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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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  • Ardens Farm

    Westbury-on-Severn, near Gloucester

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: UKC352


    This Grade ll listed farmhouse offers great accommodation for large groups of friends and families to get together for those special celebrations or just sharing quality time, and is situated on a working farm that hosts various events throughout the year. This spacious farmhouse has two living rooms both with cosy open fires, and is perfectly placed for exploring Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and the Welsh Borders on the A48 between Chepstow and Gloucester. The Forest of Dean has an array of outdoor activities such as cycling, walking, riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the River Wye. The cycling is suited for all abilities with an extensive network of stoned roads and paths, and for keen mountain bikers the downhill forest tracks provide wild opportunities with an excellent dedicated off-road area. There are walks with stunning scenery with access to Offa’s Dyke, The Gloucestershire Way, Wales Coast Path, The Sculpture Trail, The Wye Valley Walk and The Wysis Way. Geocaching is a world-wide activity often described as a ‘game of high-tech hide and seek’, and there are many caches in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. The area is popular for film sets from ’Star Wars’, ’Merlin’ and ’Harry Potter’ to name a few. Other attractions include Puzzlewood, Go Ape, the Dean Forest Railway, Dean Heritage Centre and Clearwell Caves. Drive-in cinema nights are available at the local diving centre and golf is available locally, with the world class Ryder Cup Course at the Celtic Manor within an hours’ drive. The towns of Gloucester, Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Abergavenny are all well worth visiting, with some of the market towns hosting various festivals, and the racecourses at Chepstow and Cheltenham are within easy driving. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room 1: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors to garden.
    Living room 2: With open fire and patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric cooker, microwave, microwave/oven/grill combi, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room.
    Shower room:
    With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, single bed and en-suite shower over bath, and toilet, leading to...
    Bedroom 2: With single bedroom.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 5: With double bed.
    Bedroom 6: With twin beds.

    Gas central heating, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Towel hire £2pppw. Electricity by meter reading. Initial fuel for open fires included. Highchair. Welcome pack. Lawned courtyard garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Natural grounds. Bike store. Parking in the lay-by to the front of the property. No smoking. Please note: There are 7 steps from the patio doors, 3 ponds and cellar access in the garden, 1 unfenced pond 20 feet from the property.

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  • Corner Cottage

    Pillowell, nr. Lydney

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: 30755

    Situated within the Forest of Dean, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this detached holiday cottage offers comfortable accommodation for families and friends for those special occasions or get togethers. There are numerous attractions locally such as Mallards Pike Lake, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, The Sculpture Trail, Puzzlewood, Perrygrove Railway, Dean Forest Railway and Dean Heritage Centre. For walkers and cyclists, there are dedicated paths, stunning scenery and wildlife such as deer and boar. Golf, fishing and horse riding are available locally. Monmouth, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Chepstow with its racecourse, are all within easy driving distance. For the relaxing days, enjoy the cosy multi-fuel burner and the warmth and homely atmosphere of Corner Cottage. Shop 1 mile, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and laminate floor. Dining room/kitchen/conservatory with tiled floor. Games room with double sofa bed. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burners in living room and games room included. Oil central heating (partially underfloor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Seven TVs (1 satellite, 6 Freeview). DVD. Playstation 3. Wii. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Hot tub. Games room with games consoles and piano. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks, 6 steps and water fountain in garden.

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  • The Stables at Southfield House

    Forthampton, nr. Tewkesbury

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    5
    Ref: 27549

    Situated in the peaceful, rural location of Forthampton, in the grounds of the owners’ home, The Stables at Southfield House offers guests ideal detached holiday accommodation from which to explore the many delights of the surrounding areas. Guests will find themselves at the heart of the countryside within reach of many miles of established footpaths, cycle paths, bridleways and treks taking walkers on a journey through three counties, taking in much of the beautiful scenery and countryside whilst passing a few welcome country pubs and restaurants. Regency Cheltenham, with its celebrated gold cup racecourse and world famous jazz and literary festivals, can be reached in 10 miles. The famous Malvern Hills and Cotswold Hills are also within easy distance and really are a must see destination. Also superbly located for visiting the historic cathedral cities of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester there is plenty to keep whole families occupied and interested for each day of the holiday. Only 6 miles away from the delightful market town of Tewkesbury, or take a trip along the River Severn or Avon. Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Winchcombe and Malvern are all within easy driving distance as is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Second living room with gallery and double sofa bed. Utility room. Twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with roll-top bath and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with gallery, 2 twins, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburners in both living rooms (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Car port. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, gated, heated, outdoor swimming pool (open June - mid September), by arrangement with owner. Snooker table in galleried living room. External games room with table tennis. No smoking.

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  • The Old School House

    Lower Swell

    Grade
    12
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: NJS

    The Old School House is a traditional, detached, stone house (whole of house in photograph) in the conservation area of the quiet, unspoilt village of Lower Swell. Originally built in 1869 for the village school mistress, the house has been renovated, having interiors which are both pretty and contemporary.
    The holiday property boasts a selection of delightful interior and exterior features which make it an individual and unique choice. These include a beautiful old stone fireplace, original walk-in pantry, romantic bathroom with clawfoot bath and stone fireplace, not to mention its pretty bedrooms with French cotton bed linen. The curtains and fabrics are by Designers Guild, Colefax & Fowler and Liberty.
    The tranquil garden with Cotswold stone walling and terrace overlooking the lawn with herbaceous borders, has distant views towards Stow church. The Donnington Way and Heart of England Way run along the nearby lane providing marvellous walking in peaceful countryside, yet the house is only 1 mile from the inns and restaurants of Stow-on-the-Wold, a pleasant stroll using the recently constructed Millennium footpath. Shops 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove overlooking garden. Utility. Spacious well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with ceramic hob, walk-in pantry, painted fitted units, wooden floor and staircase to first floor: Double bedroom. Further double bedroom with antique Victorian bedstead and divan bed (for +1). Bathroom with clawfoot bath, shower attachment and toilet. Cottage staircase to first floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Cottage staircase to second floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) leading to further double bedroom (for +2). All bedrooms have lovely views over garden and fields to Stow-on-the-Wold.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two travel cots
    • Two high chairs
    • Flatscreen TV with home cinema system
    • DVD (small library)
    • Two iPod docks
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - free UK calls and honesty box
    • Enclosed lawned garden with large terrace, teak furniture, honeysuckle and wisteria
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 5 cars)
    • Children’s books and toys
    • No smoking

