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Cotswold Stone Cottage In The Slad Valley



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Cottage in Slad, Nr. Stroud, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Walk From Slad Village Ideal For Exploring The Cotswolds

Recently renovated and tastefully decorated, attractive streamside Cotswold stone cottage in AONB. With original open fire range in living room, beams and wooden spiral stairs. Situated at end of private road in tranquil rural location overlooking the Slad Brook. Pretty private gardens with seating areas. New central heating boiler and new bathrooms. Half acre streamside garden and large lawn to enjoy and one and half acres of wildflower meadow with Shetland pony.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Ann and I have owned the cottage since 1987.

We have been married since 1978 and this was our first home. We both work locally and enjoy our spare time tending the large garden.

We have always lived in the area and appreciate the beauty of the Cotswolds. We have four grown up children who were brought up here and love the peace and quiet of the countryside. Our Shetland pony lives in our field next to the cottages and we are keen on encouraging wildlife, deer, rabbits, badgers, foxes and pheasants who all arrive for feeding at different times of the day. One of our joys is to watch the herons, kingfishers and dippers amongst others that come to feed in the brook running through the garden. My hobbies include hand printing with antique letterpress machines and walking Evie our lurcher.

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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


Amazing experience; can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

Rod and Ann have something quite unique and special with their lovely cottage. The place is beautiful inside and out. We were fortunate enough to have spent the most time here out of all places along our trip and couldn't have been happier. From the welcome basket of fresh scones to the tastefully decorated bedrooms, this place was pure heaven and a welcome retreat for all 5 of us. Rod and Ann were warm and welcoming hosts, going above and beyond to be helpful and make our stay enjoyable. The cottage was impeccably clean and thoughtfully stocked with all the essential amenities you would need. Above all else, we enjoyed our time getting to know Rod, Ann and Evie, along with the gorgeous countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for being such lovely guests, and for your generous review. It was great to meet you all, I am glad you enjoyed the cottage. We insist you come back soon! – Ann, Rod & Evie
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One of the best self catering experiences ever

  • 5 of 5

Four days with 3 adults and two 10 yr olds with bad weather forecast. The cottage was exceptionally well appointed and spacious and above all WARM. Ideally situated, easy parking and walks from the doorstep. Spent 3 half days at Rush Skate in Brimscombe with the scooterboy and an afternoons riding with the horsegirl at Barton End as well as walking part of the Laurie Lee trail. Minor problem with folding bed sorted immediately by Rod, charming man who takes a pride in his cottage. Highlight for me was the automatic toaster, absolutely awesome, (OK I don't get out much). Everyone gave the place the big thumbs up.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paul, for a lovely review. Glad you share my enthusiasm for the toaster! We are so pleased your lovely family had a good time. Best Rod
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Shhh! dont tell anyone....

  • 5 of 5

Choosing a holiday cottage is always a bit of a gamble, but we got lucky with this one. The photos made the place look ideal, and the reality exceeded expectations. We stayed for Christmas and New Year and found the cottage with a Christmas wreath on the gate, fairylights around the front door and a beautiful twinkling Christmas tree in the warm and cosy lounge. The stress of a everyday life immediately began to dissipate as we relaxed into our ready made, perfect Christmas retreat. The attention to detail in the decoration and the meticulous cleanliness meant we felt at home immediately. Topped off by the stunning Cotswolds landscapes has made this holiday one I would want to repeat.


when my partner couldnt start his bike the day we had to leave, Rod was on hand with tools, tea and info, so that we were able to make the repairs needed and get on our way.


dont tell anybody!

when word gets out as to whats on offer at what price, Rod and Ann will be booked up solid, and we'll never get to stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a lovely review. We are glad you found the cottage so nice. It was great to meet you. Please come again soon. Rod & Ann
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  • 5 of 5

I fully endorse all the comments in the other reviews and can't think of any better ways to say it.

Everything was perfect – the darling cottage, the garden, the countryside – even the weather cooperated! And so welcoming – the personalised greeting, the basket of food, the fresh flowers – all touches much appreciated. The house is lovely, tastefully finished, very well equipped, and spotlessly clean. We immediately felt at home there. The pretty English country garden was a lovely spot to sit and have breakfast. The beds are comfy and the bathrooms a treat.

Ron and Ann were the perfect hosts and being next door they are close at hand (but unobstrusive) if you should need anything, which we didn’t but we had some nice chats and learned about the neighbourhood from them.

The house is well situated for visiting the wonderful Cotswolds towns and countryside. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the peace and natural beauty of the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and appreciated this special valley. We hope you can visit again when you next come to England. It was lovely to meet you and your family. Rod and Ann
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Absolutely perfect in every way....

  • 5 of 5

We were expecting the cottage to be beautiful based on the pictures but it was absolutely amazing. The cottage itself has been beautifully decorated, there isn't a thing that the owners haven't thought of. You can't beat waking up in the morning and seeing rabbits, ducks and pheasants all running around the garden. The views out of every window of the cottage are just amazing. You can walk to the local pub, or you can drive to Stroud Town Centre which is only 10 minutes away. If you're looking for the perfect country cottage holiday, it just doesn't get any better than this. We'll definitely be going back!!! Thanks Rod & Ann.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Loveliest cottage ever!

