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Cirencester, Gloucestershire

1 Arlington Row

Arlington Row and the water meadow, with a swan and signets in the water. Number 1 is at the end of the terrace on the left, Gloucestershire
1 Arlington Row, at the end of the terrace on the left, and the water meadow, Gloucestershire | © National Trust/Mike Henton
1 Arlington Row, opposite the water meadow on the left, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row from across the River Coln and water meadow, Gloucestershire

1 Arlington Row

Once a 14th-century wool store and then a weaver’s cottage, 1 Arlington Row is on an iconic English street.

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1 Arlington Row, opposite the water meadow on the left, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row from across the River Coln and water meadow, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row and the water meadow, with a swan and signets in the water. Number 1 is at the end of the terrace on the left, Gloucestershire
The side of 1 Arlington Row and the stone wall around the garden, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row stonework details, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row and the water meadow, Gloucestershire
Bibury and the River Coln, near 1 Arlington Row, Gloucestershire
The footpath sign for Alrington Row, with the terrace in the background, Gloucestershire
Other houses along Arlington Row, with plants and flowers growing up the stonework, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row and the water meadow, Gloucestershire
A bridge over the River Coln in Bibury, near 1 Arlington Row, Gloucestershire
A bridge over the River Coln in Bibury, near 1 Arlington Row, Gloucestershire

© National Trust/Mike Henton

Once a 14th-century wool store and then a weaver’s cottage, 1 Arlington Row is on an iconic English street.

At a glance

Guests
6
Bedrooms
4
Number of dogs welcome
2
Reference
006033
Acorn rating

About 1 Arlington Row

The picturesque Arlington Row was built in the 14th century as a monastic wool store and converted into weavers’ cottages in the 17th century. It’s in the charming village of Bibury, on the banks of the River Coln, full of traditional stone cottages and green spaces. It was once described as 'the most beautiful village in England' by William Morris, the founder of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts decorative arts movement in Britain.

Arlington Row is one of the most photographed streets in the UK. At the end of the terrace, Number 1 has a private garden through which you enter the cottage, away from the street and its visitors. It's a cosy cottage, with original blackened beams and a traditional stone fireplace in the sitting room. There are tea-rooms and traditional pubs a short walk away, and other picture-perfect Cotswold villages nearby.

The cottage overlooks a wildlife-filled water meadow, known as Rack Isle, where wool was once hung to dry on racks after it had been washed in Arlington Row. This protected meadow is home water voles, kingfishers and dragonflies.

You’ll be in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by countryside and special historic places to see. With free entry to National Trust places during your stay, you can visit Lodge Park and Sherborne Park Estate and Chedworth Roman Villa, which are both only a 15-minute drive away. The money you spend on your holiday contributes to the care of Arlington Row and other places nearby.

9 Arlington Row (sleeps three) is at the other end of the terrace and can be booked with Number 1 for a group of up to nine guests.

Layout

Ground floor: Sitting and dining room with woodburner. Kitchen with small breakfast bar. Utility room. Shower room. Toilet.

First floor: King-size bedroom with views into the rear garden. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with a bath with shower attachment.

Second floor: Double bedroom.

Outside space

Garden, enclosed by a low stone wall, with a lawn and dining furniture for six.

Features and facilities

  • Wi-Fi, not available
  • Garden, available
  • EV charging, not available
  • Fridge, available
  • Freezer, available
  • Microwave, available
  • Open fire / wood burner, available
  • Television, available
  • DVD, available
  • Washing machine, available
  • Dishwasher, available
  • Tumble dryer, available
  • BBQ, not available
  • Cot & high chair, available

Location

Accessibility

Step up to inner hall. Steep and narrow stairs with restricted height. Guests with a pacemaker should note that there is an induction hob in this cottage. Unenclosed water meadow opposite the cottage. We are waiting for a full Accessibility Guide and interior photographs for this cottage. Accessibility questions? Email holiday.enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 0344 800 2070.

More information

Photographs: We are waiting for photographs of 1 Arlingon Row's interior, which will be added here soon.

Please note: The garden and street are not lit at night as the cottage is in a conservation area.

As Arlington Row is a popular attraction, there may be visitors in close proximity, but the cottage has a private garden at the rear and the entrance does not lead directly onto the street.

Parking and road access: There are two designated parking spaces in residents’ car park next to the cottage. Access is via Awkward Hill, which is a steep, single country lane without a footpath or passing places. Additional parking can be found on the main road through Bibury, with access to the cottage over the footbridge.

Garden: While the garden is enclosed, the wall is 1m high and the gate exits directly onto the street, which does not have a footpath. Arlington Row guests and tenants drive down the street, and the water meadow and river are nearby, so dogs and children should be supervised.

Induction hob: Guests with a pacemaker should note that there is an induction hob in this cottage.

Heating: Electric heating.

Offers: You'll have free entry at National Trust places during your stay.

Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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