About this listing
As featured on Channel 4's 'Hidden Villages of the Cotswolds' and convenient stop on the Wysis Way for walkers, we offer a rural location surrounded by fields, our own meadow and woodland. The Woolpack, as immortalised in Laurie Lee's 'Cider with Rosie', is only a 10 minute walk away.
Incredibly picturesque setting in this Cotswold valley made famous by that lovable (and very sadly missed) rogue, Laurie Lee, in his novel 'Cider with Rosie'.
Steanbridge, a hamlet nestled within the Slad Valley, is a very special place at all times of the year. Our neighbours train racehorses, which are spectacular to see coming down the lane en masse for their daily exercise.
We would be pleased to advise on the numerous walks starting and finishing from our home including the fairly-recent Laurie Lee route (people always get lost outside our front garden!).
We offer a light and airy, recently renovated top floor of our mill (with direct access). We love it for its character and history as well as the peacefulness and nature around from our doorstep.
The 17th century former woollen mill provides a spacious living area for use of guests with two doubles, or one double and two singles, with a double sofa bed and use of a kitchen.
Guests are also welcome to explore our garden, including the meadow with the Slad brook running through it, and our woodland. We have a BBQ and fire pit for guests to use also if they so wish.
Whilst we both work full time, we are never too far away and try to be available to assist with guests' needs.
Parking outside Upper Steanbridge Mill is for 2 cars and guests are welcome to use both. We also have parking on gravel by our stream the other side of the road for further vehicles.
Our friends at Wonky's Wheels in Stroud will look after you if you need a taxi anywhere as bus routes are reliable but buses run infrequently.
Walking into Stroud is a 40 minute stroll.
Mobile phone reception at Upper Steanbridge Mill is patchy, so please let us know if you would like to book a taxi etc. and we would be pleased to help.
We live in a remote country setting with hardly any light pollution. The pub however (The Woolpack) is only 10 minutes away on foot and thankfully the walk is downhill on the way back. We can lend a torch!
Stroud is 2 miles away, (award-winning Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings) Nailsworth 6 miles, Cheltenham 11 miles, Gloucester 10 miles, Cirencester 10 miles, Bath 33 miles and Bristol 30 miles.
Bristol Airport is an hour's drive; London Heathrow 1h20mins; Birmingham Airport 1h 30mins.
Paddington to Stroud is 1h 30mins by train and a 5 minute taxi ride thereafter.
The British designer Jasper Conran once likened Stroud to ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’ and is a great base to explore the undiscovered south Cotswolds countryside and the Five Golden Valleys.
The town of Stroud is the capital of the south western Cotswolds and located at the divergence of the five Golden Valleys, so named after the monetary wealth created in the processing of wool from the plentiful supply of water power.
Five populated valleys converge at Stroud, ten miles southwest of Cheltenham, creating a bustle of hills. The bustle is not a new phenomenon. During the heyday of the wool trade the river Frome powered 150 mills, turning Stroud into the centre of the local cloth industry. Even now, Stroud is very much a working town, and one which doesn't need its heritage in order to survive. While some of the old mills have been converted into flats, others contain factories, but only two continue to make cloth - no longer the so-called Stroudwater Scarlet used for military uniforms, but high-quality felt for tennis balls and snooker tables.
The Slad valley, again, was a centre of clothmaking until the 19th century when the mills ceased production. The grey-stone village of Slad is scattered along the south-east slope of the narrow valley and has been immortalised by the poet and author Laurie Lee.
We recommend our friends at Wonky's Wheels in Stroud for all taxi needs to and from Upper Steanbridge Mill. The guys there know us well for our own work-related and personal needs!
Our local, The Woolpack, gets very busy at weekends. To avoid disappointment, we would be pleased to book you a table there in advance (Hannah, the landlady, is a formidable hostess but even she cannot work miracles when there are no covers available!).
You have direct access via a separate door and your own key.
Interaction with guests
As Jon tries to work from home when he can, he is normally around to answer any questions and help with recommendations as to where to go and what's worth a visit.
We have a 5 year old son, Sebbie, and an equally boisterous Cocker Spaniel pup, Bramble (otherwise known as 'Houdini' for his ability to get through even the smallest hole in the fence!). You may see either around from time-to-time but neither should get in the way of your stay.
Rural Gloucestershire at its finest. Lesser known part of the Cotswolds (more industrial in parts but equally as verdant) with steep-sided valleys and a character of its own.
Best bring your own car or hire one to get around as public transport from Slad is irregular.
If however you wish to travel by train, the nearest station 2 miles away is Stroud on the Paddington Line.
Taxis are readily available but otherwise call Wonky's Wheels.
Other things to note
We provide a loaf of bread, milk, yoghurt, fruit and cereals upon arrival (plus jams, cereals and tea and coffee in the kitchen for guest use).
Wifi is good for work use throughout (link your mobile to it for reception when staying with us).
Remember to bring wellies/walking boots with you if you want to explore the valley by foot, as it can get very wet and boggy in some areas during winter.
We would appreciate it if muddy boots could be left in our spacious porch with flagstones.
Dogs welcome but we'd also appreciate it if they too could stay in our porch area (best bring their own bed) as we have light covered furnishing and decoration throughout.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Dad to a little Stroudie, vintage Stroudie himself, married to a feisty Geordie and wouldn't have it any other way. Love living in a 17th century former woollen mill, which we are slowly renovating.
Love laughter and good story telling!