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Athelstan Cottage

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Chloe Mead near Stroud, Gloucestershire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "I really enjoyed my stay at the property,a very quirky cozy cottage, with ..."

    I really enjoyed my stay at the property,a very quirky cozy cottage, with wonderful views from all windows, lovely walks directly from the door, the stairs at the property are definitely challenging and not recommended for anyone with mobility problems, but apart from that a lovely character cottage

    Reviewed by Alexander KeithNov 2023

  • "The holiday was in a lovely location however it was marred by a dirty holiday cottage."

    Health and safety issues. We have photos to corroborate the bad time we had. Kitchen and bathroom infested by bugs at night not helped by broken toilet window stuck in the open position. No Wi-Fi so could not phone anyone. Not even to complain. Will not be staying here again. No where to dump rubbish as no bins available a pretty poor show. I would love to know who comes to the cottage to make sure everything passes muster? We have photos of most errors we found.

    Reviewed by DerekAug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely village."

    The only difficulty I had was being able to find a pen in order to write nice things in the visitors book! I had to give up in the end. Really well equipped, very comfortable and cosy. Recommend taking 'grippy socks/slippers' for the wooden stairs to the bedroom and older dogs might find the staircase to the lounge a bit tricky. Fantastic views over the valley and some great walks on footpaths from more or less outside the gate. A small, enclosed courtyard was perfect for my small spaniel but a larger dog would probably find it easy to escape and go wandering. Highly recommended as a cosy place to stay.

    Reviewed by KitAug 2023

  • "This cottage is very quirky and a lovely place to stay."

    We enjoyed exploring the area and it was great having a pub within walking distance. Good selection of DVDs/books and information about the area provided. Nice to have the basics provided in the kitchen e.g. milk and tea bags Comfort was poor on the basis that the bed creaked loudly when you moved and the blind in the velux over the bed would randomly fly open during the night. A bit more regular maintenance including checking TV remote batteries are working would be ideal.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2023

  • "It's a lovely quirky cottage."

    It probably wouldn't be easy to live in full-time, which made us feel better about having it for a holiday! Pretty well-equipped, maybe could do with another saucepan with lid for those who cook most days. Felt very well looked after and the flowers, milk and biscuits made us feel welcome.

    Reviewed by GwenMay 2023

  • "The staircase to the bed room was an issue as there was no balcony at the top ..."

    The staircase to the bed room was an issue as there was no balcony at the top and the foot of the bed was close to the edge if you missed your footing or got up in the dark there was nothing to stop you falling the sheer drop to the bottom which would proberbly cause serious injury every thin else was fine

    Reviewed by SuzanneDec 2022

  • "Comfortable cottage full of character in a truly wonderful location which acted as a good base while I was working in the area."

    Unfortunately cleanliness was an issue - old cobwebs, woodlouse bodies, and general grubbiness let the property down. A real shame as with a deep clean and maybe a bit of updating of facilities this could be a really special property!

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2022

  • "Athelstan Cottage provided us with everything two of us needed for quite a long stay."

    The cottage itself is delightful, cosy and comfortable and in a superb location for walks in all directions and breathtaking views. We had a memorable stay and enjoyed sunsets, Jackdaws, cows and even the woodlice.

    Reviewed by SionedJul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    The owner has a good attitude and was very accommodating - very much appreciated! The area the cottage is set in is simply outstanding and makes an ideal base to explore the beautiful and interesting local area. As stated in the online cottage description this property is definitely NOT for those with mobility issues or the elderly infirm due to the staircases, also aging dogs may have problems with the staircases. But then what can be expected with a 300 year old (?) cottage. Some may say certain aspects of the cottage are a little worn and tired but what can be expected from a dog friendly property. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even in the height of the heatwave. Bearing in mind the issues I have highlighted if you can cope with the stairs highly recommended as a base for walking, sightseeing and exploring ect. A quirky property in a peaceful setting.

    Reviewed by NicholasJul 2022

  • "Lovely and cosy cottage with beautiful views!"

    We really have enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by SladjanaOct 2021

  • "This cottage is in a very pretty place with spectacular views and walks on the doorstep and an enclosed front garden area."

    Ideal for dogs with their owners. There are two flights of very steep steps indoors and the cottage itself is at the top of a very steep hill.

    Reviewed by WendySep 2021

  • "A helpful host and the cottage is in a beautiful place with amazing views but the cottage kitchen is so small and each floor has extremely steep steps."

    Also the furniture is a little tired and could do with a good overhaul this along with the downstairs bathroom means I would not consider staying here again.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "The cottage is very cute, functional but could do with some updating."

    The host was very kind and friendly. Fabulous views and location. good value.

