Stable Cottage is a distinctive, reverse-living, Cotswold stone barn that started its life in 1825 as the stables to the nearby manor house. This semi-detached cottage has retained much of its rural Georgian character, including the original, exposed-timber A-frame in the open-plan living-dining-kitchen area. The cottage sleeps up to five guests across three bedrooms and is in a beautifully tranquil and rural spot in the Painswick Valley, away from the hustle and bustle of Cotswold tourism yet just a short drive from Painswick, Stroud, Cirencester and Cheltenham. Guests have a private garden and additional lawn, as well as use of a fabulous all-weather tennis court surrounded by beautiful gardens.
As you approach Stable Cottage, down narrowing country lanes to the final farm track, you’ll feel the cares of the modern world melting away as the beautiful Painswick Valley countryside surrounds you. Pull up outside the barn, unload your things, take a deep breath… you’ve arrived in the heart of one of the Cotswolds most peaceful locations.
From the front garden, climb two stone steps into the open-plan living area. You’ll be immediately impressed by the vaulted ceiling and the magnificent, exposed timbers of the original A frame, which creates a spacious yet welcoming space. Here you’ll find a living area with a wood burning stove and smart TV, and a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. A rear door opens to stone steps that descend to a small lawn with a bistro table and chairs – the perfect spot for a morning coffee while watching the local wildlife. A wooden staircase leads down to three light-filled, comfortable bedrooms, an ensuite shower room, a family bathroom and a cloakroom.
To the front of the cottage is a delightful garden with a small lawn and a cherry tree, with a laurel hedge providing privacy for guests to sit outside and enjoy a meal at the circular dining table. Through the hedge you can glimpse a second lawn, which is accessible via the back door off the kitchen, where there is a bistro table and two chairs. Guests also have access to a fabulous all-weather tennis court set in the owners’ beautiful gardens. Head off on foot to a local pub or walk up to Painswick Beacon for a fabulous 360-degree view taking in Brecon Beacons, the Forest of Dean, Cheltenham, the Malvern Hills and more!
Head up two stone steps, through the front door into the open plan living space where there is a living area, kitchen and dining area with beautiful wooden flooring from end to end. Guests will be immediately impressed by the cottage’s high ceiling, the original timbers of the barn’s A-frame, and the exposed Cotswold stone walls.
Just inside the front door, guests will find a handy coat rack and boot rack. Immediately ahead are two sofas positioned to enjoy the wood burning stove and 42” Smart TV. A long, low bookcase – full of novels, local information and games separates the living area from the kitchen and dining area.
The cottage has a well-equipped, L-shaped kitchen with all the appliances and equipment needed for a self-catering stay. At the centre of this delightful open-plan area sits a rectangular, wooden dining table with five chairs. A floor height window looks down to the owner’s gravel drive and across the stone wall to their 15th century manor house.
At the far end of the room a door opens to some stone steps that lead one way to an extension of the cottage’s garden, the parking area and the gate to tennis court, and the other way down to the owner’s drive and the path to the outbuilding housing the cottage’s laundry facilities.
Lower Ground Floor
In the far corner of the open-plan living space, beside the kitchen/dining area, is a carpeted staircase, with a banister, which leads down to the bedrooms and bathrooms. Please note, the bedrooms are described as being on the ‘lower ground floor’ because the cottage is built into a gently sloping hillside so guest must go down from the main living area. However, they are not below ground, and all are light and bright and look out at the owner’s driveway and planted beds.
The cottage’s main bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an inbuilt double wardrobe, and shelving with storage space below.
Ensuite Shower Room:
The ensuite features a corner shower with a single (detachable) shower head, a toilet, wash basin with a large mirror over and a heated towel rail.
The middle bedroom has a bunk bed with two full-size, single beds, a chest of drawers, an inbuilt wardrobe and a handy chair for laying out clothes. This bedroom is intended for two children or one adult (with one child). In case you forget your children’s teddy bears, you’ll find two waiting to be loved.
