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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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                                                                                                      Perfect little hideaway

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                                                                                                      This cottage is perfect, the decor is stunning and hosts are superb. They went above and beyond to provide the best stay possible for us and really made our 3 yr old feel welcome. It's in a perfect location, just minutes away from, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Forest of Dean and many more. We will definitely be returning as there is so much more to see. Thank you all so much. Lots of love from Anna, Nick and Ellie xxx
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
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                                                                                                      What a luxury home from home!

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                                                                                                      The house is certainly equipped with five star facilities although it doesn't look magnificent from the front door. The luxury to us consists of a decent home cinema, 270 degree view angle from the setting room, a very well equipped kitchen facilities, easy access spa and tennis courts, two mountain bikes and a canoe. The help-yourself vintage whiskey, cognac and a chilled nice bottle of Cava were just a thrilling touch. More important part is how Paul and Val responded to my request. I asked to push back my holiday booking by a few days only a few days before my booked holidays and Val helped me to make it happen without any addional charge on my such a last minute mess-about. I'm fully aware we can't easily get this nowadays. We stayed in this beautiful house for a week. Fully enjoyed the home facility, spa, tennis and walking around. We also visited a number of beautiful places nearby including the Roman Bath, Cheddar caves and Gorges, a nice little village Castle Combe, and the designer outlet stores in Swindon. This is a relax week full of lovely memories ! Many thanks to Paul and Val for such a luxury house with thoughtful provisions. It is a place I would highly recommend to anyone. Good value for money! Pinggang Zhang from London
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                                                                                                      Lovely cottage in the Cotswolds

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                                                                                                      We stayed for five days in Caffreys cottage and enjoyed every single day of it. The cottage is really as nice as shown on the pictures. You will feel at home in this lovely place. The cottage is well equipped. If you like cooking, you will find everything you need (including cookbooks for inspiration). We were lucky with the wheather and enjoyed sitting outside on one of the two terraces after spending the day exploring the Cotswolds. There is good guidance and lots of tips for travelling in the area in the cottage. We especially liked the book about the Cotswolds gardens and visited some of them. There were lots of little gestures which made us feel very welcome in this cottage. If you ever experience any problems (which can always happen) you can be sure that Mike and his team will make sure the problem is solved immediately. Thanks for the wonderful time !
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016