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Under the Walnut Tree

England / Painswick, Gloucestershire
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Full description
A soothing shepherd's hut, set on the historic grounds of a Grade I listed house, with an outdoor swimming pool and idyllic views of wildlife-steeped Gloucestershire countryside.

Dating all the way back to the 12th century, the Grade I listed Painswick Lodge is gently elevated in a Gloucestershire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with mesmerising views that lead your gaze down to the tranquil, wildlife-steeped valley below.

The former royal hunting lodge is surrounded by immaculate English gardens and grounds that are home to magnificent Arabian horses and rare breed cattle, along with idyllic summerhouses to relax in, and a shimmering outdoor swimming pool framed by oak beams.

Boasting a grand, fascinating heritage, it was within these grounds that King Henry VIII enjoyed his long honeymoon with Anne Boleyn in 1534, and where the future Queen Elizabeth I spent her play time, exploring the gardens in childish wonder.

As its name so beautifully suggests, you'll find the romantic shepherd's hut for two secluded amongst these incredible surroundings, Under the Walnut Tree.  

Perfectly positioned for you to enjoy some of the most spectacular views in rural England, you can sit back and watch as hay is made in the sunshine, or perhaps the horses idly grazing with their foals.

While it will be easy for you to imagine life as a shepherd in times gone by, watching out for their flock, you'll also find the charming hut infused with contemporary comfort and luxury. Furnishings are not only of the highest quality, but welcome conveniences that include an en-suite shower room, a two-ring gas hob, and a coolbox, will help you make the most of your relaxation time.

Later on, the 12 volt LED lights provide a soft evening glow, as you snuggle up beside the wood-burner, and the downy double bed all but guarantees a sound night's sleep.  

Wake to incredible views of the sun rising over the countryside, easing yourselves into the day over coffee, birdsong and butterfly visits on the terrace... and with a welcome basket of freshly laid eggs and locally sourced bacon and bread generously provided, breakfast promises to be a heavenly treat.

If you're in the mood to explore, there is plenty to captivate you in the local area. You could start by heading into Painswick (whose church spire you'll be able to view from your bed!) Known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds', you can meander along its narrow streets, perhaps stopping in the historic local inn for a drink.

Stroud, just three miles away, boasts artisan shops an award-winning weekly farmers' market, while the spa town of Cheltenham is host to a programme of festivals, of just about every description.

Yet if all that sounds far too energetic, you can simply wander over to the summerhouse, stocked with books, a comfy sofa, and even more mesmerising views. Watch the comings and goings of the local wildlife, before taking a leisurely afternoon dip in that beautiful pool, then firing up the barbecue to help you welcome in another unforgettable sunset.

Things to note

Check in from 4pm, check out by 11am. Children and pets are not permitted. Please note that there is a plug socket/charging point in the hut.

Tried and tested

"We came to spend our first anniversary weekend and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to stay in a place like this. So beautiful. Great for reconnecting and enjoy each other's company. You usually don't have many opportunities to be so close  to nature and animals so this is very special.
Also lunch at The Painswick was extraordinaire."

"We had a lovely weekend break here. Such a beautiful location and the views were quite special to wake up to! We loved the windy wet weather. It made it more magical. Thank you to Fiona and Malcolm for being wonderful hosts! The welcome food of bacon eggs and milk was a real treat for breakies. We truly enjoyed our wet amble through Stroud and its farmers market. Thank you for a wonderful weekend getaway!"
 
"Perfect weekend - what a georgeus spot. Relaxed in the sunshine, swam in the pool, walked to The Butchers Arms for supper and back by moonlight. Greeted warmly by the dog.. Lovely to hear the owl in the night. Thank you for a fab stay."

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The basics

The basics


Region: Painswick, Gloucestershire
Cost (from): £120 per night (low season)
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2/3 nights
Property ref: 1735

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Facilities

Facilities

Shepherd's hut, sleeps 2 guests.  Seating, 12 volt LED lights, wood-burning stove with fuel, twin gas hob, kitchen equipment, welcome basket, coolbox, kettle, 4ft double bed, en-suite shower room with flushing toilet.  Linen and towels provided. Outside: firepit, barbecue, picnic table, private garden with sun loungers and rugs, summerhouse with books and a sofa, seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, swimming, wildlife spotting, birdwatching, market towns, farmers' markets, artisan shops, coffee stops, historic pubs, restaurants, festivals
At a glance

At a glance

  • A romantic shepherd's hut for two, secluded on the extensive grounds of a Grade I-listed former royal hunting lodge in Gloucestershire, with spectacular English countryside views.
  • The hut is self-contained, with an en-suite shower and flushing toilet, and a coolbox and two-ring gas hob for cooking (though you may prefer firing up the barbecue for a sizzling sunset supper out on the terrace!)
  • The grounds are home to abundant wildlife, and include a summerhouse and an outdoor swimming pool for seasonal use. There are sun-loungers and rugs out in the private garden for you to enjoy.
  • A locally sourced breakfast basket (or evening snack) is provided.
  • Visit historic Painswick, or head into Stroud for artisan shopping and coffee stops. Cheltenham and Cirencester can be reached in under half an hour.
Tried and tested

"We came to spend our first anniversary weekend and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to stay in a place like this. So beautiful. Great for reconnecting and enjoy each other's company. You usually don't have many opportunities to be so close  to nature and animals so this is very special.
Also lunch at The Painswick was extraordinaire."

"We had a lovely weekend break here. Such a beautiful location and the views were quite special to wake up to! We loved the windy wet weather. It made it more magical. Thank you to Fiona and Malcolm for being wonderful hosts! The welcome food of bacon eggs and milk was a real treat for breakies. We truly enjoyed our wet amble through Stroud and its farmers market. Thank you for a wonderful weekend getaway!"
 
"Perfect weekend - what a georgeus spot. Relaxed in the sunshine, swam in the pool, walked to The Butchers Arms for supper and back by moonlight. Greeted warmly by the dog.. Lovely to hear the owl in the night. Thank you for a fab stay."

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