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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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  • Sudeley Castle Country Cottages - St Kenelm

    Winchcombe, nr. Cheltenham

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 31232

    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 St Kenelm, who was a member of the royal family of Mercia, a boy king and martyr, who was murdered by an ambitious relative and his body was transported by the Monks of Winchcombe to become a major shrine.

    External stairs to entrance. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. 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. 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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  • Bakery Cottage

    Cirencester

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E4346

    In the charming Cotswold village of Ampney Crucis, this immaculately presented cottage enjoys lovely, quintessentially English views over grazing sheep and the village cricket ground. Full of character, with beamed, high vaulted ceilings, it adjoins the owners’ home just 2 miles from the old Roman town of Cirencester. The Cotswold Water Park, Cheltenham (14 miles), Oxford, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Lechlade are easily accessible. Shops 2 miles, pub serving food short stroll away.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining area with beams/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week, £15 per short break November-April poa). Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Combi microwave/oven. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Garden, terrace and furniture. On road parking 10 yards. No smoking. NB: Drop and water feature in garden.

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  • The Coach House

    St Briavels

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: RVV4

    With glorious views of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, this stylish, quiet and cosy detached holiday cottage is at the heart of this beautiful area. Situated next to the owner’s home on the edge of the historic village of St. Briavels with its medieval castle, there are numerous walks from the doorstep including Offa’s Dyke and the Wye Valley Walk. Symonds Yat and Tintern Abbey are just a short drive away. Cycling, fishing and canoeing are available locally, while the pretty towns of Monmouth, Chepstow and Ross-on-Wye are within an easy drive. Shop 3½ miles, pub 300 yards.

    Cosy living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and tiled floor. Well-equipped kitchen with separate dining area, each with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric underfloor heating (from ground source heat pump), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/cassette/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Cottons Farm - Poplar Cottage

    Dumbleton, nr. Broadway

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NXP

    This charming detached barn conversion offers very comfortable and well-equipped accommodation. Cosy and comfortable sitting-room with beams and log-effect gas fire. Beautiful farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room. First floor: Two pretty bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed and one single. Shower room and toilet.

    • Garden and patio with furniture

    • 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 Stables

    Woolaston, near Lydney

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC640


    Offering a comfortable base within the grounds of the owner’s home, this property also features a cosy wood burner and is a great place from which to spend your holiday. Enjoy this fantastic area, which has so much to do and see for all ages and abilities. Whether its a gentle stroll, relaxing and unwinding, or energetic pursuits you crave, you will be sure to find it all here. Riding, golfing, canoeing, fishing, kayaking and climbing are all available in the surrounding areas. Cycling is very popular in the Forest of Dean, with dedicated tracks and trails to suit all abilities. Rich in wildlife and nature, it has many picnic sites to soak up this atmospheric area. Local attractions include Puzzlewood, Go Ape high wire adventure course, The Steam Railway, Littledean Jail and Dean Heritage Centre. Clearwell Caves and Tintern Abbey are also very popular. Chepstow, with its racecourse, also has many bars, restaurants and independent shops. Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye are also within easy driving distance. Gloucester itself offers a wider mix of shopping, pubs and bistros. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Tiled floors throughout.
    Living room/dining area: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    First floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With ¾ double bed (for 1).
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    LPG gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Shared lawned courtyard. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (horses on site). Stabling available. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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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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  • Shamrock Cottage

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NSO


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

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

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

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  • Witcombe Estate - Peats Cottage

    Great Witcombe, nr. Birdlip

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 28415

    These two holiday cottages (refs 28414, 28415) are located on a working farm and form part of the 400-year-old family estate of Witcombe Park. Situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, in an AONB, and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, with views to the Malvern Hills and Welsh Mountains. Running through the estate is the Cotswold Way, offering peaceful walks and wonderful views. The estate is situated just 6 miles from Regency Cheltenham, with boutique shopping, the celebrated Gold Cup Cheltenham Racecourse and world-famous jazz and literary festivals. Cirencester, the ’Capital of the Cotswolds’, is 12 miles and is a charming market town. It is conveniently located to many other Cotswold towns and villages, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Winchcombe, Painswick, Stroud and Tetbury. Also easily accessible are Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon. Jaffa Cottage, ref 28414 and Peats Cottage, ref 28415 can also be booked with Green Farm, ref 28413, to sleep up to 19 guests. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Fridge/freezer.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Downs Barn Lodge

    Frampton Mansell, nr. Stroud

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: NRJ

    The Downs Barn Lodge is a single-storey, detached lodge, within an AONB, with chickens and ducks roaming freely in the grounds. Adjacent to the owner’s beautiful home, which has featured in magazines and newspapers. The holiday property is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, between the town of Stroud and Cirencester. There is an award-winning farm shop and cafe just a 3-minute walk from the property. Superbly located for touring the villages of the Cotswold Hills, Tetbury and Westonbirt all close by, and Cheltenham within 20 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub ¾ mile.

    Spacious, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to garden, wooden floor and kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Spacious bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove-initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Heating by air source heat pump
    • Electricity, full electric central heating, renewable energy (underfloor in bathroom, shower room), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Natural grounds
    • Outdoor table tennis table
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Pets free of charge (to be kept on a lead)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Rose Cottage

    Westington, Chipping Campden

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NVU

    Set in one of the most sought-after parts of Chipping Campden, this charming thatched cottage dates from the 18th-century and sits with its own delightful garden high up from the road. One of a pair, it is within walking distance of the town with its old buildings, interesting shops, inns and restaurants. There are many attractive Cotswold villages in the area, offering historic houses, interesting museums and welcoming pubs. Stratford-upon-Avon 10 miles. Cheltenham 20 miles. Shops ¼ mile.

    Charming beamed sitting/dining room with inglenook fireplace. Sun lounge. Well-equipped kitchen. First floor: Pretty double bedroom. Twin bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire – initial supply of fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with terrace and furniture
    • Private parking 15 yards
    • No smoking

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  • 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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  • Vale View Cottage

    Cinderford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25002

    Sitting on a quiet lane with panoramic views across the vale and countryside from your living room window, this semi-detached holiday cottage offers accommodation from which to explore the many places of interest that the idyllic Forest of Dean has to offer. Enjoy many relaxing walks from your doorstep, or along the Sculpture Trail. There are many adventure days out at places such as Go Ape, that will interest all the family. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area opposite and furniture. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: The adjacent property has a deep, unfenced pond.

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