Bell House Apartments
Apartment | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
• Visit England 4 Star 'Excellent Standard' • Comfortable Cotswolds touring base • Flexible booking • Convenient town & countryside location • No need to drive • London 90 mins by train • Canalside • AONB • Country pubs & restaurants • Waitrose • Multi-award winning farmer's market, best in the UK
• Substantial character accommodation, ideal as a base for walking holidays or touring the Cotswolds, for gatherings of family or friends.
• We aim to answer 100% of enquiries within 48 hours, & do answer almost all within two working hours
• For clarity - Occupancy rates relate to the number of Apartments rented: Bell One = 5, Bell One & Two = 9, +Bell Four = 12
• Please see reviews for all our properties on Trip Advisor - Top Rated in Stroud for Port House & Apartment 2013
• Apartments One & Two have a common & exclusive entrance at street level, so very private & works well for a larger group. Total of four double, twin or superking bedrooms, with additional single bed in the largest bedroom, & two shower rooms. The kitchen of the larger apartment is equipped to accommodate up to twelve guests, with dining table to accommodate eight to ten, & together with the living room area is an excellent space to serve as the entertaining room for both apartments.
• Apartment Four has a separate entrance at street level, accommodating up to three guests in the triple room (kingsize double plus single), with double sofabed or campbed for a fourth guest. Family bathroom with shower over bath.
Bell House is ideally situated to enjoy the convenience of a short walk to the shops, cafe's, & nightlife of the town centre, or, equally within a few minutes walk in the other direction, the peace and quiet of scenic walks up to the Commons, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some excellent country pubs & restaurants. Being quite literally on the doorstep of the junction of the two Cotswolds Canals, the locality has an additional dimension as the canals are being restored as a leisure waterway stretching from the Thames to the Severn, with interesting walks along the canal system in assorted stages of restoration.
Located at the Gateway to Stroud, known for its steep streets and cafe culture. Reputedly Stroud boasts the largest concentration of artists and craftsmen in the UK.At the heart of the Five Valleys, & centrally located for visits to the spa towns of Bath & Cheltenham, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Tetbury & the Cotswold Villages. Easy reach of the Forest of Dean and further into South Wales.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Stroud 300 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details outdoors|
Lockside garden shared with the other residents of Bell House & the Lock Keeper's Cafe. Up to three free allocated barrier controlled parking spaces (one for each Apartment rental), additional public parking 200 metres (£2.50/day). Covered secure locked cycle storage.
The restoration of the Cotswold Canals - the Stroudwater Navigation (7 miles/12km) and the Thames and Severn Canal (29 miles/46km) - will see the connection of England's two greatest rivers; the Thames and the Severn for the first time in over seventy years, a very exciting and interesting time for the area. Further information may be obtained from The Cotswolds Canals Trust, Bell House.
Bell House Apartments One & Two consists of two self contained apartments, one significantly larger than the other. Bell One accommodates up to five guests in two large bedrooms (made up as twin/triple singles or superking doubles/single), Bell two accommodates up to four guests in two standard double bedrooms (one bedroom may be made up as a twin single). The two apartments are completely private when rented together as a pair, with a street level entrance leading to these apartments only. The front doors of each apartment are next to each other on the first floor, with the larger apartment occupying that floor, and the smaller apartment directly above via the internal stairs - best thought of as two floors of a large house, with superfluous extra front doors!
The kitchen of the larger apartment is equipped to accommodate up to twelve guests, with eight to ten dining & together with the living room area is an excellent space to serve as the entertaining room for both apartments.
Apartment Four has a separate entrance at street level, accommodating up to three guests in the triple room (kingsize double plus single), with double sofabed or campbed for a fourth guest. Family bathroom with shower over bath.
Full details of each apartment may be found in the individual advertisements.
(The remainder of the old part of the building consists of ground floor offices. The more recent extension to the building (25 years +) houses the Cotswolds Canals Trust visitor centre on the ground floor and one residential apartment above, & Apartment Four at the top - this part of the building is entirely separate, with separate access, and no sound transmission.)
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds are well known for breathtaking rolling countryside, gentle hillsides ('...wolds') and sleepy 'typically English' villages. This region is an area popular with both the English themselves and all visitors.
Bell House provides an ideal base for visits throughout the region including the spa towns of Bath and Cheltenham, and historic Cirencester, Gloucester, Bristol, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon....
Bath, a designated World Heritage Site, is one of Britain's most beautiful and historically significant cities; The Regency Spa town of Cheltenham is a significant venue for art/music/literature festivals; Gloucester's historic Cathedral featured in the films of J K Rowling's first Harry Potter books; Oxford is home to one of the most prestigious Universities in the World; visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon...
Diverse shopping opportunities, from specialist boutiques & designer outlet, to world class antiques and chain stores.
Something for everyone...
The Cotswolds has many well known attractions but here are a few of the more unique experiences from just across the road up to within a 30 minute drive: local canal restoration, history in the making (www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org/brimscombe) ; take a trial flight in a glider, an adventurous way to take in the stunning local views; Bibury's Arlington Row, its origins dating from 1380, found in 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds' William Morris; the Severn Bore, a 'spectacular natural phenomena'; Hetty Pegler's Tump, part of the Cotswold's Neolithic history, and so much more..
