For those looking for a UK destination that offers the very best of rural England we have a superb suggestion! An escape to Gloucestershire offers a good combination of picture postcard villages, artisan food fairs and award-winning pubs and restaurants. Heaped in history and with idyllic landscape to discover by road and foot, the county has a lot to offer visitors, including many popular events throughout the year.
Discovering Gloucestershire’s history
With roots that stretch back to Roman times, this county is ideal for history lovers. A visit to Tewkesbury Abbey provides visitors with much architecture to admire and there’s the fascinating remains at Goodrich Castle to discover too. In addition, when you escape to Gloucestershire, the glorious grounds at Eastnor Castle are worth a trip too. And there’s a real treat for film and literature fans! A visit to Gloucester Cathedral means a walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter as the monastic cloisters featured in the Potter films as the setting for Hogwarts.
Outdoor activities in Gloucestershire
For those who love spending their free time outside an escape to the county of Gloucestershire will not disappoint as it’s a great place for walking, cycling and horse riding too. It’s quite easy to spot birds of prey in the valley at Symonds Yat Rock in Coleford and additionally, the Forest of Dean, which is home to 20 million trees, is great for the entire family. We recommend visitors try out Puzzlewood or explore the incredible Clearwell Caves too.
For adrenaline fans, there ‘s rock climbing in Wye Valley or alternatively visit Chipping Campden for a walking trail that leads visitors through traditional English market towns.
More activities in the area!
Why not consider sampling the local ale on a brewery and beer tasting tour or indulge in afternoon tea in one of the many quaint Gloucestershire villages? And if you like walking there are a good selection of organised walking tours that take visitors through many of the villages and market towns of the Cotswolds.
Gloucestershire is home to plenty of sporting occasions too! Why not join racegoers for the famous Cheltenham Festival that’s held in March? During summer, the sound of a cricket ball meeting bat and the cry of “how’s that” can regularly be heard! Also, don’t forget the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling competition which takes place in the village of Brockworth! Held on May Day bank holiday, this event has become a bit of a phenomenon! It now attracts entrants and visitors from across the globe.
And now that you’ve added this county to your list of places to see, you’ll need a hotel or B&B in Gloucestershire that promises a welcoming and comfortable stay!
Redesale Arms Hotel
Redesale Arms Hotel dates back to 1650 and sits in the historic town of Moreton-in-Marsh on the Roman-built Fosse Way. It’s perfectly located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire.
Heavy oak-beams and Cotswold stone walls bring charm and character to this hotel. Plus the warm and inviting interior guarantees a relaxing night’s sleep in one of 34 guest rooms. For wining and dining, the AA Rosette restaurant is a perfect setting with an exciting menu! The hotel’s team of chefs has created dishes that combine international cooking with traditional British favourites. Using local Cotswold produce, it’s a delicious dining experience for guests who stay at this hotel.
River valleys, water meadows and limestone villages are among some of the nearby attractions in this escape to Gloucestershire. And just seven miles from the hotel is the Broadway Tower, Batsford Arboretum and Falconry Centre, and Cotswold Lavender. Nearby towns and villages include Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Camden.
Number Four at Stow
Number Four at Stow is an award-winning boutique hotel located in Stow-on-the-Wold. Surrounded by gorgeous green rolling hills, its positioned at nearly 800 feet and is the highest of the Cotswolds’ towns. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll from the hotel to the nearby market square, tea rooms and St. Edward’s Church as part of their escape to Gloucestershire.
Under the head chef, a menu of classic English and continental dishes that use locally grown ingredients, including Cotswolds’ meats, will certainly satisfy the hungriest of guests!And its good to know that on days when a mid-afternoon treat of sweet and savoury dishes is preferred to en evening meal, guests can indulge in the delightful ceremony of afternoon tea!
The Number Four at Stow is ideal for business travellers too. Good transport links make it easily accessible for guests travelling in via the A429, A424 and A44. And to top it off, on-site parking is available.
Your escape to Gloucestershire is calling!
To make an enquiry to help you escape to Gloucestershire, or to find out how Infotel works for business clients, contact the team. They’re available on 01775 843417 from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5.30pm.