The River Severn rolls by. Flamingos, cranes and geese flap their wings at the adjacent Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. A wild-flower meadow and ancient woodland come peppered with plants that inspired the bedroom names. A walled garden suggests an icy gin-and-tonic sipped within a bucolic spot so English, it should wear a cravat.
This is Chapelwood House, sleeping 12 in rural Gloucestershire. Amid box hedging, wide lawns, hare and deer, this is a place to revitalise and re-energise among family and friends. Come because it’s a special occasion, because you love tranquility, or just because. This is a holiday that’s more wildlife than nightlife.
Keep your Instagram updated on the Gigaclear Ultrafast Wi-Fi, or ship in the popcorn and Prosecco for nights in front of the 55” TV complete with full Sky and BT packages, plus Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Escape with music on the Bluetooth and stories from the bookcase. Check in, chill out, switch off.
You don’t stay at Chapelwood House for the nightlife. You come for the lovely views of the River Severn where you can watch the bore twice a day, the lonely calls of the geese and ducks from Slimbridge next door, and the sightings of hare and deer.
Sit and stare at big skies in the absolute peace of the gin-friendly walled garden, the wide lawns and the wildflower meadows. Fire up the gas barbie. Challenge one another with a game of table tennis Stay out late around the firepit. The three-acre gardens and grounds at Chapelwood House are so tranquil you can just about hear your heart beat.
Settle back surrounded by an ageless charm that’s all high skirting boards, swagged curtains, deep coving, sash windows and dripping chandeliers. This is a classic country-house retreat that comes with a cosy poshness that can only be achieved with big rugs and deep, warm, toe-scrunching carpets.
There’s entertainment here, as well, among the exquisitely rendered traditional features. Light up the log fire and catch a match or a movie around the 55” TV with full Sky and BT packages, plus Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Get skillfull on the table football. Slip away with a classic from the bookcase or tunes on the Bluetooth.
Feed the ‘Gram with the Gigaclear Ultrafast Wi-Fi. Or feed your soul around the grand piano on a family singalong. Spaces at Chapelwood House are as sociable or solitary as you choose. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your thirst for quiet adventure and a need to remove yourself for the modern world a while.
It wouldn’t be a classic English country home without an Aga, and Chapelwood House doesn’t disappoint. Cook and keep toasty with the four-door range and electric combi double-fan oven, two Aga hobs and four-hob induction. Or don’t. Put your feet up and call Aureum Catering, Sally Armstrong or Canapé to Cake.
Tackle takeaways from Fat Toni’s (pizza) or Indian Garden. Load the fridge and freezer with goodies from Tesco, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer or Sainsbury’s. Or go all out for treats from Leaf and Ground in Dursley, a palate-pleasing deli, or Hobbs House Bakery, home of delicious Bakewell slices. Wash everything down with wine from Raffles.
Head out for pub meals at the local Red Lion Arlingham, a community run pub with a great menu or The Bell Inn or The Three Horseshoes, both on one of the longest village greens in England in Frampton-on-Severn. Try The Bell Inn in Selsley, a grade II-listed Cotswold inn serving real ales, locally sourced food and seasonal game.
Satisfy your inner foodie at The Painswick with the afternoon tea on the balcony or the six-course tasting menu. Or linger over delectable dishes at Calcot Manor’s elegant restaurant, The Conservatory. How about rump of Wiltshire lamb or pan-fried gilt-head bream, baked leeks, haricot blanc and brown shrimp?
Surrounded by the flap of the cranes and geese from Slimbridge and by the odd nocturnal hoot, you’ll sleep like a felled tree at Chapelwood House in six sumptuous bedrooms dressed in quality white linen. All bedrooms are on the first floor.
Cowslip is an en-suite superking, while Harebell is a luxury superking. Honeysuckle is an en-suite superking that converts to twins. Bluebell and Orchid are also superking bedrooms, while en-suite Anemone offers a superking bed and a balcony on which to lap up the rustic ambience.
Kids who barely raise their heads from screens at home suddenly become fresh-air fiends on a holiday. And the three acres of gardens with Wendy house, toys and games galore make that a glorious possibility at Chapelwood House. This is a place children can get introduced to nature, or fuel an existing fire.
All around you, the natural world explodes into action here. Take a trip down to the River Severn. Watch flamingos, cranes, ducks and geese circle the adjacent Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetlands Centre. Explore ancient woodlands and wild-flower meadows. Recover with a chilled lemonade in the walled garden.
Eat outdoors beneath the pergola with steaks and sausages from Leaf and Ground on the gas barbie amid the box hedging and wide lawns. Spot hare and deer. Stay out way beyond bedtime cricking necks at stars and meteors around the crackling firepit. Douse the flames and head back inside for card and board games around the logburner.
Stay connected and keep the ‘Gram updated thanks to the Gigaclear Ultrafast Wi-Fi. Or enjoy plenty more late-night entertainment with the 55” TV complete with full Sky and BT packages, plus Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. There’s Bluetooth for sounds and a full bookcase for stories.