1 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Apartment in Berkeley

Private Apartment in a rural setting with easy access to countryside, cities & culture #Staysafe

At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Garden.

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  • Property Type Apartment
  • Location Berkeley
  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Minimum nights stay2
  • Low season price per night£95
  • High season price per night£115
  • Average price per night£95
  • Customer rating 5.0 / 5 ( 25 reviews )
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Little Swanley is a converted annexe to Swanley House offering self-contained self-catering accommodation, fitted to a high standard. There is a well-equipped kitchen / dining area at one end of a large living room, the other end being comfortably furnished as a lounge. The bedroom is double aspect, overlooking the orchard and paddock, occupied from time to time by Gloucester Old Spot pigs, alpacas & chickens. Swanley itself is a small hamlet comprising a handful of houses along a quiet country lane; set back from the A38, there is quick & easy access from Swanley to the M5 at either junction 13 (north for Cheltenham / Gloucester) or 14 (south for Bristol / Bath). Little Swanley offers the best of both worlds - proximity to cities for shopping or culture plus a rural location for a getaway break in the countryside. Local attractions include the historic Berkeley Castle, the birdwatchers' paradise at Slimbridge WWT & the tree-huggers heaven at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Here at Little Swanley, we want our guests to feel comfortable and at home - we pride ourselves on the levels of cleanliness in the apartment and the extra steps we have taken (including at least a window of at least 24 hours between bookings) to minimise risk from Covid-19. #Staysafe

If you crave an indulgent hour or two of relaxation combined with holistic therapy, the owner Jo Barry offers in-house Reflexology treatments as jb.therapies; she qualified as a reflexologist in October 2014. So convert your stay into a ""mini spa break"" & enjoy a reflexology foot massage in restful surroundings - ask for more details on booking (currently not available due to Covid-19 restrictions)


Very comfortable, lots of space

By Robson on 10-Feb-2021

The apartment is very comfortable, with lots of space, and good facilities. Everything felt clean and well looked after. The location is a pleasant, bucolic, and serene, as well as ideally located (for our needs) between Gloucester and Bristol. The hosts were fantastic, always available and approachable. They let us take part in feeding the farmyard animals, which my children enjoyed thoroughly. Moreover, we left something behind when leaving, and the hosts very kindly posted it to us. We will definitely keep Little Swanley in mind when we return to the south west.
Date of arrival - 27 October 2020

5 of of 5

Large, stylish, comfortable apartment

By Lewis on 10-Feb-2021

“A very large, stylish, comfortable apartment. Easily big enough for a family of four. Spotlessly clean, and the extra Covid cleaning measures greatly appreciated. All this, and a chance to feed some llamas!”
Check in 2nd October 2020

5 of of 5

Relaxing, peaceful, lovely scenery

By Lloyd on 10-Feb-2021

“Jo’s place was relaxing, peaceful, lovely scenery, well presented and fun! Jo’s attention to detail, suggestions for things to do, thinking of what to do for a 1 year old was really appreciated. A perfect place for someone looking for a break from the routine and something a bit unique. Absolutely spotless with all cleaning equipment provided. Plenty of space for the family for the weekend, inside and out. Communications were instant and all questions answered. Great place to stay.”
Check in 25th September 2020

5 of of 5

Extremely well-placed for exploring the area

By Williams on 10-Feb-2021

“We can only endorse all the comments in other reviews. This is a lovely property which, although in what seems to be an out of the way rural location, is actually extremely well-placed for visiting anywhere between Gloucester and Bristol, from the Wye Valley to the Cotswolds. The apartment itself is very comfortable, extremely well equipped and run by the charming couple Simon and Joanna. Their menagerie of pets add to the attraction, especially Dolly the hen. We visited National Trust properties of Westbury Court and Newark Park, the lovely Wildfowl and Wetlands sanctuary at Slimbridge, and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, which had only just reopened. We walked across the fields to Berkeley Castle using public footpaths, with the 2 1/4 miles taking us about an hour. The castle itself is private, and has a wealth of interesting architecture and contents, with an attractive garden. (Consult Jo about the location of the nearest footpath, as the access is not where the map suggests!) The village of Sharpness is only a short drive beyond Berkeley, where there is a picnic area near the docks, from which you can look at the old wooden jetties and the huge lock gate giving access to the Sharpness and Gloucester canal. At low tide there looks to be about a 50 foot drop in level from the canal to the river! There is a marina accessible from the village side. A folder with these and many more interesting sites is provided in the apartment, and is well worth a read. Highly recommended!”
Check in 14th September 2020

5 of of 5

Spotlessly clean

By Steele on 10-Feb-2021

“The apartment is private and spacious. It was spotlessly clean and provided everything that we needed. It's a perfect location for visiting the many attractions in the area.”
Check in 4th September 2020

5 of of 5

Welcoming Home from Home.

