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
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.
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.
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 now
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.