A peaceful, rustic space for some time out in nature.

This beautiful, private space will give you the best of both worlds. It’s conveniently located from Stroud town centre with great transport connections, and yet once you enter the garden here you’ll be in a quiet retreat, surrounded by nature. 

The Sleeping Spaces

The Cabin

The cabin is clean and cosy with its own little kitchen and shower room. It can be set up with a single bed, twin or double. You’ll have an electric heater, and we’ll make sure it’s cosy and warm before you arrive. 

The kitchen has all basic amenities for cooking – hob, fridge, mini oven, sink etc. There is a hot shower and sink in the en-suite as well as a composting loo. You have access to a plumbed toilet up on the patio too if you prefer.

The Shepherd’s Hut

The shepherd’s hut is right at the bottom of the garden, surrounded by trees. You’re quite a distance from the house and from neighbours’ houses, so it has a particularly secluded feel to it.

The shepherd’s hut is cosy with a king-size bed, and can also be set up with twin beds. There’s a little wood burner as well as electric power and an electric heater if needed.

Little Cabin 1

This little cabin is just down from the Roundhouse. It’s an insulated, cosy space with a single bed. There’s electric power and a heater.

Little Cabin 2

This little cabin is the closest to the house and the shower room, just beside the pond. It’s an insulated, cosy space with a single bed. There’s electric power and a heater.

The Shared Spaces

The Roundhouse

The roundhouse is our meditation space, that is available for you to use free-of-charge whenever it is available (it is sometimes hired by therapists, otherwise is open to you). It is warm and cosy, with a wood burner and lots of cushions and blankets.

There is electric power to this building, so light and heating are no problem. We don’t allow food or drink in here (other than bottles of water) but it’s a beautiful space to relax or do your yoga or meditation practice.

The Garden

The garden is our secret hideaway, sloping down 100m from the house all the way down to the Slad Valley. Beside the house there’s a patio with pond and the relaxing sound of the flowform.

The grassy space extends down past the roundhouse and cabins towards the stunning mature trees and peaceful Slad valley beyond.

We’re not far from town, but it feels secluded and private. It’s generally very quiet, but of course there are sometimes strimmer or lawnmower sounds from neighbouring gardens!

Shower room

You have access to a toilet and shower room, which is on the patio as you come through the back gate.

Please note if you’re staying in the Shepherd’s Hut, this is your toilet and bathroom, which is a few minutes walk up the garden from the hut.

 

Outdoor kitchen 

If you’re staying in the Shepherd’s Hut or Little Huts, you have use of a ‘camp kitchen’ that is in an insulated shed in the garden. It’s a basic set up but has everything you need for a rustic cooking space!

There’s a light, fridge, kettle, toaster, gas hob and basic cooking utensils. You get water (which is drinking water) from an outdoor tap just outside (filling up a jug or water container as needed).

 

Amenities

Free WiFi
Free Parking
Linen and towels
Hair dryer
Washing machine access
Iron
Self-serve breakfast
Basic cooking facilities
Shampoo and soap

The iron and hairdryer are left in the conservatory so that all guests can access them, but take down to the hut if you’d prefer to use them down there. Washing machine can be used on request (if we’re there to give you access, as it’s in the main house).

Info & Pricing

Pricing

The Cabin costs £50 per night bed and breakfast.

The Shepherd’s hut is £45.

The Little Cabins are £30 each.

Minimum stay is 2 nights. Significant discounts are possible for longer stays, just get in touch to discuss the details.

 

Further information

 

Location

We are situated at the edge of Stroud, just as the town thins out towards the Slad Valley. Our house is detached and is on a friendly, quiet street with the valley on one side and the woods to the back. There is parking on our private driveway or free parking on the street.

We’re easy to find using sat nav or maps, you’ll get to us easily with a postcode typed in. Please be aware that sat nav will sometimes want you to get here via the back lane (Slad Lane). It’s driveable, but it’s windy and narrow and sometimes is easier just to arrive via Summer St. instead.

If you arrive by bus or train you can either get a taxi from town for a 5 minute drive here, or walk (which on the way here takes 25-30 mins with some of that being uphill). If we’re available we’ll be happy to drop you down to the station when you leave or give you details for a taxi.

Your arrival

You have your own entrance, coming in through the back gate and walking down the garden to the hut. If you’re arriving late or arrange to come when we’re not at home, we will leave a key for you in a key safe.

We do accept guests when we are away, as you can access the property via the back gate. In these cases, we’ll leave breakfast items for you and we will be in touch with all the information you need. We’re a phone call away if you need anything during your stay.

The surrounding area

You can walk out the front door and just a few minutes walk along our road will take you down a country lane. There are lovely beech woods within a few minutes walk and you can take a longer walk (30 mins +) to the stunning Swifts Hill or to the Woolpack Pub (a local favourite made famous by the Laurie Lee novel ‘Cider with Rosie’).

There are plenty of other things to explore, as we’re just a 15-20 minute walk from Stroud town centre, or a short drive from the train station (1.5 hours direct train to London).

You can visit the award-winning local farmers market, go to the local pubs (knowing you’re in walking distance!), or go to any of the regular and eclectic cultural events that go on in Stroud.

You may want to be here as a springboard to explore Stroud and the surrounding villages, or perhaps you’d rather close the door and use your stay here as more of a retreat – either way is fine, or perhaps a bit of both!

WiFi

You can get WiFi signal in all the cabins, and most networks seem to get full 3g or 4g signal here too.

0117 9444 206
Woodside, Stroud, GL5 1PL
hello@cotswoldsretreat.com