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.
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
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.
This stunning Cotswolds holiday home sits within 15 acres of countryside and features a swimming pool with pool house and a grass tennis court. Aston Hill House is a truly special place for celebrations and weekend getaways with family or friends.
Moorhen Lake House offers stunning lake views from its private hot tub and treats guests to a luxuriously-appointed waterfront cottage in the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire. The modern holiday cottage boasts gorgeous sunsets and a generous and stylish open-plan living space. Pets welcome.
Huckleberry Barn lies within a private estate, by a small stream near Chipping Camden in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly cottage in the Cotswolds oozes rustic charm and promises families lush green gardens, calming views and original features such as vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.
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...
Old Hay Barn promises luxury in an artisan industrial style cottage situated in charming Bibury. The luxurious converted Dutch barn boasts gorgeous pet-friendly gardens as well as unique décor, a wood burner, a games room and concierge service, plus bucolic views of the Cotswolds from its terrace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.