Woodwells Cottage

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2


Pets Welcome

This fairy tale Cotswold stone farmhouse is approached up a long and sometimes bumpy private drive. It leads behind a church and manor house into the heart of the beech woods.

Surrounded by the steep hangers, off a drive, off a lane, off a minor road, and buried in the bosom of the Cotswolds, there is a hideaway that must be about as remote from the twentieth century in southern England as possible. It still has all the modern comforts. A farmstead at Woodwells was recorded as early as 1280. Today, guests will find hidden in a sunny clearing of the wooded hills that rise steeply at the end of the meadows, a picturesque farmhouse built in 1877.


Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The house has a really traditional feel and is the perfect escape to times of old.
  • There is an independent twin room and bathroom on the ground floor which is perfect for those with disabilities.
  • Nestled in woodland, this house provides a completely private holiday.

What you should know…

  • The town is said to be haunted by the spirit of Queen Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI. No-one has ever seen the ghost.
  • This little hideaway is about as remote as you can get from the twentieth century in southern England.

Property Features

Internet Pets Welcome Ground Floor Bed & Bath Chapel on Site

Downstairs a porch leads to the front hall, with an elegant dining-room seating eight to the right and a pretty Victorian sitting-room to the left. There is a modern farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, fully equipped with a microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Beyond is a back door and hallway with space for country clothes, coats and boots. There is a shower room (with wash basin and lavatory), making the twin-bedded room here independent.

Upstairs are two spacious double bedrooms, both with double beds (one with a fine Victorian brass bed), and a large bathroom. The whole house is especially cosy - with pictures, antiques and chintz. It is set in a large private garden.

The Manor Garden: The present "Old English" garden has been recreated by the owners among open lawns and a field since 1980, with box hedges enclosing quarters of English parterres like those in the Stoke Edith tapestries, or Kip engravings. The planting is traditional, with herbs and aromatics, old shrub roses and garden favourites, and the box, holly, juniper and yew replanted, as well as formal features, a stilt hedge and pleached allee in lime and hornbeam, and sculpture by Simon Verity. The design makes use of old plans and records, suggesting an early garden reordered conservatively at the turn of the eighteenth century, just when the formal tradition was about to be swept away, in fashionable gardens, by the landscape garden. The mill pond walk recalls the early Georgian Elysium of rills and meandering paths. Two thousand young trees were planted as shelter belts to mark the millennium.


About the surrounding area of Woodwells Cottage
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The manor estate is in the 'Royal Triangle', set in the heart of the Cotswold Hills. The historic cities of Bath, Cheltenham, and Cirencester are all about 20 miles away with all their wealth of cultural and scenic attractions. Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-upon-Avon are popular day excursions. London is about 2 hours away. Heathrow Airport is a little closer.

Whether interested in the famous limestone villages of the Cotswolds, prehistoric barrows, quiet lanes, antique shops, walking, Norman churches, gardens, good food and drink, visiting friends, or more likely a combination of these, the choice is wide and guests will barely scratch the surface during their stay. 

Apart from the Cotswolds and their wool towns and villages, other touring regions include the Berkeley Vale, the Forest of Dean, the Wye Valley, the Welsh Marches, the Malverns, and the Thames Valley.

Historic houses, besides the estate itself, include Berkeley Castle, Chavenage House, Dyrham Park and Sudeley Castle. Within walking distance is Woodchester Mansion, an unfinished masterpiece of the Victorian age. Tourist attractions include the American Museum at Claverton Manor and the Roman Baths at Bath, Gloucester Cathedral, Westonbirt Arboretum and the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge.

Gloucestershire is famous for its many gardens. They include Hidcote and Kiftsgate, Miserden Park, Painswick Rococo Garden, Rodmarton Manor, Barnsley House, Highgrove and Westbury-on-Severn. The house is the ideal base for the Horse Trials at Badminton and Gatcombe Park and for racing at Cheltenham.

The estate forms a wild and secret valley extending along the Ewelme stream under the Cotswold edge. It is accessible, yet far from the intrusion of public roads and the commercial farming of the Cotswold plateau. The extensive native beech woods are carpeted with bluebells in the spring. Richly varied walks lead the serious hiker or casual stroller over many miles of footpaths on the estate and beyond. Long-distance trails are well organised in the surrounding area of the Cotswolds.

Beyond the valley is an impressive group of archaeological sites. The Iron Age hill fort at Uley is the most impressive in the Cotswolds, commanding views over the Severn Vale to the mountains of Wales. Neolithic long barrows and Roman settlements lie on the hills. The estate and its neighbouring valleys form a haven rich in wildlife, with wildflowers in the fields, protected butterflies, deer and badgers, and a rich variety of habitat for bird-watching. Guests will not forget the fabled owls.

As well as a traditional West Country livestock, and farms producing home reared organic meat, this is a sporting estate perfect for all forms of country pursuits. There is fly fishing, and rough shooting and clay pigeon lessons can be arranged. Riding, gliding and golf (with three courses) are all a mile or two away. Many activities are organized by for corporate programmes or private parties. There is plenty of room for those who want none of these but want simply to breathe in the peace and utter seclusion of a timeless countryside.

