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Spa Changing Rooms is a beautiful terraced cottage located on the outskirts of Lower Swell and close to Stow on the Wold.

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Visit England Accredited

Awarded 4 stars for the scope and Gold for the quality.

The Kitchen

Well equipped with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is also well kitted out with small appliances. There are twin USB charging sockets.

The Dining Room

A table and 6 chairs and access to the garden.

Stay online

Fibre optic broadband to the router (300Mb per second, download and upload) , fast and reliable WiFi facility, included free in your stay.

The Garden

Enjoy the view!

The Garden

Beyond the spectacular Abbotswood Estate we are surrounded by some of the best known gardens in Gloucestershire.

The Lounge

A comfortable and characterful lounge. Seating for 6 with a wood burner, television, DVD player, and music system.

The Lounge

The cottage benefits from a modern electric central heating system.

Up the stairs...

This is an old property and has typical character features.

The Bedrooms

There are three bedrooms, each with television, twin USB charging sockets and hairdryer.

The Bedrooms

The rooms include a king sized bed that can be split into two 2ft 6in single beds and a 3ft single bed.

The Bedrooms

The cottage benefits from a modern electric heating system.

The Bedrooms

All beds will be made up and towels supplied.

The Bathroom

A fully modernised bathroom.

The Bathroom

There is a roll top bath, toilet, wash basin and shaver point.

The Bathroom

There is also a spacious shower enclosure.

The Exterior

As its name implies, Spa Changing Rooms was a changing room for the adjoining spa house.

Key features of the cottage facilities

  • A comfortable and characterful lounge with wood burner, smart television, DVD player, music system, and seating for 6.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with granite work tops. Main equipment comprises induction hob, single oven, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer. The kitchen is also well kitted out with small appliances. There are twin USB charging sockets.
  • There is a water softener and drinking water purifier. The latter (an Ecowater system) uses reverse osmosis and charcoal filters to remove virtually all impurities in the mains water supply - no need to buy bottled water.
  • Dining room with table and 6 chairs which offers access to the garden with uninterrupted views from the decking area across the Abbotswood estate.
  • There is also a Weber BBQ and tools (BBQ fuel is not supplied) and a selection of garden games to enjoy.
  • A fully modernised bathroom with roll top bath, toilet, wash basin, shaver point and spacious shower enclosure.
  • Three bedrooms, each with television, twin USB charging sockets and hairdryer.
  • The cottage is tailored to sleep five - a king sized bed, a king sized bed that can be split into two 2ft 6in single beds and a 3ft single bed.
  • The cottage benefits from a modern electric heating system.
  • There is dedicated car parking (for up to 3 cars) opposite the front of the cottage.
  • A travel cot, high chair, baby bath and changing mat are available on request. Three retractable stair gates are built in and available to use when required.
  • Fibre optic broadband to the router (300Mb per second, download and upload) , offering a consistant very fast and reliable WiFi facility, included free in your stay.
  • All beds will be made up and towels supplied.
  • Electricity and an initial supply of logs, kindling, and fire lighters, are included in the price, along with starter supplies of toilet rolls, dish washer tablets, tea, coffee and sugar.

As its name implies, Spa Changing Rooms was a changing room for the adjoining spa house.

Local records state there was a "spring cottage" on this site in the 18th century. Prior to 1807 it was discovered that the water was mineral rich, and a case was made to capitalise on the then popularity of bathing in, or drinking of Spa waters for health reasons, by building a Spa facility on site, to compete with Cheltenham Spa and Bath Spa. Quite what the extent of "Spring Cottage" was, or what it looked like at this time, is not recorded but a Spa House was constructed (the adjoining building with cut stone facade). Spa Changing Rooms was converted or built prior to 1807, to be part of the Spa complex; in particular to be changing rooms for the Spa House itself. A walk was laid out between the Spa and Stow on the Wold. The spring was said to produce up to 8 gallons of water per hour in the summer of 1808. There is reference to hot baths and cold baths and the cut stone steps in the kitchen of Spa Changing Rooms lead down to what once may have been the cold baths. It is possible the steps may predate the Spa.

