Gloucestershire Holidays

The Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean. Photo by TomNatt, licensed under CC BY 2.0
To experience the essence of England, Gloucestershire holidays are one way to capture all that is the best of the English countryside and way of life. Sleepy villages, spectacular scenery, fresh country produce, charming cottages, stately homes, fine architecture, and natural spas are just some of the attractions that Gloucestershire holidays offer. Situated in the South West of England, Gloucestershire County has scenic, flowing rivers and undulating hills or “Wolds” hence the area known as The Cotswolds. The famous Cotswold Hills are part of the fertile valley of the river Severn.

Places of natural beauty include the Forest of Dean and the county is ideal for outdoor pursuits such as cycling, walking, hiking, falconry, horse riding, fishing, water sports, and peacefully meandering through the lanes in a vehicle visiting the delights of this beautiful county.

Many market towns were built around natural springs and still have spa baths that can be visited. These towns became prosperous through the spas and through markets and visiting traders as the location within England suited those coming to sell goods from all points of the compass. The wealth generated from these market towns allowed pride and civic virtue to build splendid architectural monuments to the prosperity of the times. Town halls, stately homes, churches and manor houses all bear testament to the success of Gloucestershire’s geography and natural resources.

The principal towns include, Cheltenham home to the famous spa and Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. All of these towns have plenty to offer the visitor and are thriving and bustling with plenty of tearooms, restaurants, museums and other places of interest. Shopping is excellent and there are many curio shops, local crafts, fine foods, woollen garments and antiques to take home as a souvenir. Christmas shopping (dare we mention the festive season!) is easy in the emporiums of Gloucestershire towns and villages with unusual and unique gifts on offer.

Gloucestershire holidays provide a great opportunity to get a taste of what it is like to live in this beautiful county and to experience a traditional English way of life.

The best way to take advantage of all that Gloucestershire has to offer is to rent a holiday cottage that is equipped with everything you need. With Gloucestershire’s fine locally produced food and drink, you can even dine like a native. Shopping at the artisan bakeries, delicatessens, and butchers will introduce you to high quality flavoursome food offering home comfort and an introduction to local cuisine. If you do not want to cook dinner each evening, try one of the many English pubs with a Gloucestershire character where you can avail of affordable, quality food cooked freshly. Why not wash down your meal with Gloucestershire cider or apple juice – there is nothing finer.

Cooks Green Holiday Cottage is open all year and is available for rent for a few days, weekends or by the week. Christmas in Gloucestershire is very special so be sure to book your stay with us early over this period. Ideal for families, couples and the family dog or cat, we welcome you to our special piece of England for your Gloucestershire holidays.

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