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.
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.
Dine among the meadows at The Tractor Shed, a romantic cottage near Bourton-on-the-Hill in Gloucestershire. Leave the world behind at the pet-friendly cottage which boasts reminders of yesteryear combined with modern comforts, as well as expansive views of the Cotswolds and crisp, fresh air.
Hope Cottage pervades country charm. The pet-friendly, romantic cottage boasts exposed beams, shuttered windows and an inglenook fireplace. It is located in the quiet village of Naunton near Stow-on-the-Wold and within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Elinor Fettiplace is a rustic romantic cottage on the grounds of Elizabethan Pauntley Court. Sitting near Pauntley in Gloucestershire, it dates back to the 1300s and boasts beamed ceilings, wooden floors, and authentic rural charm. A tennis court and lakes are found on the extensive grounds.
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.
A cosy and welcoming romantic cottage nestled in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, Clematis Cottage near the village of Blockley affords couples and small families the perfect escape, a pet-friendly three-storey holiday home with flagstone floors, an enclosed garden, and a winding staircase.
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.
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.
Stripped pine doors and flagstone floors add character to Corner Cottage, a traditional Cotswold stone cottage in the village of Lower Oddington, Gloucestershire. The rural cottage exudes charm and boasts modern sophistication as well as a wood burner in inglenook fireplace, plus a lovely garden.
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.
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 fire.
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.
- 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 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.