Under the Walnut Tree is a beautiful shepherd’s hut in a fabulously romantic setting with far-reaching views down the Painswick Valley. The bright and light, dual aspect hut sleeps two in a splendid, elevated double bed from which you can gaze out to the rural idle beyond. The hut has a well-equipped kitchenette, a dining table, woodburner and en-suite shower room with a toilet. Guests have their own secluded, south-facing garden area with a firepit and armchairs, a BBQ, picnic table and double swing seat, and the seasonal use of spring-fed, heated swimming pool and garden room. This is glamping at its very best!
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
Inside, every amenity has been thought of and cleverly designed to fit tidily away, providing a stylish and welcoming space for guests to escape to. The sleeping area has a double bed (6’2” x 4’6”) on a raised platform, with LED candles lining the mantle above the curtains. There is a step to easily access the bed and storage underneath it.
The dining area has a large pull-out table with a bench seat on either side and a view up the main garden and down the Painswick Valley. The kitchen area is equipped with everything guests need to cook simply but well, with a double gas hob, a sink (under a wooden work top) and an electric cooler box. Box. The cool box is situated under the bench opposite the door. The super-efficient cool box is provided with ice blocks that can be changed upon request, which usually last up to three days. On chilly days and evenings, light the little woodburner and enjoy the cosy ambiance. Next to the kitchen area is a compact shower room with a cubicle shower and toilet.
Under the Walnut Tree is set in a private area of the owner’s delightful garden. Follow a steppingstone path past the swimming pool terrace’s stone pillars (entwined with roses in the summertime), to your own south-facing garden, with magnificent views down the Painswick Valley. Guests have use of a charcoal BBQ, fire pit, picnic table, two armchairs and a double swing. At the front door are two large planters full of fragrant flowers and herbs. Sit back and watch the local wildlife, including ravens, kestrels, deer and the occasional badger. Guests can also use the summer house at the bottom of the pergola, a delightful place in the cool on hot summer days. There is also a mini fridge/freezer in this summer house for guests exclusive use.
Guests may use the owner’s swimming pool, which is spring fed and heated and in the most idyllic of settings. The pool is adjacent to the shepherd hut’s garden and sun loungers are provided poolside, making it a fabulous place to relax. The use of the swimming pool is seasonal, with the season running from early summer to mid-autumn but varying from year-to-year - with the start entirely dependent on the date the last walnut tree fronds drops off (as they turn the water black) and warm nights to maintain the day’s gain in temperature. If use of the pool is essential for your stay, please enquire if it’s open before booking. Due to the late start to the summer, the planned opening up of the pool will hopefully be by the end of June.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2 in a raised, standard double bed (6’2” x 4’6”)
1 ensuite shower room with cabinet shower and toilet
Parking for 2 cars (private, secure driveway)
Private, south-facing garden area with far-reaching views
Spring-fed, heated, outdoor swimming pool with terrace and sun loungers – seasonal use only (shared with owners)
Wood burner – logs and kindling supplied
Solar powered garden lighting
Gas cooking and electric hot water; indoor power point
Free Wi-Fi – available in garden area only
Kitchenette with twin gas hob, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, kitchen paper
Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, fresh and instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar
Complimentary breakfast hamper available (usually contains milk bread butter eggs and bacon but can be changed to suit dietary requirements) – please request when booking.
Cleaning starter pack: brush, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Shower room essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Fire pit (first logs provided) - extra kiln-dried, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood available to purchase from owner (£6 per cardboard box)
Garden furniture: picnic table, double swing seat and two armchairs
BBQ (charcoal) and utensils – initial supply of instant lighting charcoal provided
Garden Room: open-sided, stone-built room near the hut with fridge-freezer and seating (available during the late spring/summer months)
Games: Board game, cards, Scrabble
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Painswick has a small corner shop (Best One), which is good for newspapers, magazines and a pint of milk. We recommend making the journey to Stroud where there is a Tesco, Sainsburys and a Waitrose. Stroud also has a renowned Saturday Farmer’s Market, which is well worth a visit.
The Butchers Arms (2.5 miles)
The Woolpack Inn (3.3 miles)
The Fostons Ash (6.5 miles)
Painswick Beacon has spectacular views over the Severn Vale, otherwise you can enjoy a walk through the woods towards Sheepscombe.