By Adrian C on 30-Dec-2016

From booking to stay Jo and Simon where so helpful and welcoming. Property is in a beautifully quiet rural location and yet only 20 minutes to Bristol. We have family in Berkeley and Wooton and only 10 minutes from each. It was surreal waking up to the view of Alpacas and cute pigs. Cannot thank you enough for a fantastic stay, see you again in the summer.

5 of of 5

the loveliest time

By Lydia B on 25-Sep-2016

In short, Simon & Jo are perfect: gracious hosts and helpful guides. They gave us a ton of information about attractions (emphasis on gardens, as that was our reason for our trip to the country) and the apartment itself is *so* comfortable and lovely. Perfectly clean, wonderful layout, great bathroom. The master bed is firm and perfect (worth noting), and everything you could possibly need is already in the kitchen. Do yourself a favor: stay here. We're already dreaming of our next visit...

5 of of 5

Perfect British countryside experience

By Paul V on 14-Aug-2016

Jo and Simon have created a perfect oasis for guests. The apartment is very big and comfortable with all the amenities you'd want (except maybe a hair dryer). We bought the optional breakfast package of food which was delightful with eggs and sausage from right here in the farm. We made ourselves a traditional English breakfast including toasted tomatoes and beans and the rest and it was delicious. The beds were very comfortable (a queen and two twins). It's amazingly quiet. Our boys loved having the wii and the enormous selection of DVDs available was super fun. We watched a few old classics we'd missed. We'd come back here in a heartbeat and heartily recommend it for families with two kids. They even flew an American flag for us on their flagpole. How fun!

5 of of 5

Little Swanley Prize Draw 2016* Winner

By Miss N on 04-Aug-2016

Lovely setting, wonderful for travelling around Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds. Loved the animals & you were both very welcoming.
*Drawn from 20 questionnaires completed & returned by 2016 guests

5 of of 5

fantastic apartment in peaceful countryside

By Caroleanne W on 23-May-2016

The apartment has everything you will need and more,it is very comfortable and spacious with beautiful country views out of every window,it has been furnished to a high standard and has lots of personal touches. We were very well looked after by the owner's daughter, who gave advice on places to eat,where the nearest shops were and also got the alpacas to come over so we could photograph them! The apartment is well positioned for trips to Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and Cheltenham as well as smaller picturesque villages. All in all a fabulous place to relax and recharge your batteries, very highly recommended.

5 of of 5

family holiday during Easter period

By Nisha K on 28-Mar-2016

We had such a comfortable stay at this lovely, warm and clean cottage. Jo and her husband is very friendly and gave us a very warm welcome. The property is well equipped and well maintained,every thing you need is there. The cottage is in a easy accessesible place to other attractions and also has a very nice view. We had a 3 1/2 yr old little girl and Jo has thought abut not only adults even the kid too. We will highly recommend this place to others and well worth it for the money you spend. Most of all we had a fantastic experience with the farm animals and the two lovely dogs. Deva & Nisha Cambridge

5 of of 5

Beautiful place

By Laura W on 24-Mar-2016

Swanley house is a beautiful place. The owners, Jo and Simon, had thought of everything which made the stay so perfect. I would definitely recommend this place. It's a great base to explore the region.

5 of of 5

Little Swanley Prize Draw 2015 Winner *

By Mr & Mrs G on 29-Jan-2016

"The cottage is outstanding and one that I could gladly live in. If there was anything to improve our holiday it would have been to be able to stay there permanently :-) Thank you!" * Drawn form 18 completed questionnaires returned by guests during 2015

5 of of 5

New Year break

By Alison M on 06-Jan-2016

A four night visit to family with a new baby nearby. Despite grey, wet and windy weather the accommodation was beautifully warm and welcoming. It is comfortable, very well equipped and immaculately clean. We were made very welcome and fully intend to return in the future.

5 of of 5

Wonderful Stay

By Tracy K on 27-Sep-2015

We had a wonderful 3 days here. The accommodatio was spot on and the owners Simon and Jo were very helpful. The welcome back was really handy and they had thought of everythinng. All you need tot ake is yourself and luggage. Great places to eat in surrounding area and Berkeley Castle is well worth a visit. Very reasonsable rates and a great place to stay. Would definately recommend.

4 of of 5

Five Star Accommodation

By Chris on 05-Aug-2015

Located in a beautiful setting, yet close to the M5, Little Swanley is highly recommended. Jo and Simon were friendly and helpful making me feel very welcome. The apartment had everything you could wish for to ensure a relaxing holiday. I would definitely recommend it.

