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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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  • Cottons Farm - The Willows

    Dumbleton, nr. Broadway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NXR

    "...Close to ridge and furrow rolling down to the River Isbourne... amidst 58 acres of Cotswold farmland."

    Set in glorious countryside with outstanding views towards the Cotswold Hills and Vale of Evesham, Cottons Farm enjoys a truly peaceful setting at the end of a long tree-lined drive,
    300 metres from the road. It is just a mile from the pretty, unspoilt village of Dumbleton, easily accessible by road or footpath, and 5 miles from Broadway, the ever-popular ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds. The holiday cottages are surrounded by 58 acres of working farmland, with ridge and furrow rolling down to the River Isbourne, which lies 150 metres away from the cottages (toddlers beware!). Visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm and many public footpaths run nearby. Very tastefully converted from 150-year old farm buildings (including cart-shed, stable and dairy), these comfortable cottages are well equipped and furnished to a high standard.

    Cool in summer, warm and welcoming in winter, they are all centrally heated and well insulated. Set near the owners’ home, yet retaining complete privacy, each cottage has its own individual character with many original features, and enjoys its own area of garden and patio. A perfect place to relax, they are ideally situated for walking and touring the Cotswolds.
    Broadway with its old stone houses and fascinating shops also boasts Broadway Tower, now the centre of a country park and home to an observatory and exhibition. The market town of Evesham (5 miles) has tree-lined streets and pretty walks along the River Avon. Only a few minutes’ drive, on the edge of the Cotswold hills, is Toddington, where visitors can board a train on the Gloucestershire–Warwickshire Great Western Railway (mid March - mid October) and enjoy a ride through picturesque villages.
    In nearby Winchcombe there’s Sudeley Castle, while the Cotswolds Farm Park/Adam’s Farm (with its rare breeds of animals) and the bird sanctuary at Bourton-on-the-Water are easily reached, as are Stanway House, Hidcote Garden, Snowshill Manor and Cheltenham. Stratford-upon-Avon and the cathedral city of Worcester are within an hour’s drive. The neighbouring villages boast traditional pubs and many excellent restaurants. Riding, swimming, golf, tennis and fishing are all close by. Shop 1 mile.

    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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  • Hulks Parlour

    Lydney

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25791

    This holiday home is situated within the picturesque Forest of Dean, offering comfortable accommodation attached to the owner’s home, ideally located to explore the Forest and scenic Wye Valley. There is an abundance of outdoor pursuits with riding (stabling available by arrangement), golf, cycling, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and magnificent walks within the Forest. Enjoy Symonds Yat Rock, famous for nesting peregrine falcons, and some fun days at local attractions such as Go Ape and Puzzlewood. Visit the market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Chepstow with independent shops, restaurants and tea rooms. Shop 1/4 mile, pub 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Capp Mill

    Painswick

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: NAL

    This 17th-century Cotswold mill is delightfully situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking a picturesque trout stream in the beautiful grounds of the owner’s home. There is a large exclusive garden, streamside patio and fishing for guests. It rests in the peaceful valley below historic Painswick, within easy reach of Cheltenham, Bath and Stratford. Shops in village. Guests and families have been staying in the cottage for over 33 years.

    Cleverly converted with open stonework inner walls, elm beams and charming furnishings, making this an attractive and unusual holiday home. Spacious, bright, open-plan beamed room with dining area, pine furniture and dresser. Comfortable sitting area, with inglenook and wood-burning stove. Convenient U-shaped kitchenette. Two solid elm open-tread staircases lead (1) down to hall with original Cotswold flagstones on floor: Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, (can be divided to form twin beds), and (2) up to second floor: Spacious gallery (with extra divan by arr), leads to second twin bedroom – both with pitched, beamed ceilings.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel at cost
    • Full NSH, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included
    • Cot
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Use of owners’ freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Fun fishing
    • NB: Stream in
      garden

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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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  • 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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  • Court Farm Holiday Barns - The Granary

    Bream, nr. Lydney

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27791

    Situated in the Forest of Dean, these semi-detached barn conversions offer comfortable holiday accommodation, conveniently located to enjoy the delights on offer in this beautiful area. There are outdoor activities in abundance, with riding available on site. Golf, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing can all be found locally. Wonderful walks with stunning scenery await you within the forest and the Wye Valley, which is very popular also for mountain biking. There are numerous fun places to visit with attractions such as Go Ape, Puzzlewood, Dean Forest Steam Railway, Dean Heritage Centre, Clearwell Caves and the Sculpture Trail. The cathedral city of Gloucester, Monmouth, Chepstow and the pretty market town of Ross-on-Wye are all within a short drive. Private use of the hot tub can be arranged and sessions are bookable on arrival. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and tiled floors.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Courtyard with patio, furniture and barbecue. Shared hot tub. Stabling available. Bike store. Private parking. No smoking.

