Gloucestershire

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 historic 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 appeal.

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.

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The Stables at The Lammas is an elegant Cotswold stone conversion, a truly unique outdoor dining area surrounded by mature gardens in the village of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire. The rural cottage boasts two courtyards, contemporary luxury and proximity to the best of the Cotswolds.

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An attractive 1930s semi-detached property situated in the peaceful village of Dorsington, 7 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. Conveniently located on the border of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds, it is the ideal base for you to discover Shakespeare Country.

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Bridge Cottage in the small Cotswold hamlet of Upper Swell, Gloucestershire, sits beside a Grade II listed bridge over the River Dikler, originally the gamekeeper’s cottage converted into a child-friendly holiday home, with a large lawned garden, wood-burning stove, and three first-floor bedrooms.

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Rambler’s Barn is an exquisite rural barn set on 21 acres of fields in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. The Cotswold stone exterior of the pet-friendly cottage complements the beautiful garden and houses a sophisticated log fire, contemporary comforts and a separate annexe, Tranquillity awaits.

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Cleabarrow Cottage is an impressive rural cottage offering large groups seclusion, luxury and a hot tub. Generous lawned grounds surround the property in Windermere, Cumbria, and offer beautiful countryside views, while the interior and exterior promise elegant spaces in which to relax & entertain.

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6 Mount Pleasant is a delightful romantic cottage in the heart of the lovely village of Blockley in Gloucestershire. The yellow stone cottage boasts exposed beams and stone walls and offers true elegance and cosy spaces, plus a log fire, seclusion, a sun-drenched patio and access to the Cotswolds.

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Charming Alysas Cottage sits on the grounds of a mixed working farm just outside the West Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton, a wonderful three-bedroom child-friendly cottage refurbished to a high standard yet retaining original features such as oak doors and lofty beamed ceilings.

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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 woodburner in an inglenook fireplace, plus a lovely garden.

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Diamond Cottage is perfectly situated in beautiful Chipping Campden, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs, perfect for those looking for some seriously indulgent time away from home.

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Visit the city of Gloucester where and the 1000-year-old Norman Cathedral, whose role in history embraces the mediaeval tomb of Edward the II through to its 21st-century 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! 

Many quaint traditional events are 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 visiting. 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 hosts some notable music festivals during the summer. 

The River Severn offers excellent opportunities for fishermen and 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 more extended 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.