House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16
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The Gables is a large, Grade II listed, Cotswold stone property, dating back to the 17th century. Most of the rooms in the house have beautiful views of the local countryside, as does the large, private garden. The house is located in the small village of Uley, in the heart of the South-West Cotswolds countryside, close to the well known market towns of Nailsworth and Stroud. As well as being well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside, The Gables is also within easy reach of popular destinations, such as Bath, Cheltenham and Cirencester.
The house has recently been extensively refurbished by its owners, to enhance the comfort for guests, whilst maintaining traditional character features, such as wooden beams and beautiful inglenook fireplaces, including one real fire and one with an original bread oven. The character of the house is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV with DVD player and a well equipped kitchen.
The house sleeps a maximum of 16 people, in eight bedrooms, with three bathrooms. There is a large garden, with beautiful views, and off-street parking is available for six to eight cars. The Gables is ideal for groups of friends or family gatherings, offering peace and tranquility in a stunning location.
The main entrance to The Gables is on the side of the house and opens into a small porch, which then opens out into a large reception hall. The following rooms are on the ground floor:
•Reception hall: Containing a beautiful inglenook fireplace and wooden beams, this is a lovely room to relax in, or as a second living room for children;
•Living room: At the heart of the house, this large dual-aspect room has French doors straight out onto the patio and garden, with beautiful views from the room. There is a real fire, comfortable sofas and a flatscreen TV with DVD player;
•Dining room: Another large, dual-aspect room, the highlight of which is undoubtedly the large inglenook fireplace, with its original bread oven. There are two dining tables, a feature table seating 10, and another antique table, which seats six;
•Kitchen/breakfast room: Accessed from the dining room, with a door out to the garden, the dual-aspect kitchen contains a double electric oven, four ring electric hob, large fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is a farmhouse table, with seating for approximately six;
•Utility room: Next to the kitchen, this convenient room contains a fridge freezer, another electric oven, an additional sink and a washing machine;
•Downstairs cloakroom: Contains a toilet and a hand basin.
A grand staircase leads up from the reception hall to the first floor landing, off which are three bedrooms:
•Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed. There is an en-suite bathroom, with a bath with overhead shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail;
•Bedroom 2: Contains a single bed, with a further pull-out single bed. Both beds will be prepared, unless you wish to set a travel cot up in this room, in which case please let us know not to set up the pull out bed, as there would be insufficient space;
•Bedroom 3: A grand master bedroom, with window seats to admire the beautiful views, which contains a king size bed. There is a Jack and Jill bathroom, accessed directly from bedroom 3, which contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail. A second door to the bathroom provides access for bedroom 4 (see below). There is also an additional door out of bedroom 3 onto the second first floor landing, giving access to the second staircase (see below).
There is a second, steep spiral staircase up to the first floor from the dining room, which opens onto another landing. The landing provides access to bedroom 3 and its bathroom, as well as access to:
•Bedroom 4: Contains a double bed. As noted above, this bedroom shares a bathroom with bedroom 3, which contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Further stairs lead up from the main landing on the first floor to the second floor landing, with all the rooms on the second floor showcasing the original beautiful wooden beams of the house. The following rooms lead off the landing:
•Bedroom 5: Contains a double bed;
•Bedroom 6: Contains two single beds;
•Bedroom 7: Contains a king size bed;
•Bedroom 8: Contains a king size bed;
•Family bathroom: Contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
The Gables' beautiful, mature gardens are south facing and are at the rear of the house, with stunning views of the open countryside. The gardens are terraced and contain a wide variety of trees and plants, as well as a small stream. Guests are welcome to pick fruit from the trees, or vegetables from the garden, for their own use. There is outdoor seating for 16 and a small outdoor table, as well as a charcoal barbecue.
Off-street parking for six to eight cars is available on the drive, to the front of the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 8 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmigham 120 km, Nearest railway: Stroud 11 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 16|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Uley is a quiet, picturesque Gloucestershire village situated on the Cotswold escarpment, overlooking a valley through which the river Ewelme flows. The village stands in beautiful country side crossed by numerous footpaths and bridleways and is very popular with ramblers, especially due to its proximity to the Cotswold Way.
Recorded as Euuelege in the Domesday Book, the village name is believed to mean "clearing in a yew wood". During the early years of the industrial revolution, the village was renowned for producing blue cloth. St Giles's Church near the village green was designed by the 19th century architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. His building replaced an earlier church dating back to Norman times, which had in its turn replaced a Saxon church.
The village is very close to Owlpen Manor, which has long been recognised as one of the most romantic places in England and is a very popular venue for weddings and events.
Uley was once famous for its large number of pubs (approximately 14), which has now reduced to a single hostelry, The Old Crown. There is also a community owned shop and Post Office in the heart of the village.
The Five Valleys
The Five Valleys are a group of valleys in the south-western Cotswolds, which converge on the town of Stroud. The valleys are as follows:
•The Chalford Valley (also known as the "Golden Valley"): The largest of the valleys, where the River Frome runs down the bottom of a deep narrow gorge from Sapperton to Stroud. Chalford village is very attractive and exists because of the early Industrial Revolution. It is built on ascending terraces on the south facing slopes of the “Golden Valley” and is approached by a bemusing series of narrow and often steep lanes and alleyways. The popular town of Minchinhampton lies on a tongue of high land between this valley and Nailsworth valley.
