House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 13
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Hoarstone House is a large, period country house, set in beautiful gardens and overlooking the picturesque Cotswold town of Nailsworth. The house is on the edge of Minchinhampton Common, 580 acres of beautiful countryside, managed by the National Trust, and most of the rooms in the house have stunning views over the Nailsworth Valley, one of the “Five Valleys” in the South Cotswolds that converge on the nearby market town of Stroud. Despite the house's tranquil setting, it is close to many pubs, restaurants, tourist attractions and beautiful walks.
Dating from the 18th century and originally three houses, Hoarstone House has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including a real fire in the living room and an Aga in the kitchen. Complementing these character features, the house has modern facilities, including wireless internet access and flat-screened TVs.
The house sleeps a maximum of 11+2 people, in five bedrooms (with the +2 on a sofa bed in the second living room downstairs). There are two family bathrooms, wash basins in four of the bedrooms and a downstairs toilet. The flexible layout of the bedrooms makes Hoarstone House an ideal retreat for large family gatherings or groups of friends seeking a perfect country retreat. Garage parking is available for two cars, with room for one additional car outside the garage, and further parking is available within a two minute walk. Because of the residential location, we regret that single sex parties, including stag and hen parties, are not permitted at this property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol International Airport 55 km, Nearest railway: Stroud 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 13|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
A path leads along the front of Hoarstone House to the entrance porchway, which then leads into the dining room.
All the ground floor rooms benefit from stunning views over the Nailsworth Valley. Running from one end of the house to the other, these rooms are:
- Kitchen: A large, well equipped room, with a gas-fired Aga, a gas hob and electric oven, Smeg fridge freezer, Nespresso coffee machine (without capsules) and dishwasher. The kitchen has Amtico floors and a large oak table by the window, which can seat approximately 10 adults. Accessed from the kitchen is a utility room, which includes another fridge freezer, microwave and washing machine/tumble dryer;
- Dining room: The perfect room for entertaining family and friends in style, this lovely room includes a large fireplace with gas fire, Amtico flooring and a large dining table, with seating for up to 14 guests;
- Living room: A beautifully furnished room, with a real fire, deep, comfy sofas and chairs, a flat-screen TV, DVD player, CD player and speaker dock;
- Second living room: Contains a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray player, gas fire, a double sofa bed and further seating. Perfect as a children's playroom or adult's TV room;
- Store room: With external access, a perfect place to store bikes and other outdoor equipment;
- Downstairs toilet: Contains a basin and a toilet.
Stairs lead up from the dining room to the first floor landing, off which are four bedrooms and two family bathrooms, with all the first floor bedrooms benefitting from the stunning views:
- Bedroom 1: Contains three single beds, two of which can be pushed together, and a wash basin;
- Bedroom 2: Contains a bunk bed, consisting of two full size single beds, a wash basin, a TV and a speaker dock;
- Bedroom 3: Contains a king size bed and a wash basin, with flat-screen TV and built-in DVD player;
- Bedroom 4: Contains a king size bed and a wash basin;
- Family bathroom 1: Contains a bath with overhead shower, a double wash basin and a toilet;
- Family bathroom 2: Contains a bath with overhead shower, a wash basin and a toilet.
A doorway from bedroom 4 leads up a steep and narrow stairway to:
- Bedroom 5: A large, spacious eaves room, containing two single beds, which can be pushed together. The character of this room includes a wonky floor and low wooden beams.
|Further details outdoors|
The private gardens of Hoarstone House are entered through large wooden gates, located next to the detached double garage. The large, enclosed gardens lie to the front of the house, dropping away down the hillside. The garden is a beautiful mix of lawns, trees, bushes and nicely planted beds, with a small, mesh covered pond towards one edge. Directly outside the house is a paved terrace, with outdoor table and chairs, plus a charcoal barbecue, providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the stunning views.
A security deposit of £250 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property and adherence to the property's parking instructions (the house is on a narrow lane, which parking is not permitted on). 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 Hoarstone House, including its grounds, is 13 guests, at any point in time. Please consult us prior to booking if you think that you may have more than 13 guests at the property at any point during your stay, as additional charges may apply. Over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges.
Same sex groups:
Regretfully, same sex groups, including, but not limited to, hen and stag groups, are not permitted at Hoarstone House.
Up to two medium sized dogs are accepted, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog.
