3BR Cottage Vacation Rental in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Updated on Apr 5, 2020

Westerleigh Cottage, Cowley, Cotswolds

Located in: Cheltenham

As you approach Westerleigh Cottage, set down a paved garden path away from the lane, overlooking nothing but sweeping green fields filled with grazing livestock and woodland, you may feel as though you have reached a Cotswold paradise. Constructed of the iconic honey-coloured Cotswold stone for which this area is so well-known, Westerleigh Cottage is the perfect blend of mod-con luxury and unique country-cottage features.

From the electric gated gravel driveway with secure parking for up to 3 cars, you can admire the stunning views. With a secure fenced garden stretching around the house, there is plenty of space to enjoy the fresh country air and relax. A paved patio area wraps its way around the front door and Sitting Room, with additional sets of 2 patio doors providing further access straight from the Sitting Room to the patio. On the patio you will find a beautiful large glass-topped outdoor dining table with seating for up to 8 guests and retractable parasol, as well as lovely comfy corner seating with a coffee table – perfect for a drink as the sun sets!

Westerleigh Cottage has featured in a number of glossy magazines, and once you step inside you’ll see why. Decorated throughout in complimentary Farrow & Ball earth tones, with unique contemporary twists on traditional country home grandeur, Westerleigh Cottage is a seamless melting pot of the old and new. There’s a real sensory emphasis on raw materials in this property, from the exposed Cotswold stone walls and brick fireplaces, original timber beams, copper furnishings throughout the kitchen and velvet adorned Sitting Room furniture. Guests have full use of the house with its spacious Sitting Room, slick Kitchen/Dining area, luxurious Master Bedroom with en-suite, cosy Twin Bedroom, charming Child’s Bedroom and opulent Family Bathroom with perhaps the biggest free-standing bath tub in the Cotswolds!

Westerleigh Cottage is located in the beautiful secluded village of Cowley, located in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire. It lies between the A417 and A435 roads between Cheltenham and Cirencester in the Churn Valley, and has a population of 333. The name originates from 'cow' and 'leigh', literally meaning cow pasture. Although incredibly peaceful and tucked away, Cowley is only a 15-20 minute drive to the Cotswold Regency town of Cheltenham and the cottage is also within walking distance of Cowley Manor Spa, perfect for a weekend of pampering!


 Sleeps 5+1 in 3 bedrooms (+ pull-down wall bed in Sitting Room) in one super king bedroom, twin bedroom and a single bedroom
 1 bathroom, 1 en-suite + downstairs WC
 Private secure parking for up to 3 cars
 Heating downstairs is underfloor heating. Upstairs heating is via wall mounted radiators
 WiFi
 Child friendly
 Laundry room with sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and starter washing tablets
 All bed linen, bath towels and robes inc. tea towels provided
 Woodburner and basket of logs
 Hairdryers in Master Bedroom and Twin Bedroom
 Rangemaster twin oven with 5 conduction hobs
 Panasonic microwave and Dualit toaster inside cupboard next to the fireplace
 Dishwasher
 Krups coffee machine
 Fridge with freezer compartment – x 2, located either end of kitchen units
 Built-in wine cooler
 Creative iRoar Bluetooth Speaker
 1 x high chair (supplied on request)
 1 x travel cot (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
 Private enclosed garden
 Outdoor patio/dining areas
 Garden furniture – table and seating for 8 + comfy outdoor sofa seating and coffee table
 Charcoal BBQ
 Smart TV + DVD player

Local amenities

A quiet and seemingly remote parish, Cowley is only a 20 minute drive to Cheltenham and 30 minutes to Cirencester. One of the main features of Cowley is Cowley Manor, which was owned by the Horlicks family and is currently being used as a contemporary country house hotel and spa. The local parish church of St. Mary lies next to the Manor and dates from the 12th century. The village pub is the Green Dragon, which is not far from the Gloucestershire Girlguide HQ, Deerpark. Cowley also has a strong Sunday cricket team, which plays at the nice ground towards the west side of the village near the Green Dragon pub.

The village used to own its own village hall (which used to be the old school house), however the parish council have sold this in recent years and it has been converted into a private residence. With a pub, hotel, church, and Girlguide HQ, Cowley can still boast quintessential English village features such as the post box and telephone box (note that the telephone box is no longer in use, and now houses a public defibrillator) making it a thriving example of Cotswold village life.

The local town and shops are in Cheltenham, and many people who live in the village work in Cheltenham, even though Cirencester is only 30 minutes drive away. The village consists of approximately 40 houses and they are scattered around a circular road that curls up the edge of a small valley and then runs back down the bottom of the v shape. The 'back lane' has only two houses on it compared to the higher lane that holds most of the residents. Further up the small valley is a collection of three houses on a hilltop. You will know that you are entering Cowley from the A435 as you pass through two large pillars either side of the road entrance, existing from the entrance of the Cowley Manor estate. The road is beautiful on sunny days as the long avenue of lime and horse chestnut trees splinter light across the road.