•The Nailsworth Valley: The Nailsworth Stream rises near Cherrington, passing through Avening, Gatcombe Wood and Longford's Mill, before it is joined by another small stream at Nailsworth and runs onto Stroud. Nailsworth was a cloth making town and is situated at the foot of a deep wooded valley, with houses spilling down the hillsides;
•The Slad Valley: A centre of clothmaking until the 19th century, when the mills ceased production. The grey-stone village of Slad is scattered along the south-east slope of the narrow valley and has been immortalised by the poet and author Laurie Lee. Slad was the filming location for “Cider with Rosie”, the TV adaptation of Laurie Lee's novel telling the story of his life in an Edwardian courture house in Slad;
•The Painswick Valley: With its fast flowing streams, this valley attracted the cloth industry in the 18th and 19th century, with some 30 fulling mills established, making the area very affluent. The town of Painswick, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, is a very popular Cotswold destination;
•The Cam Valley: In an area lying between Frocester Hill in the north-east and Stinchcombe Hill in the south-west, the Cotswold escarpment forms a natural amphitheatre around the low lying Cam valley. The large village of Cam is a mile north of the town of Dursley and one mill remains, producing high quality cloth used largely for tennis balls, billiard tables and guardsmen's uniforms.
The town of Stroud, on the main line from London Paddington, is a great meeting place, described by Jasper Conran as "the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds". With a bohemian vibe and an enviable array of independent shops, Stroud offers a unique shopping experience unrivalled by any town or city in the locality. Brimming with character and standing amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Five Valleys, Stroud has an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and art galleries in the most beautiful of settings. The award-winning Farmers' Market is held every Saturday and, throughout the summer months, street performers will entertain you every Saturday morning. There is a full programme of music and theatre throughout the year, making Stroud a true hub of cultural events.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the 'Heart of England'. The name Cotswold means 'sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”.
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone 'wool churches'. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe.
Food and drink
Uley has a traditional pub in the village:
•The Old Crown Inn: a traditional 17th century coaching inn, by the village green, which serves six real ales, including two from the local Uley Brewery. During the summer months fresh, homemade food is served all day on weekends and bank holidays.
Uley is also fortunate to have a community owned and run village shop and Post Office. Situated at the heart of the village, the shop offers day-to-day essentials, including locally sourced and grown produce.
Dursley has a number of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for a range of tastes and budgets. The selection below is a sample of the options available:
•Old Spot Inn: This award winning "gem" of a traditional hostelry is nestled at the foot of Stinchcombe Hill, situated on the Cotswold Way and surrounded by the glorious Cotswold countryside. The original building dates from 1776 and has low ceilings and comfortable connecting bar-rooms. Homemade food is served at lunchtime and there is a regular Monday Supper Night, with a different menu every week;
•Prema Arts Cafe: The Red Room at the Prema Arts Centre has been transformed into a rather special coffee house, serving the very finest Fairtrade coffees and a wide selection of teas, as well as delicious homemade cakes, slices of melt-in-the-mouth cinnamon toast and all sorts of other tempting tasties;
•The Pepper Pot Restaurant: This award winning restaurant, with its calming and contemporary atmosphere, is the ideal place for a special evening. The team pride themselves on producing food from locally sourced ingredients.
Nailsworth has a number of places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit most tastes and budgets. The selection below is a small sample of the options available:
•mark@street: casual lunchtime dining and, in the evening, a relaxed fine dining experience. Mark draws on his extensive experience to create stunning food that works with local producers as much as possible and follows the seasonal patterns for both wild, foraged food and more traditional ingredients;
•Wild Garlic Restaurant: Awarded two AA rosettes, Wild Garlic offers customers first class food, using the very best ingredients from the South West. The menu focuses on flavour and is presented with simple flair and a touch of imagination. Everything is made on the premises, from the fresh pasta, ice creams and sorbets, to the daily baked organic bread;
•The Olive Tree: A Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria, set in the heart of Nailsworth, The Olive Tree provides a happy, welcoming atmosphere buzzing with life.
Nailsworth also has three supermarkets (Morrisons, Tesco Express and Co-op) for regular food purchases and an award winning delicatessen:
•William's Fish Market & Food Hall: A gastronomic journey through Britain and Europe with fabulous cheeses , salamis, terrines, fruit and vegetables from the famous Rungis market outside Paris. The fish and shellfish come from all around the coast of the United Kingdom and particularly from Cornish day boats. A wide selection of dishes "to go" are also available, from a simple fish pie or lasagne, to salvers of poached decorated salmon and seafood platters, or classics like Boeuf Bourguignone and stuffed quail.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider South-West Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stroud, Nailsworth, Cirencester and Tetbury containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also numerous traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the South-West Cotswolds. We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds . Tourist Information centres are located in all the main Cotswold towns.
•Chedworth Roman Villa
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.
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4 Sep 2014
"Magnificent traditional cottage refurbished to new, with elegance and style"
The places is absolutely gorgeous! It has been recently refurbished and although it maintains its traditional English countryside / Costswolds style, it is perfectly decorated and set up. It's go… More
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