Walkley Wood Cottage is a charming Grade II listed Bath stone property set over 4 floors. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, the cottage sleeps 4 (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children is the most comfortable configuration). Enjoying a peaceful elevated position, Walkley Wood boasts beautiful views of the surrounding valley and neighbouring Cotswold stone properties.
As you approach Walkley Wood Cottage through the winding lanes of Nailsworth, you will notice how the town and surrounding properties are almost hidden by the secluded woodland valley to the east of Stroud. Proudly perched on the side of sleepy Shortwood Road is Walkley Wood Cottage, a distinguished 19th-century property with a rustic golden stone that immediately casts a warm and welcoming aura. Ideally situated, this cottage is the perfect base for exploring the tranquillity of the surrounding Stroud Valleys and the wider Cotswolds, while guests are also in easy walking distance of the cheerfully eclectic town of Nailsworth. If you’re looking for somewhere to totally relax and unwind, then Walkley Wood is the perfect Cotswold home for you.
As you approach the cottage through the cast iron gate and down the stone steps, you will notice a small outdoor table and chairs set down from the lane behind the dry-stone wall. Guests are welcome to sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the summer months in this compact but delightful sun trap. You may find yourself admiring the beautiful architecture and delicate Georgian windows, this cottage was, after all, built in 1852. Although the exact history of the cottage remains largely a mystery, it has been suggested that the building may have been used as a pub many years ago, which could explain the origins of the kitchen skylight. Either way, it’s nice to consider that many happy memories have been created within these historic walls!
Once you’ve opened the white-painted door with antique fox door knocker, you will find yourself in the neatly presented entrance hall of Walkley Wood Cottage.
The living room is the heart of this lovely little cottage. Set on the ground floor, it offers a warm and cosy living space and is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day exploring the Cotswolds. Decorated in quality Farrow & Ball paint throughout the cottage, the living room is stylishly understated, with quirky pieces of statement vintage furniture. Relax on the dark green leather sofa under the atmospheric lighting of the many lamps that line the room, and most eye-catching of all the gorgeous French brass candle-style wall lamps. If you fancy curling up and watching a film on the TV, then you’ll be spoilt for choice by the large selection of Dvds you’ll find on the in-built shelves, as well as a great selection of books. Lift the lid of the wooden chest/coffee table and you’ll find a superb selection of board games and puzzles – perfect for a rainy day! Of course, the real centre piece of the sitting room is the log burning stove, a real treat for holidaymakers looking for an authentic country-cottage experience. Bask in the warmth of the flickering flames while snuggled under the lovely soft blankets and cushions, kindly provided by Karen to help ensure that you have a homely and comfortable stay!
Lower Ground Floor
Situated on the lower ground floor, the kitchen is a very well-equipped space for both cooking and dining. Featuring a large fridge/freezer, excellent 5 burner gas hob, electric fan oven, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine and a vast selection of crockery, dishes and utensils, this compact country kitchen has everything you will need. The beamed ceiling and colourful rug add a touch of character to this simple space. A pine dining table seats four guests comfortably – look out for the drawer on the end of the table – that’s where all the cutlery is kept! Due to the layout and nature of this property, the kitchen does not receive a lot of natural light, however, at the far end, you will find a lovely walk-in alcove with a big skylight. In this area, you will find the Panasonic microwave, digital radio, bins and a great selection of mugs and glasses.
A bright and spacious tiled room offset by the wooden bath panelling and mirror. Featuring a WC, washbasin and bathtub with a fixed overhead shower and usual circular shower curtain.
A bright, fresh and simple bedroom, this room contains one single bed and one trundle bed that can be put away. Ideal for two children or single occupancy, this room might be a little too cosy for two adults to share, so please see photographs before making a decision. Guests in this room can enjoy pretty views over the Cotswold valley, as well as a few stylish touches such as the sheepskin rug and ornate cast iron bed frame.
