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Elissa | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Cotswolds


Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Originally built in 1901 to commemorate Queen Victoria, today, Elissa’s lofty chapel ceilings, Soho House furnishings and al fresco hot tub chime to a different tune, where relaxation is the name of the game. Surrounded by miles of undulating Cotswolds countryside, this luxury self-catering cottage is all about life’s simple pleasures; long rural rambles, drawn-out pub lunches and settling down in front of the woodburner at the end of the day.


Strong in its stature, but invitingly cosy on the inside, this 120 year-old converted chapel nestled between Stroud and Cirencester is brimming with community tales. Elissa was gifted from Gatcombe Park to the Church of England in 1901 and, since then, it has slowly transformed into the serene self-catering retreat for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts it is now; the current owners nodding to their Lebanese and German heritages in the furnishings and décor found throughout.


On first glance, Elissa, with its original bell hanging proudly in its cote above the double arched doors masquerades as a humble Edwardian tabernacle, but on entry, it surprises and enchants with luxurious fittings, pops of colour and unique works of art. Upstairs in the mezzanine master suite, a rolltop copper bathtub (the perfect size for two!) tempts long romantic soaks after winter strolls across Gloucestershire’s bucolic hills, while the ground floor twin bedroom is, quite simply, a children's fairytale brought to life.


Bounded by seemingly infinite National Trust land, the roaming opportunities are endless from this unique Cotswolds home. Pack a bag filled with deli meats and sugared treats and head off into the hills with no agenda other than to find a dappled glade next to a river to while away the afternoon. On return to Elissa, light up the fire pit in the terraced garden, gathering around to toast giant marshmallows and tell stories until the stars glitter overhead. When the children are safe in the land of nod, slip into the hot tub with a cool glass of fizz, reminiscing of the day's adventures.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests (2 adults and 2 children)
    From £1,750 per week, £1,295 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsElissa has an open mezzanine bedroom in the eaves with a super king-size bed, a large double-end copper bath for two and an en suite shower with WC. The twin bedroom is situated on the ground floor with two single beds and has access to the shower room with WC across the hall.
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  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. A highchair, cot and stair gate are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking at Elissa for two cars. The well-equipped kitchen features a coffee machine, Bosch oven with Beko hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge-freezer. The washing machine and dryer are located in the ground floor shower room. The Smart TV benefits from Netflix, however does not receive terrestrial channels. On approach to the property, please be mindful that the driveway is steep and unsuitable for low-slung cars. Please note, the garden is not fully enclosed therefore children and pets should be supervised at all times.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of local goodies, fluffy bathrobes, Smart TV with Netflix, WiFi internet, Bose Bluetooth speaker, barbecue and fire pit, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Pops of colour marry with chapel features at Elissa
The mezzanine master bedroom features a copper rolltop and en suite shower

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Often referred to as the ´Capital of the Cotswolds´, Cirencester is chock-full of history and crowned the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. Think impressive buildings, picturesque winding streets and idyllic green spaces made for picnicking.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Elissa is located in Stroud near Cirencester within the Cotswolds AONB.
  • By Car The property is a little over two hours from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station in Stroud is just under four miles away with direct trains to London Paddington.
  • By Air Bristol Airport is around one hour away by car, while Exeter Airport is just under two hours.

From the owner

“Our chapel conversion is a very special, unique space packed with history, charm and more magic to it than meets the eye.”

From the owner

Elissa was originally constructed in 1901 and, if you can believe it, has only had three owners since.

Bound on all sides by National Trust land, the house and the land it sits on have a beautiful heritage and history, which only adds to its very special atmosphere and ambience. You can even find the original indenture to the chapel framed and hanging in the entrance if you're interested!

It's incredibly peaceful here, and with views stretching out across the valley from the first floor, it's easy to daydream while staring out across the sea of green.

Our favourite things to while away the hours at Elissa are curling up in the reading corner with a good book, sinking into the warm tub in the garden, or simply sitting while the sun sets and the fire pit crackles happily away.

Karen & Chris

Owner recommendations

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

Lavender Bakehouse, Chalford
To Eat

Lavender Bakehouse, Chalford

A welcoming spot to enjoy a delectable breakfast, lunch or high tea with lovingly handmade cakes and sweet treats to follow; pair with a glass of something fizzy for ultimate indulgence.

Westonbirt Aboretum
To See

Westonbirt Aboretum

One of the finest plant collections in the world featuring trees from across the globe, blooms aplenty and a crescendo of colours; whatever the season, the arboretum is sure to delight.

Horse Riding, Barton End
To Do

Horse Riding, Barton End

Barton End is a friendly equestrian centre in a beautiful setting; what better way to truly immerse yourself in the Cotswold countryside than on horseback?

Farmers Market, Stroud
To Do

Farmers Market, Stroud

Multi-award-winning and famed as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers’ market in the UK. Plenty to see, taste, and buy!

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please contact us.

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