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“Tilley's Cottage is a magical place to stay in a...”

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25 reviews
The back garden of Tilly's Cottage
The ford nearby
The living room
Relax in front of the log burner
Come dine with me!
All mod cons in the kitchen
Main Bedroom - a double
Double bedroom
Second bedroom made up as a single room
Second bedroom made up as a twin
Modern bathroom
Eating al fresco
The front of Tilly's Cottage
Feed the ducks
Bourton on the Water - Venice of the Cotswolds
Bourton in the snow
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England

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MaggieQCu...
Cumbria
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tilley's Cottage is a magical place to stay in a delightful Cotswolds village.”
Reviewed March 15, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

We couldn't have timed our arrival better, getting to Bourton-on-the-Water and checking into our cottage just in time to walk round the corner and catch sight of Father Christmas in his horse-drawn vehicle for the opening of a wonderful evening of Victorian fun. There were stalls, mulled wine, carols, choirs and the lighting of Bourton's Christmas tree, which stands full-square in the middle of the River Windrush whose banks we walked along, delighting in the tiny bridges which cross it and enjoying all the brightly lit shops, cafes and restaurants in this beautiful village.

Our cottage was unbelievably cosy and welcoming, with tasteful Christmas decorations and a huge wood-burning stove. The owners have thought of everything possible to make staying there a great experience - even down to providing pet blankets and dog treats! We found the Cotswolds in general very dog-friendly and even though we didn't have our pooches with us, enjoyed seeing other people being able to take theirs into cafes with no restrictions.

The Motor Museum has to be seen to be believed, and one afteroon's visit isn't enough to see and marvel at the hundreds of exhibits on offer, from vintage caravans with leaded windows, the interiors of the vans displaying on their small tables precious Clarice Cliff pottery sitting on beautiful hand-embroidered tablecloths, to hundreds of enamel advertising signs. It's very true that you don't realise what you'll miss until it's gone, and this museum pays testament to a golden age of motoring which can't ever return.

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Liked best: The overall comfort and attention to detail - nothing had been forgotten.
Liked least: There was nothing at all to find fault with in this cottage.
Traveling group: Other
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ptaylor10
buckinghamshire
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic accommodation !”
Reviewed November 3, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything we needed. A complete home from home, the log burner was a great added extra which made the cottage feel even more homely a complete tranquil haven. Even our two dogs were made to feel welcome with dog treats, bowls and towels all ready for them. The location is ideal as so close to the village centre and very well situated for exploring the Cotsworlds. We can't wait to return!

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robert b
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
1 review
“Best Cottage by far in the cotswolds, clean tidy and well equiped”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

We have stayed in a few cottages, but this takes the biscuit, (excuse pun as the very welcome pack on arrival had some biscuits in it thanks Jo) yes a welcome pack, and everything you needed and more in case of emegency, well thought of by owners, quiet spot but near enough to enjoy Bourton and all its ammenities, good resturants,pubs and shops in a short walk, we always enjoy it in this part of England, but even more when you have a cosy home like Tillys Cottage, close to all walks and stately homes and gardens, We Thank you Jo and Ian for allowing us to stay in your lovely cottage, we will be back

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Liked best: the easy parking which in the area is at a premium
Liked least: the tall honeysuckle as it stop the late evening sun, (when i like to sit out with glass wine)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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SurreyLin...
Surrey
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51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“2nd stay and even better!”
Reviewed July 31, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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This was our second stay at Tilly's (see my first review May 2011) and, if anything, it was even better than last year. This was because we knew where everything was and felt so at home there. Also, a couple of suggestions that we made last year (i.e. hooks on back of bedroom doors) had been actioned, so that was great.
The cottage was just as clean, fresh and comfortable as last year with nice 'welcome items' as a little treat. There's everything you could possibly need in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom if you've forgotten anything.
Once again we were thrilled with the location - so convenient to walk to the village yet set back in a quiet little cul-de-sac. With the added advantage of it's own parking space, Tilly's suits us down to the ground. We have designated it our venue for our annual 'girl's retreat'.
Be sure to try The Pudding Club evening at Mickleham if you stay over a weekend - great fun!
Thanks once again, Jo!

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Liked best: The cleanliness & cosiness.
Liked least: Having to go home.
Traveling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Durham, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 7, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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Liked best: description in brochure 100% correct
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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karenhSto...
stockport
2 reviews
“Cosy well appointed dog friendly cottage”
Reviewed April 17, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

Tilly's Cottage is an excellent cottage for a base from which to explore The Cotswolds.
Dealing with Jo was fast friendly and efficient, all directions and arrangements for keys were easy and hassle free.
Tilly's has to be the best holiday cottage I have ever stayed in. It is located within a short walking distance from all the lovely shops, tea rooms and pubs that Bourton on the Water has to offer. Plenty of parking for 2 cars at rear of house, not easy to find in village!
The lovely welcome basket of wine,chocolate and dog treats was the first surprise that made it so special. The cottage has lots of lovely well thought of extras that all added to a very relaxing and comfortable stay.Dogs are well provided for and so are all the human creature comforts! Hoping to book to return as soon as possible.

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Liked best: Attention to small details that make a holiday easier.
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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SurreyLin...
Surrey
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51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Fab cottage in beautiful location - we've already re-booked!”
Reviewed May 25, 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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The booking process with owner Jo was efficient, friendly and hassle-free. Communication prior to arrival was excellent with easy to follow directions & simple entry instructions.
On arrival we discovered cosy, comfy and spotlessly clean accomodation complete with quality furniture, bedding and kitchen items. The kitchen and bathroom are modern and sqeaky clean (& bathroom has a great shower). The bedrooms were cosy and welcoming. The lounge/dining area was relaxing and comfortable. There was a lovely patio area to the rear which we were able to chill in as we got lucky with the weather!
The cottage was literally a 4 minute stroll to the centre of the gorgeous village of Bourton-on-the-Water with its delightful river running through the middle and an array of restaurants, coffee shops and cute souvenir type shops. It was a great benefit to have a dedicated parking space and not have to jostle for a parking place each time we went out.
Tourists who stay here are very welcome/encouraged to bring their dog with them and the cottage is clearly dog-friendly. I'm not a dog lover so I was a little concerned that it might have that 'doggy smell' to it, but no! Even with my acute dog detection sense of smell I would never have known that a dog had been in there.
What more can I say?...............in my lifetime I have lost count of the number of accomodations that I have stayed in, both home and abroad, but this is the first time I have ever re-booked to return to the same one! That speaks volumes! Be sure to visit this lovely cottage in this super part of the world!

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Traveling group: With Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Families with teenagers
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