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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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  • The Tallet

    Arlingham

    Grade
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    Ref: NNS

    This pretty holiday cottage is set near to the owners’ home on their working arable and cattle farm. It is within walking distance of the local inn and the Old Passage restaurant, renowned for its seafood. The detached barn conversion is the ideal base for circular riverside and country walks including the Severn Way. To reach the cottage there is a canal bridge to pass over at Frampton-on-Severn. Nearby is a marina cafe for watching the boating activity at Saul Junction. Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Park is a few miles away, as is Cotswold Water Park. The Roman city of Bath, Regency Cheltenham and the cathedral cities of Bristol and Gloucester with historic docks are within easy driving distance. NT properties in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Wales. Golf nearby. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and patio door. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Beamed living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wooden floor, kitchen area and door to external staircase.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • The Coach House

    Stroud

    Grade
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    Ref: NMC

    This tastefully converted detached holiday coach house, set in the owner’s grounds, lies in the pretty Cotswold Slad Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated between the town of Stroud and the village of Slad with its famous village pub The Woolpack. For keen walkers there is The Cotswold Way and many beautiful shorter walks around the Five Valleys with the tightly packed villages and surrounding woodland. Painswick, with its individual shops, art gallery and churchyard is only a short drive away. Midway between Regency Cheltenham and Georgian Bath this is an excellent holiday location. Bristol and Gloucester cathedrals make for an interesting outing. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles.

    Cosy living/dining room with kitchen/breakfast area, Cotswold stone floor and French doors. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children under 7 years

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  • Cotswold Water Park Apartments - Water Park Apartment

    South Cerney

    Grade
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    Ref: NKW

    "Set in the spectacular Cotswold Water Park, these exclusive apartments enjoy unsurpassed setting of lakes, wetlands and grassland"

    All the holiday apartments are decorated and furnished to exacting standards, with nature being integral to the design and finish. Large expanses of glass deliver superb views (lake views not guaranteed) and clever use is made of wood and other materials.
    Located within the complex of the Four Pillars Hotel, each apartment offers everything one could wish for, including kitchen, dining facilities and comfortable living room but with the added benefit of use of a huge range of hotel facilities including a restaurant, bar and gastro pub, the leisure club, indoor swimming pool and exclusive day spa, plus a 24 hour manned reception desk and concierge service.

    Stunning views, open spaces and a wealth of leisure and active pursuits make this the perfect place for a break all year round. The development also makes an excellent base from which to explore the Cotswold countryside and nearby towns and cities, including Gloucester, Bath, Bristol, Cirencester, Oxford and Cheltenham, and the very many picturesque villages of the area including Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and Snowshill to name but a few. Shops 2 miles, pub ½ mile.

    Floor level allocated on arrival: Large living/dining room. Galley-style kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Two digital TVs.

    All properties: Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Laundry service. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone (payable at end of stay). Shared natural grounds. Private parking 100 yards. Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 26ft, depth 4ft) with changing and shower facilities (unsuitable for children under 2 yrs; children’s swim times Mon-Fri 7am-9:30am, 3pm-6pm; Sat-Sun 8am-10am, 3pm-6pm), spa (unsuitable for children), treatment rooms, flotation room, sauna, Experience shower, gym, steam room, relaxation room. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

