Tyndale House is a stylish, Victorian country home that perfectly combines its original features with modern amenities. The house is tucked away in the rolling countryside of the south-west Cotswolds, within half a mile of North Nibley village, where you’ll find a pub, tearoom and fabulous walks and bike rides from the doorstep. This idyllic family- and dog-friendly holiday home was once two properties and is perfect for a large family or friendship group, with its two living rooms, two dining areas, a large kitchen and six bedrooms, which sleeps up to 16 adults. The beautiful garden has a hot tub with fairy lights and lanterns, a lawn for badminton and two games rooms with a small pool table, football table and air hockey.
Hen groups and family celebrations are welcome.
As you drive along the country lanes approaching this enchanting house, you’ll feel the hustle and bustle of town and city life melt away. The hedge-lined lanes lead you to Tyndale House’s elegant 19th century frontage (circa 1886) adorned with a twisting wisteria. On down the little lane, you’ll come to a private drive that winds up behind the house to reveal the fabulous garden, games rooms and outside entertaining area.
The key to a successful holiday rental for a large group is space, comfort and flexibility. Tyndale House has all three in boat loads! On the ground floor there are two reception rooms, a living-dining room and a drawing room (both with log burning stoves and TVs), a big and practical kitchen-breakfast room, a cloakroom with WC and two super-king/twin bedrooms. Head up the staircase to the first floor where there are four more double bedrooms, one is king-size, two are ensuite and three can be super-king or twins, plus there’s a roomy family bathroom. Four, comfortable, single Z beds are part of the sleeping arrangement, and can be placed in guests’ choice of room.
The outside space is as perfect for large groups as is the inside, with its well-stocked private garden, designated hot tub area, paved terrace, complete with a BBQ, and table and seating for outdoor eating. The lawn is big and flat enough for a garden swing and badminton, while there’s also outdoor table tennis (weather permitting) and two games rooms with a small pool table, football table, air hockey and safety darts. Parking for large groups has also been planned for with seven parking spaces.
The original entrance at the front of the house opens into a pretty, tiled hallway, with a long bureau that’s handy for leaving your keys, hats and gloves.
From the hallway, take one step up into the bright and welcoming kitchen, with its flagstone floor, polished granite worktops, triple windows with a view through to the utility area and the patio and garden. A long, central table seats eight guests, while a dinky children’s table seats three little ones. The kitchen is fully equipped for a large group, with plenty of indoor, and outdoor glasses, crockery, cutlery and cooking items as well as two fridges (with a third in the utility room) and a freezer.
The handy utility room (into which guests initially arrive from the back door) is equipped with a double sink and an under counter fridge and washing machine. Coat hooks, ironing equipment, boot storage and a clothes airer are provided in a walk-in cupboard. At one end, a door leads out to the patio and garden while at the other there is a step down into Bedroom Six. A further door leads to the hallway.
The elegant drawing room is at the front of the house, with a view down the quiet country lane approaching the house. Originally two rooms, this delightful space is cosy yet spacious with one end furnished with a sofa and three armchairs around an ornate Victorian fireplace, while the other is set up to enjoy the woodburning stove and view the large smart TV from a comfy three-seater sofa. The room is furnished with occasional tables and reading lamps.
This fabulously spacious and light living and dining space is a recent extension that perfectly complements the original house, with its old oak beams and arching windows, one of which opens to the patio. To one end is the dining area seating up to 14 guests around a long, rectangular table, with a large sideboard and butler’s sink to hand. At the far end is a cosy seating area with two sofas and two armchairs and a low coffee table – there’s even a little play area with wooden toys tucked away in the far corner. Between the dining and living area there’s a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove and two armchairs.
At the heart of the house, at the foot of the staircase, is the inner hallway which is the connecting room between the ground floor bedrooms, the cloakroom, the drawing room and the living-dining room. Here you’ll find a piano, chair and armchair where you can tickle the ivories should you wish.
This pretty, panelled bedroom features a stone fireplace with a log burning stove (non-operational) decorated with fairy lights, a stone floor with cosy rugs and a deep window seat to enjoy the view of the garden and patio. The bedroom is furnished with a zip and link bed which can either be made up as a super-king double or twin (as photo), a small chest of drawers with a mirror, an armchair and a luggage rack. To the side of each bed is a bedside table and reading lamp. Please note, this bedroom has a central beam (low for those over 6ft/1.8m), two low doorways (both lockable from the inside) and a step outside each door.
