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Midsummer Wood | Luxury Self-Catering Home | Bourton-on-the-Water

Midsummer Wood

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Imagine a real-life Neverland where you can rekindle childhood fantasies and leave all grown-up responsibilities at the gate. Set on the golden fringes of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, this luxury self-catering millhouse calls you to run wild in private woodland, discover secret wildflower meadows, dive into a 13-metre indoor pool and unfurl within lavish Jacobean interiors. Midsummer Wood has magic at every turn.

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Encompassing all the hallmarks of a fairy-tale home, this unique Grade II-listed millhouse sits amidst 11 acres of whimsical gardens within gently rolling hills near Burton-on-the-Water. Discover the delights of England's prettiest villages by day, before being lured back to Midsummer Wood to relish in all its splendour. As little ones hop around the gardens or play ping pong in the pool house, serve up a hearty home-cooked feast in the banquet room. Later, with the children safely tucked up in bed dreaming of tomorrow's adventures, the roaring open fire will provide a warm evening ambience for grown-ups to share a bottle of wine.


Full of eye-catching peculiarities; Midsummer Wood entwines luxuries such as the heated swimming pool, Mark Wilkinson country kitchen, tennis court and cinema room with intriguing features like its 14th century millrace that runs through the house. Unabashedly charming, the storybook style continues throughout the four sumptuous bedrooms too. The first floor features a king-size master suite (flaunting en suite bathroom with small steam room, private office, WC and dressing room) and queen-sized bedroom with bathroom alongside. Up to the eaves you'll find a bathroom beside two twin bedrooms, sure to spark young imaginations.


11 acres of Eden-esque grounds invite guests to lose themselves within the beauty of knot gardens, rose arches, apple orchards and enchanting woodland. Start the day with a jog along the running track that wends through the wildflower meadow, or Pilates by the parterre, before diving into the stunning indoor heated swimming pool. For the few who want to explore further afield; walk the Windrush Way from the footpath beside the house, have a flutter on Cheltenham races, cavort around the Cotswold countryside and explore the tangle of golden, 'lost in time' villages including Bourton-on-the-Water, Upper Slaughter and Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £5,995 per week, £4,495 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsTwo double bedrooms on the first floor, one with a king-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment, and double sink, and one with a queen-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath and overhead shower. The two twin bedrooms are on the second floor, where there is also the family bathroom with bath and overhead shower.
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  • HousekeepingDaily housekeeping is included. Please note that the housekeepers live in a cottage on site
  • FeaturesIndoor heated swimming pool, two steam rooms, tennis court and games room with ping pong, gym and large TV
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available. Children should be supervised around the river.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for four cars. The Mark Wilkinson kitchen with hand-painted country motifs has a Miele fridge-freezer, dishwasher, large and small oven, microwave, Nespresso machine, blenders, juicers, mixers, and more. The washing machine is located in the boot room, while the tumble dryer is in the pool house. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds.
  • Homestay includesFresh welcome hamper, two large Sky Plus TVs, DVD player, iPad, WiFi internet, large gas barbecue, use of his-and-hers wellies and wax jackets, linen, towels, logs and kindling for the fire...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
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Luxury self-catering holiday home with indoor swimming pool in the Cotswolds
The pool room is perfect for all seasons, with plants and loungers

Prices & Availability

Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry


This classic Cotswolds hamlet is a photogenic hotspot for visitors wanting adorable streets and countryside that´s close to hand; regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water embodies English charm.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Midsummer Wood is located just outside Burton-on-the-Water, 10 miles from Cheltenham and 19 miles from Gloucester.
  • By Car The house is just over two hours from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Moreton-In-Marsh Train Station, 15.5 miles from the property with direct trains to London Paddington. 
  • By Air Bristol Airport is one and a half hours away. Helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds of Midsummer Wood.

From the owner

“It was love at first sight when we first saw Midsummer Wood. The garden is simply breathtaking; its interesting gazebos and ornaments are a real mix of traditional and contemporary, and it´s what we´re most proud of.”

From the owner

Set in a valley next to the river Windrush, Midsummer Wood was listed as a site in the Domesday Book of 1086. It later became a mill, with a mill race dating from 1303. The gentle flowing water is surrounded with enchanting wildflowers, woods and meadows – an idyllic arena for careful exploration.

The 14th century mill house, made of yellow Cotswold stone, was extended in the 16th century and further additions made in the early 20th century. The house is brimming with history.

This self-catering home consists of 11 acres and we embarked on extensive work outside when we first bought it in 1988. It is of cottage garden style which compliments its surroundings and was featured in Rosemary Verey's book 'Secret Gardens'.

We also thoroughly renovated the house and decorated it with Jacobean antiques. We added a large yellow stone barn-style building which incorporates a 13-metre heated swimming pool, changing room and a large cinema/recreation room on the second floor.  We also built an artificial grass tennis court and lawns for games.

My family have absolutely adored spending many happy years at Midsummer Wood.

The Monbiot Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Bourton-on-the-Water with an insider’s perspective.

Blenheim Palace

To See

Blenheim Palace

A world heritage site and the only non-royal country house to hold the title of palace in England! Home to the Duke of Marlborough and his family, the palace, gardens and park are open for all to explore and host a variety of events.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

To Do

The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

This popular wildlife park is home to over 260 different species of animals, making for a memorable and unique day out. Find the majestic Rhinos grazing in front of the grand manor house or catch a flying falconry display.

The Wheatsheaf, Cheltenham

To Eat

The Wheatsheaf, Cheltenham

A 17th century coaching inn, the Wheatsheaf is known for its great food and warm atmosphere. A Cotswold pub with finesse, think roaring fires in winter, suntrap gardens in summer and delicious dishes made with local, seasonal fare.

Explore Bibury

To Do

Explore Bibury

Bibury was once described by the Arts & Crafts movement founder, William Morris, as ´the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds´. One of the village´s most popular spots is the pretty Arlington Row, a group of 16th century cottages.

Guest Testimonials

We spent a good deal of time in the downstairs lounge in front of the open fire. We also adored the gardens. Would love to spend some time in the summer months to get the full benefit from the outdoor eating areas and BBQ.

The grounds of this property are magical, they seem to go on and on forever! The water running through is so beautiful. The indoor pool is such a great feature no matter the weather and you are a short drive from some really beautiful villages. The property has so much history and it´s really clear to see inside the house.

Midsummer Wood drew me in from the moment I came across it online, like something out of a fairy tale… The property standards, facilities and location exceeded our expectations. Thank you for a truly unique experience, it really says it in the name!

We all had a wonderful stay at Midsummer Wood. The property exceeded our expectations, as did the location. We were incredibly lucky with the weather which meant we were able to make the most of the beautiful gardens and tennis court every day, including the pool - which was unbelievable considering the weather immediately preceding and following our stay! Fe, the housekeeper, was just lovely and a fantastic help which was much appreciated. Thank you!

The housekeepers made our holiday here extra special. The property is warm, friendly, and relaxing while also being combined with luxury and elegance. We were very sad to leave but we will be back. Many thanks to the owners for giving us the opportunity to share this home. Midsummer Wood is a unique & fairy-tale escape.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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