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  • Bridge Cottage, Upper Swell, near Stow on the Wold Bridge Cottage was originally the Gamekeeper's cottage for a large local estate. This holiday cottage sits comfortably next to the Grade II listed bridge over the River Dicker, and backs onto a private woodland, in the small hamlet of Upper Swell
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  • Bridge Cottage, Upper Swell, near Stow on the Wold Bridge Cottage was originally the Gamekeeper's cottage for a large local estate. This holiday cottage sits comfortably next to the Grade II listed bridge over the River Dicker, and backs onto a private woodland, in the small hamlet of Upper Swell
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    Bridge Cottage, Upper Swell, near Stow on the Wold

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    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Sleeps: 6
    • Baths: 1
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    Amenities

    • 2 pets welcome
    • Children welcome
    • Internet access
    • Open fire
    • Parking

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    Bridge Cottage, Upper Swell, near Stow on the Wold sleeping up to 6 guests

    Complimentary Welcome Hamper
    A complimentary welcome hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.

    Originally the Gamekeeper's cottage for a large local estate, this delightful property sits comfortably next to the Grade II listed bridge over the River Dickler and backs onto private woodland, in the small hamlet of Upper Swell. This spacious property provides an ideal rural setting for a family holiday, yet Stow-on-the-Wold with its eclectic mix of quality shopping, restaurants and pubs is only a mile away.
    The Heart of England Way runs adjacent to the cottage, and a 15-minute walk along this public footpath through the magnificent grounds of the Abbottswood Estate, will bring you to Lower Swell where the Golden Ball Public House offers good food, an open fire and a warm welcome. From Lower Swell, you can continue along the public footpaths for a further two miles, to the charming and much photographed villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter.
    BBC's Countryfile's Adam's Farm is less than three miles away and is a great, affordable, family day out. www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
    Longborough's increasingly popular six week Festival Opera is less than three miles away. www.lfo.org.uk
    Sezincote's magnificent gardens are three miles away. www.sezincote.co.uk
    Batsford Arboretum, Britain's most visited arboretum, is four miles and is a spectacular sight, particularly in the Autumn. www.batsarb.co.uk
    Naunton Downs Golf Club (visitors welcome) is three miles away.
    Bath, Cheltenham, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are all within a 30 to 40 minute drive and London is easily accessible from either the train station at Kingham or Moreton-in-Marsh - the journey time is approximately one to 1.5 hours.

    Local amenities

    • Golden Ball 1 mile
    • Lucy's Tea Room 1 mile
    • Huffkins 1 mile
    • The Bell at Stow 1.5 miles
    • The Old Mill Museum 3 miles
    • Horse And Groom 3.5 miles
    • The Cotswold Cheese Company 4 miles
    • Bakery on the Water 4 miles
    • Cotswold Farm Park 4 miles
    • The Cotswolds 4 miles

