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Our guide to luxury Gloucestershire holidays

With honeyed villages and undulating hills, Gloucestershire is about as idyllic as it gets. The ancient Forest of Dean and Wye Valley are just some of its selling points; here’s the Unique guide to luxury Gloucestershire holidays.

If there’s one British county that’s earned its bragging rights, it’s Gloucestershire. Around every corner, you’ll find beguiling views calling out to be captured on Kodak, wildflower-strewn trails, and proper British pubs made for testing local pints after a morning spent exploring chocolate-box towns. Whether you’re dusting off your walking boots for a hike through the Coln Valley, christening a new notepad at the Literature Festival, or donning your finest tweed for a day at Cheltenham Racecourse, you’ll find everything you need to know in our guide to luxury Gloucestershire holidays here.

So, leave the guidebook at home, for we’ve covered where to eat, what to do, and all the must-see sights. From picking up picnic spoils at Stroud Farmers' Market to tucking into a cream tea fit for a King at Highgrove House, this is what we spend all year daydreaming about. As for where to lay your head in the Heart of England? There’s everything from island boltholes for two (yes, really) to chic 17th-century farmhouse retreats fit for hosting the whole crew – and the dog, too. From Cirencester to Bourton-on-the-Water, isn’t it high time you got off the beaten track and escaped to the country?

Locations in Gloucestershire

Whilst the towns of Cheltenham and Cirencester may vie for attention, from Bibury to Bentham, there´s plenty of sleepy villages steeped in history and winding woodland trails to explore across this charming county.

Collections in Gloucestershire

Seeking a romantic place to tete-a-tete or a country pile to fit a crowd? Our collections tick all the boxes, with hand-picked homes boasting bubbling hot tubs, tennis courts, private chefs, and secret gardens for sundowners.

Things to do in Gloucestershire

Stuff a backpack with cocoa flasks for a sunrise jaunt up Cleeve Common with only wildflowers and rare butterflies for company, or while away the afternoon riverside, returning with fresh trout for supper in the courtyard.

Things to see in Gloucestershire

Little ones can spy rare species at Cotswold Wildlife Park, whilst green-fingered groups gallivant through Sudeley Castle´s sprawling gardens. Brush up on your history at Blenheim or step right into scenes-of-old in Bibury.

Where to eat in Gloucestershire

It´s no surprise foodies flock to Gloucestershire; here, you´ll find the best coffee this side of Bondi, delis decked with prime produce, and charming pubs specialising in Sunday roasts, roaring log fires, and convivial chatter.

Journals about Gloucestershire

An owner´s tale of five generations of bucolic bliss, a deep dive into Gloucestershire´s finest private pools, and homes plucked from the pages of fairytales; here are odes to the county that claims the heart of all who visit.

To the ends of the Earth

To the ends of the Earth

Ah, the ends of the Earth. From Ittoqqortoormiit to Alaska, all explorers have their own idea on the matter. But the notion that an “end” exists reveals a truth so often missed. Call it a reawakening.

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The Great British Spa-cation

The Great British Spa-cation

Put the wrapping paper down and the feet up. This year, the most sought-after winter stays are all about warm water therapy, palatial living, and never missing out on poolside Champagne.

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The British Nordic

The British Nordic

We owe much to The Nordics. Givers of Edvard Munch and the Moomins, of saunas and smörgåsbords. Here, we offer up our most earthen homes, built on hygge foundations.

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The best houses to rent for a New Year’s Eve getaway

The best houses to rent for a New Year’s Eve getaway

From glittering affairs where grandparents waltz under crystal chandeliers to romantic getaways in cottages with hot tubs, New Year’s Eve parties are as unique as the folk who make them.

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Gloucestershire FAQ´s

Looking for expert travel advice? Want to know the most famous filming locations in the county? If you have a Gloucestershire-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

What is Gloucester famous for?

Gloucestershire boasts some of Britain’s most striking countryside. The majority of the coveted Cotswolds lies within its boundaries, as does the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

A haven for history buffs, Gloucestershire offers many landmark sites, including Chedworth Roman Villa and the impressive earthwork remains of Corinium Amphitheatre (now Cirencester), as well as the spa town of Cheltenham, with its Georgian and Regency architecture.

Was Harry Potter filmed in Gloucestershire?

Gloucester Cathedral’s impressive cloisters and corridors were once home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Though Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid may have moved on, a trip to its hallowed halls is guaranteed to cast a spell on Potterheads across the ages.

How far is Gloucestershire from London?

Offering an easy escape from the rat race of city living, Gloucestershire is just 98 miles from London. The average journey time by train between Gloucester and London Paddington is under two hours, while driving takes on average 2 hours and 30 minutes. Ideal for a last-minute weekend of rosé-fuelled R&R.

Which notable people live in Gloucestershire?

A luxury self-catering stay in Gloucestershire promises plenty of opportunities for VIP-spotting. The Beckhams, Eddie Redmayne, Liz Hurley, and a handful of Royals – including Princess Anne, Zara and Mike Tindall, and even the King himself – all call the county home.

Own a property in Gloucestershire?

Are you the keeper of a wildflower-wrapped cottage? Or the custodian of a hilltop castle? From Cirencester to Upper Slaughter, we´re seeking Gloucestershire´s most unique homes to join our growing portfolio.

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