Walkley Wood Cottage is a charming Grade II listed Bath stone property set over 4 floors. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, the cottage sleeps 4 (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children is the most comfortable configuration). Enjoying a peaceful elevated position, Walkley Wood boasts beautiful views of the surrounding valley and neighbouring Cotswold stone properties.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Free street parking within 100-200 yards of property
- Travel Cot - 1
- High Chair - 1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 12 May 2020
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As you approach Walkley Wood Cottage through the winding lanes of Nailsworth, you will notice how the town and surrounding properties are almost hidden by the secluded woodland valley to the east of Stroud. Proudly perched on the side of sleepy Shortwood Road is Walkley Wood Cottage, a distinguished 19th century property with rustic golden stone that immediately casts a warm and welcoming aura. Ideally situated, this cottage is the perfect base for exploring the tranquillity of the surrounding Stroud Valleys and the wider Cotswolds, while guests are also in easy walking distance of the cheerfully eclectic town of Nailsworth. If you’re looking for somewhere to totally relax and unwind, then Walkley Wood is the perfect Cotswold home for you.
As you approach the cottage through the cast iron gate and down the stone steps, you will notice a small outdoor table and chairs set down from the lane behind the dry-stone wall. Guests are welcome to sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the summer months in this compact but delightful sun trap. You may find yourself admiring the beautiful architecture and delicate Georgian windows, this cottage was, after all, built in 1852. Although the exact history of the cottage remains largely a mystery, it has been suggested that the building may have been used as a pub many years ago, which could explain the origins of the kitchen skylight. Either way, it’s nice to consider that many happy memories have been created within these historic walls!
Inside, Walkley Wood really is the perfect holiday home. Devoid of fussiness and frill, Karen has struck the perfect balance between homely-cosy comfort and refreshing simplicity. Each floor is brought to life by a sprinkling of quirky vintage features, while guests can simultaneously enjoy a bright and Scandinavian-inspired minimalist feel. The living room is the real heart of the property. A log-burning stove immediately creates a wonderful cosy atmosphere, with soft blankets and cushions scattered over furniture to help guests make themselves feel at home.
Just a short walk away is the artistic town of Nailsworth, a gem in the heart of the Cotswold valleys. A largely overlooked town, Nailsworth has a fantastic and unspoiled selection of boutiques, bars, pubs and cafes, and really does offer some of the best food for miles around. There’s also often live music events, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on what’s going on!
- Sleeps 3+1 guests in 2 bedrooms, one king size bed, 1 single bed, and 1 trundle bed
- 1 bathroom with bath and fixed overhead shower.
- Starter packs of shampoo, shower gel and basic cleaning equipment is provided
- Welcome tray including tea, coffee pods for machine and biscuits upon arrival
- Street parking 100-200 yards away from cottage
- Gas central heating
- Child and dog friendly
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- 1 Hairdryer
- Log burning stove and small basket of starter logs
- 5 burner gas hob and electric fan oven
- Panasonic microwave
- Nespresso coffee machine
- 1 high chair
- 1 travel cot (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- Small courtyard at front of house with small table and seating for 2
- TV: 28” Smart TV
- DVD player
- Goodmans digital radio in kitchen and master bedroom
- Good selection of DVDs, book and games
- Ironing board + iron
Once you’ve opened the white painted door with antique fox door knocker, you will find yourself in the neatly presented entrance hall of Walkley Wood Cottage.
Turn immediately right to enter the…
The living room is the heart of this lovely little cottage. Set on the ground floor, it offers a warm and cosy living space and is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day exploring the Cotswolds. Decorated in quality Farrow & Ball paint throughout the cottage, the living room is stylishly understated, with quirky pieces of statement vintage furniture. Relax on the dark green leather sofa under the atmospheric lighting of the many lamps that line the room, and most eye-catchingly of all the gorgeous French brass candle-style wall lamps. If you fancy curling up and watching a film on the TV, then you’ll be spoilt for choice by the large selection of DVDs you’ll find on the in-built shelves, as well as a great selection of books. Lift the lid of the wooden chest/coffee table and you’ll find a superb selection of board games and puzzles – perfect for a rainy day! Of course, the real centre piece of the sitting room is the log burning stove, a real treat for holidaymakers looking for an authentic country-cottage experience. Bask in the warmth of the flickering flames while snuggled under the lovely soft blankets and cushions, kindly provided by Karen to help ensure that you have a homely and comfortable stay!
Go down the wooden-topped stairs at the far end of the lounge to the…
Situated on the lower ground floor, the kitchen is a very well-equipped space for both cooking and dining. Featuring a large fridge/freezer, excellent 5 burner gas hob, electric fan oven, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine and a vast selection of crockery, dishes and utensils, this compact country kitchen has everything you will need. The beamed ceiling and colourful rug add a touch of character to this simple space. A pine dining table seats four guests comfortably – look out for the drawer on the end of the table – that’s where all the cutlery is kept! Due to the lay-out and nature of this property, the kitchen does not receive a lot of natural light, however at the far end you will find a lovely walk-in alcove with a big skylight. In this area you will find the Panasonic microwave, digital radio, bins and a great selection of mugs and glasses.
