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Under Catswood

(Ref. 1066428)

Elcombe near Stroud, Gloucestershire Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful property but quite ridiculous access, to the point of questioning whether or not to go out by car."

    Horrendous if icy or snowing. The turn off at the end of the drive is ridiculous. Stunning in every other way, loved being in the house but wouldn't book again.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Under Catswood. It's wonderful to hear how much you loved the house and the view is something else!. But I'm sorry to hear you didn't find the drive easy to get up to the property. We do show the drive in the images on the website. We hope you still had a lovely time and we would love to welcome you again to another property in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher3.8Feb 2024

  • "A beautiful house, in an absolutely magical setting, right in the epicentre of Cider With Rosie country."

    We spent a wonderfully relaxing week at Under Catswood with our older dog in early December. The location is magnificent with spectacular views over the Slad valley, and south towards Stroud and Selsley Common; ending somewhere near the bridges over the River Severn. The Midcentury Modern house is equally spectacular. It is warm, well equipped and superbly laid out. Even though we are fussy people with high standards, we immediately felt at home. At night it is silent, except for the occasional Tawny Owls, by day the valley is peaceful and quiet. Perfect to get away from it all. I grew up in Painswick as a kid, just in the next valley, and it was a treat to be back in the hills and valleys of Stroud. It was particularly magical to be able to re-read Cider With Rosie in the sunroom and glance up from the pages and see the places Laurie Lee describes in the book. A truly unique experience - thankfully we saw no two-headed sheep in Catswood! Stroud is a very short drive down the valley and has all the amenities you might need if civilisation is required for any reason. The odd thing about Under Catswood is that while you are in the property, civilisation feels much, much further away than it actually is. Our break was over way too quickly and we really hope to return again soon. I would recommend this property without hesitation. Thanks for a great stay.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review which is greatly appreciated. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Under Catswood, particularly the atmosphere of this area of the Cotswolds. We would love to welcome you again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Dec 2023

  • "Hi, It is a great place, I would be very interested in knowing the history of the building."

    Just 2 things 1) The coating ( teflon?) on the cooking pots is flaking off and they should be replaced 2) An expresso machine would be a great addition to the place......the final piece of icing on the cake! Best wishes David

    Thank you for providing this feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Under Catswood and will certainly pass on your recommendations to the owner. We hope to welcome you again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was a delightful house,the view outstanding."

    The beds are comfortable. The house was clean.Loved staying there.One little thing the road upto the house is very narrow we had to reverse a few times as no where to pull in. Very easy to get to places out and about.

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lots of thoughtful extras."

    Fantastic property. Great views . Very tastefully decorated adding to a peaceful break .

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a a glorious week staying at Under Catswood Fab House, all mod cons, we ..."

    We had a a glorious week staying at Under Catswood Fab House, all mod cons, we were very comfortable So well equipped We did eventually find out how to work the hob

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that your enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4May 2023

  • "A wonderfull property with simply amazing views over Slad valley."

    I would certainly recommend the property to anyone looking for a relaxing/walking holiday.

    Thank you for providing us with such lovely feedback on your stay at Under Catswood. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time away and we hope to welcome you again one day in the future. Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a lovely property; perfect for a respite break for full-time carers where you can relax, unwind and soak-up/walk the glorious Gloucestershire countryside."

    The house and grounds were striking in it's design and elevated position. Though many good touches in evidence (welcome pack, plentiful firewood, warm and clean on arrival), I would like to offer a little constructive criticism: some of the kitchen amenities (e.g. cooker) were a little over complicated and please update house instructions (esp. tv operation), but minor niggles only. Otherwise, Under Catswood provides a terrific environment in which to recharge your batteries and soothe your soul. We very much look forward to our next visit.

    We're so pleased that you had a well-deserved restful break and enjoyed the location. Thank you for your helpful comments which are being looked into. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Mar 2023

  • "An amazing property with spectacular views."