The Manor is a mile east of Uley, off the B4066, at the small green past the Old Crown pub in Uley (just opposite the Church). Uley is a charming weaving village between Tetbury, Stroud (6 miles) and Dursley (3 miles west), signposted from the A 4135. The M5 Junctions 13 (north) and 14 (south) are a few minutes west: head for the B4066. The M4 is 12 miles south. Exit at Junction 18 and follow the A46 north in the direction of Stroud as far as the crossroads with the A4135. Then go west towards Dursley, turning second right after the Hunters' Hall pub in Kingscote down to village of Uley on B4066.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available

All the cottages are self-catering, but the owners can provide breakfast hampers for £9.50 per person. There is a list of restaurants and pubs that are recommended nearby in the information book.

The beautiful old Cyder House forms an atmospheric restaurant for exclusive dining at the centre of the hamlet. Karin Mander's menu emphasizes bistro-style cooking with seasonal produce from the estate. This includes game like pheasant and venison and also traditionally-reared beef. Karin finds a special place for her native Swedish fish cuisine, and also for the produce of the Elizabethan garden.   

The Cyder House is a listed historic building of the fifteenth century, with 'cruck' trusses. A gigantic oak cider press stands in the corner from 300 years ago, when cider feasts were held here. It is a stunning setting, furnished with portraits and arts and crafts furniture from the family collection.

The Manor cellars offer a good selection of reasonably-priced wines, especially French and Spanish regional wines. There are local ciders as well. In addition to formal dinners, the house can serve light lunches and traditional home-made cream teas from the beginning of May to early September. This adaptable room can be hired on an exclusive place for meetings, office parties, weddings and receptions, as well as for corporate entertaining.

The Cyder House Restaurant is fully licensed. It is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, and by request for groups of 15 or more. Personal requirements can easily be accommodated with reasonable notice. Ask for copies of our suggested menus for group visits.

More Services:

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering

- Maid service/extra cleaning

- Local day-trips or tours

- Airport pick-up/drop-off

- Babysitting service

- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit Please enquire. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Yes
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Changeover day Friday or Monday

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 6 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 25th 2018 - July 13th 2018 - £1,066.00 £1,254.00
July 13th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - £1,214.00 £1,428.00
August 31st 2018 - October 19th 2018 - £1,066.00 £1,254.00
October 19th 2018 - December 30th 2018 - £870.00 £1,023.00
December 30th 2018 - March 22nd 2019 - £870.00 £1,023.00
March 22nd 2019 - April 5th 2019 - £1,114.00 £1,310.00
April 5th 2019 - July 12th 2019 - £1,066.00 £1,254.00
July 12th 2019 - August 30th 2019 - £1,214.00 £1,428.00
August 30th 2019 - October 18th 2019 - £1,066.00 £1,254.00
October 18th 2019 - October 27th 2019 - £870.00 £1,023.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 6 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 25th 2018 - July 13th 2018 - €1,167.00 €1,373.00
July 13th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - €1,328.00 €1,563.00
August 31st 2018 - October 19th 2018 - €1,167.00 €1,373.00
October 19th 2018 - December 30th 2018 - €952.00 €1,120.00
December 30th 2018 - March 22nd 2019 - €952.00 €1,120.00
March 22nd 2019 - April 5th 2019 - €1,219.00 €1,434.00
April 5th 2019 - July 12th 2019 - €1,167.00 €1,373.00
July 12th 2019 - August 30th 2019 - €1,328.00 €1,563.00
August 30th 2019 - October 18th 2019 - €1,167.00 €1,373.00
October 18th 2019 - October 27th 2019 - €952.00 €1,120.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 6 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 25th 2018 - July 13th 2018 - $1,427.00 $1,678.00
July 13th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - $1,624.00 $1,911.00
August 31st 2018 - October 19th 2018 - $1,427.00 $1,678.00
October 19th 2018 - December 30th 2018 - $1,164.00 $1,369.00
December 30th 2018 - March 22nd 2019 - $1,164.00 $1,369.00
March 22nd 2019 - April 5th 2019 - $1,491.00 $1,754.00
April 5th 2019 - July 12th 2019 - $1,427.00 $1,678.00
July 12th 2019 - August 30th 2019 - $1,624.00 $1,911.00
August 30th 2019 - October 18th 2019 - $1,427.00 $1,678.00
October 18th 2019 - October 27th 2019 - $1,164.00 $1,369.00


The Costwolds isn’t just one of the most beautiful regions in England – it’s one that’s beautifully representative of the best of the English countryside. Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, striking architecture and monuments as well as some particularly charming villages that make for relaxing and delightful day trips for both families and groups. Our holiday homes and large cottages in the Cotswolds provide the perfect place to stay, but if you’re looking for the best things to do and places to eat then our travel guide is a great place to start! Read on and get inspired for your luxury Cotswolds break.

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