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Cotswold Stone Cottage In The Slad Valley

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 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
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

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 Stroud

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Cotswold Stone Cottage In The Slad Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Escapism in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to stay: in the heart of superb (if challenging) walking country. The cottage was very comfortable and stylish with beautiful outside space. Rod - the owner - was genuinely warm and friendly and full of local knowledge and interesting information. We intend to re-visit in the future (and we NEVER go back to the same place twice!).

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou, for a lovely review. We are glad you are breaking the habit of never going back to the same place, and that you visit the cottage again soon. There is a lot to be said for leaving the car and walking out from the cottage, every turn of the of the Cotswolds gives you a fresh and new view. Even after 40 years of living in the Slad Valley I often find myself seeing the same valley from a different perspective and coming across a vista that I did not know existed. We would be delighted to welcome you back anytime. Rod & Ann
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Beautifully maintained cottage, wonderful location, lovely owners

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this cottage near Slad for a week. It was the perfect palace for a relaxing holiday. This cosy cottage is very well maintained, has a lovely fireplace and comfy bedrooms. We were welcomed with a hamper with scones and prosecco, and the hosts were extremely accommodation. Lots of lovely walks in the area, nice pub walking distance from the cottage, and very close to Stroud for shopping etc.

Couldn't recommend this highly enough, and will definitely be returning in the future!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for a lovely review. We hope you come back soon. I was great that you explored the local area and took advantage of all the attractions in walking distance and enjoyed the rustic charms of the Woolpack Inn and its lovely views. Very best to you both, Rod & Ann.
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Perfect cosy country retreat

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I wanted to escape London to this area of the Cotswolds for a week and Rod and Ann's cottage fitted the bill perfectly. Rod was very welcoming on arrival and helpful throughout our stay. The cottage is lovely - cosy, well-appointed and equipped with the most lovely open fire and candles - perfect for cosy nights in. The beautiful Slad Valley is literally on your doorstep so you can stride out from the cottage. The cottage is within easy walking distance of beautiful Slad (with the great Woolpack pub) and a great base to drive to some of the other many lovely villages and pubs in the area. Our time at the cottage was the perfect tonic and we will definitely be back. Thank you Rod and Ann.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Patrick, glad you both enjoyed your stay. We are fortunate to have such lovely guests. Rod & Ann
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Cosy country cottage - the perfect escape

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I wanted to escape London for the week and retreat to this area of the Cotswolds. Rod (who was very welcoming/helpful on our arrival and during our stay) and Ann's lovely cottage fitted the bill perfectly. Lovely rural and peaceful setting in the beautiful Slad valley (perfect for great walks from your front door). The cottage is really well furnished and equipped and has a beautiful open fire - perfect for cosy nights in. The cottage is within easy walking distance of lovely Slad (with the great Woolpack pub) but also a good base for visiting some of the other many other lovely local villages and pubs. We will most definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: 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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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

Slad Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 13 2017 - Apr 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 29 2017 - May 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 19 2017 - Sep 22 2017
4 night minimum stay

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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