    Well laid out and well furnished/equipped. The small step from the hallway to the kitchen is dangerous. Suggest you add on chamfered thresholds to avoid injury. Same to the middle bedroom. We stumbled a few times before we got used to it. Window handles need replacing as some are broken. Some basic instructions on operating the hob and oven/micro would help. Would have no hesitation to recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Shailesh5.0Feb 2023

  • "Probably one of the most beautiful staycation places we have been."

    We regularly stay in the Cotswolds in ‘traditional’ cottages, so this was a break from the norm. We cannot wait to come back! Yes the drive in is challenging, but well worth it. We found it best going out for the day then enjoying the house in the evening was best for darker, winter evenings. The house was warm, comfortable and well equipped. Views were unforgettable and quite frankly incredible! Owners if you ever think of selling, please drop me a message! What a house!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you appreciate what a spectacular property Under Catswood is and that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maresa5.0Feb 2023

  • "Great place, thank you."

    The heating is very efficient and the solar and heat pump make great sense. Once we’d controlled the heat level (we don’t do very hot houses) the timing couldn’t be controlled. It was on (pumps running) during the night. If the timing was reset or was controllable by tenants you could save energy output cost and the environment. Other wise we had a great family get together. You probably won’t want to publish these comments online but very happy to say that Under Catswood is a fantastic holiday let.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful relaxing getaway superb location with amazing views."

    The property is one of my favourites this being our second stay.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased that you think Under Catswood is as fantastic as we do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Dec 2022

  • "Under Catswood was perfect for a long overdue family gathering."

    Extremely comfortable, incredible views and very cosy in the winter. Access is not for the faint hearted and the snow and ice presented some challenges but worth it once you get there.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Under Catswood even during the snow. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marcus5.0Dec 2022

  • "The pictures don’t do this house justice!"

    It was truly stunning, with amazing views and idyllic setting. It’s a really comfortable, relaxing and wonderful place to stay. We will definitely be returning. There’s lots to do in the area, great walks and places to eat. One of the best holiday let’s we’ve ever stayed in

    Thank you for such a wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had a great time and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property was lovely and the views fantastic."

    It was a great stay. Three minor points that didn’t detract from our lovely weekend: Windows locked so couldn’t be opened No hairdryer And quite difficult roads to the property However all in all a beautiful property.

    We are pleased that you enjoyed the property and the views. Thank you for your comments, these will be passed onto the owner. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Nov 2022

  • "The house was stunning,everything was high standard and it exceeded our expectations."

    The house was actually much bigger than we th5from the photographs, amazing views out from the house. Overall we wanted somewhere to relax for a few days and that is what we got, the time flew by. We will definitely book again in the future

    Thank you for your amazing review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay due mainly to the fantastic property (Under Catswood) and the spectacular views over the valley."

    The accommodation and facilities are amongst the best we’ve ever experienced and there has clearly been a great deal of thought to the layout of the property and the high quality interior. Although access up the lane is tight it is well worth the challenge.

    Thank you for your amazing review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the property and its lovely views. We hope to welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2022

  • "Undercats Wood is a beautiful property- spacious, comfortable and very well equipped."

    We found the house clean and loved the views from many of the rooms and terrace. The peaceful location was worth the slightly challenging roads to reach it. A fantastic holiday home. Thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback. It's fantastic to hear that you had a lovely time away and we hope to be able to welcome you to Under Catswood one day again in the near future! Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2022

  • "Property was amazing value for money, providing all the little things helped."

    Fyi I thing the washing machine is leaking as the outside of the building was wet, but didn't see inside wet.

    Thank you for providing your feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for letting us know about the washing machine issue - much appreciated! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deep5.0May 2022

  • "There were a few issues with the water pressure and lack of hot water, even after pressing the extra hour on the boiler."

    On the final day the kitchen sink developed a leak. The house was set in a stunning location. Just a suggestion to improve the stay would have more information about walking routes, local restaurants, pubs etc.

