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Bowles Cottage

Southrop, near Lechlade, Gloucestershire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Pets 2
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Visit the pretty Cotswolds villages or even Oxford from this stylish cottage which lies close to Lechlade.

Bowles Cottage is a stylish, detached holiday cottage which lies on the edge of the village of Southrop, in the county of Gloucestershire. The village is skirted by the River Leach and is in an unspoilt Cotswolds location with many walks directly from the cottage to surrounding towns and villages, this cottage is a real delight to stay in. The characterful market towns of both Lechlade and Fairford are close by, with many quintessential Cotswold villages to explore including Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, and plenty of sporting activities to indulge in including water sports, boating on the Thames, fishing, golf, walking and horse riding. Numerous museums are also nearby, such as the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Ashmoleum with its Egyptian collection of mummies and other world treasures. Interesting days out can be had at many working farms and bird sanctuaries. The Cotswold Farm Park near Guiting Power specialises in rare breeds of animals and offers seasonal demonstrations include lambing, shearing and milking. Slimbridge Wetlands Centre is an internationally important reserve and home to the world’s largest collection of rare and exotic water birds. Only a short distance from the cottage is the Cotswold Wildlife Park. This 120-acre park is home to a collection of animals from all over the world, many of which are threatened or endangered species in the wild. Visitors will also find gardens, a café, an adventure playground and a narrow gauge railway. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ramp access. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wide doorways throughout property.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access
    Entrance Ramp/Level Access
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 15/02/2019
    The cottage was nice and reasonably well equipped, however the photos don't show how tight vehicular access and parking is, also it would have been nice to have been greeted by someone to let us in and explain how the needlessly complicated lighting system worked. Having said that it was warm and comfortable and very peaceful.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 09/11/2018
    Photos looked very good though revealed clever exclusion of numerous derelict ex poultry buildings and low key large working yard of sublets. Beds very clean and comfortable - 2nd bedroom tight for space. Shower blocked with human hair but was very promptly dealt with. Kitchen great - hob was brilliant . Spare light bulbs would help as would a coffee table. Excellent power shower though would benefit from grab rails, hook rail for body mops and shelf. Location rather isolated but felt quite safe. Yes - sofas uncomfortable -a pity. Felt costing was fair enough with discount offered as a bit out of season.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    When you first arrive you think It is really nice but it’s not until you are settling in that you see the faults. Sofa terribly uncomfortable, plates and cups chipped and dirty .. had to wash them all before using them for the first time. The whole cottage wasn’t very clean but the by far the worst thing was the broken shower. Kept flooding so much onto the floor of the bathroom as the the shower door is broken and the plug hole is blocked . This meant I had to keep turning the shower off and wait for it to drain. Before you reply back with if you had rang us we could of done something about it ... think again .. because people have been giving negative comments about the shower and sofa since June of this year and you still haven’t done anything about it so me ringing you would of made zero difference

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2018
    Lovely cottage (well equipped and very clean) in a beautiful location; secluded yet within easy reach of both Lechlade and Fairford. Would definitely recommend and would love to stay there again.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 21/09/2018
    Not the best cottage. could do with some TLC to upgrade the furnishings and contents i.e. crockery, glasses, too soft sofas, no clock etc. Mattresses excellent. Good nights sleep.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    The cottage was ok, not the best we've stayed in unfortunately. We booked this cottage as it was all on the ground level and accessible for our disabled son. With this in mind we were disappointed to find that although the shower was a walk-in type there were no grab rails and even more annoying, no shelf for shampoo etc. This meant my son had to lean out of the shower to reach his shampoo from the basin which was the nearest we could put it so that he could get it! The owners have gone to the trouble of making a ramp up to the back door so that disabled clients can access the cottage, but have not followed this thinking through to the shower and toilet facilities. I find it's all in the detail and the cottage was lacking in some important things. Why is there no grab rail in the toilet, when there is an alarm cord? One tea towel supplied for the whole week. Chipped crockery. The frying pan was dirty when we took it out of the cupboard. The cottage is advertised as sleeping 5, but the second double bedroom is tiny. We had to move the bed to one side just to get into the bed, Again anyone with mobility problems would not be able to use this room. When we cleaned up before we left, we hoovered the sofa and when we took the sofa cushions off we were shocked at the amount of debris we found there, so we actually left the cottage in a better state of cleanliness than when we found it! The details also mentioned the use of an ipad, but there wasn't one, so we couldn't use the sonos system that other reviewers had mentioned. I'm sorry to say we won't be booking another stay here.

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2018
    I took my friend and our partners to the Cotswolds for a birthday gift. Cotswolds is beautiful place, lots of pretty villages. Bourton on Water is a must visit. Unfortunately Bowles cottage was very poor. I had read previous reviews about the hot water not working but assumed they would have fixed it. The owners have clearly ignored visitors. There was no hot water the whole weekend and the shower was broken and was just a hose, so we couldn’t have a shower! We phoned the owners but no answer. Also the sofas are old and uncomfortable. We’ve stayed in many holiday lets and this one is overpriced and neglected. Go to the Cotswolds but don’t stay here. It’s time the owners listened to the feedback and fix the shower, deal with the water issues, get a new sofa and give the whole place a good clean.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; I am sorry to hear that you had problems with the hot water. It is a modern boiler and has a safety cut out - there are clear instructions on how to do this at the cottage. I am very surprised that you did not get in touch on one of the three telephone numbers we provide for our guests, as we could have easily resolved the problem, and fixed the shower for you. The cottage and its furnishings are only four years old, and I am sorry the sofa was not to your taste. It is so easy to write a negative review, and so sad for family businesses who work hard to provide quality accommodation. I would suggest reading the welcome information if you stay at a self-catering cottage again, and make attempts to contact the Owner rather than posting a negative review when it is too late to do anything about it.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 10/06/2018
    We loved it. The cottage was perfect for us and Leonie was so helpful in returning the inevitable forgotten charger. Would definitely recommend.

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    Lovely area, plenty of places to visit. Cottage a bit of a let down, cleanliness is not as I would have expected, dust, cobwebs, grubby sofas and dirty floor. I refused to use the frying pan! The water tripped a few times so had to reset it then wait for it to heat up or boil a kettle. The shower tray was very slow to drain away, it would fill up in seconds so had to keep switching the shower off so the water didn't overflow onto the floor. It was much darker inside than expected and the lighting isn't great, some of the light bulbs not working didn't help. The outside furniture was too grubby to use and the patio was covered in moss. I could go on... All that said we spent a lot of time out visiting the local area so still made the most of our holiday.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for taking the time to submit a review, we are always pleased to receive constructive feedback. I must admit I was a little surprised by your comments, since the shower drain was fixed within an hour of you calling me. I am sorry that you did not mention any other problems when we spoke - I would have been delighted to investigate the water problem and to change the light bulbs if you had made me aware that there was an issue. I have passed your comments on to our housekeeper. She takes great pride in looking after Bowles Cottage, as our many positive reviews show.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2018
    Lovely setting just off the beaten track - perfect mix of quaint country setting but close to local amenities. Nicely decorated and maintained property and we really enjoyed our stay. Plenty to see and do in the nearby areas. Only complaint would be that there is technically an enclosed area for dogs however it’s not attached to the house and you have to go through the garden to get there. The gaps in the fence were large enough for our dachshund to fit through so this was pretty useless and there is no gate or similar stopping the dogs from running onto the road which meant we always had to go outside with them to watch they didn’t wander which was a shame. Absolutely lovely garden though and stunning rapeseed crops to the side and rear - massive fields of yellow when we visited in May.

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7.5 out of 10 – based on 18 reviews collected by Reevoo
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