Yew Tree Cottage
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Yew Tree cottage is unique Cotswold family home, sleeping up to 6 people. This beautiful, self catering accommodation is set in a charming hamlet in the Slad Valley, in the heart of the Cotswolds Hills, one of the most picturesque and unspoilt locations in England offering views to open countryside to front and rear.
The hamlet of Slad, immortalised by Laurie Lee in his famous novel 'Cider with Rosie', boasts stunning views, a choice of great walks and one of the best pubs in the Cotswold's – The Wool pack.
The property is semi-detached and has been extensively improved with a generous sitting and dining room with oak flooring, an open fireplace, a fitted kitchen with an electric Aga, a breakfast area with door to paved terrace and utility room with WC. On the first floor, there are two evenly proportioned double bedrooms one of which has a useful study area. The bathroom has a fitted rain shower and a antique cast-iron roll-top bath. The second floor has a good sized double bedroom in the attic space with delightful views of Swift's Hill.
The gardens are mainly to the front of the house with a sheltered terrace adjacent to the breakfast area with a lawn bordered by mature shrubs and tress. Parking is available to the front of the house on the road. Surrounded by open meadows, woodland and rolling hills, with walks directly from the door, there's plenty to keep families busy here, all year round.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol International Airport 100 km, Nearest railway: Stroud Train Station, 1.5 hours direct from London 3 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, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Walks, picnics and views
The Cotswolds is designated as England's largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' with spectacular and breathtaking scenery - as an area it's 100 miles north to south, with gently rolling countryside of hills and steep valleys, picturesque stone villages that are often referred to as the 'Undiscovered Cotswolds'.
Villages such as Painswick cling to steep-sided valleys, old woollen mills can be found alongside the streams, and commons stretch across the hilltops at Minchinhampton and Selsley.
Nearby Slad, lies in a beautiful valley of the Slad Brook amid the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. The village originated at Steanbridge, an important crossing of the Slad brook, first recorded in 1353 when it carried the Painswick to Cirencester road. The oldest part of Slad is situated on Steanbridge Lane.
Slad`s most famous resident was the poet and author Laurie Lee who based his book "Cider with Rosie" on his own life in and around the village; he was a regular at the wonderful Woolpack Inn and is buried in the churchyard opposite.
The Cotswold Way passes through the AONB, and it is possible to walk along the Stroud water Canal. Woodchester Mansion, Owlpen Manor, Painswick Rococo Garden and Miserden Park Gardens are all within easy reach of Stroud. The town is served by trains from London Paddington.
Here in the South West Cotswolds the area has a denser woodland and a wilder nature, especially in the five valleys around Stroud where Slad is considered to be a hidden gem. Undulating areas of pasture land and ancient woodland make this unspoilt valley unique. Boasting 140 designated footpaths, from leisurely strolls through the woods, to steep climbs and wonderful views, these are a wonder not to be missed. You will be away from the crowds of tourists you find in the north Cotswolds and you will feel like you have discovered something special.
There are endless great walks, picnic sites and views.
Swift's Hill Nature Reserve - just behind the house stimulates a steep climb that brings you breath-taking views and 13 species of wild orchid, overlooking the Slad Valley and across the Severn to Wales. You will also experience one of the county's most valuable sites for butterflies, which will be out in abundance at this time of year. It is also a hotspot for endangered wildflowers, including 13 kinds of orchid, so it's no surprise that Swifts Hill is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).The reserve is an ancient Cotswold common just 25 acres in size. The origin of its name is uncertain, but it could refer to the many swifts that fly overhead.
Snow's Farm Nature reserve - across the Slad valley you'll find a mixture of meadow, woodland and complete tranquility.
Frith Wood Nature Reserve - a lovely ancient beech wood is brimming with wildlife including deer, and provides a 30-60 minute walk.
Painswick Beacon - has magnificent views across the Severn Valley and on a clear day the Welsh mountains can be seen. Across it passes the famous Cotswold Way, a 100 mile trial of walking path from Bath to Chipping Campden which goes through the village of Painswick and marks the mid point.
National Trust Ebworth Centre - just above the Sheepscombe valley where you'll find this expansive estate with managed Beech woodland and farmland offering courses and events.
Buckholt Wood National nature reserve - across into Cranham, the site includes the Cotswold Commons and beechwoods and Cooper's Hill National Nature reserve, it is part registered as common land and part owned by National Trust.
Cranham Common - recently purchased by the residents, is teeming with wildlife in the spring and summer, featuring an array of grasses and wild flowers, including pyramidal orchids and spot butterflies.
Rodborough Common (4miles) - fantastic hill-top views and wonderful wildlife.
Selsley Common (7 miles) - fantastic hill-top views and wonderful wildlife and a spot where poeople like to paraglide.
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).
Towns and villages
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 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.
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