5 of of 5


By Jessica P on 13-Jul-2015

Fantastic apartment, very clean, tidy with lovely little touches. Friendly owners and gorgeous surroundings, highly recommended for a relaxing getaway

5 of of 5

Perfect place for a peaceful week away

By Catherine D on 12-Jun-2015

The apartment was much bigger than expected, pristine and beautifully furnished. The views were fields and open country and it was very quiet - perfect for a much needed lie-in in the mornings! The hosts were very pleasant and unintrusive. The animals around were an added bonus. It is perfectly situated to explore the Welsh Borders and we managed to get to Ross on Wye, Monmouth, Bristol and Cheltenham. Berkeley castle is 5 minutes away and worth seeing. There are some good resturants 15 mins away in Thornbury (Italian, Indian). Highly recommended.

5 of of 5


By Dottie on 22-Apr-2015

if you need to escape look no further than little swanley.Handy location in beautiful countryside we were loath to return home and booked another week before we left.Everything,space,cleanliness,facilities,friendly owners made our stay perfect.We liked the town of Thornbury which is nearby the food at Hawk House was good.Roll on June!

5 of of 5

Brilliant Bolthole

By Lyn B on 16-Feb-2015

Little Swanley is wonderful. Great spacious apartment in larger property. You really feel like you are sitting in a field. It's very quiet, easy to find from the M5 and the alpaca's are brilliant. I had 2 nights here, but could easily have stayed longer. I travelled to Bath for the day using the park and ride which is really easy and it was glorious. Jo had lots of ideas about where to visit in the surrounding area and there were lots of leaflets to help you decide. Well equipped kitchen and bathroom, with powerful shower. I felt all the rooms were bigger than average and even with a few of you, I'm not sure it would have felt cramped. Nice to have a bottle of fizz on arrival and grocery basics including washing up stuff, loo rolls etc. Would definitely stay again.

5 of of 5


By Pat on 26-Nov-2014

Where to start, what a find stayed in the area many times to visit grandchildren. Always used the local hotels, for once all fully booked so had to think outside the box. Stumbled upon this magic place and will not look back, will defiantly use this as a base going forward. Great hosts and superb apartment with all you could need, real nice touches including chocolates, wine, fresh fruit and flowers. Good value great location to explore from. Thank you guys

5 of of 5

First class apartment

By Lorna on 31-Aug-2014

We really enjoyed our time at Little Swanley, we had tried several places to stay as we visit the area on a regular basis to visit relatives, but Little Swanley beats all the others hands down, the place is so spacious, very clean and well equipped with quality items for you to use, the couple themselves Simon and Jo are really nice to talk to and are very helpful about places to visit, mustn't forget the Alpacas either, they are great, the welcome pack is something very special, wine, sweets, flowers, fruit, milk, eggs i could go on and on, we are already recommending the place to other people including showing photo's, relatives in the USA are looking at Little Swanley too.

5 of of 5

Relaxing break

By David & Kim on 01-Apr-2014

In need of some peace and relaxation, we spent last weekend at Swanley. The accomodation is perfect, all immaculate and well planned, with everything you could possibly need to self cater. The alpacas and hens are in full viewand the eggs extremely fresh! We walked along the river beneath stunning Berkeley castle just a few miles away. We also walked from Sharpness marina past the barge graveyard to Purton. Very interesting and you may just catch sight of the Severn Bore if the tide is turning. Another day would have been great in Bristol which is a short drive away so we may return. We would thoroughly recommend a stay here if you want a chilled break in a rural location.

5 of of 5

A Lovely spacious Holiday Apartment

By A P Mac on 30-Jan-2014

My Fiancee and I had a lovely 5 day break at this holiday Apartment. The photos and details of property are all correct. We paid a little extra for the breakfast pack and found the fridge full of milk, Sausages, bacon , blackpudding and other goods. The town of Berkeley is only about 15 minutes away by car. The town has a castle, Butterfly house, jenner museum of vaccination and a treasure trail around the town which you can buy at the museum. One of our days was spent at the Town of Berkeley. We spent two days exploring the city of Gloucester with its cathedral, Dock yards , Museums etc. The centre of Gloucester city is less then 30 minutes by car. Another day we spent driving around the cotsworlds hills which again are less then 30 minutes away. The owner asked us to fill in a questionnaire about our holiday. The owner said they would put all the questionnaire into a hat at Christmas and pull out one and send £20 to that person. A few days ago I got a £20 voucher from the ower thanking me for my custom in 2013. My only sad point about this holiday was I could not cuddle the Alpacas as the owner they are not very friendly.

5 of of 5


By Oscar on 14-Aug-2013

Excellent rural accomodation - clean, spacious and quiet with all home comforts and much appreciated extras like fresh eggs, olive oil, coffee etc. Great base to explore this part of Gloucestershire and near to Bath and Bristol. We visited Slimbridge, Dyrham Park and Newark Park, also went to Bath for the day using the Park and Ride. We combined our stay with three nights in Bristol for a city fix. Ran out of time at Little Swanley so will return at some stage!

5 of of 5
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