The location of the cottage is great for going into the little town or to its one super market. Unfortunately, the road is quite noisy between 7am and 10pm minimum, and as the small living room and the bedrooms are only about 2 yards away from passing traffic, you feel constantly that some of this traffic is going right through the house as the old single-glazing original windows do not insulate you from the noise. We were very surprised that none of the reviews had mentioned this clearly, so were hoping for a quiet road. The bed was comfortable and the television worked fine. The kitchen is simple and small but well enough equipped for two people. The bathroom shower could benefit from a shower curtain over the bath, but warm water and heating was all fine. The stairs are a tribute to the inventive- and resourcefulness of the people who built the small house. A bonus is the parking right behind the house, just make sure your car does not exceed the size of a Volkswagen Golf in width. We found the narrow driveway perfectly fine to negotiate and had more problems with the lack of lighting in the car-port area (the small yard is lit). The shared washing-machine and dryer worked fine for us and in warmer weather sitting in the yard could well have been a bonus. The add-on veranda is essential if you want to be somewhere quiet during the day so kudos to the owners for having invested in this. We would definitely recommend investing in two new 2-seaters, the current ones are the worst ones we have come across so far in 20 years of renting cottages. Ideal would be something with fold down arm-rests as this would allow you to relax a bit in the small living room.

    - Rainer, October 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this comprehensive feedback. We hope you enjoyed your stay in Japonica Cottage and that the description of the location wasn’t in any way misleading. The cottage does face onto the high street and the traffic can be variable but is normally minimal from early evening onwards. The location is often recommended by guests who love the convenience of being able to walk to all the shops, restaurants and pubs nearby. We appreciate your comments regarding the shower but we are restricted by the height of the ceiling within the bathroom which would make it impractical. We do emphasise in our description that the stairs are steep for anyone with limited mobility and try to highlight any issues which may be of concern. In terms of the sofas, as the living room is fairly small we are restricted in choice to finding sofas that physically fit into the room. We’re pleased that you enjoyed relaxing in the conservatory and appreciated the bonus of a parking space in such a busy market town and hope we can welcome you again one day. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor double, 1 x second floor twin
  • First floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning effect electric fire
  • Conservatory with dining area
  • External utility
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  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freesat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Shared patio area with furniture and separate shared lawned area
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Access is via a narrow driveway between 2 properties, if this not suitable for your mode of transport please note alternative unrestricted parking can be found on street nearby on a first come first serve basis
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Second floor bedroom is accessed through the first floor bedroom via steep stairs, this may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: Stairs to first floor are steep which may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

The property

Japonica Cottage is one of a row of five delightful Cotswold cottages set in the heart of the very famous and very attractive village of Bourton on the Water.

Internally the cottage is presented in cosy and charming style, with the rooms and their furnishings typifying the Cotswolds, including some original doors dating back hundreds of years.

In our opinion this is ideal for a couple or a small family wanting to tour the local area.

The heated conservatory which is attached to the cottage is a very pleasant place to enjoy a quiet moment!

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About the location

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER

Stow-on-the-Wold 4 miles; Moreton-in-Marsh 8 miles; Chipping Norton 13 miles; Cheltenham 15.5 miles.

Located in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the historic village of Bourton-on-the-Water dates back to Neolithic times with over 100 buildings being Grade II listed or higher. The picturesque high street nestles alongside the River Windrush over which several low stone bridges span, which is why Bourton-on-the-Water is known as the Venice in the Cotswolds. Tradition states that an annual football match is played in the summer, in the River Windrush with the banks lined with spectators, with the aim to score as many goals as possible and get as wet as possible! The village has an eclectic range of visitor attractions, including The Model Village, Cotswold Motor Museum, Birdland Park and Gardens as well as a Dragonfly Maze, monthly farmers’ market as well as many tea rooms, an artisan bakery, antiques and craft markets, traditional sweet shop, cycle hire and its very own perfumery. Nearby, Stow-on-the-Wold, originally an Iron Age Fort, epitomises traditional England. This ancient market town has played host to many fairs since the 12th century and today holds a biannual Gypsy Horse Fair, craft fairs and monthly farmers' market. The vast market square boasts an ancient cross at one end and the village stocks at the other, surrounded by an elegant array of Cotswold stone townhouses, antiques shops, tea rooms, traditional pubs, award-winning restaurants and its very own cricket museum. Also take a visit to the medieval town of Burford for a great day out where you can enjoy a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. The Saxon market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and the quintessential English village of Broadway are both within easy reach and make a great day out. The spa town of Cheltenham is, architecturally, the most complete Regency town in England with an incredible range of shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and pubs, it is famous for its horse racing festival in March, culminating in the Gold Cup steeplechase. Oxford, the oldest university city in England and sometimes called The City of Dreaming Spires has an abundance of prestigious attractions, including the 38 colleges of the university (half of which date back before 1600), the oldest university teaching room, the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, and Botanic Gardens. Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Worcester and the waterfront city of Gloucester are also all within easy reach.

Note: Second floor bedroom is accessed through the first floor bedroom via steep stairs, this may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

Please note the hand rail up the stairs is a rope type rail.

Note: Stairs to first floor are steep which may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
Pets welcome at £25
Note: Please note a 4pm check in time is possible on Saturdays. The usual check in time on other days is 6pm, however guests are welcome to check if earlier arrivals may be possible although this cannot be guaranteed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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