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Driftcombe Farmhouse


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Bisley, Gloucestershire
Grade 4 Star rating
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A real ‘away from it all’ location, relax in a timeless valley at this comfortable former farmhouse 4 miles from Stroud.

Set in complete seclusion, this handsome renovated 17th-century farmhouse stands in acres of private grounds with a stream surrounded by woodland and meadows, ideal for children. The property is situated at the head of the Slad Valley with unmade-up track for last 200 yards (where car access can be difficult in bad weather, especially snow); this is one of the valleys described by the poet Laurie Lee in his book ‘Cider with Rosie’. It is within an AONB, a perfect holiday retreat for quiet relaxation or for visitors interested in bird-watching, sketching, painting and walking. Town and sports amenities at Stroud (4 miles). Cheltenham 14 miles. Horse riding 2 miles. Shop 2 miles.

Large, comfortable living room/dining room with inglenook fireplace and rugs on wooden floor. Compact farmhouse-style kitchen. Steep spiral staircase to first floor: Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one very small single (for +1). Bathroom with toilet.

  • Electricity, oil central heating throughout and open fire (£52 per week, £36 per short break)
  • Bed linen and Wi-Fi included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone - honesty box, local calls only
  • Terrace with furniture
  • 1½ acre grounds
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Outdoor table tennis
  • No smoking
  • NB: Stream in grounds

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Highchair
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Telephone Chargeable
    Telephone Chargeable
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 24/06/2018
    Fabulous location. Fabulous building. Un-fabulous road leading down to the cottage. Our group loved the seclusion and the digital isolation (no mobile signal and an internet connection that doesn't function beyond emails (the kids won't be browsing the internet). We had amazing weather but I imagine with poor weather you might go stir crazy indoors once you have exhausted the extensive games and book collection. I went with my friends but I will return with my family. My one true criticism is the approach to the cottage is extremely difficult. A three point turn is required to get around it and if you have a long, wide or low car you will be in a world of trouble. We had a 4x4 pickup truck so we were fine.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    An amazing place to stay, remote and wonderful to go to sleep and wake up to the sounds of nature!

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    We’ve stayed here twice now. We were aware of location and amenities which didn’t bother us really. However for value for money the farmhouse could do with a tidy up and a deep clean.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: We are so sorry you felt this way. As you might understand, the four-star rating is mainly to do with the special location of the property. Driftcombe is a 400 year-old cottage that has been a holiday-home for many years. Unfortunately your booking came at the end of a busy season. We absolutely agree that it now needs a deep clean, which we always do in the winter months when there are no tenants. With a two-hour turn-around for everything every week, there is limited time for deep cleaning during the season, and our housekeeper does her very best. It is always tidy on arrival, and families really like the toys, books and games that they can use. All the ground floor furniture, crockery and soft furnishings were new this season. Most of our tenants appreciate the cottage’s warmth and homeliness, and we are very sad if you felt otherwise. We have many guests who come back repeatedly - some have been coming here for over thirty years - and it is the easy-going comforts and natural beauty that they really enjoy.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    We have been to Driftcombe Farmhouse 6 times now and absolutely adore the place. Sometimes I read reviews and wonder if people have actually been to the cottage because things they say are either untrue or misleading. The road down is steepish and there is the dreaded bend but it is nowhere near as bad as some make it sound. I am female, getting on a bit and drive a Landrover Freelander and I can do it quite easily as a three point turn. The cottage is spotlessly clean, the bedding beautiful, the beds comfortable and it is lovely and warm. The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of crockery, pots, pans etc. There isn't a dishwasher but for us that isn't the end of the world. We've never found anything dirty or unfit for use. The lounge has lovely new rugs (not sure that cream and blue are serviceable colours for a holiday cottage though), new sofas and a new fire grate. The new boiler keeps the radiators hot with plenty of hot water. The place is isolated but not remote as Stroud is only 10-15 minutes away. Wildlife is everywhere. What's not to love?

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8.4 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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