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St. Swithins Cottage

Hinton Road

Hurst

Reading

Berkshire

RG10 0BP

Tel: +44 (0)7712 673376

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"Cotswold Retreat" Another Tudor Property bestrewn with Spiral Staircases, Labyrinthal Corridors and Inglenook Fireplaces near Stroud!


Cotswold Retreat in all its splendour! Cotswold Retreat surrounded by some of England's finest verdant land

Let me put you in the capable hands of the very gifted John - the owner of our magical and quite fabulous Cotswold Retreat!

Able to sleep up to 23 Hens in 6 rooms (4 bedrooms, 1 Snug room & 1 seperate Artists Studio) it is located in an elevated position over the village Large front garden - looking back to the patio area where, possibly, a relaxing hot tub may await you? of Slad which in turn sits in one of five valleys running down to the town of Stroud. This is generally reckoned to be one of the most beautiful and unspoilt of English valleys. Indeed according to Laurie Lee, famous for his 1959 book "Cider With Rosie", he described it as a "honey-soaked vision of a vanished England" being "greener and more exotically lush than is decent to the general herbaceous smugness of the Down from The Artists Studio, over the flagstone foot ford, through horse racing canter and up behind the tress to The Woolpack Inn - heaven! English countryside".

Cotswold Retreat, which is believed to be the oldest building in this The long and winding, fairytale, drive to our oh so gorgeous Cotswold Retreat. valley, is moated by its own land and is surrounded by acres of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty & Nature Reserves. Being elevated allows it to take full advantage of the magnificent southerly views across this lush rural valley. In truth the location is the most stunning aspect of this property and you will be hard pushed to find another of similar ilk.

Up, up and away via my beautiful wooden spiral staircase to the labyrinthal corridors that twist and twirl above. Ooops - and down the other side via the stone spiral staircase.

Accessed via a luxurious tree lined track it provides a romantic, idyllic, secluded and rural retreat to all who tread over its threshold.

Of Tudor origin, dating back to Queen Elizabeth's time and therefore akin to Ashridge Farmhouse , it has an abundance of both original and charming features including wooden & stone spiral staircases, labyrinthal corridors, inglenook fireplaces (first basket of wood provided free of charge; thereafter £5 per basket), a pantry, large oak latch doors, Visit we beseech thee o Lord this dwelling place & banish from it all snaresof the enemy. Let thy holy angels abide here to preserve us in peace & may thy blessing be upon us evermore. Amen flagstone & wooden floors, a bread oven and, of course, massive ancient oak beams.

The watchwords of St. Swithins Cottage are Peace, Antiquity and Tranquility and here in Cotswold Retreat we have found yet another truly exemplary property which exudes these key features and which will put you and your party on cloud nine!
The perfect patio area for a BBQ and / or Hot Tub!
Remember to ask, the owner, John about his Fabulous Fondue capabilities or his Behemoth BBQ!

Finally why not add a little touch of pzazz to your weekend and utilise that beautiful secluded patio along with a sizzling hot tub at just an additional £250.00?



Bedrooms, Bathrooms & Communal Rooms: Cotswold Retreat - Floor Plan

Cotswold Retreat has a total of six sleeping areas comprising four bedrooms, one large Snug, which has two double sofa beds in it, and an amazing seperate Artists Studio with the most astonishing views down the verdant valley.

Following the simple but effective recipe at St. Swithins Cottage one of the bedrooms can be augmented with an additional single mattress to allow for a capacity, even exceeding that of St. Swithins Cottage, of 23.

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Please click on the architectural plan, over, of Cotswold Retreat to orientate yourself and understand the layout of this magical ancient retreat.

All areas of the house are available to guests with the bedroom & bathroom details as follows:

Bedroom Details:

Laurie. Laurie:
1 King sized double bed and 2 sets of bunk beds bringing the total occupancy thus far to 6.

This bedroom has views over the garden and horse paddocks that belong to the racing stables next door.

Hirst. Hirst:
This is the baby double room. It is charming room with a large double brass bed and views of over the gardens and Slad Valley.

Its double bed allows for a occupancy of 2; bringing the total occupancy thus far to 8.

Kidston. Kidston. Kidston (en-suite):
Facing over the horse paddock and the valley stream it has a double bed and 1 set of bunk beds allowing for an occupancy of 4.

Thus bringing the total occupancy thus far to 12.

Kidston also has the added benefit of its own en-suite shower & w.c. room as can be seen on the left edge of the nearest picture to the right. More details of the en-suite shower & w.c. room feature below under "Bathroom Details".

