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Relax by a roaring log fire in our cosy Cottage perfect to explore the Cotswolds

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Cirencester - The Old Sheephouse

Great location,. Sleeps 6: 3 double/twin bedrooms, kitchen, utility

Charming 18th century Costwold stone cottage in idyllic rural location with great character and period features, stunningly refurbished. Perfect for a comfy cosy weekend retreat with family or friends, and ideal for sightseeing around the Cotswolds. Huge inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove in lovely large sitting room with exposed beams and comfy seating, tv and freeview. Stylish modern and well equipped kitchen with breakfast area and separate sunny dining room seating up to 8. In addition, there is a utility/boot room and separate wc. Upstairs 3 delightful sunny bedrooms with twin/double beds, two luxury modern bathrooms (1 ensuite) with wc, basin, bath and large shower in each. Central heating throughout. Fresh linen provided.

The cottage is surrounded by its garden, with a summer house and large pond (home to wild ducks and moorhens) and overlooks idyllic pasture fields with sheep grazing. There is an attractive BBQ area by the pond and garden furniture is provided. The garden is secluded, and fenced in. Behind the house is a large gravelled parking area for up to 3 cars.

The Old Sheephouse is situated in a secluded spot in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offers all the attractions of the Cotswolds. Perfect for those seeking an idyllic rural retreat away from it all, with wonderful unspoilt walks on your doorstep. A peaceful 1.5 km walk will bring you into Barnsley Village with the chic Barnsley House Hotel and renowned Village Pub, with its great cuisine and famous clientèle. The Cottage is located just 7 minutes from the fashionable Roman town of Cirencester with its fantastic restaurants, shops and boutiques, Roman sights, golf courses and Cirencester Polo Club. There is a Waitrose and Tesco in Cirencester for any self-catering supplies and both deliver to the postcode. The Cotswold Leisure Centre has great gym and fitness facilities and a large modern swimming pool. Nearby the Cotswold Water Park offers a huge variety of watersports and activities.

Other towns within a 20 minute drive include Lechlade, Bibury and Tetbury, charming traditional Cotswold towns offering antiques, small boutiques, cafes, pubs, great restaurants and even trout fishing. Cheltenham Is close by with its elegant shops, racecourse and Literary Festival, and there is a dry ski slope in Gloucester just 20 miles away. Why not visit the Cotwold Wildlife Park at Slimbridge on your way back? Or for a fun day out, visit Bristol, home of Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, with its great Science museum, zoo and botanical gardens, not to mention excellent shopping. A trip to the Unesco World Heritage sites of Oxford or Bath is a must, to experience the dreaming spires of Oxford or to lose yourself in the Georgian splendor of Bath, with its Roman thermal baths, elegant shops and theatre. The world famous equestrian events of Badminton Horse Trials, Gatcombe Horse Trials and Cheltenham Gold Cup are all within easy reach. Famous gardens close by include the legendary Rosemary Verey's garden at Barnsley House, snowdrops in February at Colesbourne and Painswick Rococco Gardens, tulips in April at Cerney House gardens. The fritillary fields at Cricklade are well worth a visit around Easter, as is Westonbirt Arboretum particularly in October with the autumn colours.

The nearest train station is Kemble which is 15 minutes away and the nearest international airport is Heathrow. London is an hour and a half away by car or 55minutes by train.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Polish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 January, 2016

What makes this cottage unique

The idyllic location, waking up to the sound of the birds and sheep in the field next door. The great sunsets across the open fields. The proximity to so many lovely places to visit. Above all the happy and cosy atmosphere the Cottage has.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many thanks for a wonderful stay. We really enjoyed it all.
May 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Relax by a roaring log fire in our cosy Cottage perfect to explore the Cotswolds
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful Cotswold Cottage - Highly Reccomended

  • 5 of 5

The Old Sheephouse is an absolute picture perfect delight. Fantastic location being set down a quiet country lane but also close enough to all the amenities of the beautiful market town of Cirencester and surrounding areas.

There is a great pub just down the road in Barnsley and if looking to celebrate a special occasion dinner and drinks at Barnsley House Hotel is highly recommended.

For our stay of 8 nights the property was found in a lovely condition, clean, cosy and tidy with more than enough room for our party of five adults. The property has many interesting features such as beams and the large old fireplace in the lounge.

The kitchen is large with the addition of a dining table and plenty of crockery, utensils and a good range of appliances. The welcome basket with a range of local produce was much appreciated.

