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Jackdaw's Roost

(Ref. 991352)

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine

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78 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great time."

    Truly different experience with lots of wonderful touches in the property. We wanted peace and quiet and that’s what we had.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Feb 2024

  • "Jackdaws Roost has the wow factor as soon as you arrive, we had the most relaxing stay, Jackdaws is so comfortable, clean, spacious, and warm, the decor is absolutely stunning & the bed was so comfortable I didn’t want to get out!"

    ! Watching the geese & ducks from the bridge crossing was so lovely, the gifts of bread, milk & fresh eggs was a lovely touch & much appreciated. Village neighbours were all very pleasant whilst out for a walk or passing in your car, Jackdaws Roost is a place that you don’t want to leave after your stay, we will definitely come back. Thank you so much Hayley & Chris.

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a very comfortable stay over New Year 23/24."

    The accommodation was exactly as described. Quirky and remote allowing complete relaxation. Dog treats and a welcome pack very well received. Such a shame the weather was so wet as we couldn’t really explore the surrounding area. Two white dogs and lots of mud not conducive!

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Dec 2023

  • "Thoroughly lovely place to relax and unwind."

    Will return.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2023

  • "One of the most authentic and quirky cottages we have stayed in."

    We loved it from the moment we stepped in. Plenty of space for muddy boots and dogs. The whole place is extremely cosy and was lovely and warm when we arrived. The bed was amazing, I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud. It was nice to have a safe enclosed garden for our dogs who also loved the cottage. We are so glad we found this little gem of a place. Thank you so much for having us.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had a lovely holiday in jackdaws already looking to go back beautiful ..."

    Had a lovely holiday in jackdaws already looking to go back beautiful comfortable and spotlessly clean we loved both indoors and outdoors and thought all the cars and farming items made the ambience fantastic every time you looked inside and out you saw a different little item that fit perfectly with the cottage would highly recommend Thankyou for a great holiday x

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Nov 2023

  • "This quirky retreat was just how we imagined it to be."

    Peaceful and relaxing with everything you need. The bed was so comfortable and the hosts left lots of goodies which were very much appreciated. The property was so close to The Cotswold and surrounding areas that there was so much to see and do. We were concerned about the flooding and rain during our trip but Hayley the host was very quick to reassure us that all was fine.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Nov 2023

  • "Jackdaw’s is the most beautiful, quirky, clean and comfortable place we’ve ever stayed."

    I loved the little bridge over the pond with the friendly geese and ducks it really was the most serene and relaxing holiday. Lots of villages to explore and great area for dog walking. Highly recommended you will not be disappointed

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Oct 2023

  • "Another fantastic and relaxing stay at Jackdaws Roost."

    This is fast becoming our weekend or long stay retreat. Hayley and Chris are a lovely couple and very knowledgeable about the area if you need to know about certain things. Winchcombe is a lovely village with Suderley Castle but they don't allow dogs in the house or gardens. The Cafe will. But the walks around there are lovely. The cottage is warm and cosy, milk bread and tea bags are provided but other people have also left other things like salt and pepper and coffee if you need it. The dog biscuits and blanket is a nice touch. We always take our own dog covers to put on the furniture just incase they jump up. The little video player works well. Only 1 gripe wish there were more teaspoons as there is only 2. We are now looking to book our 3rd trip back there as you couldn't wish for a more pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just left Jackdaws Roost, we have used Sykes for a long time and they have never let us down, the same applies with Jackdaws Roost at Leigh near Cheltenham."

    Husband is a petrol head so that was him happy looking at all the nostalgic vehicles. There are four of the most friendly geese who greeted us every time we came home, I say home because we wish it was. Jackdaws Roost is so warm, clean and comfortable. We saw so much wildlife. There are beehives in the orchard making the finest honey. Brought back happy memories of a quieter way of life. Jackdaws Roost calms the mind and in years to come this will be a gift to those who need love in their soul, this what the owners have created PEACE! All we experienced this week was wonderful, nature thriving at its best. Everything we needed was there in Jackdaws Roost. It was lovely in the evening watching the Geese make there way from the pond to the old barn door waiting for Hayley to put them in safely until the morning (goose poo is just grass and does not smell) there was no poo near the cottage. The area is beautiful with lots of things to do and everything you need is nearby. Great little pubs with good food, dog and people friendly staff. Ghillie our Cockapoo made lots of new friends and loved his many walks. We can’t wait to return! Finally to the owners thank you for allowing us to spend our first holiday in the magical Jackdaws Roost, please don’t change a thing! Anne, John Todd & River Ghillie the dog.

