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Contemporary luxury in old Cotswolds chapel - Stunning valley views. 4 bedrooms.

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxury Self Catering: Spacious Cotswolds Holiday Rental, ideal for two Families

The Old Chapel is a contemporary, Cotswolds family holiday home, sleeping up to 10 (maximum 8 adults).

This beautiful, self-catering accommodation is set on the steep slopes of the Slad Valley, in the heart of the Cotswold Hills, one of the most picturesque and unspoiled locations in England.

Described by The Guardian (December 2013) as 'one of the best cool holiday self-catering accommodations in the's both homely and stylish.'

The hamlet of Slad, immortalised by Laurie Lee in his famous novel 'Cider with Rosie', boasts stunning views, a choice of great walks and one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds – The Woolpack.

The converted chapel, built in 1865 and thoroughly renovated a few years ago, provides contemporary, stylish and very comfortable holiday accommodation. 4 bedrooms, large state-of-the-art kitchen-diner and huge open plan living space makes The Old Chapel a unique Cotswolds holiday let.

Surrounded by open meadows, woodland and rolling hills, with walks directly from the door, there's plenty to keep families busy here, all year round.

The Old Chapel is not your average Cotswolds cottage (no low ceilings, no cramped living space). It's a large, unique, stylish family holiday home with wonderful views inside and out.

More Details

Property Manager
Bespoke Cotswold Cottages
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Wonderful house for our annual get-to-gether. Amazing walks and even good weather! Everything we needed was thought of, even a Christmas tree. A really memorable weekend, the property manager Debra organised so much for us, thank you.
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Slad in Painswick

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs shower and laundry room
    Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • Completely up to date bathrooms with power showers, stylish, high quality fittings and contemporary decor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Huge room, great views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Plenty of space
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed , Spacious kids room, sleeps 4 including bunkbed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Small room with single bed converts into double/twins.
  • All the bedrooms are stylish, with subtle decor and contemporary art. Bedroom 1 - huge room with feature window and ensuite shower-room and toilet. Great views across valley. Super king size bed with high quality foam mattress and room for cot if required (2 adults). Wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bedroom 2 - large room at rear with views of countryside to rear. King size bed with memory foam mattress and space for cot if required. (2 adults). Wardrobe and drawers. Bedroom 3 - large room with views across valley. Two single beds and one bunkbed. Ideal for 4 children. (2 adults or 4 children). Storage drawers. Bedroom 4 - small room, with great views across valley - a single bed that can pull out into two singles or one double. (2 adults/children). Little storage and not much space when both beds are being used.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Sorry, this is not a party house - strictly no stag or hen nights and no smoking. The kitchen is very well equipped and ideal for cooks - plenty of up to date utensils, cookbooks etc Good sized gardens back onto open meadows and woodland beyond. Large, wrap-round terrace overlooks the graveyard across the valley on one side and the garden on the other. Equipped with garden furniture and barbecue. Large enclosed trampoline. Parking - off-road space for up to four cars. Gated entrance. The property is not overlooked. Central heating, electricity and firewood are included in the rental price. Free wireless internet access. Freshly laundered linen and towels included in the rental and are changed weekly. For two week stays, the house will be cleaned and linen / towels replaced on the Friday at the end of the first week.


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Contemporary luxury in old Cotswolds chapel - Stunning valley views. 4 bedrooms.
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Like a fairy tale come true

  • 5 of 5

My family (myself and my spouse, our two young boys, and my parents) stayed at the Old Chapel during the last week of May, 2018, while on holiday to celebrate my father’s birthday and my parents’ anniversary. It was a magical home-away-from-home, and we had a wonderful time.

The Old Chapel is a place of stunning beauty, inside and out. We happened to stay during the height of springtime, so were there to witness the superabundance of flowers that envelope the property this time of year — wisteria, lilac, roses, honeysuckles; sitting in the gardens was a heady experience. Indoors, the converted space is impeccably styled with eclectic and whimsical taste, and is a perfectly comfortable place for family relaxation — every detail has been considered for the comfort of guests. The rooms are airy and bright, some lit by the church’s original rosette-windows; wonderful beds with with sumptuous bedding; the bathrooms are modern and have good water-pressure. The kitchen is outstanding — an enormous, beautifully designed space equipped with every tool you need to produce a restaurant-quality feast. Overall, the atmosphere is calm and cheerful, with new details of decoration and design to catch the eye at every glance (art-lovers are in for a special treat).

All of this, and I haven’t yet mentioned the bucolic views of the sheep-dotted hills and hedgerows to be met in every direction, the immediate proximity to the various places of literary renown around the village of Slad (thanks to local author Laurie Lee’s memoirs), and the Woolpack pub less than 5 minutes down the road… it would be hard to create a more perfect place to stay while visiting the Cotswolds, or anywhere else.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review and I am delighted that you all enjoyed your time relaxing at the Old Chapel. We look forward to welcoming you all back one day. Kindest regards Paddy
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Amazing property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

The Old Chapel in Slad is a fantastic holiday home. We arrived with the family on Friday and loved every minute of our weekend. The house is beautifully positioned with a great outdoor space. The inside is beautifully kept and decorated and well stocked for all of our needs. There are lovely walks on the doorstep and the Woolpack pub just down the road is certainly worth a visit. Stroud town is only a 5 minute drive and the farmer market on Saturday was well worth visiting. Would recommend to anyone who loves this area of the Cotswolds.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had a great time, thank you.
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absolutely perfect holiday getaway- beautiful, comfortable, peaceful chapel conversion!

