The Old Chapel, Slad
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Converted Chapel | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Welcome to the Old Chapel in Slad, Gloucestershire; a luxury self catering Cotswolds holiday rental, with a stylish, contemporary interior.
Described by The Guardian (December 2013) as 'one of the best cool holiday self-catering accommodations in the Cotswolds...it's both homely and stylish.'
This characterful holiday home, a spacious converted Cotswolds chapel, is set on the slopes of the Slad Valley in the heart of the Cotswold Hills, one of the most picturesque and unspoilt locations in England. It is available for holiday rentals and short breaks all year.
The hamlet of Slad, immortalised by Laurie Lee in 'Cider with Rosie', boasts glorious views, endless great walks and one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds - The Woolpack, just 300 metres from The Old Chapel.
Built in 1865 and thoroughly renovated in 2008, the converted old chapel is stylishly furnished without being contrived. The furniture is a mix of antique, retro and contemporary. It offers very comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation for up to 10 guests (no more than eight adults), and is ideal for two families to share. The owners continuously maintain the Old Chapel to a high standard.
Home comforts include a large and very well equipped kitchen-dining room, a huge open-plan living space with wood-burning stove, and separate TV areas for you and the kids. With a wonderfully quirky graveyard in the garden the Old Chapel is a long way from your usual self catering Cotswolds holiday cottage.
Surrounded by wild flowered meadows, ancient woodland and rolling hills, with breath-taking views and walks directly from the front door, this is an ideal self-catering base for Gloucestershire walking holidays, and is well-positioned for visiting other parts of the Cotswolds, and towns such as Bath and Cirencester. It is available for long weekends, weekly rentals or longer breaks.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heathrow 100 km, Nearest railway: Stroud 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Bunk Beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
About this location
The Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds is designated as England's largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' – as an area it's 100 miles north to south.
Here in the South West Cotswolds the area has a slightly wilder nature, especially in the five beautiful valleys around Stroud, of which Slad Valley is considered the most unspoiled. These are the real Cotswold Hills, steep climbs and wonderful views, away from the crowds of tourists you find in north Gloucestershire.
There are endless great walks, picnic sites and views. Here are just a few:
Snows Farm Nature reserve – Just across the Slad Valley you'll find a mixture of meadow, woodland and utter tranquility. Stunning.
Swift's Nature Reserve – a steep climb brings you breath-taking views and 13 species of wild orchid, overlooking Slad Valley and across the Severn to Wales.
Frith Wood Nature Reserve - behind The Old Chapel, this lovely ancient beech wood is brimming with wildlife including deer, and provides a 30-60 minute walk.
Painswick Beacon has the best views in the area, with Wales clearly visible. Across it passes the famous Cotswolds Way, a 100 mile trail of walking paths, and bizarrely, a golf course. The Beacon is a short drive from Slad.
Rodborough Common (3 miles) - a favourite picnic site, overlooking the next valley. See pic on right. And a good pub - The Bear.
Selsley Common (4 miles) - fantastic hill-top views and wonderful wildlife.
Roman Villa (6 miles) - the remains of a large and luxurious Roman villa built around AD250, with bathhouse complex.
Here are some of the most popular local places to visit:
Painswick Rococo Garden (3 miles) – the last remaining Rococo garden, carefully restored using an original painting as a blueprint, and boasting a brand new Anniversary Maze.
Woodchester Mansion (5 miles) – an unfinished Gothic masterpiece – suspended in time but revealing many of its structural secrets. Check the website for open days.
Prinknash Abbey, and the adjoining Prinknash Bird Park (4 miles) – the serene promontory setting of a modern abbey, pottery and tearooms, combined with a perfect venue for children who will enjoy the pygmy goats, baby deer and feeding trout.
Westonbirt Arboretum (17 miles) – stunning landscaped grounds, which are home to some of the world's tallest, oldest and rarest trees.
Delight the children with a visit to Cattle Country (17 miles) – an outdoor Adventure Playground and indoor chutes, slides, and scramble nets.
Ornothologists should visit Slimbridge Wetland Centre (13 miles), the only place in Britain to see all six varieties of flamingo!
And there's more…Selsley Herb Nursery at Bisley, the Jenner Museum and, set amidst a splendid tree collection overlooking the lake in Stroud's Stratford Park, Stroud's Museum In The Park displays elements of the District's local history never before on view.
Within a short drive you can also discover historic houses, such as Owlpen Manor (10 miles) and Chavenage (13 miles) and the historic Sudeley Castle and gardens (20 miles).
You could spend a week just driving around the honey-coloured market towns and villages of the Cotswolds admiring the timeless beauty of this unspoilt part of England.
The official Cotswolds tourist site lists most of the best places.
Painswick (left), known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, is less than two miles over the hill behind the Old Chapel, and is an absolute must.
We also love Bisley, Miserden, Sheepscombe and Minchinhampton all very close by. A little further will find Cirencester (Roman capital of Britain), Tetbury (where Prince Charles has a food shop), Bibury (very picturesque and with a great trout farm), Winchcombe and (when it's less crowded, out of season) the incredibly twee Bourton-on-the-Water with its bird park and miniature village.
Three supermarkets (Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco) are a couple of miles away in Stroud, and they all deliver to The Old Chapel (place your order online in advance) and with Stroud's excellent farmer's market on Saturday mornings stocking up is easy. There's also a Co-op two miles down the road that opens late for basic groceries, alcohol and newspapers.
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11 Feb 2015
"Surpassed all expectations- beautiful"
We stayed for my husbands surprise 40th birthday. It was perfect. The service was great. The chapel is understatedly beautiful and very stylish. Great pub up the road and the children loved the trampo… More
16 Jan 2015
"Our Stay at the Old Chapel"
The property is very very comfortable, contemporary with a twist, very well located for visiting the surrounding area. The local pub The Woolpack is great venue to meet and dine. The locals are warm &… More
11 Dec 2014
we unfortunately only got to stay in this amazing property for a weekend! the old chapel and its grounds were stunning!! we found a lovely walk nearby for the dogs and the fact the children (and adult… More
24 Oct 2014
"Fabulous accommodation in stunning setting"
We had a weekend with our extended family followed by 4 days with 3 other couples. The living area downstairs was great for socialising, with space for those who wanted to have time alone. Very high … More
15 Oct 2014
We stayed at the Old Chapel for 4 nights at the beginning of October 2014. The one thing that stood out was the quality and care that had been put into the building and facilities. My friends and I ha… More
25 Sep 2014
"Fabulous Holiday Rental"
We had the most wonderful stay in this very well presented Chapel in a very picturesque part of the Cotswolds celebrating my husband's 70th birthday! The property was excellently equipped with e… More
10 Sep 2014
"fabulas venue for my 60th birthday"
this place is fantastic for getting all the family and friends together. i had my 60 th birthday party here and it could not have been better. started with a barbicue which they provide then sit out … More
1 Sep 2014
"Best holiday rental by far"
We've been to quite a few holiday rentals in the UK over the past 10 or so years and The Old Chapel in Slad simply is the best. Not just in this price-range, but in any. The location is wonderful… More
24 Aug 2014
"A delightful place to stay!"
We were a party of seven, travelling with family, four adults and three children. The accommodation was perfect. Plenty of room for everyone with a large open kitchen and living area. The children lov… More
15 Jul 2014
"Great way to experience the Cotswolds"
Stayed a week at the Old Chapel with my wife, our young daughter and our recently born baby plus four other relatives and had a great time. My daughter greatly enjoyed the trampoline and the children … More
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