Stable Cottage is a beautiful, grade II listed building, formerly the stables for the neighbouring coaching inn. The Cotswold stone stables have been lovingly renovated, to create a warm, character filled cottage, perfectly located in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Stable Cottage was formerly the stables for the Inn at Fossebridge, an historic family run 17th century coaching inn, and the cottage sits in the Inn's beautiful four acre grounds. Fossebridge is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located between Cirencester to the South and Stow-on-the-Wold to the North. Stable Cottage is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding countryside, including the picturesque Coln Valley, or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
The graded II listed stables were solidly built in Cotswold stone and have recently been converted to form a beautiful, single storey cottage. The character of the original stables has been retained via the incorporation of stable doors and original oak beams into the cottage, and enhanced by the quality of the new finishings, including oak doors, windows and skirting boards. The character of the cottage is complemented by its facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV with DVD player and Sky, and a well presented kitchen.
Stable Cottage sleeps a maximum of six guests, in three bedrooms (two of which are interconnected), with two bathrooms. There is a private outdoor area with a table and chairs, and the grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge are open to guests. Off street parking is available. Stable Cottage is an ideal location for families or groups of friends, looking for a peaceful retreat.
The cottage benefits from having access to all of the Inn's services, including private dining facilities.
The front door of Stable Cottage opens into a hallway. The following rooms are in the cottage, all on the ground floor:
At the front of Stable Cottage is a private outdoor area, with a table and chairs. The cottage and the outdoor area adjoin the beautiful four acre grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge, which guests have full access to.
Bookings for Stable Cottage have to be accepted in advance by the owner and are therefore provisional only until this has been confirmed.
For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
A security deposit of £200 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. For the avoidance of doubt, guests are requested to leave the property in a reasonable condition, consistent with the property's appearance upon arrival. In the event that the owners, or their appointed housekeepers, have to spend additional time tidying up after your departure, then the cost of this extra time may be deducted from your security deposit.
The security deposit is payable upon arrival at the property and must be paid via a valid debit or credit card. Cheques and cash are not accepted for the payment of the security deposit.
Guests are specifically requested not to move furniture, or beds, around within the property and material failure to abide by this rule may result in a deduction of £100 from the security deposit.
The maximum occupancy of the property is six 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 six guests at the property.
Between 1 May and 30 September, Stable Cottage accepts up to two medium sized dogs, at a cost of £45 per booking per dog.
For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs stay off the furniture, including beds, and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.
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 11am.
If your arrival will be delayed beyond 8pm on the start date of your rental period, you must contact the person whose details are given in the Pre-Arrival Information. If you fail to do so, you may not be able to get into the property.
Bed sizes and configurations
The property has a gas fired central heating system. Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access and a TV with Sky and a DVD player.
A coin operated payphone is available in the Inn and Vodafone customers can be added to the Inn's Sure Signal box, by notifying the Inn in advance.
The property has access to all the services available at the Inn – see Food and Drink for further details.
Mobile phone reception is variable.
The property has off street parking space for three cars.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities
A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are available upon request.
A very limited quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. dishwasher tablets, bin bags, toilet rolls), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety
The property is a single storey cottage, with one step up to the front door.
The smoke 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.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
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.
Fossebridge is a small hamlet, situated on the historic Fosse Way, a Roman road running all the way from Exeter to Lincoln. The location is perfect for exploring the entire Cotswold area and beyond, being eight miles north of Cirencester and 11 miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold.
The area around Fossebridge showcases rural England at its very best, with many beautiful walks right on the doorstep, in particular through the stunning Coln Valley.
The village of Chedworth is in the County of Gloucestershire, seven miles from Cirencester, five miles from Northleach and eleven miles from Cheltenham. It is close to the Roman Fosse Way and is roughly 600 feet above sea level. Chedworth is an attractive Cotswold village, with old and modern Cotswold stone houses hugging the steep sides of the valley, which extends for almost two miles along a tributary of the River Coln. The village remains unspoilt and off the beaten track, with the exception of the famous Chedworth Roman Villa, which is less than a mile from the village, as the crow flies, but approximately five miles away by road.
There is much evidence of Roman occupation in the countryside surrounding Chedworth, but the first mention of it as a settlement appeared in the 9th century when 'Ceddanwyrde', or 'Cedda's homestead' was listed. In the Doomsday book the settlement was recorded as Cedeorde. The church of St Andrew's contains Early English and Norman features, so the core of the village must have been well established by that time.
By the beginning of the 20th century the population was still only a few hundred people, but the Parish boasted several farms, at least five pubs, shops, post office, cobbler, blacksmith, farrier and many other trades.
The railway line from Cheltenham to Southampton ran through the village with a station near St Andrew's School until its closure in 1961. It is still possible to determine the course of the old railway line through much of the village as it ran through cuttings, on embankments, over road bridges and through a tunnel below Hartshill and into Chedworth woods.
