Lower Swell, Stow on the Wold & surrounding area
Located down a quiet track and overlooking open countryside, The Piece is a unique, charming and high standard holiday cottage that is absolutely ideal for families and for groups. Its history is significant - as it was once the cottage lived in by the Lower Swell Manor housekeeper back in the 16th Century. Its unique layout made it more important (back then) than the property next door, which originally housed the 'socially less important' Manor gardener!! Today the cottage is a luxury holiday home fit for the Lord of the Manor, sparkling top of the range kitchen, cosy woodburner, sumptuous bathroom and large comfortable beds across three floors. Modern and stylish furnishings are mixed with period features - the original flagstone floor, beams and lead windows combine to give this an absolutely top-notch feel. Outside you've got off street parking (not that this is important in a quiet village like this...) along with a garden area front and back. Families especially will love this home, but it is likely to appeal just as much to friends who want to sample the Cotswolds at its best.
With the pub quite literally 2 mins from your front door and Stow on the Wold 3 mins in the car - everything you could possibly need is here!
Entrance through to small lobby area with hooks for coats and space for shoes and boots etc.
Kitchen / Diner, fully equipped and with all mod cons - 4 ring elec hob, oven and grill, large fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, digital radio and plenty of catering kit. There is a large dining table with 6 chairs
Living Room, a good size room with a lovely view towards the fields, made cosy by the beams and wood burning stove within the inglenook fireplace. There are two large sofas and a rocking chair, large TV with Freeview and DVD player plus ipod dock.
Master Bedroom with King size double bed (5ft), wardrobes and chest of drawers and a view towards the village.
Bathroom with large bath, separate walk in shower, WC and washbasin
Additional Toilet is on this floor with WC and washbasin
There's a delightful window seat here from which to view the countryside and wildlife - the owner has even taken the step to leave some binoculars for you!
Second Floor A (via staircase 1, which is quite steep)
Bedroom Two with two single beds and chest of drawers. The room is a good size.
Second Floor B (via a separate, and again steep staircase)
Bedroom Three, a lovely bedroom with King size double bed (5ft), wardrobe and chest of drawers.
To the front of the house is a large patio garden with table and 6 chairs, south facing and perfect for morning and evening moments. To the rear is a small courtyard, completely enclosed, with a table and chairs and with open views. There is parking at the property for two cars and ample on street parking (unrestricted) about 10 seconds walk from your door.
One small pet welcome. Children Welcome, Cot & High Chair Available. Wifi available. Off Street parking.
Please note: during peak times full week breaks only starting /finishing on normal changeover day.
This cottage is situated in the heart Lower Swell, every inch the classic Cotswolds village! Surrounded by rolling countryside this is quintessential Cotswolds in many ways. A cracking local pub is literally around the corner (run by a local brewery) where you are just as likely to see David Beckham as you are to see the local farmer (the former is supposedly buying the local manor!) along with a host of beautiful buildings including a pretty church. As you'd expect there are many walks into the surrounding countryside. As the cottage is located on the way 'out' of Lower Swell it is also very close Stow on the Wold, which is about 1 mile away, a 10 min walk up a foot path.
For those who like to walk, you can reach Stow via a path which goes straight into the heart of the town all in about 30 mins (about 1 mile away). Stow, of course, is one of the Cotswolds most famous market towns, renowned for its quality shops, cafes and restaurants. Very much a working town, there is a market day each month as well some excellent little festivals which pepper the year.
Surrounding the town are a host of stunning villages with their pubs, which are well worth taking in and viewing. There are few better places to be than this area if you want to see 'classic Cotswolds'. The Slaughters are infamous and incredibly beautiful (so too are Lower and Upper Swell!)
Ever popular and beautiful is Bourton on the Water which is about 8 mins drive away, while places such as Burford, Moreton in Marsh and Chipping Campden are equally easy to get to. If you're coming with the children then we would definitely recommend the Cotswold Farm Park (Guiting Power) and the Cotswold Wildlife Park (nr Burford). Again, we could go on, but there is plenty to enjoy.
Finally but not least, you really must try some of the local National Trusts Gardens, incl Kiftsgate and especially Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the best in the country. We think you've got plenty to do.....!!!