The spacious, single bedroom is furnished with a full-size single bed with a bedside chest of drawers and reading lamp and a Lloyd Loom armchair. A double inbuilt wardrobe provides hanging space and shelves and has an internal full-length mirror. (A third cupboard houses cleaning equipment and a travel cot.)
The main bathroom has a full-size bath with an over-bath shower (with detachable shower head), a toilet, washbasin with a mirror over and a heated towel rail.
The cottage benefits from a third, separate downstairs toilet with washbasin.
Stable Cottage has a gravel path leading to two stone steps up to the front door. To the front and one side of the path is a small lawn with a large tree that’s surrounded on three-sides by a laurel hedge, providing privacy for guests to sit outside and enjoy a meal at the circular dining table. Through the hedge you can glimpse a second lawn, which is accessible via the back door off the kitchen, where there is a bistro table and two chairs. Guests also have access to a fabulous all-weather tennis court set in the owners’ beautiful gardens. At the end of the track leading to the cottage there is parking for one car, with overflow parking for an additional vehicle back up the farm track.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 (+1) in 3 bedrooms (on lower ground floor): one king-size bedroom, 1 single bedroom and 1 bunkbed room (suitable for 1 adult (plus child) or 2 children)
Bathrooms (all on lower ground floor): family bathroom with bath/shower, WC; ensuite shower room with shower, WC; cloakroom
Parking for 2 cars: 1 space near house, 1 near farm (overflow)
Accepts 1 dog (must be kept on-lead when outside)
Tennis court – all-weather surface (please bring racquets and balls)
Private garden with table and chairs for 5
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Lavazza coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans
Oven/hob - electric
Fridge with freezer compartment (in kitchen), additional fridge and freezer in outbuilding
Ironing board, iron, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair (on request), travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate (on request), fireguard (on request)
Garden furniture: dining table and five chairs, bistro table and two chairs
BBQ (charcoal) – please bring your own charcoal
*The washing machine, dryer and an additional freezer are outside the Stables in an adjacent outbuilding. ** WiFi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
For a supermarket shop, we recommend Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys in Stroud (6.5 miles) where there is also a Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. Alternatively, just 1.5 miles away, is the Portway Farm Shop selling a range of produce from local suppliers, including milk, homemade pies and quiches, juices, cheese, homemade preserves and honey. They also sell home-reared and local meat.
Painswick Hotel, Painswick (2.5 miles)
Black Horse, Cranham (1 mile)
Butchers Arms, Sheepscombe (1.8 miles)
Walk straight out of the cottage, up the lane and on to Painswick Beacon where there’s a fabulous 360-degree view.
The cottage is two minutes’ walk from Cranham Woods, a beautiful, historic beech wood, with a fantastic bluebell display.
It’s a five-minute drive to the Laurie Lee walk in Slad (Gloucestershire Wildlife provides trails. Stop in at the famous Woolpack Inn for lunch.
Places to Visit:
Painswick Golf Club (1.8 miles)
Painswick Rococo Gardens (2.8 miles)
Stroud Farmers Market (6.5 miles)
Train - The nearest train station is Stroud (6.5 miles), which has a regular service to London Paddington (1.5 hours).
Taxis - Original Stroud taxis; Stroud Station Taxis; AAA
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
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
One well-behaved dog is permitted at the cottage for an additional fee. The dog must be kept on a short lead when outside at the property.
Though the property is in a rural location, it has an attached, neighbouring property, with the owners also living across a courtyard. Therefore, we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10pm, especially outside on warmer evenings.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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This rural retreat is in a tranquil and secluded location in the Painswick Valley surrounded by acres of meadows, farmland and woodland and within walking distance of two excellent country pubs and Painswick Beacon. The heart of the village of Painswick, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds for its beautiful Grade II listed buildings, is only two and a half miles away, while Painswick Rococo Gardens is just under three miles across the valley. The two long distance paths (LDPs) - the Wysis Way and the Cotswold Way pass through Painswick, making this an ideal spot for The cottage is in easy driving distance of Stroud Farmers’ Market, Miserden, Gloucester Cathedral, Cirencester – the Capital of the Cotswolds, and Cheltenham.
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