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Spa Changing Rooms is a historic, grade II* listed cottage, located near beautiful Stow-on-the-Wold

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

Spa Changing Rooms - a cottage that sleeps 5 guests in 3 bedrooms

Welcome to Spa Changing Rooms, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish Cotswold holiday rentals.

Please click More Details to read about the House Rules.

Built over 200 years ago, Spa Changing Rooms is one of three cottages that originally formed a Spa (a fourth cottage was added later), whose aim was to rival the spa facilities in the towns of Cheltenham and Bath. The cottage is located on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Lower Swell, which has a traditional Cotswold pub, and is less than a mile away from the famous market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, with its wide range of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the cottage is an ideal base for exploring the region, either on foot, by bike or by car, with many of the quintessential Cotswold towns and villages within easy reach, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. Further afield places such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Blenheim Palace are also easily accessible.

This historic grade II* listed property has an abundance of period features, including oak beams, exposed Cotswold stone walls, flagstone floors, a wood burning stove, and ornate stone mullion windows at the front of the cottage, with leaded lights, which are described as"Moghul" style, an Indian influence believed to have been inspired by the construction of nearby Sezincote House. The cellar of the cottage contains one of the original springs to the spa house, with the old steps down to the cellar being visible from the kitchen. The historic character of the cottage is complemented by modern facilities, including wireless internet access, three Smart TVs and a Freeview TV, a water softener, drinking water purifier, and an efficient heating system throughout the property.

Spa Changing Rooms sleeps five people, in three bedrooms, with a family bathroom. There is a lovely back garden, with a wooden decking area that has spectacular rural views across the Abbotswood Estate. There is dedicated parking for up to three cars across the road from the cottage. Spa Changing Rooms is perfect for a family or group of friends looking for a relaxing break in the heart of the Cotswold countryside.

House Rules

Booking and payment

Character Cottages is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the cottages listed on our website. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.

For bookings commencing more than 10 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 10 weeks prior to arrival.

All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.

Security deposits

Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).


The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.

Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by one additional infant.


Regrettably, pets are not accepted.

Bed linen and towels

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times

Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations

Bedroom 1: King size bed

Bedroom 2: King size bed or 2 x 75cm wide single beds

Bedroom 3: Single bed


Family bathroom: Roll top bath, separate shower, toilet and wash basin

Heating, fuel and logs

The property has an electric central heating system. Electricity is included in the rental price.

An initial supply of logs, kindling and fire lighters is provided for the wood burning stove and further log supplies can be purchased locally.

Services provided

The property has free wireless high speed broadband internet access, three SMART TVs plus a further Freeview TV, and a DVD/Blu-ray player.

There is no telephone at the property.

Mobile phone reception is variable, generally being better on the first floor or outside the property.

Guests who would like particularly ultra high-speed data (approximately 1gb per second, upload and download) can arrange this upgrade directly with the owner, for £10 per day, subject to a minimum of £20.


There are allocated off-street parking spaces for two or three cars directly opposite the property.


Where a letting exceeds nine nights, a mid-stay clean, bed linen and towel change may be included in the price. Please check with us to confirm. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.

Child friendly facilities

A travel cot (without linen), a baby bath, two stair gates and a high chair are provided.

The property's garden is enclosed, however young children should be supervised outside at all times.

Initial consumables

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety

This is an old, Grade II* listed property and has many character features, including narrow and fairly steep stairs, low beams in the kitchen, and low doorways, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

A full Accessibility Guide is available on request.


No smoking is permitted throughout the property.


The property is located adjacent to the B4068, which is the primary road through the village of Lower Swell, leading to Stow on the Wold. Whilst it is not a major road, it can experience increased traffic at certain times of the day. Guests should take care to ensure that the front door to the cottage is not left open, as it is close to the road.


In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas.

If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

More Details

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lower Swell in Swell

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom #1 - Family bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom #1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom #2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom #3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Television
  • Garden
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
If you would like to read more about the property’s features, then feel free to get in touch by searching the web for Spa Changing Rooms Character Cottages!


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Spa Changing Rooms is a historic, grade II* listed cottage, located near beautiful Stow-on-the-Wold
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Great little country cottage

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly fitted out with a combination of cosy and modern. The lounge log burner is perfect for winter evenings whilst the garden, overlooking the lake, is a must for when it's warmer. Special mention to the local pub which is very accommodating to visitors.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review of Spa Changing Rooms, we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon!
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Gilbert, Arizona

A perfect combination of historic charm and modern comfort.

  • 5 of 5

This property was our first stop during our 2 week England vacation. This location was perfect to explore Stow and Lower Swell. We also we able to venture out on short trips to see both Warwick Castle and Puzzlewood Forest. The property itself is the perfect combination of historic charm and modern comfort. The beds were very comfortable and the claw-foot tub in the bathroom was a big hit with my kids. I was pleasently surprised to find USB charge points in all the main living areas. This made charging phones and iPads very continent. These were unexpected, but very much appreciated. My kids loved learning about the history of the property through the information books left on site. Overall this is the perfect place to stay for a visit to the Cotswolds. Thank you for everything!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Other Activities:

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.

Car: Spa Changing Rooms is easily accessible by car, being three-quarters of a mile from Stow, which is located at the junction of seven roads, including the A429 (Fosse Way).

Train: The nearest railway stations to Spa Changing Rooms are Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 5 miles away) and Kingham (approximately 6 miles away), which have regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes. Pre-booking a taxi for onward travel is strongly recommended.

Plane: Spa Changing Rooms is within easy reach of a number of international airports: Birmingham International Airport: 45 miles, approximately 60 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 75 miles, approximately 90 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 70 miles, approximately 90 minute drive.


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  • Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent