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.
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...
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.
Compton House is a quintessential Cotswold stone farmhouse in the lovely town of Chipping Camden in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly cottage sits among a delightful garden and houses elegant furnishings plus a large conservatory, an open fire, light-filled spaces and contemporary comforts.
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.
Lower Farmhouse is a delightful Cotswold stone farmhouse situated on a working farm just outside Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire. The rural cottage boasts many traditional features such as an inglenook fireplace and exposed beams and offers sun-filled gardens providing seclusion and relaxation.
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.
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.
Culls Cottage is a 5-Star Cotswold holiday cottage. A Grade II listed, luxury eco-cottage. Culls is located in Southrop, an unspoilt Cotswold village near historic Lechlade-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. This beautifully furnished child-friendly stone cottage sleeps 6-8 guests.
A delightful and updated 18th-century self-catering Gloucestershire apartment. Located on the Frampton on Severn village green, Wards Court 2 is family-friendly holiday cottage with accommodations for six. The rear of the building opens to a shared, walled-in garden area with outdoor furniture.
Stanway House is a large converted Cotswold barn with 8 bedrooms and 6 bath/shower rooms. It is set in 14 acres of grounds on the north Cotswolds -an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have tennis, badminton, snooker, and table tennis on site.
Cuteness manifested. Somer Lake House is a large and gorgeous waterfront cottage on the Cotswold Waterpark near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly cottage offers enviable water views plus an open fire as well as sophisticated luxury and access to a tennis court and a swimming pool.
Situated in a secluded rural location near the Cotswold village of Nympsfield, Gloucestershire, and forming a wing of a Grade II listed building that dates to the 1860s, Bellhouse is a large countryside cottage for families and groups; a child-friendly home surrounded by gardens and woodland.
The Manor is a luxuriously-appointed Grade II listed rural cottage set among 1.5 acres of gorgeous gardens near Blakeney in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly property boasts elegance, an open fire, secret doors, unique bedrooms, style, exposed beams and stone and a heated swimming pool.
Pear Tree Cottage welcomes guests to a secluded rural home near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire. This large Cotswold cottage is both private and luxurious. It features exposed stone walls and open fires, lovely expansive grounds with games area, modern sophistication; a truly stylish getaway.
Wolds End House is an elegant period property situated on the edge of the small market town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, a child-friendly cottage offering comfortable accommodation in the South West that pampers guests with Inglenook fireplace and three bedrooms featuring en-suite showers.
Middle Stanley is a large and pet-friendly holiday cottage near Cheltenham, with great facilities and activities, for large groups up to 32 people for special occasions and reunions in 90 acres of beautiful Gloucestershire Cotswold countryside with ancient woodlands, natural springs and a lake.
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.
Enjoy a relaxing Cotswold holiday cottage in the idyllic village of Bledington at this luxury eco cottage rural retreat in Gloucestershire. The opulently-furnished Bledington Barn is located near the village green, and a stone’s throw from a terrific pub. 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.
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
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.