The bathrooms and downstairs toilet were very clean and there was always plenty of hot water.

The bedrooms were a nice size, clean and comfortable, although could do with a little extra bedding and more storage space. The single beds zip together to make doubles but unfortunately this was not done for our visit which was a disappointment considering we had requested double beds for the couples.

Although the property is a traditional Cotswold cottage it has been tastefully modernised whilst retaining its charm and character.

The back garden is nice and flat with a lovely selection of trees, shrubs and flowers. There is a large pond at the side of the property which is not enclosed so families with young children need to be aware.

With sheep in neighbouring fields, walks along country lanes, very peaceful setting, staying at the Old Sheephouse really made a great vacation into an exceptional holiday. We would have no hesitation in booking this lovely property again.

Thank you Fionna.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The place was exactly as advertised, with excellent facilities. The location is among the medows/fields, about 3 miles from town, on a long single track road. The owner was very helpfull when a minor problem with the heating system occured. We visited quite a number of those famous Cotswolds villages, as well as Bath & Oxford. The "Village Pub" in nearby Barnsley is highly recommended,

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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Bliss and perfect for a family get away

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully calm and tranquil cottage with all that you need to have a lovely family break and be able to entertain too. Beautifully furnished and maintained and spotlessly clean and a door into the garden from the kitchen to boot, perfect for those early morning cups of tea watching the dew lift.

Secure garden was great for children, the beds were blissfully comfortable and the bathroom and showers were perfect. Well equipped kitchen and good local information and ideas of things to do provided. Wood burning stove on top of very efficient heating made for a very civilised weekend in the country - as did the boot room!

Wonderful cottage to borrow in a lovely part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Gran Canaria, Spain

Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

The pshotos don't make justice to the real beauty of this house. We fell in love for it inmediately, even the two children (not very efusive usually) were enthusiatic about it. It was perfectly clean, tastefully decorated and had everything we needed. A lot of space. Beautiful garden. 10 minutes to Cirencester's Waitrose and Tesco groceries. Perfect. We can't wait to go there again. Hopefully soon...Fiona was more than helpful with information about everything, unfortunately we had to go the the Hospital, but hadn't been for Fionna's indications we would have been lost, hopefully you won't need it, but Cirencester's Hospital staff was really nice and helpful. If there is any question Fionna is always ready to answer or help. We went to a great place for lunch in Stroud in front of the weekly market following her advice and were pleasantly surprised. Thank you for everything.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquility within reach of tourist attractions

  • 5 of 5

The Old Sheephouse is a delightful, roomy cottage, located on a quiet road, but within reach of local attractive Cotswold towns and villages. It's location is ideal for those who wish to either relax in the house or garden or spend their time sightseeing. The property is clean, comfortable,well equipped and in excellent decorative order.The wood burning stove made it particularly cosy.The local pub is only a five minute car ride away.

We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to families or couples. We were made more than welcome and look forward to returning there soon.

The Boswell family (6 adults and 1 toddler)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cotswold Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Cottage for a week in early August and found the Cottage to be equipped with everything we needed, including guide books and maps. The location was great - right in the middle of everything you want to see in the Cotswold region. Old Sheephouse Lane is ideal for a morning run or walk to start your day. The garden is delightful for an evening barbeque. You can buy all of your supplies, and good wine, at the local Waitrose grocery store. To top it all off, we had the fortune to meet FIonna who gave us all kinds of valuable tips to make our stay perfect. We highly recommend a stay at the Old Sheephouse. Paul and Michelle

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Heathrow or Kemble Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Kilometres
Village Pub, Barnsley
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
28 Kilometres
M4 Junction 15
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Kilometres
Barnsley House Hotel
Car: necessary

Charming rural location, close to Cirencester with its wonderful shops and cafes, and an easy walk to Barnsley village with the famous Village Pub and Barnsley House hotel.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cirencester, Cotswold district

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Sep 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600

Weekend breaks by arrangement, please email for rates.
Deposit not included. Please email for details of deposit and terms of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cirencester in Gloucestershire

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite, 2 basins
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Family bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be twin bedded
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • King size double bed/ twin beds as required. Cot/high chair available by arrangement.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please note that there is a large natural unfenced pond at the rear of the property, accordingly the property is not recommended for young children who may be unattended in the vicinity of the pond. We regret there is limited accessibility for wheelchairs downstairs due to the age of the building.

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