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  • The Barn Reborn

    Winchcombe

    Grade
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    Ref: NRP


    In the grounds of Grade II listed Charingworth Court can be found this delightful, spacious, timber framed barn, restored to make a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The centre of historic Winchcombe is just a short stroll away with its restaurants, pubs and shops. The hills around are rich in well-signed footpaths, including the Cotswold Way at the bottom of the drive. The towns of Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh are all worth exploring, while Regency Cheltenham is just 8 miles away.
    The Barn itself is a really special conversion. Part of it dates from about 1650 and is mentioned by the renowned Nikolaus Pevsner in his Gloucestershire guide. Much of the original structure was gutted by fire in the 1960s, when a car stored inside caught fire. The rest was patched up then, but not much used. The main house and barn came into new ownership in the 1990s. After finishing restoring the main house and creating new gardens, the owners turned to the barn as the final element of their restoration work. Only part of the shell remained, including some original red bricks and some striking oak beams. Fortunately the owners had an old photograph of the barn before the fire. This showed how much bigger the barn had been prior to the fire. After seeing the old foundations, the planners agreed to proposals to rebuild the lost part. So, in 2010 work started on rebuilding, and a timber framed section was added to the existing part using traditional techniques and materials, and also meeting the requirements of modern building regulations. The original timber frame was repaired and restored, and the poor quality 1960s materials were replaced where necessary. New sections of timber frame were then lifted in by crane and put together like a giant three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
    Inside, contemporary furnishings blend elegantly with traditional features and modern fabrics. While the living room is part of the new structure, the wood frame on display gives the room a period feel. The double height kitchen/dining area has a warm mellow feel, with the original timber framed brick wall making a striking feature. The kitchen units match the rosy brick colour. Glazed on each side where the original barn doors would have opened, the hallway opens to the roof 8 metres above, where a beautiful Italian glass chandelier hangs. The wood-burning stove and underfloor heating keep the barn warm and comfortable throughout the year. The upstairs landing displays original 1600s oak beams, while the oak floors and exposed oak timber frame all add to the period charm. The en-suite bedroom has open oak framework filled with glass, and 6ft oak bed in keeping with the traditional oak framing. Shops, pub and restaurants 400 yards.

    Double aspect entrance hall. Large living room with wooden floor, beams and French doors to small garden. Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove and stone tiled floor. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating (underfloor in some rooms), bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small, enclosed courtyard garden with furniture
    • Barbecue (on request)
    • Parking in secure yard
    • Cycle store (on request)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 yrs
    • NB: Large pond in owners’ garden, 1 large step on yard side

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  • Hydehill

    Uley, nr. Dursley

    Grade
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    Ref: 14663

    A self contained wing of the owners’ 16th-century house, Positioned on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment under an Iron Age hill fort on the Cotswold Way Footpath. Beautifully presented and well equipped, set in 6 acres of garden and paddocks. Lovely views over open countryside and the Severn Vale with excellent walking and bird watching. Vist Bath, approx 25 miles from the cottage and 30-40 minutes drive. Tour the Cotswolds, explore the Forest of Dean and see the caves of the Mendip Hills. Village shop/pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with twin beds (linked beds request preference). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room included. Central heating (from owner’s house), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Area of garden and bench for guests. Parking. No children due to farm location and unfenced pond. NB: The final access to this property (300 yards), is on a sloping unmade farm track.

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  • The Old Cart House

    Naunton, nr. Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
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    Ref: NRF

    This stunning and beautifully presented detached barn conversion is approached along a private drive and overlooks the picturesque village of Naunton. A short walk leads to the heart of the village and the local pub. In an AONB, it is perfect for exploring the adjacent footpaths and bridleways with their spectacular views. The classic country houses and gardens of the area are within easy reach and Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are close by. Shop 5 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    Beamed living room with TV and wood-burning stove. Kitchen and dining area with oak work tops. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Gallery bedroom with large French antique double bed.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room by arrangement
    • Dishwasher
    • Small garden area with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Stabling by arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in paddock

    Note: The Old Cart House (NRF) is situated in the same private grounds as Little Barn (NNN)

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  • The Lodge

    Farmington, nr. Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
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    Ref: NG9

    The Lodge, a comfortable coach house conversion, is set down a quiet country lane, in the small hamlet of Farmington. Standing alone within the grounds of the owners’ home, it provides secluded and cosy accommodation perfect for exploring the beauty of the Cotswolds. Cirencester, renowned for its Roman heritage, and the Regency spa town of Cheltenham are easily accessible. Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are also in easy reach. Within a half-hour drive are Sudeley and Warwick Castles, Blenheim Palace and numerous gardens. A perfect base for walking and cycling, several footpaths and routes for cyclists lead from the lane (cycle hire available). Bourton-on-the-Water
    4 miles. Stow-on-the-Wold 8 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1½ miles.

