Mayfaire is a lovely, peaceful private home in England’s largest designated area of outstanding beauty. The Slad Valley has never been intensively farmed, sprayed or built on. It is a place of natural abundance and strong, healing energy and is acclaimed for it exceptional beauty.
We offer bed and breakfast on an informal, friendship basis for our non-residential courses, (but not usually for those coming for a private one to one session or a couple session) at a very much cheaper rate than you will find in the area for this quality of accommodation. You also have the benefit of staying in the energetic field of the course and relaxing with other participants. Breakfast is self-serve. The Hot Tub with its spectacular views is usually available for participants. Prices vary depending on whether you need a single bed, double bed or are willing to sleep on the floor on mats. Participants give us great feedback about staying here. Please ask for further information when you book a course and we will send full information and web links if b and b accommodation is offered at Mayfaire during that course.
Catered meals are generally offered on some evenings during non-residential courses. If catered meals are not offered on a particular evening (see your course info), you can get a good supper at The Woolpack (Laurie Lee’s old pub haunt) every night except Monday – good to book in advance. On Mondays you can go to the Butchers Arms, Sheepscombe, http://www.butchers-arms.co.uk, Fostons Ash, http://www.food-club.com/pubs/fostons-ash, (and go to http://www.food-club.com/offers for special deals) or into Stroud which is a couple of miles away.
Local Bed & Breakfast
Following are details of local places to stay. We are always interested in feedback about where you stay as it helps people in the future.
Most Secret Garden courses are based in Stroud or in Gloucestershire countryside so most B&Bs below are in that area.
Please note none of these places are recommended, but we haven’t heard negative reports about any of them. If you are local, you can go home in the evening. If not, you might stay with friends in the area, or book a hotel or b and b. It is best to arrange accommodation as soon as you book a course.
Hawkwood College is a residential retreat centre where several courses will be held though they also do just accommodation – 01453 759034. They are worth calling asap for accommodation if you need it, check with them for availability. Their current charges are b& b single room £41, b &b shared room £31 Supper b/b £60 single, £49 shared Explain you are booked onto a Secret Garden day/days, and ask if you can stay there. If the course is booked via Hawkwood tell them it is a Hawkwood course you are coming for. There are lots more options on the web if you search for accommodation in the Stroud area.
Painswick is a mile from Hawkwood and from Slad and is known as ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’ because of its stunning church grounds and lovely old buildings. It is gorgeous and very quiet. It has a couple of hotels and several b and bs, one, St Michael’s, with restaurant. Byfield House does self-cater Tel 01452 812607, and has an annexe garden room which might suit families..
Just outside the village, between Painswick, Slad and Hawkwood, is Wren’s Nest (Contemporary Luxury) Tel. 01452 812347. Gable End House, Pitchcombe, GL6 6LN (small village just above Painswick, towards Edge), 01452 812166 £60.
This is a contact of a regular course participant who does occasional bed and breakfast in Painswick. You can access all details on the B&B at www.halecottage.com Tel 01452 812324 M. 07785 350840 Skype: martyn.thornton firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy House has a double and a twin room both en suite, been rated 10/10 by a participant, 01452 812339 and 07714 159411., www.troy-house.co.uk
Stroud has the usual facilities of a town and lots of arty events. The Imperial Hotel offers single rooms at a cheaper rate. (opposite the railway station, good for taxis too) Go to www.booking.com/hotel/gb/theimperialhotelstroud.en.html for more information. Feedback -staff very friendly. Restaurant very good.(Thai/ English).
The London Hotel, London Road, Stroud. (Walking distance from the Old Town Hall.) Tel: 01453 759992 email email@example.com B and B Single from £35.00 , double from £45.00 www.the- london-hotel.co.uk
A B & B in a private home Quiet, spacious, peaceful attic room with great views, (Mon & Tues nights not available) Stroud Tel 01453 751419 £29.00.
There are lots more options on the web if you search for accommodation in the Stroud area.
Stroud District Tourism web site is www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk. This is quite a good website for this area www.cotswoldswebsite.com/stroud-accommodation.asp
Nailsworth is further away, 25 mins from Slad. Large, sunny room with a view £30 single/£58 double. Self- service breakfast. Posibility of pick-up/drop-off, stroud train station, and to /from Slad, (price neg).Tel: 01453 835710 Mob: 07976822732.
Cheltenham is quite beautiful and sophisticated, 25 mins from Slad so suitable if the course venue is in Cheltenham, and has many hotels and is 20/25 mins – 12 miles-drive from Slad Valley or 30/35 from Stroud. There are lots of restaurants and cafes and excellent shops and theatres and you will often not need to use the car once you are at your accommodation or at all if the course is here.
Beaumont House has very good reviews, from £59 for a single 01242 223311 www.bhhotel.com Cotswold Grange Hotel 01242 515119 www.cotswoldgrange.co.uk.
Badger Towers is quiet, a mile drive from the centre, 01242 522583 www.BadgerTowers.co.uk