he patio garden and exterior of a Gloucestershire holiday home with an outdoor dining table and a hammock strung between trees. View Gloucestershire Holiday Cottages. Photo credit: Endless Esther in Hewelsfield

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To relax and enjoy self-catering holidays in the idyllic and historic County of Gloucestershire, do so in comfort and style by renting a self-catering cottage for a weekend, a whole week or even longer. There are many parts to Gloucestershire: the historic towns of Gloucester and Cheltenham, The Cotswold Hills, The Forest of Dean and the valleys of the Severn and the Wye all having their own distinctive appeal. You won't find yourself short of stunning views and memorable experiences.

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, Roman remains will be revealed. Make sure you visit the elegant Georgian spa town, Cheltenham, with its magnificent Pump-rooms, rivalling those in Bath.

A thatched Cotswold Cottage with a bay window overlooks a village street.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Inglenook Cottage is an archetypal chocolate-box cottage boasting Cotswold stone walls and a thatched roof. The 300-year-old romantic cottage in Broad Campden, Gloucestershire, is Grade II listed and promises an inglenook fireplace, exposed beams, wooden floorboards & space for pets in its lovely garden.

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Exterior of a large, 3-storey, brick-built Wye Valley cottage with a large lawn.
Sleeps
24
Bedrooms
11

Forest House is a spacious holiday cottage located in Coleford, situated in the heart of the picturesque Forest of Dean. This property was formerly a 4-star hotel but is now converted into a self-catering accommodation that is perfect for large groups of holidaymakers who wish to explore the surrounding area. With 11 bedrooms, it can comfortably accommodate up to 24 guests.

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Garden steps lead to the exterior of a classic Georgian house with sash windows on 3-floors
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8

Viaduct House is a large and well-equipped 8-bedroom waterside holiday home on the banks of the River Wye in the Forest of Dean. It is perfect for country walks, cycling, and fishing in this gloriously scenic corner of Gloucestershire. Pets are welcome!

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Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8

Once a hop brewery, this 15th-Century Grade-II listed barn has been converted to create a large and attractive Cotswold holiday cottage in an idyllic rural village near Cirencester. Greyhound Barn sleeps 16 guests in 8 bedrooms (all en-suite). Pets welcome.

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A Cotswold Farm Barn Conversion within a walled garden
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Boasting Cotswolds yellow stone and exposed beams, Nellie’s Barn is a blend of charm and sophistication. The pet-friendly holiday cottage near Bourton-on-the-Water sits on a farm in the Windrush Valley and offers delightful gardens, on-site fishing, a summer house, a wood burner and countryside walks from the front door.

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Aerial view of a contemporary farm house surrounded by open fields.
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Set in its own gated grounds, Willersey Farm House is a large holiday cottage in the Cotswolds. It is a unique blend of old and new, with a traditional Cotswold house housing the bedrooms attached to an all-new, contemporary living area. Traditional beams and honey-stone walls mix with stunning contemporary design to create an exceptional Warwickshire country cottage near Broadway.

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A 2-storey, Cotswold honeystone cottage backed by tall trees.
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4

Oat House is steeped in tradition. The honey-coloured, stone-built rural holiday cottage in The Cotswolds boasts many original features and lies in the quaint village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire. Replete with exposed beams and a stone fireplace, the cottage offers a lovely garden within the Cotswold National Park.

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A brick-built 1930s cottage with covered porch and block-paved courtyard.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

2 The School House is an attractive 1930s semi-detached property situated in the peaceful village of Dorsington, 7 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. Conveniently located on the border of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds, it is the ideal base to discover Shakespeare Country.

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Exterior of a single-storey with a conservatory having sliding glass doors overlooking a spacious garden.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Escape to The Garden Studio, an idyllic and romantic holiday cottage in the serene hamlet of Bournes Green, Gloucestershire. Impeccably presented and surrounded by the stunning Cotswold countryside, this sophisticated rural retreat offers the perfect blend of traditional charm and modern comfort. Relax in the pretty garden, soak up the sun in the bright and airy sunroom, or unwind on your own private patio. This is the ultimate destination for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat. Book your Gloucestershire cottage holiday at The Garden Studio today and experience the beauty of the Cotswolds like never before.

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Visit the city of Gloucester and the 1000-year-old Norman Cathedral, whose role in history embraces the mediaeval tomb of Edward the II through to its 21st-century 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 of restaurants and cultural experiences. Cheltenham is a festival town with major UK music, literature, jazz and folk events. 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. See it! 

Many quaint traditional events, such as the Cheese Rolling every May at Coopers Hill, are worth a weekend break. 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 visiting. 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 take 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 can choose 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 hosts some notable music festivals during the summer. 

The River Severn offers excellent opportunities for fishermen and 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, and 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 or winter. Walk around or take a canoe safari.

As you can see, a short break or more extended self-catering holiday in Gloucestershire will give you, your friends and your family a memorable and relaxing experience, whichever part of the County you choose to call your home during your stay.