Stroud Slad Farmhouse is a handsome and elegantly proportioned detached Cotswold stone residence laid out over three storeys and offering beautifully presented, high quality accommodation. The house offers a host of period charm with stone fireplaces, a bread oven, flagstone and elm flooring, mullioned windows topped by carved label courses and exposed beams aplenty. Sitting comfortably alongside the traditional features are a bespoke, hand-built kitchen, luxurious bathrooms and modern glazing to ensure comfortable day-to-day living standards.
The ground floor accommodation is particularly generous with a bright and airy sitting room with open fireplace, a snug with patio doors to front and rear, a library with built-in shelving and the split-level kitchen/dining room with wonderful views across the valley. On the first floor, there are two generous bedrooms and a luxurious family bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower enclosure whilst the master bedroom suite occupies the second floor. A wine cellar with temperature and humidity regulation, a boot room with shower and a utility room with large pantry complete the accommodation in the main house.
Diddlesville Barn is a detached barn conversion that is currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Principally on one level, the barn offers a generous living room with vaulted ceiling and limestone flooring, a kitchen, shower room and bedroom with a mezzanine area that could be an additional bedroom or study. A smaller two-storey studio would be ideal as a home office, guest accommodation or for rental purposes (subject to appropriate planning consents).
Outside, the gardens are principally to the front of the property with steps and stone ballustrades leading down from the gravelled parking area to level lawns bordered by mature, well-stocked shrub borders. Beyond a small cluster of yew trees hides a wonderful “outlook” with stunning panoramic views to the south-west, across the Slad Valley and to the head of the Slad Valley. A gravelled courtyard to the rear of the house offers a sheltered setting for al fresco dining.
The Vatch is a hamlet just to the South of Slad, a delightful village clinging onto the edge of the Slad Valley to the North of Stroud. Slad is famous for being the home (and final resting place) of author Laurie Lee who wrote Cider With Rosie based on his childhood in the Slad Valley. Village life is focussed around the Parish Church and the Woolpack public house whilst the Elliot (Swifts Hill) Nature Reserve offers views to Wales on a clear day and is criss-crossed by footpaths as well as being home to rare orchids and adders.
Nearby Painswick, the “Queen of the Cotswolds”, is a thriving community with recreational opportunities including tennis, rugby and bowls clubs with many other groups meeting at the Painswick Centre. The village has a general store, tea shops, restaurants, public houses, a hotel and weekly market in the Town Hall in addition to a dentists, doctors and pharmacy. The surrounding towns provide a comprehensive range of social, recreational and retail amenities to suit all tastes including the award-winning Farmers Market in Stroud. Cheltenham is the main regional centre and offers festivals throughout the year embracing topics ranging from racing to literature and music to science.
Painswick, Sheepscombe, Bisley and Miserden all offer primary schools. Secondary schools locally include Kings School, Beaudesert Park School, Wycliffe College, Wynstones Steiner-Waldorf School, Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College whilst there are grammar schools in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Imposing Cotswold Stone House
0.436 Acre Plot
Master Bedroom Suite
2 Further Bedrooms