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Cotswold Gateway Escape is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, nestled into the picturesque countryside in the stunning Vale of Evesham on the edge of Cotswolds.
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Croft Farm Water Park enjoys a picturesque location near the medieval Cotswold town of Tewkesbury in the scenic Avon Valley.
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If peace, quiet, an idyllic setting and luxurious accommodation are what you are looking for, look no further.
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Whitemead Forest Park is peacefully tucked away amidst the rolling hills and tranquil woodland of the majestic Forest of Dean.
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Woodside Lodges Country Park is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection, a magical rural retreat set in 25 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds that have won a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation every year since 2005.
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Gloucestershire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Gloucestershire, where the lush Cotswolds meet the Severn Vale, offering a diverse playground for explorers and relaxation-seekers alike. Savour the local cheeses and orchard-fresh ciders as you meander through farmers' markets. Get your adrenaline fix with activities like kayaking down the Wye or hiking the Forest of Dean. Discover charming villages, majestic castles, and the iconic Gloucester Cathedral, a filming location for the Harry Potter films. For those craving a cosy retreat, a lodge or cabin stay in Gloucestershire promises the perfect mix of adventure and tranquillity, whether it's a couple's escape, a family trip, or a chill-out session with friends.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Gloucestershire?

Gloucestershire is a gem in the heart of the Cotswolds, oozing charm with its rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages. It's not just about the scenic beauty; the county is steeped in Roman history, evident in the ancient town of Cirencester. Opting for a lodge over a hotel? You'll get privacy, space, and a slice of the countryside to call your own. Unique to Gloucestershire are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, areas of outstanding natural beauty that offer a tranquil escape. This year, keep an eye out for the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival, both set to draw crowds with their vibrant atmospheres.

If you're visiting Gloucestershire with kids

Absolutely, Gloucestershire is a playground for children! There's a ton for them to explore, from the interactive exhibits at the Gloucester Waterways Museum to the wild encounters at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Lodges offer families the flexibility to live on their own schedule, with plenty of space for kids to play. Plus, many have amenities like pools and game rooms.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing – it can be unpredictable!
  3. Swimwear for lodge pools or nearby leisure centres
  4. Outdoor toys – think frisbees or footballs
  5. Backpacks for day trips
  6. Travel games for quiet evenings in
  7. Snacks for picky eaters when out and about
  8. First aid kit – just in case!
  9. Wellies for muddy adventures
  10. Camera or binoculars for wildlife spotting

Pet Friendly Gloucestershire Adventures

Gloucestershire is a haven for pets, with vast open spaces and welcoming establishments. You'll find plenty of pubs and cafes that cater to four-legged friends, like The Hollow Bottom in Cheltenham or The Black Horse Inn in Stroud. When booking your lodge, hunt for those with enclosed gardens to keep your pooch safe. Also, consider staying near trails or open spaces for easy access to walks.

Dog walking ideas in Gloucestershire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Cotswold Way 102 (total) Rural landscapes, historic sites GL54 1AQ (start)
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail 4.5 Forest, sculptures GL16 7EL
Pittville Park 1.8 (around the lake) Parkland, lakes GL52 2BP
Robinswood Hill Country Park Varies Hilltop views, woodlands GL4 6SX
Tewkesbury Abbey to Deerhurst 3.5 River views, historic buildings GL20 5RZ (start)

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Gloucestershire's lodges offer the perfect escape. Picture this: you and your partner, secluded in a cosy lodge, perhaps with a bottle of bubbly and a pamper pack waiting. Many lodges in the area cater to couples, offering extras like champagne on arrival or rose petals on the bed to set the mood. For a touch of indulgence, book a lodge with a private hot tub – it's the ultimate romantic treat under the stars.

For a day out, couples can explore the quaint villages or take a scenic drive through the Cotswolds. If you're into spa experiences, check out Calcot & Spa or Cowley Manor for a couples' massage. Dining out is a must – Gloucestershire boasts a range of intimate eateries perfect for two.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Gloucestershire is a haven for foodies, with its traditional British cuisine and a focus on local produce. Think Gloucester Old Spot pork, Double Gloucester cheese, and the famous Gloucestershire squab pie. For a memorable dining experience, book a table at The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, known for its organic, locally sourced dishes.

