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The Chairman's Retreat, Slad, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Space to relax.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, beautifully presented; ideal for families and friends

The Chairman's Retreat is a light and airy house with all the comforts of home. It is totally self contained with a private garden and forms the rear half of our home. It's so private you probably won't see us during your stay but if you do need help we are generally just next door.

The House is in the middle of the Slad Valley, immortalised in Laurie Lee's beautiful book Cider with Rosie. It has great views across the valley from the garden and views up to Frith Wood from the house. It's a really peaceful retreat in a spot that is magical at all times of the year.

We don't have many street lights here so the nights are dark and the stars are bright. Pretty much the only noises you will hear at night are foxes, badgers, owls and the wind in the trees.

The house is really comfortable, with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture.

The entrance hall has lots of space for coats and muddy boots, a loo and a laundry room with separate washer and dryer.

The house is upside down with bedrooms mainly on the lower floor and the sitting room, dining room and kitchen upstairs.

Through the entrance hall is a small study area; you'll get good wifi throughout the house but if you need some desk space you'll find it here.

Up half a flight of stairs to the master bedroom, with its own en suite shower room and patio doors onto your own private terrace with a table and chairs for morning coffee or evening drinks. This room is easily big enough for a travel cot or child's bed.

Round the corner and down some stairs to a double bedroom and twin bedroom with a shared bathroom, which has a bath and shower.

Then upstairs to the open plan dining room and sitting room. The dining room has a table for eight; great for lazy dinners. The sitting room is part of the same space but up a flight of stairs. Complete with squashy leather sofas, a wood burner (your first load of logs will be waiting for you), a smart TV, toys, games, books and a DVD collection. There's lots to do and space to relax.

The kitchen has a big fridge, separate freezer and large range cooker. Lots of kitchen kit is available and if you need anything else we are just next door and happy to help. There is also a breakfast table and high chair for smaller guests.

The fourth bedroom is off the sitting room and down a little corridor and is a double with windows facing Frith Wood. It's next to a bathroom and while not en suite, it's pretty much your own. The bathroom is a tribute to the 80's and as you would expect, has its very own jacuzzi bath.

Outside there is a terrace with seating and a BBQ and two lawn areas, one of which is fenced to give some play space for younger guests. There is also a little herb garden, so feel free to help yourselves. You are welcome to use the paddock which is great for romping and frisbee but a bit too sloped for football. Take care with the electric fence around the chickens and do feel free to ask us about eggs.

There is great walking to be found all around the valley. You can walk from the Chairman's Retreat straight up into Frith Wood; down the valley will bring you to Tom George's racing stables and through the woods and over the hill will take you to Painswick, the so called Queen of The Cotswolds, with its unusual churchyard, lovely pub The Falcon and surprising Olivas Deli, St Michaels restaurant and a fine coffee shop. Painswick as about a 45 minute walk away and if you fancy a night out, it's a pleasant (if hilly) stroll home.

Closer to home is the Woolpack pub. Serving great food, local Uley Brewery and Stroud Brewery ales, it's cosy and popular and famed as an old haunt of Laurie Lee. If you want to be sure of a table it's worthwhile booking or letting us know and we will book for you.

Slad is only a few minutes from Stroud by car. Trains from London Paddington are direct and take around an hour and forty minutes. There is parking for two cars; if you need more space let us know and we can arrange it.

If you are coming from further afield, Heathrow is 1:45 hours away, Birmingham airport 1:20 hours and Bristol 1:20 hours away.

Stroud has a great Farmers' market on Saturday mornings - excellent local produce and yummy things for lunch. Our favourites are the Falafel wraps and the Tartiflet and if you can fit anything else in, Pippins Doughnuts.

Further afield Cheltenham and Gloucester are no more than half an hour by car with good shopping, the race course and The Everyman theatre. Gloucester Cathedral is amazing and hosts some great exhibitions. If you are around in the summer, it's also worth checking out Gifford's Circus, a small but perfectly formed avant guarde collection of craziness, popular with adults and children alike. It tours the Cotswolds in the summer and is really worth a visit.

An hour in the car will take you to either Bath or Bristol. Lots of history with the Roman Spa in Bath and HMS Great Britain in Bristol docks.

We usually have a 3 nights minimum stay. This may be longer for some busier periods.

There will always be logs and kindling available to light a fire on your first evening. We can supply further logs for £10 a barrow load; if you need some more, please ask us in advance or on arrival.

The Chairman's Retreat - your perfect holiday retreat to explore the Cotswolds.

House Rules:

- No smoking

- No pets

- No events or parties

- We would appreciate it if you could leave your outdoor shoes in the big downstairs hall or in the shoebox outside the patio door.

- The lovely garden space has some steep drops. Although we have a fenced area we would recommend that children are supervised in the garden at all times

- We all enjoy a glass of red wine but our carpets don't! Can you please only drink red wine in the kitchen, dining area and outside in the garden!

- You are welcome to walk in the paddock but please keep off the woodpile and out of the stable. The chickens are kept safe from Mr Fox by an electric fence, so please do not touch or you will be in for a shock!

