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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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  • Stable Yard Cottages - Red Rum

    Winchcombe

    Grade
    4
    1
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    1
    Ref: 19071

    Peaceful, picturesque location

    Situated just outside the beautiful Cotswold market town of Winchcombe, Stable Yard Cottages are a group of three well presented holiday cottages and a studio apartment, in a peaceful location. Ideally placed for touring the Cotswolds and the many picturesque towns and villages including Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. Cheltenham and its race course are just 5 miles away, while Tewkesbury and Stratford-upon-Avon are just a short drive. Winchcombe has a number of excellent pubs and restaurants. Shops 1/2 mile, pubs 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French door, beams and double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Access to owner’s freezer. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Hideaway Cottage

    Gloucester

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Rookery Barn

    St. Briavels

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Chapel Cottage

    Chedworth, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 28271

    The Chapel Cottage sits at the top of Pancake Hill, adjacent to the owners’ home, on the edge of the beautiful village of Chedworth, surrounded by the peaceful fields, valleys, rivers and villages at the heart of the Cotswold Hills. The cottage provides comfort and space from which the wider surrounds can be walked, cycled, ridden, driven, explored, at an individual pace. Halfway between Roman Cirencester and Regency Cheltenham, it is also ideally placed for trips to Oxford, Stratford-on-Avon, Bath and even London. Shop, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms with sloping ceilings: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with summer house and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond nearby.

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  • East View

    Christchurch, Forest of Dean

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 6242

    Near Symonds Yat

    Detached 18th-century cottage, in an AONB, with extensive country views set in large gardens on quiet country lane with just a few houses nearby, close to the village of Christchurch, and the River Wye (11/4 miles). Totally renovated combining character with modern facilities. Wye Valley walk is accessible direct from the holiday cottage. Wye Valley, with Symonds Yat, Monmouth, Chepstow and Gloucester within easy reach. Outdoor activities available locally. Shop 1/4 mile, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Garden with secluded south-facing patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Hookes House

    Chipping Campden

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: NV6

    Charmingly located on the south side of the beautiful square in Chipping Campden, Hookes House is self-contained and has been comprehensively restored on the first and second floors, with passageway access. It provides a wonderful holiday retreat from which to explore the lovely area of Chipping Campden - one of the gems of the Cotswolds. Set on the high street, in a location described as ’the most beautiful street on the island’, there are numerous historic houses to admire, as well as glorious architecture dating from medieval times, high class shops and restaurants. Superb walks to enjoy at Dovers Hill and the Cotswold Way. Shop 100 yards.

    Ground floor entrance. First floor: Beamed landing/hall. Beamed living room with stone fireplace (decorative use only) and dining area. Galley-style beamed kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: Large beamed, vaulted double bedroom with 5ft bed, wash basin, sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small terrace at rear. Roadside parking. Pet free of charge.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Southrop, near Lechlade

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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. Stable 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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  • Amber Cottage

    Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NS2


    Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, this charming cottage enjoys a secluded and peaceful position, within a few minutes’ walk of the town’s bustling market square, antique galleries, interesting shops, restaurants and pubs. Adjoining another property, the cottage benefits from a pretty enclosed, sunny patio garden with sitting out area, perfect for al fresco dining or relaxing with a glass of wine. Ideally positioned for exploring the area with many National Trust properties and unspoilt villages close by. All the Cotswold countryside is close by to take full advantage of. Bourton-on-the-Water (‘Venice of the Cotswolds’) is 5 miles. Further afield Stratford, Warwick, Cheltenham and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive. Shops 200 yards.

    Living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Dining room. Kitchen with electric Aga range (for cooking) and patio door to garden. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Gas ‘coal-effect’ gas fire included. Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (by arrangement). TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas Aga range included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Roadside parking. No smoking.

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  • Foxes Cottage

    Yorkley, Lydney

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: E4621


    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.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams.

    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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  • The Drey

    Icomb, Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E3249

    In beautiful countryside at the heart of the Cotswolds, these converted cottages present an attractive opportunity to explore this lovely region. Whilst retaining their original charm, they are cosy and very comfortable and stand in a courtyard, adjacent to the owner’s home on a mixed working farm. Less than 3 miles away are the fine shops, pubs, restaurants and antique emporia of the bustling market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, is the highest of the Cotswold towns. Popular Bourton-on-the-Water, often described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds, and home to Birdland and a fascinating model village, is only 6 miles, and the myriad delights of historic Stratford, Oxford, Cirencester and Cheltenham are easily accessible. The Cotswold Water Park’s 40 acres, offering an impressive array of land and waterbourne activities, are just 20 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen with tiled floors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with French doors. Wooden floors throughout.

    NB: Steps down to courtyard and garden from twin bedroom.

    All properties: Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Garden with patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking. Please note: A 10% discount applies if two or all three properties are booked together.

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  • Manor Farm Barns - Le Jardin

    Tarlton, Cirencester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: NY5

    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.

    Oak beamed open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor, farmhouse-style kitchen area, French doors to garden. Sitting room with rugs on wooden floor. Double bedroom (5ft bed) with modern tiled en-suite shower room. Bathroom with over-bath Monsoon shower and toilet with stone floor. First floor: Twin bedroom (can be 6ft double) with sloping ceiling, Velux window, built-in wardrobe and elec rad.

    • Rear garden with hardwood furniture and pergola opening on orchard/vegetable garden, with lovely countryside views to Bathurst Estate

    • 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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  • Malt Cottage

    Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NSL

    Standing across the road from the oldest inn in England, which has timbers carbon-dated to AD 987, this delightful Cotswold Stone holiday cottage has well-appointed accommodation throughout. One of a little row, the cottage lies in the heart of the handsome market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, set on a high Cotswold plateau and famous as a centre for English antiques. It is ideally located for exploring this unique area, with unspoilt villages and National Trust properties nearby. Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ is 5 miles, and Chipping Campden 11 miles. Snowshill Manor and Stanway House are 10 miles away. Cheltenham and racecourse is 18 miles and Oxford is 28 miles. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Living room with electric ‘coal effect fire’. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Gas, electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor in kitchen), bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV with integral DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed patio area with furniture
    • On road parking
    • No smoking

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