Welcome to Spa Changing Rooms, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish, Cotswold holiday rentals.
Built over 200 years ago, Spa Changing Rooms is one of three cottages that originally formed a Spa (a fourth cottage was added later), whose aim was to rival the spa facilities in the towns of Cheltenham and Bath. The cottage is located on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Lower Swell, which has a traditional Cotswold pub, and is less than a mile away from the famous market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, with its wide range of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the cottage is an ideal base for exploring the region, either on foot, by bike or by car, with many of the quintessential Cotswold towns and villages within easy reach, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. Further afield places such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Blenheim Palace are also easily accessible.
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!
Spa Changing Rooms is located in a short row of cottages, on the road from Stow-on-the-Wold to the village of Lower Swell. The front door opens directly into the living room, with the following rooms on the ground floor:
Living room: This comfortable and characterful room has exposed beams, a flagstone floor, and a large fireplace with exposed Cotswold stone and a lovely wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for five, further seating including a window seat, plus a Smart TV, DVD/Blu-Ray Player, and a music system;
Kitchen: A doorway leads through from the living room to the well equipped kitchen, which has smart granite worktops. The kitchen contains a four ring induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffee percolator, bread making machine, DAB radio and a drinking water purifier. The original stone stairs down to the cellar are visible from the kitchen, offering a glimpse of the original springs for the spa (the cellar is not accessible to guests);
Dining room: Next to the kitchen, this lovely room has a beautiful long case clock, a wall map of the area, a dining table and seating for six. French doors lead out to the enclosed back garden.
Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
Bedroom 1: A lovely light room, with beautiful rural views, which contains a king size bed and a 32” flatscreen TV;
Bedroom 2: This characterful room can be set up as either a king size bed or two single beds, and also contains a 32” Smart TV;
Family Bathroom: Contains a freestanding roll-top bath, with a separate shower, toilet and wash basin.
Steep stairs lead up to the second floor:
Bedroom 3: A characterful room with exposed beams in the eaves of the cottage, which contains a single bed and a 24” Smart TV.
The French doors in the dining room lead directly out to the enclosed garden. Steps lead up from a patio to a lawned area, at the end of which is a decked area, with fabulous rural views across the Abbotswood Estate. There is an outdoor table and seating for six, a parasol and a charcoal barbecue.
Directly opposite the cottage there is a dedicated parking area for up to three cars.
Zugang für Gäste
This listing is for the exclusive use of the whole property.
Interaktion mit Gästen
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.
Weitere wichtige Infos
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.
Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).
The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by one additional infant.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time is after 3pm 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
Bedroom 1: King size bed
Bedroom 2: King size bed or 2 x 75cm wide single beds
Bedroom 3: Single bed
Family bathroom: Roll top bath, separate shower, toilet and wash basin
Heating, fuel and logs
The property has an electric central heating system. Electricity is included in the rental price.
An initial supply of logs is provided for the wood burning stove and further log supplies can be purchased locally.
The property has free wireless high speed broadband internet access, three SMART TVs plus a further Freeview TV, and a DVD/Blu-ray player.
There is no telephone at the property.
Mobile phone reception is variable, generally being better on the first floor or outside the property.
Guests who would like particularly ultra high-speed data (approximately 1gb per second, upload and download) can arrange this upgrade directly with the owner, for £10 per day, subject to a minimum of £20.
There are allocated off-street parking spaces for two or three cars directly opposite the property.
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
A travel cot (without linen), a baby bath, two stair gates and a high chair are provided.
The property’s garden is enclosed, however young children should be supervised outside at all times.
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
This is an old, Grade II* listed property and has many character features, including narrow and fairly steep stairs, low beams in the kitchen, and low doorways, 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.
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.
The property is located on the B4068, which is the primary road through the village of Lower Swell, leading to Stow on the Wold. Whilst it is not a major road, it can experience increased traffic at certain times of the day. Guests should take care to ensure that the front door to the cottage is not left open, as it is close to the road.
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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