Destination guide

Stroud District: a popular weekend getaway

Stroud District lies in the south-west of England and is occupied by a swath of the Cotswolds, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. Its location near Bristol and just a couple of hours west of London make it a popular place for families, looking to escape from the cities for a weekend walking break. The landscape of rolling green hills, patchwork of woodlands and ancient castles is some of the most scenic in the UK. If you're planning to stay in a Stroud District vacation rental in the heart of the Cotswolds during summer, you won't regret it.

Things to do

Ancient ruins and historic markets in Stroud

This part of the UK is steeped in history. From old English gardens to historic castles, you can hardly turn a corner in Stroud District without bumping into something ancient. Even the market in the town's Shambles has been there, in some form or other, for the best part of 500 years. Dig around a little and you'll find ancient Roman ruins, historic stately homes and a wealth of museums. When you stay in a Stroud District vacation rental, don't worry about the country's famously fickle weather. Come rain or shine, there is always a place for family fun days out in the Cotswolds and beyond.

Activities

Remember to pack hiking boots for Stroud District

You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do near your Stroud District vacation rental. Try to remember your hiking boots, because the criss-cross of footpaths that wind up through the Cotswold Hills are astonishingly beautiful. If walking isn't your thing, you could saddle up and horseback ride along the hilly bridleways. For something completely different, you can hop into one of the tandem gliders to see the rolling hills, forests and pretty towns from above. There is no better way to close the day than with a pint by a cozy fire in one of the locals' country pubs.

Weather

Stroud's weather never dampens the spirits

The busiest season for Stroud District vacation rentals is during the summer months, when families take a break from the stuffy cities and go hiking in the hills. Unsurprisingly, it comes with the highest price tag and your best bet, if you'd like to travel between June and August, is to book up you rental early. That said, if you don't mind the odd British drizzle, you could consider nabbing a rental in spring or fall, when the prices take a nosedive and there are far fewer walkers on the trails. Pro tip: April can often be wonderfully warm and bright, with little rainfall.

Natural features

You won't need to travel far from Stroud for nature

You don't have to stray far from your Stroud District vacation rental to delve into nature and some of country's most celebrated wildlife. The hilly grasslands, network of rivers and forests which make up the Cotswolds teem with British wildlife species. Look down into the rivers and you'll likely spot the odd otter searching for fish or water shrew scampering along the edge of its banks. In the water, magnificent brown trout swim downstream passing clawed crayfish and avoiding the hooks of anglers. You're never too far away from a kingfisher and, at night, you'll hear the haunting hoot of owls.

How to get there

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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Glos?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,852 vacation rentals near Glos. From 1,393 Cottages to 1,393 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Glos for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Glos?

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

  • The Cotswolds: 3,551 vacation rentals
  • Cotswold District: 2,196 vacation rentals
  • Chipping Campden: 846 vacation rentals
  • Stow-on-the-Wold: 722 vacation rentals
  • Bourton-on-the-Water: 638 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Glos! 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 Glos?

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 Glos:

  • Chipping Campden: 846 rentals
  • Stow-on-the-Wold: 722 rentals
  • Bourton-on-the-Water: 638 rentals
  • Cirencester: 555 rentals
  • Moreton-in-Marsh: 1,060 rentals

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

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  • Gloucestershire Airport (GLO): 1,580 vacation rentals
  • Bristol Airport (BRS): 1,214 vacation rentals

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

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  • Moreton-In-Marsh Station: 1,527 rentals
  • Chipping Campden Church of St James: 1,453 rentals
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum: 1,690 rentals
  • Berkeley Castle: 1,022 rentals
  • Highgrove House: 1,361 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Glos 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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