Self-Catered Apartment near Berkeley, near Stroud, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Countryside Location On A Smallholding, 20 Mins To Bristol / 30 Mins To Cheltenham / 40 Mins To Bath
Mrs Jo Barry
- english, french, spanish
About Mrs Jo Barry
Simon & I moved to Swanley near Berkeley 19 years ago, having previously lived & worked in Bristol. With our two young children (now 23 & 25) we were looking for a rural idyll, hoping to give the children a fresh air environment but within easy reach of city action as they grew up.
Mrs Jo Barry purchased this Apartment in 1999
Why Mrs Jo Barry chose Berkeley
Our menagerie of animals started off as one cat who moved with us but over the years we have built up to two dogs, one cat (not the original), three alpacas, a number of egg-producing hens (currently just 2 - generally rehomed ex-battery chickens), one goldfish and occasional rare breed pigs (usually Gloucester Old Spot) which we raise for pork, bacon and sausages. We have loved living here, watching our children grow into adults with an interest in and awareness of rural life.
What makes this Apartment unique
Though we're only a couple of miles from the M5 motorway, giving easy access north and south, Swanley is wonderfully off-the-beaten-track, offering great local walks and a number of rural places of interest such as Berkeley, Wotton-under-Edge, Slimbridge & Westonbirt as well as further afield into the Cotswolds. Little Swanley offers a taste of the countryside with the convenience of easy access to other activities which don't involve putting on your wellies!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking outside only please
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Couple Days Away
Nice couple of days away.
Everything fine, and as detailed within listing.Wifi is very hit and miss
Lovely apartment in beautiful location
Delightful self contained flat which had everything needed for a comfortable stay. Very peaceful location. Our hosts Jo and Simon, were helpful without being obtrusive. Couldn’t have asked for anything more
Fantastic little hideaway
I wanted to get away from it all for a weekend and found this lovely little cottage; it lived up to the description (and my expectations) and then some! Jo was wonderful; friendly and helpful and responded to emails (and text messages) very quickly. Thank you again Jo!
A very spacious apartment with everything you need to make a stay away from home feel like home. Large bedroom with comfy beds which can accommodate 4 people. Huge lounge/diner with comfy seating including two arm chairs and a semi-circular sofa. Kitchen area was small but has everything you need. Nice touches such as a welcome pack of wine, eggs, milk plus tea & coffee already there. Cleaning equipment for washing up etc was included too. Large bathroom with detachable over head bath shower. Three alpacas can be seen from the bedroom windows and cows from the bathroom & lounge windows. There were two chickens and resident cats and dogs too. Large gardens outside with seating area. Easy parking on premises. Wealth of leaflets and information in the property. The only downside for some might be that it's accessed by 4 steps and then a further 6 as it is an upstairs apartment in the annexe. Found the location great for easy access to Wales. It's about 6 miles to Dursley. Jo was very helpful and easy to communicate with.
Perfect for our visit to Glos. Spacious & very comfortable accommodation with all the home comforts. Would recommend.
Cosy and comfortable
We really enjoyed spending our Christmas at Little Swanley. Our hosts Jo and Simon were friendly and welcoming. The apartment was spacious and comfortably funished in a country farmhouse style. We all slept very well, the beds were comfy. The kitchenette was excellent and well equipped. Big bathroom with a lovely bath tub. Nice rural views from the windows. Very convenient for visiting the Cotswolds.
Special interest holidays:
Birdwatching at Slimbridge - especially at migratory times of the year
Westonbirt Arboretum - especially in the Autumn
Berkeley Castle - battle re-enactments & annual country fair
Cheltenham Races - throughout the year - Gold Cup
Badminton Horse Trials - May
Severn Bore - check tide times through the year
Reflexology - in house treatments available, please ask for details when booking
Bristol Airport - 45 minutes
Birmingham Airport - 1 hour 15 mins
Bristol Temple Meads / Parkway - 30/20 minutes
The Mall Shopping Centre, Cribbs Causeway (Bristol) - 20 mins
Cabots Circus, Bristol - 30 minutes
Bath (park and ride from near Lansdown racecourse) - 40 mins
Cheltenham Racecourse (Gold Cup etc) - 30 minutes
Swanley is about 5 minutes from Berkeley (Castle & local shops / pubs), 10 minutes from Thornbury (golf & leisure centre), 10 minutes from Cam / Dursley (supermarkets and Park & Ride train), 20 minutes to Slimbridge (birds), 30 minutes to Westonbirt (trees), 30 minutes to Cheltenham / Badminton (horses)
There are a number of local pubs & restaurants (2 within a mile) worth visiting within a 10/15 minute driving radius, including the CAMRA award-winning Salutation Inn at Ham near Berkeley. Supermarkets & banks etc. are all within easy reach.