For a pint and a hearty meal, The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power is a top pick. It's family-friendly and has a welcoming atmosphere. Couples looking for a romantic setting should try Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, renowned for its fine dining and exquisite French cuisine.

For a good night out

Gloucestershire's nightlife may surprise you with its variety. For a laid-back evening, visit The Frog and Fiddle in Cheltenham, known for its live music and local ales. If you're after a more vibrant scene, check out Under the Prom, a cocktail bar with a buzzing atmosphere.

For those who love a traditional pub vibe, The Boat Inn in Ashleworth is a gem with its riverside location and excellent reviews. It's an ideal spot to unwind after a day of exploring.

Fishing

Anglers will find Gloucestershire a delightful place to cast a line. Here's a list of some prime fishing spots:

  • Witcombe Waters - GL3 4UH
  • Horseshoe Lake - GL7 5UZ
  • Trioscape Garden Centre Fishing Lakes - GL18 1HQ
  • South Cerney Angling Club Lakes - GL7 5UZ
  • Woodchester Lakes - GL10 3TS

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Gloucestershire doesn't disappoint. Head 4 Heights offers exhilarating aerial adventures, while Forest of Dean Adventure has activities ranging from archery to high ropes. Watersports enthusiasts should visit Cotswold Water Park, where you can try your hand at kayaking, paddleboarding, or sailing.

Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £20-£50 for most activities. Seasonal opening times apply, so check ahead to avoid disappointment.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping Designer Brands, Restaurants GL1 5SH
Regent Arcade Shopping Centre High Street Fashion, Cafés GL50 1JZ
The Suffolks Boutiques Antiques, Jewellery, Gifts GL50 2AB
Cirencester Corn Hall Indoor Market Local Crafts, Artisan Food GL7 2NY
Stroud Farmers' Market Weekly Market Organic Produce, Handmade Goods GL5 1HE

Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure, lodges in Gloucestershire offer the perfect base to explore all that this charming county has to offer.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Gloucestershire

Ford Farm Lodges, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: 15.79 miles / About 30 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Ford Farm Lodges offer a serene escape nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside, featuring luxurious lodges with amenities like hot tubs, infra-red saunas, and woodburning stoves, all set against a backdrop of a babbling stream and unspoilt landscapes.

Who will love these lodges? These lodges are a haven for couples seeking a romantic getaway or small families looking for a peaceful retreat. The idyllic setting and high-end facilities make it perfect for those wanting to unwind in style. The seclusion and natural beauty are the highlights here, offering a unique experience amidst the countryside.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can indulge in the luxury of their private hot tub, enjoy a barbecue on the patio, or cosy up by the woodburning stove. The nearby town of Newent, just 2 miles away, offers charming eateries and drink options. Golf courses, fishing, and tennis are also within easy reach for those looking to stay active.

What's nearby? Explore the historic city of Hereford, the picturesque town of Ledbury, or the bustling city of Gloucester, all within a 20-minute drive. The Malverns, Forest of Dean, and the Cotswolds are also nearby, offering endless opportunities for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Accommodation options: Ford Farm Lodges provides a range of accommodation options, from the secluded Berkeley Elite Spa, perfect for couples, to the family-friendly Arlington Alpine. All lodges come with modern conveniences, and many include hot tubs and are pet-friendly, welcoming up to two pets.


Croft Farm Water Park, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: 16.39 miles / About 22 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Croft Farm Water Park is a chic and contemporary lodge park near Tewkesbury, offering stylish accommodations with views across the lake, complemented by a range of water sports and on-site amenities including a gym, beauty treatments, and a lakeside café.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families and groups who enjoy water-based activities, fitness enthusiasts, or those looking for a relaxing spa break. The park's facilities cater to a broad range of interests, making it an excellent choice for a diverse holiday experience.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can participate in water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. For relaxation, there's a fitness gym, beauty treatments, and massages available. The Lakeside Café offers a spot for dining and refreshments.

What's nearby? The medieval Cotswold town of Tewkesbury is just a stone's throw away, while the Malvern Hills, Bredon Hills, and Forest of Dean offer stunning landscapes for exploration. The area is rich in history and natural beauty, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and culture vultures alike.

