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Lake Cottage


Sleeps 6
Family Friendly
No Pets
Local Pub
12-24 Mbps
Lake Cottage is a delightful, 19th century, Grade II listed country holiday home in a beautiful location, overlooking the steep-sided Nailsworth Valley and a deep and beautiful lake surrounded by woodland. The welcoming interior has an open fire in the dining room and living room and comfortably sleeps six in three bedrooms with two bathrooms. The cottage feels a million miles from the modern world, yet it is just a 10-minute drive from Stroud and Nailsworth, and has two pubs nearby that are easily reached on foot. The cottage is also in a superb location for exploring Tetbury, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Bath.
Full Description

As you approach Lake Cottage, down a quiet, no-through country lane, you’ll pass towering fir trees, an ancient graveyard and wonderful views across and down the western valley side of the Nailsworth Stream. Lake Cottage sits tucked between The Old Priory manor house and a lake, which is surrounded by natural woodland.

This elegant, Grade II-listed Cotswold country cottage dates to the 1800s and has many original features yet feels contemporary and has all the comforts of a modern home. On the ground floor is a stylish dining room and sitting room, both with open fires set in original stone fireplaces, a fully equipped kitchen and a large shower room. A wide staircase, with fabulous feature windows that throw light on to both floors, climbs up to two double bedrooms, a twin room and a family bathroom. The cottage has its own spring, providing delicious, cool, Cotswold drinking water.

Lake Cottage is on the edge of the Nailsworth valley, surrounded by glorious Cotswold countryside and the owners’ private gardens, fields and lake. It has two outside areas for guests to enjoy, one to the side hidden from view behind a beech hedge with a dining table, chairs and parasol, and the other tucked away to the rear of the cottage with a bistro table and chairs and a view across to the lake. A trail leads down through the woods, past a recently rediscovered Victorian water garden, with a waterfall, to the Stroud Valleys Cycle Trail that runs from Nailsworth to Stonehouse.

Ground Floor

Step through the front door into a long hallway with a tiled floor and plenty of hooks for hanging up coats and jackets.

The fully equipped kitchen has everything needed for a self-catering stay, including an induction hob and electric oven, a microwave, a full-height fridge and freezer and a dishwasher, plus all the equipment needed to prepare, cook and serve your meals. There is a tiled floor and polished marble worktops and a fabulous view through the stone mullion windows across to the east side of the valley.

Dining Room:
The simply furnished yet elegant dining room features an original, stone fireplace with an open fire, wood flooring, and stone mullion windows with a super view across the front drive to the valley beyond. The room is furnished with a dining table seating six.

Living Room:
This beautifully tranquil room features an original stone fireplace with an open fire and a gorgeous view across the rear garden to a cherry tree sitting alongside the ancient walled garden of the Old Priory, which you can enjoy from a wooden window seat. The room has a wooden floor and is furnished with two, sofas, a wall-mounted smart TV, reading lamps and a coffee table on a cosy rug.

Family Shower Room:
The large, royal blue shower room has a step-in, corner shower (with a detachable shower head), a wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and a large custom-built storage unit with cubby holes for personal and laundry items. (It’s also an ideal baby-changing facility.)

First Floor

A wide, carpeted staircase with a handrail leads up to the landing, with a fantastic view through mullion windows to the front and rear of the cottage.

Bedroom One:
This attractive and calming double bedroom features a wicker bed frame and light furniture. The room has bedside tables and reading lamp, a feature fireplace, wardrobe and a dressing table. There are gorgeous views out through the painted, stone mullion windows over the rear garden and lake.

Bedroom Two:
The cottages pretty, twin bedroom is furnished with two beds sharing a bedside chest of drawer and reading lamp and a large chest of drawers. Enjoy a view through the painted, stone mullion windows over the cottage’s rear garden and the neighbouring Old Priory’s garden.

Bedroom Three:
This light and bright double bedroom is at the front of the cottage and has a fantastic view across the Nailsworth Valley. It is furnished with a double bed with bedside tables, reading lamps and a wardrobe. The bedroom has an original feature fireplace and a dressing table positioned directly in front of the stone mullion window – the perfect spot to write, read or get ready. There is a full-length mirror to one corner.

Family Bathroom:
The bathroom sits at the end of the landing, opposite bedroom three, and features a full-size bath with a shower over, a wash basin with a shaver point, a WC and a heated towel rail.


Lake Cottage has two delightful outside areas to enjoy while having a morning coffee, a summer barbeque or an evening drink. To the right-hand side of the cottage is a small lawn and gravel courtyard that's partly enclosed by a beech hedge through which is a fabulous view to the lake. Here you’ll find a table, six chairs, a parasol and a charcoal barbecue. Head around the back of the cottage and up four stone steps to a secluded rear lawn and a small gravel patio - just the right size for a bistro table and four chairs and the perfect place for a quiet moment surrounded by nature. There is parking to the front of the cottage for four cars.

Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • Bedroom Three - Twin (can be super-king on request)
  • 2 Bathrooms - 1 ground floor shower room with WC, 1 first floor bathroom with bath and shower over and WC
  • Hairdryer - 1
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 6
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 12-24 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 3 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

The nearest supermarkets are Sainsburys and Aldi on the outskirts of Stroud (1.5 miles by car or 20-minute walk along a cycle track). Alternatively, head to central Stroud (2.5 miles) where there is a Waitrose, Tesco and Lidl, or to Nailsworth (2.5 miles) where there is a Morrisons, Co-op Food, Tesco Express and several independent food shops, including Hobbs House Bakery and Country Quality Meats.

Every Saturday morning there is the award-winning Farmers’ Market in Stroud, where vendors sell all kinds of delicious, locally grown and prepared food. A walk or cycle in is recommended, alternatively park at Stroud’s multistorey car park (GL5 2AJ).

Eating and Drinking Out:
  • The Old Fleece, North Woodchester: 10-minute walk
  • The Royal Oak (drinks only): 10-minute walk
  • The Bell, Selsley (1 mile)


There are many walks from the cottage, including easy access to a well-maintained cycle track, which pedestrians may use, this goes north to Stroud and south to Nailsworth. It is also a 10-minute walk to The Old Fleece and The Royal Oak inns. To reach the cycle track and The Old Fleece, head down the gravel drive (with the lake and boat house directly to your left-hand side and a field with pigs to your right-hand side). Follow the trail as it bears right, passing a waterfall and ornate garden, and down the hill to a wooden five-bar gate. Pass through the gate (please make sure it is shut behind you) Running left-to-right immediately in front of you is the cycle track. Turn left to go to Stroud and right to go to Nailsworth. To reach The Old Fleece cross over the cycle track and continue to another wooden gate. Go through the footpath gate to the right-hand side. Ahead is the A46. Turn right and follow the paved footpath to The Old Fleece. To walk to The Royal Oak, follow the entrance drive and then Church Lane to the T-junction. Turn right up the hill and then immediately left. You will see the pub ahead of you.

An OS map of footpaths in the local area is provided at the cottage.


Bike hire is available from nearby ‘The Bike Works’. Head north or south on your bike along the cycle track to Stroud or Nailsworth. If you head towards Stroud, you can then connect with the Thames and Severn Canal towpath. Or head offroad all the way up to Rodborough Common and reward yourself with a Winstone’s ice cream at their parlour on the Common.

Nearby Places to Visit:
  • Stroud and the Farmers’ Market - Saturday morning (2.8 miles)
  • Nailsworth (2.5 miles)
  • Tetbury antique shops and cafes (9 miles)

  • Train – Stroud Railway Station (1.8 miles) has a regular service into London Paddington (1.5 hr)
  • Taxis - A & A Taxis and Apollo Taxis
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences.
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • The cottage is next to a deep and dangerous lake. Swimming is not permitted, and children must not be left unattended when outside at any time.
  • Guests may sit on the grass by the lake, at their own risk, but do not have access to the private land or swimming pool to the left of the lake or around the neighbouring property.
  • There is CCTV covering the driveway and bin area for security purposes.


Great stay.

| 10/05/2024

This cottage is in idyllic countryside and in very peaceful surroundings. It is a beautiful, well equipped cottage and Caroline is a friendly, generous host. Some lovely gestures - flowers, wine, fruit and provisions to greet us and log fires set ready to light in the downstairs rooms. There is an excellent guide to local walks, restaurants and sights. Everything felt luxurious and we would love to return.

| 29/09/2023

I stayed at Lake Cottage to celebrate my Mum's 60th birthday. The property was spotless and very well-equipped. We all commented multiple times on how it was so lovely that the owners had gone above and beyond to fill the cupboards with everything you could need for a short break. The building itself is stunning and in a picturesque location. Not to mention the friendly pig on site who was a family favourite. I would highly recommend staying at Lake Cottage. We will be looking at booking our next staycation there shortly.

| 08/09/2023

Great stay with a lovely and very helpful host.

| 25/08/2023

It was an amazing stay for my friend's family from Japan. As they live in a city, everything was so special and they thoroughly enjoyed their stay. Highly recommend!

| 08/08/2023


The cottage is in the ideal location to visit Stroud’s awarding winning Saturday farmers’ market or the charms of Nailsworth, just 10 minutes’ drive away, with its many independent shops and wide choice of eateries. Both Stroud and Nailsworth are easily reached on foot or by bike along the Stroud Valleys Trail, as are Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons – fabulous wide-open spaces with fantastic views, pubs and even an ice cream parlour. Tetbury, known for its wonderful coffee shops, antiques emporiums and Highgrove, the home of HRH Prince Charles, is only 20 minutes’ drive away. A little further afield is the market town of Cirencester, Cheltenham with its famous racecourse, Gloucester and the Roman City of Bath.