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Crafty Fox Cottage - Cosy Cotswold GetawayCrafty Fox Cottage is a quintessential Cotswold cottage with a contemporary but cosy interior and eclectic garden. Situated in a rural hamlet surrounded by countryside but just a short drive (5 miles) to the centre of Cheltenham. Perfect for a relaxing break, there are many picturesque walking trails accessible from the Cottage and a traditional pub within a half-mile. Centrally located it is the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds or attending one of the many exciting Cheltenham festivals.
Stylish Studio Apartment with CourtyardExplore the beautiful south Cotswolds, and treat yourself to a stay in our comfortable, stylish, spacious, fully equipped and self-contained studio apartment. The studio has a lovely private courtyard for sunny days. Peaceful village location with a park opposite the house. Also suitable for short term lettings.
The Cider Barn, Luxury for 2 with beautiful views.The Cider Barn provides luxury accommodation for 2, whilst preserving the unique character of the building. The Cider Barn just outside the historic market town of Ledbury, enjoys an idyllic rural location, stunning views and unparalleled walking and cycling. Relax and enjoy your private outdoor dining spaces and garden, or curl up with a book with the log fire. Adjacent to owners farmhouse Netflix, & WiFi Private Parking Sorry No Pets, No Smoking COVID-19: please see Other Things To Note
Studded with stately homes and private castles, the rolling landscape of Gloucestershire in the southwest of England is home to much beauty, both urban and rural. Along its east run are the Cotswold Hills, where pretty villages with hyphenated names — Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water — sit on gently burbling streams, and are ornamented with honey-coloured houses built of the local sandstone. From north to south England’s longest river, the Severn, sits in a vale of lush meadow and orchards, gathering pace as it passes the historic county town of Gloucester (once the country’s most inland port) on its way to the estuary and the Severn Bridge. To the west of the county lies the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, which covers 27,000 acres with ancient woodland, including trees that date back to the medieval era. The bounty of its farmland and the heritage of its market towns have left a rich foodie legacy, while Cheltenham, at the centre, has become its flagship town for its incomparable Regency elegance.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the West Midlands is an hour to the north of the county, while London Heathrow (LHR), to the east, can be reached in 90 minutes by car. There are excellent rail links from both cities and across the region, as well as direct coach service from the airports to various Gloucestershire towns. Driving is a good way to explore the countryside and the smaller villages―rental offices can be found in most major towns―but coach and local bus services are available, including to the Cotswolds. You’ll also find cycling to suit all abilities, be it the hard climbs of the hills or the flat of the Severn Vale, while many of the villages and smaller towns are compact enough for walking.
Gloucestershire’s countryside lights up in the spring: the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean are illuminated first with daffodils and then with bluebells, and the gardens of the Cotswold villages burst into bloom. By May visitors can enjoy plenty of sunshine, with summer temperatures peaking in July and August. Gloucestershire has a number of intriguing summer events, including its Tall Ships festival and its Three Choirs Festival. But Cheltenham is the real showstopper, with festivals year round celebrating jazz, classical music, literature, art, and science. From that perspective, there’s always a good time to visit, whether it’s in autumn, when the orchards and arboretums are lovely, or winter, when you cosy up next to a roaring fire.
Gloucestershire brims with thousands of years of history, including a number of sites that date back to the Neolithic era. But nowhere feels more historic than this market town, sitting where the Severn and Avon rivers meet. The Norman tower of its 900-year-old abbey looks out over streets of half-timbered Tudor buildings and Georgian townhouses, and each year its residents re-enact the local battle that finally ended the War of the Roses in 1471.
Despite their popularity with tourists, you can still find plenty of Cotswold villages untouched by commercialisation, and this is one of them. Its 17th-century houses, some with thatched roofs, sit on quiet lanes alongside a medieval church and a true locals’ pub, while the neighbouring villages of Laverton, Buckland, and Broadway are all within walking distance.
This isn’t a destination, but rather an extraordinary phenomenon that can be seen at a number of locations along the River Severn between Gloucester and Newnham-on-Severn. The bore is a natural tidal wave that rolls upstream several times each month, so powerful it attracts surfers to come and ride it, and spectators to come and watch.