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    109 Customer Reviews

    Confirmed Guest – 7 Dec 2017
    "Fantastic cottage! Would move in tomorrow if I could! Highly recommended if you want an idilic break in the Cotswolds in a beautifully furnished cottage"
    Confirmed Guest – 20 Nov 2017
    "Excellent location. Superb cleanliness. Lovely hamper and lots of accessible logs as we love a fire."
    Confirmed Guest – 8 Nov 2017
    "A comfortable cottage with a well secured garden for the dogs. But didn't realise it was on such a busy road. Traffic starting about 6.30am - mostly farmers with empty trailers bouncing over the bridge. Apart from that, a nice place to stay."
    Confirmed Guest – 18 Sep 2017
    "Very poor standard of Cottage To say when we complained that cottage could not have a deep clean before we rented it, as it was also rented back to back is just no excuse. One toilet was disgusting!"
    Confirmed Guest – 1 Sep 2017
    "So homely, made for a wonderful holiday for a three generation family stay. Surrounding countryside is beautiful. The brilliant Cotswold Farm Park is very nearby and made a great family day out and the villages nearby are picture postcard perfect. Had a lovely meal in the local pub (walking distance across the fields)."
    Confirmed Guest
    "We felt that the cottage garden needed some tidying up. Very shabby frontage with loads of weeds - not good first impressions. All paths and drive way needed a good sweep. Again weeding at the back especially around where you sit. Three light bulbs were out and no replacements were available. Had to clean the downstairs toilet upon arrival."
    Confirmed Guest
    "A little tired in places . Carpet stained in sitting room . Showers not great ."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Good minor glitches sitting room door latch broken, couldn't change one of the kitchen lights, very small shower in one of the bedrooms (husband nearly got stuck)!!"
    Confirmed Guest
    "Property was lovely and we would consider returning again."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Lovely cottage, warm, very clean."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Superbly presented cottage with a wonderful "arrival package" of food etc"
    Confirmed Guest
    "The showers in the cottage cold do with some attention, other than that it was a lovely cottage"
    Confirmed Guest
    "Cot provided but no mattress in it. Assumed there was not one, but found it in a wardrobe the next day! Should have been in the cot surely! Baby had a restless sleep the first night despite us lining it with what we could find. Cottage clean and tidy, up to usual standard. Garden needs some tlc! Had a great time nonetheless."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Good not be better"
    Confirmed Guest
    "Accommodation was lovely and very clean. Welcome pack was especially good. Would thoroughly recommend, we had a lovely family break."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Lovely cottage, well equipped. Dishwasher could use some tlc, subsequently some kitchen utensils had to be washed before use. But on the whole a wonderful accommodation and we will stay again."
    Confirmed Guest
    "The welcome hamper that we received upon arrival was particularly good! Thanks for this. Overall the cottage was great and in a lovely location. Couldn't really fault it."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Unfortunately we had water problems but the hot water was dealt with very quickly but central heating which unfortunately was needed was not repaired until our final day. Rural retreats did keep us advised."
    Confirmed Guest
    "The only thing that was disappointing was that the grass had not been cut prior to our arrival on Saturday but was cut on the Wednesday, the day before we left, but we were not notified that it would be cut and we would have cleared the lawn of dog mess prior to going out for the day had we known."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Excellent and lovely stay in the cottage! Houskeeping service was perfect. All in all a wonderful and very pleasant stay at the Bridge Cottage."
    Confirmed Guest
    "The cottage was everything and more. Loved it and would go again."
    Confirmed Guest
    "I was slightly disappointed with the cottage. It wasn't in tip top condition which is what I expect from a Rural Retreats property. The décor needed a bit of a tidy up and TLC. Some of the crockery was chipped too. It would have been nice to have had a starter pack of coal as it was extremely cold at the time we were there. It took a day or two for the heating to kick in and warm the cottage up. The location was fab though and the cottage layout etc good."
    Confirmed Guest
    "I was slightly disappointed with the cottage. It wasn't in tip top condition which is what I expect from a Rural Retreats property. The décor needed a bit of a tidy up and TLC. Some of the crockery was chipped too. It would have been nice to have had a starter pack of coal as it was extremely cold at the time we were there. It took a day or two for the heating to kick in and warm the cottage up.The location was fab though and the cottage layout etc good."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Expensive. The heating wasn't working and we had to call out someone to repair it. Not as impressive as previous Rural Retreat cottages I have stayed in. Won't be staying here again."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Lovely cottage, just some issues with heating/hot water. There could have been better instructions."
    The Ward's
    "Lovely stay in the cottage. Great scenery and real log fire."
    The Dymond Family
