The Gloucestershire village of Nympsfield is located in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four miles southwest of Stroud. It is surrounded by gently rolling hills, woods and farmland, with many of the region’s most Idllyic walks on its doorstep. A short stroll from your Nympsfield holiday cottage, the village centre is home to a pair of graceful churches, a school, and a village hall. At the Cross, the Rose and Crown is a charming pub, housed in a historic stone building. Expect a fine selection of local tipples, and delicious food, prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The locally sourced steaks are exceptional. Nympsfield holiday cottages are close to a number of historic sites, including a Roman Road which once ran from Cirencester to Arlingham, and a Neolithic Long Barrow known at Petty Pegler’s Tump.
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Just outside the village, Owlpen Manor is a listed Tudor mansion set amid beautiful grounds. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Nympsfield, the walk to Coaley Peak is spectacular, with far-reaching views across the Severn Valley from the summit. Walkers are advised that the ascent is fairly strenuous and there are no facilities besides an ice-cream van which is often parked there during the summer months. Nearby, the striking Gothic home known as Woodchester Mansion is well worth a visit, northeast of Nympsfield, near the banks of Old Pond. Visitors can tour this unique, 19th century home to admire the impressive carvings and stone masonry. A stroll around Old Pond is also highly recommended. An ornately decorated boat house stands at the water’s edge, on the northern shore.
The cathedral city of Gloucester is a scenic half-hour drive northward, while Bristol is a 40-minute drive southward, with a vibrant centre, where many of the Southwest’s best restaurants, music venues and independent shops can be found.