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Woody's Cottage

Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire

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A traditional 19th-century Cotswold stone cottage, originally the home of the late John Workman OBE who owned the Ebworth estate and was the National Trust's Forestry Adviser in the 1970s. The cottage is surrounded by deciduous woodland which is a National Nature Reserve and is also an example of some of the finest beech trees grown for timber in the country. The sunny garden has lovely views across the valley to National Trust woodland and farmland with beautiful walks. The cottage is in a wonderful, isolated romantic setting while just half a mile from the centre of Sheepscombe village which has a small but popular public house.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, lavatory, kitchen, sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, external access to utility room and sunroom.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request) bathroom with mixer tap attachment.
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating included.

Garden: the large private garden is mainly lawn with a patio area and a fenced Ha Ha.

Parking: for two cars is provided within the garage on the drive, please do not park on the drive itself.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Offers: Locally produced meat from National Trust herds can be pre-ordered for you to enjoy during your stay, please ask the contact centre for further details.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


Things to see and do nearby

Heart of England
The lake and south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire. The house was originally Elizabethan but was transformed in the Italianate style by architect Giacomo Leoni in the early eighteenth century. © Arnhel de Serra

The industrial heart of England now offers one of Britain's loveliest National Parks, the Peak District, a region of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular and contrasting scenery. Moorland, ancient oak woodlands, bustling market towns and pretty villages are easily accessible from some of our major cities. Some of the Trust's finest properties are in the area, including High Peak Estate, straddling the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border, Lyme Park mansion and gardens, surrounded by a medieval deer park and Hardwick Hall, hardly changed since its creation in Elizabethan times. To the south is the gentler area of the Cotswolds and its neighbouring county of Warwickshire. With its gently rolling countryside of hills and valleys, picturesque stone villages and fine houses, this beautiful area now offers the visitor a glimpse of traditional English life. The National Trust owns some of the loveliest countryside in the area, some fine houses and important gardens. There is a huge and varied choice from Tudor Snowshill Manor, with its eclectic collection of musical instruments, clocks and Japanese armour to Hidcote Manor Gardens, famous for its rare trees, shrubs and outstanding herbaceous borders. Other Trust places in the area include Newark Park with its stunning views, the Sherborne Park estate, while the Buscot and Coleshill estates in west Oxfordshire are set in 7,500 acres of rolling farmland and woodland. The Iron Age hill-fort of Badbury Hill offers superb views over the Upper Valley south to White Horse Hill and the Berkshire Downs.

The garden at Snowshill with lovely colourful borders set against the cotswold stone wall. © Nick Meers

If not the heart of England, the Cotswolds and the neighbouring county of Warwickshire, are surely its soul - an uplifting vision of breathtaking scenery, with gently rolling countryside of hills and valleys, picturesque stone villages and fine houses. This beautiful area offers the visitor a glimpse of traditional English life, and is attractive throughout the year. There is no better way to enjoy the splendours of the Cotswolds than to stay in one of the Trust?s many holiday homes .

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  • Gloucester and Docks
  • Cheltenham
  • The Cotswolds
  • Gatcombe Horse Trials
  • Badminton Horse Trials.
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Crickley Hill
Crickley Hill
Woodchester Park
Woodchester Park Beautiful secluded wooded valley
Chedworth Roman Villa
Chedworth Roman Villa Remains of one of Britain's largest Romano-British villas, set in the heart of the Cotswolds
Ashleworth Tithe Barn
Ashleworth Tithe Barn 15th-century tithe barn
Westbury Court Garden
Westbury Court Garden Dutch water garden -- a rare and beautiful survival
Newark Park
Newark Park Former Tudor hunting lodge later converted to fashionable home

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
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    Will return!

    Thank you to Mandy (I believe) who did an excellent job of preparing Woody's Cottage for our arrival late at night. For the lights to be on and the heating too was a lovely welcome, as was the hand written card and the box of cookies! My family has historical ties to the local area, and I had holidayed there as a child - it was magical to be back and I will return.

  • Todd Dalton
    • January 2015
    • England
    Made special:

    Located in a wonderful part of the country with plenty of walks and great food at all the local pubs. Beautiful and clean. But it needs a shower.

  • Cameron & Jo Macdougall
    • April 2010
    The cottage is in a superb location

    We stayed at Woody's in April 2010. The cottage is in a superb location for a peaceful rest in glorious countryside. We felt very welcome and the cottage was superbly equipped. Ideal for breaks at any time of the year. We plan to return in the near future.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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