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The Bolt Hole, Minchinhampton

Sleeps 2 | Ref: TBH

1 bedroomPub nearbyShop nearbyBroadband InternetGardenOff street parking

The Bolt Hole is a beautifully converted and furnished luxury cottage, with its own private garden, located in the picture postcard Cotswold market town of Minchinhampton, close to Nailsworth and Stroud, and surrounded by stunning countryside.

  • Village: Minchinhampton
  • Sleeps : 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Key features:
    • Pub nearby
    • Shop nearby
    • Broadband internet
    • Garden
    • Parking
  • Ref.: TBH
  • Rural views: No
  • Pub nearby: Yes
  • Shop nearby: Yes
  • Broadband internet: Yes
  • Children allowed: No
  • Real fire: No
  • Garden: Yes
  • Off street parking: Yes
  • Pets welcome: No

House

The Bolt Hole

Summary

The Bolt Hole is a former farm outbuilding that has been lovingly converted into a beautiful holiday cottage. It is peacefully located within the grounds of the owners’ house and benefits from its own private and tranquil garden. Located just a five minute walk from the centre of the quintessential Cotswolds’ market town of Minchinhampton, The Bolt Hole is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

The cottage has been refurbished in a contemporary style, whilst retaining elements of the original character, including exposed oak beams. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a large, well equipped kitchen/dining room.

The cottage sleeps a maximum of two people, in one bedroom, with one bathroom. There is off street parking available. It is an ideal retreat for a couple looking for a peaceful getaway.

Description

The front door of The Bolt Hole opens into the large kitchen/diner. The following rooms are downstairs:

  • Kitchen/diner: A modern, well equipped room, containing an oven with four ring hob, microwave, dish washer, washing/drying machine, fridge with freezer compartment, kettle and toaster. There is an oak dining table, with two chairs, and a radio with an iPod docking station;
  • Bathroom: Contains a shower, toilet and wash basin. There is a thermostatic towel rail and bath robes are provided for guests.

Stairs lead up from the kitchen/diner to the open plan first floor, in the eaves, which runs the full length of the cottage. There is a handy wardrobe on the half-landing of the stairs. The stairwell splits the space into two areas:

  • Living space: A cozy space, containing two comfy chairs, coffee table, a Freeview digital TV and a DVD/CD player;
  • Bedroom: Contains a super king size bed, which can be split into two full size single beds.

Outside the cottage is a beautiful private garden area, laid to lawn, with a number of lovely trees and surrounded by a Cotswold stone wall, providing peace and tranquillity. There is a table and two chairs, and a charcoal barbecue.

Key Features

Security deposits

Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).

Pets

Regrettably, pets are not accepted.

Children

Regrettably, babies and children are not accepted.

Bed linen and towels

Bed linen, towels and bathrobes are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times

Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am.

If your arrival will be delayed beyond 9pm on the start date of your rental period, you must contact the owner. If you fail to do so, you may not be able to get into the property.

Bed sizes and configurations

There is a super king size bed, which can be split into two full size single beds.

Bathrooms

The bathroom contains a shower, toilet and wash basin, plus a thermostatic towel rail.

Heating, fuel and logs

The property has a gas central heating system.

Services provided

The property has free wireless internet access, with an Ethernet connection and a flat screen TV, DVD player, radio with iPod docking station and clock radio.

There is no telephone at the property and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception on some networks can be very poor.

Parking

The property has off street parking.

Housekeeping

Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay bed linen and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.

Initial consumables

Some initial consumables are provided for your convenience (eg. tea, ground coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Welcome hamper

A welcome hamper is provided, which typically contains milk, butter, free-range eggs, local cheese, fresh bread and homemade jam.

Owners

The Bolt Hole is located in the grounds of the owners’ property and guests are invited into their converted barn for tea and cakes upon arrival.

Accessibility, health and safety

The property has narrow and steep stairs, and restricted height in the eaves on the first floor, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

Smoking

No smoking is permitted throughout the property.

Photographs

In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Location

Minchinhampton and The Cotswolds

Minchinhampton

Minchinhampton is a very attractive, thriving hilltop town, situated on a tongue of high land between the Golden Valley and the Nailsworth Valley, 1.5 miles north east of Nailsworth. The town also sits on the eastern fringes of Minchinhampton Common, high above the valleys that were once prosperous with the production of cloth.

The centre of Minchinhampton is a picture-postcard image of what people expect of a small Cotswold town, but with the added advantage of having a good selection of shops and places to eat. The town is centred on its High Street and old Market Square, the main features of which are the late 17th century Market House, supported on stone columns, the handsome Crown Hotel, and the Post Office.

Market_square

The interesting Holy Trinity Church dates from the 12th century and has a truncated spire looking over the Market Square. The church was given to Caen's Abbaye aux Dames by William the Conqueror and then in 1415 passed to Syon Abbey, in whose hands it remained until the Dissolution.

