Bell House Apartment Four
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
• Comfortable Cotswolds touring base • Flexible booking • Contractor accommodation also available • 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
• We aim to answer 100% of enquiries within 48 hours, & answer almost all within two working hours.
• Two night weekend available between Christmas & New Year
• Please see reviews for all the properties that we manage on Trip Advisor - Top Rated in Stroud for Port House & Apartment 2013
• Canal side accommodation, ideal as a base for walking holidays or touring the Cotswolds, for family or friends. Second floor Apartment, easy access public transport. One large bedroom for up to three guests - kingsize double plus single. There is one bathroom with shower over bath. The open plan living room has a fully equipped kitchen & table seating up to 4 guests. Double sofabed and/or campbed available for a fourth guest.
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 3, 1 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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|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. One free allocated barrier controlled parking space, additional public parking 200 metres (£2/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.
Flexible short break booking from two nights - see additional notes below.
No hidden costs - rates inclusive of all utilities, 100% white cotton bed linen, fluffy white towels, gowns & slippers.
Choice of feather or hypo-allergenic duvets & pillows .
Sofabed or sling style canvas campbed available for additional guest.
Travel cots, reclining padded high chairs suitable from 3 months & door/stair gates are available at no extra charge as well as a selection of baby & toddler toys (cot linen not provided unless specifically requested).
Well behaved dogs welcome (not on the beds please) - £20 per dog per booking.
The property is available from 4pm on the day of arrival, until 10am on the day of departure. Some flexibility dependant on season & day of arrival by prior arrangement. Secure code & key entry enables unpredictable check in times, with owner available via mobile phone (the owner lives locally).
25% deposit required to secure booking (subject to £200 minimum deposit). Balance payable two months prior to arrival. Payment by direct bank transfer or debit card prefered, credit card payments accepted by phone. Security deposit not usually required. Cancellation policy detailed in terms & conditions - deposit refundable up to two months prior to arrival less £20 administration fee.
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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17 Aug 2013
"Brilliant yet again."
This is the second time I have stayed in this group of apartments but my first visit to this one (4) a friend and I decided we needed to get away and chill and my first thought was Bell House Apartmen… More
11 Aug 2013
"Ideal accommodation for the stay"
A lovely apartment with all mod cons. Internet and good sky package. Very comfortable beds with white bedding and lots of extras. Lovely little cafe downstairs next to the canal. Dogs were welcome and… More
20 May 2013
Beautifully furnished etc, warm and comfortable; helpful owner. Only gripes were minor - couldn't find a toast rack, or extra bin bags, so couldn't put out rubbish in the middle of our stay,… More
26 Apr 2013
"Perfect, smart apartment in central Stroud for Cotswolds visit."
My partner and I spent a week in the Bell House apartment four, with our lovely pup, Teg. We had a great week away from London, enjoying Stroud (especially the Farmers market), and going for coffee in the downstairs canal-side cafe which was wonderful. The apartment was spotlessly clean, very comfortable, and had everything we needed. Waitrose is 5 minutes away, and in 15 minutes we could walk in deserted woodlands for hours and have a fine glass of real ale in the sunshine. The whole week was perfect and with parking outside, and a delightful spot, we recommend staying at The Bell House very highly.
6 Oct 2012
"Happy to recommend"
This was a perfect apartment for our 6 days in Stroud. We had travelled through the UK for some 6 weeks before we stayed at Stroud, and this was one of the better apartments we stayed in. It was well … More
1 Oct 2012
"Great apartments, great location, great owners, great vacation!"
Bell House apartments are perfect for big families, families with pets, or people who want the amenities of home but right in the middle of the Cotswalds. Bell House is in a great location for those with cars who want to do day trips throughout the area - Oxford, Bath, Chipping Camden, Stratford-Upon-Avon etc. Stroud was a little disappointing but the pubs, long walks and countryside were just minutes away. We loved staying there. And it was a plus that the owner Jane and her husband were responsive to our every need and made our visit feel like we were at home. The Lock Keepers Cafe downstairs is an added bonus - great breakfasts and coffees/teas. Highly recommend the Bell House.
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