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17th century former woollen mill
17th century former woollen mill
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths

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As featured on Channel 4's 'Hidden Villages of the Cotswolds' and convenient stop on the Wysis Way for walkers, we offer a rural location surrounded by fields, our own meadow and woodland. The Woolpack, as immortalised in Laurie Lee's 'Cider with Rosie', is only a 10 minute walk away.
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As featured on Channel 4's 'Hidden Villages of the Cotswolds' and convenient stop on the Wysis Way for walkers, we offer a rural location surrounded by fields, our own meadow and woodland. The Woolpack, as immortalised in Laurie Lee's 'Cider with Rosie', is only a 10 minute walk away.

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Incredibly picturesque setting in this Cotswold valley made famous by that lovable (and very sadly missed) rogue, Laurie Lee, in his novel 'Cider with Rosie'. Steanbridge, a hamlet nestled within the Slad Valley, is a very special place at all times of the year. Our neighbours train racehorses, which are spectacular to see coming down the lane en masse for their daily exercise. We would be pleased to advise on the numerous walks starting and finishing from our home including the fairly-recent Laurie Lee route (people always get lost outside our front garden!). We offer a light and airy, recently renovated top floor of our mill (with direct access). We love it for its character and history as well as the peacefulness and nature around from our doorstep. The 17th century former woollen mill provides a spacious living area for use of guests with two doubles, or one double and two singles, with a double sofa bed and use of a kitchen. Guests are also welcome to explore our garden, including the meadow with the Slad brook running through it, and our woodland. We have a BBQ and fire pit for guests to use also if they so wish. Whilst we both work full time, we are never too far away and try to be available to assist with guests' needs. Parking outside Upper Steanbridge Mill is for 2 cars and guests are welcome to use both. We also have parking on gravel by our stream the other side of the road for further vehicles. Our friends at Wonky's Wheels in Stroud will look after you if you need a taxi anywhere as bus routes are reliable but buses run infrequently. Walking into Stroud is a 40 minute stroll. Mobile phone reception at Upper Steanbridge Mill is patchy, so please let us know if you would like to book a taxi etc. and we would be pleased to help. We live in a remote country setting with hardly any light pollution. The pub however (The Woolpack) is only 10 minutes away on foot and thankfully the walk is downhill on the way back. We can lend a torch! Stroud is 2 miles away, (award-winning Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings) Nailsworth 6 miles, Cheltenham 11 miles, Gloucester 10 miles, Cirencester 10 miles, Bath 33 miles and Bristol 30 miles. Bristol Airport is an hour's drive; London Heathrow 1h20mins; Birmingham Airport 1h 30mins. Paddington to Stroud is 1h 30mins by train and a 5 minute taxi ride thereafter. The British designer Jasper Conran once likened Stroud to ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’ and is a great base to explore the undiscovered south Cotswolds countryside and the Five Golden Valleys. The town of Stroud is the capital of the south western Cotswolds and located at the divergence of the five Golden Valleys, so named after the monetary wealth created in the processing of wool from the plentiful supply of water power. Five populated valleys converge at Stroud, ten miles southwest of Cheltenham, creating a bustle of hills. The bustle is not a new phenomenon. During the heyday of the wool trade the river Frome powered 150 mills, turning Stroud into the centre of the local cloth industry. Even now, Stroud is very much a working town, and one which doesn't need its heritage in order to survive. While some of the old mills have been converted into flats, others contain factories, but only two continue to make cloth - no longer the so-called Stroudwater Scarlet used for military uniforms, but high-quality felt for tennis balls and snooker tables. The Slad valley, again, was a centre of clothmaking until the 19th century when the mills ceased production. The grey-stone village of Slad is scattered along the south-east slope of the narrow valley and has been immortalised by the poet and author Laurie Lee. We recommend our friends at Wonky's Wheels in Stroud for all taxi needs to and from Upper Steanbridge Mill. The guys there know us well for our own work-related and personal needs! Our local, The Woolpack, gets very busy at weekends. To avoid disappointment, we would be pleased to book you a table there in advance (Harry, the landlord, is a formidable host but even he cannot work miracles when there are no covers available!).
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Incredibly picturesque setting in this Cotswold valley made famous by that lovable (and very sadly missed) rogue, Laurie Lee, in his novel 'Cider with Rosie'.

Steanbridge, a hamlet nestled within the Slad Valley, is a very special place at all times of the year. Our neighbours train racehorses, which are spectacular to see coming down the lane en masse for their daily exercise.

We would be pleased to advise on the numerous walks starting and finishing from our home including the fairly-recent Laurie Lee route (people always get lost outside our front garden!).

We offer a light and airy, recently renovated top floor of our mill (with direct access). We love it for its character and history as well as the peacefulness and nature around from our doorstep.

The 17th century former woollen mill provides a spacious living area for use of guests with two doubles, or one double and two singles, with a double sofa bed and use of a kitchen.

Guests are also welcome to explore our garden, including the meadow with the Slad brook running through it, and our woodland. We have a BBQ and fire pit for guests to use also if they so wish.