Minchinhampton Common is a large area of open grassland with spectacular views over the Stroud and Nailsworth valleys. The area is owned by National Trust and is an important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the Commons are grazed by local commoners' cattle. The area covers 635 acres and is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies.

Cows

Nailsworth

In medieval times Nailsworth was a settlement at the confluence of the Avening Valley and the Woodchester Valley, on the Nailsworth Stream. Among many notable medieval buildings in the area are Chavenage House and Rodmarton Manor. More recently, Nailsworth was a small mill town and centre for brewing (the town now has the largest number of working water wheels per square mile in the country). It was connected directly to the UK national rail network between 1867 and 1947, with a station that was the terminus of the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway.

Today, Nailsworth is a lively artistic town full of surprises, nestling in a wooded valley and renowned for its award-winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and other food outlets. Small individual shops offer an amazing variety of goods, including organic locally grown produce, first-class delicatessen products, fair-trade items from across the globe, fascinating antiques and collectables. One of the focal points for artistic activities is Ruskin Mill, which is set in beautiful, organic water gardens.

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The Five Valleys

The Five Valleys are a group of valleys in the south-western Cotswolds, which converge on the town of Stroud. The valleys are as follows:

  • The Chalford Valley (also known as the "Golden Valley"): The largest of the valleys, where the River Frome runs down the bottom of a deep narrow gorge from Sapperton to Stroud. Chalford village is very attractive and exists because of the early Industrial Revolution. It is built on ascending terraces on the south facing slopes of the “Golden Valley” and is approached by a bemusing series of narrow and often steep lanes and alleyways. The popular town of Minchinhampton lies on a tongue of high land between this valley and Nailsworth valley.
  • The Nailsworth Valley: The Nailsworth Stream rises near Cherrington, passing through Avening, Gatcombe Wood and Longford's Mill, before it is joined by another small stream at Nailsworth and runs onto Stroud. Nailsworth was a cloth making town and is situated at the foot of a deep wooded valley, with houses spilling down the hillsides;
  • The Slad Valley: A centre of clothmaking until the 19th century, when the mills ceased production. The grey-stone village of Slad is scattered along the south-east slope of the narrow valley and has been immortalised by the poet and author Laurie Lee. Slad was the filming location for “Cider with Rosie”, the TV adaptation of Laurie Lee's novel telling the story of his life in an Edwardian courture house in Slad;
  • The Painswick Valley: With its fast flowing streams, this valley attracted the cloth industry in the 18th and 19th century, with some 30 fulling mills established, making the area very affluent. The town of Painswick, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, is a very popular Cotswold destination;
  • The Cam Valley: In an area lying between Frocester Hill in the north-east and Stinchcombe Hill in the south-west, the Cotswold escarpment forms a natural amphitheatre around the low lying Cam valley. The large village of Cam is a mile north of the town of Dursley and one mill remains, producing high quality cloth used largely for tennis balls, billiard tables and guardsmen's uniforms.

Selsley_Church

The town of Stroud, on the main line from London Paddington, is a great meeting place, described by Jasper Conran as "the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds". With a bohemian vibe and an enviable array of independent shops, Stroud offers a unique shopping experience unrivalled by any town or city in the locality. Brimming with character and standing amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Five Valleys, Stroud has an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and art galleries in the most beautiful of settings. The award-winning Farmers' Market is held every Saturday and, throughout the summer months, street performers will entertain you every Saturday morning. There is a full programme of music and theatre throughout the year, making Stroud a true hub of cultural events.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".

The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.

Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Minchinhampton

For a small market town, Minchinhampton is fortunate to be blessed with a number of good places to eat and drink:

  • Sophie's Restaurant (www.sophiesrestaurant.co.uk): Sophie's is a popular family run French restaurant located in a Grade II listed building in the heart of a pretty Cotswold village. It offers a daily changing lunch menu Tuesday to Friday and also opens on selected evenings (usually Saturdays);
  • The Ragged Cot (www.theraggedcot.co.uk): Perched high on the Cotswolds outside the ancient market town of Minchinhampton sits the Ragged Cot, a country inn getaway created for serious pleasure seekers. Born of a 17th century coaching house inn set beside six hundred acres of National Trust common land the Ragged Cot is a pretty special place with an intriguing history of highwaymen and pilferage. The proprietors of the Ragged Cot take pride in their professional approach to food and service, with the seasonal menu offering great British food sourced from local farmers and even their own vegetable garden. With dishes such as seared ox tongue with pickled red cabbage, pheasant with braised leeks and artichoke puree or just simply ham, eggs with triple cooked chips you will always find a dish to fit;

 Ragged Cot

  • The Kitchen (www.thekitchenminchinhampton.co.uk): Choose a seat by the beautiful bay window and watch for riders trotting by on horseback or perhaps the occasional herd of cows strolling down from the Common. Serving delicious breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches, all the locally sourced food is prepared fresh daily;
  • The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common (www.food-club.com/old-lodge.htm): The Old Lodge is beautifully located in the centre of Minchinhampton Common. With unrivalled views of the Cotswolds, this 400 year old hunting lodge is the perfect place to escape the rush. Enjoy quality, locally sourced food served in the restaurant, the bar area, one of the smaller dining rooms or al fresco in the spacious garden. The stunning restaurant accommodates parties of up to 85 people seated and has floor to ceiling windows that look directly onto Minchinhampton Common;
  • The Crown Inn: A traditional pub located in the Market Square.