    Reviewed by John A5.0Sep 2023

  • "Bed too springy for two persons"

    Reviewed by Laurence4.1Sep 2023

  • "Greeted by 4 geese pecking at our heels but walking our fox-terrier back and forth on a short lead over the next 2 days soon encouraged them to stay away."

    Enchanted by the interior when we entered but we were never comfortable on the sagging furniture. Adequate provision of utensils etc for two people. There are 2 chairs sited by the pond but one has a broken seat. The parking is adequate but difficult to turn in when both cars are there – ours and the occupant of Crow’s Cabin which is just the other side of the barn. The paths are slippery when wet and can be difficult to navigate as they are overlaid with grass and goose poo - we were assiduous in the use of poo-bags for our dog and for which there are bins in the village, but drew the line at the goose poo. The small yard (garden?) for the cottage is difficult to access via the side of the house as the access to the side is uneven, on different levels and has obstacles in the way. It is mainly old cement overlaid with a layer of encroaching grass and two raised flower beds with a mix of a few plants and weeds but several troughs and tanks of stagnant water dotted around the yard give an unpleasant odour on a warm day. Interesting experiment in ‘wilding’ to ‘encourage nature’ and I would encourage all those who espouse re-wilding to visit as it clearly does not work. The green swards shown in the details no longer exist as they have been taken over by brambles, nettles and rank grass except where the geese graze. The paddock behind the property has a path the width of a lawn-mower cut round the perimeter, presumably for walking the dog, but otherwise the paddock is inaccessible and bramble suckers trip the unwary. At least the wilderness had the benefit of almost hiding many of the rusty old vehicles dotted around the place. The overall result of the ‘wilding’ has been to give absolute silence, broken occasionally by the coo-ing of a couple of doves, the tweeting of a few sparrows, the chirping of a lone bluetit and the drone of several light aircraft which fly over. Apart from the geese and a couple of ducks there was no sign of life in the pond – no skaters, maiden-flies or other insects rippled the surface. A lone squirrel was seen on our last morning but this was the only sign of small animals – no rustlings in the undergrowth to disturb the silence, no hoot of an owl hunting at night and no interest in the undergrowth shown by our fox-terrier. Even the weathercock on the roof seemed to have given up as, surrounded by encroaching ivy, it was stuck facing the dying sun in the west. In fact we really liked the property and it is certainly full of character, but there was no comfort and the ‘large windows’ only give views of the overgrown paddock. It could be so much better. There were some issues with the plumbing, for which we left a note. Overall the owners seem to have got complacent and really need to up-date the details and to get to grips with maintenance, both inside and out before someone has an accident. They also need to give much more thought to the planting if they really want to encourage wildlife, rather than using it as an excuse to do nothing.

    Thank you for your feedback. Our geese are very friendly and inquisitive but never aggressive. We are pleased that you were enchanted by the interior charm and we're sorry that you found some of the furniture a little soft. Sincere apologies for the outdoor broken seat, we will replace/repair ASAP for future guests, thank you for bringing it to our attention. There is adequate parking for 3-4 vehicles in the car park providing people park sensibly. Each changeover we sweep paths of any goose poo but unfortunately we can't monitor there movements throughout the day and do check path at night when putting geese in the stable. The back garden is the old holding yard for the cows for the Dairy (Jackdaws Roost) and over time grass has taken hold in places which we encourage. The water tanks hold rain water which gets freshened up each time it rains. I'm really sorry that your experience of what we try to achieve and have put in place was a negative experience for you. We can assure there is an abundance of nature thriving within the property grounds. Past guests have commented on the sightings of King fishers, dragonflies and moorhens etc. Owls and bats that live in the big barn opposite the property. Really sorry that you missed out seeing such a varied selection of wildlife during your stay. The back paddock is topped once a year sept/October which houses a huge variety of moths and butterflies and mice for the bird of prey. The dotting of vintage old cars and farm machinery is to add to the old time aesthetic of the place. We can assure you we have not become complacent and it takes a lot of effort to create a place where it feels left behind by modern times. We are sorry that you had a negative experience during your stay and we wish you all the best. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David2.5Sep 2023

  • "Jackdaw roost gave us a wonderful week in a wonderful area."