Whilst we both work full time, we are never too far away and try to be available to assist with guests' needs.


Parking outside Upper Steanbridge Mill is for 2 cars and guests are welcome to use both. We also have parking on gravel by our stream the other side of the road for further vehicles.

Our friends at Wonky's Wheels in Stroud will look after you if you need a taxi anywhere as bus routes are reliable but buses run infrequently.

Walking into Stroud is a 40 minute stroll.

Mobile phone reception at Upper Steanbridge Mill is patchy, so please let us know if you would like to book a taxi etc. and we would be pleased to help.

We live in a remote country setting with hardly any light pollution. The pub however (The Woolpack) is only 10 minutes away on foot and thankfully the walk is downhill on the way back. We can lend a torch!

Stroud is 2 miles away, (award-winning Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings) Nailsworth 6 miles, Cheltenham 11 miles, Gloucester 10 miles, Cirencester 10 miles, Bath 33 miles and Bristol 30 miles.

Bristol Airport is an hour's drive; London Heathrow 1h20mins; Birmingham Airport 1h 30mins.

Paddington to Stroud is 1h 30mins by train and a 5 minute taxi ride thereafter.


The British designer Jasper Conran once likened Stroud to ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’ and is a great base to explore the undiscovered south Cotswolds countryside and the Five Golden Valleys.

The town of Stroud is the capital of the south western Cotswolds and located at the divergence of the five Golden Valleys, so named after the monetary wealth created in the processing of wool from the plentiful supply of water power.

Five populated valleys converge at Stroud, ten miles southwest of Cheltenham, creating a bustle of hills. The bustle is not a new phenomenon. During the heyday of the wool trade the river Frome powered 150 mills, turning Stroud into the centre of the local cloth industry. Even now, Stroud is very much a working town, and one which doesn't need its heritage in order to survive. While some of the old mills have been converted into flats, others contain factories, but only two continue to make cloth - no longer the so-called Stroudwater Scarlet used for military uniforms, but high-quality felt for tennis balls and snooker tables.

The Slad valley, again, was a centre of clothmaking until the 19th century when the mills ceased production. The grey-stone village of Slad is scattered along the south-east slope of the narrow valley and has been immortalised by the poet and author Laurie Lee.

We recommend our friends at Wonky's Wheels in Stroud for all taxi needs to and from Upper Steanbridge Mill. The guys there know us well for our own work-related and personal needs!

Our local, The Woolpack, gets very busy at weekends. To avoid disappointment, we would be pleased to book you a table there in advance (Harry, the landlord, is a formidable host but even he cannot work miracles when there are no covers available!).

Guest access

You have direct access via a separate door and your own key.
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You have direct access via a separate door and your own key.

Interaction with guests

As Jon tries to work from home when he can, he is normally around to answer any questions and help with recommendations as to where to go and what's worth a visit. We have a 5 year old son, Sebbie, and an equally boisterous Cocker Spaniel pup, Bramble (otherwise known as 'Houdini' for his ability to get through even the smallest hole in the fence!). You may see either around from time-to-time but neither should get in the way of your stay.
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As Jon tries to work from home when he can, he is normally around to answer any questions and help with recommendations as to where to go and what's worth a visit.

We have a 5 year old son, Sebbie, and an equally boisterous Cocker Spaniel pup, Bramble (otherwise known as 'Houdini' for his ability to get through even the smallest hole in the fence!). You may see either around from time-to-time but neither should get in the way of your stay.

Other things to note

We provide a loaf of bread, milk, yoghurt, fruit and cereals upon arrival (plus jams, cereals and tea and coffee in the kitchen for guest use). Wifi is good for work use throughout (link your mobile to it for reception when staying with us). Remember to bring wellies/walking boots with you if you want to explore the valley by foot, as it can get very wet and boggy in some areas during winter.
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We provide a loaf of bread, milk, yoghurt, fruit and cereals upon arrival (plus jams, cereals and tea and coffee in the kitchen for guest use).

Wifi is good for work use throughout (link your mobile to it for reception when staying with us).

Remember to bring wellies/walking boots with you if you want to explore the valley by foot, as it can get very wet and boggy in some areas during winter.

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Amenities
Kitchen
Family/kid friendly
Pets allowed
Wireless Internet
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox

We would appreciate it if muddy boots could be left in our spacious porch with flagstones.

Dogs welcome but we'd also appreciate it if they too could stay in our porch area (best bring their own bed) as we have light covered furnishing and decoration throughout.

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Michiel User Profile
September 2017
Excellent spot to stay in the Cotswolds, with the Slad valley being easy to reach but still away from it all. The accommodation is basically the top two floors of Jonathan's old mill, but with ground floor access as it is set into the hill. Everything you need is available (washer, dryer, dishwasher, fully stocked kitchen) which is handy if you're on an extended trip with kids, like we were from Australia. A real home away from home, with great quality linnen and marvellous views up the valley from the bed in the top bedroom. Top tip: keep the window open so you can hear the sound of the stream in the night, very relaxing. Jonathan is a great host, he has kids of his own so understood one of ours may want to use the sofa bed to keep them separated - he provided bedding for for that in anticipation. One of the many nice touches - thanks Jon!

