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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 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. 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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  • Cottons Farm - The Willows

    Dumbleton, nr. Broadway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NXR

    Adjoining Elm End, this comfortable single-storey barn conversion has an attractive beamed interior. Cosy sitting/dining room with gas log-effect fire. Well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen. Two pretty bedrooms; one double and one twin. Large bathroom with shower cubicle with toilet.

    • Garden and patio with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities (one small step)

    • Gas fire included
    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Hairdryer
    • Farmland walks
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: River 150 yards

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  • The Fancies

    Uley, nr. Dursley

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 25902

    In a secluded valley backing on to Downham Hill, with 360 degree views from the summit over the Black Mountains and the Royal Forest of Dean, this detached streamside holiday barn conversion is located on a working farm. Stabling and grazing is available for horses as well as direct access to hacking. Walks from the doorstep and many Cotswold villages are within easy driving distance, as are Cheltenham, Cirencester, Bath and Bristol. Gliding, golf and horseriding also available. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area with beams/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Galleried twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 30-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Small unfenced stream in garden.

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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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  • Haywards Cottage

    Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NZR

    An enchanting mellow stone holiday cottage tucked away in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, within walking distance of the town’s market square, fine old inns, antique galleries, interesting shops. Approached via a large door, leading directly to a secluded, south-facing garden with small lawn and terrace bordered by cottage flowers. Beautifully furnished with country furniture, decorated to a high standard throughout, it successfully blends old world charm with modern comforts. Ideal for walking and horse riding. Golf 4 miles. Cheltenham, Stratford 18 miles. Oxford 30 miles. Shops 200 yards.

    Spacious, beamed living room with open fire in inglenook fireplace, stone-flagged floor and door to garden. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen with comfortable dining area. First floor: Two bedrooms with low window seats and garden views; one large double with 5ft bed and one twin. Bathroom and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Carpeted throughout first floor.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity and full gas central heating included (October-March £20per week, £15 per short break poa)
    • Bed linen, towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Secluded, walled garden, terrace, furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • No children under 5 yrs

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  • Station Cottage

    Bourton-on-the-Water, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26183


    Oozing with charm and character, this warm and welcoming, terraced holiday home is an ideal base from which to explore the Cotswolds. Located within the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, known locally as ’the Venice of the Cotswolds’, Station Cottage is just seconds from the high street and all the attractions that this popular Cotswold village has to offer.


    This early 18th century, Grade II listed cottage has been restored to provide all the creature comforts of a home away from home. To the front of the property there is a small courtyard garden (please note, there is no space to the rear of the property), ideal for enjoying a glass of wine in the summer. Further outdoor space can be found at the village green, which sits alongside the beautiful River Windrush and is less than 110 yards from the front door of the cottage). The living room is comfortably furnished, with seating for 4 adults and has a 40" 3D Smart TV, Playstation 3 and a Bluetooth music dock. The dining area area has an extendable oak dining table with four leather chairs. The kitchen is well-equipped with all the mod-cons (including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and DAB radio). Both bedrooms have been furnished to a very good standard, and for that extra comfort, include ’hotel collection’ bedding and towels, and an iPod dock can be found in the master bedroom. A tablet device is also available for guest use.


    Bordered by Stow-on-the-Wold to the north, Northleach to the south, The Rissingtons to the east and The Slaughters to the west, Bourton-on-the-Water sits in the heart of the Cotwolds. One of the more distinctive, vibrant and busy Cotswold villages, the River Windrush runs through Bourton and is straddled by a series of low, elegant, stone bridges and bordered by shaded greens, providing the perfect picnic spot. Children can enjoy a spot of river paddling whilst adults admire the handsome Cotswold architecture.
    Every August Bank Holiday, there is a football match played in the river, often drenching both the players and the spectators alike!


    Station Cottage sits just seconds off the main thoroughfare so you can mooch along the high street in search of the perfect holiday memento, or simply enjoy delicious local produce in one of the many local eateries. It’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway but there’s heaps to do if you’re tempted to linger in this idyllic spot.


    With its model village, Birdland Park and Gardens, the Cotswolds Perfumery and a collection of vintage cars and antique toys literally on the doorstep, you don’t need a car to keep the whole family entertained. Within easy striking distance you will find a host of well known Cotswold attractions including Hidcote Manor, Snowshill Manor, Bourton House, Sezincote, Kiftsgate Court and Batsford Aboretum.


    It goes without saying that there’s some stunning walking country and at Station Cottage, your four legged friend can enjoy it all too. Shops 25 yards, pubs and restaurants 110 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor (restricted head room at top of stairs): 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, high chair and stairgate on request. 40" 3D Smart TV. Playstation 3 and small library. DAB radio. iPod dock. Bluetooth stereo speakers. Selection of board games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small front courtyard garden with furniture. On road (layby) parking overnight only, further parking in public car park (at cost). No smoking.

