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Cotswold Stone Cottage In The Slad Valley

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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.

Rod Shaw
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Rod Shaw

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.

Rod Shaw purchased this cottage in 1987

Why Rod Shaw chose Slad

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Slad Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
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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Cotswold Stone Cottage In The Slad Valley
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews

Absolutely lovely stone cottage

  • 5 of 5

I think this may just be my most favorite place I've ever stayed. Our vacation in this 400-year old but thoroughly modern cottage was blissfully perfect. It had every amenity we could possibly need, and was impeccably clean and lovingly decorated. No detail was missed, and our hosts, Rod and Ann, were so thoughtful and hospitable. Our children also loved their top floor bedroom and bathroom, and thoroughly enjoyed the gardens and play area right outside the cottage. Also not to miss is the view from the top of the hill just a stone's throw away. I highly recommend this property to anyone who'd like to stay in the Cotswolds - not only was the property itself beautiful and functional, but is centrally located to many different villages and good restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. We are glad that you walked to Swifts Hill nearby. It is 13 acres managed by Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation. The views are spectacular and help you realise where the cottage lies in the landscape. From the hill you can join the "Laurie Lee Walk" and read his poems etched into glass and mounted in posts situated at different points on the journey through the Slad Valley. It was lovely to meet you and please come again!
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Beautiful cottage, inside and out in lovely location-highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great cottage with lovely gardens. Very helpful owners. The cottage has 2 generous bedrooms and good sized bathrooms. The kitchen has everything needed and the living room is beautiful too- good books to read about the local area.It is very good value! The cottage is at the bottom of the Slad valley- walks from the door and in the midst of wildlife- bats, deer, foxes and so on. The local pub is great and 10 minutes walk away. Loads of lovely towns, gardens etc to visit nearby.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely setting and cottage

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four had a lovely five days here. Cottage was perfect for us (two adults, two children). The staircase was slightly daunting but also very charming. Garden was perfect for the sunny weather and our host Rod was extremely friendly and helpful. Very well located for trips to Cheltenham and Bath plus all the local villages. Loved sitting in the sun at the Woolpack. Recommended. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susy, Thanks for a lovely review. Glad that you enjoyed the cottage and that your friends, relatives and families were able to come a visit and spend time with you here, and that the children could play in the garden. The wooden spiral stairs is mentioned in our HomeAway description are the original ones built with the cottage and bring character to the building, we added the handrails to make them easy to use. The local pub "The Woolpack" has lovely views across the Slad Valley and was of course the haunt of the late local poet and author Laurie Lee who is buried in the churchyard opposite the pub. Hope you have a good trip back to NZ. Very best Ann & Rod
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A perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Rod and Ann have the most beautiful cottage and are such excellent hosts. We had a wonderful stay and our children loved playing croquet and playing with Evie.

We have been traveling in south England for a month and I have to say that rod and Ann’s place was like home. They made sure we had everything we needed .

It was a perfect place to discover slad valley.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a lovely review. Glad the children love the croquet and you enjoyed discovering the Slad Valley – every corner has a new and different view. Please come again soon.
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Excellent stay !

  • 5 of 5

Excellent stay in a well- equipped cottage. Rod and his wife made us feel very welcome with al sorts of goodies at our arrival. When we had a small technical problem Ron didn’t rest untill he fixed it! The four of us will really recommend this address to our friends!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely report we loved having you stay and hope lots of your friends from Holland book a break with us. It is very hot at the moment but the old cottage stays cool in the summer and is cosy in the winter. Hope you enjoy the rest of your break. Glad you enjoyed the Jazz Festival in Stroud on the weekend. There are so many events going on around the Cotswolds it is hard to catch up. Cheltenham is getting ready for its season of festivals, Music, Literature, Science and Cricket. It is worth looking them up. Ann & Rod
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  • 5 of 5

Delightful property.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Brian. we are glad you like the cottage. Please come again. The Slad Valley has been bathed in a rich greenery this spring peppered with a mass of water irises and buttercups. The wildlife has become more visible and less afraid: deer, rabbits, badgers, foxes and even a pole cat are often in the garden and field. Birds seem to be nesting in all of our sheds! We have had an egret on the stream as well as kingfishers, herons, mandarin ducks and dippers this year. It is always worth bringing your binoculars.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Woolpack Inn
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Dover to Calais
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
M5 junction 13
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Slad, Woolpack or Stroud
Nearest Ski
18 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

  • 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.