Set in the heart of this attractive Cotswolds market town, Pike Cottage is a classic property in Stow on the Wold.
Arranged over three floors, this historic and characterful cottage is an ideal base for exploring this and other popular Cotswolds towns and villages.
Pike Cottage is over 200 years old and, according to local history, was an old tollhouse for the Fosse Way turnpike.
They were known as turnpikes as the gate barring the road had upright pikes on the top to deter horsemen from jumping and avoiding the toll, hence the old name of the cottage.
The slightly quirky structure of the building lays testament to its history, indeed the old arch gate in Cotswold stone features in a guide to the town.
Although much has changed, the floors, the beams, the doors and fireplace all give this home a special, characterful charm.
There are four bedrooms spread across the three floors (via some steepish stairs).
This cottage is suitable for families, friends or couples as it combines a central location with very easy access to the excellent shops and pubs in Stow with beautiful countryside nearby.
Delightful, convenient and welcoming, this historic cottage is an ideal choice
Over three floors. Three bedrooms: 1 x first floor double bedroom plus ensuite bathroom with bath, handheld shower, WC and washbasin, 1 x first floor mezzanine twin room (Accessed via double bedroom up some steeps stairs), 1 x second floor kingsize double (Accessed via steep staircase) plus ensuite shower room with shower, WC and washbasin. Ground floor cloakroom with WC and washbasin. First floor bathroom with bath, shower, wash basin and WC.
About the location
Bourton-on-the-Water 4 miles; Stratford upon Avon 15 miles.
The highest town in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold, originally an Iron Age Fort, epitomises olde worlde 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, antique shops, tea rooms, traditional pubs, award-winning restaurants and its very own cricket museum. Many walks and cycle rides through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Cotswolds can be enjoyed from the centre of Stow, with the Macmillan Way, Heart of England Way, Gloucestershire and Monarch's Way all running close to the town. Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' as the River Windrush runs through the centre, lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of the most popular Cotswold villages. The Saxon market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and the quintessential English village of Broadway are all within easy reach and make a great day out. Cheltenham (20 miles away) is, architecturally, the most complete regency town in England. A spa town 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. At other times of year, it is host to literature, jazz, classical music, science and food and drink festivals. 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 within easy reach, making Stow-on-the-Wold an ideal base.
Note: This property requires a Good House Keeping Bond of £100