The Covert

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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.

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.


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.


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


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


One small/medium dog is welcome at The Covert. We charge £35 per week or short break.


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.

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 £1,335 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 + cot | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome (1 only)

Key features

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

Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Hot Tub

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner


3 Hours From London

check in / check out days

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.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about The Covert:

Perfect Location. Accommodation was stunning. Exceeded all expectations and will definitely rebook!!

amazing house - every mod con - we didn't want to leave!

As above

We had a lovely time. Tastefully decorated; excellent furnishings and beautiful location. It made up for the average weather!

Amazing house! Couldn’t want for anything more for a weekend away with friends. Beautifully furnished and decorated. Very spacious, yet still very cosy and comfortable. Great location for walks and a great pub a short walk away.

The Covert is the perfect place. Beautiful valley location, stunning and comfortable interior with a spectacular garden and view. 2nd visit and it won’t be our last

Cottage was very clean and everything was first class.

The Covert was a really lovely place to stay, and met our expectations. The guest guides/instructions were superb and the surrounding area was beautiful. We enjoyed the high end specification of the house ; that is what we paid for and it didn't disappoint.

Immaculate property, both internally and externally. Thoughtful touches for dog. Great pub within walking distance, as well as fantastic walks. Highly recommended!

Fantastic accommodation and everything you could ever want for provided

The Covert is a dream holiday location. The house is even better than the photos and the little touches provided to give you an amazing stay are just lovely. Views are exquisite, helpful team and quite possibly the best holiday I’ve had in the UK. I would definitely book again, I just didn’t want to leave! It was just wonderful!

Property was outstanding and had everything to make our stay perfect. The owners have thought of everything.

The Covert is the best place we have ever stayed and we would recommend it to anyone! It’s so stylish and in such a beautiful setting. We were so impressed by the attention to detail and we did not want to leave! Don’t hesitate to book!

Incredible house and is truly 5 stars. We were wowed when we arrived and loved the decor. Every aspect of the house is incredible with high-end pieces. The outside space is a real luxury and we felt very spoilt. Very happy we booked and would love to go back one day.

The Covert is a beautiful property ideal for families , with lots of space to spread out as well as great facilities for socialising together. We had a really relaxing holiday and enjoyed the local pub and surrounding area. We really appreciated the welcome food hamper and how well prepared it was.

A fabulous home, immaculate and stunning. Very well equipped and very comfortable. Couldn’t fault this property or the Boutique Retreat Team.

Wonderful stay - came home feeling so relaxed! Fantastic location and incredible walks nearby.

Wonderful stay, interior was just perfect, beautiful location and we will return in the summer to appreciate the garden space too.

Perfect in every way. Beautiful interiors, attention to detail. Just perfect!

Beautiful quirky house with amazing views.

Beautiful property which did not disappoint. The location was perfect for lovely walks and a fab pub in walking distance, which served excellent food. Would highly recommend.

The Covert is absolutely perfect, beautifully decorated, amazing attention to detail and with fantastic views. You couldn’t want anymore

Beautiful cottage inside and outside. We felt we were abroad when sat outside in the sunshine. Excellent staycation and would definitely recommend!

Outstanding property, we enjoyed a restful weekend with 2 teens, great pubs within walking distance and easy access to other key areas of the Cotswolds. Would highly recommend, this is a stunning property with wonderful, outside space and views to die for.

Beautiful, fantastically well-equipped property.

This place is simply amazing. We felt totally comfortable from the moment of walking in. Everything in this house is to such an extremely high standard.

Just amazing!!! Words cannot describe this beautiful property it really does need to be experienced to appreciate all it offers. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

The Covert was perfect for a family weekend away - wonderfully decorated, set in a bucolic village, with a fabulous pub just down the road, and we very much enjoyed the fun of the wood fired hot tub.

Brilliant, would highly recommend, a beautiful cottage with everything 6 adults would need for a very restful and homely stay.

We had an amazing stay at The Covert. It had a warm and welcoming atmosphere and everything you could wish for in a Luxury Property. A lovely place to unwind and relax. We were so comfortable in such lovely surroundings and we did not want to leave. AMAZING! Thank you The Williams Family and Elsa Bear [the dog].

We loved it from start to finish, we didn’t want to leave. Everything was thought about and the little touches were perfect. A truly wonderful house and outside space.

Thank you for a magnificent stay. The house is just as gorgeous as online. Words really can’t describe. We had a wonderful weekend celebration. Plenty of really well thought out spaces for 3 couples. The area is stunning, quiet, and brilliantly located for Stroud and the surrounding area. Although you feel away from it all, everything is close for when you want it. Thank you to you and the owner for making it so special.

'We've stayed all over the world at the best hotels and none of them compare to this amazing place. Absolutely love it and will return. Special mention to how well kept it is' - October 2020

'Beautiful quirky house with amazing views' - October 2020

'Beautiful property which did not disappoint. The location was perfect for lovely walks and a fab pub in walking distance, which served excellent food. Would highly recommend' - October 2020

'Absolutely fantastic, five star luxury' - October 2020

'The Covert is absolutely perfect, beautifully decorated, amazing attention to detail and with fantastic views. You couldn’t want anything more' - September 2020

'We cannot thank you enough for the weekend we had. The Covert was the most beautiful place we have ever stayed, with crisp autumnal Cotswolds weather only adding to the perfection! Family were in awe and are keen to book other retreats in the future. It was the tiny details that we couldn’t believe. From the high end baby equipment, welcome basket, dyson fans (ideal for the baby for when the room got cooler in the night), wood to last the weekend for fire/hot tub and everything else in between, it was perfect. Truly made my wife’s 30th one we will always remember, especially in such turbulent times.' - September 2020

'Beautiful cottage inside and outside. We felt we were abroad when sat outside in the sunshine. Excellent staycation and would definitely recommend' - September 2020

'Beautiful, fantastically well-equipped property' - September 2020

'Just perfect! The attention to detail was incredible. Beautiful place' - August 2020

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