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Gloucestershire

The rich and diverse landscape of Gloucestershire will stay with you forever. Where else can you chase wheels of cheese down a near-vertical slope (Cooper’s Hill); search for the bones of Russian bears in an ancient woodland (the Forest of Dean); or explore the nooks and crannies of Hogwarts, just like Harry Potter (Gloucester Cathedral)?

Cottages with swimming pools in Gloucestershire will give you the freedom to take in all of these sights, and many more. The Forest of Dean is a natural draw, and contains some truly ancient trees dating back to before humans arrived in Britain (as well as those Russian bear bones – ask a local ‘who killed the bears’ and you will hear all about it). Cottages with pools near Coleford or Lydney are best placed to take advantage of the forest area and the many walking routes around it.

For a traditional holiday cottage with a pool, head for one of the pretty villages of the Cotswolds, such as Bourton-on-the-Water , Chipping Campden or Tewkesbury . These little medieval towns are perfectly preserved and beloved by visitors and residents alike. In keeping with Gloucestershire’s foodie reputation, the Cotswolds are packed full of organic farms, gastro-pubs and traditional tea rooms – visit Stow-on-the-Wold for some of the best bakeries in the county, and Cirencester for trendy delis, pubs and restaurants.

The Gloucestershire Cotswolds are also renowned for their literary history – J.R.R. Tolkien was said to have based The Shire on the village of Moreton-In-Marsh (The Bell Inn is believed to have been the inspiration for The Prancing Pony in The Lord of the Rings novels), and J.K. Rowling was born and raised in Chipping Sodbury.

Cottage with private pools near Stroud are an ideal way to combine a walking tour of the Cotswold Way with sightseeing in the local villages and day trips to Gloucester , Cirencester and Cheltenham .

A cottage break in Gloucestershire can take you in any number of directions, each one more beautiful and fascinating than the last.

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  • Nuthatch

    Cirencester

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: UKC158


    This fabulous house is located in a development of stunning, contemporary homes, situated in a private 450-acre natural reserve. The gated and managed estate comprises woodland and meadows crossed by three rivers and surrounded by serene lakes. The property boasts a decked garden with a super view of the open waterway, along with regular sightings of coots, moorhens and swans. Guests can also enjoy the facilities at the estate’s ArtSpa (free use with ArtSpa passes, £25 refundable deposit required), comprising indoor and outdoor heated pools (66ft 7in), eco-pool, sauna, steam room, gym, hard tennis court, nature trails, cycle tracks and treatments by arrangement. The Cotswolds Water Park offers a host of other activities and is part of an internationally famous nature reserve where a large variety of wildlife can be observed in total tranquillity. Other areas cater for water sports including sailing, jet skiing and fishing. The wonderful countryside of the Cotswolds surrounds the water park, and attractions such as Bath, Oxford, Cirencester and Cheltenham are all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Entrance hall. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with patio doors to garden. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment, heated towel rail and toilet, and balcony with views over the waterway. Two further double bedrooms, one with balcony and views over the waterway. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with heated towel rail and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with en-suite wet room with heated towel rail and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with lawned area, decking and furniture
    • Two balconies
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional spaces available
    • Shared indoor and outdoor swimming pools
    • No smoking
    • Couples and family bookings only
    • NB: Open waterway at bottom of garden

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  • Cotswold Farm

    The Camp, nr. Stroud

    Grade
    11
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: NTL

    Cotswold Farm is centrally located for exploring the many delights of the Cotswolds. This detached holiday property is ideal for accommodating large groups, and has the added benefit of beautiful large grounds complete with a heated outdoor swimming pool, a large entertaining pavilion, a BBQ, fire pit and drinks fridge. The famous village of Slad, immortalised by the author Laurie Lee, is just minutes away. For walkers, there are many footpaths and the Cotswold Way is within a short drive. Bohemian Stroud has an array of independent shops and the surrounding Golden Valleys are an attractive location from which to explore the western Cotswolds. Regency Cheltenham, 8 miles, has boutique shopping, Cheltenham Racecourse and world-famous jazz and literary festivals. Cirencester, the ’Capital of the Cotswolds’, is 10 miles away and is a charming Roman market town. Slightly further afield is Bibury, reputedly acknowledged by William Morris as ‘the prettiest village in England’. Visit Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh with its famous Tuesday market and Chipping Campden. The city of Gloucester, with its magnificent cathedral, tomb of Edward II and regenerated docks, is within easy reach. National Trust properties are plentiful, including Snowshill Manor and Woodchester Park. For horticultural enthusiasts, there is Westonbirt Arboretum, Kiftsgate Court and Hidcote Manor. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Open plan living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping for children), open fire and kitchen area with oil Aga (for cooking), gas hob and electric oven. Study. Boot room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, one with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Oil Aga included
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with furniture
    • Summer entertainment pavilion
    • Barbecue
    • Fire pit
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Outdoor heated swimming pool 17ft (hexagonal), depth 5ft (open May-second week of September, everyday except Fridays 8am-4pm)
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • The Stables at Southfield House

