Pensile House Cottage
- Stylish and romantic Cotswold cottage on the edge of ‘hip’ and fascinating Nailsworth (named No 32 in the Sunday Times best towns in the UK!) in the South Cotswolds
- One king size bedroom and bathroom finished to a high standard
- Great location for cycling, walking, sight-seeing, shopping and dining out – as well as relaxing on the hot and sunny private terrace
- Situated in the Stroud valleys, close to Stroud, Minchinhampton, Cirencester and an easy drive to Cheltenham, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bath
- Cosy and comfortable all year round with gas fired central heating and aga-like range cooker
- Situated next door to Pensile House Studio, with a connecting gate that can be unlocked where both cottages are taken by the same group, allowing 4-6 guests to stay in luxury
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Pensile House Cottage is located just above Nailsworth in South Gloucestershire and deep into the Cotswolds. It has been refurbished to provide luxurious accommodation for a couple on a quiet break away, and also provides a travel cot and a sofa bed to accommodate a baby or 1 or 2 small children.
There is an aga-like gas cooker providing cosy warmth all year round and the terraces and small lawns provide a wonderful hot and sheltered location to relax and enjoy. The bathroom incorporates the original stables stall divider - giving privacy and character. There is engineered oak throughout the ground-floor and luxurious natural flooring in the bedroom above. The wonderful town of Nailsworth is 2-3 minutes walk - with a fantastic range of restaurants and independent shops. Cirencester, Bath, Cheltenham and Bourton-On-The-Water, Stow-On-The-Wold are all in striking distance.
The one bedroom is upstairs in the original part of the cottage. Dark grey sisal flooring and a comfortable king size bed make the room rather special. A chest of drawers and a peg rail for hanging are provided - as are a variety of lighting options to suit your mood. The views through the beautiful stone mullion windows across the heavily wooded valley are pretty special. There is a small flat screen TV and DVD upstairs.
Downstairs a single mattress can be requested to allow a child to sleep also. This can be located behind the sofa, and does not significantly effect the living space.
The bathroom is downstairs but is a good size and luxurious. The original stables stall divider splits the dual aspect room. There is a large steel fitted bath with powerful shower and curtain over. It's a perfect place to have a long and decadent soak! There is also a heated towel rail and basin.
- Kitchen and Living
The living area is large with double-height ceiling at one end, formed from the beautifully presented exposed stonework of the old stables, and huge french doors at the other. Along the south wall windows open up to the great views across the wooded valley. The kitchen is furnished with a gas aga-like cooker that can be turned on and off as needed and also can be set on a timer. There is also a twin gas hob for ease of use and during the summer when hot. There is a Belfast sink and an under counter fridge with small but usable freezer section at the top.
There is a table for 4, a double sofa and an arm chair. The flat screen TV is wall-mounted and there is also a Cambridge Audio dock that allows you to play music from your smartphone/Iphone/IPOD.
The cottage has gas-fired central heating as well as the aga-like Nobel cooker that provides a glow of warmth throughout. There are 2 flat screen TVs and 2 DVDs, a bluetooth dock music system and wireless broadband. There is a dishwasher and washing machine - drying is via a clothes horse in front of the aga, or outside line. The fridge has a small freezer box at the top. A nespresso coffee machine is provided. There is no landline, but mobile signal is generally excellent.
The outside space at Pensile House Cottage is pretty special. Cotswold stone walls surround the property and its terraces and 2 mature and heavily producing fig trees give a very Mediterranean feel to things. The south-facing slope of this wooded valley really picks up the best of the sun and warmth, and the terraces and lawns surrounding the cottage are perfect for relaxing when you are not out and about. Perhaps don't do anything at all during your stay - you may be tempted!
There are 2 terraces for eating or drinking out - one outside the French doors, and the other on the full south side of the cottage. There is parking for 1 car in the lay-by off the quiet lane and plenty of free parking down Pensile Road if needed. Step lights automatically ease your way to the front door when you arrive - quite magical!
When you stay at Pensile House Cottage you are in the heart of a wonderful area to explore - and plenty of it can be done by foot if you would rather abandon the car. Nailsworth itself is just 2-3 minutes down Pensile Road and provides plenty of wonderful food and present shopping as well as some great restaurants.
Hobbs House bakery (star of the Fabulous Baker Boys TV show) is just at the bottom of the hill - perfect for your daily bread and all manner of other delights, as well as an upstairs daytime bistro restaurant. Just across the road is Williams - possibly the best deli/fish shop-restaurant in Britain or indeed the world - buy your fish, veg, deli counter staples, or stop by for oysters and champagne for lunch in side their wonderfully atmospheric restaurant or out on the sunny terrace. There are plenty of other restaurants - with the Wild Garlic, Oldstones and Williams being exceptional. For coffee, there is also a bit of competition: the Canteen is very special indeed with its amazing decoration and secret courtyard; or just wander around 4 or 5 other independent coffee shops. Or head to Domestic Science an amazing homeware shop (featured regularly in the press), the yellow-tail bookshop or an array of antique and jewellery shops. Or drop in to Raffles Fine Wine for a glass of wine by the fire and to buy your week's individual tipple.
Further afield, Minchinhampton itself and its fantastic 'common' is up the 'ladder' (an alpine zig-zag of a road) from Pensile Road - come here for walking or kite-flying. Stroud with its award winning Saturday morning farmers market and alternative feel has endless possibilities and it is just a short 4 mile drive over the common or along the valley below. Why not borrow some bikes, and ride along the old railway (now a maintained cycle route) to Stroud in about 30 minutes.
Cirencester and the rest of the northern Cotrswolds are close-by: 15-20 minutes to Cirencester; 40 minutes to Cheltenham; 40 minutes to Bourton-On-The-Water and 50 minutes to Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe. Bath is 35-40 minutes south of Nailsworth - probably the most cosmopolitan shopping out of London.
Pensile House Cottage is about 1 hour and 40 minutes from West London, via M4 junction 15 at Swindon, the A417, and Cirencester. Train stations can be found at Stroud, Kemble and Swindon.
Stayed: 23rd May 2017
We had a really lovely stay and we loved the cottage.
Stayed: 28th Apr 2017
We had a lovely stay. Thank you.
Stayed: 5th Mar 2017
We had a wonderful time- the house is gorgeous!
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