3 (all year)
Beechwood Cottage is fantastic. The spectacular views from this superb holiday rental are matched by the amazing interior, which features a stunning vaulted oak ceiling in the living area, a bespoke kitchen, and six/seven bedrooms that accommodate up to 12 guests. It's perfect for big families, extended families, or friends (but not hen or stage parties) who want a self-catering Cotswolds holiday cottage convenient for favourite sights and attractions but rural rather than in the centre of a busy town or village. The cottage is in an area called Jack's Green in the village of Sheepscombe, a mere half a mile from the popular Butcher's Arms pub with stunning walks from the door.
Sheepscombe is a picturesque village with fantastic views. It's blissfully peaceful yet only two miles from the lively market town of Painswick. Painswick may not be as well known as Stow-on-the-Wold or Bourton-on-the-Water, which makes it even more delightful - as if you've been let in on a closely-kept local secret. Its heritage as a prosperous wool town is evident in the decorative beauty of its stone buildings that include the Grade I listed St Mary's Church and the 99 famous yew trees in the churchyard. Look closely, and you'll see marks from cannonballs and bullet holes in the walls of the church's tower from when Parliamentarian forces took refuge there in 1644. Painswick Rococo Garden dates from the 1740s, with six meticulously maintained acres of walkways, vistas and outdoor "rooms".
Local walks include a scenic two-mile route to Slad, where you can slake your thirst at the traditional Woolpack pub. Scale Painswick Beacon for panoramic views stretching towards the Severn Valley and River Severn. As a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds has a wealth of footpaths and cycling routes to help you explore. Bicycle and E-Bike hire is readily available.
Gloucester and Cheltenham are both within easy reach of Beechwood Cottage. Gloucester's Cathedral is simply magnificent, and you can't get more stylish than Cheltenham's boutiques. Day trips can include browsing the local farmer's market at Stroud (which was recently voted the best place to live in the Sunday Times), touring a vineyard, or a spot of shopping and lunch in Cirencester, Chipping Campden or Burford. You can also visit Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury, the Batsford Arboretum, Hidcote Manor Gardens and the Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetlands trust. Bath is around an hour's drive for more shopping and sightseeing, as are Bristol and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
However you spend your days, you will love returning to a warm Beechwood Cottage welcome, enjoying a house that has lots of space where you can relax and socialise with your nearest and dearest.
Anna Mowatt joined Independent Cottages in April 2021
Beechwood Cottage is a wonderful oak and stone building with accommodation over two levels.
Outside: The grounds are as spacious as the interior. In addition to far-reaching valley views, there is a large wood-fired hot tub located in a pretty outdoor hut with cedar shingle roof, fairy lights and views over open fields and the gorgeous Sheepscombe valley. In addition, there is a large, oval Breeze House (gazebo) with seating for 12, with fairy lights and internal heaters, plus a patio with gas BBQ. There is also additional outdoor seating and teak steamer chairs for sunbathing. Guests have off-road parking for two cars and additional parking is available at the side of the road leading to the cottage.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, towels (other than outside towels for the hot tub), bed linen and larder essentials are included. Up to 2 dogs are allowed, but not upstairs because of light coloured carpets. Smoking is not permitted. A fully refundable damages deposit of £200 is payable. This will be refunded within 3 days of departure subject to no damage. The owners live nearby in a separate stone cottage so are on hand to provide any assistance or information.
One or two well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dogs are not allowed in the upstairs part of the cottage as this is carpeted. If this condition is breached, then the cost of carpet cleaning will be deducted from the refundable deposit. Outdoor shoes, food and drink are also not allowed upstairs and the cost of carpet cleaning will be taken from the deposit if this condition is breached.