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

Children welcome

The Experience

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 which overlooks the colourful garden with its fishpond.

On chillier days, you might eat in the Aga-warmed kitchen. The owners are passionate cooks, so you’ll find everything you need if you want to be creative and the local area is packed with great places to shop for local and organic ingredients. Relax with a book in the conservatory or in the little sitting room – the feel here is very relaxed and calming but you’re a stroll from the centre of the village. Upstairs bedrooms have views to hillsides in the valley below.

There are two pubs within walking distance and the hotel serves good food. Spend a day wandering round the Rococo Garden – they have a cafe there too and lots of different exhibitions. Food shopping in Stroud is at the Saturday market – the gooseberry doughnuts are unmissable apparently, but there are also jewellery and bric-a-brac stalls. Return to your cosy little cottage and the quiet of the village.

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We think you'll love

  • Cooking on the Aga in the kitchen
  • Gazing out of the conservatory window from a comfy chair
  • Staying in such a quintessential English country cottage
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You should know

  • It's not geared up for toddlers
  • You park on the road or in the church car park (free)


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Cot available


  • 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.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
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


This cottage felt like home - even on a foul, torrentially rainy day - the front door opened on to warm and cosy kitchen with an AGA. I loved that fact you are right in the middle of the village but tucked away of the street and have a lovely private garden too! Sally and Drew are a very interesting couple who like to have happy guests staying in their spotlessly clean home.

Charlotte, Sawday's inspector

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pathways - it was a very well appointed house in a lovely location where we instantly felt at home. Parking nearby was sometimes difficult but we found that the free car park by the church always had spaces.

John, Reading

A delightful place to stay, where we felt welcomed into a private home. Warm and cosy in February and we are hoping to visit again when we can enjoy the conservatory and the quiet garden. We enjoyed our meal at St. Michael's and our visit to the Rococo gardens. We were staying in Painswick for a family wedding and Pathways was the perfect complement to a happy occasion.

Monica, London

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

Painswick is worth exploring: the church with its 99 yew trees, a wonderful fabric shop, a good hotel, small shops and friendly locals. Stroud is 10 minutes in the car for bigger shops, including some lively independents, live music, a cinema and a train station. Gloucester is 15 minutes and Cheltenham 20 for lovely (expensive) clothes and antique shops. Prinknash Abbey is good for children.

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.


Sally Jacob

Sally and Drew are retired teachers who live in New York. This is their holiday home too, so not only is the kitchen equipped very well (they both love cooking) the cottage is filled with personality. They love guests to come and enjoy their little slice of English village life as much as they do.