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Reviewed 18 August 2013

On leaving the market town of Stroud we followed signs to Slad then asked directions to Elcombe and as the roadways narrowed and the scenery became unbelievably idyllic we started looking for Furners Farm. Friendly locals at the pub in Elcombe pointed across the valley and we took a narrow laneway down a steep hill, hoping that we wouldn't meet an oncoming vehicle. We knocked at the door of a farm and were given further directions to Furner's Farm with the ever faithful "you can't miss it". It was magic. We squeezed down the last lane to the most beautiful collection of outbuildings, natural gardens,chicken coop and the family home for our 3 night stay. Our ensuite room was magnificently renovated to provide absolute comfort and luxury. The bookcase held books from memorable previous guests and wonderful publications of the Slad Valley described by Barry Humphries as his most favourite place in the whole world. Our host met us at the car and carried our luggage to our room, "make yourself at home and you are welcome to wander anywhere on our property". This stay was a retreat in a calm, peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Breakfast in the main house was in a small conservatory surrounded by flowers and creepers with quiet classical music in the background. Free wifi available. The small chapel surrounded by prayer flags was another restful building. Just ask, and your host might show you his workshop and explain about the major artworks from around the world. We walked the hills each day, sat in the sun and read the books from the bookshelf, drove into Stroud for lunch and to buy a copy of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie from the Oxfam shop. The local pubs provide food on some evenings and the towns nearby are some of the prettiest we've seen but don't expect to see shops or tourists...this is far off the beaten track and we wish we'd stayed for a week. Next time.

Room tip: At the time we visited, June 2010, there was only one room available although there may have been a cottage upstairs.
Date of stay: June 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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