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.
Important Customer Notice:
- Weeks: we can only accept week long bookings commencing on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday and Monday are the preferred options
- Short Breaks: we can only accept short breaks that start on a Friday or Monday
- Special Events: Christmas, New Year and the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival are Special Events, with bookings typically limited to weeks only from a specific start day
If your dates don’t appear to fit, then please click Contact Host below to find out what options may exist for you!
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.
Disponible para huéspedes
This listing is for the exclusive use of the whole property.
Atención a los huéspedes
After completing your booking, we will provide you with the contact details of the property owner or their nominated property manager, who can support you in the event of any property related emergency.
Otros aspectos destacables
The Cotswolds is a rural location and whilst there is access to public transport, it is highly recommended that you have a car.
Instant booking restrictions
This property is instantly bookable, subject to the following restrictions:
Short breaks: We can only accept breaks less than a week long that start on a Friday or Monday;
Weeks: We can only accept week long bookings commencing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday and Monday are the preferred options;
Special events: Christmas, New Year and the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival are Special Events, with bookings typically limited to weeks only from a specific start day;
Short notice bookings: For bookings commencing within 7 days of the booking date, we have to seek confirmation from the property owner that they can accept the booking, before it can be accepted.
In addition to Airbnb’s terms and conditions, any bookings made for this property are made on the basis that you agree to the Booking Conditions set out on the Character Cottages website. Please type “Character Cottages Booking Conditions” into your search engine to find and review these conditions.
Steps Cottage, together with The Bolt Hole, can sleep up to 10 guests, however, if your party size is greater than six, you should ensure that you are happy that the living accommodation is appropriately laid out and large enough for your requirements. The dining table can seat up to 10 guests, however, we do not consider that the living room is large enough to seat more than six adults comfortably. Additional living space is available in the conservatory, next to the living room, and in the Bolt Hole.
Security deposits are not required at Steps Cottage (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).
No pets of any kind, including birds, are accepted at Steps Cottage.
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time is after 4pm 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
The bed configuration options are as follows:
Bedroom 1: 2 single beds OR a super king size bed;
Bedroom 2: King size bed;
Landing space: 2 x 75cm wide single beds.
Bedroom 3: 2 single beds OR a super king size bed
Living room: 2 single sofa beds
Fuel and logs
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).
The property has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. There is also a telephone, for UK calls only, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made. The Bolt Hole has a Freeview TV.
Steps Cottage has a large double garage, with space for two cars. Additional on street parking is available immediately outside the garage for one small car and further free parking is available close to the cottage.
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
Two travel cots (without linen), two Tripp Trapp chairs (without baby attachments or child harnesses) and a safety gate are provided. The safety gate is permanently fixed at the top of the second flight of stairs, to safely enclose the landing space.
The property's garden is fully enclosed.
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
Steps Cottage is an old property and has character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, some low beams, and multiple floors and garden levels, 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.
Access to the Bolt Hole is via external wooden steps, which could be slippery when wet.
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.
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.
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