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Holiday lettings in Gloucestershire

With rolling green landscapes and quaint Cotswold villages, Gloucestershire is a perfect retreat for your relaxing holiday. Stroll through towns with medieval market squares and regency high life, trek through the oaks and beeches in the lush forest or enjoy lively sports like horse racing and cricket. Whether you’re travelling with family, as a couple or on your own, you’ll find plenty to do near Gloucestershire holiday lettings.

History

Heritage sites near Gloucestershire holiday lettings

The long, rich history of Gloucestershire is celebrated in several museums and historic sites throughout the area. Holiday homes are available near such heritage sites as the National Trust Snowshill Manor and Garden, a 16th-century manor house with a lush garden and a diverse collection of period furnishings, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection, a museum with an extensive collection of vintage cars and historic toys. The Chedworth Roman Villa, the scenic ruins of a 4th-century home and museum filled with historic artefacts, and the Clearwell Caves, an iron-mining museum housed within ancient caverns, are also of interest to history buffs. You could also visit Hailes Abbey, the ruins of a 13th-century Cistercian abbey with a museum of interesting archaeological finds.

Things to do

Things to do near Gloucestershire holiday homes

Gloucestershire has endless fun-filled attractions for families and couples. Holiday lettings are available near exciting sites like Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, a trail-covered Victorian landscape with trees and shrubs, and the Sudeley Castle, a 15th-century home with formal gardens, masterpiece artwork and a native group of peacocks. The Hidcote Gardens, a meticulous garden with pathways, lawn games and seating areas, and the Gloucester Cathedral, an 11th-century building with the tomb of King Edward II and musical events, are also must-see attractions on your holiday.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Gloucestershire

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Gloucestershire a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Cirencester Golf Club (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre (13.2 mi / 21.3 km)
  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach (13.3 mi / 21.4 km)
  • Cotswold Farm Park (14.7 mi / 23.6 km)
  • The Model Village (16.3 mi / 26.3 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Gloucestershire holiday homes

From relaxing and laid-back to thrilling and adrenaline-pumping, Gloucestershire’s range of outdoor activities has something for every taste and skill level. Leisurely strolls through the historic districts and gardens, rambling or cycling through the landscape or encountering wildlife in the animal parks are popular activities for those looking for a relaxing holiday. Thrill-seekers will enjoy surfing on the spectacular inland waves, kayaking in the ocean, skateboarding in a terrain park or enjoying aerial views of the countryside from a hot-air balloon. No matter how you choose to explore the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty to do just outside your holiday rental.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Gloucestershire

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Gloucestershire is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Rococo Gardens (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Imperial Gardens (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Pittville Park (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Haresfield Beacon (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Minchinhampton Common (8.7 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Gloucestershire

The nearest airport is in Oxford (OXF), located 34.9 mi (56.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.), which is 39.2 mi (63.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cheltenham Spa Station, Gloucester Station and Stroud Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Transport to Gloucestershire holiday homes

Gloucestershire is easily accessed from London and other neighbouring areas via public transport. The British Rail network has train lines that run through the region, and the bus network travels throughout England and past many interesting destinations. Several well-maintained and connected roadways pass through Gloucestershire as well, so you can take your own vehicle or hired car to your holiday rental and nearby attractions. Walking is also a popular way to explore the landscape and villages in the area.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire has a well-earned reputation for being a foodie destination, due to the vast array of produce and meats available in charming pubs, cafes and restaurants throughout the area. Single Gloucestershire cheese and Gloucester Old Spot pork are delicacies in the area, though other local favourites include Stinking Bishop cheese, Tewkesbury mustard, Bibury trout and Hobbs House bread. All of these distinctive delights can be found on menus in local restaurants, giving you a chance to experience the unique, local food culture of Gloucestershire near your holiday rental.

How many holiday rentals are available around Glos?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,851 holiday lettings around Glos. From 1,390 Cottages to 1,390 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Glos?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Glos. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • The Cotswolds: 3,549 holiday homes
  • Bourton-on-the-Water: 641 holiday homes
  • Lower Mill Estate: 150 holiday homes
  • South Cerney: 470 holiday homes
  • Cirencester: 556 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Glos! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Glos?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Glos with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bourton-on-the-Water: 641 holiday lettings
  • South Cerney: 470 holiday lettings
  • Cirencester: 556 holiday lettings
  • Stow-on-the-Wold: 726 holiday lettings
  • Chipping Campden: 848 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Glos?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Glos are:

  • Gloucestershire Airport (GLO): 1,584 self catering accommodations
  • Cheltenham (CHW-Royal Well Bus Station): 1,685 self catering accommodations
  • Brize Norton Airport (BZZ): 1,438 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Glos?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Glos. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach: 1,180 holiday rentals
  • Gloucester Docks: 1,310 holiday rentals
  • Stroud Station: 1,201 holiday rentals
  • Westonbirt Arboretum: 1,396 holiday rentals
  • Cheltenham Racecourse: 1,684 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Glos listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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