    Forthampton, nr. Tewkesbury

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    5
    Ref: 27549

    Situated in the peaceful, rural location of Forthampton, in the grounds of the owners’ home, The Stables at Southfield House offers guests ideal detached holiday accommodation from which to explore the many delights of the surrounding areas. Guests will find themselves at the heart of the countryside within reach of many miles of established footpaths, cycle paths, bridleways and treks taking walkers on a journey through three counties, taking in much of the beautiful scenery and countryside whilst passing a few welcome country pubs and restaurants. Regency Cheltenham, with its celebrated gold cup racecourse and world famous jazz and literary festivals, can be reached in 10 miles. The famous Malvern Hills and Cotswold Hills are also within easy distance and really are a must see destination. Also superbly located for visiting the historic cathedral cities of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester there is plenty to keep whole families occupied and interested for each day of the holiday. Only 6 miles away from the delightful market town of Tewkesbury, or take a trip along the River Severn or Avon. Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Winchcombe and Malvern are all within easy driving distance as is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Second living room with gallery and double sofa bed. Utility room. Twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with roll-top bath and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with gallery, 2 twins, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburners in both living rooms (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Car port. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, gated, heated, outdoor swimming pool (open June - mid September), by arrangement with owner. Snooker table in galleried living room. External games room with table tennis. No smoking.

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  • Hunting Butts Cottages - Walnut Tree House

    Cheltenham

    Grade
    14
    5
    3
    4
    Ref: NJ4

    "Fine cottages and facilities – just a mile from one of England’s finest Regency towns . . ."

    Occupying a superb position with wonderful rural views, yet within a mile or so of Cheltenham’s elegant town centre, these delightful holiday cottages have been created from a range of 19th-century barns and are furnished and equipped to high standards. All cottages enjoy a good choice of shared facilities including a covered heated swimming pool, an all-weather tennis court and a croquet lawn. The cottages are well equipped, with an automatic washing machine, microwave oven and dishwasher, and each cottage has its own sitting out area with patio and furniture.
    All the fascinating corners of the beautiful Regency spa town of Cheltenham are immediately to hand: there is an art gallery, a museum, tempting boutiques, antique shops, plentiful restaurants and inns. Only a short walk away is Cheltenham’s racecourse, famous as the home of National Hunt Racing, which stages the Cheltenham Festival in March, as well as several other top quality race meetings between October and the end of April. The Pittville Pump Room, a magnificent Grade I listed building opened in 1830, has a museum on its top floor. In the ballroom it is possible to taste spa water from the original pump. Historic illustrations, photographs and small displays tell the story of Cheltenham from its beginnings in Anglo-Saxon times. The building is surrounded by attractive parkland with a lake and children’s playground, public tennis courts and golf course. Number 4 Clarence Road, built in 1832 by James Creed, is the house in which Gustav Holst was born on 21 September 1874, and where he spent the first seven years of his childhood. The Holst Birthplace Museum is a memorial to the composer and a rare treat for lovers of music. On the summit of nearby Leckhampton Hill above the Devil’s Chimney, a teetering rock column, is the site of an Iron Age fort; keen walkers can follow the Cotswold Way.
    Hunting Butts Cottages provide a perfect base to explore the beautiful countryside and villages of the Cotswolds as well as the attractions of the Heart of England. The Cotswolds cast their spell on artists, naturalists, walkers and everyone with a love for rural peace and tranquillity: Broadway – the ‘Venice’ of the Cotswolds; delightful Chipping Campden; Blockley, described as the most beautiful village in England, and Stow-on-the-Wold boasting England’s oldest pub, are all within half an hour’s drive. The variety of attractions is almost endless. Exploring this region at any time of year is a rewarding experience, each season throwing a different light on the changing scene. Heritage attractions in the area include Sudeley Castle (7 miles), once home of Catherine Parr, containing Europe’s largest collection of toys, arms and armour. Forest of Dean 23 miles. Birmingham, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are all within one hour by car. Sailing and wind-surfing on 15,000 acres of lakes near the ancient Roman town of Cirencester are available within 30 minutes’ drive. Shops ½ mile.

    Spacious and beautifully furnished cottage. Large living room with French doors to conservatory/dining room with rugs on tiled floor and French doors to garden. Compact, modern fitted galley kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two further family rooms each with double bed and additional single bed (for +1) and pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Cot
    • Two additional single beds (for +2)
    • Two pull-out beds (for +2)
    • Five TVs
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden

    • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared utility room with tumble dryer and freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Double glazing
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue on request
    • Parking
    • Covered heated swimming pool (38ft x 18ft) – 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
    • Games room and small gym
    • All-weather tennis court
    • Croquet and boule court
    • No smoking

    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:

    • Covered indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 18ft) – open daily from 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
    • All-weather tennis court
    • Croquet Lawn
    • Games room and small gym
    • Patio with garden furniture for every cottage

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