    The cottage was perfectly well equipped and the peace & quiet was enveloping. We had a very warm welcome from the geese family who were most entertaining. First time in The Cotswolds and so very impressed with the picture postcard villages, beautiful. Highly recommended (bring plenty of bread!! Beryl & Paul Saggers

    Reviewed by Robert Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "Just right me the wife and"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was wonderfull in a lovely setting."

    It was great to just walk out of the door sit by pond and watch geese . Great base for visiting cotswolds. Phone signal at bit doggie And no Internet wich can be a problem. Will were staying we had problem with our cat breaking down . Both Chris & Halliy were so helpful even to the point of allowing us to set an extra night in there other property which was available. Couldn't thank them enough. Would definitely recommend .and will be back

    Reviewed by Eric4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage - but in DIRE need of maintenance THROUGHOUT!"

    ! The "rustic" nature of the facility that initially attracted us hadong since passed into "neglect". Bare minimum of (non matching) cutlery, crockery, utensils, as an example - and the TV was only able to receive 1 Freeview ensemble (even in the best of weather as the antenna appears to be simple wedged between the gutter and a bush! Despite the blurb saying that mobile reception was "Rural /Patchy" even climbing as high as possible in the property we could not achieve even 1 bar (on 02 / Sky / Tesco). Very worrying state of affairs as our 11 year old was on her 1st guide camp and we could not be contacted if there were any problems. Hence every few hrs we had to drive at least 2 miles to check emails / messages.

    Reviewed by Tony3.4Jul 2023

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay in this unusual building."

    Just a couple of improvements could be made. The seat cushions on the settee and chair need replacing. A tea pot would be a good addition. Milk bread and free range eggs on our arrival were much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2023

  • "Our second visit, such an amazing place to stay so unique, would recommend Jackdaws Roost 100%, the only thing we would have like would be the Internet, we like to plan outings and routes the night before."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2023

  • "Loved this cottage."

    Such a lovely clean and quirky place. The geese were a welcoming sight every day. Our dog enjoyed his walks all around the area and the welcoming pack was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0May 2023

  • "Very comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings, very peaceful and quirky which we loved."

    highly recommend this property. Denise and Trevor

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Apr 2023

  • "Not suitable for elderly or disabled."

    Poorly lit step from utility/bathroom to kitchen /bedroom living area. (Suggest painting white strip at edge of step). minimal crockery available ie: only three teaspoons/cereal bowls). Need a step to get onto high bed from floor so that is dangerous. Garden overgrown, and not for people with poor balance or mobility as you have to negotiate weeds, stones and wooden barriers.. Weeds 1 foot high even at front door which is not a good first impression… paddock for dog walk un/usable as grass far too high. Walk to nearest shop or pub along main road in both directions (with no pavement in places ) so unsafe.

    Reviewed by E2.8Apr 2023

  • "A really spacious quirky cottage."

    Enjoyed the unusual and antique fixtures. Wouild definitely recommend as a get away for couples

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Jackdaw’s Roost."

    The property was very interesting and had everything we needed. We had a very enjoyable holiday and the location was accessible to many beautiful places to visit. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Mar 2023

  • "The place is amazing and even more so with the fact that there is NO signal for Wi-Fi/5G/4G and only a slight 3G signal which means no interruptions just pure peace and relaxation, the only little gripe which stops a full on 5stars is the wood for burner, the listing states that all the fuel is provided, but the book in the accommodation states that the first basket is free and further baskets are £5 each, this basket is not the same basket as in the pictures and is substantially smaller and doesn’t hold a quart of wood which is a days worth, given the temp over the weekend we were there (60mph winds and icy rain) the one basket provided lasted 4hours…."

    Apart from this little problem the place is outstanding and we would gladly stay again.

    Reviewed by Brent3.8Mar 2023

  • "Jackdaws Roost is a very unusual & unique property."

