Under our Walnut Tree is our beautiful Shepherd’s hut which we have named from its location. A modern twist on a traditional theme.
In days gone by Shepherds would watch their flocks by night while staying in a simple hut. Today you too can have the experience but this time in luxury. From your elevated comfortable bed you can gaze out the window and take in one of the best views in England over the fields and to the valley beyond.
Stroud some 3 miles distant and with a railway station, some one and a half hours from London, has an award winning Farmers Market every Saturday which is very popular with our guests. Here you can stock up on local goodies or even sneak in a mid morning homemade burger. Delicious. Stroud has many Artisan shops so wander round and enjoy your day.
Cheltenham id only 20 minutes away. A Spa town with its famous race course with the Gold Cup and its many other festivals. Plan your visit to coincide with the festival of your choice. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com Explore the Promenade with its array of first class shops and restaurants where you can sit and enjoy coffee in the shade of the trees that line the streets.
Cirencester, the Capital of the Cotswolds, is some 20-30 minutes away. Here again you will find extensive history and shopping combined. Cirencester formally known as Corinium in Roman times has a museum exhibiting some of the artefacts found in the area. There are various Roman Villas in the Cotswolds for you to explore.
Closer to Painswick lodge and our Shepherds’ hut is the local countryside to explore. Sheepscombe the local village has an excellent village pub where many of our guests love to eat. It is within walking distance from the hut has fine local beers and is a family run pub. www.butchers-arms.co.uk Pubs in Cranham, The Black Horse, and the Slad, The Woolpack, made famous by Laurie Lee, are also in the locality.
Within the hut are many pamphlets on the locality and on walks around Painswick and Sheepscombe should you wish to explore on foot. The magnificent beech woods with a carpet of Bluebells leads you up to Sheepscombe common or onto Cranham. With different routes with approximate times and such a wealth of well known trails within the Cotswolds there is a lot of choice.
In summer the horses and cattle, perhaps with foals or calves with them might be in the field in front. Perhaps hay is being made instead. Here you will be part of our rural community for the days of your stay.
The hut itself has all the mod-cons you need and yet is off grid so you will be experiencing Glampimg at its best. An ensuite shower and WC. Two ring gas hob and running water. The woodburner can be lit in the colder nights to keep you cosy and warm. Lighting is solar powered LED’s and the furnishings and linen etc are of the highest quality. A coolbox keeps your wine and essentials cold and there is a dining table to eat at.
Outside there is a firepit, BBQ and use of the swimming pool when it is open. A summer house with books sofa and catching the evening sun is a great place to while away a hot summers day in the shade. The private garden has a table and bench seating and there are rugs and sun loungers for you to sit on.
On arrival there will be a welcome pack to enable either a fresh breakfast or evening snack. The eggs will be from our own chickens and the bread and bacon sourced locally.
The surrounding countryside and towns of the Cotswolds need no introduction. Painswick, where you lie in bed and see its spire, is known as the Queen of the Cotswolds. With more than an historic church it has narrow streets and houses as old as any in England. Sadly the oldest English Post Office has now closed. Enjoy a walk through the church grounds and count the Yew trees. Perhaps visit The Royal Oak a recently refurbished historic inn offering local beer and now with food as well. Painswick has a small shop, restaurant and delightful deli come cafe. On the edge of The Cotswold Way truly a real gem of an English village.
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