Ask people about Gloucestershire, and most will think of the Cotswolds as a holiday destination. But Gloucestershire is a large county and offers you the chance to explore fashionable Cheltenham and the beautiful Forest of Dean alongside the popular Cotswolds. We lived in Gloucestershire for fifteen enjoyable years, so choosing a selection of holiday cottages in Gloucestershire to entice you to visit was as easy as pie! We simply picked cottages in locations we liked.
The first group of our holiday cottages in Gloucestershire are in the Cotswolds, a picturesque area of rolling hills and pretty towns and villages, which grows flatter as you travel to the water park area. Worth knowing if you fancy an easier day on the bike! The Cotswolds have small, quiet roads that are good for cycling and many footpaths and bridleways ideal for walking, including the 100-mile Cotswolds Way long distance path. Another long distance route is the Thames Path, which starts at the source of the River Thames in a field near Kemble, just outside Cirencester.
For history buffs there are several burial mounds, a few good examples of Roman occupation, as Cirencester was a large Roman town, and a number of stately homes and gardens to visit. Family attractions include activities in the water park, The Cotswold Wildlife Park between Lechlade and Burford, Birdland and museums in Bourton-on-the-Water, and a heritage railway that runs between Broadway and Cheltenham.
If you prefer to be in a larger town, and perhaps fancy some shopping, then Cheltenham is a good bet. There is a feeling of the grandiose in Cheltenham as many of the buildings are in the Regency style, and non-more so than the Pittville Pump Room. All this grandness stems from Cheltenham once being a very popular spa town. It's equally famous for its racecourse, where several big race meetings are held each year.
Tucked away on the western side of the River Severn is the The Forest of Dean. Once a royal hunting forest, it is now an area of beauty with many fine walks and views. You’ll be able to explore caves, find out about mining, or possibly go for a ride on the Dean Forest Railway. The area is also popular for its off-road cycling trails.
What a great set of holiday cottages! Writing this page has got me thinking that a day out driving through the Cotswolds is long overdue....