5 Valleys Aparthotel with Michael Paul Holidays

Earlier this month I was invited to review an apartment in Stroud with a group of local bloggers.  Stroud is a market town in Gloucestershire England, in the middle of the Cotswolds, brimming with cafes, galleries and independent shops and home to one of the best farmer's markets in England.

The 5 Valleys Aparthotel is situated a 15-minute stroll along the canal from Stroud. The aparthotel looks like a large home but there is a large sign so you won't miss it from the road. Prior to check in, we were emailed a key code for the outer door and apartment. I liked this idea as we didn't have to worry about collecting keys and there is no chance of losing them.

The apartment consisted of a large double bedroom, with a lounge/kitchen/diner and a shower room.  The bedroom had a large double bed with wood pallet headboard, a small TV on the wall, full-length mirror, hairdryer and small chest unit. There was no wardrobe, instead, there were coat hooks and hangers in a space reserved for clothing. It was nice to see USB points next to the bedroom by the powerpoint.

The whole apartment was clean and fresh looking with white walls, and a decor of beige and cream, with the odd pop of colour from wall prints and accessories. The carpet in the bedroom looked a great quality and there was laminate flooring in the lounge and bathroom. The apartments were totally refurbished in June of this year and it showed, everything was spotless and there were no marks on the walls or scruffy furnishings.

The lounge consisted of a two seater settee, with table, large wall mounted flat screen TV and a small table with two chairs. 

It was nice to have a DAB radio to listen to music in the lounge area.

The kitchen area was small but had most things you would need for a short stay. The usual dishes, cutlery and cups, as well as a microwave, fridge, small dishwasher, toaster, kettle and a two ring hob but no oven. 

There is an ironing board that is hidden away and pulls out in a nifty way and also an iron.

Dishwasher tablets, eco-friendly handwash and Ecover washing up liquid were provided and it was nice to see that the owners care about the environment.

I was pleased to see a safe, something I rarely see in apartments. 

Everything was spotless and of a good quality. The hob did take a little getting used to but instructions were in the welcome booklet provided. Also in the welcome book was contact numbers and information on what to do in the local area.

It was nice to see fresh milk in the fridge, as well as tea and coffee and simple supplies for breakfast, such as pain au chocolate and porridge. 

I always wonder if I should take shower gel when I stay in an apartment but here I needn't have worried as a large shower gel was provided as well as handwash. You may want to bring some conditioner if you have long hair.

Again the bathroom was spotless and in excellent condition. All fresh and clean looking and I liked the shower design of faux brick. Fluffy towels were left for us in the bedroom, large bath towels as well as smaller hand towels, two each.

Another plus point of staying at the 5 Valley Aparthotel is the free onsite parking, and the town is only a short walk away too. It's also great to get free and fast complimentary Wi-Fi, which I think is essential these days. 

We had a chance to look around another room, and every room has the same style but was slightly different and unique. The photos on the wall were taken by Simon, the owner, and were of the local area. If you are a dog lover you will be pleased to know that they even take well-behaved dogs, and pride themselves on the cleaning service after so you know the apartments will be spotless, like we found it.

You can book the 5 Valley Aparthotel through Michael Paul Holidays, who personally vet the accommodation they showcase on their website. From self-catering lodges and villas to traditional cottages and sleek modern apartments, it's reassuring that the staff personally vet the accommodation so you know you will get a great stay. 

The stroll into Stroud along the canals was lovely and we even got to see some swans.

With rooms starting at £65 a night low season, I think for this price you get quality spacious accommodation at a bargain price. I am not the only one who liked the apartment, here is another review of the 5 Valleys Aparthotel from Leanne The Globetrotting GP. You can also check out what to do in Stroud from Heather On Her Travels and where to stay and what to do in Stroud from Ladies What Travel.

I would definitely stay at the 5 Valleys Aparthotel again if I wanted to explore the area more. Simon the owner has done a great job with refurbishment too. Check out this apartment hotel if you want to explore the Cotswolds.


*We were given a complimentary stay but all words and opinions are my own 


  1. I was also impressed with the apartments - it was a fun place to stay.

  2. Wow that apartment is gorgeous! It looks so light and airy and really modern too. I love the decor!

    1. They have recently been decorated so they are super smart.

  3. Oh wow what a beautiful apartment! I much prefer staying at these kinds of places rather than hotels.

  4. It looks like the aparthotel is really well set out. The idea of sending a code is great rather than messing around with keys. How much easier must that be. The walk near the canal must have been lovely.

  5. Wow, this looks lovely and it's such a great price too!

  6. I love having apartments as it can save you loads of money being able to sort your own food out as opposed to having to eat out all the time x

  7. Looks like you had a fab stay at the apartment. Love the fact that you can self cater too xx

  8. Love the interior design choices, I love visiting the Cotswolds but never been to Stroud.

  9. What a fantastic place to stay, looks lovely and cosy. I am on the hunt for a holiday cottage at the moment

    1. Worth checking out the 5 Valley Aparthotel and Michael Paul Holidays for sure Kara.

  10. I love that this place is perfectly equipped with everything that you would need. The breakfast is a lovely touch too! xxx

  11. Wow this is spectacular.. that building is gorgeous and the rooms look so cozy.