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  • Woodlands

    Newent

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 24524

    Situated in open countryside within a beautiful 2-acre garden and attached to the owner’s home, Woodlands offers a perfect homely holiday base from which to explore the area. It is ideally located to enjoy the Forest of Dean, Severn and Wye Valleys, Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds. Pretty market towns of Ross on Wye, Ledbury and Tewkesbury are an easy drive. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. Stairs or stairlift to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over walk-in spa bath, bidet and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. 2-acre shared enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 6 steps within garden and unfenced pond.

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  • Sudeley Castle Country Cottages - Oliver Cromwell

    Winchcombe, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 31231

    Sudeley Castle Country Cottages are the ideal choice for a walking or touring holiday, or simply as an escape into the Cotswold countryside. Located on the edge of the Sudeley estate, these charming Cotswold holiday cottages are just a few minutes’ walk from the historic town of Winchcombe, with its many pubs and a Michelin star restaurant. The cottages each have their own individual charm. Most have been cleverly restored and converted from existing properties, retaining many original and unique features. The newer cottages are sympathetic in their design and architecture, seamlessly blending into the complex. All of the holiday cottages have access to shared gardens and each have their own garden furniture. Guests enjoy complimentary admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens for the duration of their stay (during normal opening hours in season). Nestled in the rolling hills of the Cotswold countryside, the eleven castle cottages (refs 31223, 31224, 31225, 31226, 31227, 31228, 31229, 31230, 31231, 31232 and 31233) are set around a central courtyard with landscaped gardens and ample parking. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    An apartment restored from a paper mill to make spectacular accommodation with exposed stone walls and original beams. It is named after one of Sudeley’s most notorious figures, Oliver Cromwell, who ordered much of the destruction of Sudeley Castle towards the end of the English Civil War.

    External stairs to entrance. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Selection of books and games. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Laundry service available. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Court Farm Cottage

    Lower Lemington, nr. Moreton-in-Marsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 11829

    This traditional holiday cottage wing of the owners home, set in 8 acres, is furnished and equipped to a good standard. Situated in the hamlet of Lower Lemington, about 11/2 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh with shops, restaurants and main line station. Peaceful but convenient location with many popular Cotswolds villages within easy reach including Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stratford 20 miles. Shops & pubs 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot and high chair available. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Use of owner’s extensive gardens and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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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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  • Peppercorn Cottage

    Blockley

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25732

    Peppercorn Cottage is a charming 17th-century Grade II listed Cotswold stone cottage situated within the heart of Blockley, a pretty Cotswold village between Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway. Blockley has two village pubs, a village store and a café with internet access. The cottage, which is arranged over three floors, offers an extremely comfortable base from which to explore the many Cotswold villages as well as the larger towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Oxford and Cheltenham. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. 7 steps down to dining room. Kitchen. Steep, polished stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep, polished stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Rectory Cottage

    Upper Swell, Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NX9

    This attractive holiday cottage adjoins the old stable block in the grounds of the owners’ house and is in a peaceful and secure setting, with its own garden. The cottage has been refurbished to a high standard and lies only 1 mile from historic Stow-on-the-Wold. Shops 1 mile.

    Living room with wooden floor and French door leading to terrace. Compact kitchen/dining room quarry-tiled floor and walk-in pantry. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Some steps into rooms. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Twin bedroom with partially beamed, sloping ceiling and TV. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost. Electricity and full oil central heating included (Winter £20per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three TVs. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with terrace, courtyard and furniture. Several acres of shared grounds and woodland. Barbecue. Parking (for 2 cars). Shared croquet lawn. Shared tennis court No smoking.

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