Welcome to Steps Cottage, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish, Cotswold holiday rentals.
Steps Cottage is a beautiful, end of terrace cottage and Cotswold stone annexe, dating back to the 18th century and located in the heart of the picturesque Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. As well as having instant access to all Stow's pubs, restaurants and shops, Steps Cottage also has the rare benefit in Stow of a large, enclosed garden, which gets the sun all day, and garage parking for two cars, plus bikes. Stow itself is perfectly located for exploring the stunning Cotswold countryside and numerous local attractions.
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Steps Cottage's front door opens onto the High Street, which is just a few yards from Stow's market square. Entering through the front door, there is a small hallway, which leads into the living room.
The main ground floor rooms are:
Living/dining room: This large, dual aspect room is the heart of the house, with exposed stone walls, solid beech flooring and a large fireplace, containing a Jotul wood burning stove. Complementing the character features, there is a TV with BT Vision and Freeview, a DVD player and an iPod/iPad/iPhone dock. There is comfortable lounge seating for six (extra seats can be moved in from the kitchen or conservatory) and a large dining table that can seat up to 10 guests;
Kitchen: A long, galley style kitchen, containing a cooker with four ring gas hob, a fridge freezer and a microwave;
Utility room: Accessed via the kitchen and with a door leading out to the garden, the utility room contains a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. A quirky Victorian lavatory is also accessed from the utility room;
Conservatory: French doors from the living room lead into the simple wooden conservatory, which has double doors leading out into the garden.
Wooden stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which is a bedroom and the family bathroom:
Bedroom 1: A dual aspect room, with an exposed stone wall and beech floor. Contains two single beds, which can be made up as a super king size bed;
Family bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet.
The stairs then continue up to the second floor and a further bedroom and sleeping space in the eaves of the house:
Sleeping space: Immediately at the top of the stairs, a large landing space contains two single mattresses (each 180cm x 75cm), running lengthways on a raised platform. One or both mattresses could be moved off the raised platform, if this was preferable to the room's occupants. Please note that there is no doorway onto the landing from the stairs, however, there is a fixed stair gate, to safely enclose the room (please see Key Features section for a detailed understanding of the potential bed configurations);
Bedroom 3: Accessed via the landing space, this lovely eaves room, with wooden beams and flooring, contains a king size bed.
Heading back downstairs and outside, through either the utility room or the conservatory, the large, multi-level garden, which gets the sun all day, is to the rear of the house and contains a mixture of gravelled seating areas, mature plants and bushes, all enclosed by Cotswold stone walls, forming a beautiful sun trap. Despite being in the centre of Stow, the garden is very quiet and tranquil, perfect for both adults and children to relax securely in. There is an outdoor table and chairs for six people (with further seating available in the conservatory).
At the end of the garden, above the garage, is the Bolt Hole, built of traditional Cotswold stone, with a modern interior. The Bolt Hole contains:
Living room/bedroom/tea point: Contains two sofa beds, a flatscreen Freeview TV and a tea point, with a fridge, microwave, kettle, plus a table, with seating for four;
Bedroom 3: Contains two single beds, which can be made up as a super king size bed. There is an en-suite bathroom, with a bath and overhead shower, a basin and a toilet.
Below the Bolt Hole is the large double garage, with off street parking for two cars, and plenty of secure storage space for bicycles.
Located in the north Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the principal market towns in the region. The main feature of the town is the historic market square which used to play host to the annual sheep fairs where, at the height of the Cotswold wool industry, up to 20,000 sheep were sold at one time.
The market square is steeped in history and has two features which date back to the medieval period. At one end of the square there is the medieval cross which was erected to urge traders to carry out fair business under the eyes of God, and at the far end stand the town stocks which are found in the shadows of the old elm tree.
Originally known as Edwardstow or Stow St Edward after the town's patron saint Edward, the town's church is also named after him. The church is just 100 yards from the town square and is a lovely place for locals and tourists alike to get some peace from the bustling market square. The north door is guarded by two yew trees and is a focal point of the town.
Stow has traditional narrow alleyways, or "tures" as they were once known, which wind their way through the centre of the town. It is these same alleyways that were once used to channel the sheep to the fair.
Another point of interest in the town is the well in Well Lane which is now a Grade II Listed Building. As a result of the rather unique geology of the area, water held in the higher layers of the limestone bursts out of various fissures on the slopes and two do still work as wells now.
Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds, United Kingdom