    Thank you for your feedback and we have passed on any issues to the relevant people. We appreciate you raising these with us. We are pleased you had a nice stay and hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stu3.8Apr 2022

  • "Superb location and views, beautiful position in its own wood."

    The décor was a perfect match for the design of the building. Perfect for a walking weekend with friends. Very impressive kitchen and I personally loved the library and Charles Aimmes chair! Outside space great and the local pub The Woolpack had excellent food. Highly recommended. Don’t be out off by any negative reviews we experienced no issues at all.

    Thank you so much for providing us with such lovely feedback. It's great to hear that you had a fantastic stay at Under Catswood and we would love to welcome you back to the property any time in the future. Thank you once again for providing us with your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jan 2022

  • "We felt completely at home in the cottage from the moment we arrived."

    The property is spacious, comfortable and full of personal touches. Sadly we did not have time of explore the gardens but the views are spectacular. The split level lounge is real luxury. The location is idylic and quiet but within easy reach of Stroud if civilisation is required!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "I booked this holiday as a 50th birthday celebration and it was the most expensive holiday we have had and probably the worst !"

    The holiday property was dirty and had apparently had a 9 hour clean before we arrived. I've sent a very large number of photos to sykes who have passed on to the owners and yet, I've had no response. The property was in a very unacceptable state of cleanliness and it ruined our whole holiday, so much so that my son wanted to leave the very next day after arrival. We definitely won't be going back !

    Thank you for your feedback.We can only apologise for the cleanliness issues you encountered during your stay. We have experienced teething issues with the cleaning company, we have now managed to source a new housekeeping company. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marsha2.2Oct 2021

  • "Whilst the cottage is in a stunning location and could be a very desireable property it was the dirtiest we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in a lot!"

    Given the current situation we expected great care would have been taken to prepare holiday cottages for guests at this time, in-line with your cleaning guidelines. This was certainly not the case. All kitchen surfaces were covered in layer of grease, taps had fingerprints, bins filthy, layers of dust on appliances, crockery dirty and stained, bedding Unironed, bathrooms in a similar condition. We complained to Manor cottages who arranged for a ‘reclean’ to take place. Two ladies turned up who were extremely rude and unhappy at being called back. They stayed for 20 minutes. There was some improvement but not much. Given the rudeness of the women we didn’t want to call them back again so spent the rest of the day shopping for cleaning articles and cleaning the property ourselves and washing all of the cutlery, crockery, land and utensils. The ladies said the previous guests had left the property in a bad state and they had run out of time to clean the property properly for our stay. This was not out fault and should not have impacted on our stay. We certainly lost one whole day of our much needed ‘holiday’ due to this. Having paid for what we thought was a luxury property at luxury prices we feel deeply disappointed.

    Many thanks for your feedback on Under Catswood. We are so sorry that the cleanliness was not up to our usual high standards and despite having a revisit from the housekeepers it was still not acceptable. I can assure you this has been taken onboard as we want to ensure all guests have a positive experience whilst staying with us. We have now sourced a new housekeeping company. Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Georgia3.8Sep 2021

  • "The house is amazing, very well eat with everything you need."

    The views are breathtaking. Would definitely recommend.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay at Under Catswood. We're so pleased to hear that the house exceeded your expectations and you enjoyed your stay. You're always welcome to return in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2021

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-sizes with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin (can be made as a superking on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Air sourced central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric combi microwave/oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV , Freeview, WiFi and selection of books
  • Fuel, power and logs for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Side garden with patio and lawn
  • Side terrace with patio, barbecue and furniture with access to woodland
  • No smoking
  • Shop 2.1 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: Despite the property being single-storey, there are steep external steps leading up to the entrance that may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There are steps within the property, please take care
  • Note: The garden features steep slopes, children must always be supervised outside

The property

Stroud 3 miles.