    First impressions were slightly surprising due to the olde worlde feeling of the accommodation and the surrounding buildings, ie. Old buildings & barns, which at first sight made the property feel slightly creepy. However, after the initial surprise and after a good night sleep, we were able to appreciate the uniqueness and enjoy the surrounding area. The property was relatively clean, very warm and with good provision of cooking implements and ample seating and a lovely welcome pack of bread, eggs, coffee etc. and dog biscuits, which were very much appreciated by our two dogs. The property is petfectly suitable for accessing lots of lovely walks around the area and is for exploring the surrounding towns & villages and the fully enclosed garden was perfect for our dogs who could have a run around in complete safety. There's is no internet at the property and phone signal was very hit & miss but this provided us with a complete break from the normal daily routine enabling us the peace and quiet needed for a fully relaxing break. We really enjoyed our stay at Jackdaws Roost and would recommend it to anyone wanting a break with rest and relaxation being their main priority, in a quirky and unusual setting.

    Reviewed by Judie4.1Feb 2023

  • "This is such an amazing place to stay!"

    There is not one negative thing to say about it. We had such a lovely and relaxing time here. We loved the quirkiness of the place and the welcome we received from the geese! The welcome pack was a lovely touch. We would thoroughly recommend Jackdaws Roost if you want to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Feb 2023

  • "Had a lovely week just before Christmas."

    Would definitely stay again. Very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2022

  • "Possibility of the inclusion of more towels."

    Also just to advise that a couple of items of crockery were cracked. Also alteration of the Boiler Times could do with adjusting. Overall will definitely be returning in 2023 for a longer stay as we both enjoyed the area and the tranquillity of this Cottage

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2022

  • "We visited Jackdaws Roost for our 36th wedding anniversary and we were in awe of the place."

    Clean, comfy, warm, quirky and unusual. But it was the most quiet and peaceful place we have stayed in, except for the Geese who greeted you everytime you ventured out. Hayley and Chris are lovely people, who also have an Antique shop so that's where they get their items that are in the cottage. The bed was so comfy that once I managed to get in it I disappeared like quicksand under the covers. The dogs were welcomed with blankets, treats and towels. The WiFi doesn't work well but then you learn to talk to each other or read or just walk. Hayley left us some fresh eggs, bread and milk to give us a cuppa once we arrived. Nearest petrol station is 5mins down the road at Coombe Hill with a Morrisons store. But we have rebooked to come back again next October and stay longer this time!.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a wonderful, relaxing, week at Jackdaw's Roost."

    The cottage was a fantastic get-away-feom it all with Tewkesbury and a local pub not far away at all. I thoroughly recommend this quintessential cottage with everything you need and nothing you don't to unplug. Hayley and Chris were both really friendly and helpful too.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Loved the place from arrival until departure."

    Cosy and quiet and just perfect for our needs. Would stay again without worries, cant be more positive.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful location, really enjoyed our 4 nights stay."

    We did however struggle with the bed, a bit too soft for us. The dogs loved the garden and the surrounding walks. Everyone very friendly

    Reviewed by Sally4.1Aug 2022

  • "Wow beautiful, quirky such an amazing hide away."

    We didn’t want to come home. Will def be returning.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "An absolute stunning property."

    Ideal get away location. Beautifully presented, everything you need is there.

    Reviewed by Nikola5.0May 2022

  • "We had fantastic break."

    Quirky place inside and out. So comfy. Loved watching the geese , heron and kingfishers on the pond . Garden needed a little love, stinging nettles but I know they way out in country . Also was worried dog would jump in pond as no gate to keep him from crossing bridge on barn side. No WiFi and phone signal , but we didn't care , we had to talk to each other, so make sure you plan your break before you leave home. Lovely walks around, villagers really friendly . Lovely walk to Red lion for Sunday lunch. All in all perfect perfect.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely place to relax and unwind."

    The dogs settled in very well but they couldn't run around much as the grass was overgrown around the building and in the adjacent field. Extremely clean and well equipped place. Nice to see the geese and they were well behaved. Thank you for a nice break away and would certainly recommend to others. John & Jennifer, Dixie and Tina:)

    Thank you for your comment. The fields were for the hay making and have now been cut. Glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.1Apr 2022

  • "Outstanding cottage/barn conversion."

