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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
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 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
  • 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 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Superbly equipped cottage, tucked away in a picturesque valley.

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Alan, hope to see you again. Ann & Rod
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A lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very pretty, cosy, well furnished and equipped. Rod and Ann made our stay a real success. Thankyou so much!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a lovely review. You really did get snow at Christmas! Not ordered though. We would love you to come again. Happy New Year! Ann and Rod
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Lovely property with friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage which was extremely well equipped. It is in a quiet valley and is very peaceful and relaxing. The interior decoration of the cottage is of a very high standard with lots of interesting, quirky objects around. The owner, Rod and Ann, could not have been friendlier and were always on hand in case we needed anything (they live next door). We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend this property which is conveniently situated for many interesting sights in the Cotswolds

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review of the cottage and glad you enjoyed your stay. It is conveniently situated for the best towns in the Cotswolds and many less explored areas of the Hills. Please revisit whenever you can. Rod & Ann
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Lovely cottage, tranquil setting, wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is charming, and conveniently stocked to make for an easy stay. We enjoyed the opportunity to recharge in a real home, after staying in hotels for the first part of our travels around the UK. Rod was a gracious host (even supplying some wine, bread, and other basics upon our arrival), and our daughter enjoyed being greeted by Evie, the very friendly and lovely dog, each time we left the cottage. Soaked in the English garden and beautiful surroundings, while making day trips to nearby sites of interest.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Elizabeth, for your lovely review. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Oxford and also some of the local towns in the Cotswolds. We are pleased you were able to recharge and enjoyed the cottage and gardens. Please come back again. Rod, Ann and Evie.
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A week at the cheltenham festival.

  • 5 of 5

A BIG thank you to Rod@Ann for the wonderful week March 11/18 my 2 brothers and I spent at your quaint,idyllic,charming,cottage.

The location was fantastic for access to the cheltenham festival ,it was a scenic 30 minutes to the racecourse for anyone interested in obtaining accommodation for this time of year.

I had spent numerous hours searching for accommodation for this time of year and hit the jackpot with this cottage and location.

The local pub is a delight and after talking to numerous locals I realize that this is a trekkers delight for those who enjoy walking,bird watching etc.

I must say that I would definitely recommend this little gem to anyone,and will definitely return in the future.

The town of stroud and the surrounding areas are bueatiful and there is a train station at stroud and easy access to all other town and cities.once again a big thank you and hope to see you guys soon.

The 3galloping hombres.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kevin, thanks for your lovely review, it was great to meet you and your bothers. Yes, the cottage is good as a base for Regency Cheltenham Spa which now has its famous Festivals of Science, Music, Jazz, Literature, Cricket and many other events as well as of course the horse racing with the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup. Glad you enjoyed the charm of "The Woolpack" pub. Hope you come back soon! Very best Rod & Ann
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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: April 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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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.