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Under The Walnut Tree at Painswick Lodge

Painswick

Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Romantic Retreat
Pool
Local Pub
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!
Full Description

Inside


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.


Outside


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 for first fire
  • 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
  • Cool box: large, Esky cooler box with pre-frozen ice blocks provided
  • Fridge-freezer (in Garden Room)
  • Bed linen, bath towels, bath robes and tea towels
  • 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)
  • 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 grocery shops:
A Saturday morning visit to Stroud Farmers Market is a must for a great atmosphere, lots of local produce to taste and an interesting place to people watch too.
Painswick has a small corner shop (Best One), which is good for newspapers, magazines and a pint of milk. At the top of the drive turn left and keep left onto the A46 to enter Painswick, at the traffic lights turn first left down the hill and then take the second right. You will find Best One is on your right opposite The Royal Oak. If you are after a larger supermarket, we recommend making the journey to Stroud where there is a Tesco Sainsburys and a Waitrose. Stroud also has a renown Saturday Farmer’s Market, which is well worth a visit. To drive to Tesco, go through Painswick and at the first roundabout as you enter Stroud turn right, Tesco is on your left at the mini roundabout, (there is also a petrol station here if you need one). For Sainsburys, go past Tesco and turn left at the mini roundabout at Tesco Extra, continue down the hill following signs to M5 and Sainsburys is at the large roundabout. To drive to Waitrose, go through Stroud on the A46 and take the signs to Cirencester. Go under an old railway bridge at the mini roundabout first left and left again into the Waitrose car park.

Pubs & Restaurants
The local pub is The Butchers Arms in Sheepscombe, which is very popular, serves good food and is no more than a 15-minute walk from the shepherd’s hut. Just turn right at the top of the drive and keep going!

Other pubs near Tudor Oak at Painswick Lodge:
  • The Woolpack in Slad is another popular option but is a little further away (10-min drive). A privately owned pub with good food and lots of ale options, this sits in the heart of ‘Cider with Rosie’ country. To get there you need to drive through Sheepscombe keeping right and join the main road to Stroud.
  • The Woolpack is approximately a mile down the road.
  • he Fostons Ash (known as the Polo Pub) is a 10-minute drive, between Sheepscombe and Birdlip is popular among locals and guests, serving excellent freshly prepared food with a young vibrant atmosphere.
Walks:
Painswick Beacon has spectacular views over the Severn Vale. Turn left at the top of the drive and continue up to the A46 and cross over. Take the first turning on the right and park near the golf club, and then walk up the hill past the old quarry on your right. Cross over the lane and walk up to the small obelisk at the top. If you wish to continue further keep walking along the Beacon on the Cotswold Way towards the north, you could take refreshment at the Royal William. Cross over the A46 and walk down the lane signposted Sheepscombe. Keep right, down the lane, up the hill eventually you will come to Trench Hill, which is directly above Painswick Lodge. Turn down the hill and you will find the gates in front of you.
A walk through the woods towards Sheepscombe - the long route is to cross over the lane up the hill and turn left and keep right towards Cranham. Enter the track to the woods from the lane where there is evidence of cars parking on the verge. Once you are in the woods turn right and keep to the lower track it will give you great views of the valley. Keep heading towards Sheepscombe, you will appear on the common, take the track down the hill on your right, you should appear very close to the Butchers Arms. The shorter version of this walk is to walk up the lane and follow the foot path just above the lane beside Trench Hill. This will take you into the woods and head towards Sheepscombe.


As well as exploring everything the local town has to offer, why not take a day to sit back, relax, and let the experiences come to you. We have curated some of our favourite local businesses who offer experiences directly to your cottage, including pamper and spa packages, a personal chef service, or craft workshops. Follow the link to explore all the experiences available at your cottage.

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 thw 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.

Reviews

Gorgeous location and a really cosy shepherd's hut stay. I made good use of the BBQ and fire pit and Fiona and Malcolm made sure I had everything I needed for a comfortable stay! I also appreciated the friendly visits from their adorable dogs :) Really easy to get around provided you have a car, otherwise it's easy to make use of the local pubs with a short walk.
Ben
Our stay at Under the Walnut tree was magical. Fiona was such a wonderful host and the communication from start to finish was fantastic. The shepherd's hut itself was perfect and had everything in it we needed. The bed was super cosy and we loved having a coffee in the morning looking out at the open fields. Fiona had gone the extra mile with all the additional little touches and welcome treats. Even though the weather wasn't great during our stay, it did not dampen our experience at all. We managed to sit outside one evening with a glass of wine by the firepit watching the sunset which was truly very special. We did a big walk one day up to Painswick Beacon which I would highly recommend as well as Stroud's farmers market in the morning where you will find lots of lovely fresh produce. Fiona really went out of her way to help us out during our stay especially as two people without a car. We were blown away by her kindness and will definitely be returning for another stay in her beautiful place as well as a swim in the pool!
Lisa
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Location

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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