where in the cotswolds?

(44 Posts)
IDugUpADiamond Thu 03-Apr-14 22:23:49

we're looking for 4 nights accommodation, self catering would be fine, location very important, we'd like to to be idyllic, good for walking and bike rides as well as visiting nice villages and towns. Any suggestions for specific areas/b&b's? cheers

pookamoo Tue 15-Apr-14 20:12:58

I think I'm too scared for a local meet!

GreenShadow Tue 15-Apr-14 13:36:43

With apologies to IDugUpADiamond, but a quick plug for a Stroud area local meet up.

It's on Monday 28th April at the above mentioned Lavender Bake House. Starts at 2pm so ideal for those of us that work mornings.

There is a link to it on the MN Local pages here

Discombobulatedbob Fri 11-Apr-14 08:50:08

My SIL lives stroud way. She's always dragging me out and about.

Pizza at the Stroud brewery is unique. Free cups if tea and they bring you hot water bottles/blankets as the night draws in.

Lavender bake house for coffee/tea - then cycle down the disused canal path in the direction if Cirencester. First you will pass a park (great for paddling). Stop at the Bell in Sapperton (posh) or the dameway before (time machine)

The black horse in Amberley has spectacular views!! Food is a bit ropey but good chips and beer.

Ruskin mill cafe and valley is great for a walk/paddle/lunch/coffee/Steiner alternative feel. The valley peters out into stunning woodland paths, walking away from nailsworth.

pookamoo Wed 09-Apr-14 18:56:17

green phew wink

There seem to be quite a few of us on here, then! Sorry for the thread hijack, OP!

PatTheHammer Wed 09-Apr-14 18:03:46

Yes guiltyblush. I am very careful up Walkley hill and Brimscombe hill hill though in my defence as I do know how annoying it must be for the residents!

Got to work tomorrow so no Winstones for me......although MN would have you believe that people of my profession are all off sunning themselves over the Easter break.....chuckles at the realityconfused

GreenShadow Wed 09-Apr-14 17:47:40

Ahhh Pat, so you are one of those who use my back garden as a rat run.... (only joking)!
You coming up to Winstones again then tomorrow? There were a lot cars there today.

PatTheHammer Wed 09-Apr-14 17:36:09

Not absolving you of all weirdness obviously.....just not an Internet weirdo with hairy handswink

Well. I may be a touch weird wink

PatTheHammer Wed 09-Apr-14 17:32:32

Confirming that monkeyface is not a weirdo, seen her around for quite a few years!

I must admit I prefer the common when the cows aren't out but that's because I'm one of those annoying drivers who uses it as a route to work rather than sitting in Stroud traffic in the morning. I am however different to most it seems in that I drive at the speed limit.

Getting ready to give Greenie and pookie a wave tomorrow on the way in nowwink

GreenShadow Wed 09-Apr-14 16:42:55

My DC are quite old (youngest is 14) pook, so probably not.

I have a holiday cottage in Painswick wink

Pm me dates, I will see what I can do.

Im a v regular poster btw, def not a wierdo!

pookamoo Wed 09-Apr-14 16:38:45

ooh green I wonder if I know you in RL! <eek!>

GreenShadow Wed 09-Apr-14 16:30:42

pookamoo - We must almost be neighbours! The cottages are VERY close to us too!

It's certainly a lovely area and doesn't attract the number of tourists that the more northerly parts of the Cotswolds do (apart from Winstones ice creams which draws people in from miles around).

Another nice little quirk of the area just above the cottages are the free-range cows which wander the Commons from May till October.

Perhaps if you do come, we all ought to have a picnic on the Common!

PatTheHammer Wed 09-Apr-14 15:06:48

I may have had a Winstones ice cream just yesterday....blush

Stroud Brewery is very nice but I didn't rate the pizzas, they were tasty but not very big. Kids pizzas ok though. And they do organic ginwine

Pookamoo, I probably drive past your house to and from work everyday!