Tucked away in the far corner of the ground floor, this pretty bedroom, with its painted timbers, original feature fireplace, ornate cornice and in-built cupboard is furnished with a zip and link bed which can either be made as a super-king double or twin. To the side of each bed is a bedside table and reading lamp. Hooks and hangers are provided to hang up coats. Perch on the wide window seat and take a moment to relax with a book.
Please note whilst there is a ground floor cloakroom, guests staying in Bedroom Five nad Six should be aware the main family bathroom is on the first floor.
It may just be the downstairs loo, but it has character too, with its wooden floorboards and entertaining wall art. Here you’ll find a WC, wash basin, vanity unit, mirror over the sink, shaving point and antique pine storage chest.
Stairs (carpeted with a handrail) lead up to a wide and carpeted landing with a large wardrobe, rocking chair and bookcase - a great place to sit and read and gaze out of the window while rocking or perched on the window seat.
This pretty grey and blue ensuite bedroom is furnished with a zip and link bed that can either be made up as a super-king double or twin. Bedside tables and reading lamps sit to either side of the bed. In addition, there’s a small chest of drawers and in-built wardrobe with hanging space.
Ensuite Shower Room:
Take a shallow step up from the bedroom into the ensuite shower room which has a corner shower with overhead and handheld shower heads, a washbasin, large mirror and shaver point, WC and heated towel rail.
Head up two steps from the main landing into a small inner landing off which are Bedroom Two and Bedroom Three. Here you’ll find a handy full-length mirror.
This charming, bright and light ensuite bedroom is furnished with a zip and link bed, which can either be made up as a super-king double or twin. Bedside tables and reading lamps sit to either side of the bed. Below the two windows, with a view down the country lane, is a wall-width dressing table with drawers, a mirror and chair. The bedroom has a double wardrobe with plenty of shelves, drawers and hanging space.
Ensuite Shower Room:
The spa-like ensuite features polished limestone and marble floor and walls tiles, and a wall-sized mirror above the wash basin fitted into custom built vanity unit. The shower room has a corner shower with overhead and handheld shower heads and a WC.
Tucked away, off the inner landing, is another delightful bedroom with reminders of the house’s age provided by the ornate, Victorian fireplace. The bedroom is furnished with a zip and link bed, which can either be made up as a super-king double or twin, with bedside tables and lamps to either side. The bedroom has an antique dressing table with a mirror and chair and a recessed hanging space with hangers. Please note that this bedroom has a low entrance door and slightly uneven floor at the entrance.
From the main landing, head up one step into this pretty bedroom with its double aspect overlooking the patio and gardens, which guests can enjoy from either of two window seats. The bedroom is divided into two areas by a LOW BEAM, with a king-size double bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table and luggage rack to one side and a dressing area with chest of drawers and hooks with hangers.
Please note, if you are over 5’2” (158cm) tall you will have to duck to move between the entrance/dressing room area and the rest of the bedroom. The beam is covered with a foam panel to prevent any serious bangs to the head.
The family bathroom has a full-size bath with an overhead and hand-held shower, a WC and a wash basin with a shaver point and a mirror above it. A big window provides a lovely view out to the nearby trees.
Tyndale House is set in a beautiful, well-stocked private garden, with a designated hot tub area surrounded by mood-setting lighting. The paved terrace has a charcoal BBQ (available May-Sept), and a dining table, chairs and parasol for outdoor eating. Next to the terrace is a covered veranda with an L-shaped sofa and coffee table – perfect for a morning coffee or post meal relaxation. The door from the utility area, which adjoins the kitchen, opens to the terrace and patio, making it easy to carry food and drinks in and out.
The lawn has a large children’s swing and plenty of space for outdoor games, including table tennis and badminton (bats, balls, racquets and shuttlecocks provided). Two stables, sitting adjacent to the lawn, are where you’ll find the games rooms. One has a mini snooker table (three large cues, two mini cues and balls provided) and the other has air hockey and a full-size football table. Both stables are lit and have portable heaters.
The rear garden is very family-friendly, but, like most gardens, is not 100 percent child or dog proof; there is an open gateway and drive which both have access to the road, so young children and animals should not be left alone and should be supervised at all times.