Places to Visit:
Rococo Garden (500 metres)
Gloucester Cathedral (7.5 miles)
Miserden (9 miles)
Train - Stroud Station (6 miles)
Taxis - AA Taxis Stroud
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
The use of the swimming pool is seasonal, with the season running from early summer to early autumn but varying from year-to-year and with the start entirely dependent on the date the last walnut tree fronds drops off (as they turn the water black) and ambient night-time temperatures. If use of the pool is essential for your stay, please enquire if it’s open before booking. Due to the late start to the summer, the planned opening up of the pool will hopefully be by the end of June.
The owners have three, friendly dogs who may come out to greet you when you park.
There is secure parking for two cars.
WiFi is available throughout the top terrace of the garden. There is good 4G cover.
Guests are provided with sufficient wood for the wood burner for the duration of their stay. (The wood burner’s logs are specifically for the burner, please do not use them in the firepit). A one-night supply of logs for the firepit is also provided. Extra kiln-dried, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood for the firepit can be purchased from the owner for £6 per box. The wood is provided in a recyclable cardboard box (rather than the plastic netting used by supermarkets/garden centres).
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We stayed here hoping for a relaxing stay after our wedding, we were not disappointed. Both Fiona and Malcolm provided an informative and friendly welcome, then left us to our own devices until we needed some further help. Every time they were so helpful and, even after a red wine accident, they proved that nothing was too much trouble!
The accommodation was well equipped, clean, cosy and as fully advertised. Even if the weather was changeable we still enjoyed the views and peace throughout our stay. We also appreciated their advice on local restaurants and pubs and they were all excellent. We hope to be booking again soon, when life gets too much again….
Thank you Fiona and Malcolm for a lovely stay!
Terry - September 2021
A quirky little hut with spectacular views. We had such a peaceful and relaxing stay with the added benefit of the use of the pool. The location is perfect for exploring the Cotswolds. Malcolm & Fiona were wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely stay again.
Lorraine - August 2021
Fantastic location. Fiona and Malcolm were very accommodating and the hut was extremely clean, with very good communication and instructions to find. We used the pool on Saturday which was nice and warm, and the views from the private garden were excellent. Highly recommended, with the breakfast hamper and local pubs within easy walking distance making this a great place for a break.
Matthew - August 2021
We had a lovely stay at Under the Walnut tree. Unfortunately due to weather we didn’t use the swimming pool which looked gorgeous. The breakfast hamper is a nice touch. Due to the remote location, an additional bottle of water for the second night would be nice. There were no board games unfortunately. We did ask for one but it didn’t arrive. The hosts were really lovely people. The Butchers Arms in sheepscombe was a Max. 15 min walk away and it was gorgeous, we went twice. Definitely recommend it. A lot of spiders in the hut however that’s normal when you’re staying out in nature. Overall was a great stay. Would love to return when the weather is better.
Jenny August 2021
A beautiful place to stay overlooking the most stunning view. A very cosy little hut with everything you need for a short stay. The pool was lovely and warm enough to use when it wasnt particularly warm outside. The outdoor seating was comfortable and the bbq provided worked a treat. Fiona was easy to contact and accommodating. Also 2 very friendly dogs came to say hello often which made my trip! A very nice pub for dinner in about a 15 minute walk and beautiful restaurant in Painswick was about a 35 minute (but very hilly) walk away. Stroud closeby was also worth a visit to go round the shops! All in all a great stay thank you!
This rural retreat is in walking distance of The Butchers Arms in Sheepscombe, a very popular pub, serving good food. The heart of the village of Painswick, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds for its beautiful Grade II listed buildings, is only 1.5 miles away, while Painswick Rococo Gardens is just 1.5 miles across the valley. The two long distance paths (LDPs) are on the doorstep: the Wysis Way is at the end of the drive and the Cotswold Way passes through Painswick, making this an ideal spot for walkers. Keen cyclists are welcome to bring their bikes too, with covered storage available for bikes. The hut is in easy driving distance of Stroud Farmers’ Market, Miserden, Gloucester Cathedral and Cirencester – the Capital of the Cotswolds.
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