    Very clean, much to see been very quirky in the cottage and outside too,the welcome pack of bread,milk and eggs was a nice secluded and you feel safe/secure at the property,the book with the instructions/advice was very helpful and well presented on entry to the boot room,met the owner(hayley),very welcoming and polite.the geese are secured each evening and let out on a morning,but your not disturbed at al. the only thing is finding it for the 1st time,(signpost)at end of lane may of helped,but there be a reason for this all in all been a pleasure to stay..

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "A truly fantastic cottage in an amazing setting."

    A real escape! The only drawback for us was the bed was too soft, leaving me with an aching back in the mornings - other than that it is perfect. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful 4 nights at Jackdaw's Roost for our honeymoon."

    The cottage itself is quirky and unique but also incredibly warm and comfortable with everything we needed. A great enclosed garden for our dogs was just outside as well as a larger paddock and the pretty pond with geese and ducks was great to sit next to in the sunshine. Just a 40 minute drive from the Forest of Dean for some great walks. We will definitely be back if we are in the area again.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a brilliant weeks break in January, so quiet and peaceful, unable to find any negatives about the cottage really comfy and quirky friendly and helpful owners,great dog walks around the friendly village, will be returning."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jan 2022

  • "A warm ,welcoming and quirky cottage ."

    Well provisioned with enough to see you through your stay . You can see that much thought and effort has been spent on getting this old dairy parlour so comfortable. We enjoyed watching the birds from the windows, even a kingfisher fishing in the eel pond out front. A relaxing retreat.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Nov 2021

  • "Very comfortable and relaxing."

    We’ve already booked it again.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Nov 2021

  • "Loved everything, found it a bit hard to find (even used what 3 words)."

    Excellent for stargazers and bird watching. Would return again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "A great place to stay and unwind, good base for exploring the local surroundings."

    really friendly hosts, would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Oct 2021

  • "Provided milk, bread & eggs."

    Sufficient cleaning products & toilet roll. Beautiful quirky accommodation in peaceful surroundings

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was cosy and surrounding environment is perfect."

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2021

  • "Perfect in every way - delightful cottage- furnishings well suited - well equipped- excellent facilities & perfect hosts"

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Jackdaws Roost is so quirky, set in a perfect rural setting, highly recommend this cottage"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great time had at this cottage."

    The lack of wi fi and non existent phone signal a bit of a negative

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful place to stay,quiet and peaceful."

    Hayley and Chris were wonderful hosts,nothing was too much trouble.The welcome pack was lovely and gratefully received.If you want to relax and soak up the beautiful countryside then this is the place to be.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2021

  • "Jackdaws Roost is in a wonderful location with charming character and ample facilities."

    The upstairs nook can take an inflatable double bed. The vintage style and furnishings are perfect and really capture the atmosphere of life in the past. A cosy and spectacular find to suit anyone with a love of old items and the pond has to be the most attractive feature to be found anywhere. Hayley and Chris went out of their way to ensure that everything was to hand and ran smoothly. Great characters and generous hosts. A holiday to treasure in the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is quirky and fabulous, the little touch of eggs, bead and apple juice was just lovely."

    Great location, very peaceful, cottage was lovely and spacious , well laid out and extremely clean, it would be good to have a better shower option though, even an outdoor one would suit this property, however that wouldn,t stop me going back again.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet setting."

    It was very quirky with some real oddities dotted around the place. It was nice hearing and seeing the geese wandering around every day. There was also bread, milk and locally sourced apple juice and eggs on arrival which was lovely. The cottage was also really warm.

    Reviewed by Jacob5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lovely little break, a required escape from the ratrace."

    Unexpected fresh farm eggs and homemade apple juice on arrival from the lovely host Hayley :)

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2021

  • "What a great place !"

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Dec 2020

  • "Needs a shower fitted and the path should have been cleared of mud and grass to allow clean access."

    Reviewed by S3.4Mar 2020

  • "The lovely peaceful surroundings."

    Everything in cottage was to a high standard . cosy bed , warm fire what more could you want ! The dog enjoyed her treats and walks around the area. A perfect place to de stress and unwind . would love to return one day .

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Feb 2020

  • "An absolutely stunning, cosy and quirky cottage in a fantastic setting, complete with its own gaggle of geese."

