Character-filled 3-bed cottage in Upper Slaughter, the golden star of the Cotswolds
Time has stopped in Upper Slaughter. At least it appears that way. The River Eye flows lazily past idyllic old cottages as it has for centuries; the fields are still circled by mossy dry-stone walls. It is quintessential Cotswolds, the buildings glowing with that distinctive golden hue.
Tucked away down a little lane, this 19thC stone cottage is awash with period charm. Inglenook fireplaces, wonky walls, gnarled beams and original doors, which flood it with atmosphere and character. Yet a muted palette of greys and blues cleverly blends the old with contemporary furnishings and quirky art, giving a boutique-y feel. Kids will love their vaulted bedroom, and the outdoor playhouse; dogs are welcome too. And with the prettiest Cotswolds villages and stunning green countryside on your doorstep you can spend your mornings exploring then retreat to the walled garden for chilled afternoons, or kick off your wellies to unwind by the log burner.
Getting here: drive, or train to Kingham and taxi (15 mins)
- This is a conservation area of outstanding natural beauty. Breathtaking nature treks are on your doorstep.
- Just around the corner is an Elizabethan Manor House (now a luxury hotel called Lord of the Manor Hotel). Book a tour around the gardens with the Head Gardener to learn about their fascinating history.
- Follow the little river downstream for a mile to twin-village Lower Slaughter, equally gorgeous with a 19thC flour mill. Keep going for 30 mins and you’ll reach Bourton-on-the-Water, where you can walk over charming low bridges and visit the little model village.
- For a longer walk take the Warden’s Way from Upper Slaughter towards Winchombe, passing beautiful woodland and the great estate of the 15thC Sudeley Castle.
- Kids will love Birdland Park, where 500 birds roam free amongst beautiful gardens, and Cotswolds Farm Park, where they can feed the animals.
- The oldest pub in Britain, The Porch House, is in pretty Stow-on-the-Wold. Have a drink then wander to St Edward’s Church where two yew trees frame an ancient fairytale-like door.