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Gloucestershire

There are a lot of reasons that make Gloucestershire the perfect place for a self-catering cottage holiday. Take for example the areas of outstanding natural beauty like the Cotswolds with its ‘picture postcard’ limestone villages and tranquil countryside and The Forest of Dene which has been a national park since 1938.

Gloucestershire’s natural beauty is enhanced with a backdrop of historical towns and cities including Gloucester itself; home to Gloucester Cathedral with its stunning stain glass windows and cloisters and 1,000 years of history. Thanks to its appearance in the Harry Potter films, it should also appeal to younger visitors.

Also of historical interest is Tewkesbury, situated between the rivers Severn and Avon this town has some of the best medieval architecture in England and a wonderful abbey that goes back to Norman times. Coming slightly more up to date the regency town of Cheltenham Spa is beautifully presented and famous for its open parklands and floral displays.

Like most of Gloucestershire the Forest of Dene and Wye Valley is perfect for gentle walks and countryside cycling and has plenty of places of interest including castles and museums. The forest covers some 50 square miles of ancient woodland and has activities suitable for all ages from forest canopy zip-wires and paint-balling to butterfly zoos and the Dene Valley Railway. For those who enjoy our great British wildlife a visit to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust must be at the top of the agenda. The trust was the vision of the renowned naturalist Sir Peter Scott who created one of the world’s most significant conservation projects which now manages to attract huge populations of swans, geese and ducks every year.

Family holidays can be enjoyed in this region with plenty of days out and things to do; For example The International Centre for Birds of Prey at Newent has a great collection of hawks, falcons and eagles from around the world and the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection at Bourton-on-the-Water takes you on a fascinating journey of the 20th century and is sure appeal to both children and adults. The Perrygrove Railway is a lovely little heritage railway runs to the edge of the Forest of Dene and offers plenty to keep the family entertained.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration of the region take a look at holiday cottages in Gloucestershire today.
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  • Riverside Lodge

    Nr Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
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    Ref: NVG

    With its own little sunny terrace only a few steps from the river (fishing by arrangement), this charming and beautifully appointed property is only a mile from Bourton-on-the-Water in Little Rissington and within half an hour of countless Cotswold beauty spots. An addition to the owners’ delightfully restored ancient mill house, it lies close to The Hunting Lodge (NQ4) – with shared use of a hard tennis court and outdoor swimming pool by arrangement – and offers convenient ground floor holiday accommodation laid out in studio style. Inns, restaurants, shopping, model village and Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water (1 mile). Shops 1 mile.

    Delightful open-plan sitting/dining room with modern fitted kitchen area. One step down to spacious, pretty curtained-off bedroom with double bed. En-suite bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Use of owner’s freezer
    • Small terrace with furniture
    • Parking
    • Use of owners’ outdoor swimming pool by arrangement (heated June–August)
    • Use of hard tennis court by arrangement
    • Fly fishing by arrangement
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children under 15 yrs
    • NB: Stream runs at back of property

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  • The Cottage

    The Vatch, nr. Stroud

    Grade
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    Ref: NQE

    This detached, period Cotswold stone holiday cottage enjoys a peaceful and picturesque location within the grounds of the owners’ Grade II listed Upper Vatch Mill. The tranquil sound of the Slad brook and weir are within earshot. The Cotswold village of Slad, immortalised by the author Laurie Lee, is scattered along the slope of this narrow valley, captured in the filming of Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’ (1998). An ideal location for walkers, there are many footpaths, while the Cotswold Way is within a few minutes’ drive. Bohemian Stroud is one and a half miles away, and has an array of independent shops. The surrounding Golden Valleys are an attractive location from which to explore the western Cotswolds. Cheltenham, Bath and Cirencester are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Large living room. Large beamed dining room. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: Study. Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer by arrangement
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • No children including infants
    • NB: Brook in owner’s grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Stratton Mill

    Cirencester

    Grade
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    Ref: NMT

    Stratton Mill dates from the late 18th century, though there has been a mill on site since 1086. The River Churn flows to one side of this holiday property, attached to the old mill itself and with its own riverside courtyard garden. With a separate and well-equipped galley-style kitchen, the beamed living room is stylish and contemporary, with large glass doors overlooking the garden and with an attractive bedroom and en-suite bathroom on the first floor. Surrounded by water meadow, the area is quiet and peaceful and perfect for a romantic getaway. Shop 300 yards, pub 600 yards.

    Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, patio doors, beams and wooden floor. Three steps up to galley-style kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Two DVDs (small library)
    • iPod/iPhone dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Gravelled courtyard garden, decked area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • No children or babies
    • NB: Garden accessed via wooden bridge over unfenced river

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  • The Cow Shed

    Arlingham, nr. Frampton-on-Severn

    Grade
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    Ref: 30815

    This delightful holiday barn conversion is situated on the owners working dairy farm in the picturesque location of Arlingham, Gloucestershire. Located in the horseshoe bend of the River Severn, Arlingham is surrounded by fantastic views of the Cotswold Hills and the Forest of Dean. Clay pigeon shooting on the farm can be arranged at weekends for either groups or individual shoots by prior arrangement with the owner. Within a lovely woodland walk you will find the local village inn, were you will find home cooked food, real ales, fine wines and a warm country welcome. Also within walking distance is another award-winning inn, renowned for its fresh seafood. Several other pubs, restaurants and take-aways are only a short drive away. This wonderful area is an ideal base for circular riverside and country walks and to explore the Severn Way. The river runs for 2 miles along the farm itself, with its own walks and perfect picnic spots. To reach the holiday property, guests will need to pass through the village of Frampton-on Severn, which is home to the longest village green in England offering two pubs, a village shop, a cafe, canal side walks as well as annual events such as Frampton Feast (August), Giffords Circus (August) and Frampton Country Fair (September). Further along the canal bank in the village of Saul, guests will find a cafe which offers a wonderful spot for tea and cake whilst watching the boats go by. Saul also has a marina. Also within easy driving are Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Park, Cotswold Water Park, Berkeley Castle and butterfly house, Prinknash Abbey (Bird and Deer Park), Thornbury Castle and Cheltenham race course. The historic town of Tewkesbury with its famous Abbey, Westonbirt Arboretum, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Roman city of Bath, Regency Cheltenham / the cathedral cities of Bristol and Gloucester with their historic docks are also close by. Many National Trust properties in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, including Berrington Hall, Brockhampton Estate, Hanbury Hall, Woodchester Mansion are worth a visit, as are Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and Cirencester. Within easy driving are golf, ski slopes, coastal walks, Cotswold walks, plus the Gloucester and Sharpness canal walks. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. No smoking. NB: Duck pond in grounds.

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  • Windermere

    Gretton, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 28228

    Set within the Cotswold countryside, with outstanding views towards Dumbleton Hill and the Malverns, this delightful barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is a perfect holiday location. The property is situated just a few miles from the market town of Winchcombe and the elegant Regency town of Cheltenham, with its internationally famous racecourse. There are a wealth of footpaths in the area to suit all tastes and abilities. Places of interest close by include Sudeley Castle, Cotswold Farm Park, the bird sanctuary at Bourton-on-the-Water, Hidcote Garden and Snowshill Manor. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Use of laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in owners’ grounds.

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  • Commonwealth Cottage

    Iron Acton, nr. Bristol

    Grade
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    Ref: 16144

    This comfortable detached holiday cottage is set within the grounds of the owners home and offers the ideal base for touring the south Cotswolds and Forest of Dean or exploring the attractions of Bristol and Bath. The heritage city of Bath with its beautiful Georgian architecture provides excellent shopping, restaurants and entertainment and historical interest such as Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Roman Baths. Walking, golf and NT properties. Shop 2 miles, pubs 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom (zip and link, can be twin, please request preference). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi available at £10 per week, £5 per short break. Large garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Hopebrook Farm - The Granary

    Boxbush, near Ross-on-Wye

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: UKC278

    These two holiday properties form part of Hopebrook Farm, a non-working farm which dates back to 1745. Sitting in 5 acres within the grounds of the owner’s home, both properties have been stylishly furnished with great attention to detail for guests’ comfort. Interestingly, the Lea Line disused railway tunnel is part of the land which can be explored. A natural spring stream runs through the peaceful grounds, with seating areas to relax and unwind, or enjoy some wonderful walking with access directly from the side of the paddock onto the public footpath network. This is a great central location for exploring Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and The Forest of Dean.

    Historical places of interest include Gloucester Cathedral with its fine central tower dating from the 15th century, and Hereford Cathedral with its Mappa Mundi Centre. The Forest of Dean offers an array of outdoor pursuits, cycling, walking, riding, climbing and fishing to name but a few. The picturesque Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers stunning scenery and canoeing on the Wye. Cheltenham is only about a half-hour drive and is especially popular for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and other horse racing festivals. The Literary Festival has also grown over the years to major international prominence, but festivals aside, the town itself is well worth visiting. Guests are also within easy reach of Ross-on-Wye and further afield, but within an hour’s drive, are the towns of Monmouth, Usk, Abergavenny and the pretty villages of the Cotswolds. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food ½ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. Beamed throughout.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With flagstone floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Boot room: With storage for boots and coats.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder at £5 per basket. Welcome pack. Shared external utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Shared 5-acre landscaped grounds with shared barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a stream in the grounds, 50 yards away, as well as banks and access to private disused railway tunnel.

