12 Dreamy Properties To Rent In The Cotswolds

Whether you’re looking to find a last-minute spot to book for a New Year’s Eve getaway or planning ahead for next year’s high-end hen dos, when it comes to luxury cottages and striking scenery, you can’t go wrong with the Cotswolds. From cosy child-friendly cottages to a Scandi-style lodge for couples, here are some of our favourite holiday rentals…

Pensile House Cottage, Nailsworth

Pensile House Cottage is a stylish and romantic Cotswold cottage on the edge of Nailsworth (recently named number 32 in the Sunday Times’ ‘Best towns in the UK’ list). The cottage comprises one king-sized bedroom and a bathroom, both of which are finished to a high standard. The open-plan living space is cosy and offers year-round comfort thanks to its Aga-like range cooker and a sunny private terrace. Beyond the cottage, Nailsworth is a great location for cycling, walking, shopping, dining out and sight-seeing – the property is situated in the Stroud valleys, close to Stroud, Minchinhampton, Cirencester and an easy drive to Cheltenham, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bath.

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Ivy Cottage, Long Compton

Ivy Cottage is a newly remodelled, striking two-bedroom cottage located in the centre of the pretty village of Long Compton. Ideal for a discerning group of four seeking a boutique retreat in the countryside, Ivy Cottage’s stylish interior won’t disappoint. Recently renovated from a humble countryside cottage, the property has been transformed into a cool country escape with exposed wood, cleverly placed mirrors, contemporary furniture and bespoke touches set over two storeys. Made of local honey-coloured stone, Ivy Cottage is seemingly modest on the outside, yet beyond the quaint blue front door you’ll discover an opulent open-plan dining and kitchen area to the left and a spacious living room to the right. An open-tread wooden staircase sits in the middle of the house and leads you upstairs to two elegant bedrooms. The master bedroom has a super king-size bed and a copper bath in the room as well as an en-suite bathroom, and both bedrooms offer bathrobes and comfy bed linens.

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Ria Formosa, Somerford Keynes

Ria Formosa combines modern architecture and the latest technology to create a striking waterside home on the periphery of the Lower Mill Estate. Offering multiple balconies to enjoy the natural surroundings, the villa provides a spacious open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, as well as a utility and cloakroom to the ground floor, while two en-suite king bedrooms, a bunk room and twin bedroom can be found to the first floor along with a spacious family bathroom. Access to the roof terrace provides you with your own outdoor garden and a mini four-hole putting green, fun for children and adults alike. The pretty property is just five minutes away from the on-site spa and restaurant.

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Endless Sky, Somerford Keynes

The Lower Mill Estate is a lakeside nature reserve is comprised of eight lakes, two rivers, a restaurant and spa, and miles of walking trails. Within the reserve, there’s a variety of accommodation, from one-bed apartments to six-bed villas. Endless Sky is a brand-new house design, offering contemporary living in countryside surroundings. Great care has been taken when it comes to fittings and furnishing, while an amazing roof terrace provides open views across the nature conservation lake. Ground-floor accommodation offers a twin bedroom with a family bathroom, and two lakeside double bedrooms (one with an en-suite). Upstairs you’ll find an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area with a wood-burning stove and a lakeside balcony. You’ll also find an additional double room – all in all, Endless Sky can sleep up to eight guests.

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The Studio at Pensile, Nailsworth

Originally an artist’s studio, this stylish one-bedroom cottage is set on the edge of the pretty small town of Nailsworth in the south Cotswolds. The Scandi-style property can sleep up to four guests, using a 140cm sprung sofa bed in the open-plan living room. Large French doors open out onto a sunny and sheltered terrace area for dining and relaxing, while a Morso wood-burner makes eating around the kitchen island a pleasure on cool evenings. The studio is situated next door to Pensile House Cottage (see above), with a connecting gate that can be unlocked when both cottages are taken by the same group, allowing up to six guests to stay together.

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The Firs, Kingham

Situated in the village of Kingham and just a five-minute walk from celebrated pub The Wild Rabbit, The Firs has been lovingly designed and decorated, weaving contemporary design with the traditional features of a picturesque countryside home. A large, two-storey house with three bedrooms, The Firs has been curated with tasteful interiors and beautiful design touches in every room. Ideal for a group of six who want a relaxing weekend away, The Firs offers a large open-plan kitchen and dining room –perfect for parties. The kitchen is well-equipped to host feasts around its beautiful wooden dining table which looks out on the pretty garden, which has its own outdoor table and parasols should the weather allow. On the ground floor, guests can relax by the wood-burning stove in the sitting room or enjoy table football in the adjacent games room. Expect to find a cold bottle of Cremant waiting for you on arrival.