Accommodation options: Croft Farm Water Park provides a variety of modern lodges, from the intimate Elm lodge, ideal for couples, to the spacious Scarlett Oak, which can accommodate up to six guests. While some lodges are pet-friendly, others are reserved for guests without pets.


Woodside Lodges Country Park, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: 22.49 miles / About 40 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 7 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Set in 25 acres of award-winning conservation grounds, Woodside Lodges Country Park offers a mix of water, woodland, and stunning scenery. The park provides a rustic escape with activities like wild-water swimming, fishing, and star-gazing, all within reach of the M5.

Who will love these lodges? Nature lovers, families, and friends looking for an authentic country experience will find Woodside Lodges Country Park irresistible. The park's commitment to conservation and the great outdoors makes it a special destination for those wanting to connect with nature.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park is a paradise for outdoor activities, including pond-dipping, wildlife watching, and enjoying the wildflower areas. Guests can also take advantage of the barbecue facilities and relax under the night sky for some impressive star-gazing.

What's nearby? The charming market town of Ledbury is just 10 minutes away, offering cycle hire. For adventure seekers, Symonds Yat is the place for white water canoeing, while the historic cities of Hereford and Ross-on-Wye are 20 minutes away, offering cultural attractions and shopping.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from the spacious Springpools Lodge, suitable for larger groups or families, to the intimate Kites Nest VIP lodge, perfect for couples seeking a romantic retreat. Many lodges include hot tubs and are pet-friendly, welcoming up to two pets.


Forest Hills Lodges, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: 23.16 miles / About 42 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Forest Hills Lodges is a luxurious new addition to the Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, offering bespoke, handcrafted lodges with spacious interiors, modern amenities, and private decking with hot tubs, all set against the backdrop of a golf course and the Forest of Dean.

Who will love these lodges? Discerning guests looking for a high-end lodge experience will appreciate Forest Hills Lodges. The spacious and tastefully furnished lodges are perfect for families, friends, and couples who desire a touch of luxury in a tranquil setting.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodges themselves provide full entertainment with Wi-Fi and streaming services. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on their private decking or unwind in the hot tub under the stars.

What's nearby? The lodges are a short walk from the Forest of Dean, offering a wealth of outdoor activities. The parkland golf course provides additional recreation for golf enthusiasts. The area is also ideal for exploring the picturesque villages and landscapes of the Forest of Dean.

Accommodation options: The lodge options at Forest Hills range from the pet-friendly Avon Forest Pet Friendly Lodge, which sleeps up to 8 guests, to the Wentwood Forest Lodge, perfect for smaller groups or families. All lodges are designed with luxury and comfort in mind, with many featuring hot tubs and welcoming pets.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Gloucestershire

The International Centre for Birds of Prey

  • Opening Times: Daily 10:30 am - 5:30 pm (Feb - Nov)
  • Prices: Adults £12, Children £7
  • Postcode: GL18 1JJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free of charge

If you're fascinated by feathered predators, you'll be in your element here. The International Centre for Birds of Prey is a thrilling experience for families and wildlife enthusiasts. They've got flying demonstrations that are absolutely captivating, and you can even get up close with some of the birds. The centre is constantly updating its exhibits and experiences, so there's always something new to see. To make the most of your visit, check the schedule for flying times before you go, and don't miss the chance to see these majestic creatures in action.

Phone number: 01531 820286 | Web: www.icbp.org


Gloucester Cathedral

  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Free entry, donations welcome
  • Postcode: GL1 2LX
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Westgate Street Car Park

Step into a world of awe-inspiring architecture at Gloucester Cathedral. It's a hit with film fans too – parts of Harry Potter were filmed here! The stained glass windows and the cloisters are particularly stunning. There's no entry fee, but a donation can help preserve this historic gem. The best time to visit is during a choral evensong for an unforgettable auditory experience. Grab a guidebook or join a guided tour to uncover the cathedral's secrets.

Phone number: 01452 528095 | Web: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk


Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

  • Opening Times: Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £10, Children £4
  • Postcode: GL8 8QS
  • Est. time required: Half a day
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, included in ticket price

Nature lovers, listen up! Westonbirt Arboretum is a slice of botanical heaven with over 15,000 trees. It's especially gorgeous in autumn when the leaves turn fiery hues. They've got seasonal trails and events, so check what's on before you go. To see the treetops up close, take a stroll on the STIHL Treetop Walkway. Early mornings are less crowded, and you'll get that fresh, dewy forest vibe.

