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Locks Cottage


Sleeps 10
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
With design-led interiors blending characterful original features, antiques and contemporary pieces with natural textures, Locks Cottage is a stylish and welcoming house in the most beautiful of locations. Sleeping ten guests in five bedrooms, with four bathrooms and a large garden, this is a wonderful spot for family gatherings. It lies tucked at the end of a steep farm track in the pretty Painswick Valley, a blissfully peaceful setting that makes you feel as though you are miles from anywhere, yet the pretty wool town of Painswick is only 3 miles away, Stroud with its abundance of eating places and renowned Farmer’s Market is 6 miles away and the centre of Cheltenham is a 20-minute drive.
Full Description
A tiny mile-long, single-track leads from the main road, weaving down through the valley. Take this drive slowly, not least so you can appreciate the view which encompasses some of the most beautiful countryside in the Cotswolds. As you round the last bend the tree-lined lane comes to an end, revealing in front of you, Locks Cottage. This charming stone cottage is nestled into the hillside overlooking a timeless, rural view of rolling tree-lined hills and fields.

Steps lead from the driveway down to the front door, which opens into a delightful open-plan space designed to bring people together. Encompassing the kitchen, dining area, and living room, this wonderfully sociable area ensures no one need feel left out. Ascend one staircase and you’ll find a spacious playroom/games room where a pool table, mini tabletop football and Smart TV will keep children of all ages entertained and one of the bedrooms which boasts an ensuite bathroom. Climb the other flight of stairs and you’ll discover two charming bedrooms and a family bathroom, on the top floor, is the master bedroom with an expansive ensuite, a twin bedroom and a further shower room.

A large garden wraps around Lock’s Cottage with lots of space for relaxing, garden games and picnics accompanied by the sound of birdsong and the wind in the trees. With fields and woodland-clad hills as your backdrop and barely a manmade object in your viewfinder, this is also perfect star-gazing country. Don’t forget to pack wellies or walking boots as the whole area is criss-crossed with walking trails, starting with one at the end of the drive, and you can bring one four-legged friend along too. The remote location is beautiful but during the winter months, or in the event of excessively wet weather the access track to the cottage may require a 4WD vehicle. Please see the points of note.

Ground Floor

The front door opens into the main social hub of the cottage, a delightful open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, which is filled with light from multiple windows and doors which lead to the garden.

The kitchen area is a pleasing blend of traditional and modern. A wood-burning stove sits within the original stone fireplace, with a comfy armchair to the side and a colourful rug covers the wooden floor underfoot. An antique pedestal table with two chairs creates an informal space to sit with a coffee or the morning papers. The other side of the space is a thoughtfully designed kitchen fitted with stylish olive-green kitchen cupboards and white work surfaces, which conceal everything needed for easy meal preparation. A double butler's sink is placed in front of the original stone windows, and opposite the fireplace, a line of wall cupboards provides plenty of storage space for anything you might bring with you. Locks Cottage boasts a fabulously rural location and water is provided from a natural spring. It is fully filtered but may taste a little different to traditional tap water. It is perfectly safe however you may occasionally need to run the taps to clear the water. From the kitchen, a wooden staircase leads to the playroom/games room.

Dining Area:
Delineated from the kitchen by a double-sided bookcase packed with a substantial array of novels of all genres for guests to enjoy, along with children’s books, interior design guides and art reference books, the dining area features a table to seat 10. When not in use as a dining table, this is the perfect spot for board games, jigsaw puzzles and arts and crafts.

Living Room:
The whole lower ground floor space is super-sociable and features a mix of original elements, along with contemporary, modern, and vintage pieces, which come together to create a welcoming space where everyone can relax. Gathered around a large, upholstered ottoman are four comfortable armchairs and a plump charcoal and white sofa. Cushions have been added to one of the deep windowsills, carving out a window seat where you can relax and unwind as you gaze out to the garden and the valley beyond. Double doors lead from the living room into the large garden.

From the living room, there is a stone staircase to the first floor.

