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Make a holiday rental house or cottage in Gloucestershire your home away from home

Gloucestershire, in the Heart of England, has become synonymous with the Cotswolds, a ‘typically English’ region of green rolling hills, sleepy villages and dry stone walls. A holiday cottage in Gloucestershire is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful, diverse countryside of the Cotswolds, Severn Vale, Forest of Dean and the Leadon Valley. There is a blissfully laid-back atmosphere and great rural cuisine, best sampled in a Gloucestershire public house.

Things to do on holiday in Gloucestershire

Walking in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds has attracted visitors to the region from all over the world, many staying in the charming stone cottages and public houses nestled amongst the valleys of the countryside. There are many places in Gloucestershire offering a vast array of leisure activities, from canoeing on the River Wye to rock climbing in the Forest of Dean.

Taking a holiday cottage in Gloucestershire allows you to take the family windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding in the Cotswold Water Park, fishing along many of Gloucestershire’s numerous waterways, or drifting serenely over the countryside in a hot air balloon. Cycling holidays are a magnificent way to discover the varied countryside, and slowly discover some of the best Gloucestershire public houses. Gloucestershire is a county best discovered slowly, when the changing lights give each view a serene atmosphere.

There is a rich sporting heritage in the region too. Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the best in the country, and Gloucester RFC are a hugely entertaining side to watch. Golfing holidays to self catering holiday cottages in Gloucestershire are exciting, with over 20 golf courses available to the public to play.

Gloucestershire boasts one of the longest histories in England. Neolithic remains have been discovered, with 80 barrows in the Cotswold-Severn area. The largest, Belas Knap, allows visitors to climb inside, and the camp at Crickley Hill is well worth discovering from a Gloucestershire holiday cottage. There are also 32 Iron Age hill forts, a range of Roman remains, medieval castles and stately homes.

Places to holiday in Gloucestershire

The Royal Forest of Dean is an oak forest hiding secret villages and spectacular gorges, and is often touted as one of the nicest places to explore by foot, bicycle or horse-back.

The Severn Vale follows the longest river in the UK, upon which fishing, canoeing and sailing while away many hours during the summer months. The Cotswold Water Park offers a great centre for water sports, angling, walking and cycling.

Although Gloucestershire is mainly rural, the cities of Gloucester and Cheltenham have massive amounts of entertainment on offer. From the huge Norman Cathedral of Gloucester to Cheltenham’s Britain in Bloom competition, there is plenty to see and do.

Weather in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire averages 1,600 hours of sunshine per year, and the highest annual temperature average of any coastal stretch of the UK. With an average of 16C, the walking and cycling tours of the county are ideal, although, as with any destination in England, packing a rain coast is always advised!

Travel to Gloucestershire

Gloucester Airport receives a small number of flights from London and the West Midlands, but the easiest way to reach a holiday cottage in Gloucestershire is by road or rail.

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                                                                                                      The ideal home for a Cotswolds holiday

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                                                                                                      Crane Hill Farm is the perfect location for a visit to the Costwolds, easily accessible between Cheltenham and Tewksbury, set in scenic Cotswold countryside with distant rural views in all directions. We came to spend some time with our family over a weekend and enjoyed every moment here. Rachel had provided us with a delicious cake, fresh bread, bottle of wine and milk to get us started which was so welcome after a long journey from Devon. The open-plan kitchen, dining area and lounge ensured everyone could enjoy the space together while the snug was available for those quiet times with a book. We self-catered and the kitchen had all the cookware we needed with a large range cooker, spacious fridge/freezer and ample storage for our groceries. The barbecue and outside furniture weren't used though would have been with warmer weather. A good quality cot and high chair were available for our baby grandson, while the boot room provided extra space for bags, buggy and coats. All four bedrooms were light and airy with comfortable beds, digital radios and bedside lights. We spent the weekend walking, kayaking part of the river Avon and visiting Tewksbury which was hosting a weekend medieval festival with colourful parades, music and re-enactments. We enjoyed exploring the local footpaths around the farm and seeing the herd of small dexter cattle, the horses and sheep. Rachel was a really welcoming host, providing all we could need for a wonderful weekend away in spacious comfort. We hope to return soon for another stay in this lovely Cotswold home.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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                                                                                                      The property is very well maintained. It is well equipped with washing machine, dishwasher etc but as well as this the owner also provides little extra touches like dishwasher tablets and washing machine tablets, towels etc. These extra touches make all the difference and help to make the cottage very comfortable. It is also situated very near to the village which provides all the necessary amenities like shops, café, pubs and a market once a week in the village centre. The cottage also benefits from a lovely mature garden which is quite a suntrap, The owner also provides garden furniture and a barbecue.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

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                                                                                                      Whilst a family home there were 12 woman on a hen do that felt very much at home. Liam and Sarah showed careful and detailed consideration and their home is beautiful set in beautiful surroundings with great views!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016