Destination guide

Gloucestershire is the heart of the Cotswolds

Gloucestershire, a county in south-west England, is best known for having a large swath of the rolling Cotswolds Hills, the Forest of Dean and the meandering River Severn, as well as elegant towns and sleepy villages. It's got a long history that dates all the way back to the Roman times, more than 2,000 years ago. If you stay in a Gloucestershire vacation rental during summer, you can immerse yourself in a packed schedule of events, from outdoor concerts to foodie festivals, go hiking along the winding footpaths, or ride along the equestrian trails.


The rolling hills and forests of Gloucestershire

This might be, in the most part, a sleepy corner of the UK, but that doesn't mean you need to be inactive when you stay in a Gloucestershire vacation rental. The green rolling hills and valleys of the nearby Cotswolds are criss-crossed with ancient trails that can be used for walking. Alternatively, saddle up for a day of cycling, or horseback riding, along the scenic bridleways. When you've had a bracing day out in the countryside, you could drop into one of the old country pubs for a well-earned pint before returning to your cozy Gloucestershire rental.


Save a few bucks, visit Gloucestershire in spring or fall

Like most of the UK, Gloucestershire vacation rentals are busiest during the summer months, when families from the big cities and abroad descend on the county for the fascinating attractions and endless outdoor adventures. The summer comes, unsurprisingly, with the biggest price tag and if you'd like to save a few bucks, try scoring a rental in the shoulder months, as spring or fall sees the prices take a nosedive. No matter when you decide to visit Gloucester (or any other part of the UK), be sure to pack an umbrella to counter the notoriously fickle weather.

Natural features

A diverse range of habits in Gloucestershire

Just moments from your Gloucestershire vacation rental is the Cotswolds and its diverse range of habitats, from river systems to grasslands and forests, which are home to much British wildlife. Otters can be seen splashing around in the network of rivers in search of prey, while water shrew scamper along the river banks. Swimming up the rivers are brown trout and white clawed crayfish. If you look up at the trees you might catch a glimpse of kingfishers or grey wagtails, while at night you'll hear the hoot of owls.


Transportation to and around Gloucestershire

The nearest airport is in Oxford (OXF), located 34.9 mi (56.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.), which is 39.2 mi (63.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cheltenham Spa Station, Gloucester Station and Stroud Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Gloucestershire?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,502 vacation rentals near Gloucestershire. From 702 Cottages to 527 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gloucestershire for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gloucestershire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gloucestershire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • The Cotswolds: 3,248 vacation rentals
  • Stow-on-the-Wold: 687 vacation rentals
  • Chipping Campden: 804 vacation rentals
  • Bourton-on-the-Water: 612 vacation rentals
  • France Lynch: 393 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Gloucestershire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gloucestershire?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gloucestershire:

  • Stow-on-the-Wold: 687 rentals
  • Chipping Campden: 804 rentals
  • Bourton-on-the-Water: 612 rentals
  • France Lynch: 393 rentals
  • Gloucester: 955 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Gloucestershire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Gloucestershire are:

  • Cheltenham (CHW-Royal Well Bus Station): 1,591 vacation rentals
  • Gloucestershire Airport (GLO): 1,487 vacation rentals
  • Bristol Airport (BRS): 1,049 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Gloucestershire?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Gloucestershire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): 821 rentals
  • Birdland Park and Gardens: 1,613 rentals
  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach: 1,082 rentals
  • Chipping Campden Church of St James: 1,361 rentals
  • Thornbury Castle: 1,153 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gloucestershire listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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