    Cosy open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with vaulted ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • dishwasher
    • Sitting-out area
    • Parking

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  • The Annexe

    Corse, Staunton, nr. Gloucester

    Grade
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    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W573

    Overlooks a beautiful garden

    Very light and airy, and tastefully decorated, this annexe to the detached bungalow, with electric coal effect fire, overlooks a beautiful garden and open countryside. It is within easy reach of many areas of great beauty including the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. There are many interesting things to do and places to visit. Gloucester, Ledbury and Tewkesbury are about 8 miles, Cheltenham and Malvern 12 miles away. Shop and pub with food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room. Separate toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 2 ring hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Outdoor furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Edenwall Cottage

    Coleford

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: 27531

    Situated within the grounds of the Bells Hotel and Golf Course, these three terraced holiday properties, Edenwall Farmhouse(ref. 27529), Edenwall House(ref. 27530) and Edenwall Cottage(ref. 27531), all offer homely accommodation from which to explore the delights of the surrounding area. Guests can enjoy the facilities at the hotel with restaurant and bar meals available, an 18-hole golf course with discounted rates and a clubhouse where entertainment is often provided. Ramble in the Forest of Dean, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its many beautiful walks, ponds and picnic areas. There is an abundance of wildlife and fabulous pathways for cycling. Symonds Yat Rock is a great place for climbing and is also famous for its nesting peregrine falcons, with stunning views along the Wye Valley. Fishing, riding and canoeing are widely available. Local attractions include Go Ape high wire adventure, Puzzlewood, the Dean Forest Steam Railway, Sculpture Trail and Clearwell Caves. There are many places of historical interest to be found including castles and museums. Ross-on-Wye, Chepstow and Monmouth are all within easy driving distance. The cathedral city of Gloucester and Hereford Cathedral, with its famous Mappa Mundi and chained library, are both approximately 20 miles away. Shop and restaurant 170 yards, pub 190 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux.

    Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared 1-acre garden. Shared use of hotel 18-hole golf course. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond within grounds. These properties are situated on the golf course and care should be taken at all times.

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  • Rodmore Lodge

    St Briavels, nr. Lydney

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43553


    This holiday property is situated along a quiet, leafy lane, in a tranquil spot with stunning views down the valley. Comfortably furnished, it offers a great base from which to explore all that’s on offer in this popular area. It’s a walkers haven, with pathways including Offa’s Dyke, Wye Valley Walk and the Gloucestershire Way. It is also very popular for cycling too, with many dedicated tracks throughout the Forest of Dean, where bike hire is available. There is an array of attractions nearby, including Go Ape, Dean Heritage Centre, Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst, Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Racecourse, National Dive Centre, Lydney Gardens and much more. Fishing, golf, riding, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing can all be found locally. There are many castles and historic places of interest to visit, along with the market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Chepstow. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance (ramp available). All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Smart TV. iPod dock and charger. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store on request. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Thornton

    Chipping Campden

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: NAE

    Perfectly located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds village of Chipping Campden, the ground floor of this former stone town house provides an ideal location for guests to enjoy a perfect romantic break. The village has excellent restaurants, country inns, quaint tea shops and cafes. This is a perfect base for exploring other Cotswold towns and villages, including Broadway, 5 miles, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 miles, with its Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Warwick, 15 miles, with its famous castle, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour. Further afield are Oxford, Gloucester and world-famous horse racing at Cheltenham, just 35 minutes’ away. Shops and pubs 100 yards.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove, exposed Cotswold stone walls and Sisal floor. Kitchen with granite worktops and ceramic tile floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel at cost
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, electric underfloor central heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Small shared courtyard
    • On road parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Upper Fields Farm -The Stables

    Bourton-on-the-Hill, nr. Moreton-in-Marsh

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28776

    Situated in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside

    These two holiday properties (refs 28775, 28776) offer contemporary accommodation throughout. Situated on the owner’s working farm, The Tractor Shed and The Stables are two barn conversions surrounded by open fields, which both boast far-reaching views across the Cotswold countryside. These holiday properties are located close to the charming hillside village of Bourton-on-the-Hill and are situated less than two miles from the popular market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. The village is fortunate to have Batsford Estate and Arboretum close by and here you can enjoy a walk around the beautiful grounds any time of the year. From Easter to November there is a very good tea room and the Cotswold Falconry Centre is open. In the village is Bourton House with its 16th century Tythe Barn, which opens its gardens to the public weekly throughout the summer months. The heart of England Way passes through the village and along with other footpaths, provides a pleasurable way to see the countryside around this pleasant area. The village has one pub which serves wonderful food. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Washing machine.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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