The historic Gloucestershire market town of Minchinhampton lies on a hilltop, with incredible views of Wales, the Severn estuary, and the Cotswolds. It is located four miles southeast of Stroud, in the county of Gloucestershire. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Minchinhampton, and you will discover a variety of family-run businesses. Taylor L and Sons is a butchers’ with a reputation for selling the highest-quality meat from local farms. There is a post office with a small grocery, a couple of cafes, and an excellent fish and chip takeaway. On the High Street, the Crown Inn is a welcoming pub where local ales and delicious food can be enjoyed. Landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Minchinhampton include the 17th century Market House, which overlooks the square in the heart of the town. Nearby, Holy Trinity is a graceful church with a unique coronet tower.

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The town hosts a regular market, where visitors staying in holiday cottages in Minchinhampton can pick up fresh produce from the Gloucestershire countryside. The Country Fayre is one of the region’s best-loved summer events, with plenty of food and entertainment. A stroll on the town’s common is highly recommended, with incredible views toward the Golden Valley and beyond. Covering 580 acres and owned by the National Trust, it is grazed by cattle and horses and features the remains of an Iron Age fort. Minchinhampton lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where unspoiled hills and meadows are dotted with ancient villages, opulent country homes, and castles. The cathedral city of Gloucester is a scenic drive northward from Minchinhampton, while the magnificent university buildings of Oxford are easily close enough for a day trip, to the village’s east. The neigbouring town of Stroud is well worth a visit, with steep streets packed with independent shops and cafes.