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The Find | Luxury Self-Catering Home | Cheltenham, Cotswolds

The Find

Cranham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Modernity flirts with tradition at this sophisticated self-catering hideaway in the Cotswolds. Set down a long country drive within a serene 16-acre wooded valley near Cheltenham, this dynamic pairing of unique architect-designed properties offers sublime escapism. From the sleek contemporary kitchen and areas of glass roof that allow the rain to patter above, to the natural stone and huge open fires, it's no wonder the intriguing design features of The Find saw it voted winner of the RIBA National Award.



The beguiling juxtaposition of this contemporary holiday home with a listed traditional Cotswolds cottage sitting alongside is a match made in heaven. Flawless in its design, The Find is formed of natural stone, wall-to-ceiling glass and fair-faced concrete interiors, which provide the canvas for the sleek minimalist theme. The property also benefits from a unique grass rooftop that buries the house into the hillside to complement the natural surroundings. Meaning you needn't miss a moment of the majestic setting, the designer's theatrical approach to space and light welcomes the outside in. 


Whether you are languishing in the open-plan living room watching the cinematic outside scenes from the floor-to-ceilings windows, hauled up by the fire with a book or filling plates and chatting away in the kitchen, this is a home for happiness. A modernist self-catering holiday escape that neglects not one ounce of comfort, fall for the inspired simplicity throughout whilst enjoying the soft edges and ample luxuries. Sleeping up to 12 people across six bedrooms,The Find has two double first floor rooms in the cottage, and four emperor-size bedrooms (two of them en suite) on the ground floor in the contemporary house.


Encircled by five sweeping valleys opening out to the River Severn and made famous by Laurie Lee's novel “Cider with Rosie”, the scenery around this part of the Cotswolds is simply unforgettable. The expansive rooftop terrace is an unrivalled spot for stargazing and al fresco dinner parties; take a moment to contemplate the mesmeric surroundings, breathing in the fresh air and blissful serenity. Whether soaking up the sunshine during summer months or huddled beneath a blanket in wintertime with steaming mug of cocoa, the roof terrace and outside patio are dreamy spots to relax and reflect. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £6,250 per week, £5,000 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 4 or up to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe cottage has two first floor double bedrooms which share the first floor family bathroom. The remaining four double bedrooms, each with an emperor-size bed, are on the ground floor of the main house - two with en suite bathrooms. The main house also has a ground floor family bathroom. Both houses are connected at the entrance hall.
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  • FeaturesTrampoline, rowing boat, hot tub hire is available (please enquire for details)
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot, one travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for several cars, please note the access track is not suitable for long-slung cars. The property is extremely well-equipped with two Gaggenau ovens, an induction hob, Nespresso coffee machine, two washing machines and dryers, three dishwashers (two in the main house, one in the cottage), and a home cinema system. If booking the smaller group option of four or eight people guests will stay in the main house; the cottage will remain vacant during your stay.
  • Homestay includesGIRA video entry system, Lutron lighting control with scene setting and remote-controlled blinds, Sunday papers, board games, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsView floor plan

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The blueprint for open plan living
Linear design creates a striking aesthetic

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Cheltenham lies within the heart of Gloucestershire beneath Cleeve Hill – the highest point in the Cotswolds. With an interesting heritage and a full calendar of events throughout the year, a holiday in Cheltenham promises an enjoyable visit for couples and families alike.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Find is just 15 minutes from Cheltenham, set within a secluded wooded valley in the Cotswolds countryside. Perfectly located for visiting Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucester and Worcester. 
  • By Car Approximately two hours from London, and the dreamy spires of Oxford are also half an hour distant.
  • By Train Stroud train station is 10 minutes away. There are regular trains from London Paddington (one and a half hour journey time).
  • By Air Birmingham and Heathrow are both approximately one and a half hours from the property. Gatwick is about two hours away. Helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds of The Find.