Katie User Profile
October 2016
We absolutely loved our short stay at Jonathan's beautiful place. It was just as, if not even more, beautiful than in the pictures! Jonathan was extremely easy to communicate with, providing us with detailed directions on how to get there, lots of recommendations of things to do, left us some breakfast supplies, and even topped up the firewood supply for us during our stay. The mill was absolutely stunning - cosy, clean, well-stocked, and the surrounding Slad Valley was beautifully peaceful and picturesque. One weekend was not just long enough! I already look forward to coming back and staying here again. Thanks so much for having us Jonathan. :)

Anne User Profile
July 2016
We loved the atmosphere and quiet of the accommodation. Well equipped and accurately described. Was worth the venturing down narrow lanes to get there. If given the chance we would return and recommend.
Jonathan User Profile
Response from Jonathan:
Thanks Anne. Just to make it clear, the wifi glitches didn't relate to our own wifi; simply that you were in Slad and couldn't find a wifi signal in the countryside until you got to The Woolpack and couldn't access our detailed directions online on your iPad. Thank you for highlighting the fact we live in a rural area where, if you don't have cell data roaming package bolt-on to your phone/wifi carrier in the UK, you can't rely solely on technology. Whenever we travel, as we did recently in Spain and France, we ensured we had iPhone/iPad access as well as a physical map in the car for such eventualities as you experienced. We'll make sure this is made crystal clear that this is our recommendation for any future guests. Hope you have a super time in Spain and Italy.
July 2016

Sarah User Profile
December 2017
Great place and location. Great master bedroom with amazing views. Loads of amenities included which is great. The local pub the woolpack is a must ,great food and atmosphere and an easy 10/15 minute walk from the property.

Shaden User Profile
November 2017
We had a wonderful weekend away for my birthday thanks to the lovely cottage and incredible hospitality of Jonathan. Cannot recommend this enough !!!
Jonathan User Profile
Response from Jonathan:
Very kind, Shaden. Delighted you and your friends enjoyed your birthday weekend with us.
November 2017

Jacqueline User Profile
October 2017
Beautiful part of Slad. Very good pre visit communication. If you are 6ft plus , the staircase to the upper bedroom ( largest with lovely view) is very difficult . The smaller bedroom is tight with no luggage storage , thus use main area . As the main sitting room is in fact the third bedroom , expect furniture to reflect such. Some refurb work in kitchen area which is closed off with a plastic bag . Jonathan is a kind and willing host . A winter visit with tight bedroom spaces and potentially slippery bathroom areas, not what we wanted just now , but we have learned to enquiry more before future visits . Our records show that all Airbnb visits have been exactly as per our expectations ( in fact better) , this is nearly there in terms of what we wanted. See all other reviews which are positive on all fronts and reflect we need to be better at what we do. Thank you to Jonathan and to Slad for just being there . Best regards Jacqueline
Jonathan User Profile
Response from Jonathan:
Jacqueline is correct in saying that the space is too limited in the downstairs bedroom to have a luggage stand. There is however plenty of wardrobe space. There would be room for a luggage stand in the top bedroom (plus plenty of wardrobe space) which we may consider as a useful addition. Ultimately, Jacqueline chose not to sleep in the top bedroom. Jacqueline is however incorrect in describing our living room as 'the third bedroom'. Our listing shows it to be a common space with a double sofa bed and this is exactly what it is with two armchairs, several tables, cabinets, a TV and a sofa (which turns into a bed for those wishing to sleep there). Jacqueline is unfortunately also incorrect in stating that our kitchen is subject to 'some refurb work'. What she is referring to is a former cooker flue void measuring 6 inches by 4 inches behind the cooker hood to the left-hand side high up in the corner which is blocked temporarily with rock wool and a polythene membrane to allow the area to breath (it being very important to do so with older buildings). Quite what Jacqueline was doing getting up there to inspect the void is unclear. The kitchen is otherwise fully equipped and we use it on a regular basis when we do not have guests. Jacqueline has unfortunately also misrepresented the space in our home overall as 'tight', which is at odds with our description, the photographs taken by Airbnb themselves and all other reviews from guests. You need to be over 6 foot 3 inches before you need to duck slightly going up the spiral staircase to the top bedroom. There is a beam in that bedroom, as is shown in the photos. As a 17th century former woollen mill, this is not out of character. We are disappointed that our home did not meet with Jacqueline's expectations on this occasion and wish her and her relatives the very best with their travels elsewhere for the future.
October 2017

Carol User Profile
October 2017
Jonathan was a lovely and very helpful host and the place was cosy, comfy, well equipped and beautifully located.

Slad, United KingdomJoined in July 2015
Jonathan User Profile
Dad to a little Stroudie, vintage Stroudie himself, married to a feisty Geordie and wouldn't have it any other way. Love living in a 17th century former woollen mill, which we are slowly renovating. Love laughter and good story telling!
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