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On the Map: Gloriously Different Stays in Gloucestershire

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Published 16/06/2021 On the Map: Gloriously Different Stays in Gloucestershire


A picture of traditional English elegance, Gloucestershire is defined by its exquisite spa and market towns, stately homes, and fresh green landscapes.

Here you can savour high tea in medieval market squares, after a day of walking through scenic Cotswold villages, or whizzing through the wildlife-steeped Forest of Dean on two wheels.

Also boasting vibrant festivals and sporting events galore, there's no shortage of ways to spend your time!

Enjoy them all to your hearts' content, before heading back to the luxurious comfort of one of these suitably unusual retreats.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: A dip in the lake at Campwell

Rainforest Chapel

Rainforest Chapel

Find your own peaceful sanctuary in this ingeniously converted chapel that is packed full of original features and charm in the popular Forest of Dean. Lovingly restored and transformed into a fantastic holiday let out of the ordinary, Rainforest Chapel definitely has a unique appearance; its square front has arched windows above a quaint porch where you can rest your boots after a busy day of…

Campden Yurts

Campden Yurts

Make your escape to the glorious Cotswolds all the more memorable by staying at Campden Yurts. This superb site on a five-acre smallholding offers exclusive glamping between two gorgeous yurts - perfect for a family adventure in the Gloucestershire countryside. Campden Yurts is a little piece of pastoral heaven, set on the edge of the popular market town of Chipping Campden and surrounded by…

The Glamping Orchard

The Glamping Orchard

Rural glamping in Longney, Gloucestershire; The Warwick Knight, a restored 1950s caravan with rooftop garden as seen on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, and Belle, a charming bell tent. Something very special is waiting for you in the gorgeous Severn Vale...the Glamping Orchard. In this haven of loveliness, couples and families can discover two unforgettable glamping abodes and experience…

Brookbank Folly

Brookbank Folly

Step into another world at Brookbank Folly - a wonderfully secluded, utterly charming, hand-built hideaway for two, nestled on the edge of the stunning Royal Forest of Dean. When you first arrive at Brookbank Folly, you could be forgiven for thinking this gorgeous cabin has been here for centuries. From the crooked garden fence to the remarkable timber-framed structure, Brookbank Folly bursts…

Huntsman Lakehouse

Huntsman Lakehouse

A design-led, three-storey Cotswolds villa set just 90 minutes from London, infused with unmatched style and outstanding views. Huntsman Lakehouse is no ordinary Cotswolds lakehouse.  After all, how many holiday homes have you visited that featured interiors designed by Kate Moss, Kelly Hoppen and Phillipe Starck, amongst many others? This vibrant lakehouse boasts four bedrooms…

Forest Holidays Forest of Dean

Forest Holidays Forest of Dean

Experience true luxury, encircled by unspoilt rivers, rocks and woodland, courtesy of Forest Holidays in the Forest of Dean. With thrilling activities, indulgent treats and a remarkable cabin, your perfect escape awaits! In Gloucestershire's incredible Forest of Dean, you'll discover 120 luxurious Forest Holidays cabins. Each one blends beautifully with the magnificent natural surroundings,…

Island Lodge

Island Lodge

Holiday with a difference in a design-led luxury lodge, set within 650 refreshing acres of Cotswold lakeland. Sleeping up to eight people in four stylish bedrooms, two-storey Lechlade Lodge is the perfect setting for groups who appreciate a little luxury in life alongside breathtaking lakeside views. With interiors elegantly crafted by the celebrated Yoo Design Studio, you'll find…

Stow-on-the-Wold Spa

Stow-on-the-Wold Spa

Rural grandeur and intrigue awaits, in a deluxe Grade II-listed spa nestled in a row of Cotswold stone cottages. You'll find Stow-on-the-Wold Spa in Lower Swell, a quintessential Cotswold village that's an easy gateway to many beautiful rural towns. Sleeping up to four people in stylish opulence, ‘England's smallest spa' is guaranteed to captivate you from the moment you arrive.…

The Cider Shed

The Cider Shed

Experience the ultimate in luxurious relaxation for two and a perfect mini-moon spot, amongst endless Cotswold valley views. You'll find The Cider Shed nestled on a hillside in the charming Gloucestershire village of Slad, once the home of author Laurie Lee (who penned the classic ‘Cider with Rosie'). Pet-friendly and private, you'll feel as though you've escaped to another world…

The Red Bus

The Red Bus

A quirky and imaginative hideaway, with all the delights of the Gloucestershire countryside literally on the doorstep! Sleeping up to six people in perfect rural comfort, The Red Bus is a joyfully idyllic haven for families looking to reconnect in nature (whilst having plenty of fun into the bargain). A cosy, colourful and creative conversion of an Eighties' double-decker Metro bus, this…