- Please keep things quieter after 10 pm, to keep our neighbours happy!

Thank you!

More Details

Chris Mercer
Member since: 2017
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Slad in Painswick

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We all like a glass of red wine, but sadly are sisal carpets don't! Can you please keep quaffing to the kitchen, dining area and garden only.
  • To keep our neighbours happy, please can you be quiet in the garden areas after 10 pm.
  • As there are some steep drops, children should only be allowed to use the garden and paddock under adult supervision.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bidet , The bath is a jacuzzi bath, staright out of the 80s!
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite fully tiled shower room to master bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Twin room with two single beds.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Master bedroom with terrace and en suite shower room.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Double bed and views to the garden, adjacent to bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • swimming


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The Chairman's Retreat, Slad, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Space to relax.
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Fantastic find

  • 5 of 5

A perfect stay from start to finish, Chris and Suzanne were so welcoming and have finished the house to such a high standard. The pictures don't do this place justice, the beds were comfortable, the showers fantastic (including the 1980's jacuzzi bath!), fully equipped kitchen, BBQ and more. We have had such a wonderful stay here as a group of 8 celebrating a birthday, wonderful location with plenty of great walks and pubs nearby. I would highly recommend this place and will be coming back to stay soon!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim and her partner Jon and six good friends came to The Chairman's Retreat for a long celebratory summer weekend at the beginning of July. They loved the house and garden (thanks for the lovely review!), and all it has to offer. They experienced the joys of Stroud Farmers Market on Saturday morning and took our illustrated walk to picturesque Painswick and back, without getting lost! They also took a meandering walk to one of our local pubs, The Butcher's Arms in Sheepscombe, had a leisurely lunch and then walked back in the sunshine. They were perfect guests, full of smiles and enthusiasms, and looked after the house beautifully, leaving it clean and tidy when they reluctantly left. We would thoroughly recommend them as guests and would be delighted if they come and visit again one day.
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A great space with hosts that really look after you.

  • 5 of 5

A real delight to spend time here.The whole house was very well equipped and fitted out and everything felt new and looked after. We were a group of friends celebrating my birthday. Enough space to be all together and to be separate too. The views are stunning and our hosts worked really hard to make us welcome. Nothing was too much trouble and we even liked the fact that their lovely cat wanted to be part of the party. Sarah Thewlis

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Family Ruby Anniversary Celebration.

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect stay in this beautiful ,very high standard Property in a most wonderful location

The six adults and two toddlers spend a most memorable time at the Chairman's retreat.

Thank you to the owners Chris and Suzanne who have thought of everything you could possibly need .including lovely toys for the children, much to their delight.

The welcome was warm ,so too was the delicious cake , vino, eggs and other goodies We will be back !

Thank you so much .Fiona Graham and family

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal location for a weekend of walking

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend based at Chris and Suzanne's beautifully converted holiday home. It is a very comfortable, luxuriously kitted out house with everything you could possibly need; comfortable beds, great practical kitchen, nice artwork etc. and lots of welcoming goodies, including delicious cake and fresh eggs from the chickens in the garden. It was our first visit to Slad and the most perfect location to discover the beautiful countryside from the back door, straight out in to the woods. We left the cars at the house for the weekend and explored the valleys, nearby villages etc. The village is also good for food - an Indian takeout on the first night, great meal at the Woolpack Inn on Sat evening and a raclette feast on Sunday night with cheese from Stroud market melted on the raclette grill at the house! Communication with Chris ahead of our visit was very easy, and both Chris and Suzanne were very friendly and helpful during our stay if we had any queries. We highly recommend a stay in this special place.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property, great location

  • 5 of 5

Four ladies on a catch up weekend and what a lovely time we had

Great property with lovely owners

Property had everything we needed nothing was left unanswered and owners were on call

Property was clean and comfortable

The Woolpack pub a five minute walk up the road we found very accommodating with friendly staff and fantastic food. Sunday roast is a must and so is the sticky toffee pudding.

We followed Chris’s walk into Painswick on Saturday as the weather was gorgeous. We were very fortunate to see deers in the fields and also lots of birds and wild flowers.

If your not a walker this walk could be challenging as steep in parts but slow and steady wins the race

We had the best time in a fabulous property in a fantastic part of England.


  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely, welcoming home from home

  • 4 of 5

The Chairmans Retreat was easy to find and peaceful with lovely views across the valley. The welcome we received on arrival was warm and friendly the goodies in the kitchen helped us feel at home straight away - thank you! Throughout the week the weather wasn't always good but we were able to explore the local area without problem and return home each evening to a warm, comfortable cottage. The cottage is obvioulsy well kept and loved, fully equipped with everything we needed. There were 8 of us staying but it wasn't cramped - the rooms are spacious but cosy. Chris and Suzanna were on hand to answer our queries - recommending a walk over the fields, lunch in the local pub (fabulous and within walking distance!) and where to visit. They really wanted us to enjoy our time away and we did. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and great accomodation!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Woolpack Inn
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Car: recommended


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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £65
Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.