The Cotswold village of Chalford lies in a steep, wooded valley, on the banks of the Thames and Severn Canal. It is located to the southeast of the market town of Stroud, in the county of Gloucestershire. The village is a conservation area, with fine examples of traditional Cotswold homes, built of local stone. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Chalford and you will discover narrow lanes, which wind their way downhill to the canal, providing far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside. Lavender Bakehouse and Coffee Shop can be found in the centre of the village and serves exceptional homemade cakes. There is a small art studio and gallery next door, and another on the opposite side of the road.

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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.

The Old Neighbourhood Inn, in the nearby village of Chalford Hill, is a scenic uphill walk from the village. Expect a good range of local drinks and a menu of pub classics. On the High Street, Chalford Village Shop sells all the basics, as well as a variety of local produce. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Chalford, Christ Church is known for its intricate art by Norman Jewson and others, while the Church of Our Lady and the Angels has unique stained-glass windows by George Frederick Bodley. Perhaps the village’s most famous landmark, the Round House stands on the banks of the canal. Well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in Chalford, the market town of Minchinhampton is a couple of miles to the southwest and has plenty of independent shops to peruse.

The cathedral city of Gloucester is a short drive through the Cotswolds’ rolling hills and meadows from Chalford, and the impressive university buildings of Oxford are close enough for a day trip. The neigbouring town of Stroud is best explored by foot, with steep streets packed with shops and cafes.