For emergency supplies, a Sainsbury’s Local is within a 5-10 minute drive from Westerleigh Cottage, located on the Cirencester Road in Cheltenham. The store was built in 2015 and is relatively well stocked with good parking. Address: Sainsbury’s Local, Cirencester Road, Cheltenham, GL53 8DB
Tel: 01242 844630. Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 07:00 – 22:00 Sunday 07:30 – 21:30 Bank Holidays 07:00 – 22:00

For the closest good pub, head to The Green Dragon in the village of Cowley, serving traditional pub food, wine, beer and fine ales. Address: The Green Dragon Inn, Cockleford, Nr Cowley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NW. Tel: 01242 870 271

For more recommendations of things to do and see, see the Guidebook.

Full Description

Ground Floor
Entrance Hall
Step through the front door into the welcoming Entrance Hall, decorated in soft slate grey tones. Slip off your shoes and immediately feel a sense of homely warmth thanks to the underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. There’s plenty of hooks to hang your coats and space to leave shoes!

Turn left into the…

Downstairs WC
A convenient downstairs toilet and washbasin, perfect for a guest sleeping on the pull-down wall bed in the Sitting Room. Filled with an array of interesting and quirky artwork, this WC proves that even the smallest of spaces can be stylish!

Through to the...

Sitting Room
The main feature of this bright spacious room is the large Cotswold stone fireplace which houses a cosy woodburner for guest use. Painted in neutral shades, the quirky country features set the tone in this room, with thick brushed cotton tweed-effect blinds, a gingham inspired feature wall and antler themed decorative pieces. Get cosy around the fireplace on the sumptuous velvet sofa and footstall and high-backed armchairs, and be sure to make use of the soft blankets and throws. Tune into the Smart TV, settle down for a movie night using the DVD player, or even get the competitive spirit going with a boardgame from the vast selection in the sideboard to the right of the fireplace. The Sitting Room makes for the perfect relaxing environment to lose yourself in a book, and there’s plenty of lighting, including a lovely retractable overhead reading lamp. Towards the back of the room you will find a separate area containing a rocking chair and the pull-down wall bed that can also be configured as a desk. This area can be separated from the rest of the room thanks to a thick partition curtain, allowing privacy – the perfect hide-out for younger guests! There are two sets of patio doors in the Sitting Room from which the patio can be accessed.

Back into the Entrance Hall and through to the…

A breath-taking space, perfect for cooking and dining. This room is part of the original house, as illustrated by the beautiful exposed Cotswold stone wall, large disused fireplace and original beams. With two cushioned window seats, a dining table that seats 8 comfortably and 3 bar stools, you won’t be short of places to sit and relax in this room. Decorated in cool neutral tones with warm touches of copper and slate-inspired work surfaces, the Kitchen effortlessly conceals all the mod-cons you will need around the central island unit, including 2 fridges with a freezer compartment, Krups Espresso bean to cup coffee machine, Rangemaster 5 conduction hob double oven with remote controlled extractor fan, double Belfast sink, and a built-in wine cooler to name but a few. In the pantry next to the fireplace you will find a microwave and toaster (the toaster can be removed and used on the worksurfaces) as well as placemats and a few kitchen basics.

Upstairs and turn left into the…

Master Bedroom
The first things that will strike you about the Master Bedroom is its lofty high ceiling with ornate original beam structure. The second thing – the enormous, comfy super king size bed! A wonderfully spacious and elegant room with garden views and two cushioned window seats, this bedroom feels instantly soothing and restorative. With concealed beam spotlights and dusky rose walls offsetting the exposed Cotswold stone, there’s no better place to bed-down for a good night of sleep. There’s also plenty of storage space, with a large chest of drawers, cast-iron hanging rack and storage shelf and hooks on the back of the door. Guests staying in the Master Bedroom have access to their own private en-suite, separated by a curved partition wall next to an original brickwork fireplace. The en-suite features a walk-in shower, toilet and washbasin with a beautiful view over the valley!

Out of the Master Bedroom and turn left into the…

Twin Bedroom
Bright and fresh as a daisy, the Twin Bedroom has two comfortable single beds with a shared bedside table and large chest of drawers for storage as well as door hooks. And a convenient full-length mirror. Double aspect windows provide plenty of natural light.

Continue down the corridor, right into the…

Laundry Room

A convenient upstairs laundry for guest use featuring a steam iron with ironing board, washing machine, tumble dryer and sink, with 5 starter washing tablets.

Continue to the end of the corridor and left into…

Child’s Bedroom
A sweet and cosy bedroom featuring a single bed with removable safety guard, little ones will love this special room! Decorated with pastel bunting, plenty of friendly little characters and a very unusual stack of books bedside table, this makes the perfect bedroom for younger guests. There’s even a whole cabinet filled with toys and games! Safety features in this bedroom include child lock window restrictions and a remote controlled blind.

Turn left into the…

Family Bathroom
A sumptuous deep purple decorated room, the enormous free-standing bath tub offers unrivalled views over the Cotswolds country side. With a separate tap and shower head unit, guests can relax comfortably in the bath – there’s even a bath tray to place your book or glass! The Family Bathroom also houses a large walk-in shower with rain head and movable shower head, toilet and washbasin.

Guests have use of the generous-sized garden at Westerleigh with stunning views of the livestock-filled valley. A paved patio area houses an 8-seater outdoor dining set with parasol as well as comfy corner seating area and coffee table.

The cushions for the garden chairs are stored in the sideboard located to the left as you enter the Sitting Room (right hand cupboard door). Please place garden seat cushions back in the cupboard when vacating the property and at night to avoid them becoming damp. Please ensure that the cushions are dry prior to storage.
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