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 historic 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 appeal.
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.
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.
East Wing is a gorgeous rural flat within a grand manor-style home outside Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Surrounded by the Cotswolds, the cottage offers beautiful grounds with an orchard and a tennis court. The interior boasts oriental art and serenity as well as modern sophistication and elegance.
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.
Charming Alysas Cottage sits on the grounds of a mixed working farm just outside the West Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton, a wonderful three-bedroom child-friendly cottage refurbished to a high standard yet retaining original features such as oak doors and lofty beamed ceilings.
Rose Cottage is a sumptuous Grade II listed, 18th century, thatched, Cotswold stone cottage in the gorgeous village of Ebrington. The picture-perfect romantic cottage offers an open fire, exposed beams, a beautiful garden and tranquillity near Chipping Camden.
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.
The Granary is an elegant romantic cottage set on a working farm at the end of a private lane in Newent, Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly cottage promises seclusion and offers spacious grounds with fishing, plus an Aga, beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls, and the chance to walk with llamas.
Explore your own private island at Riverside Cottage, a converted water mill on the River Waveney near Eye in Suffolk. Paddle to the island in your boat moored at the private jetty, or relax in an expansive riverside garden. Retreat into luxury with open fire, vaulted beamed ceilings & style.
The Little House is a cute romantic cottage boasting truly unique features. The luxury holiday cottage for couples in Stroud, Gloucestershire epitomises rustic chic and offers a wonderful garden with a tipi, spa bath & views of the Cotswolds, while the interior features a fireplace with open fir...
Forest House is located in Coleford, in the heart of the Forest of Dean, and was formerly a 4* hotel. The owners have converted the property into self-catering accommodation perfect for large groups of holidaymakers wishing to explore the surrounding area. Sleeps 24 in 11 bedrooms.
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.
Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Amberley is Densford Cottage, a lovely end-terrace in the South Downs. The cosy cottage features a peaceful, enclosed garden with a patio, and a light & airy interior with contemporary design features and a log fire. Enjoy the best of Sussex.
The Stables at The Lammas is an elegant Cotswold stone conversion, a truly unique outdoor dining area surrounded by mature gardens in the village of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire. The rural cottage boasts two courtyards, contemporary luxury and proximity to the best of the Cotswolds.
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.
Endless Esther is a characterful eco-friendly cottage nestled among nature near Hewelsfield Common in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly cottage boasts upcycled materials and features a generous garden, a courtyard with hammocks, plus exposed stone walls and beams, a log fire, and a sauna.
Surrounded by fields and woodland in Chalford, Gloucestershire, October Cottage promises tranquillity. The charming stone-built rural cottage possesses beautiful gardens and fresh air as well as a wood-burning stove, flagstone floors, contemporary comforts, space for pets and a blend of old and new.
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.
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.
- Bournes Green
- Chipping Campden
- Chipping Norton
Visit the city of Gloucester where 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 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!
Many quaint traditional events are 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 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 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 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, 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 more extended 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.