The house has a private driveway with parking for up to 7 cars: 3 at the top of the drive, 2 in the car port and, if necessary, 2 on the drive (these will block the two at the top). There is also one space available to the front of the house for a small car parked on the side of the road opposite the neighbours’ house on the right.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 12 (+4) in 6 bedrooms across one standard double and 5 super-kings (all can be twin on request). Z beds for the '+4' guests can be requested if required.
Bathrooms x 3: 1 family bathroom with bath, 2 ensuite shower rooms
Hot tub on private patio, seats 5
Off-street parking for up to 7 cars - 3 at the top of the drive, 2 in the car port and, if necessary, 2 on the drive (these will block the two at the top)
Dog friendly: accepts up to 4 well-behaved, mature dogs (no puppies)
Private enclosed garden – not secure for dogs
Fireplace x2 each with wood burning stove – logs and kindling not provided (can be purchased in advance from owner)
Games barns (x2) with small pool table, football table, air hockey, safety darts
Outdoor table tennis table with bats/balls (for use in dry weather only)
Badminton net with racquets and shuttlecocks (spring/summertime use)
BBQ (charcoal) and tools – please provide your own charcoal
* Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest supermarkets are in Dursley where there is a Lidl (2.5 miles) and Sainsburys (3 miles). Alternatively, head to Wotton-under Edge (3 miles) where there is a Cooperative Food store, Tesco Express, independent bakers, deli, butchers and health food shop. (Car park at GL12 7BD).
The Black Horse Inn (0.5 mile)
Della Casa, Dursley (3 miles)
Calcot Manor Hotel, Nr Tetbury (6.5 miles)
Walks and bike rides:
The walk to Tyndale Monument (in remembrance of William Tyndale who translated the Bible into English – as opposed to Latin – and was burnt at the stake for his trouble). Walk up towards The Black Horse Pub, turn left onto the main road and then after 300 metres take the track on the left up to the Tyndale monument which is about 15 minutes’ (uphill) walk from this point. The walk offers 360 degrees views of the countryside, towards distant Bristol and the Somerset Levels and across to the River Severn and into Wales. For a longer, off-road, walk head from the monument through the Westridge Woods to Wotton-under-Edge. The woods are also mountain bike friendly, with signposted trails, tracks and jumps.
Taxis - AK Taxis Wotton Under Edge, Andy’s Cabs Dursley, Jenkins Dursley
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Points of Note
Hen groups and family celebrations are welcome. Please contact us after booking to discuss your group’s requirements.
It is our policy not to take bookings for groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
Noise monitor: the owners have a noise monitor in place, which records the level of sound from voices/music - in decibels. It does not record the spoken word or have a video facility. If the sound is unacceptably loud, the owner will be alerted. In placing a booking, you agree to consent to the presence of the noise monitor.
Bedroom Six, one of the ground floor bedrooms, has a low doorway and slightly low beams inside. Bedroom One (first floor) has a very low beam dividing the sleeping area and dressing area. If you are over 5’2” (158cm), you will need to duck (a padded cover is in place just in case).
All relevant windows have child safety locks, with a key available on a chain close to each window.
The property sleeps up to 16, with four of the 16 accommodated on comfortable Z beds with sprung mattresses.
On booking, you will receive a bedroom configuration planning form. This must be returned to the host in good time, preferably 14 days before arrival. We cannot guarantee the beds will be made up appropriately for your group if the form is not completed and returned in time.
The owners require a £700 damage security deposit, which is payable to them two weeks before arrival at the property by BACS transfer.
Four well-behaved dogs are welcome, additional fees apply per dog
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The hamlet of Forthay is just half a mile from the small village of North Nibley, in the heart of the south-west Cotswolds countryside, sitting beneath the wooded Cotswold escarpment between Wotton-under-Edge and Dursley. The house is overlooked by Tyndale Monument, on the Cotswold Way, and is surrounded by rolling Cotswold countryside, yet is only six miles from the nearest motorway junction (M5). North Nibley has a small tearoom and a pub. The market towns of Wotton-under-Edge (3 miles), Dursley (3 miles), Nailsworth (10 miles), Tetbury (12 miles) and Stroud (for the farmers market - 14 miles) are all well worth visiting. The location is also a great base for visiting Cheltenham (particularly Gold Cup week), Bath and Cirencester, as well as Badminton for the annual horse trials in May.
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