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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 Old Post Office

    Chedworth, nr. Cheltenham

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    Ref: 27967

    This 17th century, end terrace holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers an idyllic setting in Chedworth which is set in a conservation area. The village has 3 pubs, all that serve food, and a farm shop that stocks local produce. 8 miles from Cirencester and 10 miles from Cheltenham, Chedworth is an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of the Cotswolds. Roman activity can be seen at the Chedworth Roman Villa, a 20-minute walk, which also passes the Chedworth Nature Reserve, and in the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. Shop and café 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Steep, spiral stairs with rope handrail to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, high chair and stairgate. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Corse Lawn, near Gloucester

    Grade
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    Ref: 28027

    Located in beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, on a working farm with glorious views over the Malvern Hills, this detached holiday property is ideally placed for walking and perfect for exploring the numerous historic gardens nearby. Situated in Gloucestershire but lying close to the border with Worcestershire and Herefordshire, the area is renowned for its scenic countryside and outstanding walking, especially along the Severn Valley and Malvern Hills. The Cotswold Hills and the Wye Valley are also close by. The nearest town is Tewkesbury offering one of the best medieval townscapes in England, with its fine, half-timbered Tudor buildings, over-hanging upper storeys and ornately carved doorways, as well as an 11th century abbey. Discover the hidden charms along narrow alleyways where the eaves of crooked timber buildings nearly touch, or take a leisurely cruise along the river (seasonal).
    Close by is the Regency town of Cheltenham, known as the ’Gateway to the Cotswolds’. Famous for its broad range of stylish shops, fashionable wine bars, award-winning restaurants (including Jamie Oliver’s) and the racecourse, home of National Hunt Racing. Within 10 miles is the cathedral city of Gloucester which appeared in the ’Harry Potter’ films and Beatrix Potter’s ’Tale of Gloucester’. Gloucester Quays is a designer shopping outlet set around the docks, offering various festivals throughout the year.
    The honey-coloured Cotswold villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden and Broadway are all within easy reach. There is an abundance of National Trust properties and gardens within 30 miles. Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon is just under an hours’ drive. Visit Eastnor Castle, the 4x4 experience at Ledbury, the National Birds of Prey Centre at Newent, Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe, (home to Catherine Parr, the last wife of King Henry Vlll), Hidcote Garden and Cotswolds Farm Park. Shop 1½ miles, pub and award-winning restaurant within 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    First Floor:
    Living/dining room: With digital TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a pond in adjacent farmland.

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  • Gilberts

    Ebrington, nr. Chipping Campden

    Grade
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    Ref: E4752

    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.

    Ramp or 3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Wet room (no toilet).

    Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Dishwasher. Small 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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  • Stratville Annex

    Huntley, nr. Longhope

    Grade
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    Ref: 28437

    Set on the owner’s smallholding, this comfortable home makes an excellent holiday base. Ideal for walking and cycling, it is near the Severn Valley, Wales and the Forest of Dean’s lakes, picnic sites and wildlife. There is also Battlesports with outdoor laser gun sport. Golf, riding, fishing and climbing locally. Hillside micro brewery is nearby and well worth a visit. Enjoy a trip to Puzzlewood, Go Ape and the Birds of Prey Centre. Cheltenham and Hereford are within 45 minutes for shopping, bars and restaurants or visit Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury for shops and galleries. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant 4 miles.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps in courtyard.

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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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  • Glebe Cottage

    Blockley

    Grade
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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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  • 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 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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  • Hunting Butts Cottages - Cuckoo Corner

    Cheltenham

    Grade
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    Ref: NYM

    "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.

    A delightful and comfortably furnished sitting room with elec woodburner. Well-equipped kitchen with dining area. First floor: Very pretty double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip & link, can be twin). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beams throughout.

    • Electric woodburner included

    • 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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  • The Lodge

    Farmington, nr. Bourton-on-the-Water

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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 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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