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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


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
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018


Slad House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • 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 ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet , The bath is a jacuzzi bath, staright out of the 80s!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En suite fully tiled shower room to master bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Twin room with two single beds.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master bedroom with terrace and en suite shower room.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Double bed and views to the garden, adjacent to bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback 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 5.0 based on 7 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!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: 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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Perfect place for a get together with friends

  • 5 of 5

We visited The Chairman's Retreat with friends for 4 nights. The owners, Chris & Suzanne have thought of everything with this property. Even though we sadly didn't get to meet them, regular communications from Chris ensured that our arrival & stay would be just perfect. The house is located just behind the owners home and has been furnished & equipped to a very high standard indeed, with superb attention to detail. It also has stunning views over the Slad Valley. Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from taking some of the walks around the beautiful Slad Valley, but it didn't prevent us from visiting the local pub, The Woolpack. The food was great here (as was the view), particularly the mince & tatties and burgers, however, it is very busy so would recommend that you book. Other great places were The Butcher's Arms in Sheepscombe, the Sunday Roast at The Falcon & drinks at The Royal Oak, both in Painswick. Such a perfect place to unwind & have fun with friends. Thanks for a great break!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review Sharon, of the house, its stunning surroundings and fine local attractions, including some great pubs and restaurants! Although we didn't get to meet, Sharon and her family and friends were the perfect guests, really enjoying and looking after the house. Communications before and during their stay were enthusiastic and very friendly and they left the house clean and tidy when they finally headed home. We certainly hope that they come and see us again one day and would not hesitate in recommending them as guests to others.
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A brilliant autumn weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely long weekend and would thoroughly recommend the property. We really appreciated the thoughtful food treats including home made cake. We followed Chris's suggested walk - then extended it using the ordnance survey map (which we also really appreciated). Enjoyed re reading Cider with Rosie in Slad.

Our only suggestion - don't let people loose in the Jacuzzi bath until every one else has had their showers, and may need to put hot water on for an extra hour before hand

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review; we really enjoyed having you, your sons and their partners here for your long weekend break in The Cotswolds. Thanks for the tip about the Jacuzzi bath hogging the hot water - I will pass this on to our future guests. And a big thank you for the unexpected leaving gift - it was such a nice surprise! I would not hesitate to recommend you as guests for any other hosts and very much hope you will perhaps come back and stay again one day. All the very best, Chris & Suzanne.
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Relaxing stay in a beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful. Everything is to the highest standard, big thick towels, soft cosy quilts and pillows, not a speck of dust anywhere and anything you could possibly need. As other reviewers have said, the photos don't do it justice. There is plenty of room yet feels cosy at the same time.

Chris is a wonderful host, supplying extras like fresh eggs and home made cake. He is very knowledgeable on the area and can advise on walks and things to do . We didn't use our car all weekend as loads of walks from the house . The locals are very chatty and we met some great characters.

If you stay at the Chairman's Retreat you will not be disappointed but PLEASE look after it as it would be awful if Chris decided not to continue renting.

If it is a clear night, do go out on the patio and look at the stars, with no light pollution they are stunning.

There were 6 of us staying and we all said we would like to go back, in fact this could very easily become an annual event.

Now where is my copy of Cider with Rosie!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fabulous review, my smile is seriously broad right now! Thank you so much for coming to stay at The Chairman's Retreat, you were the perfect guests, really looking after the house and leaving it beautifully clean and tidy! It is so nice that you really embraced our gorgeous environment, enjoying many local walks with added refreshment at The Butcher's Arms in Sheepscombe and Slad's lovely Woolpack. And I'm so glad that your noticed the stars, which on a clear night are amazing here. I would be delighted to welcome you back anytime and would thoroughly recommend you as guests to anyone!
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Lovely place for a long weekend

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely 3-night stay with family to celebrate my parents' golden wedding anniversary. The Chairman's Retreat was exactly as described and we had a nice introduction to the whole place by Chris when we arrived. He gave us some nice tips about local walks and the food market in Stroud. There were also some nice treats left for us in the kitchen! All in all a lovely place for us to spend a few days exploring the Slad valley. I would recommend this place without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Would give it 6 stars if I could!

  • 5 of 5

The Chairman's retreat couldn't have been a better venue for our weekend away. The accommodation and the location were perfect! All three generations of the family had everything we could have needed and it really made for a special birthday gathering. The attention to detail and care that Chris and Suzanne have put in is amazing. From a warm welcoming note and some very tasty treats waiting for us on arrival to the excellent suggestions of things to do & places to go and fully equipped kitchen and BBQ which easily catered for all of us. The illustrated guided walk from the doorstep through the local woods is such a clever idea, the walk was great and energetic enough to justify a big pub lunch!

I can't recommend The Chairman's Retreat highly enough and I'm sure we'll be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ed for choosing to come and stay at The Chairman's Retreat and for your fabulous review! Ed and his family group came for a long weekend away treat in July to celebrate his mother's birthday. They clearly enjoyed all that the house, gardens and surrounding area had to offer. They really looked after the house and left it clean and tidy. We were away during Ed's visit so sadly did not get to meet him or his family, but all our communications before, during and after their visit were a complete pleasure and we would thoroughly recommend them as guests for anyone. I very much hope they come and visit us again in the future.
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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




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $90.02
Refundable damage deposit $276.97

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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