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Christmas Cottage is a beautifully refurbished detached property, built in the 1980s with traditional Cotswold stone, and decorated to a high standard throughout. The cottage is located on a quiet cul-de-sac close to the centre of the beautiful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, which is famous for its historic buildings and its wide range of restaurants, traditional pubs and antique shops. Stow is also perfectly situated in the heart of the North Cotswolds, surrounded by stunning countryside, and ideally placed for exploring the many beautiful towns and villages in the area.
The owner of Christmas Cottage has recently refurbished the property, in a lovely, contemporary style, adding in beautiful character features such as a wood burning stove in the living room. The warmth and style of the house are complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a large flatscreen TV and a well presented kitchen.
Christmas Cottage sleeps a maximum of six people, in three bedrooms (one on the ground floor), with a family bathroom and a ground floor en-suite bathroom. There is an enclosed back garden and off street parking is available for one car, with a second parking space available on the street directly outside the cottage. Christmas Cottage is perfect for a family or a group of friends looking for a beautiful cottage in a quiet location, whilst still having all the amenities of Stow-on-the-Wold on the doorstep.
Accessed through the front garden, the front door of Christmas Cottage opens into a hallway, off which are the following ground floor rooms:
•Living room: A beautiful, warm room, which contains two large sofas, a stylish wood burning stove and a large flat screen TV with a Blu-ray player;
•Dining room: Connected to the living room and the kitchen, with French doors out into the back garden, the dining room contains a wooden table and six chairs;
•Kitchen: The stylish new kitchen contains an electric oven and grill, four ring electric hob, American style fridge with cold water dispenser, freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and washing machine;
•Bedroom 1: This easily accessible room contains a king size bed and has an en-suite bathroom, which contains a bath with a shower attachment, toilet and wash basin.
Stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, which leads to:
•Bedroom 2: Contains two single beds;
•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath with a handheld shower attachment, toilet and a wash basin.
French doors from the dining room open into the small enclosed back garden, which is mostly laid to lawn. There is an outdoor table, with seating for six, and a charcoal barbecue. At the front of the cottage there is an off-street parking space on the driveway and a further parking space is available on the street, directly outside the cottage.
Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold's countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.
Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.
Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward, probably Edward the Martyr.
Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.
It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for 'picture-postcard' England. The town's tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B's, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.
Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the 'Heart of England'. The name Cotswold means 'sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”.
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone 'wool churches'. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe.
Food & drink
Stow has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. It also has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.