Cooper. Cooper. Cooper:
A magical room to wake up in with the best views of the house overlooking the gardens, horse paddocks and the length of the Slad Valley.

1 Double bed and the ability for a single mattress allowing for an occupancy of 3; bringing the total occupancy thus far to 15.

The Artist Studio - wood burning stove. So warming mmmmmm! The Artist Studio - forward deck looking out over Slad valley to Woolpack pub. Bleeding gorgeous! The Artist Studio - self-contained kitchen area. Perfect! The Artist Studio - what an amazing we hide away! The Artists Studio:
This self contained and entirely separate dwelling from the main house has a kitchen, its own en-suite shower & w.c. room, its own large deck and, most importantly, breathtaking views over the valley.

With 2 double beds it allows for an occupancy of 4; bringing the total occupancy thus far to 19.

The Snug. The Snug. The Snug:
2 Double sofa beds allowing for an occupancy of 4.

That brings the final total occupancy capability to 23.

Bathroom Details:

Family Bathroom:
The Family Bathroom is sited just off the spacious landing area serving, via the aforementioned labyrinthal corridors, Laurie, Hirst and Cooper.

Kidston en-suite shower & w.c. room. Kidston En-suite Shower & W.C. Room:
As already mentioned above the Kidston bedroom also has the added benefit of its own en-suite shower & w.c. room as is shown here to the Right.

Downstairs Shower & W.C. Room:
The downstairs shower & w.c. The downstairs shower & w.c. is a new addition to the property and so is not shown on the architectural plan above.

It is located downstairs, obviously, just to the left outside of The Snug which compliments The Snug perfectly as a room where people can sleep as well as being another communal space to listen to music, play games, watch TV or whatever.

Communal Room Details:

Drawing Room:
The immense inglenook fireplace and huge wood burning fire. Main Drawing Room - the quite magical stone spiral staircase! What a room! This the main drawing room was originally the old kitchen and when you walk in here for the first time you are going to be, quite simply, mesmerized by the sheer Majesty of it - the oak beams can only be described as colossal. God knows what ship bore these but it must have been a titanic one indeed!

With original artworks and seating for many guests it overlooks the orchard to the front and has beautiful views over the gardens and Slad Valley through the rear windows. It certainly is a stunning room for relaxing, games and frivolity as a group.

Main Drawing Room. Main Drawing Room. Main Drawing Room. Coupled with its immense inglenook fireplace and huge wood burning fire this is the place to sit and chat and chat and chat. So many a tasty tall tale must have been told in this room over the centuries so you better make sure your own yarns are shipshape and bristol fashion. ooh arrr me hearties!

Leaving the Drawing Room en route to the Kitchen you drop down via ancient perambulating flagstone steps hewn over the years by the pitter patter of hundreds of thousands of feet.

Kitchen: Our special not so wee pantry!
Another picture window from the kitchen Another great warm communal area, with an expanding table able to seat up to 20 persons for dinner, it is perfect for your special celebratory dinner.

The kitchen has recently had a new range cooker installed so catering for large groups is easy. With all the conveniences of modern day living from a dishwasher to a microwave to even three fridges, two of which are in the pantry, you will be at ease here with your special group of friends or family.

Here you can sit and gaze out of the massive artist view windows onto the green velvet carpeted valley below and watch the early morning gallop Kitchen - view out far beyond! of the local, but nationally known, stunning race horses.

Or alternatively luxuriate yourselves and chat here in front of yet another inglenook fireplace with its own log burning stove or even pamper about in the unique old pantry. There's even an old bread oven so maybe a little baking today as my granny would say - ole!

The Snug:

The Snug. The Snug. The Snug is the main TV and DVD room in the cottage.

It has fabulous views from the window seat over the stream and valley below.

There is a cotswold stone fireplace with log burning stove.

The room is "quirkily" waited on by Steve the golfer/waiter a unique statue made and painted by Rolf Harris especially for John. The walls are covered in original artworks of the cottage and surrounding areas.

It is quite simply a wonderful room to chill in.

Directions:

  • London Paddington:- 90 minutes by train
  • Stroud:- 3 miles
  • Gloucester:- 9 miles
  • Cheltenham:- 14 miles
  • Cirencester:- 17 miles
  • Bristol:- 35 miles


  • From London:
    The easiest way to get to Cotswold Retreat is via train: 90 minutes from London Paddington and then a short taxi from Stroud to Cotswold Retreat. Or follow directions from Stroud. Alternatively, follow the directions below for M5.