CMOTDibbler Wed 09-Apr-14 14:23:25

We really liked the artisan bakery in Nailsworth when we did the cycle trail from Stonehouse the other week.

pookamoo Wed 09-Apr-14 14:05:46

You're welcome!

Of all the above, Winstones is the must-see, and probably walkable from where you're staying.

IDugUpADiamond Wed 09-Apr-14 13:57:07

You're a star pookamoo, thank you. Unfortunately we won't be there over the weekend so we'll miss the pizzas and the market sad. I will google everything else though and make some note. Thanks again thanks.

pookamoo Wed 09-Apr-14 13:53:15

Oh, and there is a good bike ride from Stroud (park at Sainsbury's) into Nailsworth all the way along the old railway line. About 5 miles. DD1(5) did it last week on her balance bike!

From where you're staying you can get on the canal path by the Ship Inn and ride right into Stroud, but you may find it is a bit hairy for littles - I wouldn't trust DD1 not to be in the water! In the town you'll find a bike rack by the canal heritage centre (free info and quite interesting) and then you can walk into the town centre.

pookamoo Wed 09-Apr-14 13:45:59

smile

Up on the common, the Amberley Inn is really lovely (how old are the DCs? might be better suited to older ones) or the Black Horse at Amberley.

As someone mentioned above, the Lavender Bakehouse has vair nice cakes as well as tasty lunches. Child friendly but right on the main road and very limited parking.

If you're here over the weekend, the Stroud Brewery does pizzas on Friday and Saturday evenings - very relaxed and low key, they start serving at 5pm and you want to order as soon as you arrive. Brilliant for the kids, plenty of toys to play with, even a dressing up box! They do free teas and coffees, hot waterbottles and blankets too for the undercover outdoor seating area!

Also on the weekend, you'll need to see Stroud farmers' market, really lovely.

For your knick-nacks, hop over the valley to Tetbury, for some really brilliant antique/ brickabrack shops, such as "Top Banana". Nailsworth is similar but not quite so many shops there, although they do have the FAB toyshop in the old bank "Enchanted Childhood" and "The Canteen" which is nice for a relaxed lunch. Check out their home made marshmallows on sticks!

Look out for the Winstones Icecream parlour up on the common, a stone's throw from where you'll be staying.

Sorry, I've not provided links, but everything will be on google.

Have a lovely stay and wave as you go past! wink

IDugUpADiamond Wed 09-Apr-14 13:23:26

Ooh pookamoo then perhaps you could recommend good places to have dinner and where to go so that I can buy vintage nick nacks like lovely teacups and saucers.smile

pookamoo Wed 09-Apr-14 12:55:31

You can come and stay with me wink

Ambrose is very, ^very^ close to us, and a lovely spot. Do check what the parking situation is, and you would probably need to drive out to go to a decent pub.

Otherwise, fab.

IDugUpADiamond Wed 09-Apr-14 12:49:39

Hillcrest is not availably but Ambrose is: www.hillcrest-cottage.co.uk/ambrose_cotswold_holiday_cottage.html
What do you all think about the cottage and the area?
You might have just saved us from spending the whole Easter at home (again) thanksthanksthanks

PatTheHammer Tue 08-Apr-14 19:47:01

Oh shame about Westley farm. Good to see Lavendar bake house mentioned though......it is amazing!

I've not stayed at Thistledown but have visited a few times and its a lovely site, very 'back to nature' and you would be close to Nailsworth, Woodchester mansion, Cotswold way, Owlpen Manor, Coaley Peak, Westonbirt Arboretum to name a few things to do!

Nancyandsid Tue 08-Apr-14 19:19:43

Hillcrest cottage near minchinhampton/brimbscome (close to westerly yurt) looks nice and its child friendly.

Nancyandsid Tue 08-Apr-14 19:07:48

Just looked online - on the thistledown website they state that bell tents can be hired in from a recommended rosebay bell tents

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