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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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  • Cotswold Water Park Apartments - Water Park Apartment 4

    South Cerney

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NKZ

    "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, TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Three 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 Hideaway Cottage

    Gloucester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28425

    One of the oldest buildings in Gloucester, Hideaway Cottage has views of the magnificent Norman cathedral, and lies close to the bustling city centre with its excellent range of shops, markets, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions. Gloucester also has Roman foundations and Victorian docklands and is an ideal holiday base from which to tour the Cotswolds and the Royal Forest of Dean, a short drive away. Literary links abound with Beatrix Potter’s "Tailor of Gloucester" and the cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral, a location for the "Harry Potter" movies. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas and electricity (initial £5 included, remainder by meter card). Bed linen and towels included. 49" Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray player. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (£5 per week). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large pond in garden.

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  • Dairy Cottage

    Longborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NOR

    Set in a courtyard of a row of cottages and barn conversions, Dairy Cottage has undergone renovation and provides an excellent comfortable base for touring the Cotswolds. Within easy walking distance of Longborough with its traditional inns and local store, it is also equidistant between Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the Wold. For walkers, there is the Cotswold Way, the Monarch Way or the Heart of England Way. Regency Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon are within easy reach. Shops and pub 300 yards.

    Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Compact beamed kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small courtyard, furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Home Farm - The Stables

    Prestbury, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 7554

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

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

    DVD. Wi-fi.

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  • Highlands

    Clearwell

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29094

    Nestling in the delightful village of Clearwell, one of the Forest of Dean’s best kept secrets, this stone-built, semi-detached farrier’s cottage combines a cosy old-world charm with today’s modern comforts. There are many forest paths, rich in wildlife, just waiting to be explored; the Offa’s Dyke path for long distance walking is also nearby. Popular local attractions include Puzzlewood, Go Ape, Forest Steam Railway, Clearwell Caves and Clearwell Castle. Cycling is extremely popular, with cycle hire available locally. Horse riding, golfing and fishing can all be found in the area. Monmouth, Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye are all within easy driving. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed hillside garden with patio. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Garden accessed by open-tread steps. 6 further stone steps in garden.

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  • Driftcombe Farmhouse

    Bisley

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: NUN

    Set in complete seclusion, this handsome renovated 17th-century farmhouse stands in acres of private grounds with a stream surrounded by woodland and meadows, ideal for children. The property is situated at the head of the Slad Valley with unmade-up track for last 200 yards (where car access can be difficult in bad weather, especially snow); this is one of the valleys described by the poet Laurie Lee in his book ‘Cider with Rosie’ . It is within an AONB, a perfect holiday retreat for quiet relaxation or for visitors interested in bird-watching, sketching, painting and walking. Town and sports amenities at Stroud (4 miles). Cheltenham 14 miles. Horse riding 2 miles. Shop 2 miles.

    Large, comfortable living room/dining room with inglenook fireplace and rugs on wooden floor. Compact farmhouse-style kitchen. Steep spiral staircase to first floor: Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one very small single (for +1). Bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity, oil central heating throughout and open fire (£52 per week, £36 per short break)
    • Bed linen included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone - honesty box, local calls only
    • Terrace with furniture
    • 1½ acre grounds
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Outdoor table tennis
    • NB: Stream in grounds

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  • Violet Cottage

    Pitchcombe, nr. Painswick

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 13733

    A self-contained wing of a lovely Cotswold house, enjoying a quiet rural position with glorious views over the Painswick Valley. The charming interior is well furnished and from the living room there are French windows to the gardens. Close to the historic town of Painswick and Slad village of Laurie Lee fame. Ideally holiday placed for touring in unspoilt landscapes enhanced by many fine houses, gardens and ancient Roman interests. Cheltenham and Gloucester within 10 miles, Bath 30 miles. London is only 1 hour and 20 minutes by train from Stroud station. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom and toilet. Second floor: Landing with single bed. 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating (controlled from main house), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Willow Cottage

