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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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  • Garden Cottage

    Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 28377

    This holiday cottage lies in the heart of the handsome market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, with its historic market square, fine old pubs, antique galleries and interesting shops. Ideally located for exploring this unique area, there are unspoilt villages and National Trust properties nearby. Visit Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the ’Venice of the Cotswolds’, 5 miles, Chipping Campden, 11 miles, Snowshill Manor (NT) and Stanway House, 10 miles, Cheltenham and its racecourse, 18 miles, and Oxford, 28 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room with French doors. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bridle Cottage

    Yorkley, Lydney

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: E4619


    Surrounded by lawns with mature trees, and grounds leading directly into the Royal Forest of Dean – an ancient woodland and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – seven properties, two of which we feature here, enjoy the perfect setting for a relaxing break, whatever the season. The properties are spacious, comfortable and cosily heated and they share an attractive courtyard setting with a number of other properties. As well as being a haven for wildlife and home to the Cannop Valley and Nags Head RSPB reserves, the historic Royal Forest of Dean is crisscrossed by nature trails and cycleways – superb for walking and mountain biking. And this glorious forest area offers so much for visitors of every age to do. Outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed at one of the many activity centres, there is a famous sculpture trail to follow and craft centres to explore, and both the fascinating Clearwell Caves and Forest Steam Railway Centre are close by. Among the myriad of exhilarating activities to be found within about 20 minutes’ drive of the cottages are quad biking, a climbing tower, high trees rope adventure, and canoeing on the River Wye at Symond’s Yat. There is also a sports hall that can be hired at £15 per hour (summer only), with a badminton court, table tennis table and table football (equipment can also be hired if required). Magnificent Tintern Abbey, the thrill of horse racing at Chepstow and cinema at Coleford are all just a short drive. Visitors can enjoy wonderful days out exploring Gloucester, with its cathedral and historic docks area, the Malvern Hills and the beautiful Wye Valley as well as the picturesque villages and quaint market towns of the Cotswolds, which are also within easy reach. Golf, riding and fishing are all found locally and the delightful little town of Lydney, with its good shops and leisure centre, is just 3 miles. Village shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Garden furniture. Shared grounds and terrace. Shared barbecue. Parking. Playground.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Westington, Chipping Campden

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NVU

    Set in one of the most sought-after parts of Chipping Campden, this charming thatched cottage dates from the 18th-century and sits with its own delightful garden high up from the road. One of a pair, it is within walking distance of the town with its old buildings, interesting shops, inns and restaurants. There are many attractive Cotswold villages in the area, offering historic houses, interesting museums and welcoming pubs. Stratford-upon-Avon 10 miles. Cheltenham 20 miles. Shops ¼ mile.

    Charming beamed sitting/dining room with inglenook fireplace. Sun lounge. Well-equipped kitchen. First floor: Pretty double bedroom. Twin bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire – initial supply of fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with terrace and furniture
    • Private parking 15 yards
    • No smoking

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  • Manor Farm Barns - La Caleche

    Tarlton, Cirencester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NT2

    These attractive properties lie in the heart of the Cotswold Hills. With characteristic dry stone walling dividing sweeping sheep pastures, ancient beech woods, trout streams, charming towns and villages of honey-coloured Cotswold limestone. The Cheltenham Gold Cup, Badminton Horse Trials, (5 minutes). Famous gardens including Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate and Westonbirt Arboretum; NT properties include Bowood House, Chedworth Roman Villa and Corinium Museum within an easy drive. Ideal for golf and horse riding, 5 miles. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Large, open-plan vaulted living/dining room with antique fireplace and electric woodburner, rugs on Cornish slate floor, and French doors to garden. French farmhouse-style kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with oak beams and unusual oak and glass wall. Further double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over bath power shower and toilet

    • Front and rear garden with hardwood furniture

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating underfloor heating (ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV/video/DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Separate shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Front garden
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Children’s play area with log cabin
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in garden

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  • Cottons Farm - Elm End

    Dumbleton, nr. Broadway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NXQ

    "...Close to ridge and furrow rolling down to the River Isbourne... amidst 58 acres of Cotswold farmland."

    Set in glorious countryside with outstanding views towards the Cotswold Hills and Vale of Evesham, Cottons Farm enjoys a truly peaceful setting at the end of a long tree-lined drive,
    300 metres from the road. It is just a mile from the pretty, unspoilt village of Dumbleton, easily accessible by road or footpath, and 5 miles from Broadway, the ever-popular ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds. The holiday cottages are surrounded by 58 acres of working farmland, with ridge and furrow rolling down to the River Isbourne, which lies 150 metres away from the cottages (toddlers beware!). Visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm and many public footpaths run nearby. Very tastefully converted from 150-year old farm buildings (including cart-shed, stable and dairy), these comfortable cottages are well equipped and furnished to a high standard.