For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, 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: Three single beds (two of which can be pushed together)
•Bedroom 2: Two full size single beds, set up as a bunk bed
•Bedroom 3: King size bed
•Bedroom 4: King size bed
•Bedroom 5 (accessed via bedroom 4): Two single beds
A double sofa bed is also available in the second living room.
Fuel and logs:
Electricity and gas are included in the rental price. There is a wood burning stove in the dining room and a fireplace in the living room, with logs provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).
The property has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.
The property has a garage with space for two cars and there is one additional parking space immediately outside the garage. Further additional street parking is available approximately 100 metres away from the house.
Where a letting exceeds eight 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), high chair and safety gate are provided.
The property's garden is enclosed, however, please note that the garden is relatively steep. There is also a small pond in the garden and children should be supervised at all times.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, 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 some narrow and steep stairs, low beams, multiple and uneven floors, and a steep 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.
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.
The Central England/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 Beverston Castle and Owlpen 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 Avon rises near Cherrington, passing through Avening, Gatcombe Wood and Longford's Mill, before it is joined by a small stream at Nailsworth. 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 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.
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:
There are a number of places to eat and drink within a short (and relatively level) walk of Hoarstone House:
- The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common (www.food-club.com/old-lodge.htm): Less than a half mile walk over the common from Hoarstone House, The Old Lodge is beautifully located in the centre of Minchinhampton Common. With unrivalled views of the Cotswolds, this 400 year old hunting lodge is the perfect place to escape the rush. Enjoy quality, locally sourced food served in the restaurant, the bar area, one of the smaller dining rooms or al fresco in the spacious garden. The stunning restaurant accommodates parties of up to 85 people seated and has floor to ceiling windows that look directly onto Minchinhampton Common;
- The Black Horse, Amberley (www.blackhorseamberley.co.uk): Just over half a mile from Hoarstone House, this is a 400 year old country pub and restaurant, perched on the edge of Minchinhampton Common, with stunning views across the valleys. The Black Horse serves everything from pub classics to a six course fine dining menu and prides itself on the excellent condition of their award winning real ales and sensibly priced wines. There are roaring log fires in the winter and attractive garden terraces in the summer;
- The Amberley Inn, Amberley (www.theamberleyinn.co.uk): Half a mile from Hoarstone House, on the edge of Minchinhampton Common, the inn enjoys magnificent views of the valley and the hills beyond. There are two cosy bars, one with wood panelled walls, and both with log fires. Each has its own ambience and both are well frequented by the local population. You can choose to dine either in the Amberley restaurant or one of the bars.
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@street (www.marketstreetnailsworth.co.uk): casual lunchtime dining and, in the evening, a relaxed fine dining experience. Mark draws on his extensive experience to create stunning food that works with local producers as much as possible and follows the seasonal patterns for both wild, foraged food and more traditional ingredients;
- Wild Garlic Restaurant (www.wild-garlic.co.uk): Awarded two AA rosettes, Wild Garlic offers customers first class food, using the very best ingredients from the South West. The menu focuses on flavour and is presented with simple flair and a touch of imagination. Everything is made on the premises, from the fresh pasta, ice creams and sorbets, to the daily baked organic bread;
- The Olive Tree (www.theolivetree-nailsworth.com): A Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria, set in the heart of Nailsworth, The Olive Tree provides a happy, welcoming atmosphere buzzing with life.
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 (www.williamsfoodhall.co.uk): A gastronomic journey through Britain and Europe with fabulous cheeses , salamis, terrines, fruit and vegetables from the famous Rungis market outside Paris. The fish and shellfish come from all around the coast of the United Kingdom and particularly from Cornish day boats. A wide selection of dishes "to go" are also available, from a simple fish pie or lasagne, to salvers of poached decorated salmon and seafood platters, or classics like Boeuf Bourguignone and stuffed quail.
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 a lot of traditional, high quality, Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the South West Cotswolds
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.
- Blenheim Palace
- Warwick Castle
- 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.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.
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27 May 2014
"Value for money"
This place was very delightful. Me and my family enjoyed it so much and wished we had stayed longer. We took our own washing up liquid, toilet rolls, foil, sponges etc however everything was readily a… More
2 May 2014
"Lovely house, beautiful area"
We had a great stay here for my sisters party. All the info we received before going was very comprehensive, including detailed photos of how to get there. It was very easy to find, the place was lov… More
31 Jan 2013
"Easy and hassle free holiday!"
Fantastic property, well looked after and the property manager was very easy to dell with and looked after all our needs. 12 of us stayed at the property and it was a very comfortable stay given the s… More
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