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2021

  • "The proerty property does unfortunately suffer from bugs on the ground floor, although that didn't worry us unduly."

    The only other things to be careful of are the roof beams in the bedroom. Keep your head well down! Otherwise, we enjoyed our stay and the views up there were fantastic!

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2021

  • "The cottage was comfortable and cosy."

    The views from the cottage were amazing. Some of the kitchen equipment needs updating. Other than that we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "Beautiful spot, lovely people, A really cozy cottage with wonderful views."

    Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage."

    Nice and relaxing, great area and nice neighbourhood.

    Reviewed by JackJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, (steep winding staircases, so not good if you struggle slightly on stairs) two dog friendly pubs within walking distance, (take a torch for night walks if you’ve got a dog) lots of pretty lanes to walk along with the dog (cows freely grazing the grassy banks and hills between May-Oct) and lovely places to drive to that are all within an hours drive."

    We’ll definitely be back in future.

    Reviewed by SherylOct 2020

  • "Andrea was quick to come around on our arrival when we has unsure how to operate the heating."

    Was in no rush to leave until we was happy about where everything was. A lovely lady and a lovely cottage with great views over the valley.

    Reviewed by JonathanOct 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time at the cottage, a nice welcome pack and very helpful and friendly neighbours."

    The inquisitive cows were very entertaining, a lovely part of the world with very friendly people.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2020

  • "You mention the steepness of the stairs, but you might also mention that the road up is very challenging (first gear for much of the final approach, and very narrow and twisting)."

    Great views when you get there!

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2020

  • "I had a wonderful short stay in Athelstan Cottage."

    The surrounding area is beautiful and perfect for walks, and the cottage was very cosy and comfortable with lovely views of the area.

    Reviewed by MaijaAug 2020

  • "Very comfortable and homely cottage in a beautiful location."

    When we arrived we found everything we could need supplied, even lovely biscuits on the table. It is very compact and the bedroom may be difficult for tall people but was perfect for us. Genuinely enjoyed our weekend

    Reviewed by SamJul 2020

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  • Over three floors: Second-floor double bedroom
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First-floor sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine, TV
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent, additional wood can be purchased
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking around the corner from the property
  • Enclosed front courtyard with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 0.6 miles
  • Note: The staircases are steep and winding, not suitable for guests with mobility issues

The property

Stroud 2.9 miles.

This former weavers' cottage dates back to 1772 and offers charming and cosy accommdation for a couple wanting to explore Gloucestershire and the stunning countryside of the Cotswolds AONB.

This characterful end-terrace rests in Chloe Mead, just outside of Stroud and boasts stunning countryside views from nearly every window.

Parking is available just up the road from Athelstan Cottage, and you can enter the property through the front gate, which needs to kept closed to prevent roaming cows from nibbling on the plants!

Here, you will pass a small, enclosed courtyard with furniture, where you can enjoy a morning coffee or celebratory glass of fizz, and up a small set of six steps to the front door of the property.

There is a shower room with walk-in shower, which provides adequate space for you to get ready for each day, while the compact but well-equipped kitchen/diner has lovely wooden work tops, adorned with a Belfast sink, microwave, kettle and toaster, as well as an electric oven and a washing machine, with the dining table providing a great spot to enjoy a romantic home-cooked meal and the pretty window seat allows you to enjoy the countryside views.

There is a wooden door that opens to reveal a steep and winding staircase that will take you to the first-floor sitting room, a cosy and homely space with an exposed stone wall, featuring a woodburning stove, plus a TV and DVD Player you can enjoy your favourite films on as you sit back and relax on the sofa.

A second steep staircase leads up to the second-floor double bedroom, a spacious room with vaulted ceiling, stunning wooden beams and fantastic Velux windows, allowing you to enjoy the lovely countryside views.

This area of Gloucestershire has some lovely walking routes, and there are two charming village pubs within walking distance of the property.

The market town of Stroud is less than three miles away, the former centre of the Cotswold’s woollen industry, tucked into the green hills, which once housed countless sheep.

Here you will find a wonderful selection of cafés, independent shops and delicious eateries, as well as regular farmers' markets and a thriving art scene, while the 19th century, Gothic Woodchester Mansion Trust is a short drive away, surrounded by a beautiful secluded wooden valley and provides scenic walking routes.

Venture into the Cotswolds AONB, a walker's dream, to discover chocolate box villages, lined with traditional thatched roof cottages, as well as rolling countryside, and you can join the 102-mile-long Cotswolds Way National Trail to enjoy the best of the sweeping views available to you.

Athelstan Cottage is a charming couple's retreat in idyllic walking country.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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