Westley Farm

South West England Gloucestershire Stroud

  • 3 Cottages Sleeping 4–6
  • Cosy Rural Retreat

Charming dog-friendly cottages on a fairytale Cotswolds farm

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With walled gardens, views of the Golden Valley and a backdrop of trees, the cute stone cottages of Westley Farm have a fairytale appeal. But this isn’t Narnia; it’s The Cotswolds, and jolly nice it is too! Halfway between Cirencester and Stroud, Westley Farm is two hours’ drive from central London and less if you come by train. It’s close enough for a weekend away and far enough for a week – which will give you just enough time to get a taste for the good life that’s on offer here. There are cross-country walks to beamed Cotswolds inns, farmer’s markets groaning with seasonal produce, and then there’s life right here on the farm.

Westley Farm is sensitively managed and it shows. It’s part of what makes the place so special. Cows and sheep graze the fields, kestrels hover overhead and rare butterflies occasionally flit by. For your chance to see them, book a stay in one of the three dog-friendly cottages or in the glamping accommodation that’s tucked away in the farm’s ancient woods in the summer – five beautiful yurts and cabins that they offer every year between spring and autumn. Each of the accommodation options here has its own charm but it’s the cottages we’re interested in here. While farm cottages are often clustered together, these ones are flung far and wide.

Jackdaw is the most romantic and secluded of the three with a warm feel from Mexican, Moroccan and Native American arts and crafts, a log burner and the hot tub outside. Meanwhile, Cockshutt has a more typically English country cottage appeal thanks to flagstone floors and an open fire. And then there’s lovely Hornstone, the biggest of the three, with space for six guests. Each cottage has amazing views, but Hornstone perhaps has the best of the lot from the outdoor seating on its deck.

The abundance of great quality local food and drink is likely to be a highlight of your stay and you can book hampers of goodies for your arrival between April and October. Otherwise, stock up at the farm shop down the road or take a trip to the market in Stroud. The 20-minute cross-country walk to The Crown Inn at Frampton Mansell is a must, and, if you want a longer adventure, carry on along the canal to The Daneway pub. Roman Cirencester, its open-air swimming pool and the castles at Berkeley and Sudeley are all worth a visit and none are too far from here. You may not have time to see them all – but don’t fret, if you’re anything like previous guests, you’ll probably be back next year.

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Facilities

Hornstone Cottage sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, walled garden, south-facing deck with wood-fired hot tub. Jackdaw Cottage sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, enclosed garden, wood-fired hot tub. Cockshutt Cottage, sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, walled garden and patio, no stairs. All cottages have central heating, open fires or wood-burning stoves, BBQs, Wi-Fi, crisp Egyptian cotton linen… and astounding views!

Suitable For

All are suited to families, children, dogs, walkers while Jackdaw Cottage is a picture perfect romantic retreat tucked away at the very end of a long track.

Nearby

Eat, drink, walk and talk. Stroud Farmers' Market, quintessential Cotswold village pubs within walking distance, beautiful Cotswold towns, Cotswold Water Park, Berkeley and Sudeley castles, so much to do and see in the area but best off all is walking from the farm along the canal to the local nature reserve.

Food & Drink

This is proper foodie country. The nearby market town of Stroud is rightly famous for its Saturday farmers' market, a great spot for buying produce, grabbing a coffee and watching the locals. Most of the eating out takes space in pubs, with several traditional Cotswold inns just a walk across the fields from the pub. The nearest, and our favourite, is the Crown Inn at Frampton Mansell, a quintessential open beamed Cotswold pub and the perfect spot to watch the sun set on a summer evening. Further afield, a 45-minute walk through a nature reserve in the Severn-Thames canal, is the Daneway Inn. Our nearest food stop is the Jolly Nice Farmshop and Deli, purveyors of all the fine things in life, and also home to a drive-through and the Hive, a pop-up style cafe/bar. The nearby hill village of Chalford also has a community shop, staffed by volunteers, and selling most of the essentials, so there's no need to got to a supermarket or get in your car. 

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

Two bedroom cottages from £135 to £285 per night depending on season; three bedroom cottage from £150 to £500 per night.

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The Owner Says

After stints in London and California, Ali and Dan moved to Westley Farm five years ago, seduced by the promise of a quieter way of life and the call of the wild. They took on and revamped the existing holiday cottages, introducing a touch of their own eclectic taste while retaining the feel of the original farm buildings, and created five luxurious yurts and cabins in the ancient woodland, each with its own private space, hot tub and facilities. They like nothing more than sharing their beautiful farm with guests – although they understand that most people come away to get away from it all! The most rewarding part of opening their farm and woodland to visitors, they say, is seeing the transformation that comes over guests after just a day or two as they shed the stress and tension of their daily lives and adapt to nature's rhythms.  

Location

Contact Website  01285 760 262  Westley Farm, Cowcombe Hill, Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire GL6 8HP

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Getting There

Westley Farm is just off the  A419, half way between Cirencester and Stroud, so easily accessible from the M4 and the M5. Kemble and Stroud train stations are both a 10-minute taxi ride from Westley Farm and are just over and hour from London Paddington.

Features

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
  • BBQs
  • Welcome Pack
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Foodies
  • On the farm
  • Cottage

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Amazing place! Highly recommend!

This place is amazing!! Definitely one of my favourite UK stays ever. Lots of hiking routes, plenty of beautiful views and lovely animals/wildlife. Hosts were very helpful and always available if we needed anything. Highly recommend to family's, couples or groups of friends. I will definitely be returning here in the future!
Mar 14, 2023 by Rachel

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