    ... Beautiful surroundings for exploring, and an added bonus of only being a 3 min drive to the nearest shop or pub. Everything you need is very close by...... The welcome pack of bread, milk, eggs and apple juice was an added bonus, and Hayley was very helpful and accommodating. Don't hesitate in booking...its magical, even with Storm Dennis overhead...we loved it and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Feb 2020

  • "The friendly host has provided a unique holiday getaway, full of character and charm."

    The rustic surroundings might not suit everyone but that’s their loss. We intend to return.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.1Jan 2020

  • "We spent a wonderful Christmas at Jackdaw's Roost."

    There were beautiful decorations and a welcome pack all ready for us which was lovely. The decor and quality of furnishings is superb and the setting - over the bridge surrounded by geese and the farm - is idyllic. The woodburner was a treat, and we were so cosy all week. Hayley was wonderful throughout - from texting us beforehand to let us know about weather (it was incredibly wet!) to providing us with extra 'Christmas' logs. There was everything we needed - even enough kitchen equipment for me to cook a full Christmas dinner! It was one of the loveliest places we've ever stayed - we'd thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2019

  • "Quaint little place, very comfortable, good location, we really enjoyed our ..."

    Quaint little place, very comfortable, good location, we really enjoyed our stay, just a pity about the weather, would recommend, Paul and Linda

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2019

  • "We very much enjoyed staying at Jackdaws Roost."

    Check in time was 3pm but we where allowed to check in much earlier. When arriving at the barn we were greeted with doggy essentials, milk , bread , fresh eggs and apple juice which was totally unexpected. We couldn't get the heating to come on straight away so we called for help and Hayley turned up within minutes to sort it out! We thought long and hard what to write about on this review and we think that the description on the land around the barn should be in more detail. We felt very uneasy at night due to the old, abandoned vehicles and caravans around the land, and due to little lighting during the night time - maybe just that we're not used to it, but definitely made us feel a little unsettled, including the dog. The barn itself is decorated to such a high standard and was immaculately clean. Overall, very good stay... just for future, others to be aware that the land is very large and vast, so to be prepared if sleeping somewhere like this is not what you're used to.

    We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us at Jackdaw's Roost and you enjoyed your welcome pack too. We are sorry that you had difficulties in figuring out the heating instructions but I was more than happy to get it all sorted out for you. We are also sorry you felt uneasy at night. The listing states that the property is set within 14 acres. The cars and tractors are vintage and are positioned in a way to add charm and interest to the property. The 1930's caravan by the pond is being converted to a summer/bird watching space for future guests to use. There is sufficient lighting from the car park to Jackdaw's Roost but due to being in the countryside with no street lighting I can appreciate it is dark outside. A torch is provided within the property should you need it. We are very pleased you appreciated the interior and the cleanliness of the property and we wish you all the best. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura3.8Nov 2019

  • "Fantastic rustic and quirky cottage."

    Welcome pack for us and the dogs, everything needed was there. Very good location. Highly recommend as a peaceful retreat.

    Reviewed by Deni4.7Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful place and friendly owners."

    Just amazing! We had the best four days with our dogs.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely loved this place, it was the perfect place to relax and escape from it all."

    A lovely welcome with bread, milk, fresh eggs, apple juice and dog treats, dog bowls, dog blanket, bed and towels. Perfect! Would highly recommend for anyone wanting peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful and quirky and very comfortable ideal Base to visit the cotswolds but the garden let the cottage down"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2019

  • "What a wonderful place , probably the best cottage we have booked"

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had the most enjoyable stay at Jacksaw's Roost, the property is just as described unique and quirky."

    If like us you like something a little different then you should book a stay at this property. Conveniently situated to reach the Cotswolds/Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean we enjoyed several days out returning to sit around the pond watching the resident geese and wildlife with a glass of wine in hand. So peaceful and quiet yet amenities close by, can recommend the farm shop and Gloucester Sausage Company at Coombe Hill for fresh local produce. The welcome pack of eggs,milk,bread and fresh apple juice were much appreciated and delicious so much so we brought eggs back home with us. The owners Chris and Hayley are so helpful and friendly we wish them well with their new ventures.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jul 2019

  • "If you like quirky(we certainly do) this is the place for you."

