Holiday cottages in Gloucestershire

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Search holiday cottages in Gloucestershire. Browse the fantastic choice of self-catering holiday homes and make your reservation with a trusted booking website. Gloucestershire, on the northern edge of the South-West of England is split into three areas, a large part of the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Valley. Offering outstanding picturesque views across the River Severn and beautiful countryside settings.
In the north of the county lies the medieval market town of Tewkesbury which has something for everyone. Take a riverside stroll along the River Severn or a boat trip along the Avon, visit the 12th century abbey and discover Tewkesbury’s famous network of alleyways. Along the high street there is a mix of shops, cafes, tearooms pubs and bistros. Whilst eating out don't forget to try the world famous Tewkesbury Mustard. Tewkesbury is a great place to relax and enjoy the glorious countryside.

Heading southwards lies the elegant Regency spa town of Cheltenham, specifically designed in its 18th and 19th century heyday as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors. Cheltenham is an ideal base for touring into the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Explore its award winning gardens, stroll along the leafy promenade, squares and terraces, enjoy the impressive range of shops and restaurants, or spend time at one of the many cultural festivals and events, from horse racing, music and literature to family fiestas.

Close to the Welsh border on the River Severn overlooked by the Cotswold Hills, lies the city of Gloucester offering a rich historic past dating back to Roman times. At the heart of the city stands the Norman cathedral with its magnificent cloisters and great east window. Take a walk down the narrow cobbled streets leading to the pedestrianised shopping area. Just a short stroll from there is the dramatic waterfront of the historic Victorian docks with its splendid converted warehouses. Here you will discover all kinds of vessels from narrow boats to sea ships, and pleasure boats where you can take a journey through the past when Gloucester was as commercial port.

Made famous by Laurie Lee's novel “Cider with Rosie”, Stroud in the south of the county is a great base to discover the Cotswolds countryside and the Five Golden Valleys. In the centre of the town, for those who enjoy vintage shopping you will find antique clothes, books and furniture shops and every Friday and Saturday the Shambles Market is a great place for browsing anything old and collectible. 'Poldark' is the latest BBC drama to use the Cotswolds as the setting for the family's Cornish home and Chavenage House was also used in the recent adaptation of 'Wolf Hall'. The Stroud district is the least commercialised and unexplored area of the Cotswolds but is a great base to explore the south Cotswolds as well as day trips to Bristol and Bath.

Heading eastwards along the county lies Cirencester, often referred to as the Capital of the Cotswolds. Its market square is dominated by the Parish Church of St John Baptist and the town also contains many interesting buildings spanning several centuries. At the west of the town there is a fine example of a forest style garden, well worth a visit with its 3,000 acres of beautiful parkland it provides a relaxed environment for any visitor to explore. Cirencester is one of the most beautiful areas in England, with its unique stone built heritage, broad valleys and rolling hills, and is an ideal destination for any visitor.

Travelling north, voted one of England's prettiest villages and famous for its honey colour stone architecture lies Bourton on the Water, often described as the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswolds serviced by a wealth of shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. For those who enjoy peace and tranquillity, walk along the River Windrush and see its beautiful bridges. Also worth a visit is the Model Village, a one ninth replica of Bourton on the Water, containing buildings from the Old Water Mill to the Old New Inn, The Cotswolds Perfumery, Model Railway Exhibition, Motoring & Toy Museum and Dragonfly Maze.

Four miles north of Bourton on the Water, with its grand manors and gardens, pretty cottages and quiet backwaters, Stow on the Wold has much to offer. For those interested in antiques there is a dedicated shopping centre, a wonderful choice of restaurants, pubs and bistros, a cricket museum, farmers market, the biannual Gypsy Horsefair, and nearby Batsford Arboveturr and Falconry Center.

The central location in the North Cotswolds makes Chipping Campden, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the area. Enjoy the delights of this charming old wool merchants town, with its main street which curves in a shallow arc lined with many ancient houses each one as distinctive as the next.

Gloucester has so much to offer with its beautiful countryside, castles and places of interest that anyone visiting the county will not be disappointed.