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  • Hartfield

    Chipping Campden

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    2
    Ref: NSR

    Perfectly located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Chipping Campden, this imposing, detached holiday property offers accommodation of a very good standard. The village has super restaurants, country inns, quaint tea shops and cafés. This is a perfect base for exploring other Cotswold towns and villages, including Broadway 5 miles, Warwick 15 miles, with its famous castle, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour. Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 miles, has many attractions, including Shakespeare’s birthplace, Nash’s House, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Visit the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, 35 minutes’ away, with its boutiques, antique shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as its racecourse which hosts the famous Cheltenham Festival. Also worth visiting are Gloucester, with its historic docks, tall ships and National Waterways Museum, and Oxford. Shop and pub 100 yards.

    Five steps to entrance. Large entrance hallway. Living room with open fire in feature fireplace. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with Aga (for cooking) and electric cooker. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and TV, one with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle, twin basins and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, one with TV and additional bunk bed (for +2 children). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two cots
    • High chair
    • Three digital TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Oil Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi (on ground floor)
    • Large terraced garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Six steps in garden

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  • Hunting Butts Cottages - Walnut Tree House

    Cheltenham

    Grade
    14
    5
    3
    4
    Ref: NJ4

    "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.

    Spacious and beautifully furnished cottage. Large living room with French doors to conservatory/dining room with rugs on tiled floor and French doors to garden. Compact, modern fitted galley kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two further family rooms each with double bed and additional single bed (for +1) and pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Cot
    • Two additional single beds (for +2)
    • Two pull-out beds (for +2)
    • Five TVs
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden

    • 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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  • The Farmhouse

    Cheltenham

    Grade
    16
    8
    2
    7
    Ref: NPQ

    The Farmhouse occupies a superb position on the edge of Regency Cheltenham. With views across to the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains, this 19th-century farmhouse has undergone major refurbishment to offer guests a beautifully appointed, well-equipped home with an extensive lawned garden. With plenty of living space, the rolling lawns and a private hot tub, the Farmhouse adjoins another property and is an ideal location for a holiday or as a venue to celebrate a special occasion. This is a perfect base from which to explore the countryside and villages of the Cotswolds and the attractions of the Heart of England. Broadway – the ‘Venice’ of the Cotswolds; delightful Chipping Campden; Blockley, cited 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. Exploring this region at any time of year is a rewarding experience, each season throwing a different light on the changing scene. Heritage attractions include Sudeley Castle (7 miles). The Forest of Dean is 23 miles. 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 Roman town of Cirencester are within 30 minutes’ drive. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove and large bi-fold doors to spacious terrace with eating area. Spacious dining/sitting room with wood-burning stove. Each with solid oak floor. Two steps down to breakfast room, tiled floor, leading to well-equipped kitchen with Aga (for cooking). Orangery with Sky TV and large bi-fold doors leading onto the terrace. Separate toilet. West wing: Twin bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV, bi-fold doors to terrace with furniture and views, and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom (access also via double, door can be locked). Twin bedroom (zip and link beds) with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link bed). Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. East wing: First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link bed), TV, dressing room and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link bed), TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen & towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two satellite TVs
    • Six TVs
    • DVDs
    • Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed lawned garden, terrace & furniture
    • Barbecue
    • 2-acre shared grounds
    • Ample parking, extra available.
    • Private hot tub (weather permitting)
    • Shared tennis court (pre-booking required)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small raised pond, 5 yards. Internal steps throughout.

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  • Oakfield

    Stonehouse

    Grade
    18
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: 17421

    Built in the early 1800s Oakfield retains the high ceilings and generously proportioned rooms typical of its period and status, whilst sympathetic modernisation allows for the conveniences of modern living. Comfortable, light and spacious holiday accommodation, with every room enjoying a view, mostly across the Frome River valley to the Cotswold escarpment. It features a flagstone entrance hall and an attractive, spacious dining room. Almost in the middle of the Cotswold Way there are great country and canal walks almost from the front door. Cycling, Honda pilots, clay shooting, flying, golf, fishing, riding, gliding, sports centre with indoor pool and a children’s soft play area all available locally, or try the dry ski slope, climbing wall, dock and museums in historic Gloucester. Cheltenham, Gloucester with its designer outlet area, and Cirencester are all within 15 miles. Hidcote Manor Gardens, Hailes Abbey, Berkeley Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum, Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust and the Cotswold Water Park provide interesting days out for all ages. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Conservatory. Dining room with double sofa bed and wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom with additional single sofa bed. Curtained area with single sofa bed. Bathroom. 2 separate toilets. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, two (5ft) both with additional day bed, each with pull out single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, 2 twin. 2 shower rooms. All bedrooms have en-suite toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Stone terrace. Sitting-out area and furniture. Pool table. Ample parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Enclosed terraced garden with drops which leads to canal.

    This property can be booked for short breaks outside normal peak restrictions, please phone for details.

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