    We loved it and so did the dogs. Made more special by the lovely welcome package, their free range eggs were lovely.Would definitely think about going back one day

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2019

  • "Picture doesn’t do the place justice, amazing get away me hubby and out two ..."

    Picture doesn’t do the place justice, amazing get away me hubby and out two 15yr old dogs wow loved every minute and the owners are amazing thank you for everything xx

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jun 2019

  • "Jackdaws Roost is a mad place and it was a pleasure to stay there."

    The cottage is a converted dairy constructed with re-cycled timbers and with plenty of character in the décor and surrounding grounds. Access is via a wooden bridge over the pond at the front, or a short walk around the end of the pond and in the gate at the side. The one-room kitchen/lounge/bedroom layout gave a nice open feel to the cottage with plenty of room for two of us with two dogs. Much of the internal structure has been left as it was with fixtures and fittings from a bygone age still in place, giving an odd but quirky appearance to the whole living area which was pleasing as every day a new hook, nail or oddity was found. The kitchen and bathroom are modern and fitted out well with room to move around carrying out daily tasks in comfort. The entrance 'boot room' can be used as a cloakroom and dog drying area as well as general storage area for those items not needed in the main housing area. Outside at the back is a secluded and very private patio area with large covered seating place and built in barbeque, as well as a small adjacent field for exercising the dogs or a short relaxing walk. All of the outside is fenced in, preventing the dogs from wandering away. I would recommend a stay here and might even go back myself one day. Thanks to Chris for constructing such a mad place, and to Hayley for the personal touches which made our arrival, and stay, all the more welcoming.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a great stay in this unique cottage."

    It was everything that was promissed and more! Also a very good location for exploring the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills.

    Reviewed by Lien4.7Jun 2019

  • "Absolutely amazing property."

    The grounds are utterly beautiful and very relaxing and secluded, and the geese are wonderful companions. The property itself is gorgeously converted and decorated/furnished, with an eclectic and bohemian style that says an awful a lot about the taste and skill of the owners. The home is fully equipped with all utensils and a wonderful welcome gift of milk, apple juice from a local orchard, a loaf of bread (sorry, i am gluten intolerant so couldn't eat it) and fresh eggs from the chickens that roam in the village. The owners are wonderful and extremely helpful and welcoming, and not intrusive in any way. Overall i would have to give this cottage the highest recommendation, and will definitely return if i ever have the opportunity again. Two little things which are no major problem but are worth noting; firstly there is no wi-fi which given that mobile service in the home was almost non-existent would have been useful, but not a major issue and actually was quite nice to be forcibly disconnected; and second, in the bathroom the tile should be sealed where it meets the bath as there was a bit of leakage and i would hate to see accumulated water ruin the lovely rugs there. This is an absolute gem, and i would stay again in an instant, even if the price doubled!

    Reviewed by Matt5.0May 2019

  • "As soon as you walk in the wow factor is fantastic, the holiday was relaxing quiet the cottage sat in its own grounds with open fields and a pond."

    The geese guard the cottage in the day but were no problem. The cottage was very clean with everything and more to make our stay comfortable the bed was fantastic an old Victorian spring bed with a good mattress very comfortable. Our dog was welcomed with treats, biscuits, and a bed and a blanket. Milk, bread, eggs, and a nice bottle of apple juice greeted us on arrival the owners have gone above all expectations in our books well worth a stay to explore the surrounding area or just kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2019

  • "'The Princess and the pea' bed (although very comfortable), the eclectic array of miss matched furniture that blend perfectly to form this zany, eccentric and stunning cottage made our stay far more interesting than any hotel."

    We felt instantly at home....the crackle of the wood burner at night and strategically placed lamps create an ambience almost zen like. Sprawled in the oversized chair, glass of red in hand, I literally felt the stress of life drip off the end of my fingertips. The tranquillity of the surrounding outside space was pleasantly interrupted by bees humming around the lavender plants. woodpeckers in the trees, birdsong and the delightful geese roaming and honking. The owners left a fab manual of local walks, city days out, local areas of interest and farmers markets. Absolutely top drawer....highly recommended. Would be a great place for honeymooners looking to chill out after the stress of wedding planning.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at Jackdaw's Roost - the owners have created something rather special!"

