To relax and enjoy a self catering holiday in the idyllic and historic county of Gloucestershire, do so in comfort and style, renting a self catering cottage for weekend, full week or even longer - you won't find yourself short of stunning views and memorable experiences to enjoy. There are so many parts to the County; the major towns of Gloucester and Cheltenham, The Cotswold Hills, The Forest of Dean and the valleys or the Severn and the Wye all having their own distinctive character.
You'll find castles such as those at Berkeley and Sudeley and achingly beautiful villages such as the the two Upper and Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden or Boughton on the Water, all seemingly unchanged for centuries. There's even a Roman villa at Chedworth, while just digging anywhere in the market town of Cirencester, and Roman remains will be revealed. Make sure you visit the elegant Georgian spa-town, Cheltenham, too, with its magnificent Pump-rooms, rivalling those in Bath.
Once a village pub, The Anchor has been tastefully converted to create a large Forest of Dean Holiday Cottage complete with a hot tub and games room. This family-friendly holiday home in Gloucestershire lies in a magical rural location in the Wye Valley. Pets welcome.
Perfect for a week or a weekend in the countryside (with or without children!), Bull Pen near Lechlade is a 2-bedroom Cotswold holiday cottage sleeping 4 on a rural family estate. Guests have use of the park and woodland play areas and children's indoor heated swimming pool.
Christchurch House is a fabulous Edwardian villa within a gentle stroll of the hippest part of Cheltenham. A large Gloucestershire holiday cottage, It sleeps 16 in luxurious comfort with 6 quality bathrooms. Living areas are light, airy and spacious and overlook the sunny south facing, garden.
On the banks of the scenic meandering River Wye in the Forest of Dean, River Wye Lodge is a large, accessible holiday cottage sleeping 26 guests. Enjoy days out in the Wye Valley on or off the river, or just relax in a holiday home with a hot tub, games room and children's playground. Pets Welcome
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Stanton at Flagstone Farm is a large Stow-on-the-Wold holiday cottage providing incredibly comfortable and peaceful rural accommodation for families and friends in the glorious Cotswold's countryside. Pets welcome.
- Sleeps 14
- Bedrooms 6
- Bathrooms 5
- Large Cottages
Book your stay at Forthampton Court and enjoy the trappings of a Grade II listed manor home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in a large self-contained wing recently redecorated to a high standard and featuring a private walled, brick-paved rose garden and oak-panelled drawing room with open fire.
Ingleside is a large Gloucestershire holiday cottage on the outskirts of the Forest of Dean in the rural hamlet of Adsett. Ingleside sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms plus ample living space including a sun room and games room. The enclosed garden includes a bike store and BBQ facilities.
Bright and cosy, Wards Court 1 is perfect for a romantic getaway. Updated throughout, this self-catering apartment in Frampton on Severn is a lovely idyllic village retreat for two. The River Severn and nearby countryside offer many delightful options for exploring or simply relaxing together.
This Tetbury holiday cottage in Gloucestershireshire, a beautifully converted Cotswold stone barn, is a pet-friendly luxury holiday home with five bedrooms and a courtyard garden with tennis court. Perfect for walking, cycling and driving holidays in the Cotswolds for family or friends.
Located in the glorious Cotswold Water Park, Lechlade Lodge is ideal exploring the Cotswolds, as well as being 30 minutes from Cheltenham Racecourse and 15 minutes from Cirencester. Enjoy a 5-star luxury villa experience in peaceful rural surrounds in this large Gloucestershire holiday lodge.
- Sleeps 8
- Bedrooms 4
- Bathrooms 34
- Large Cottages
Moorhen Lake House offers stunning lake views from its private hot tub and treats guests to a luxuriously-appointed waterfront cottage in the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire. The modern holiday cottage boasts gorgeous sunsets and a generous and stylish open-plan living space. Pets welcome.
Luxury Cotswold Countryside Cottage in the picturesque village of Broadway with a well-established private garden. Laburnum Cottage sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms - perfect for two couples to enjoy a relaxing cottage holiday in an idyllic rural location in Gloucestershire. Pets also welcome.
- Sleeps 3
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 1
- Countryside Cottages
Badger's Lodge is located in the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire. This attractive dog friendly holiday cottage has been furnished to create a homely and welcoming ambience. Park facilities available to guests include an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, tennis court and children?s play are...
Tew Farmhouse near Chipping Norton in the Oxfordshire is a wonderful restoration featuring exposed beams, stone walls, a hot tub and an original fireplace. The luxury, pet-friendly country house offers modern sophistication and multiple entertaining spaces plus easy access to The Cotswolds.
- Sleeps 18
- Bedrooms 8
- Bathrooms 8
- Large Cottages
Croftsbrook is a charming rural holiday cottage in Chipping Camden. It promises guests proximity to The Cotswolds. Furnished with care and unique artistic touches, as well as ample mature gardens and lovely views of the region, this South Gloucestershire holiday cottage sleeps 6.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 2
- Countryside Cottages
Once a hop brewery, this 15thC Grade II listed barn has been converted to create a large and attractive Cotswold holiday cottage in an idyllic rural village location near Cirencester. Greyhound Barn sleeps 16 guests in 8 bedrooms (all en-suite). Pets welcome.
Broadwell Farm is a luxurious rural cottage near Moreton-in-the-MArsh resting on a farm near the village of Broadwell, Gloucestershire. Lush green hills and gorgeous views surround the Grade II listed 17th-century farmhouse boasting a gentle stream, an open fire and immaculate attention to detail.
Spring Lake within the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester is an idyllic waterside holiday cottage in the Gloucestershire countryside. Its luxuriously furnished rooms offer views of the breath-taking lakeside scenery that will etch itself into your memory.
- Sleeps 5
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 2
Charming 3-bedroom holiday cottage with a pool on a country estate near Lechlade in Gloucestershire. This 3-bedroom cottage on the edge of the Cotswolds. The Dairy sleeps 5 guests. It's perfect for families with young children as the estate has many child friendly facilities and play areas.
Beautiful luxury holiday cottage for couples in the countryside near Stow-on-the-Wold which sleeps 2 at Flagstone Farm. Set in 12 acres of fields and woodland this romantic cottage is a delightful rural retreat for holidays and weekend breaks in the Cotswold's.
The Old Mill is a luxurious Cotswold stone mill house in a peaceful village near Cirencester in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This large, family-friendly Gloucestershire holiday cottage sleeps up to 16 in 6 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms and set in a walled south-facing garden. Pets welcome.
This luxury Cotswold Cottage for couples lies off a quiet country lane in the conservation village of Idbury near Stow-on-the-Wold in Oxfordshire. Garsons Cottage is a delightful romantic retreat for walking in the Windrush Valley, with footpaths from the front door of this characterful cottage.
Visit the city of Gloucester where and the 1000 year old Norman Cathedral whose role in history embraces the tomb of Edward the II through to its use as a location for Harry Potter Films (Hogwarts) and Dr. Who. A little further up the M5 is the fine Regency Spa town of Cheltenham. Here you'll be spoiled for choice for restaurants and cultural experiences. Cheltenham is a festival town, with major UK festivals for music, literature, jazz and folk. To see Cheltenham from the air, a balloon flight over the city has to be one of the best ways to travel.
There are festivals aplenty in Gloucestershire, attracting visitors from all over the world. In addition to the many festivals held throughout the year in Cheltenham, the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is also a crowd puller, featuring the largest annual medieval battle in the UK - a re-enactment of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. it is fought by thousands of people! and witnessed by many more. Go see it! There are also many quaint traditional events well worth a weekend break to enjoy, such as the Cheese Rolling every May at Coopers Hill. Here men, women and children take it in turns to run hurly burly down a steep hill in Brockworth near Gloucester chasing a large circular cheese. You have to see it to believe it!
Talking of cheese, locally grown produce isn't hard to find in the County with its plethera of fine delicatessens and farmers markets. If you're staying in a self catering holiday cottage, this will ensure you feast like Royalty every evening during your holiday.
You can work off dinner the following day at a choice of adrenalin-filled activity centres such as kayaking in the Cotswold Water Park or The High Ropes Centre in the Forest of Dean. Putting food to onside, if you stop off at the Thames Head Inn, you’ll be sitting right next to the source of the River Thames.
The Forest of Dean, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty bordering the picturesque Wye Valley, is well worth a visit. It offers miles of footpaths and cycle trails through beautiful woodland. Walk the inspirational sculpture trail or view it from the carriage window of a steam train courtesy of the Dean Forest Rail whose 8 miles of track take you through the forest near Lydney. You can even travel along trails through the forest by Segway near Parkend.
If you have a penchant for chocolate villages, tea rooms, antique shops and historic architecture then you will love the Cotswolds. A large part of Gloucestershire is Cotswold Country where visitors will find a wonderful choice of beautifully restored and furnished holiday cottages. Here there are walks-a-plenty, such as the Stanton, Snowshill and Edge Walk – 6 miles over hill and down wooded dale with 3 ‘chocolate box’ villages and a choice of tea-rooms. Spend a day or two enjoying the choice of activities at The Cotswold Country Park & Beach near Cirencester – a water park with swimming, water zorbing, adventure playgrounds, kayaking and lovely lakeside walks.
A string of cosy villages and small towns hug the banks of The River Servern, such as Tewkesbuy where the ancient Tewkesbury Abbey is open to the public, and Upton on Servern which hosts some notable music festivals during the summer. The Severn offers great opportunities for fishermen and also for those happy to spend an hour or so on the water by hiring a boat.
While on the watery theme, visitors will enjoy a day at the Slimbridge Wild Life Water Park a UK Visitor Attraction of the Year. Lakes, pools, ponds bristle with a spectacular variety of wetland birds: ducks, geese, swans and even flamingos. Some are resident all year round while others arrive for the summer of winter. Walk around or take a canoe safari.
As you can see a shortbreak of longer self catering holiday in Gloucesterhire will give you, your friends and family a memorable and relaxing experience whichever part of the County you choose to call your home during your stay.