rom 17th-century cottages and converted Orangeries, to contemporary-style chalets and modern lakeside residences designed by Kate Moss, there are myriad rental properties to choose from when looking for a luxury home to hire in the Cotswolds. These spectacular private residences promise to deliver an exceptional UK staycation.
A classic 17th century English cottage in the heart of the quaint village of Kingham, Bentleys is just a short walk from the famous Daylesford Farm. Replete with original timber beams, leaded windows and flagstone floors, the cottage also boasts a contemporary extension that adds a huge open plan living-dining-cooking space. The cottage, which sleeps six, has an immaculately-kept private garden. A charming mix of modern, vintage and period features, Bentleys possesses a cosy, ski-chalet quality.
£5,000 per week in April/May
Congrove Barns, Bath
A pair of newly-renovated, south-facing twin barns that can sleep up to six, Congrove Barns is situated in its own private valley close to the city of Bath. The barns are divided by function, with a living barn housing the open plan sitting-dining room and fully-equipped kitchen and a games/TV room. The second barn is the sleeping barn, with two en-suite bedrooms. Gated gardens hide a badminton court and an in-ground hot tub.
£1,650-£1,950 per week in April/May
The Lakes by YOO, Lechlade
Billing itself as the most exclusive staycation in the UK, The Lakes by YOO is a collection of 25 private houses, ranging from £2m to £7m in value, set in 900-acres of woodland, meadows and lakes. Some of the celebrity names that have been asked to help design the properties include Elle McPherson, Philippe Starck, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen and Kate Moss. The Pool Lodge, which sleeps 14, features an open-plan living-dining area that offers panoramic views of Bowmoor Lake. The property has its own private beach and comes with a paddle board, double kayak, two single kayaks and a rowing boat.
Properties vary from £12,000 to £40,000 per week
Carter's Close, Bibury
Carter’s Close has many unique features; its crowning glory being the fact that it’s a ‘longhouse’, meaning that the main living space is one long room comprising a cook’s kitchen, sitting room, dining room and a drawing room with two open fires. There is also a separate study. You’ll find Carter’s Close, which comes with its own tennis court, in Bilbury, described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ and namechecked in Huffington Post’s 'The Most Charming Towns In Europe'.
£7,000 per week in April/May
Old Queens Manor, Oldbury-upon-Severn
A former clergy house turned characterful, five-bedroom holiday home, Old Queens Manor, half-an-hour’s drive from Bath, not only boasts views across the River Severn to Wales, but its own tennis court, orchard, manicured gardens and swimming pool. Each bedroom has its own fireplace, with the master bedroom coming with an en-suite. Entertaining spaces are large, as is the fully-equipped, period-style kitchen. The quaint village of Oldbury-on-Severn is a short stroll away, while the 500-year-old Thornbury Castle, where Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn, is 30 minutes by foot.
From £2,900 per week in April/May
The Lost Orangery, Euridge
The Lost Orangery sleeps four and welcomes dogs. The incredible property is part of explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s old hunting lodge estate, hidden away between Bath and Castle Combe. The whimsical English country gardens surrounding the Orangery were created by Julian and Isabel Bannerman – Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winners and designers of the world-renowned gardens at Highgrove. Not only does the property have its own private roof terrace, but its owners actively encourage you to explore their entire estate – from the Folly Mound to the tennis court to the boating pond.
£2,435 per week in April/May
Lower Mill Estate, Cirencester
Re-familiarise yourself with the great outdoors at the Lower Mill Estate. A range of accommodation options are dotted throughout a 100-acre nature reserve that encompasses eight lakes, two rivers and miles of trail paths. A newly-renovated restaurant is dedicated to local ingredients, while a farm-shop sells produce that has been grown and foraged on the estate. The Lower Mill Estate also boasts a heated indoor swimming pool and an award-winning spa. Bicycles are available to rent, as are kayaks and paddleboards. One for the whole family, then, including the dog.
Price on request
Dryhill Lodge, Cheltenham
Dryhill Lodge, which has a self-contained annex, is a stunning three-bedroom house in a rural location five miles from Cheltenham. The cosy, contemporary-style chalet can sleep six across two en-suite bedrooms and two single sofa beds. A large, open-plan first-floor living space opens up onto a full-width terrace designed to make the most of the amazing views across to the River Avon, Wales and the Black Mountains. The kitchenette has a double hob, a slow cooker and single oven/microwave combination and comes pre-stocked with a range of Cook Ready Meals to suit a wide range of tastes.
£5,000 per week in April/May