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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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  • Westwood - The Burrows

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 10192

    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.

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

    Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    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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  • Wainhouse Cottage

    Kempley, near Ross-on-Wye

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 24923

    Situated within the grounds of the owner’s home and the 100-acre Hillbrook Farm, is this detached barn conversion offering a good holiday base.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. 100-acres of farmland with part use of footpaths. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a step in the garden and stream in the grounds.

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  • Shamrock Cottage

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NSO


    This beautifully appointed holiday cottage is set in the very heart of the popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water, famed for its series of low stone bridges which span the fast flowing River Windrush. Sightseeing opportunities include The Model Village, Cotswold Motor Museum, Birdland Park and Gardens, and the Cotswold Perfumery. There are many individual shops, cafés and restaurants to enjoy, as well as a gentle stroll by the water’s edge. Other nearby honey-coloured villages well worth a visit include Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, with its famous Tuesday market, and Chipping Campden. The city of Gloucester, with its magnificent cathedral and tomb of Edward II, is within easy reach, as is the Regency city of Cheltenham, with its famous racecourse. NT properties abound, including Snowshill Manor and Woodchester Park. For horticultural enthusiasts, there is Westonbirt Arboretum, Kiftsgate Court Gardens and Hidcote Manor Gardens. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living room with gas woodburner in feature fireplace/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Double bedroom (some restricted headroom) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Small, enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Car park (permit provided)
    • No smoking

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  • The Street

    Shipton Moyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NTJ

    This characterful, Cotswold stone holiday cottage, one of a pair, is situated in the very heart of the picturesque Cotswold village of Shipton Moyne, and is a fabulous setting for a relaxing break. Shipton Moyne lies in-between the two thriving market towns of Tetbury and Malmesbury, 3 miles from each. Tetbury offers a unique retail experience with many craft shops, and is also a major centre for antiques. Malmesbury is the oldest borough in England, with its Norman abbey and the beautiful Abbey House Gardens. Close by is Westonbirt, which boasts a famous arboretum with a magnificent tree collection, and which also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Both the historic Roman baths and famous Cheltenham racecourse are 20 miles away. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed walled garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • The Casita

    Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 26346

    The Casita offers the best of both worlds - a short walk to the fashionable shops and restaurants of Cheltenham’s elegant Montpelier district, plus easy access to numerous Cotswold villages such as Winchcombe, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Nestled in one of the Regency Cheltenham’s most attractive turnings a few steps from The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, this well-presented semi-detached holiday cottage is in the heart of the Cotswolds. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Broadband connection. Wi-fi. Enclosed pebbled garden with patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 8 years. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • The Garden Annex

    Naunton, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC245

    Located in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this detached property offers superb views over the rural landscape. The sleepy village of Naunton is ideal for retreats to the country; set away from the busy main roads, with a charming village pub, a golf course and many walks straight from the doorstep, peace and quiet is virtually guaranteed. The well-known market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are both within 5 miles, with their wide range of pubs, shops and restaurants. Straddling the River Windrush, Bourton-on-the-Water is fittingly dubbed the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to its numerous arched stone bridges, and is well worth a visit. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Apple Tree Cottage

    Southrop, near Lechlade

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC771

    Southrop is one of the loveliest quintessential Cotswolds villages. The village itself is skirted by the River Leach and is in an unspoilt area of the Cotswolds, with many walks directly from the cottage to the surrounding towns and villages. Apple Tree Cottage is a real delight and has been completely renovated. It has hairdryers in each bedroom and is fully equipped. Just metres away from this highly appointed holiday cottage is an award-winning Cotswold public house and there are a number of pub/restaurants serving good food within 25 minutes’ drive. The characterful market towns of both Lechlade and Burford are close by, with many quintessential Cotswold towns and villages to explore, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury, Fairford, Chipping Campden, Cirencester and Chipping Norton. There are plenty of sporting activities to indulge in including water sports, boating on the River Thames, fishing, golf, walking and horse riding. Within one hour’s drive, there is Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and an abundance of National Trust properties within 30 minutes’ drive. These include the magnificent 17th-century Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, built as a grandstand with stunning views over the deer park and countryside, and Buscot Park, a late 18th-century house in enchanting grounds. Don’t miss Highgrove, the country residence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, whose gardens are open to the public between April and October on selected dates. There are also numerous museums such as the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, and the Ashmoleum Museum with its collection of Egyptian mummies and other world treasures. For children, The Cotswold Farm Park near Guiting Power specialises in rare breeds of animals and offers seasonal demonstrations including lambing, shearing and milking. Slimbridge Wetlands Centre is an internationally important reserve and is 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. Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and famous Cheltenham and its various festivals are all easily accessible for a day out. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space:
    With tiled floor.
    Living area: With Smart TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and Bose speaker.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed, Smart TV, Sonos system and en-suite with bath, double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request), Smart TV, roll top bath and en-suite with double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    LPG central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small terrace with sitting-out area and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Misty View

    Winchcombe, Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NV7


    This modern Cotswold stone cottage lies close to the heart of the delightful town of Winchcombe. Adjoining another property, it is set along a quiet lane, 2 minutes’ walk from an excellent range of shops, historic pubs, restaurants and beautiful Sudeley Castle (once home of a Queen and venue of Liz Hurley’s wedding). There are many picturesque old villages to explore, lively market towns, as well as Regency Cheltenham, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon. There is fine walking on sections of the famous Cotswold Way. Steam railway enthusiasts will enjoy the local Toddington Railway and Winchcombe Railway Museum. Shops 100 yards.

    Beamed living room with rugs on slate floor and French doors to small courtyard. Beamed, well-equipped, modern fitted farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds, can be double on request) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with garden furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 50 yards. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Old Chapel

    Minchinhampton, near Stroud

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC1077

    This Victorian, detached former chapel has been lovingly restored and retains much of its original charm. The Old Chapel nestles in the wonderful Gloucestershire countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a great choice for keen walkers as there is the Cotswold Way and many beautiful, shorter walks around the Five Valleys, with its tightly packed villages and surrounding woodland. Minchinhampton Common is nearby with its golf club, just 2 miles away and also bordering Rodborough and Selsey Common which offers further wonderful walks and views. This is an excellent base from which to explore the Cotswolds, set midway between the Regency town of Cheltenham and Georgian town of Bath, and close to the beautiful town of Nailsworth and the famous, award-winning Stroud Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday morning. The village of Painswick, known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, with its individual shops, art gallery and churchyard, is only a short drive away. Visit Woodchester Mansion, Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust, Berkeley Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury, Roman Cirencester, Badminton and Gatcombe Horse Trials. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    2 steps to...
    Living/dining room: With digital TV, DVD player, CD player and vaulted ceiling.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    Galleried with super kingsize bed and en-suite with bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Patio with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property is accessed via a steep drive. No children under 12 years old.

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  • Rookery Barn

    St. Briavels

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: E3541

    In an outstanding position on the edge of the Wye Valley, this converted barn commands panoramic views across the valley to the Black Mountains of Wales beyond. Lovingly restored, with a feature fireplace and exposed beams, it lies 1.5 miles from shops, restaurants and pubs. Offering direct access to many footpaths, including the Offa’s Dyke long distance path, it is within easy reach of Clearwell Caves, Tintern Abbey, Symond’s Yat, Chepstow and a myriad of places of interest. Gloucester is under 1 hour’s drive.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams. Dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • Home Farm - The Granary

    Prestbury, near 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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  • 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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