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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      An Absolute Gem of a Property

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Having never been to the Cotswolds, we were very excited about staying here and we were not disappointed. This property came highly recommended and I must say, having stayed in properties all over the world, we were blown away. The situation of the property was stunning, overlooking a lake in a very well maintained row of properties. It was also ideal for myself, being a runner, as it was close to a canal and woodland which was perfect for running. The actual property was decorated to a very high standard and all the amenities within were stunning. It was scrupulously clean and tidy. The kitchen was fully stocked with cooking equipment (ideal for us as we didn't really want to eat out often). The owners had even thoughtfully left washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, washing up cloths and tea towels for us. The bedrooms and ensuites, again, were tastefully decorated and very very clean. There were more than enough different sized towels left out for us on our beds and again plenty of toilet rolls were thoughtfully left for us. The televisions were in perfect working condition and we were able to watch everything we wanted, we could even use our laptops through the television to watch different films. Internet speed was very good. There was also a BBQ outside but, being the time of year, it was too cold for us to go out and BBQ. The owners also thoughtfully left a welcome book which contained everything we needed to know about the property, suggestions for places to visit and even local numbers for eateries and takeaways. I feel a lot of thought has gone into this property to ensure that those who stay here feel most welcome and I actually felt very at home. I enjoyed my stay so much that I will definitely be rebooking for later in the year.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      An ideal base to explore the Gloucester area

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The apartment was warm, welcoming, well appointed and clean. Small touches like the bottle of wine, milk etc. helped with the overall first impression. The greeting and overview by Richard was a great idea and simplified what could have been quite a complicated arrangement with access codes, parking spaces and permits. We found it a great location to explore Gloucester, the Cotswolds and even Stratford and Bath. The docks area is well served by a shop, coffee spots and restaurants. We would definitely recommend the property to friends and family. Thank you for a memorable stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Great cottage and location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Had a fantastic break, lovely clean, comfortable cottage. Fantastic location everything you could ever want. Slept fantastically too. Owners contactable and accommodating. Great places to drive to. Will definately be going back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016