    Paxford, nr. Chipping Campden

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 19641


    Situated on a former orchard, Willow Cottage enjoys an enviable position in the pretty North Cotswold village of Paxford, close to the Cotswold Way. Constructed of Mellow Cotswold stone the property is surrounded by a good sized garden with a variety of maturing trees to the front, a stone driveway and offering two car parking spaces. The property faces a narrow quiet lane bordered by mature trees and therefore the property is not overlooked. The back garden is completely enclosed and private and has a variety of garden furniture, a bbq and large patio area. The level garden is surrounded by cottage garden flowers and shrubs giving colour well into the autumn. The property is bordered at the back by the village green and a little used under 5’s play area with one or two picnic tables and benches.
    Paxford is a small village which enjoys a refurbished inn dating back to the 17th century, serving food, and only 5 minutes’ walk along the lane. Chipping Campden can be found just 2 miles away where there is a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Campden is known as the ’Jewel of the Cotswolds’; the old market place dates back to the 17th century and is a popular tourist attraction.
    Paxford is ideally situated for those wishing to enjoy the beautiful Cotswolds countryside either by car or on foot. There are many attractions to visit locally including the delightful ancient villages of Blockley, Broadway, Snowshill, with its delightful lavender fields in July, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Winchcombe, and Bourton-on-the-Water to mention just a few.
    Stratford upon Avon, home of William Shakespeare and Warwick Castle are a short drive away. Paxford is also well placed to visit the Regency town of Cheltenham, home of the world famous Gold Cup week. Shops 2 miles, pub/restaurant 440 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with large patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dolls Cottage

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24458

    This attractive holiday cottage is deceptively spacious inside, having the benefit of an additional conservatory/sitting room which overlooks the courtyard garden. Bourton-on-the-Water is known as the ’Venice of the Cotswolds’ because the River Windrush runs through its length. Tourist attractions include the Model Village, Cotswold Motor Museum, Birdland, the Model Railway and fascinating dragonfly maze. There is additional parking to the rear of the property and there is direct access from the garden to open fields, perfect for those who love walking. Visit Britain Gold Award 2009/2010. Shops 150 yards, pub 10 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with additional single.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bowles Cottage

    Southrop, nr. Lechlade

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30339

    Bowles Cottage is a stylish, detached holiday cottage which lies on the edge of the village of Southrop, in the county of Gloucestershire. The village is skirted by the River Leach and is in an unspoilt Cotswolds location with many walks directly from the cottage to surrounding towns and villages, this cottage is a real delight to stay in. The characterful market towns of both Lechlade and Fairford are close by, with many quintessential Cotswold villages to explore including Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, and plenty of sporting activities to indulge in including water sports, boating on the Thames, fishing, golf, walking and horse riding. Numerous museums are also nearby, such as the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Ashmoleum with its Egyptian collection of mummies and other world treasures. Interesting days out can be had at many working farms and bird sanctuaries. The Cotswold Farm Park near Guiting Power specialises in rare breeds of animals and offers seasonal demonstrations include lambing, shearing and milking. Slimbridge Wetlands Centre is an internationally important reserve and home to the world’s largest collection of rare and exotic water birds. Only a short distance from the cottage is the Cotswold Wildlife Park. This 120-acre park is home to a collection of animals from all over the world, many of which are threatened or endangered species in the wild. Visitors will also find gardens, a café, an adventure playground and a narrow gauge railway. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ramp access. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wide doorways throughout property.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. iPad/music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Hunting Butts Cottages - The Dovecote

    Cheltenham

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    4
    Ref: NTB

    "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.

    This well-appointed cottage has an attractive, beamed living room with gas woodburner and door to patio. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Two pretty bedrooms; one large double with seating area and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Z-bed (for +1)

    • 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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  • Noake Court

    Hucclecote, nr. Gloucester

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30360


    Noake Court holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s property, is situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, offering an excellent base for anyone looking to explore the many delights Gloucestershire has to offer. Regency Cheltenham is just 3 miles away with its boutique shopping, the celebrated Gold Cup Cheltenham Racecourse and world-famous jazz and literary festivals. Gloucester with its magnificent cathedral and famous docks is just 3 miles away. The charming market town of Cirencester, the ’capital of the Cotswolds’, is 12 miles. Also conveniently located to many other Cotswold towns and villages, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Winchcombe, Painswick, Stroud and Tetbury. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob and oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Covered well in grounds.

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