    From Stroud:
    Take the B4070 towards Slad. As you arrive in the village, pass the Woolpack pub on your right and then take the next right hand turning into Steanbridge lane. Follow the lane down a hill past a pond on your right and up a hill past a big house on your right with a distinctive round window and then past their farmyard, (Down Farm). Just after the yard, there is a track on your left. Turn left here. After about 500 yards the track forks. Take the left fork. Cotswold Retreat can be found at the end of the track. Cotswold Retreat is the only house at the bottom of the track.

    From Cirencester:
    Proceed North on the A417 dual carriageway towards Gloucester. When the road becomes a single carriageway take the left hand turn to Birdlip. Once you reach the village of Birdlip turn left onto the B4070 towards Stroud and after approximately 6 miles you will enter the village of Slad. Once you have descended the hill into the village, there is a sharp left hand turn down to Steanbridge Lane. (If you see the Woolpack Pub on your left you have gone too far). Follow the lane down a hill past a pond on your right and up a hill past a big house on your right with a distinctive round window and then past their farmyard, (Down Farm). Just after the yard, there is a track on your left. Turn left here. After about 500 yards the track forks. Take the left fork. Cotswold Retreat can be found at the end of the track. Cotswold Retreat is the only house at the bottom of the track.

    From M5:
    Exit 13 to Stroud. Follow signs into Stroud along the A419 and take the first left at the roundabout. Follow this road running left of the Ecotricity building, the road then runs underneath the railway viaduct. The Apollo Cinema will be on your right hand side. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (ahead right) to Slad along the B4070. Take this road to Slad - approximately 3 miles. (see directions above from Stroud).

    From Gloucester:
    Take either the A38 out of Gloucester and follow the signs to Stroud, follow directions as described above from Stroud. Or take Painswick road (follows on from Barton Street) out of Gloucester to Painswick, at the T-junction in the centre of Painswick turn left take Tibbiwell Lane down and then up to bulls cross at bulls cross turn right to Slad at Steanbridge Lane. Follow the lane down a hill past a pond on your right and up a hill past a big house on your right with a distinctive round window and then past their farmyard, (Down Farm). Just after the yard, there is a track on your left. Turn left here. After about 500 yards the track forks. Take the left fork. Cotswold Retreat can be found at the end of the track. Cotswold Retreat is the only house at the bottom of the track.

    Pricing:

    Cotswold Retreat secluded in it's own magical setting is a perfect new partner in our Affiliate Program and with John's help we now have a fantastic offer in The Cotswolds.

    Pricing really couldn't be simpler. If you are part of a large group e.g. "Hen Party" then you simply follow the same Party Pricing model as at St. Swithins Cottage.

    The Woolpack Inn:

    The Woolpack Inn (01452 816429) is a 16th-century Cotswolds treasure in Slad and is one of the valley's most iconic pubs.

    Clinging to a hillside (Swift Hill) with fabulous views across the beautiful Slad valley, and oozing rustic character and old-fashioned charm.

    The ultra cosy wee bar in The Woolpack Inn. Entrance area of The Woolpack Inn. Immortalised by the writer Laurie Lee, who lived in the valley and who frequented the place most days, there are portraits of the writer on the walls and his collection of vintage beer bottles line the shelves of the back bar. It's certainly not a Cider with Rosie theme bar though. It's a cracking local and walker's pitstop, where real ale from the Uley brewery is as important as the bar menu, everything from the Old Spot bacon sandwich to the chargrilled local rib-eye steak with roast field mushrooms and chips. Impromptu ukulele-themed jam nights are not unheard of either.

    The Woolpack Inn's so well used music room. The pocket dynamo herself - Hannah! Maybe you may be lucky enough to catch a local folk group strumming away on their guitars, banging their drums or simply stretching their vocal chords?

    Phone (01452 816429) or email Hannah Thomson, the Landlady, with your queries.

    Extended Gallery:

    A picture window from one of the bedrooms Who's that knocking on my Blue door? The blue door from further up the drive The garden side of the kitchen picture window You can just see the roof of the amazing Artists Studio in the bottom left quadrant of the picture. Lovely blooming lupines just off of the rear patio. Another view down the verdant valley towards The Woolpack Inn. The beautiful colourful contrast between the verdant land and the blue sky - perfect.
    A view out the door above which the plaque is sited. A close up of that vibrant blue door. The famous plaque. The kitchen Pantry's location. The simplicity and beauty of a bedroom door.







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