Contemporary luxury in a converted Cotswolds chapel - stunning views

Contemporary luxury in a converted Cotswolds chapel - stunning views

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

The Old Chapel, built in 1865 and thoroughly renovated in 2008, provides contemporary, stylish and very comfortable accommodation, sleeping up to 10 in four bedrooms. We are set on the slopes of the Slad Valley, in the heart of the Cotswold Hills, one of the most picturesque and unspoiled locations in England. A huge state of the art kitchen provides all a chef needs. The refectory dining table seats ten, with church pews as seating. The living areas are open plan with plenty of comfortable seating, contemporary art, an open fire, TV area, separate kids DVD/Playstation room, satellite TV, wireless broadband and board games. Four bedrooms all with new beds include a huge master bedroom with super king size bed and ensuite shower room. There's a kids room with bunk beds and two full size single beds, and a further double and single bedroom. A baby cot and high chair are available. There's a choice of contemporary shower-rooms or bathroom, and laundry facilities. A housekeeper comes once a week. Outside there's a long terrace with seating, a sloping garden, trampoline and a quirky graveyard. We back onto an enormous steep meadow, teaming with wild flowers, that will take your breath away through the view if not the climb! Behind that is woodland. Nocturnal visitors include deer, badgers, owls and foxes, and the valley is also home to goats, sheep and many race horses grazing in the meadows. Ancient valley, old chapel, contemporary interior; it all works together very well.

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Who we are

  1. We are Paddy and Jude, an English married couple in our forties with two children, eight and ten. We are both professionals. We arranged our first home exchange in 2009. We also have a lovely home in the Queen's Park area of London - if you want to spend some of your stay there (See our other listing). For Summer 2010 we would love to go to a beach house in North America (ideally Cape Cod), Asia or somewhere sunny in Europe for 2 weeks. For Christmas 2010 we would like to go skiing in North America or Europe. As this is a second home we can be flexible on dates and non-simultaneous would be fine. Please contact us if you have any questions, or want to find out more about us or our house.

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The small village of Slad is in the Cotswolds ? designated as England's largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' ? running 100 miles north to south. Here in the South-West Cotswolds the area has a slightly wilder nature, especially in the five beautiful valleys around Stroud, of which Slad Valley is considered the most unspoiled. From Swifts Hill on the other side of the valley, covered in wild orchids in July, you can see Wales. Slad, immortalised by Laurie Lee in 'Cider with Rosie', boasts jaw-dropping views, a choice of great walks and one of the greatest pubs in the Cotswolds ? The Woolpack Inn, untouched by time except for its superb food. We are two miles from Stroud ? a small town with supermarkets, an award-winning farmers market, cinema, sports facilities and mainline train station. You could spend a week just driving around the golden market towns and villages of the Cotswolds admiring the timeless beauty of this lovley part of England. Painswick, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, is less than two miles over the hill behind the Old Chapel, and is an absolute must. We also adore Bisley, Miserden, Sheepscombe and Minchinhampton all within a hike. A 12 mile drive will find you in Cirencester (Roman capital of Britain), Tetbury (where Prince Charles has a food shop), Bibury (very picturesque and with a great trout farm), Winchcombe and (when it's less crowded, out of season) the incredibly twee Bourton-on-the-Water with its bird park and miniature village.

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