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.
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.
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
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
In Nailsworth town centre you will find a Morrisons. There is also a small Tesco Express store with a Post Office counter inside. A small Cooperative supermarket is also situated in the centre. Ocado, Sainbury’s and Tesco all deliver to the cottage.
Williams Food Hall and Dining (200 metres)
The Olive Tree (200 metres)
The Britannia (300 metres)
Nailsworth is a great place to explore the Cotswolds. There are numerous walks and footpaths to walk along the valleys and over the rolling Cotswold Hills. The walks vary in difficulty to suit everyone. Cyclists are not left out with a wonderful eight-mile, flat cycle path that winds its way from Nailsworth along the old railway line to Stonehouse. This is a great way to appreciate the many mills, industrial heritage and stunning scenery. The Cotswold Way is one of the best walks in England, covering 105 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
Places to Visit:
Ruskin Mill (2 miles)
Woodchester Mansion Trust (5 miles)
Newark Park (7 miles)
Train - Stroud Station (4 miles)
Taxis - Nailsworth Taxi Company, Omega
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
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
Quaint and quiet cottage in a lovely location, a nice base to explore the surrounding area.
Nicoletta - August 2021
Great location and loved the walks out from here into the countryside
Bolthole was a great place for the weekend! Clean, easy to check in. It's walking distance to some great pubs and lovely walks. 4 of us stayed which was great, but it is a small cottage so if your planning to spend a lot of time in rather than being outside it might be better for couples or individuals. But would recommend a weekend for sure!
Excellent little cottage in a nice part of the cotswolds. Really good place for a weekend retreat! Fireplace was a welcome addition. Highly recommend!
Cute cottage. Lovely location. Our young family had a nice time (2yr and 4yr). Maybe worth bringing a portable stair-gate if you have young children.
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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