It's a five minute drive (or a healthy walk up hill) up to the Commons with some of the most beautiful National Trust managed common land in the country, with outstanding and far reaching views over the Cotswolds, and towards the Severn Estuary and Wales beyond. Horses and cattle roam freely across the Commons, and the grassland slopes are home to rare butterfly and wildflower species including thirteen species of orchid. Minchinhampton Common has many interesting and important archaeological features, some dating from the Neolithic period.
The area is perfect for Walkers.
A few local things to do that you just shouldn't miss out on....
A natural event - (www.severn-bore.co.uk)
Excellent dining in nearby villages - The Black Horse, Amberley (www.blackhorseamberley.co.uk), The Halfway House, Box (www.wildinthecotswolds.co.uk)
Sophie's Restaurant in Minchinhampton - Cotswold Life Restaurant of the Year 2005, Good Food Guide 2006 (www.sophiesrestaurant.co.uk)
Cheeserolling - May bank holiday (www.cheese-rolling.co.uk)
Stroud Farmers Market - every Saturday morning, Award Winning Market of the Year 2010 (www.fresh-n-local.co.uk/markets/stroud.php)
Westonbirt Arboretum - especially autumn colours (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt)
Equestrian events at Gatcombe Park, Badminton Horse Trials, Polo Club Cirencester, Cheltenham Races.
The Cotswold Water Park - a complex of 140 lakes situated 4 miles south of Cirencester (www.cotswolds.com)
Gliding out of Aston Down Airfield (www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk)
Hot Air Ballooning
Horseriding - family run Burnt Ash Farm is located in Minchinhampton (www.burntashfarm.co.uk)
Golf - Minchinhampton Golf Club, founded 1889, comprises 3 golf courses, each of different character (www.mincholdcourse.co.uk; www.mgcnew.co.uk).
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9 Mar 2014
This is probably the best place to stay in Stroud: next to the train station, 5mns away from the bus stops, with private car park and outstanding features inside. The photos are just like the reality.… More
4 Jan 2014
"Great apartments in centre of Stroud"
Myself and a group of 12 friends recently stayed in 3 of the Bell House apartments for NYE 2013 and were very pleased with the overall quality and price of the rental. We stayed for 3 nights and coul… More
4 Jan 2014
"Versatile and comfortable"
We were two families with older teens meeting for Christmas at Bell House, renting apartments 1,2 and 4. There were 10 in our party.Apartment 1 and 2 together gave us plenty of room and felt like one … More
2 Jan 2014
"Ideal location for winter visitors"
We booked Flats 1 and 2 which together provided sleeping for upto 10 people - we were a party of 7 so we had plenty of space. The flats were well equipped, clean and tidy. It was an ideal location for… More
27 Sep 2013
"Spacious apartment in hub of Stroud"
We loved Jane's apartment in Stroud for a number of reasons. First, it is spacious. It is centrally located close to town but also all main roads enabling easy access to various parts of Cotswolds. Thirdly, it was very clean. It was well equipped with everything a tourist requires. Jane had outfitted it with lovely linens. Finally it had very god parking at the back door.
12 Aug 2013
"Amazingly well equipped!"
A group of my family travelled to Stroud to stay at this property for my 30th birthday. The property is exactly as described but the kitchen, bathroom etc are superbly equipped - loads of glasses; tumblers, wine, champagne (you name it, they had it!) and all to a high standard. The care and thought that has gone into equipping this property made us feel very well looked after.
The booking process was smooth - Jane was always available via email and this made the weekend run smoothly.
We had an excellent weekend and would definitely recommend to others.
31 Mar 2013
"Perfect apartment for a break in the Cotswolds"
Great apartment in the heart of Stroud. Very clean, safe, nicely decorated with more home comforts than you would expect e.g. Sky HD, secure parking, oven.We were a party of 4 adults and two small chi… More
4 Feb 2013
"Great place for a group of friends!"
Had a wonderful stay at Bell, the layout of the apartments are great for a group of friends on a weekend get away. The apartments are well equiped, with fantastic beds, linen and towels etc. The only … More
4 Nov 2012
The location was perfect for us. We are a group of friends who try to get away once a tear for a long weekend so the location is not always important but it helps to be somewhere to wander round. I visited Stroud a coupe of months prior to our visit and loved it. The apartment is perfectly placed for the train station, town centre. There is a 20min walk to a large Tesco which is a nice stroll past parks. Everything you need is available in the apartment with milk, tea and coffee. The decor is very good and the bathroom superb. I also felt the bedding was lush, really good quality and fresh. Good information folder with restaurant guides and take away menu's, we did add a coupe ourselves. I shall be hopefully returning with my family next year if it's available.
27 May 2012
"Beautiful, clean and comfortable accommodation."
We loved this apartment - great location within a short walking distance of shops and restaurants and lovely walks along the canal. The apartment was clean and furnished with comfortable and modern furniture. Loads of TV channels to choose from and Wifi. The beds were probably the most comfortable that we experienced in 8 weeks of travelling. Highly recommend.
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