  • 5 of 5

We have been fortunate to stay in many wonderful self catering cottages and houses over the years- The Old Chapel is my favourite of all time! This place is more than a self catering cottage, it feels like stepping into HOME. Wonderfully designed and decorated, with everything you could ever wish for in a vacation spot- kitchen gear, books, walks, art work, garden area, views, the perfect local pub around the corner-everything you need is here! This is a truly special property, and we are fortunate that is is being shared as a self catering rental! we will return time and time again!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are so glad you had a wonderful time. We will look forward welcoming you again.
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Stonington, Connecticut

Stylish Design and Serene Setting

  • 5 of 5

Five of us stayed at the Chapel in August 2013, and I am late with my review but we all enjoyed our stay so much I wanted to ensure I circled back to it. There were two kids (7 and 5) and two 70+ people in our party, and the house was perfect for all of us. The kids enjoyed the trampoline and running in the upper yard. The rest of us enjoyed the gorgeous artwork, the stylish (but kid friendly) furniture and the well done, spacious kitchen (with a fantastic wood table large enough for far more than the 5 of us). We really enjoyed the Slad setting. Walking to the Woolpack and on some of the local, side streets was quite nice. This was our first visit to the Cotswolds, so we drove to Moreton on Marsh and the other villages that more often make our US guidebooks, but it was nice to return each day to a spot where you will not see any sort of tour bus. It was also a good jumping off spot for a day trip to Wales (Caerphilly Castle specifically for us, although Cardiff would also be manageable). We can't say enough about the chapel, and Debra the manager is also very available and helpful. We hope to stay again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic house and lovely surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in The Old Chapel for a week earlier this summer and we all really enjoyed it! The house is very spacious and there was plenty of space for us all (six adults and four boys aged 4-10). It didn’t just live up to our expectations, which were really high. The Old Chapel easily exceeded them! The house was warm and welcoming.

We really appreciated the information folder - it was full with all the necessary information about the house as well as many tips about excursions and trips in the surrounding area. The kitchen was very well equipped and we loved cooking and dining in it. Being set in a fantastic landscape and close to many interesting places the Old Chapel was a fantastic “headquarter” for our daily adventures. During the week we easily travelled to Birmingham in the north, Bristol in the south and Oxford to the west, as well as many other places closer to the Old Chapel. Stroud is a very nice little town and being only a ten minute car ride away it catered for our daily needs.

Families Almlöf, Jansson and Lundqvist, Sweden

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved the Old Chapel

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights at The Old Chapel at the beginning of September and had a lovely time. The property is truly great and had everything we could have wanted including a gorgeous state of the art kitchen and HUGE master bedroom with lovely artwork and decor. Our friend's 10 month old had everything she needed in the family room and toys and cot were much appreciated. The games room was also great with DVDs, PS2 and SingStar although luckily for the rest of the party, the karaoke disc didn't make it out its box!

We had dinner in the famous Woolpack pub just a short walk down the road and enjoyed excellent food and wine. The farmers market in Stroud on Saturday mornings is filled with so many stalls of fresh fruit, veg, cheese, meat and pastries that you needn't go anywhere else.

A great stay and I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2009
  • Date of Stay: September 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Woolpack
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
M5 Junction 13
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
The Woolpack
Nearest Ski
9 Kilometres
Gloucester Dry Slope
Car: recommended

The Cotswolds is designated as England's largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' – as an area it’s 100 miles north to south.

Here in the South-West Cotswolds the area has a slightly wilder nature, especially in the five beautiful valleys around Stroud, of which Slad Valley is considered the most unspoiled. These are the real Cotswold Hills; nature reserves, meadows, wild orchids, steep climbs and wonderful views, away from the crowds of tourists you find in north Gloucestershire.

Two miles away is Painswick, 'Queen of the Cotswolds', one of many beautiful villages in the area. The Rococo Garden is a must, and you have a choice of stunning mansions, abbeys and castles within a short drive.

Closer to home - a 2 minute walk away - is the famous Woolpack Inn, a timeless pub that serves fantastic food and ales and one of the best views you can imagine.

Nearby Stroud has an award-winning farmers' market on Saturdays, and swimming, cinema and bowling to keep children happy.

Other Activities: horse riding, golf, hiking, country pubs, gliding, shooting, dry-slope skiing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Slad, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak summer 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn II
28 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half term
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year 2018/19
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring half term
15 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late spring 2018
22 Feb 2019 - 7 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Cheltenham Gold Cup
8 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late spring 2018
15 Mar 2019 - 4 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2019
5 Apr 2019 - 18 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
19 Apr 2019 - 2 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring bank Holiday
3 May 2019 - 6 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer I
7 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £350
Pet Fee £25

Weekly rentals are normally Fri to Fri though we can be flexible. Arrival from 4pm, and we ask you to vacate by 10.00am on your final day.
Standard 3 night weekend breaks start on Friday and cost 75% of the weekly rate.
4 night breaks start on Monday and cost 70% of the weekly rate
5+ night break costs the full weekly rate. Sunday arrivals/departures not accommodated.
25% deposit with the balance 6/8 weeks prior to your stay with a £350 returnable deposit.

As well as payments via Homeaway, we accept bank transfer and cheque payments, which do not incur the service charge, via our website:

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