3 (all year)
Cotswold Park Lodge is a beautiful property on an exclusive estate within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The three bedrooms can comfortably sleep up to six guests, and it is a favourite with families and couples who appreciate the high standard of accommodation. The house is set back from a quiet lane in a peaceful position overlooking the neighbouring fields and countryside. Despite its remote, rural feel, it is less than two miles from Woodmancote village and three miles from Colesbourne. The nearest pub is the 18th Century Bathurst Arms, just over two miles away, and with Cirencester and Cheltenham being so close, there is no shortage of places to eat and drink.
The Cotswolds are renowned worldwide for the beauty of their market towns and villages. The honey-coloured Cotswold stone from which so many houses, including Cotswold Park Lodge, are constructed, contrasts with the abundance of lush green landscape to make even the most functional building look welcoming and pretty. Cirencester and Cheltenham are sizeable towns around a 15-minute drive away. To the Romans, Cirencester was second only to London in size and importance, and the ruins you can see today include an outdoor amphitheatre, the old town walls, and Chedworth villa which is renowned for the quality of its Roman mosaic floors. Cheltenham’s gorgeous Regency buildings appear almost modern in comparison, today housing a fantastic variety of shops and restaurants, particularly in the Montpellier region. Cheltenham also has a famous racecourse and is home to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
While you could easily spend your Cotswold holiday shopping and eating your way around, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside dotted with pretty villages and historic towns like Bourton-on-the-Water, Tetbury, Bibury, Burford and arguably the most picturesque villages in England, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter. The area has many excellent waymarked footpaths designed to offer stunning views, and a good circular local walk starts at the Apple Tree Inn in Woodmancote where a hearty meal in front of the open fire is the perfect way to reward your effort on a winter’s day. The Cotswold Way runs for 102 miles between Bath and Chipping Campden and features 12 circular walks that encompass towns, villages and countryside. The National Trust has also designed a range of footpaths while Miles without Stiles offers less challenging but no less beautiful routes. Cycling is also a popular pastime and there are some challengingly hilly roads and trails to try, as well as some more gentle ones that are flatter and kinder on the legs.
As well as being in the perfect location to access all of the above, Cotswold Park Lodge is also close to stately homes including Cerney House, Rodmarton Manor, Berkeley Castle, Owlpen Manor and Sudeley Castle. Tewkesbury Abbey, the Jet Age Museum and Cotswold Farm Park are also within reach, while Gloucester and Swindon are only half an hour’s drive. You can even get to Stratford-upon-Avon in around an hour, allowing you to tailor the perfect Cotswold holiday no matter what your interests are.
Simon Hanbury joined Independent Cottages in November 2017
The interior of Cotswold Park Lodge has recently been refurbished to offer a high standard of accommodation all on one level.
Outside: The cottage is on the owner's farm and is quiet and peaceful, with no near neighbours. The private garden is spacious and flat and mainly laid to lawn. There is a paved patio area outside the back door with a barbecue, dining table, chairs and umbrella for lazy summer meals. The cottage has private off-road parking to the side.
Additional Information: Cotswold Park Lodge has central heating and WiFi throughout. All utilities, linen and towels are included, and the owner also provides logs for the wood burning stove. Short breaks are possible depending on availability. No smoking. No pets.
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Book a stay for 2018 by 31/12/17 & get the low season cost of £760 regardless of time of year. Offer runs to 3/12/17 & doesn't include Christmas 2018 or the Cheltenham Festival - March 2018