First Floor

This useful space has double doors to the driveway, which is ideal for any guests staying in bedroom one. To one side is a washing machine and a separate tumble dryer. The large hand-painted wooden bench is a good place to sit and remove outdoor gear and muddy boots. This area is also handy for drying off wet dogs after countryside walks.

Bedroom One:
This bright and cheerful double room has double doors, one half of which is designed as a stable door, so the top can open allowing fresh air to flow in. There are original wood ceiling beams, bedside tables with reading lamps and pops of colour from the vibrant bedspread and cushions.

The adjacent ensuite has stunning green ceramic tiles on the floor and boasts a large shower with a rainfall shower head, a hand basin with a large mirror above it and a WC.

Playroom/Games Room:
With a pool table, mini table football and a large Smart TV, this multi-purpose room lends itself to a myriad of entertainment. Curl up on the sofa with a favourite film, challenge your fellow guests to pool tournaments or set up younger guests with arts and crafts at the large circular table to keep them entertained. This room is likely to be a well-used space.

From the playroom room, there is a wooden staircase which leads into the kitchen on the ground floor.

There is then a stone staircase from the living room which leads to a large landing area, with two striking upholstered chairs and two further first-floor bedrooms. Please note that bedrooms two and three, whilst still on the first floor, are entirely separate from bedroom one and the playroom, as accessed via a different staircase.

Bedroom Two:
Filled with character, this super-king bedroom is spacious, warm, and welcoming. Dual-aspect, deep-set stone windows look out to both the front and rear with peaceful views across the valley and original beams (mind your head!) line the ceiling. Night tables with standard lamps cast a warm glow and a comfy armchair and a cane chaise longue, invite you to sit and relax for a while. Storage comes courtesy of a large chest of drawers and wooden hangers on the door hooks.

Bedroom Three:
This cosy twin room features matching beds with arched headboards, moss-green walls and a traditional iron radiator. A wooden table stands between the two beds ensuring somewhere to leave a drink and a book. Old wooden beams and a pair of deep-set windows add a sense of character.

Family Bathroom:
Shared by the two bedrooms on this floor, this spacious bathroom is light and bright. A claw-foot bathtub sits beneath the window, so why not grab a book from the thoughtfully provided bookshelf, lock the door, fill the tub with bubbles and indulge in a little you-bath-time! For those who prefer a shower, there’s also a large walk-in shower cubicle with a rainfall showerhead, along with a hand basin and a WC.

Second Floor

A painted wooden staircase rises from the first-floor landing to the second floor. Please note this staircase does not have a handrail.

Bedroom Four:
Set in the eaves of the house this delightful twin room shows the character of Lock’s Cottage in all its glory. The original timber roof trusses create a striking A-frame. A pair of cream, metal framed beds sit on either side of a stone window, with an antique wooden chest acting as a nightstand between the two. There’s an old wooden bureau with drawers for storage and a dropleaf top (perhaps the place for penning a best-selling novel) and a painted rocking chair.

Set off the second-floor landing space, this bathroom features a step-in shower tucked into one end, hand basin and WC. A window looks down the driveway and across the valley beyond.

Bedroom Five:
More master suite than a bedroom, this enclave of rooms spans the width of the house and offers a place of peace and calm away from the hullabaloo. Neutral tones contrast with the dark wood of the original roof beams, and the painted radiator, and a chest of drawers in the same shade add a splash of colour but otherwise, this is a room of pale tones, natural textures, and fabrics. A super-king size bed is beneath the far window with views through the tree canopy, an antique bench runs along the foot of the bed and in one corner is a soft, worn leather chaise longue, where you can rest for a while.

Ensuite/Dressing Room:
The fact that there is room for a two-seater sofa and footstool gives an idea as to the sheer size of this room. A double-ended bathtub is a place for long, indulgent soaks as you listen to the wind in the trees outside. Twin hand basins with matching mirrors are on either side of the bedroom door, and there is also a WC.