Cart Shed

Cart Shed

A stylish and stunning Cotswolds conversion that's ideal for families in search of a picturesque rural retreat (you can bring the dogs, too!). Proclaimed "the most beautiful village in England" by none other than William Morris, Bibury looks as though it's been plucked fresh from the easel of a master painter. The tranquil River Coln flows through the village, with the cottages of Arlington Row…

Grain Store

Grain Store

An amazingly light, bright and beautiful space for large group stays, surrounded by the picturesque rural splendour of the Cotswolds. Sleeping up to ten guests, Grain Store is the perfect retreat for groups of family or friends in search of something a little more soothing than the relentless daily grind. Before you've even set foot inside the stunningly converted storage barn, you're sure to…

The Hudnalls Hideout

The Hudnalls Hideout

An ultra-luxurious, design-led and TV-featured treehouse-for-two, deliciously secluded amongst private woodland in the beautiful Wye Valley. If you had to imagine the perfect setting for a romantic treehouse, you'd be hard pressed to come up with anything quite as idyllic as the Wye Valley (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, no less). Surrounded by ancient, wildlife-steeped…

Campwell

Campwell

An off-grid, eco-friendly village inspired and powered by nature, with eclectic accommodation hidden in woodland near Bath. Campwell at Cherry Wood promises a holiday life that's filled with natural simplicity and fresh-air adventure. In other words, it's the perfect antidote to our hectic, digital-infused lives! An off-grid, low-impact village mostly created by green woodworker Tim Gatfield,…

LV14 SULA Lightship

LV14 SULA Lightship

Enjoy a unique and scenic adult-only stay aboard a historic British Lightship, beautifully restored and enchantingly moored in the Gloucester Docks. LV14 SULA is a charmingly characterful vessel, with a wealth of fascinating tales to tell and a very unique USP - she is the only Lightship in the UK on which you can stay aboard!Described by the BBC as a "local celebrity of the Gloucester Docks",…

The Clock Tower Stow

The Clock Tower Stow

Time to relax, in a stylish penthouse apartment in a historic church, gently nestled by a village green in the heart of the Cotswolds. Unique and breath-taking, you'll discover The Clock Tower Stow in the timeless midst of Stow-on-the-Wold, a stunning Cotswolds market town that breathes with history. The stylish penthouse apartment is part of a former Methodist church that dates back to the 19th…

The Roost Glamping

The Roost Glamping

Two sumptuous adults only, dog-friendly cedar cabins with a hot tub and luxuries galore, bespoke crafted and nestled in the magical Forest of Dean. If you're ready for a break from life's hustle and bustle (and who isn't?), you'll find The Roost Glamping waiting for you with open arms. Set within 2.5 enchanting acres of meadow in a Forest of Dean Special Area of Conservation, the two bespoke…

Resilient Woodlands Retreat

Resilient Woodlands Retreat

Two naturally luxurious eco-glamping cabins, stunningly located between the rivers Wye and Severn in the enchanting Forest of Dean. Specifically created to help stressed-out souls enjoy tranquil woodland beauty in a natural and sustainable way, Resilient Woodland Retreat occupies a truly sublime position in the ancient, magical Forest of Dean. The two eco-friendly, bespoke-crafted cabins you'll…

Under the Walnut Tree

Under the Walnut Tree

A soothing shepherd's hut, set on the historic grounds of a Grade I listed house, with an outdoor swimming pool and idyllic views of wildlife-steeped Gloucestershire countryside. Dating all the way back to the 12th century, the Grade I listed Painswick Lodge is gently elevated in a Gloucestershire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with mesmerising views that lead your gaze down to the tranquil,…

Tudor Oak

Tudor Oak

A luxurious shepherd's hut with a wood-fired hot tub, set within the grounds of a Grade I listed former royal retreat with views of mesmerising Gloucestershire countryside.Once a grand hunting lodge used by King Henry VIII himself, the expertly restored, Grade I listed Painswick Lodge is said to date right back to the 12th century.   Gently elevated in a Gloucestershire Area of Outstanding…

The Tin Barn

The Tin Barn

A creative and elegant retreat with a romantic wood-fired hot tub, pet-friendly and perfectly positioned to showcase spectacular views of the wooded hills of the Forest of Dean.Lovingly crafted from reclaimed materials by its imaginative owner, The Tin Barn is beautifully nestled amongst Gloucestershire countryside, boasting amazing views of the Forest of Dean.Sleeping a romantic couple and their…

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