    A converted milking parlour, tastefully reworked in a quirky but comfortable style. Good for dogs - the garden area front and rear is secure. The approach via the bridge over a pool is delightful. Property comes complete with a gaggle of geese! Lovely welcome treats for us and our dog. Can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.7Apr 2019

  • "The cottage itself was charming and comfortable, a little let down by the outside space."

    I realise the bed was chosen in keeping with the vintage feel of the property but I did find it very high to get into, but it was comfortable once I managed to do that.

    Thank you for your review, it has been very helpful. I am sorry that you felt a little let down by the outside space. We have now updated the property description to make it clear to future guests that the 14 acres that the property is situated in is for their use and not just the rear courtyard. I have also provided a little foot stool for those who may need it. We are very happy you found it comfortable and charming. Thank you. Kind regards Hayley Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley3.1Mar 2019

  • "What a beautiful cottage!"

    We had the most amazing time for our wedding anniversary. The cottage was very clean and tidy, and very cosy. We couldn't have asked for anything more. Hayley was very accommodating and willing to help with any issues. We would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Mezzanine snug.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, kettle, washing machine, under counter fridge with small freezer section, TV
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Private gardens
  • Pets are welcome
  • Shop and pub is 1.3 miles
  • The property is set within 14 acres and there is a courtyard garden to the rear with a little paddock and pond
  • Note: Though the property is all on the ground floor, the snug room can only be accessed via a step ladder and is not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note This property accepts adults only
  • Note : The owners keep the garden as natural as possible, using no weed killers and leave plants including some flowering weeds to re-seed for nature
  • The whole site is dedicated to wildlife well being and encouragement
  • May and June the fields are used for hay making
  • Note :Jackdaw's Roost has a genuine Victorian beds with modern mattresses, a stool is provided

The property

Cheltenham 4.8 miles.

Jackdaw's Roost is a off grid charming stone cottage situated in The Leigh, Gloucestershire.

The interior boasts an open-plan living space, and is full of character.

If a taste of the countryside is what you're looking for, then you can't get any more country-style than Jackdaw's Roost.

With its original stone walls, exposed beams and a variety of old-style, quirky furniture.

Ideal for couples, this spacious ground floor property has the benefit of a mezzanine snug area above the bedroom - a quiet place to sit and enjoy a good book.

The lounge has one sofa and large arm chair and a convenient woodburner so you stay warm during those chilly evenings.

With large windows spanning across one side of the property, it has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Step over to the farmhouse-style kitchen, with its rustic wooden units and worktops, housing all the appliances you could need for a weekend break.

Gather around the delightful dining area with your home-cooked meals or take advantage of the wonderful breakfast bar.

Situated in the corner of the open space is a double bedroom, closed off by a colourful curtain.

With a lovely dressing table so you can prepare for your day in style.

The family bathroom has an attractive and colourful tiled design, adding a splash of warmth to the property.

A place where you can relax and have a long soak in the tub, forgetting the worries and hustle and bustle of city life.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit, the nearby town of Cheltenham hosts a range of music, literary and food festivals to get involved in.

Attracting many tourists every year, this is a one-off chance to explore the local spa town.

The Cheltenham Town Hall hosts many live performances, in an ornate Edwardian auditorium.

Regular acts include comedy nights and music acts.

Or take a trip to the Holst Birthplace Museum for a wealth of history.

A 19th-century home which celebrates the famous composer and has exhibits showcasing Victorian life.

Let's not forget the wide selection of local shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés in the area.

Jackdaw's Roost is the place to visit for a short break with your partner.

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About the location


Tewkesbury 5.9 miles; Cirencester 14.7 miles; Stratford-upon-Avon 30 miles;

Cheltenham is a town in Gloucestershire and lies beneath Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds and above the vale of the River Severn. It is known as 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'. This edge-of-the Cotswolds spa town is hard to beat for refined elegance and Regency terraces, annual festivals, Ladies' College and racecourse. Also fortnightly farmers markets, classy shops and restaurants all surrounded by glorious countryside. The town is home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. It's also known for Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, a remnant of Cheltenham’s past as a spa town. There's fine art at The Wilson museum, and the Victorian Everyman Theatre has an ornate auditorium.

Note This property accepts adults only.