    "Lovely stay, very relaxing. Recommend the walk to Lower Swell! Hope to come back soon! The Dymond Family"
    The Dymond Family
    "Lovely stay, very relaxing. Recommend the walk to Lower Swell! Hope to come back soon! The Dymond Family"
    The Harvey's
    "Charming cottage, well equipped & nice to have fire ready to light. Beds are very comfy food good at the Golden Ball. The Harvey's"
    The Harvey's
    "Charming cottage, well equipped & nice to have fire ready to light. Beds are very comfy food good at the Golden Ball. The Harvey's"
    The Wilkinson Family
    "Our second stay in this fabulous cottage! The Wilkinson Family"
    The Wilkinson Family
    "Our second stay in this fabulous cottage! The Wilkinson Family"
    The Lowe Family
    "Lovely stay, spacious living! The Lowe Family"
    The Lowe Family
    "Lovely stay, spacious living! The Lowe Family"
    The Ball Family
    "Compliments to housekeeping staff! Thank you very much, an excellent week. The Old Butchers restaurant in Stow is excellent. The Ball Family"
    The Ball Family
    "Compliments to housekeeping staff! Thank you very much, an excellent week. The Old Butchers restaurant in Stow is excellent. The Ball Family"
    The Girlings
    "Lovely relaxing stay - dog very happy - welcome hamper much appreciated. Lovely walk out the back to Lower Swell - and the Golden Globe did a great Sunday lunch."
    The Dawsons
    "We really appreciated the welcome hamper, very thoughtful. The beds are extremely comfy! Dogs loved the garden! You thought of everything, thank you. The Dawsons"
    The Dawsons
    "We really appreciated the welcome hamper, very thoughtful. The beds are extremely comfy! Dogs loved the garden! You thought of everything, thank you. The Dawsons"
    The King Family
    "Comfortable and well appointed cottage nicely located for visiting the Cotswolds. Thank you. The King Family"
    The King Family
    "Comfortable and well-appointed cottage nicely located for visiting the Cotswolds. Thank you. The King Family"
    The King Family
    "Comfortable and well-appointed cottage nicely located for visiting the Cotswolds. Thank you. The King Family"
    The Merrin Family
    "Cottage is great! We have had a great time - love the area. Welcome hamper was fab, would definitely book again! The Merrin Family"
    The Merrin Family
    "Cottage is great! We have had a great time - love the area. Welcome hamper was fab, would definitely book again! The Merrin Family"
    Confirmed Guest
    "The cottage was lovely and we were pleased to find such good garden furniture. We ate several meals outside."
    Confirmed Guest
    "Thé only little disadvantage of the house was it's close position to the road"
    Confirmed Guest
    "The cottage we stayed at has become 'tired' and really needs some attention. As the week went on we noticed how neglected it felt and although it was our second visit, we will not return."
    Confirmed Guest
    "For the first time we were rather disappointed with the cottage- it was in need of redocoration with moudly wallpaper around bedroom window sills and very small bathroom."
    The Brown's
    "Thank you so much for a fabulous week. Beautiful and well equipped cottage. Great location to see the stunning sites. Thank you for the welcome hamper too! Great weather and a great time had by all."
    The Flynn Family
    "Lovely relaxing mid-week break. Super cottage & location! The Flynn Family"
    The Flynn Family
    "Lovely relaxing mid-week break. Super cottage & location! The Flynn Family"
    Confirmed Guest
    "Very simple and queries were answered immediately which is a nice change."
    Confirmed Guest
    "I would recommend this company, we are using it again in October and can't wait!:)"
    Confirmed Guest
    "The cottage was not as clean as I would of liked and the grey cob webs hanging over my head in bed were very disturbing when your scared of spiders! I have take photos."
    The Malones
    "This is our 2nd visit. Lovely cottage & brilliant location. Very happy! The Malones"
    The Malones
    "This is our 2nd visit. Lovely cottage & brilliant location. Very happy! The Malones"
    The Biggs Family
    "Comfortable, tasteful, luxurious and well equipped. Completely relaxing, hamper most welcome. Love the area and the property. The Biggs Family"
    The Biggs Family
    "Comfortable, tasteful, luxurious and well equipped. Completely relaxing, hamper most welcome. Love the area and the property. The Biggs Family"
    The Anderson's
    "Fab time, beautiful cottage - we will be back! The Anderson's"
    The Anderson's
    "Fab time, beautiful cottage - we will be back! The Anderson's"
    Confirmed Guest
    "The website was easy to use and booking was simple."
    Confirmed Guest
    "The whole experience was excellent and I would defiantly book again and recommend my family and friends."
    The Smerdon Family
    "Fabulous hamper, cottage and location. Had a great stay! The Smerdon Family"
    The Smerdon Family
    "Fabulous hamper, cottage and location. Had a great stay! The Smerdon Family"
    The Philips Family
    "A lovely cottage. Very well equipped and warm. Rural Retreats have not let us down. The Philips Family"
    The Philips Family
    "A lovely cottage. Very well equipped and warm. Rural Retreats have not let us down. The Philips Family"
    Morffel
    "Splendid!"
    Girls of Waltham Abbey
    "Fantastic stay, beautiful cottage, its been wonderful for my 60th birthday x x"
    Girls of Waltham Abbey
    "Fantastic stay, beautiful cottage, its been wonderfull for my 60th Birthday"
    Mr and Mrs Foulkes & Friends
    "Thankyou for a very enjoyable & comfortable stay in the Cotswolds."
    The Beckers and Friends
    "Great cottage, lovely stay, thank you"
    The Beckers & Friends