Locks Cottage is surrounded by a large, semi-enclosed garden, with fabulous views across the valley. Sitting at the end of a long, private drive with ample parking for 4-5 cars there’s plenty of space for everyone. The garden is lined by hedgerows and with nothing but fields beyond this a really peaceful spot. During the late summer and autumn months, there are several fruit trees which will bear fruit if the weather has been kind.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super-king
  • Bedroom Two - Super-king
  • Bedroom Three - Double
  • Bedroom Four - Twin
  • Bedroom Five - Twin
  • 4 Bathrooms - 2 ensuites, 1 family bathroom with a separate bath and shower and 1 family shower room
  • Hairdryer - 2
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 10 with additional small table in the kitchen seats 2
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 1-11 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • Highchair
  • Games Room


  • Dog friendly - 1 well-behaved dog welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • No BBQ available
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 5 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

Gloucester Business Park at Brockworth (4.5 miles) is the nearest place for food shopping, where you will find a Tesco Superstore, Costa Coffee, Subway, and Greggs (and a David Lloyd Racket & Health Club). There is a Shell petrol station (5 miles) on the A46 roundabout which sells basics. Alternatively, head to Stroud (6 miles) which has a Waitrose, Sainsburys, independent bakeries and delis as well as the renowned Farmers’ Market every Saturday (9am-2pm).

Eating Out:
  • The Oak, Painswick – friendly pub with a good range of local ales and ciders (2.8 miles)
  • Butchers Arms, Sheepscombe – welcoming, traditional village pub with enjoyable pub classics on the menu (3.3 miles)
  • Woolpack Inn, Slad – atmospheric pub that was Laurie Lee’s favourite haunt (8.7 miles)
Walks: The whole of the Painswick Valley offers wonderful walking and both the Wysis Way and Cotswold Way are within easy reach. The Painswick Beacon is just a short drive away, where you can join a 2-mile circular walk, which takes in part of the Cotswold Way.

Places to Visit:
  • Painswick and the Rococo Gardens (2.8 miles)
  • Stroud Farmers Market (6.5 miles)
  • Royal Cheltenham Spa (8 miles)
  • Train: Stroud Station (7 miles) has a regular service to/from London Paddington.
  • Taxis: Andy Cox +44 (0)7966 235775, Dawn’s Taxis +44 (0)7423 041743
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not take 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. 
  • It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties.
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • Please note due to the number of staircases without stair gates the house is not recommended for infants under two years of age
  • Due to its rural location and the approach down a steep, single-track road, which drops sharply down into the valley, it is recommended that guests arriving during wintery months (i.e., when snowfall or exceptionally wet weather is likely) do so in a four-wheel drive vehicle. It is also recommended that low-slung sports vehicles are avoided due to the uneven terrain.
  • The rural location of Locks Cottage means that water is drawn from a natural spring. It is fully filtered and perfectly safe however may taste a little different to traditional tap water. You may occasionally need to run the taps for a moment or two for the water to clear.
  • This is an old property on several levels, there are two staircases and a number of low doorways. The staircases are steep.
  • 1 well-behaved dog is permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.


A great place for family and friends and it was epic for running and walks. We would love to stay again.

| 27/12/2023

The most beautiful house. Absolutely stunning - in the most perfect setting.Will definitely be coming back!

| 07/12/2023

Very beautiful and a huge place with stunning views and very impressive decor. We were a group of 8 and found the property very spacious.

| 11/09/2023

The cottage was very picturesque and in a lovely location. We felt very at home the moment we walked in. Lovely decor and plenty of books/games/activities were provided. Lovely beds, clean bathrooms and it was very comfortable for 10 people.

| 11/08/2023

Locks Cottage is perfect for a family get together. It has a great games room with a multi function pool/table tennis/shuffle board table and many indoor/outdoor games to keep children of all ages happy. There is a lovely sitting area for the adults to enjoy and the garden is lovely.

| 22/07/2023


Locks Cottage lies at the end of a farm track, in a peaceful and secluded setting in the beautiful Painswick Valley surrounded by glorious countryside, with bucolic views as far as the eye can see. The picturesque wool town of Painswick known as the ‘queen of the Cotswolds’ is just under 3 miles away and Royal Cheltenham Spa home to numerous festivals and the world-famous race course is 9 miles away.