  • 5 of 5

A cosy and tasteful cottage in an absolutely beautiful spot. The Slad Valley is one of the most peaceful and unspoiled areas we've ever stayed in, here or abroad. There's great walking and a friendly local pub with good food and great beers, but you don't even have to leave the cottage garden to get wonderful views, enjoy the wildlife and birdwatch. Warm and hospitable, Rod and Anne the owners, are on hand when you need help or advice but otherwise tactfully unobtrusive. The cottage itself is cosy, clean and tasteful. The beds are comfy, the furnishings attractive, the bathrooms luxurious and the kitchen well-equipped. Very hard to tear ourselves away and highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Flic, for your kind words and for being such lovely guests. We couldn't wish for better. It is good to hear that the cottage works for long as well as short stays. Rod & Ann
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From the Owner

We bought the property in 1987 but had already been living in the row since 1978. We love the area because it was secluded, quiet and full of wildlife. It was only half an hours walk from Stroud and 10 minutes from the local pub. There had been an old Woollen Mill on the site called Vatch Mills until 1900 and the area is steeped with history.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Woolpack Inn at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Dover to Calais at 300 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Minchinhampton at 9 Kilometres Nearest Train : Stroud at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M5 junction 13 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Slad, Woolpack or Stroud at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Gloucester at 18 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Weston-Super-Mare at 70 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

We run letterpress printing workshops. Printing on antique presses in traditional processes of letterpress near the site. Booking by appointment and by arrangement when booking cottage.

Please speak to Rod in advance.


Bristol Airport approx 30 miles

Birmingham Airport approx 50 miles


Slad Village 3rd of mile, popular Woolpack Inn with superb views from terrace.

Stroud: One and half miles.

Cheltenham: 10 miles

Cirencester: 10 miles

Gloucester: 9 miles

Bath: 28 miles

Bristol: 30 miles

Stratford on Avon 48 miles

Further Details:

Interesting places: Fantastic walking country close to hand. Cotswold Way, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds much of it Gloucestershire Trust and National Trust owned. Criss crossed by footpaths and lots of woodland to explore. Woodchester Mansion, Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Berkeley Castle and Butterfly House, The Jenner Museum. National Waterways Museum & Gloucester Historic Docks, Stroud Mills and Canal restoration. Cycling, routes part of the national cycle network, or many off-road tracks and trails. Many National Trust properties. Lots of individual shops in Stroud, Stroud's Award winning Farmers Market, many individual Bohemian cafes. Lavender Bakehouse, Chalford. Stroud Brewery, Uley Brewery

Interesting events:

Slad Village: Laurie Lee Centenary 2014, many events.

Cheltenham Festivals

Racing, Music, Literature and Science.

Award winning Stroud Farmers Market.

Nature in Art, Gloucester

Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling

The Severn Bore, Cheltenham Gold Cup, (book early!) Westonbirt Arboretum Festival of Wood and outdoor concerts. Giffords Circus on tour in the County from May to September. Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Tall Ships,

Golf, this area is a golfers paradise with 8 golf courses From Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course one of the most sceneic in Europe to Minchinhampton which has two traditional parkland courses.

Cotswold Water Park has many sporting and leisure activities to offer, from Kayaking to simply paddling.

The local Gliding Club at Nymphsfield, have introductory flights available, or the more extreme Paragliding is done from the Viewpoint at Coaley Peak.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autmn/win 2016
17 Sep 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring up to Easter 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 12 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
13 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 18 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
19 May 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please book by email or phone.
20% deposit remaining balance six weeks prior to your stay
to be paid by cheque or directly into our bank account

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday arriving not before 4 pm and departing strictly 10 am.

Notes on prices:
We prefer you take a seven night stay, especially in high season. You are welcome to ask about shorter breaks. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The property has walls almost 2ft thick when warm these walls hold in the heat in winter and keep the place cool in the summer. There is always wildlife around if not in the garden or our field then it is trout jumping in the stream or the Heron making a slow flight down the meadow. Of course the badgers are never late for their supper.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: 1st floor. Large luxury shower, marble top vanity unit, storage, wc, heated towel rail. Bathroom 2: Electric shower, wc, slate tiled vanity unit, storage.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double bed, original fireplace, leaded windows, exposed beams, valley view, Bedroom 2: twin beds can be put together for super king. Exposed beams, storage, dormer window, valley view. Double sofa bed in living room. Travel cot available.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Situated over three floors the cottage is well equipped. The attractive period style beds have good mattresses and tasteful bed linen. The comfortable living room has window seats and is airy in summer and cosy in winter with the open fire. Outside: Rear garden: Private, cosy, chimenea, initial wood and lighting equipment supplied, bistro table, chairs. Front garden: Patio with table and chairs, parasol, pretty borders, pots and small lawn. Lovely view of Slad brook. Utility Room: Utility room: Washer/dryer, hoover, cleaning products. Coat rack, storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Property cleaned between lets. Or if rented for longer than one week change of linen and towels weekly if required.

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