The Covert

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The epitome of a cool stay, this chic retreat in the heart of the rolling Cotswolds is the ultimate stylish retreat with all the bells and whistles - including a wood-fired hot tub and top techie must-haves.

At a Glance

From £1,270 for a long weekend or mid week break.
Al Fresco eating Baby on Board Canopied four poster day bed Family friendly Garden room with drinks bar Outdoor kitchen and dining areas Rolling countryside Travel cot and highchair Dog friendly Hot Tub Walking distance to a pub Wood Burner Parking 3 Hours From London
Nestled deep in the rolling Cotswold countryside, the demure, traditional golden sandstone exterior of The Covert belies the oh-so-cool yet welcoming interiors. This is a perfect pad for families, friends and couples alike, whether it's a celebration or just a much needed break. The hot tub, sound systems throughout, outdoor kitchen, fab garden room and epic bedrooms come together to create the ultimate home stay whilst the peaceful setting and beautiful views of rolling countryside provide a tranquil, back-to-nature escape. Set in the wonderful village of Slad, made famous by novelist Laurie Lee, you're not far from cool, alternative Stroud and the majesty of the Cotswolds on your doorstep, there's plenty to see and do, and if you have a four-legged friend with you there's bags of walks on your doorstep too, as well as a brilliant pub just a seven-minute walk away.
Living and dining

There's plenty of living space, making this a perfect retreat for those wanting their own space to spread out. The formal sitting and dining room lies on the first floor and is a calm, peaceful space. With dual aspect windows and light colours throughout, it's a cheerful spot and the two wool sofas, large wood burning stove, 49-inch Smart TV, Alexa controlled audio streaming and Sonos sound system means it's just perfect whether you want a film night or just to relax and chat. At one end you'll find the dining table which comfortably seats six and lies just across the hallway from the kitchen for easy reach.

On the same floor you'll also find a separate study with desk and occasional chairs, just in case you need to catch up on some essential emails or maybe to start writing that book you've always dreamed of. There is a cloakroom with WC and sink adjacent to the study.

On the lower ground floor there's a small library which connects all the bedrooms and lies next to the garden room. Here you'll find plenty of reading inspiration, including early edition hardback copies of Laurie Lee's books which are set in Slad.

In the garden room you'll find an informal space with a gorgeous botanical theme, including a five meter-long hanging wall garden and impressive bifold doors which open out on to the garden and the stunning country view. Inside, there's a three seater sofa and ottoman for lounging, further seating for four, drinks bar and 49-inch Smart TV and Sonos sound beam.

Eating

An absolute dream for foodies, the kitchen is not only oh-so-stylish, it's also jam-packed with all the appliances you'll need to rustle up the perfect feast for your loved ones. A Sebastian Cox designer kitchen by deVol, it boasts zinc worktops, Rangemaster range cooker with two ovens and five hobs, integrated Bosch dishwasher, American fridge freezer, wine fridge and all the other essentials including a Dualit bean-to-cup coffee machine. There's even underfloor heating to keep toes warm during cooler months!

In addition, there's a separate utility room on the lower ground level which has a Bosch combination washer dryer and a heated clothes rack for drying.

Sleeping and bathing

All three bedrooms can be found on the lower ground floor and are en suite. The master bedroom is just heavenly with dual aspect windows overlooking a canopy of trees and boasts a super king bed and a lounge area with a stylish sofa and coffee table - perfect for when you want a moment's peace on your own with your favourite book. The en suite is super-stylish with a freestanding bathtub and huge walk in shower.

The second bedroom is a peaceful escape with exposed, golden-hued Cotswold stone wall, comfy king-sized bed and a lovely view of the rustling trees, to help you drift off to sleep after a day's exploring. The en suite is a wonderful shower room.

The third bedroom in calming colours is a zip-and-link meaning it can be twin single beds or a super-king bed, depending on your preference - it's a perfect space for little ones and has an en suite shower room.

All bedrooms are swathed in 100% pure French linens and come complete with bathrobes, hairdryers, luggage stands, bedside wireless phone chargers and USB wall outlets. The en suites each have heated rails to ensure towels are kept warm and fluffy.

Outdoor space

The Covert's impressive south facing, terraced garden must be the ultimate entertaining space. Occupying an elevated position with stunning views across the village of Slad and the valley beyond, you'll have beautiful scenery to gaze at from the wooden sun deck, stylish Swedish wood-fired hot tub and the double bed sun lounger, complete with a canopy. For lazy afternoons, there's a large outdoor chaise lounge and lots of other seating and tables around the three-tiered gardens, whilst for alfresco meals there's an outside kitchen with six burner barbeque, pizza oven, fridge and sink with hot/cold water. Finally, if you're in need of cooling down or warming up, there's an outdoor shower.

Parking

There is private parking for two to three cars to the front of the property.

Babies

A Babybjorn travel cot and iCandy adjustable highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome at The Covert. We charge £30 for a week or a short break.

WiFi

The Covert has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.

In the Area

Located in one of the country's most celebrated areas of natural beauty, there's plenty to see and do in this wonderful part of the UK. The Slad Valley is a stunning area of natural beauty, made famous by Cider with Rosie novelist Laurie Lee - in fact, you can find the seat in which he used to sit on at The Woolpack Inn, just a seven minute walk away and he's buried in the local church. The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way is a lovely five mile walk, whilst The Laurie Lee Wood is three hectares of ancient woodland, perfect for exploring.

Stroud is a great little town with an alternative vibe and a brilliant Saturday market - the ideal spot to pick up some delicious local produce to take back to The Covert. You don't have to get in a car to find a watering hole either - From Bath to Cheltenham, Cirencester to Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds offers everything, from pretty market villages and stately homes to arboretums, spa towns with fabulous shops and of course endless walking opportunities, you're spoilt for choice.

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £30 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £30 per pet per week or short break
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