    "Great cottage, lovely stay, Thank you!"
    Mr and Mrs Fowkes and Friends
    "Thankyou for a very enjoyable and comfortable stay in the Cotswolds."
    Keith and Pauline Butterworth
    "We had a lovely time weather and races good look forward to next time."
    Keith & Pauline Butterworth
    "We had a lovely time, weather and races good, look forward to next time. Great cottage, lovely stay, Thank you!"
    The Gardeners
    "Lovely house in a great location. Minor plumbing issues but did'nt spoil lovely short break."
    The Gardeners
    "Lovely house in a great location. Minor plumbing issues but did not spoil lovely short break."
    Fitzpatrick, Lewis, Reylands
    "A wonderful weekend in the company of old friends - very relaxed and comfortable. Thank you. The welcome hampers a wonderful idea."
    Fayer family
    "Great family get together for dads 81st birthday, good location"
    Fayer Family
    "Great family get together for dads 81st birthday. Good location"
    Fitzpatrick and Lewis
    "A wonderful weekend in the company of old friends - very relaxed and comfortable, thank you. The weather helped a wonderful idea."
    Fitzpatrick and Lewis
    "A wonderful weekend in the company of old friends - very relaxed and comfortable, thank you. The weather helped a wonderful idea."
    Heidi & Paul Rosenkranz Susann & Behzad Olia with Children Gabriel 5 yrs & Hanna 2.5 yrs
    "Lovely cottage in a beautiful landscape. Very nice welcome! We felt like at home - even better"
    Bickell Family
    "Very comfortable thanks for welcome pack - enjoyed. Stately homes visiting of course delightful countryside."
    Heidi & Paul Rosenkranz, Susann & Behzad Olia Gabriel 5 yrs Hanna 2.5 yrs
    "Lovely cottage in a beautiful landscape. Very nice welcome! We felt like at home - even better"
    Bickell Family
    "Very comfortable, thanks for welcome pack - enjoyed stately homes. Visiting of course delightful countryside"
    Gang of 6
    "Great cottage - welcome pack, location etc. Few lamps need new bulbs - it can be a bit dark! Back ring of hob not working as well. Generally a lovely little place!! Some lamps are mains and some are swtiches - all bulbs have been checked and working - RR Housekeeper 22.09.14"
    Gang of 6
    "Great cottage - welcome pack, location etc. Few lamps need new bulbs - it can be a bit dark! Back ring of hob not working as well. Generally a lovely little place!!"
    Mrs Cross's gang of 6
    "Wonderful five days. Excellent welcome pack. Good base for visiting from. Perhaps an external light would be beneficial. Weather beautiful - Thanks!!"
    Jackson Family
    "Beautiful cottage, great location. Thank you for the wonderful hamper - we felt very spoilt all week."
    Cook family
    "We loved the cottage & had a great time. Highlights were Sudeley Castle and Blenheim. Thank you for welcome pack-much appreciated."
    Cook family
    "We loved the cottage & had a great time. Highlights were Sudeley Castle and Blenheim. Thank you for welcome pack-much appreciated."
    Welch family
    "Lovely cottage, lovely holiday"
    Owen & Friends
    "Whilst well equipped, first impressions not good as patio dirty & slimy, grass needed cutting, plus dead plants in pots. A good base to see the area, but a little tlc would not go amiss, as paintwork looks a little shabby in places, lights also failed. Welcome pack - Excellent though! Garden has been attended to visited by housekeeping manager."
    Owen & Friends
    "Whilst well equipped, first impressions not good as patio dirty & slimy, grass needed cutting, plus dead plants in pots. A good base to see the area, but a little tlc would not go amiss, as paintwork looks a little shabby in places, lights also failed. Welcome pack - Excellent though!"
    A & C
    "Very pleased indeed with cottage and most generous and lovely welcome pack. A & C, Buckley"
    D&T
    "Enjoyable weekend, nice and comfy cottage. D&T Mid Glam"
    K & T
    "Delightful cottage, wonderful Christmas with the family,lovely and clean and well equipped. K & T, Essex"
    The P's
    "Lovely property very warm and homely. Perfect for a family catch up. The P's, Wirral"
    The D's
    "Superb property very well equipped, wonderful welcome pack, very much appreciated thank you. The D's, Manchester"
    K & L
    "Characterful property nicely presented. Fresh bread and cake were delicious. K & L, South Devon"
    The T's
    "A luxury country cottage ideal for a Ruby Wedding celebration. Everything we needed for a relaxing and indulgent weekend exploring the Cotswolds. The T's, Derbyshire"
    L&W
    "Lovely relaxing holiday- great cottage all local towns and villages superb for shopping and pubs - fab! L&W Devon"
    The L's
    "Had a lovely week in a beautiful part of the UK. Enjoyed the walks and scenery. The L's, The Netherlands"
    The D's
    "We spent the hottest week of the year in this lovely cottage, every day being sunny and hot. we liked The Bell at Stow and visited some National Trust properties. Like all previous Rural Retreat cottages this delivered the high standard that we have become accustomed to. Many thanks for allowing us and our dogs to rent this delightful property. The D's, Cheshire"
    The W's
    "Lovely cottage, fantastic welcome hamper, very comfortable, great time! The W's, London"
    R & E
    "Beautiful cottage in a fantastic location. Dog really enjoyed his walks. R & E, Hertfordshire"
    P & K
    "Loved the cottage. Several G&T's in the garden! Beautiful area. Great day out at Blenheim. Would recommend the Fox at Oddington. Thanks for a fab weekend. P & K Lancashire"
    P & M
    "Excellent cottage, so cosy. Lovely area most enjoyable. P & M, Fleet"

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