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Things to do and places of interest


Whether you want open countryside, wildlife, historic cities and pretty villages, gardens, castles, stately homes, even industrial archaeology, it's all within easy reach. 

The town of Nailsworth is on our doorstep - a lively place with interesting small shops and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. Guests may enjoy walking from the house along numerous footpaths into beautiful countryside, or cycling to Stroud along a quiet cycle trail past ancient wool mills. 

Stroud is the nearest large town, just a few minutes away: A former wool town, built in an unusual (for the Cotswolds) mixture of brick and local stone, the valley floor is still filled with the former mills built beside the old canals, further up the hill slopes are the grand formal buildings built by the well off merchants such as the Subscription Rooms built in 1833. Today it is famous for the excellent Farmers' Market and independent shops such as Made in Stroud. Nailsworth is also perfect for a morning wandering around the craft shops, or doing nothing more strenuous than enjoying a cup of coffee or lunch in the excellent cafes and restaurants. 

This part of the Cotswolds is famous for the glorious views of steep hills and valleys and the golden stone villages nestled in the hillsides. There are many local walks for suitable for all abilities and the Cotswold Way walking trail is only a few miles to the West. We are happy to help you plan a route and lend you maps and guides. If you'd prefer to walk on level ground we can recommend the partially restored canal walks along the valley floor.  

Cirencester, Gloucester and Cheltenham are all steeped in history from pre-Roman times, each has many fine buildings, galleries and local museums. Cheltenham has its famous race course - book early for The Gold Cup! 

Don't forget to bring your membership cards and directories for the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Houses Association! There is a vast number of independent historic buildings and gardens to visit too, such as Woodchester Mansion, Painswick Roccoco Garden, Misarden Park and Berkeley Castle.  

Useful links:


Cotswold Tourism National Trust English Heritage Historic Houses Association Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge