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Luxury Holiday Cottages in Gloucestershire


Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds and opening your windows to gaze upon the beautiful and majestic forestry of Gloucestershire. It could be you when looking for holiday lets in Gloucestershire. The woods and forests of Gloucestershire are a nature lover's paradise.

The Forest of Dean, located in the west of the county, is a top-rated destination known for its ancient oak trees that tower high above the forest floor, casting dappled sunlight on the winding streams and rivers that flow through the area. The forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including deer, badgers, and birds of prey, such as the buzzard and kestrel. Visitors can also spot the rare and protected wild boar roaming the forest.

If you're searching for holiday lets in Gloucestershire, Big House Holiday Lets offers the best selection of luxury holiday cottages in Gloucestershire, perfect for large groups looking to have fun and connect with nature. When you rent luxury holiday cottages in Gloucestershire, you'll surely have an unforgettable experience.

So why wait? In this article, we will explore the forests around Gloucestershire and share interesting tidbits about each location. Don't worry; you won't get lost in these forests; we'll guide you.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a popular tourist destination in south-central England, known for its rolling hills, oolitic limestone buildings, and abundance of natural beauty. This section will explore some key features that make the Cotswolds a special place to visit.

The Cotswolds is an Outstanding Natural Beauty Area (AONB) covering 2,038 square kilometres (790 sq mi) of countryside in south central England. The AONB was first designated in 1966, with four organisations currently managing it: the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Natural England, the Forestry Commission, and the National Trust.

The landscape of the Cotswolds is characterised by its rolling hills and valleys, which consist of oolitic limestone - a type of sedimentary rock that forms in warm shallow seas. This limestone is particularly porous, which means it absorbs water quickly and is very soft when it first develops. Over time, though, the limestone hardens and becomes much stronger.

One of the most distinctive features of the Cotswold landscape is its villages, which are built from this oolitic limestone. The villages often have picturesque thatched cottages with honey-coloured stone walls. Many of these villages date to medieval times and remain mostly unchanged from their initial construction centuries ago.

Another key feature that makes the Cotswolds special is its wildlife abundance. The area is home to red kites, buzzards, peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks, hares, deer, badgers, and otters. The Cotswolds also have a wide variety of plant life, including wildflowers such as bluebells, orchids and buttercups.

The Cotswolds is a beautiful area with a lot to offer visitors. Whether you're interested in exploring its picturesque villages or enjoying its abundance of wildlife, the Cotswolds will leave you with lasting memories.

The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is a beautiful and unique England area perfect for a luxury holiday rental. The area is full of scenic walks, hiking trails, and the Dean Academy, a specialist sports college. When you rent a luxury holiday cottage in the Forest of Dean, you will surely have an unforgettable experience.

You'll find the Forest of Dean in west Gloucestershire, near the border with Wales. It spans over 110 square miles and contains four distinct quarters: The Royal Forest of Dean, the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Dean proper, and the village of Littledean. The area is well known for its natural beauty, variety, and historical significance.

The first recorded mention of the forest of Dean dates to the year 1002 when it was mentioned in a charter by King Ethelred the Unready. In Norman times, the forest was granted to Walter de Lacy by William the Conqueror. Since then, a lot of different families and institutions have owned it. In 1857, an Act of Parliament established the Forestry Commission, which still manages most of the forest today.

The Forest of Dean has always been popular due to its natural beauty and variety. In recent years, it's become increasingly popular with walkers and hikers, as there are numerous scenic routes. It's also home to the Dean Academy, a specialist sports college which attracts students from all over the world.

If you're looking for a truly unique and memorable holiday experience, look no further than the Forest of Dean. Luxury holiday cottages in this area offer everything you could want – from stunning views and walk to world-class facilities at the Dean Academy – so why not start planning your trip today?

The Severn Vale

The Severn Vale is a beautiful and largely rural area of England, situated between the Severn Estuary and the Cotswolds. It's home to some of the country's most picturesque villages, including Castle Combe, Bibury, and Arlington. The Severn Vale is also home to many stately homes and castles, such as Berkeley Castle and Westonbirt House.

If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, then Severn Vale is the perfect place. With its picturesque villages and stately homes, Severn Vale offers visitors a chance to get away from it all and enjoy the peace of the English countryside.

There's Something For Everyone

As you end your stay in Gloucestershire, you'll have many choices regarding how to spend your last few days. Whether you want to explore more of the stunning countryside, visit some of the county's towns and cities, or relax in your luxury holiday cottage with your friends and family, there's something for everyone in Gloucestershire.

And if you're looking for the perfect place to stay in Gloucestershire, look no further than Big House Holiday Lets. We offer the best luxury holiday cottages in Gloucestershire, ideal for large groups looking to have fun and connect amid nature. The cottages are well-equipped with all the amenities you need for a relaxing holiday, including a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living area and a private garden. 

The cottages are located in some of the most picturesque parts of the county, and you'll enjoy stunning countryside views. Spending time in a beautiful setting with family and friends can create lasting memories.

So what are you waiting for? Book your holiday cottage in Gloucestershire today and start planning your perfect getaway.

  • Bromsash House

    Prices from £3,650.00

    Bromsash House is a grand Manor house boasting six acres of land. 5 bedrooms in the main house sleep 14 adults .There are also 2 self contained annexes each of which sleeps 3 . There is a Lodge with 3 double bedrooms and Games Room.. The gardens are huge and boast a huge array of unusual trees, fruit trees, rose bushes, and magnolias, creating perfect areas in which to play and explore. Patio with lovely furniture and Hot Tub. Bromsash House sleeps 24 in total.

    • 2 Hot Tubs
    • 2 Annexes sleeping 2 + 1 in sofa bed
    • 2 Pets Welcome
    • Max sleepers 24
    • Linen Provided
  • Wye Rapids House

    Prices from £2,950.00

    13 bedroom (11 ensuite) converted hotel overlooking the River Wye rapids at Symonds Yat. Large dining room , bar, lounge, patio, riverside garden plus outdoor hot tub (that can be hired) and games room. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sights and sound of nature all around you. An ideal pet-friendly cottage for large group holidays. With flat walks and 3 nearby pubs and restaurants, Wye Rapids provides an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for up to 30 guests (26 adults max plus 4 children)

    • 11 ensuite Bedrooms plus family room and shared bathroom sleeps 26 adults plus 4 children
    • Hot tub hire available
    • All dine together
    • Fully commercial kitchen
    • Offroad parking for 16 cars
  • Monnow Valley Studio

    Prices from £3,650.00

    Sleeps 24 in 11 bedrooms , world famous recording studio on banks of the River Monnow, full of memorabilia with Party Room, Games Room, Cinema Room, stunning dining room, huge modern kitchen, hot tub (hire charge) . Pets are not allowed. peaceful, quiet , safe with no traffic, fishing and swimming from the garden. Licensed for Weddings - 50 max.

    • Outdoor Hot Tub
    • Huge soundproof Party Room
    • Games and Cinema Room
    • 11 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Licensed for weddings up to 50
  • The Manor on the Monnow

    Prices from £2,950.00

    Majestic Manor House sleeping 24 in 11 bedrooms, huge lounge and dining room. Big kitchen and separate breakfast room. Games room and covered Hot Tub in 2 acre safe and private grounds. On the banks of the River Monnow, fishing from garden and wild swimming a very short walk. 10 minute flat stroll into town, the Manor is perfect for town and country group self catering in the picturesque border town of Monmouth. Pet friendly.

    • Games Room and Hot Tub
    • Fishing from riverbank
    • Wild swimming 100 yards
    • Galleried Hall with woodburner
    • 11 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms
  • Forest House

    Prices from £2,950.00

    This 11 ensuite bedroom converted 4* Hotel sleeps up to 25 in the centre of Coleford, the heart of the Forest of Dean - Hot Tub, 2 Lounges, Games Room with pool table, Large dining room, fantastic kitchen. Off road walks and cycling from door. Pet friendly. Short walk to shops, pubs, restaurants. A perfect location for sampling the huge array of activities and attractions in the Forest of Dean.

    • 11 Ensuite bedrooms sleeping 25
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room with Pool Table
    • All Dine Together
    • Pet Friendly for 2 dogs
  • Holly Tree House

    Prices from £2,450.00

    Charming villa above Symonds Yat, sleeping 22 in 9 bedrooms overlooking River Wye. Two lounges, a large dining room and patio plus covered, outdoor Hot Tub and Games Room. Short walk to 3 pubs (with excellent food), river ferry, and flat riverside circular walk - super pet-friendly. Loads of activities inc canoes and paddle boards. verty safe and secure, no traffic. Ideal multi generation holiday cottage. Holly Tree House provides accommodation in an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    • 9 bedrooms sleeping 12 - 22
    • 8 Bath and Shower/Loos
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Pet Friendly
    • 3 Pub/Restaurants walkable
  • Fairlea Grange

    Prices from £2,650.00

    This striking gothic townhouse in the heart of Abergavenny is full of character and inspired Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie The Lady Vanishes. It was the childhood home of Ethel Lina White who wrote the original novel. If you want your stay to evoke a dramatic atmosphere this is the holiday home for you! 9 bedrooms, sleeping up to 24 people with 2 lounges , 2 kitchens , games Room, Hot Tub, enclosed garden in walking distance of town centre and Station. Pet friendly.

    • 9 bedrooms, 7 ensuites
    • Pets Welcome
    • Games Room
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Near Brecon Beacons
  • River Wye Lodge

    Prices from £3,150.00

    Converted Coaching Inn on the banks of the River Wye, with park and canoe launch - short walk to village shop, pub, Indian takeaway and fish and chip shop. Sleeps 26 in 12 bedrooms, 10 having glorious views of the River Wye. Accessibility ramp to the front door and the ground floor houses a wheelchair friendly twin room with an en-suite wet room. Huge dining room and lounge, 2 connected kitchens, playground outside. Games Room. Pet friendly.

    • 12 Bedrooms sleeping 26
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room
    • Dine 26 round one table
    • Twin disabled bedroom wet room en suite
  • High Cloud Farm and Barn

    Prices from £2,450.00

    The secluded hilltop retreat of explorer, adventurer, and author Christina Dodwell, High Cloud Farm, a perfect location for 3 generation celebrations, with maps, books, pictures and artefacts in evidence everywhere. This remote rural cottage on the Wales borders offers total privacy as a large party house or holiday retreat. Hot tub and heated Swimming Pool (May till October). farmhouse sleeps 12 and Barn sleeps 12. Everyone can dine together in the Barn. 3 Kitchens, Games Room, pet friendly.

    • Dining table seats 24
    • 10 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Large games room
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Covered hot tub
  • Orchard House

    Prices from £2,950.00

    farmhouse and annexe sleeps up to 24 people in 10 bedrooms and is ideal for family occasions, birthday celebrations, reunions, and holiday breaks. Walk through the fields into your own private woodland, bike on traffic free lanes, canoe or cruise the nearby River Wye, enjoy unlimited local activities and award winning pubs and restaurants. Hot tub hire available and well behaved hens are welcomed. Stunning Spanish riding horses bred on site. pet friendly. Big games room and ground floor bedroom/shower room for limited mobility guests.

    • 10 Bedrooms
    • 2 kitchens
    • Large TV Lounge
    • 8 bath and shower rooms/loos
    • Hot tub Hire available
  • The Anchor

    Prices from £2,450.00

    Set in the heart of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean and previously know as The Anchor Inn, this cosy village pub, which dates back to the 15th century, is now a charmingly converted holiday cottage sleeping 20 in 7/8 ensuite bedrooms. Lovely Games Room and covered Hot Tub. Enclosed rear garden, pet friendly. Walk to village pubs, shop and chippie! Easy access to riverside.

    • 7/8 ensuite bedrooms sleep 22
    • G/F room, sofa bed & bathroom
    • Dogs and other pets welcome
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Dine 20 round one table
  • Pencraig Court

    Prices from £3,850.00

    Classic country house sleeping 36 in 11 bedrooms midway between Monmouth and Ross on Wye overlooking the river. Pet friendly, stunning rooms, large grounds, games room. On site 3 bed cottage sleeping a further 8 available. Landscaped grounds and gardens and a sweeping drive with an extensive parking area, totalling 3.6 Acres. Hot tub hire available.

    • 11 Ensuite Bedrooms sleeping 36
    • Attached 3 Bed cottage sleeping 8
    • Games Rooms with Table Football and Pool table
    • Hot tub Hire available
    • Pet Friendly
  • Carefree Cottage

    Carefree Cottage is a pretty 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 8 midway between Ross on Wye and Monmouth