Go back upstairs, through the lounge, into the entrance hall and…
to the landing, turn right into the…
A bright and spacious tiled room offset by the wooden bath panelling and mirror. Featuring a WC, wash basin and bath tub with a fixed overhead shower and usual circular shower curtain.
Out of the bathroom and straight into the…
A bright, fresh and simple bedroom, this room contains one single bed and one trundle bed that can be put away. Ideal for two children or single occupancy, this room might be a little too cosy for two adults to share, so please see photographs before making a decision. Guests in this room can enjoy pretty views over the Cotswold valley, as well as a few stylish touches such as the sheepskin rug and ornate cast iron bed frame.
Into the hallway and up the next short flight of stairs into the…
This fabulous loft-style double bedroom boasts beautiful views from its topmost position in the cottage. With a sumptuous king size bed nestled below the original oak beams of the sloping ceiling, this room is cosy and simple, with some lovely rustic details. Exposed Cotswold stone provides a stunning natural feature wall, while the Victorian chest of drawers and rocking chair are ideal for storage. You will find the hair dryer in a top drawer of the chest. A curtained-off hanging area makes for a unique open-plan wardrobe, ensuring there’s enough space for you to unpack and relax, while the room retains a lovely snug feel.
Walkley Wood Cottage enjoys use of the small gravel/paved courtyard at the front of the house. There is a small patio table and two chairs that guests may use for breakfast, lunch or an evening glass of wine if they wish! If you are looking to stretch your legs further, there are plenty of beautiful walks and open fields surrounding Walkley Wood Cottage, just see ‘Walks’ in the Guidebook.
Nailsworth town centre is just a simple 10-15 minute walk from Walkley Wood Cottage, see the map in the ‘Need to Knows’ section. In the town centre you will find a Morrisons open Mon–Sat 7am – 9pm, and Sun 10am-4pm. There is also a small Tesco Express store with a Post Office counter inside, open every day 6am-11pm. A small Cooperative supermarket is also situated in the centre open Mon-Sat 7.30am-10pm and Sun 8am-9pm. Nailsworth is home to a fantastic selection of independent shops, be sure to visit Domestic Science, an eclectic Aladdin’s cave of a shop, and Mother Goose is always a hit with craft and knitting enthusiasts. Ruskin Mill is just a short walk/drive from the centre and offers some lovely walks, crafts and food, while working with a great community initiative. Just 5 miles away lies Stroud, a colourful and characterful town with more great shops, major banks, larger supermarkets, eateries, a VUE cinema complex and plenty of live events, from the annual Stroud Fringe Festival to the Stroud Folk Festival, there’s always something to see in this buzzing market town!
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs and restaurants within walking distance of Walkley Wood. Top of the list are The Britannia, a great central pub, Wild Garlic for exquisite fine dining, Williams Food Hall and Dining for its superb oyster bar and Giuseppe’s, a unique Italian restaurant situated in a cosy loft space.
A car is not essential for this area but recommended if you are wanting to explore further afield. Stroud is just 90 minutes from London and Birmingham by train, with Stroud train station just under five miles from the cottage. Transfers are available from the station to the cottage, please see taxi companies in the ‘At a glance’ page or the Nailsworth Guidebook.
Should you need the assistance of a doctor while you’re away, Price’s Mill Surgery is located at Price’s Mill Surgery, New Market Rd, Nailsworth GL6 0DQ. Phone 01453 832424.
The closest hospital is Stroud General Hospital, Trinity Road, Stroud, GL5 2HY. Phone 0300 421 8080
The closest dentist surgery is Spring Hill Dental Surgery, Spring Hill House, Spring Hill, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0LT. Phone 01453 832726.
The nearest veterinary clinic is Nailsworth Veterinary Clinic, Market St, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0BX. Phone 01453 834930.
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Postcode for the property is GL6 0RY. From the centre of Nailsworth, turn into Market Street from the A46. At the end of Market Street turn left, then immediately turn left again into Horsley Road (the Britannia Pub will be on your right-hand side as you turn). Follow this road up until you meet a fork with Horsley Road and Pike Lane. Follow the road to the right (Pike Lane) and continue straight along Meadow Bank, onto Shortwood Road. No. 1 Walkley Wood Cottage (semi-detached cottage with white front door) is found on your right opposite The Bluff.
If you’re approaching the cottage from the opposite direction of the centre of Nailsworth, follow the B4058 and after passing through the village of Horsley, take a steep left fork onto Horsley Road. Follow this lane until you arrive at the next fork. Make a very steep left turn onto Pike Lane and then follow the instructions from this point above. See Maps under ‘Need to Knows’ on page 8.
Stroud train station is 90 minutes from London and Birmingham and just under 5 miles from Walkley Wood Cottage.
Parking is on-street. Unfortunately, there aren’t any spaces available directly outside the property, however there are many spaces along Meadow Bank opposite Ragnall Lane all within 100-200 yards.