This fabulous loft-style double bedroom boasts beautiful views from its topmost position in the cottage. With a sumptuous king-size bed (can be made up as a twin on request) nestled below the original oak beams of the sloping ceiling, this room is cosy and simple, with some lovely rustic details. Exposed Cotswold stone provides a stunning natural feature wall, while the Victorian chest of drawers and rocking chair are ideal for storage. You will find the hairdryer in the top drawer of the chest. A curtained-off hanging area makes for a unique open-plan wardrobe, ensuring there’s enough space for you to unpack and relax, while the room retains a lovely snug feel.
Walkley Wood Cottage enjoys the use of a small gravel/paved courtyard at the front of the house. There is a small patio table and two chairs that guests may use for breakfast, lunch or an evening glass of wine if they wish! If you are looking to stretch your legs further, there are plenty of beautiful walks and open fields surrounding Walkley Wood Cottage.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 3+1 guests in 2 bedrooms, one king size bed, 1 single bed, and 1 trundle bed
1 bathroom with bath and fixed overhead shower.
Starter packs of shampoo, shower gel and basic cleaning equipment is provided
Welcome tray including tea, coffee pods for machine and biscuits upon arrival
Street parking 100-200 yards away from cottage
Gas central heating
Child and dog friendly
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Log burning stove and small basket of starter logs
5 burner gas hob and electric fan oven
Nespresso coffee machine
1 high chair
1 travel cot (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
Small courtyard at front of house with small table and seating for 2
TV: 28” Smart TV
Goodmans digital radio in kitchen and master bedroom
Good selection of DVDs, book and games
Ironing board + iron
Points of Note
Parking: Parking is on-street
Dog friendly: A maximum of 2 dogs (with a charge of £25 per pet on booking)
Please be aware that Walkley Wood Cottage is a very old house and has several steep stairs, low beams and is spread out over four levels. In particular, guests sleeping on the top floor should familiarise themselves with the location of the low roof beams and all guests should be aware of the varying stair height. Due to these unique features, characteristic of a Grade II listed building, we would not recommend Walkley Wood Cottage for people who have mobility issues.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
A cosy beautiful little Retreat close to some gorgeous little shops. Great kitchen with a Nespresso machine and everything you might need to cook with. Cosiest comfiest bed ever upstairs. Great log burner perfect for the chilly evenings.
We had a really lovely time staying at the cottage. It was very cosy, well equipped, and we had a few lovely days walking in the countryside and making meals in the evenings. I would highly recommend walking to the South of Nailsworth - there was a very useful little blue pamphlet in the cottage which detailed a few nearby walks. We travelled by train to Stroud and cycled down to the cottage along a very pleasant cycle track through the woods. It took about 40 minutes, and was mostly on the level. There is also a great little off-license on the main strip in Nailsworth which sells a selection of local beers and ciders - the Stroud brewery bitter was a firm favourite!
We had a lovely stay at the property. The location is great for walking into Nailsworth where there are lots of shops to browse and great places to eat. The property was perfect for a week’s break.
Walkley Wood Cottage was lovely. Gave us a great base to explore the Cotswolds. Would recommend this property
A quirky and interesting cottage. Loved the four floors and the log burner. The ceilings are a quite low, but I managed to survive them and I am 6’3”!
Karen’s cottage in Nailsworth is a nice cosy place to hunker down in and explore the local area. Lots of shops to snoop around in there are also a few good cafes and bakeries for fresh pastries bread and coffee. This pad is quiet, warm and clean and has a nice stove for making a fire when it’s cold and rainy out.
This is a lovely cottage within easy reach of beautiful scenery walks and towns and villages. In good weather it’s an easy walk by footpath into central nailsworth in 10 minutes for shopping pubs restaurants and cafes. Very cosy with excellent log burner.
A fantastic cottage - beautifully, and tastefully, kitted out with everything we needed. Plenty of space for the two of us plus our two children. The property was spotless and Karen’s pre-arrival instructions spot on and very helpful. Located in close proximity to the centre of lovely Nailsworth. Can’t recommend it enough!
Just a short walk away is the artistic town of Nailsworth, a gem in the heart of the Cotswold valleys. A largely overlooked town, Nailsworth has a fantastic and unspoiled selection of boutiques, bars, pubs and cafes, and really does offer some of the best food for miles around. There’s also often live music events, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on what’s going on!
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