Gloucestershire Cottages

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A Gloucestershire cottage is a fantastic choice for a self-catering holiday, close to but just far enough from the well trodden tourist route around the Cotswolds, yet still offering plenty of things to see and do.

Sightseeing from your Gloucestershire cottage

Framed by the rolling Cotswold Hills, the county town of Gloucester features a superb Gothic cathedral (backdrop in Harry Potter films), Victorian Docklands and Roman foundations - heritage sites comfortably mixing with modern-day shops and entertainment. For lots of half-timbered, Tudor houses and a graceful Norman abbey, try Tewkesbury.

Another fantastic town not-to-miss is Cheltenham Spa, known for its striking regency architecture, tree-lined streets, impressive shopping and dining, not to mention its racecourse. Book your Gloucestershire cottage early for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a major highlight of the racing calendar and the perfect opportunity to splash out on a new frock!

Get out and about in the Forest of Dean, laden with stacks of trails for rambling and riding, plus interesting relics from the county's mining era like the ancient cave system at Clearwell. Follow the Sculpture Trail from Beechenhurst Lodge or travel by steam on the Dean Railway through one of the country's oldest woodlands. Another popular leafy backwater for anything outdoorsy is Westonbirt Arboretum and WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. Or head for the Cotswold Country Park and Beach for lakeside strolls, freshwater bathing and BBQs. Here you'll also find Painswick Rococo Gardens, the only surviving complete Rococo Garden in the UK, perfect for wiling away an afternoon in old-fashioned elegance.

Other attractions range from castles and gardens to silk mills and farm parks - great for entertaining the family the whole year round.

So escape to a Gloucestershire cottage soon and fall under the spell of this county's unhurried charms.

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