    Cool in summer, warm and welcoming in winter, they are all centrally heated and well insulated. Set near the owners’ home, yet retaining complete privacy, each cottage has its own individual character with many original features, and enjoys its own area of garden and patio. A perfect place to relax, they are ideally situated for walking and touring the Cotswolds.
    Broadway with its old stone houses and fascinating shops also boasts Broadway Tower, now the centre of a country park and home to an observatory and exhibition. The market town of Evesham (5 miles) has tree-lined streets and pretty walks along the River Avon. Only a few minutes’ drive, on the edge of the Cotswold hills, is Toddington, where visitors can board a train on the Gloucestershire–Warwickshire Great Western Railway (mid March - mid October) and enjoy a ride through picturesque villages.
    In nearby Winchcombe there’s Sudeley Castle, while the Cotswolds Farm Park/Adam’s Farm (with its rare breeds of animals) and the bird sanctuary at Bourton-on-the-Water are easily reached, as are Stanway House, Hidcote Garden, Snowshill Manor and Cheltenham. Stratford-upon-Avon and the cathedral city of Worcester are within an hour’s drive. The neighbouring villages boast traditional pubs and many excellent restaurants. Riding, swimming, golf, tennis and fishing are all close by. Shop 1 mile.

    Set next to The Willows, this well-appointed, single-storey barn conversion offers beautiful views of the hills above Broadway. Pretty, beamed sitting/dining room with log-effect gas fire. Well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen. Two pretty bedrooms; one double and one twin. Shower room and toilet.

    • Garden and patio with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities (one small step)

    • Gas fire included
    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Hairdryer
    • Farmland walks
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: River 150 yards

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  • Edenwall House

    Coleford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 27530

    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.

    Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory with dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Video. Dishwasher. Freezer. 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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  • Gingerbread Cottage

    Fairford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15196

    This sweet little character holiday cottage is within walking distance of the attractive market square at Fairford, here there are shops a lovely old inn providing good food and a magnificent Wool Church. From the cottage there is excellent lake side walking and a wealth of birdlife and waterfowl can often be seen. A convenient location for touring and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Cotswold Hills. Burford, Stow, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester and Letchlade are all within a 15 mile radius. Pub and shop 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking.

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  • Lantern Cottage

    Longborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NSV


    This delightful period Cotswold stone holiday cottage is situated in the desirable village of Longborough near Moreton-in-Marsh. This semi-detached property boasts many character features throughout and is presented to a very high standard. The pretty landscaped garden offers a delightful area in which to sit out. There are plenty of walks across marvellous countryside, including the Monarch’s Way and the Heart of England Way. This peaceful village, which is within a conservation area, has a shop and a traditional pub. Longborough lies between the historic towns of Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold, which have quality shops, pubs and restaurants. The property is a good base from which to visit Sezincote Gardens, Bourton Hill House Garden, the Cotswold Farm Park, Batsford Arboretum and Falconry Centre and Sudeley Castle. Longborough Festival Opera in late June and July is a worthwhile visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and doors to garden. Dining room with ornamental fireplace. Kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included Two TVs (one Freesat, one Freeview)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: 4 steps to patio area. Water feature in garden

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  • Home Farm - The Granary

    Prestbury, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 7770

    Originally an early 18th-century granary and stables attached to the owner’s farmhouse, also a listed building, surrounding a colourful courtyard. These holiday apartments have been converted retaining the original beams and stone walls, providing great character. In a backwater of this historic village, they are only a few minutes from Cheltenham Racecourse. No. 7770 is on the first floor and approached by a covered flight of wide stone steps; No. 7554, on the ground floor, is suitable for the disabled. There are pleasant views up to Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds, 1 mile away. Cheltenham, its gardens, theatres and restaurants, is 2 miles, and Stratford, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean are within easy reach, as are the whole of the Cotswolds. Shops 200 yards, pub 100 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Convector heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Microwave. Shared coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared courtyard with chairs. Parking (1 car).

    DVD. Wi-fi.

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  • Forest View

    Parkend, nr. Lydney

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 23958

    Set within the Forest of Dean, with access to beautiful woodland walks from the back gate. Offering a cosy holiday base to enjoy the forest and local area. Mallards Pike Lake and Go Ape High Wire Adventure are within walking distance, other nearby attractions are Clearwell Caves, Sculpture Trail, Puzzlewood, Perrgrove Railway, Dean Forest Railway and Dean Heritage Centre. Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with attractions, events, activities, shopping and eating out for all the family. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with quarry-tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in garden.

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  • Stepping Stones

    Blockley, nr. Moreton-in-the-Marsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NNL

    Stepping Stones is a superbly equipped, modern holiday cottage (one of a small row) situated in an idyllically peaceful development of converted barns in the unspoilt village of Blockley. Only 17 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and 36 miles from Oxford, Blockley is a very charming village with a mill brook winding its way through the valley. Its attractive village green overlooks the bowling green and beautiful Norman church and is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic on sunny days. Cheltenham is 40 minutes away by car, and Blenheim Palace is only half an hour away. Shops and pub 600 yards.

    Living room. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with patio doors. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and ceramic-tiled floor.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Two DVDs (large library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden with terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sloping bank to unfenced stream in garden

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  • The Cider Mill

    Alvington, Lydney

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E4360

    Set in the village of Alvington, which lies between the River Severn and the Wye Valley, this comfortable, converted cider barn is a studio property which offers an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside. The Cider Mill is located in the grounds of the Blacksmith’s Arms, a friendly and welcoming village pub with a good restaurant – the perfect place to end a day spent enjoying some of the area’s wonderful walking and cycling. The Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath lies close by and there are glorious woodland trails and an excellent range of outdoor activities and attractions in the Royal Forest of Dean. Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey and the cathedral city of Gloucester are a short drive. Village shop 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with sofa bed (for children)/kitchen/bedroom area with twin beds. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£15 per week, £10 per short break November-March poa). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Combi microwave/grill. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Children’s play area. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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