From the owner

“Staying at The Find, it feels as though you are a million miles from anywhere. We hope you feel its magnetic draw as soon as you arrive and enjoy the peaceful Cotswolds surroundings, as well as the property´s unique design.”

From the owner

In 1121, one of the earliest recorded places in Cranham was known as ‘Ledecome’; probably acquiring its name from the Ledene Stream. Following the death of Henry VIII in 1547, Sir John Bridges was granted the Manor of Brimpsfield, which included a house built by Humphrey Pole upon waste ground known as ‘Leddeleysiat’. The similarity to ‘Ladlecombe’ may suggest that this building stood on the site of the present house, when Cranham formed part of the Brimpsfield estate.

To the south of The Find is a chain of lakes which, according to maps drawn at different times, have varied in number from one to three. They were created by damming the stream which flows from Many Well Springs. The stream also provided enough headwater to operate a mill which was constructed on the western edge of the lake.

Although the mill was considered to be in a fair condition, it could only be used on occasions depending on weather, thus affecting its financial value. The stonework ultimately fell into such a state of dilapidation that it was beyond repair and sadly nothing remains of the mill today. For us, this history and the surrounds are intertwined and we love to listen to the whispers of time.

The Found Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Cheltenham with an insider’s perspective.

The Cotswolds

To Do

The Cotswolds

Broadway, Bibury, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are wonderful to explore; from the cosy tea rooms to the unusual curios antique shops. Stroud boasts a bohemian vibe and an enviable array of independent shops.

Fostons Ash, The Camp

To Eat

Fostons Ash, The Camp

Foston’s Ash is comfortable in every season, with long winter nights spent by the open log fires and alfresco dining on the terrace and gardens in the summer. There is also a quirky new snug table just perfect for romantic couples.

History and Architecture

To See

History and Architecture

You are spoiled for choice with the wealth of National Trust properties and ornamental gardens nearby, including Snowshill Manor, Hidcote Manor, Batsford Arboretum, Coughton Court, Hanbury Hall and Blenheim Palace!

Local Exploration

To Do

Local Exploration

The great outdoors feels as though it is just around every corner with many open spaces to explore from the magnificent Malvern Hills, the fertile plains of the Vale of Evesham, to the Forest of Wyre and the Cotswold Way.

Guest Testimonials

We had the best time at The Find, it´s been the perfect getaway. We’ve travelled all over the world on holidays, but this stay ranks up there at the top! We loved it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Our stay was fabulous and The Find is such a beautiful property, you have to see it to believe it! The house manager is brilliant and very helpful too. I´ll definitely be using Unique Homestays again, and I currently have my eye on some of the other properties!

I cannot begin to express just how wonderful and special The Find is. A truly beautiful property and with a location to match and I would highly recommend it to anyone (in fact I already have!). Aside from the house and the surrounding land being incredible, the house keeper and the gardener were lovely, helpful and super attentive. It was the perfect stay for us!

We had a most amazing weekend at The Find, what a fantastic, amazing, incredible property and all our friends were awestruck. So much wonderful space and a most memorable weekend for everyone. Cathy, the housekeeper was so helpful and lovely and I cannot praise the caterers, (Made by Bob), highly enough, they were so efficient, friendly, professional and the food was totally divine and beyond all expectations. Sadly back to reality now at home but thank you for your efficiency and will recommend you to everyone.

We have obviously now returned from a really lovely long weekend in your amazing property. We were lucky with the weather despite an ominous forecast. My daughter and her husband are over from New York for a couple of weeks so it was especially nice to all get together at The Find.

We wanted to do something different for New Year with our family and The Find was unique & very special. The housekeeper was lovely and very helpful. We had different family staying with us over the week and she came in to change bedding and clean in between ´change over´. The cupboards were packed with toys and the kitchen cupboards were so well stocked with ´basics´. Planning to come back in the summer!

Can I thank you once again for your excellent service. We really did enjoy our stay in what is a very unique home, in such a fantastic setting. It made a very special birthday weekend for my mother-in-law.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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