Get set for a stay as mellow as the locally quarried honey-stone walls that form the theatrical backdrop to Painswick, the Queen of the Cotswolds. Head this way if you love galleries, rococo gardens, rolling Severn-Valley views from Painswick Beacon and churchyards dotted with gnarly yews.
Slotting serenely among the quirky streets, cricket pitch and pastoral beauty is Lovedays Cottage, sleeping six adults and children (over 12) behind a subtle smattering of ivy. Within its walls lie cosy comfort and luxurious splendour against a backdrop of exposed beams, limestone windows and a fireplace so large you could live in it.
Potter back from a real ale in the Royal Oak to your carefully baggsied bedroom with its morning view of the churchyard, where the devil won’t permit a hundredth yew. Sink into the freestanding bath, catch Netflix in bed, disappear inside luxury linen and wake to take Dolce Gusto coffee in that glorious garden. Good luck trying to leave.
Outdoor living here is even plusher and posher than the indoor variety. Dine or drink beneath the garden arch, among the red, pink and white roses, the box hedging and plinthed statues and you might never want to leave.
Serenity calls. There’s a coffee and a croissant with your name on it and a morning paper that’s ready to rustle. Begin your day here and everything will come up roses.
If you were after a redefinition of cosy and comfy, you’d come here for inspiration. Amid the sleepy serenity of Painswick, living spaces at Lovedays are the crucible of comfort. It’s cosy, but it’s a conundrum. You’ll wonder how mullioned limestone windows and exposed beams can live happily with fast wifi and spotlights.
Trust us, that’s a good thing: perfect wedded bliss between the renovated glory of the past and the comfort and convenience of the present. Lovedays Cottage is a place to come home to after wending your way across the Severn hills or after a real ale in the Royal. Kick off your shoes and get wrapped up in a blanket and a good book.
Plump up the cushions, feed the fire with logs, get a game going, scroll through the satellite TV, get a shot of your dog (room for two small ones) by the fire for Insta. Sink into the sofa, grab a glossy magazine and disappear for a while, tap into the BT wifi, soak up the good living.
The second living room is situated on the first floor and has recently had an honesty bar added – here we offer the chance for you to enjoy a selection of spirits we have provided whilst also giving you another added feel good factor – all donations made by you for the drinks you make are given to Emmaus, a local homelessness charity. If you plan to make use of our honesty bar, please bring your own mixers.
The loudest noise around these parts are the spaces that scream peace and quiet. You’ll bring in the sense of serenity from Painswick’s cobbles through the oak door and let it settle on the rugs and the squishy sofas. Take afternoon tea, chat, chill, be together. Take time out for what matters in life.
Need to really put your life on the backburner? Kick back with a Prosecco and call up Jay Halford and Sophie at Foxy Ladies for a single delicious dining experience or a fully catered break. Otherwise, show-off chefs will love the Electrolux combi range, five-ring hob and oven amid the beams and stonework of the immaculate country kitchen.
Stock up on cheese and fresh meat from Kendrick Street Deli and blueberry bundt cake, sourdough bread and frangipane tarts from Hobbs House bakery in Nailsworth. Wash it all down with wine from Woodchester Valley. Loosen your belt and head to the garden with a Dolce Gusto to stare at the statues.
Eat out at The Royal Oak in Painswick, just a trot down the cobbles to a pub with its life story on the walls, West-Country cider on tap and Puppy Dog Pie on the menu. Or take your (actual) dog down to The Falcon for whitebait with lemon aioli, beef brisket or pan-fried seabass. For you, not the dog.
Head out to Sheepscombe to the child-friendly Butcher’s Arms, with its ‘Bucket o’ Bait’, wholetail scampi and vegan risotto. Or try The Woolpack at Slad as much for its mystical, fairytale setting as for its devilled kidneys and bavette steak. Tuck into books here along with your beer, thanks to former regular, the late Laurie Lee.
You might want to bag the bedroom with its view of the church and its yard full of 99 yews. But every bedroom at Lovedays Cottage comes with a glimpse of heaven.
In the bathroom, fluffy towels and bath mats come as standard, along with freestanding bath into which to sink and soak.
Pick from three sumptuous bedrooms sleeping six. On the first floor, you can get dibs on that double, with Netflix on tap and that view of St Mary’s Church through the Cotswold-limestone window.
On the top floor, two deliciously decorated double bedrooms come with TVs and storage, beams, books and beautiful linen. There’s no late-night losing out here.