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 a weekend, a 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 Gloucestershire: 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 two Upper and Lower Slaughters, 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.
Cart Shed offers guests true luxury and Cotswold country charm in a converted barn in Bibury. Rural views stretch for miles from the beautiful spacious garden, while the light-filled interior captures the essence of this charming location. Add a concierge service, log burner & Pippa Paton design.
Bull Pen is a luxurious Cotswold bolt hole in Bibury, which once belonged to Falcon the bull. It now houses lucky guests and their pets in a sophisticated rural cottage with honey-coloured Cotswold stone and traditional beams, as well as a log burner, gorgeous views and contemporary comforts.
Set amidst the rolling countryside of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rosebank Barn on the edge of the charming Gloucestershire village of Ablington is a child-friendly cottage converted from a natural stone barn, boasting underfloor heating, vaulted ceilings, & wood-burning stove.
Diamond Cottage is perfectly situated in beautiful Chipping Campden, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs, perfect for those looking for some seriously indulgent time away from home.
Hailstone Barn puts you at the heart of Cotswold country, with great walks in every direction and the town of Tetbury on your doorstep. This three bedroom Gloucestershire cottage has been refurbished in a homely and contemporary style, creating a unique holiday home in a very special rural setting.
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.
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.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Broadway, a large holiday cottage at Flagstone Farm offers a peaceful and luxurious Cotswolds retreat for large families and groups. Pets welcome.
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.
Stone Barn has mastered minimalism. The pet-friendly rural cottage near Upper Swell in Gloucestershire offers open-plan spaces and subtly sophisticated décor within the original stone walls. The gorgeous cottage also provides tennis and badminton courts, plus pitch and putt and guaranteed memories.
One of two symmetrical but separate cottages, The Coach House has been tastefully renovated with contemporary furnishings and an all-modern kitchen, while retaining many of the original features and the character of the original working building.
Dark brooding tones and bold colours define Lapwing’s Wing, a romantic rural cottage in the heart of Lechlade-on-Thames, moments from the attractions of Moreton-in-Marsh. The unique rural cottage in Gloucestershire offers the ultimate in modernity as well as access to the best of the Cotswolds.
Built of Cotswolds stone, Little Shrublands is a pretty rural cottage in the lovely village of Blockley, Gloucestershire. The cottage offers a sun-drenched garden with multiple sitting out areas, plus a conservatory as well as a cosy living area & contemporary style. Enjoy the best of the Cotswo...
Mrs Daffodil is a romantic thatched rural cottage with an exterior of the yellow Cotswold stone. The pet-friendly rural cottage in Kemble enjoys serenity & countryside views and promises original features such as oak beams, flagstone floors, vaulted ceilings, an inglenook fireplace and fire.
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 ambience. Park facilities available to guests include an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, tennis court and childrens play area.
Situated on the high street in Chipping Camden, Hicks House places guests in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Grade II listed Georgian terrace boasts exposed beams and an open fire & beautiful design, as well as modern sophistication, a Smallbone kitchen and access to the delights of Gloucestershire.
Beautiful grounds surround Catalpa Cottage, a detached 19th century Cotswold cottage just moments from Tetbury in Gloucestershire. The spacious garden features two ponds and an outdoor entertaining area and the stone-built cottage offers flagstone floors, a wood burner and luxurious comfort.
Corner Cottage is a traditional Cotswold stone cottage in an idyllic village with two pubs in walking distance. Lower Oddington is just a few miles from the attractive market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and is perfectly located to explore the many highlights of the North Cotswolds.
The Coach House is an authentic rural cottage in the beautiful grounds of the Grade II listed 16th century Old Rectory. The cottage in Hawling, Gloucestershire dates back to the 14th century and boasts stunning views over meadows as well as an open fire, luxurious décor and access to the Cotswolds.
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. It features the largest annual medieval battle in the UK - a re-enactment of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. The festival 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 plethora of excellent 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 one side, 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 Dean Forest Rail whose 8 miles of track takes you through the forest near Lydney. You can even travel along trails through the Forest of Dean 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 an excellent 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 hills and down wooded dales with 3 ’chocolate box’ villages and a choice of tea-rooms. Spend a day or two enjoying the selection 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 Tewkesbury where the ancient Tewkesbury Abbey is open to the public, and Upton on Severn 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 short break or longer self-catering holiday in Gloucestershire 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.