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  • Apple Barn

    Cerney Wick, nr. Cirencester

    Grade
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    Ref: NAH

    A beautiful, detached cottage of warm and inviting ambience with a pretty lawned, herbaceous garden and small paved terraced patio, providing the ideal holiday location for a romantic getaway. Within the grounds of the owner’s home, this carefully converted apple barn lies a few miles from the lovely town of Cirencester. The immediate area has a fascinating past from Roman times, whilst today offering all the excitement of the Cotswold Water Park and many activities. Close to good shops, restaurants and pubs as well as fishing, riding and golf. Shop 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Sun room with tiled floor and French doors to garden. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in owner’s grounds

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  • Pathwell Farm - Oak

    Bream

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29670

    Situated within 14 acres of farmland, adjacent to the owners’ home, these semi-detached holiday bungalows (refs 29670 and 29671) enjoy wonderful views across open countryside. They are nicely presented and offer a great base to explore the beautiful Forest of Dean and the stunning Wye Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is much to do and see for all the family – walking and cycling are extremely popular with many miles of dedicated footpaths and cycle tracks throughout the forest, where guests will experience wildlife in abundance. Canoeing, kayaking, climbing, golfing, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. Museums, galleries and places of historical interest such as Tintern Abbey are all within an easy drive. Enjoy the local attractions such as Go Ape, Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves or the steam railway, to name just a few. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ramp to entrance (on request). All on ground floor: Living/dining room/ kitchen with beams and wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    NB: 2 steps to courtyard.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared freezer (in outbuilding). Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country. No smoking. NB: Pond in owner’s garden.

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  • Glebe Cottage

    Blockley

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: NN9

    Glebe Cottage nestles close to the village church, in the heart of unspoilt Blockley, one of the larger of the Cotswold villages and once a major centre for the silk industry. Formerly part of the adjacent Cotswold vicarage, set midway between Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden, it has been completely modernised and converted into a very comfortable and well-equipped holiday cottage and provides a wonderful retreat from which to explore this lovely area – Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold are all within easy reach as well as pleasant walks amid the Dovedale Wood. Back in the village there are two good pubs serving food and an outstanding village store/post office with café and delicatessen. Shop/P.O. 50 yards.

    Beamed living room with gas woodburner in Cotswold stone fireplace and French doors to garden. Fitted kitchen with breakfast area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, vaulted beamed ceiling and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas woodburner’included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Pretty enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Pet free of charge

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  • Wyedean Cottage

    Coleford, nr. Symonds Yat

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43975

    This lovingly renovated, detached cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, offers relaxing and comfortable holiday accommodation for you to explore the Forest of Dean and the beautiful Wye Valley. The area is steeped in history and natural beauty offering something for everyone. The forest is rich in wildlife where local deer and wild boar can sometimes be seen. A short walk away is Symonds Yat Rock which overlooks the gorge and has spectacular views that change with every season. It is also a special place for bird watchers, who can delight at the nesting peregrine falcons through the RSPB’s telescopes. There are two hand (pull) cable ferries to cross the river at Symonds Yat, and plenty of pubs and picnic sites on either side of the riverbank, don’t forget to try the local Wye Valley Brewery and local ciders. An array of outdoor pursuits can be found locally, such as walking, golfing, riding, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, caving, paint-balling, lazer tag, archery and shooting. More places to visit include Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Gloucester, Cheltenham and many places of historical interest. Shop ¾ mile, pub 330 yards and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Spiral staircase to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview Smart TV (Netflix). Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to patio.

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  • Dusty’s Stable

    Ebrington, nr. Chipping Campden

    Grade
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    Ref: E4751

    Set amidst beautiful countryside in the heart of the Cotswolds, these delightful cottages offer the opportunity for a romantic break, peaceful getaway or exploring this area’s villages and attractions. Converted from traditional honey coloured stone farm buildings, and retaining original features in their well appointed interiors, they are set around a courtyard adjacent to the owners’ home on a working farm. Home Farm’s location in a picturesque village is ideal for walking, cycling and touring, the local pub serving food is a short stroll from the cottages and just 2.5 miles away Chipping Campden, one of the Cotswolds’ loveliest small towns, offers interesting shops and a wide choice of restaurants. Broadway (6 miles) is home to unique shops, designer boutiques and superb art galleries as well as a tower offering one of England’s finest viewpoints with 13 English counties to be seen on a clear day. Hidcote NT and its impressive gardens are only 2 miles and Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon are all easily accessible.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with stone floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Parking. No smoking. No children under 7 years, including babes in arms.

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