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The Chairman's Retreat, Slad, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Space to relax.

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
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The Chairman's Retreat is a beautifully presented house nestled below Frith Wood in Laurie Lee's stunning Slad Valley. Spacious and bright accommodation with a private terraced garden backing on to a paddock and woodland. Only a short walk to the famous Woolpack pub, a quick drive to Stroud's Farmers' Market and easy access to Cheltenham, Bath, Cirencester, Gloucester and the rest of the scenic Cotswolds, the house offers the perfect base for exploring. Great for families or groups of friends. The Chairman's Retreat is a light and airy house with all the comforts of home. It is totally self contained with a private garden and forms the rear half of our home. It's so private you probably won't see us during your stay but if you do need help we are generally just next door. The House is in...The Chairman's Retreat is a beautifully presented house nestled below Frith Wood in Laurie Lee's stunning Slad Valley. Spacious and bright accommodation with a private terraced garden backing on to a paddock and woodland. Only a short walk to the famous Woolpack pub, a quick drive to Stroud's Farmers' Market and easy access to Cheltenham, Bath, Cirencester, Gloucester and the rest of the scenic Cotswolds, the house offers the perfect base for exploring. Great for families or groups of friends. The Chairman's Retreat is a light and airy house with all the comforts of home. It is totally self contained with a private garden and forms the rear half of our home. It's so private you probably won't see us during your stay but if you do need help we are generally just next door. The House is in the middle of the Slad Valley, immortalised in Laurie Lee's beautiful book Cider with Rosie. It has great views across the valley from the garden and views up to Frith Wood from the house. It's a really peaceful retreat in a spot that is magical at all times of the year. We don't have many street lights here so the nights are dark and the stars are bright. Pretty much the only noises you will hear at night are foxes, badgers, owls and the wind in the trees. The house is really comfortable, with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. The entrance hall has lots of space for coats and muddy boots, a loo and a laundry room with separate washer and dryer. The house is upside down with bedrooms mainly on the lower floor and the sitting room, dining room and kitchen upstairs. Through the entrance hall is a small study area; you'll get good wifi throughout the house but if you need some desk space you'll find it here. Up half a flight of stairs to the master bedroom, with its own en suite shower room and patio doors onto your own private terrace with a table and chairs for morning coffee or evening drinks. This room is easily big enough for a travel cot or child's bed. Round the corner and down some stairs to a double bedroom and twin bedroom with a shared bathroom, which has a bath and shower. Then upstairs to the open plan dining room and sitting room. The dining room has a table for eight; great for lazy dinners. The sitting room is part of the same space but up a flight of stairs. Complete with squashy leather sofas, a wood burner (your first load of logs will be waiting for you), a smart TV, toys, games, books and a DVD collection. There's lots to do and space to relax. The kitchen has a big fridge, separate freezer and large range cooker. Lots of kitchen kit is available and if you need anything else we are just next door and happy to help. There is also a breakfast table and high chair for smaller guests. The fourth bedroom is off the sitting room and down a little corridor and is a double with windows facing Frith Wood. It's next to a bathroom and while not en suite, it's pretty much your own. The bathroom is a tribute to the 80's and as you would expect, has its very own jacuzzi bath. Outside there is a terrace with seating and a BBQ and two lawn areas, one of which is fenced to give some play space for younger guests. There is also a little herb garden, so feel free to help yourselves. You are welcome to use the paddock which is great for romping and frisbee but a bit too sloped for football. Take care with the electric fence around the chickens and do feel free to ask us about eggs. There is great walking to be found all around the valley. You can walk from the Chairman's Retreat straight up into Frith Wood; down the valley will bring you to Tom George's racing stables and through the woods and over the hill will take you to Painswick, the so called Queen of The Cotswolds, with its unusual churchyard, lovely pub The Falcon and surprising Olivas Deli, St Michaels restaurant and a fine coffee shop. Painswick as about a 45 minute walk away and if you fancy a night out, it's a pleasant (if hilly) stroll home. Closer to home is the Woolpack pub. Serving great food, local Uley Brewery and Stroud Brewery ales, it's cosy and popular and famed as an old haunt of Laurie Lee. If you want to be sure of a table it's worthwhile booking or letting us know and we will book for you. Slad is only a few minutes from Stroud by car. Trains from Paddington are direct and take around an hour and forty minutes. There is parking for two cars; if you need more space let us know and we can arrange it. If you are coming from further afield, Heathrow is 1:45 hours away, Birmingham airport 1:20 hours and Bristol 1:20 hours away. Stroud has a great Farmers' market on Saturday mornings - excellent local produce and yummy things for lunch. Our favourites are the Falafel wraps and the Tartiflet and if you can fit anything else in Pippins Doughnuts. Further afield Cheltenham and Gloucester are no more than half an hour by car with good shopping, the race course and The Everyman theatre. More
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Chris M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:83%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2017
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Reviewed 16 July 2019

The Chairmans retreat is 5 star everywhere. Great space and attention to detail from the owners . We had a great day on the Sharpness to Gloucester canal , well worth the visit and later went to the WOOLPACK in Slad itself , which was...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Phil M
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We came for our daughter's wedding which was held in an orchard nearby (Day's Cottage) and Chris and Suzanne's home was a wonderful base for preparing the ceremony. Everything in the house is top-notch: kitchen, appliances, beds, linen, showers, baths, wifi. The outside is beautiful...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank GregInParis
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

What an absolute gem situated in the most idyllic of locations. The house itself is flawless from top to bottom, furnished and decorated to perfection with everything you could possibly need and more. The extra little touches made us feel even more welcome. The location...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Kim H
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We spent a very relaxing family weekend at The Chairman's Retreat. The house is beautifully maintained, very well equipped, warm and welcoming and everything is of the highest quality with attention paid to the finest detail. Hosts Chris and Suzanne have gone to great lengths...More

Date of stay: May 2017
Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

A welcoming home with great views over the surrounding countryside. The house is in a lovely village and has great views. Inside the house meets a very high standard and we found some lovely welcoming gifts in the fridge to get us started on our...More

Date of stay: May 2017
Thank jacleigh2017
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Central Heating
Highchair
Dryer
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Iron
TV
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Balcony
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Toaster
Patio
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a dining room?YesNoUnsure
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We recommend that you bring your car with you and there is parking for two cars available.
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There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby
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