Sadly the Spa enterprise was not a success. In 1814 the lease of the Spa buildings was up for sale. Under various subsequent ownership(s) the enterprise continued as a Spa until around 1926 when the buildings were converted to residential use. The spring, along with other water sources in Lower Swell, may have helped supply the drinking water needs of Stow on the Wold over many decades (mains water in Stow on the Wold arrived in the late 1930s). There is little else written about the site and the past few decades have certainly been residential use. One reminder of the past is the stone oval plaque inset into the wall over the front door of No 3 Spa Cottages, inscribed "Carbonated Chalybeate, discovered 1807".

The cottage is Listed Grade II* (just 5.5% of all listed buildings are so designated as being of “special interest”) in recognition of its many period features including beamed ceilings and the ornate front elevation windows with leaded lights, which are described as of the “Moghul” style, an Indian influence believed to have been inspired from the construction of nearby Seizencote house. It also has a cellar which contains one of the original springs to the spa house; the old steps down to which can be seen from the kitchen. The spring is still active and the water is pumped away.

With the historic backdrop you can enjoy a comfortable holiday in surroundings which include modern comforts and conveniences. The cottage has been assessed under the nationally recognised accreditation scheme for quality accommodation conducted by Visit England, and has been rated 4 Stars with a Gold award.

Accessibility, health and safety

This is an old property and has typical character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, low beams in one room and two doors of lower height than modern doors. On the stairways, appropriately placed handrails are in situ. However, guests with impaired mobility may encounter some difficulty with access, including their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency. Given the historic nature of this property, regrettably wheelchair access to other than the ground floor is not possible and the front door step, and door width, may impede. Access to the 2nd floor bedroom is via a narrow and steep stairway and a low doorway.

An Accessibility Guide is available on request, or can be viewed and downloaded from the link below. This describes the surfaces and identifies the beam, stair, and other heights in the cottage and includes photographs.

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.

Sustainability / Environment

A number of initiatives have been undertaken to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, as follows:

  • Secondary glazing to improve heat efficiency whilst respecting the listed building status.
  • A modern integrated electric heating system using the latest fuel efficient radiators.
  • LED lighting throughout including LED filament lamps which consume less than 10% of the electricity of standard bulbs.
  • Induction hob in the kitchen.
  • A-rated white goods.

Sustainability / Environment

A number of initiatives have been undertaken to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, as follows:

  • Softened water; not only does soft water feel nice to the touch, it requires much less soap or detergent and with no lime scale build up (in what is a very hard water area), the sinks, bath, and shower require less cleaning solutions and the water systems and washing machines last much longer.
  • A reverse osmosis water purifier provides top quality drinking water and there is no need to purchase bottled water.
  • The Housekeeping team use environment friendly products where possible.
  • We use compostable coffee capsules where possible.
  • Single use plastic is minimised with soap and other consumables purchased in bulk and everyday containers refilled.

Exploring the immediate area

Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water, Burford, Stratford, Chipping Norton and Chipping Camden are all within easy reach of the cottages with their eclectic mix of typical Cotswolds buildings housing many individual shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

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Steam Engines

Enjoy a ride on the 18 miles of heritage railway from Toddington, near Stow on the Wold. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway from Birmingham to Cheltenham. It runs from Cheltenham racecourse to Broadway.

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Horse Riding

The Cotswold area has three of the top equestrian events in Britain, Badminton, Gatcombe and Blenheim Palace along with the popular horseback sport of polo with the Beaufort Polo Club and Cirencester Polo Club centrally situated. There is horse racing at Bath, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon with Warwick and Worcester close by.

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Walking

There are many local walks along footpaths and bridleways. See Ordnance Survey maps Explorer OL45 “The Cotswolds”, and Landranger 151 and 163.

There are local books and maps available to help you plan your excursion.

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Spa Changing Rooms is owned and offered for rental by 2 Spa Cottages Limited.

Bookings are managed by Cotswolds specialists, Character Cottages, where you can check availability and book your stay with us.

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2 Spa Cottages is located in a residential area and as such, we politely request that guests are courteous and considerate towards the neighbours, keeping noise to a sensible level. Due to its proximity to the local neighbours, this property is not suitable for parties.

Jane & Nigel Jackson
2 Spa Cottages Limited
2 Spa Cottages
Lower Swell Road
Stow on the Wold
Gloucestershire, GL54 1LD

Tel: 0771 451 0343
Email: info@spachangingrooms.com

Lower Swell is ¾ mile from Stow on the Wold. The nearest railway stations are Moreton in Marsh 5 miles and Kingham 6 miles; both with fast trains to and from London Paddington.