The Retreat offers plenty of space for up to four guests and enjoys a quiet rural position amid the South Cotswolds countryside three and a half miles from Stroud, and a mile and a half from Nailsworth.
Adjacent to a working agricultural farm and offering a taste of country life, The Retreat provides an excellent base for exploring Central England including the Cotswolds. This dog-friendly holiday home is perfect for walkers, cyclists and those wanting a touring base to explore the areas many attractions. The Gloucestershire market town of Stroud is a short drive away offering shops, cafe's, restaurants, pubs and the mainline train station to London. Even closer (just seven minutes in the car or thirty minutes on foot) is the wonderful Cotswolds market town of Nailsworth. Much loved amongst foodies, Nailsworth has a fine selection of excellent restaurants and pubs, monthly market (held on the fourth Saturday of each month) and independent shops selling everything from arts and gifts to essentials and wonderful local produce.
Sitting on the edge of Woodchester village in the Nailsworth Valley, this spacious retreat has a pub less than a mile away and nestles amidst the Commons with some of the most beautiful National Trust managed common land in the country. Here you can enjoy outstanding panoramic views over the Cotswolds and towards the Severn Estuary with Wales beyond. Horses and cattle can be seen roaming freely across the Commons, and the grassland slopes are home to wildflower species (including thirteen species of orchid) and rare butterfly. The Commons villages of Minchinhampton, Box and Amberley provide local award winning combinations of fine dining and real ale pubs and there are more restaurants and inns dotted throughout the area. Winstone's Ice Cream Factory Shop near The Bear at Rodborough provides a convenient place to stop for a refreshing treat on a hot summer's day whilst taking in the wonderful views over the Golden Valley.
The Cotswolds has an abundance of attractions for day trips out. Just a few of the more 'unique' ones that can be found locally or within thirty minutes by car include: local canal restoration, history in the making; Bibury's ancient picturesque Arlington Row which dates as far back as 1380 and was noted for being 'the Cotswolds most beautiful village' by William Morris; take a trial flight in a glider, an adventurous way to take in the stunning local views; The Neolithic burial ground of Uley Long Barrow (known locally as 'Hetty Pegler's Tump') and the Severn Bore, a 'spectacular natural phenomena' to name just a few.
The Retreat provides a perfect base for visits throughout the region including the Roman City of Bath and spa town of Cheltenham, historic Gloucester, Cirencester, Oxford, Bristol and Stratford-upon-Avon, to name just a few. There are a wealth of places to visit and cultural activities, including the National Westonbirt Arboretum and Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, along with diverse shopping opportunities, from specialist boutiques and designer outlet to world class antiques.
There are also plenty of pretty villages and historic towns to visit, providing a great selection of places to eat. This wonderful area has something for everyone.
Jane Green (Booking Manager) joined Independent Cottages in May 2010
This spacious property sits in a peaceful position at the end of private country lane adjacent to a working agricultural farm.
Outside: There is an enclosed small grass garden area and off-road private parking. Bike storage.
Additional information: Sky television including movies and sports on the kitchen and living room TV's for entertainment, and unlimited WiFi internet access. Towels and bed linen are provided. Well behaved dogs accepted (not in the bedrooms please) - please enquire with the owner. Ideal for holidays and weekend trips away. Perfect for midweek business guests. Unfortunately the property is not suitable for children.
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