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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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  • Old Corn Mill

    Blakeney

    Grade
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    Ref: RS2

    Set in one of the Forest of Dean’s picturesque villages, the Old Corn Mill has been sympathetically converted from its original 250-year-old structure. Detached, it is comfortably furnished and stands opposite the owners’ own home, with a small garden and furnished patio - ideal for relaxing in during the evenings. A perfect holiday location for cycling and walking, with wonderful scenery and exciting places to explore. The delightful Forest of Dean, renowned for its beauty and wildlife, offers visitors delightful walks. Within easy reach are Cheltenham, Monmouth, Chepstow and the Cotswolds. Go Ape (a high wire forest adventure park) is about 2 miles. Shop 200 yards, pub/restaurant 600 yards.

    Two steps to entrance. Living/dining room with French door to garden and patio. Compact modern fitted kitchen with slate floor. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, ‘Econ 7’ NSH (instant boost heater in living room), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Satellite TV (Teletext)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • 24 hr washing service (by arrangement)
    • Dishwasher
    • Small garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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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 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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  • Little Barn

    Naunton, Cheltenham

    Grade
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    Ref: NNN

    This stylish and secluded retreat is tucked away into the hillside overlooking the village of Naunton at the head of the Windrush valley. Approached along a private drive, Little Barn is a detached, single-storey barn conversion surrounded by the owners’ fields from which race horses can be seen across the valley. A footpath leads to the local golf club and the pub is just a short stroll. Perfectly placed as a holiday base to explore the adjacent network of Cotswold walks and bridleways and the classic houses and gardens of the area. Bikes and horses can be hired locally. Shops 5 miles, pub ½ mile.

    Large beamed living room with patio doors to terrace. Kitchen/dining room with quarry-tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room by arrangement with owner
    • Dishwasher
    • Courtyard with patio, terrace, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Stabling for hire
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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

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  • Garden Cottage

    Corse Lawn, nr. Tewkesbury

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 24386

    This converted cider mill and stable with much character and original beams, is set in the grounds of the owners’ small sheep farm. Situated adjacent to the open common in the rural area of Corse Lawn on the border of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Ideal for a holiday exploring the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills and close to the Regency spa town of Cheltenham and cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. Towns of Ledbury, Tewkesbury and Upton-upon-Severn are nearby. Stratford-upon-Avon and the Welsh borders are easily reached. Shop 21/2 miles, pub 1/3 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double bed.

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Designated lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Unfenced pond within 20 yards.

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  • Edenwall Cottage

    Coleford

    Grade
    2
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    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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  • Orchard Bank Cottage

    Little London, nr. Gloucester

    Grade
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    Ref: W8088

    Organic farm

    This cottage is situated on an organic farm, in the grounds of the owner’s home, midway between Gloucester and the Forest of Dean on the A4136 giving access by car to the main tourist attractions. This single-storey detached cottage offers a great base to explore the delights of the surrounding areas. In front of the cottage is a small well-protected patio and beyond that the farmland extends up towards Huntley Hill. There are sheep and cattle quietly grazing and footpaths in several directions. Golfing, fishing, riding and cycle hire can all be found within the Forest of Dean. Gloucester Docks and the Waterways Museum are within easy driving, as well as Cheltenham with its variety of shopping, bars and restaurants and, of course, the famous Cheltenham races. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 8 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Westwood - Moonrakers

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
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    Ref: 18060

    Set in 1¾ acres of landscaped grounds these beautifully presented and well equipped holiday cottages are furnished to a very good standard. Lying just off the Fosseway, close to the picturesque villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water it provides an ideal base for touring within the rolling uplands of the Cotswold Hills. Here are unchanged market towns and villages, beautiful Hidcote and Kiftsgate gardens, NT houses, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, a wildlife park at Burford, two farm parks and old inns. Slightly further in Stratford-upon-Avon there are historic houses, churches and the Memorial and Swan theatres dedicated to William Shakespeare. At the university city of Oxford there are famous museums, libraries and guided tours of the colleges. Network of foot paths easily accessible. Shop 500 yards, pub ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    Gas cooker. Use of washer/dryer by arrangement. Garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas central heating included (£25per week October-March, from owner’s boiler). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available. DVD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • The Hunting Lodge

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: NQ4

    This enchanting detached holiday cottage is set in the grounds of a Grade II listed mill house, where guests can enjoy trout fishing in the grounds, and use of the owners’ tennis court and outdoor swimming pool (by arrangement), while outside is a pretty, enclosed garden. It lies close to Riverside Lodge (NVG), with the picturesque Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water only a mile away, with its beautiful old houses and many attractions, including the elegant bridges spanning the River Windrush. Also nearby is 18-hole golf at Lynham, Cotswold Farm Park, Burford Wildlife Park, and the attractive spa town of Cheltenham, with its art galleries, pump room and museums, all within
    12 miles. Ideally situated for exploring the Cotswolds’ picturesque villages, NT houses and old market towns. Stratford 35 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room. Kitchen. Twin bedroom with dressing room. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Use of owner’s outdoor swimming pool
    • Use of owner’s tennis court
    • No children under 12 yrs
    • NB: Stream runs at back of property

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  • Pathwell Farm - Oak

    Bream

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    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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  • The Old Cart House

    Naunton, nr. Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    2
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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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  • 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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