Located in the wonderful Slad Valley, this architect-designed, contemporary villa is nestled in seven acres of private woodland and commands stunning 30 mile views across the Cotswold escarpment.

Finished to a high standard, to provide stunning accommodation, it really does provide something special for a group of six.

On arrival at the property, you will immediately see the spectacular vista spread out before you, along with handy off-road parking.

Access the property via a flight of external steps; as soon as you enter the property you will begin to appreciate the thought and time that has gone into creating a spectacular home.

Arranged over one level, the whole house provides a welcoming and light, open-plan space where you can relax and unwind.

On one side of the house you will find a superb kitchen/diner, where you will find all the conveniences you would expect in a property of this quality, and spend time relaxing around the retro dining table whilst soaking up the magnificent views, whatever the weather.

The kitchen/diner gives access to the sun room - the perfect spot for a few moments of peaceful relaxation.

The sun room gives access to one of the three beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms, this one equipped with a king size bed and the en-suite with a walk-in shower.

Cross to the other side of the house where you will find the dual-level sitting room comprising of a glorious sitting area (accessed down four steps), where you can curl up by the log-burner on those chilly winter evenings, or catch up with the latest offering on the large, Smart TV.

On the upper level you will find a separate reading area, supplied with a range of books and magazines to keep you entertained.

From here you also have access to the two remaining bedrooms; the master king-size suite with en-suite fully equipped with bath (and shower over), and a further bedroom, this time with twin beds and en-suite shower room.

Once you have settled in take time to explore the outside of the house; multiple sitting areas from which to enjoy the spectacular scenery, as well as seven acres of woodland to explore, where you will hopefully find an abundance of wildlife, including deer, badgers, owl and buzzards.

You will begin to appreciate why the author Laurie Lee was so enamoured with the area, and it provides the setting for his timeless classic 'Cider with Rosie'.

After making the most of the house’s surroundings, venture to the peaceful village of Slad to savour a pint at the The Woolpack Inn (Laurie Lee's local!), before continuing on to Stroud.

The town of Stroud makes for a wonderful outing, with its fascinating Museum in the Park to explore, the Sladebank Woods to venture through and its many eateries and shops to stop at.

Try and visit on a Saturday, when the fabulous Farmers' Market is in situ, and sample some of the local gastronomic delights.

Alternatively make your way to Painswick, often referred to as 'The Queen of the Cotswolds' for a round of golf in the local club, before touring the breathtaking Rococo Garden and viewing the Grade II Listed building of The Little Fleece.

20 minutes away lies the splendid Regency town of Cheltenham, with something to attract visitors whatever the time of year, with its array of festivals, restaurants, shops and world famous race course.

Venture to Gloucester for a day out with a difference and tour the famed Gloucester Cathedral, learn of Britain's waterway history in the National Waterways Museum, and go picnicking in the delightful Robinswood Hill Country Park.

There is so much to explore in this region, with the outdoors delights of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty resting on your doorstep.

So much fun is waiting to be had at Under Catswood!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Gloucester 9.5 miles; Cirencester 13 miles.

The town of Stroud is known as the less commercial corner of the Cotswolds, a somewhat bohemian collection of buildings, squares and lanes, tucked into the green hills which once housed countless sheep during the town’s time as the centre of the Cotswold’s woollen industry. Today, Stroud welcomes visitors to its friendly cafes, quaint bookshops, independent shops and tempting eateries. Described by Jasper Conran as the ‘Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’, Stroud has a regular farmers' market, year-round programmes of music and theatre, a thriving arts scene and a state-of-the-art cinema. For simply relaxing, Stratford Park on the edge of town offers lakeside walks, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a museum. Head out of town to explore the five sweeping valleys which surround it, with country lanes just made for walking or cycling.

Please Note: This property has a good house keeping bond of £500.00
Please Note: whilst the property is arranged across one level, there are 4 internal steps down into the sitting room, there are steep steps leading to the front door, and the grounds are arranged over multiple levels with severe slopes in places.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas