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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

PatTheHammer Thu 03-Apr-14 22:27:10

Painswick would tick all the nice and idyllic boxes. Cotswold way runs through it so good walks. Pretty central so can access north and south Cotswolds as it is a pretty big area.

Rexandralpf Fri 04-Apr-14 05:52:54

Painswick is lovely

Barbaralovesroger Fri 04-Apr-14 06:11:40

Minchinhampton, sapperton, chalford. All low tourist very nice Cotswold areas. Some of other Cotswold towns are over rated and you can't move for tourists.

IDugUpADiamond Fri 04-Apr-14 06:47:19

Thank you so much, it's good to have some recommendations when looking for accommodation as reference isn't it? Painswick really does look amazing! I'll look into the other places that have been suggested. Thank you.

BlueChampagne Fri 04-Apr-14 13:40:22

Hope you've got plenty of gears on the bikes in Painswick! Nice level cycle path through Stroud by old canal.

Northleach might be worth a look.

Barbaralovesroger Mon 07-Apr-14 09:58:27

Yes great flatish canal cycle path between chalford and Cirencester.

IDugUpADiamond Mon 07-Apr-14 10:47:36

Thank you all thanks
I am still looking. Unfortunately I am really struggling to find decent accommodation for a family of 4. We don't want to stay in a B&B, a nice hotel would be okay but I can't find one that accepts children. Self catering cottage would be okay but I can't find a good looking one sad.

Barbaralovesroger Mon 07-Apr-14 12:22:36

Would you consider a yurt?

lechers Mon 07-Apr-14 12:35:15

If you've got the money, you can rent a house at the lakes by yoo. It's not cheap (set you back about 2k for a long weekend) and it is right on the very edge of the Cotswolds (near Fairford). But it is what you describe; smart, suitable for children, has bike rides and easy access for going to see different towns etc... It also has the added bonus of lots of celebrities owning homes there. You may even get to bump into someone famous :-)

lechers Mon 07-Apr-14 12:39:47

You can get cheaper than this if you look around - but this is the general idea.

IDugUpADiamond Mon 07-Apr-14 15:21:56

Hi lechers, yikes, that's way too pricey, I mean, £500 for 4 nights would be okay but any more than that... no, I don't think so...
Barbara we would consider a yurt but there does't seem to be any availability sad

LadyMaryLikesCake Mon 07-Apr-14 15:26:57

We stayed in the White Heart in Moreton in Marsh. The rooms are large and they don't mind children. There's an owl sanctuary close by (but it's not a 10 minute walk) and there's a lovely little toy shop. There's a children's play area a minute outside the town.

PatTheHammer Mon 07-Apr-14 18:20:42

There are yurts at a place called Wesley Farm just outside Chalford. Close to Minchinhampton, Sapperton, The Daneway and Cirencester.
They come highly recommended by friends.

Amaxapax Mon 07-Apr-14 18:22:39

I recommend the Egypt Mill hotel in Nailsworth. It's a beautiful little town with a long flat cycling path and great walks all over. The Egypt Mill is lovely, child friendly (they have family rooms) and the food there is great!

Auntiemalcolm Tue 08-Apr-14 16:48:53

I've heard about the those yurts pat. Also you can hire a company locally to put up yurts at thistledown campsite which is amazing!

I think Egypt mill is a bit over priced for what it is. Maybe try jigsaw Cotswold holidays. We have used them twice so far

Auntiemalcolm Tue 08-Apr-14 16:57:20

Ps westley farm looks great! And it's in the undiscovered part of the Cotswolds. Really stunning and lots of woodland. Close by you have lavender cafe which has the best cakes. Morton in marsh is v touristy.

Auntiemalcolm Tue 08-Apr-14 17:04:16

Really easy to get onto the cycle track canal path from there

IDugUpADiamond Tue 08-Apr-14 17:09:54

Westley Farm has no availability sad

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

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

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

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

Oh shame about Westley farm. Good to see Lavendar bake house mentioned 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!

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

Hillcrest is not availably but Ambrose is:
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

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 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

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