The breakfast is as outstanding as the views!
A large and spacious room, seperate from the main house, faces onto the stunning views of Slad valley. Furners Farm has public footpaths running directly from it, beautiful gardens, and a quite/meditation room that guests can use. For countryside lovers it's a dream.
To cap it all off is an amazing 5 star breakfast, with homemade jams, bread, stewed plums, and pressed apple juice, in a stunning summer room.
Relaxing, remote, room with a view
Turning onto the Vatch from the B road out of Stroud and negotiating the single track with bends up hill to Elcombe you are too busy watching the road to take in the beautiful scenery, when you arrive at Furners Farm though and stand in the garden looking across to Slad the scene is amazing. Walking from the farm on the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way is to be recommended. The Coopers are good hosts making us welcome, hearty breakfast and fresh milk in the fridge in the room.
A Cotswold idyll
Tucked away down narrow lanes, the farm has a stunning view looking westwards across the valley to Slad. The extremely hospitable and welcoming owners run an immaculately maintained small-holding, complete with Soay sheep and apple trees groaning under the weight of the crop. The accommodation is separate from the main house. Firm beds with proper feather pillows are covered in thick duvets and the room is filled with some lovely antiques. A good shower produces plentiful hot water. The real triumph was breakfast - fresh fruit salad, stewed plums and yoghurt, a wide range of cereals and an outstanding "full English", all served in a breakfast room overlooking the valley and distant views. There is some excellent walking from the doorstep: just make sure you have an up to date walking map because some of the footpaths can be quite overgrown. A firm recommendation and I'm sure we'll go back.
Just don't tell too many people......
A cloud in heaven.
I've stated in various places in the past couple of weeks and this places tops the bill! The accommodation is independent to the main house, the breakfast is of choice and every need is met. The dreamy views really make you feel like you're up in the clouds
Furners Farm can be found in Elcombe which is off the beaten track. As you find your way to your destination along single track lanes that go up and down the Slad Valley, It is a mini adventure just getting there with such beautiful views of the idyllic countryside to each side. If you want a 'get away from it all' experience with the possibility of visiting Stroud and its markets(10-15 mins away) then this is the place. The peace of this beautiful Laurie Lee, Cotswold countryside ('Cider with Rosie') is amazing. It was the beginning of autumn when I went and the trees were just turning. The hosts, Simon and Julie provided a wonderful environment in which to 'chill' and replenish my energies. Delicious breakfasts were served in a cosy room overlooking the apple orchard to one side and Slad on the other side. The evening I arrived Simon was pressing apples in the meadow- delicious juice. There were lashings of hot water and a cosy bedroom with a well stocked book shelf and plenty of tea and coffee facilities.
The surrounding nature is so bountiful I look forward to returning time and time again...and....I will find a copy of the book to read.... Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. What did I like least......leaving! Deborah xx
We're Going Back
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.