Chedworth is a thriving community and has a pub, church, village school and a wide range of clubs and societies.
St Andrew's Church, Chedworth
The area around Chedworth is renowned for its beautiful scenery, in particular the Coln Valley, and there are numerous public footpaths and trails accessible from the village.
For many, Northleach is a Cotswold secret. Tucked away from the busy A40, between undulating hills, it stands at a crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The streets in and around the ancient market place are rich in architectural interest, ranging from half-timbered Tudor houses and merchants' stores to the great House of Correction, (formerly 'The Cotswold Heritage Centre'), built in the 18th Century.
Above all, Northleach is a thriving small Cotswold town, which has successfully balanced its traditional commerce with the demands of tourism. When you walk through the town, it presents itself as a proud descendent of the great days of the wool trade, boasting the finest example of the Cotswold perpendicular style in the impressive Church of St Peter and Paul. Although wool is no longer the main business of the town, the marketplace is busy with trade and the local hostelries provide a lively service to both visitors and locals.
Old photograph, showing the church of St Peter and Paul
For the visitor, Northleach is an ideal place to stay, perfectly located in the heart of the Cotswolds. The town centre is compact and completely unspoilt, having changed little since 1500. Here you walk through the small alleys leading off the marketplace and discover houses whose upper levels of timber framing overhang great stone built walls and wide oak doors. It is said that beneath the houses and streets of Northleach runs a maze of stone vaulted tunnels. Whether this was the result of mining or some more obscure activity, few residents of Northleach could tell you!
Most of the shops in Northleach are owned by independent proprietors and you will find something for everyone, from fresh bread and cakes, newspapers and magazines, to specialist wines, fine quality meats and cheese, dolls houses and furniture, music boxes, cosmetics, cards and souvenirs. Northleach also has a variety of eating places and public houses.
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. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.
The Inn at Fossebridge
The property benefits from being located in the beautiful grounds of the Inn at Fossebridge, providing guests with access to all the Inn's facilities, including its excellent eating and drinking options.
The Inn's traditional Cotswold bar and integral restaurant are located in the oldest part of the building and are a wonderful retreat, rustic and cosy, with flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, two open log fires, a log burning stove and mellow Cotswold stone walls.
The cosy and welcoming bar
In the spring and summer months the four acres of gardens around the lake offer a wonderful spot to enjoy a drink or two, lunch on a sunny afternoon or dinner on a balmy evening.
The Inn also has two adjoining Georgian dining rooms, overlooking the gardens and lake, which offer private dining facilities, as well as facilities for larger parties.The Inn is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are different menus for lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday lunch menu that changes weekly and separate children's menus.
For a small town, Northleach is fortunate to have a number of eating and drinking options, including:
Dining at The Wheatsheaf Inn
There are a couple of cafes in Northleach and, unusually for a small Cotswold town, there is also a takeaway kebab and pizza shop.
Northleach also has a convenience store, a baker and confectioner, and an award winning butcher:
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider Central Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Cirencester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach and Burford containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.
The list below focuses on some of the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the Central Cotswolds (as ownership and chefs change regularly, we are unable to give specific recommendations regarding the quality of any particular establishment):
We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.
There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds and the list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in many Cotswold towns, including:
Historical buildings, stately homes and gardens
Further information and maps can be obtained from the local tourist information centres.
Stable Cottage is located just off the historic Fosse Way, in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Travelling by car
Stable Cottage is easily accessed by car from all directions. It is located in the grounds of The Inn at Fossebridge, which is on the A429 (Fosse Way), approximately eight miles north of Cirencester and 11 miles South of Stow-on-the-Wold.
Travelling by train
The nearest railway station to Fossebridge is Kemble (approximately 12 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of less than 90 minutes.
Travelling by plane
Stable Cottage is within easy reach of a number of international airports:
Stable Cottage was launched as a Holiday Let with Character Cottages in December 2013 and is in the process of building up customer feedback. With its outstanding presentation and ideal location, we have little doubt that this property will be a favourite with guests.
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Our aim is for you to enjoy Stable Cottage as if it was your own home and this information is provided to ensure that you are aware of, and are able to use, all the facilities that are available:
Main appliances, furniture and facilities Bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels DVD player Four ring electric hob Fridge freezer High chair (on request) Kettle Microwave Outdoor table and seating Electric oven Toaster Travel cot (on request) Flatscreen TV with Sky Wireless internet Dishwasher General provisions Bin bags Dishwasher tablets Toilet roll Other equipment and facilities Hair dryer (on request) Iron Ironing board
Main appliances, furniture and facilities
Bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels
Four ring electric hob
High chair (on request)
Outdoor table and seating
Travel cot (on request)
Flatscreen TV with Sky
Other equipment and facilities
Hair dryer (on request)