Phone number: 0300 067 4890 | Web: www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt-the-national-arboretum


Clearwell Caves

  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Apr - Oct), limited winter opening
  • Prices: Adults £9, Children £7
  • Postcode: GL16 8JR
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free of charge

Adventure seekers, get ready to explore the underground world of Clearwell Caves. It's a fantastic spot for families and anyone interested in geology or mining history. The caves are natural, but they've been mined for ochre and iron over thousands of years. Wear comfy shoes and bring a jacket – it's cooler down there. Christmas time is magical here, with a unique underground market and festive decorations.

Phone number: 01594 832535 | Web: www.clearwellcaves.com


Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

  • Opening Times: Daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (summer), 10:00 am - 4:00 pm or dusk (winter)
  • Prices: Adults £16, Children £11
  • Postcode: OX18 4JP
  • Est. time required: 4-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free of charge

Animal enthusiasts, you can't miss the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. With everything from rhinos to red pandas, it's a full day of fun for the whole family. The park is beautifully landscaped, so it's also a treat for garden lovers. To beat the crowds, aim for a weekday visit. Don't skip the giraffe feeding experience – it's a highlight! And if you're staying in one of the lodges in Gloucestershire, this park is a must-visit.

Phone number: 01993 823006 | Web: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk


Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

  • Opening Times: Accessible at all times
  • Prices: Free, but parking charges apply
  • Postcode: GL16 7EL
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Beechenhurst Lodge Car Park

Art and nature combine on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. It's an open-air gallery set in stunning woodland. You'll find sculptures that range from the whimsical to the thought-provoking, all created by artists inspired by the forest surroundings. It's a great way to get some exercise and culture at the same time. The trail is ever-changing with new pieces added, so repeat visits are always fresh. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!

Phone number: 01594 822170 | Web: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk


Remember, whether you're staying in cosy lodges in Gloucestershire or just passing through, these attractions are the cream of the crop for a memorable day out. Enjoy your adventures!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, plus the beauty of Gloucestershire's countryside. Many lodges offer spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and often a deck or balcony. Some even boast hot tubs and are pet-friendly. It's the perfect balance of rustic charm and modern amenities.

What should I pack when visiting Gloucestershire?

Pack for the outdoors: walking boots for the trails, a waterproof jacket for unpredictable weather, and layers for warmth. Don't forget a camera to capture the stunning landscapes. For your lodge, bring any speciality food items you love, as local shops may not stock them.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Gloucestershire have adjacent parking, making it super convenient to unload your gear. However, some more secluded spots might require a short walk. Always check with your specific lodge provider for parking details to avoid any surprises.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Gloucestershire's lodges are designed for all weather. Enjoy board games, a good book, or a film if you fancy staying in. If you're up for braving the rain, local attractions like Gloucester Cathedral or The Wilson Art Gallery in Cheltenham offer great indoor alternatives.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo might operate in the area, depending on your lodge's location. For a local touch, try services from farm shops or markets that deliver fresh, regional produce.

Is Gloucestershire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Gloucestershire is stunning year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often better deals on lodges. The changing seasons offer unique experiences, from autumnal walks through the Forest of Dean to cosy winter nights by the fire.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Hot tubs are usually drained, cleaned, and refilled between guests. Most lodge providers in Gloucestershire pride themselves on high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, so you can relax knowing your hot tub is ready for a soak upon arrival.

Are there any family-friendly activities nearby?

Gloucestershire is a playground for families. Check out Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park for animal encounters or Go Ape for treetop adventures. For a quieter day, visit Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, a magical woodland that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges cater to guests with mobility concerns, offering ramps, one-level layouts, and walk-in showers. It's best to discuss your specific needs with the lodge provider beforehand to ensure they can accommodate you comfortably.

Can I find eco-friendly lodges in Gloucestershire?

For sure! There's a growing trend for sustainable travel, and Gloucestershire is on board. Look for lodges with green credentials like solar panels, biomass heating, or those built with sustainable materials. They offer a guilt-free way to enjoy your break while respecting the environment.

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