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Old Inchbrook School

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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden



Old Inchbrook School is a grand Victorian school house, perched peacefully on the side of a valley, with glorious countryside views, on the outskirts of Nailsworth. This thriving market town nestles in the Nailsworth Valley, one of the "Five Valleys" in the South Cotswolds that converge on the nearby market town of Stroud. Nailsworth itself is well known for its high quality restaurants, first class delicatessen and bakers, as well as its antique and craft shops, modern art gallery and many individual, specialist shops.

The imposing house is built of Cotswold stone and has a wealth of character features, including a grand vaulted living room with a large wood burning stove, stone mullion windows, oak beams and wooden floors. Stone inscriptions on the exterior walls were intended to inspire the Victorian children who attended the school. The character of the house is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two flatscreen TVs and good range of kitchen appliances. Due to its location on the side of a hill, the property has a quirky layout, over a total of four floors.

Old Inchbrook School sleeps a maximum of 10+2 guests, in four bedrooms (with the +2 on a sofa bed in the TV/games room), and up to three dogs are accepted. There are two family bathrooms and a downstairs toilet. Off street parking is available for up to three cars, with further free on-street parking available close to the house. The size and layout of the property makes Old Inchbrook School an ideal retreat for large family gatherings or groups of friends seeking a perfect country retreat.


The front door of Old Inchbrook School opens into the ground floor hallway, which leads to the following rooms:

•Living room: A grand vaulted room, with mullion windows overlooking the countryside, wooden floors, a grand piano (the owners cannot guarantee that the piano will be tuned) and a large wood burning stove, plus a flatscreen TV and DVD player. There is comfortable seating for 12. The open mezzanine floor looks down over the living room;

•Bedroom 1: A dual aspect room, with lovely views. Contains a king size bed;

•Bathroom 1: Contains a walk-in shower, a bath with shower attachment, toilet and wash basin;

•Downstairs cloakroom: Contains a toilet and a wash basin.

Stairs lead down from the living room to the lower ground floor, which has the following rooms:

•Kitchen/dining room: A large, sociable open plan space. The kitchen contains an Aga, a separate gas cooker and hob, microwave, toaster, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. The dining area contains a wooden dining table, seating 12, next to large glazed doors, opening out onto the terrace;

•TV/Games room/bedroom 5: Contains a TV and DVD player, plus a double sofa bed. There is a door directly out to the garden.

From the living room, stairs also lead up to the mezzanine floor:

•Mezzanine: A lovely space to sit and relax, overlooking the living room;

From the mezzanine floor, a wooden ladder leads up to a further bedroom:

•Bedroom 4: Sitting in the eaves of the house, with restricted head height, this room contains two single beds. One of the beds is accessed by climbing through a restricted height gap in the roof beams.

Returning to the ground floor, a staircase leads up from the hallway to the first floor, off which are two bedrooms and a bathroom:

•Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed and a single bed;

•Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed and a single bed. The single bed is on a mezzanine level, which is accessed via a wooden ladder;

•Bathroom 2: Contains a bath with overhead shower attachment (restricted height), toilet and wash basin.

Doors from the kitchen/dining room lead out onto the raised, covered terrace, which overlooks the garden and the surrounding countryside, and has outdoor picnic bench seating for 12, plus a charcoal barbecue and an enclosed children's trampoline. The garden is to the rear of the property and is primarily laid to lawn.

The three off street parking spaces are located on the two sides of the house and are better suited to small or medium sized cars. Subject to ensuring access for other road users, cars can also park on the lane close to the house.

Key Features

Security deposits:

A security deposit of £250 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.


The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is 12 guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than 12 guests at the property.


Up to three dogs are accepted, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog.

For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs do not go in bedrooms, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

Bed sizes and configurations:

•Bedroom 1 (ground floor): King size bed;

•Bedroom 2 (first floor): Double bed and single bed;

•Bedroom 3 (first floor): Double bed and single bed (accessed via a wooden ladder);

•Bedroom 4 (second floor eaves room, accessed via a wooden ladder): 2x single beds;

•Bedroom 5/TV room (lower ground floor): Double sofa bed.


•Bathroom 1: Bath with shower attachment, separate shower, toilet and wash basin;

•Bathroom 2: Bath with overhead shower (restricted height), toilet and wash basin.

Heating, fuel and logs:

The property has a gas fired central heating system.

Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and an initial supply of logs is provided.

Services provided:

The property has free wireless internet access and two Freeview TVs, both with integral DVD players.

There is no telephone at the property, however, mobile phone reception is generally OK.


The property has off street parking for up to three cars. Further free on-street parking is available close to the house, however, this parking is on a narrow lane, where caution is required to not restrict access for other road users. Guests are therefore urged to limit themselves to three cars, if possible.


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.

Child friendly facilities:

A travel cot (without linen) and a high chair are provided. There is a fixed safety gate at the bottom of the stairs from the living room to the mezzanine floor and another fixed safety gate at the top of the stairs from the living room to the kitchen.

There is an enclosed children's trampoline in the garden, which guests can use at their own risk.

The property's garden is enclosed, however, please note that some areas of the garden are not visible from the house. The garden ceases to be enclosed when a car is parked on one of the parking spaces, by the front door.

Initial consumables:

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety:

This is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams, multiple floors and a sloping garden, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

In particular, guests should note that the ladder to bedroom 4 is very steep and has alternating single steps, as is the ladder to the single bed in bedroom 3. One of the beds in bedroom 2 is accessed by climbing through a restricted height gap in the roof beams.

There is a small uncovered pond in the garden of the property.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.


No smoking is permitted throughout the property.


In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 60 km, Nearest railway: Stroud 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Cotswolds region


In medieval times Nailsworth was a settlement at the confluence of the Avening Valley and the Woodchester Valley, on the Nailsworth Stream. Among many notable medieval buildings in the area are Chavenage House and Rodmarton Manor. More recently, Nailsworth was a small mill town and centre for brewing (the town now has the largest number of working water wheels per square mile in the country). It was connected directly to the UK national rail network between 1867 and 1947, with a station that was the terminus of the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway.

Today, Nailsworth is a lively artistic town full of surprises, nestling in a wooded valley and renowned for its award-winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and other food outlets. Small individual shops offer an amazing variety of goods, including organic locally grown produce, first-class delicatessen products, fair-trade items from across the globe, fascinating antiques and collectables. One of the focal points for artistic activities is Ruskin Mill, which is set in beautiful, organic water gardens.

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

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. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.


Food & Drink

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 at street;

•Wild Garlic Restaurant;

•The Olive Tree.

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.

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider South-West Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stroud, 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.

- Bath

- Blenheim Palace

- Warwick Castle

- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Hidcote

- Chedworth Roman Villa

- Cheltenham race course

- Cotswold Farm Park

- Batsford Arboretum

- Broadway Tower Country Park

- Snowshill Manor & Garden

Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.

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