Painswick Cottage

Painswick, Gloucestershire

Slip away from the crowds to your secret walled garden, or sip wine in the cottage’s huge conservatory; cosy kitchen with Aga, too


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Wrought-iron gates, a gravelled path, another gate… and then a tiny walled garden. This is a hidden retreat, tucked amongst the charming Cotswold cottages of pretty and popular Painswick. You’ll probably spend most of your time in the conservatory attached to the small 18th- and 19th-century cottage; with sofas, dining table and tiled floor, it overlooks the colourful garden with its fishpond. On chillier days, you might eat in the cream kitchen, smart yet cosy with Aga, flagstone floor and marble work surfaces, with everything a real cook might need. From the kitchen a step leads up into a small, low-ceilinged sitting-room for TV-watching; between the two rooms, a staircase heads up to two bedrooms. With stripped-wood furnishings, light-coloured walls, a mix of wrought-iron and pale wood bedsteads, the feel is country-casual; relaxed but smartly done. Both rooms have views to hillsides in the valley below. The bathroom is handsome with dark-wood floors and sparkling-white units. Cotswolds’ towns and countryside surround you; Cheltenham is close; walks start from the door. Return to your honeyed haven.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £550
Damage deposit
Short breaks from £125 per night.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1252 bedrooms


A beautiful cottage with everything that we would need. Sally and Drew are friendly and helpful.

Ruth, Melbourne, australia

We stayed on a cold weekend in November and had a really good break. We arrived on Friday evening and made our way uphill a short distance to the Falcon pub for a perfect evening meal with mulled wine, Morris Men and a singer performing in the bar. The cottage was delightfully cosy with the fire on, we loved the views we woke up to and cooked croissants in the AGA with no problem the next morning. We visited Stroud market, went walking on Painswick Beacon, where we could see for miles in the bright autumn sunshine, and visited the Rococo garden the next day. Lovely part of the world!

Rose, Bedford

Pathways is an absolutely delightful cottage, tucked away on a little path off a lane in a beautiful section of Painswick, quite near the church, within walking distance of pubs and shops. The cottage is tastefully appointed, with a lovely conservatory and beautiful private gardens. During the heat wave of June 2017, we spent all of our time outside and the scent of the flowers was wonderful. Painswick itself, beautiful and accessible to excellent country walking, has just one general shop near the house, so stocking up on food (or driving 10 mins to Stroud) makes sense. Kitchen is amazing


Pathways is a great base for exploring the Cotswolds. It is in the heart of Painswick yet secluded and quiet. The beautiful countryside is very close and can be seen from the bedroom windows. The cottage is very well thought out and you instantly feel at home. The kitchen has every bit of equipment you could possibly want including a lovely warming AGA and a more conventional oven - it encourages you to cook and linger over meals when you're not spending time in the spacious conservatory overlooking the pretty walled garden. We have stayed twice and love it!

Elizabeth, London

Everything at Pathways is absolutely delightful, from the tasteful furnishings and decor, to the tranquil garden and setting. The owners clearly take great pride in the cottage and ensure that whilst there are plenty of modern comforts, so much is in keeping with the age of the place. The conservatory is an innovative addition and we spent all of our time in there. The kitchen is a chef's dream and great to work in - despite being on holiday! All in all, top notch.

Ann, Coventry

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sally Jacob

  • The heart of the Arts and Crafts lies here in the Cotswolds. Visit the eclectic Ashton Beer Gallery. A day out to explore architectural gems by Barnsley, Gimson and others at Sapperton, Kelmscott Manor, Selsley Church , Rodmarton Manor,and Chipping Camden.
  • St. Mary's Church dates from the Norman times and even shows the scars from Cromwell's skirmishes. With its 99 yew trees and table top tombstones it makes a stunning display anytime of year!
  • Venture just outside for dining at "The Painswick" owned by the Calcott Group . Or try one of the two pubs, bistro, delicatessen. For light bites the coffee shop or shop at the general store . Easy to stay put for a relaxing getaway.
  • Enchanting, woodland walks are minutes from here. At least a dozen or more footpaths radiant from here to various villages nearby. The Cotswold Way runs through Painswick to Broadway. A walker's paradise!
  • Laurie Lee country in Slad is a short walk from here. Recount his literary steps with lyrical markers to take you back in time. Refresh at the very popular "Wool Pack" pub offering a delicious selection of locally sourced home cooked food.
  • Saturday mornings in Stroud the country's best Farmer's Market offers an amazing variety of fresh vegetables, meats, pastry, and preserves.