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Cerney House, Cirencester

Cerney Hous is a luxurious, sprawling property, complete with a pool and tennis court. As you pull up outside the residence, you’ll be met by a Cotswolds stone country house surrounded by rolling fields and a large garden. The house oozes luxury country charm – we particularly like the look of the large country-style kitchen with a snug and log burner. An extensive sitting room has numerous French doors which lead onto the patio and out to the pool. Upstairs you’ll find five bedrooms, all with beautiful French shabby-chic beds and their own en-suite bathrooms. With its open fireplaces and multiple seating areas, Cerney House makes an ideal retreat during winter evenings, while the patio, pool and sun loungers are perfect for summer days.

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Bledington Barn, Bledington

Bledington Barn could not have a more picturesque location. Right on the edge of the green in the Cotswolds village of Bledington, this three-bedroom property is just a stone’s throw from the Kings Head Inn – recent winner of the Good Pub Guide’s ‘UK pub of the year’ award. The barn itself is a luxurious eco-friendly property for up to six guests, which mixes striking interiors with a cosy feel. The 300-year-old barn has been beautifully renovated, recycling and re-purposing old materials to create a spacious home with opulent furnishings set against exposed stone and original oak beams: the cowshed window now houses the bathroom mirror, the hayloft ladder is now a towel rail and old engineering bricks have been cleaned up throughout to create a rustic look. A welcome pack includes eggs, bread, butter, milk and local apple juice sourced from nearby Daylesford Organic Farm, plus a bottle of prosecco. Well, if it’s good enough for recent visitors Rosie Fortescue and Holly Scarsella…

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Cirencester Place, Cirencester

A beautiful newly renovated split-level apartment with character and charm, this is an ideal pick for couples and small families. Tucked away in the centre of the town, you’ll find a private gate and garden space on your arrival. Within the apartment you’ll find a stylish and contemporary sitting room with log burner and a country-style kitchen which offers plenty of space to entertain. Upstairs there’s a family bathroom, master bedroom and a second single room. This modern property is the perfect place to explore Cirencester – known as the ‘capital of the Cotswolds’. Traders set up their stalls every Monday and Friday and the town also hosts its own farmers' market and crafts and antique markets. Expect to find a plethora of independent shops, hidden cafes and fantastic restaurants and pubs.

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Hoxton Barn, Bampton

A beautifully converted honey-stone Cotswold barn, Hoxton Barn is located in a pretty hamlet in the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Not far from the town of Bampton (of Downton Abbey fame) this well-designed spacious barn is traditional yet renovated to a modern standard. Its large living areas, kitchen and bedrooms all extend across the ground level with a private courtyard garden in the centre that's perfect for a summer BBQ and a few glasses of bubbles. Comprised of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, there’s an abundance of space and a welcome log burner to add atmosphere and warmth to your country break. Close to the River Thames, Chimney Meadows nature reserve and the Thames pathway, there’s no shortage of outings nearby.

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Ninkasi Barn, Stow-on-the-Wold

This contemporary property offers an ideal place to relax, recharge and reconnect with friends and family. The stylish, converted barn is located on the estate of an old brewery – inside, expect to see a light-filled interior which makes the most of the barn’s original structure and large wooden beams, and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the Cotswolds scenery. The large open-plan living/dining area makes a great social space and the extra-large family kitchen is the hub of the home – perfect for entertaining. With six en-suite bedrooms (one on the ground floor) that can be made into doubles or twins, this holiday home is perfect for families, groups of friends and those celebrating a special occasion.

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Ewen House, Somerford Keynes

Ewen House is set in a traffic-free location within the water garden in Mill Village, a modern estate built in a traditional Cotswold style. The picture-perfect property comprises an open-plan ground floor living space with double doors which open from the dining and sitting areas onto an enclosed terrace, which offers views across the water garden. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, one with an en-suite, as well as a bunk bedroom, a single bedroom and a family bathroom. The property has two enclosed decking areas and is pet-friendly, ideal for those who want to take their pup away with them. Ewen House is one of only a handful of properties within Mill Village to benefit from access to the onsite spa facilities.

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