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  • Cotswold View

    Nr. Broadway

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E4336

    Commanding panoramic views over the Cotswold escarpment and Broadway Tower, this beautifully presented property offers the perfect base from which to explore the myriad delights of the Cotswolds. Enjoying its own garden within the owners’ 3 acre landscaped grounds, it lies under 2 miles from historic Broadway village with its many shops, antique emporiums, restaurants and traditional old inns. Renowned for picturesque towns, honey coloured stone villages and glorious countryside, the Cotswolds are a joy to explore. Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace and home to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre amongst many other attractions (12 miles), the pretty riverside town of Evesham, Hidcote Manor NT and Cotswold Farm Park are all just a short drive. This property has received a 4 star grading from the AA. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor. All on one level: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. 2 Z-beds (for children) available on request.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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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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  • Bramble Cottage and Honey Cottage - Bramble Cottage

    Newland, nr. Coleford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC57

    Nestled within the Wye Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the grounds of the owner’s home and with views of the open countryside, these holiday cottages (refs: UKC57 and UKC58) offer very comfortable accommodation from which to explore this wonderful location. Bordering England and South Wales and the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, there is much to do and see, with such variety its sure to have something for everyone.

    The Forest of Dean is a magical place in all seasons and has outdoor activities in abundance, such as mountain biking, cycle tracks for all abilities, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, horse riding and for the less energetic relaxing walks amongst wildlife, flora and fauna. Puzzlewood, which has been used as a film location in Dr Who, Star Wars and Merlin, and Go Ape with its zip wires and climbing adventures are popular attractions. Historical interests include the castles at Raglan, Goodrich, Chepstow and Caldicott, and Hereford Cathedral with its Mappa Mundi Centre. Chepstow Racecourse is within an easy drive. Enjoy the local pubs and restaurants, and an award-winning pub in Newland is just a short walk away. There are many markets and festivals in the surrounding areas to explore. Shop 2 miles and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and patio doors. Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 22’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with lawn and sitting-out area. Shared 2 acres of landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Courtyard House

    Blockley

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NWN

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this very comfortably converted 18th-century coach house sits with its own little garden in popular Blockley, a most attractive village set in typical rolling Cotswold countryside between Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. One of a pair, it is only a half-hour drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Oxford. Shop 25 yards.

    Delightful and unusual split-level drawing/dining room with open fire, vaulted beamed ceiling and French doors to small enclosed garden with terrace and furniture – ideal for al fresco dining. Well-equipped kitchen. First floor: Two pretty beamed bedrooms; one double (5ft bed) and one twin with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire - no fuel provided
    • Electricity, full underfloor gas ‘warm-air’ central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Additional roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Sidings

    Whitecroft, Forest of Dean

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W41162

    Perfect touring base

    Situated in a conservation area within the Forest of Dean, this single storey annexe, attached to the owner’s home, offers a good base from which to explore. Immediate access to woodland makes this perfect for rambling, dog walking and cycling. The property has a small private garden area and guests are free to explore the owner’s two acre woodland garden, a wildlife haven and one of the forest’s oldest oak trees. Deer live in the adjoining forestry land, and boar can be sighted nearby. Activities in abundance await locally. Symonds Yat and Yat Rock offer stunning scenery over the Wye Valley. Award winning pub serving good food, 5 minutes’ walk.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-Fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB. Young children must be supervised in owner’s woodland garden. There is a large pond, brook and significant drops in the grounds.

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  • Wonder Box Cottage

    Popes Hill, nr Newnham-on-Severn

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC524


    Tucked away off a quiet leafy lane, situated on a working farm and surrounded by countryside, Wonder Box Cottage offers the perfect little hideaway in which to get away and relax and unwind. The Forest of Dean has so much to offer with an array of outdoor activities such as riding, golfing, canoeing, fishing, kayaking and climbing. Cycling is very popular with dedicated tracks and trails to suit all abilities. Walkers will love the area with walks from the doorstep and a network of pathways, and for those keen on nature masses of wildlife, flora and fauna. Local attractions include The Steam Railway, Puzzlewood, Go Ape, Littledean Jail Museum and Dean Heritage Centre. Monmouth, Chepstow and Ross-on-Wye are all within easy driving, as well as Gloucester with a variety of shops, restaurants and bars. After fun days of sightseeing or serious walking, return to The Wonderbox Cottage and enjoy the peace and serenity in the beautiful garden. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    4 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Living room:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Shower room:
    With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 4 steps in the garden.

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