We stayed here last week and have never been to the Cotswolds before
Loved the area so many walks very close to cottage.Woodchester Park is lovely and there's a tea shop at the mansion. Also like bed walking along the old canal to a hidden nature reserve although we didn't see the otters
Bath is better than the postcards and only 40 min drive at most and also good ice cream shop on way home. Husband says best rum and raisin ever.
We also went to Cotswold water park good fishing and walking but you can also hire bikes and canoes etc
Day fishing only £8 and good bait shop to assist you
Also for Laurie Lee fans Slad is only 15 mins away with a lovely walk and poetry posts. You can have a drink in the pub which has not changed
Nailesworth is lovely with quaint shops and good bakery supermarket wine shop delis etc and you can walk there from cottage
All pubs dog friendly we ate at old fleece 2 mins from cottage and it was delicious and dogs made very welcome. Our other favourite was wild duck at Eyam on way home from water park 16c and dogs welcome throughout
Now to the cottage yes it's up a single track road but lots of Cotswold villages are like this and people drive appropriately 20 is plenty signs are everywhere and adhered to
We did not have an issue with the road the whole week and I have little spacial awareness and was confident to drive.
Cottage is huge and as luxurious as the photos. Free wi fi which worked throughout house. Sky TV sports and movies. Big range cooker microwave dishwasher washer dryer you name it it's here
Plenty of crockery utensils etc
Bathrooms finished to high standard big deep baths and power showers limitless hot water
We had a slight issue with shower fixed within 12 hours on a sat no issues very impressed
Space is huge comfy couches gardens back and front with gorgeous views
Loved drinking morning Coffee overlooking the valley
In winter there is 2 wood burners plus radiators
We loved our week cottage and area and would highly recommend
Oh and the Morrisons at Nailsworth has all you need better than Sainsbury's in Stroud
And house spotless on arrival and there tea coffee milk toiletries and more loo roll than you could possibly use which I find is the one thing you forget
We recently stayed here for 3 nights with our Hungarian Vizla (dog) and from the moment we pulled up onto the drive we knew we had made a great booking!
The accomodation is a detached property located on a farm/vineyard. It is approximatly a 3 minute drive up a single tracked road resulting in a lovely, quiet secluded place to relax. It has all the amenieties you would require, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, range oven, microwave, cooking utensils .. the list goes on. On our arrival there was fresh milk in the fridge and toilitries in the bathrooms. The views from the property over the countryside hills are amazing especially from the living room (large ceiling height windows) and the main bedroom. It has an almost secure small rear garden (bushes need to thicken out a bit as there are a few gaps) to let your dog roam and a lovely front garden although this is not secure but it would be fab if it was!
The property is layed out over 3 floors. The kitchen/dining/toilet/laundry room is on the lower floor and then you climb 4 stairs to get the the middle floor which has the living room, bedroom 1 and a bathroom. This floor is mainly wooden with a few rugs which did result in a lot of slipping and sliding from the dog! The third floor up another set of stairs holds the main bedroom and an ensuite which are both superb especially to unwind after a day of walking.
There are a few pubs nearby which are oultined in the vistor book. We didn't visit any of these so can't comment on the food quality etc. You could proabably walk to them in 30 minutes or so but coming back up the one way track hill after a few pints and on a full belly may not be enjoyable. We would have driven to them if we had gone.
Woodchester park is very nearby and is a great place for family and dog walks. The retreat is situated at the far end of the park and we did mangage to find a way in from across the vineyard but it was a bit off the beaten track and would not be a suitable way in with young kids or dogs that don't like bombing down steep uneven slopes. The car park is situated about a 5-10 minute drive away and costs £3. Aside from this there are LOADS of other walks including some of the Cotswolds Way walks.
There are lots of nearby towns too with shops, restaraunts, pubs and docks. If you don't mind a drive Bourton on the Water is about a 45-50 minute drive away and is a beautiful place with lots to do including a model village, motor museum, a maze and a bird zoo.
The only thing missing in our opinion was a hot tub looking out onto the views!
Spent an amazing time here june 2017.
It is located on a hill surrounded by private garden amongst working vineyards and lovely views out of local hills. You can walk through the vineyards ten minutes to national trust woodlands and lakes and can even swim in the lakes (woodchester park). It is beautiful area with lots exploring opportunities.
The inside of the property is as wonderful as the outside. All brand new and very high standard, granite kitchen tops, stone tiles in kitchen and bathrooms etc. The kitchen is huge and best kitted out self catering i have ever stayed in by far with pots pans crockery utensils etc herb garden outside. Utility room washing machine downatairs toilets. Two other bathrooms bath and shower etc. Large lounge. Two tvs with satellite incl sky movies. Outdoor double garage. Very very comfortable holiday cottage!