Minchinhampton also has an excellent butcher's shop and an organic cheese shop:

  • L Taylor & Sons (www.taylorsminchinhampton.com): For nearly a century L Taylor and Sons has been supplying the highest quality meat to discerning customers. The quality of the shop has been recognised with a Cotswold Life Butcher of the year award;
  • Woefuldane Organic Dairy (www.woefuldanedairy.co.uk): All the products are made by hand in the farm dairy in time honoured ways. The unpasteurised cheeses change throughout the seasons as the milk varies depending on what the cows are eating.

Nailsworth

Nailsworth has a number of places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit most tastes and budgets. The selection below is a small sample of the options available:

  • mark@street (www.marketstreetnailsworth.co.uk): casual lunchtime dining and, in the evening, a relaxed fine dining experience. Mark draws on his extensive experience to create stunning food that works with local producers as much as possible and follows the seasonal patterns for both wild, foraged food and more traditional ingredients;
  • Wild Garlic Restaurant (www.wild-garlic.co.uk): Awarded two AA rosettes, Wild Garlic offers customers first class food, using the very best ingredients from the South West. The menu focuses on flavour and is presented with simple flair and a touch of imagination. Everything is made on the premises, from the fresh pasta, ice creams and sorbets, to the daily baked organic bread;

Wild_Garlic

  • The Olive Tree (www.theolivetree-nailsworth.com): A Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria, set in the heart of Nailsworth, The Olive Tree provides a happy, welcoming atmosphere buzzing with life.

Nailsworth also has three supermarkets (Morrisons, Tesco Express and Co-op) for regular food purchases and an award winning delicatessen:

  • William's Fish Market & Food Hall (www.williamsfoodhall.co.uk): A gastronomic journey through Britain and Europe with fabulous cheeses , salamis, terrines, fruit and vegetables from the famous Rungis market outside Paris. The fish and shellfish come from all around the coast of the United Kingdom and particularly from Cornish day boats. A wide selection of dishes "to go" are also available, from a simple fish pie or lasagne, to salvers of poached decorated salmon and seafood platters, or classics like Boeuf Bourguignone and stuffed quail.

South-West Cotswolds

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider South-West Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stroud, Cirencester and Tetbury containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.

The list below is a small sample, focusing on the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the South-West Cotswolds (as ownership and chefs change regularly, we are unable to give specific recommendations regarding the quality of any particular establishment):

We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.

Activities

Activities

There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds and the list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in various Cotswold towns:

  • Stroud
  • Cirencester
  • Nailsworth
  • Tetbury
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Burford
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Woodstock
  • Chipping Norton
  • Chipping Campden
  • Broadway

Historical buildings, stately homes and gardens

  • Batsford Arboretum & Wild Garden, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.batsarb.co.uk): Set in 56 acres of natural beauty and once home to the famous Mitford family. Meandering paths wander through glades and alongside streams. A garden of peace and tranquillity for all seasons;
  • Berkeley Castle, Berkeley GL13 9BQ (www.berkeley-castle.com): England’s oldest inhabited castle. Over 24 generations of Berkeleys have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a stately home full of treasures. Learn about murder, mystery and plotting, then enjoy the grounds, adjacent Butterfly Farm and church;
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PX (www.blenheimpalace.com): A World Heritage site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the finest private houses in England. It is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of spectacular Capability Brown parkland and award-winning formal gardens;
  • Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway WR12 7LB (www.broadwaytower.co.uk): A unique Capability Brown Folly Tower open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. Displays, roof viewing platform, shop and Red Deer Park are a must for Cotswold visits. Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and offers unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties;
  • Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU (www.nationaltrust.co.uk/chastleton): A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant, as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting;
  • Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester GL1 2LX (www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk): A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country. Here you will discover magnificent stained glass, royal tombs, fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and a rich musical heritage. Admission free but £5 donation requested;
  • Hailes Abbey, near Winchcombe GL54 5PB (www.english-heritage.org.uk/hailes): Set in the beautiful western fringe of the Cotswolds surrounded by wooded pasture, the Abbey was one of the main centres of pilgrimage due to a phial said to contain the blood of Christ. The museum displays fine examples of sculpture and decorated tiles;
  • Hidcote, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote): Relax and unwind in one of the country's great gardens and experience for yourself the fulfilment of a quiet American's English fantasy. You'll never forget the exquisite garden rooms, each with its own unique character. Discover rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from around the world. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's spectacular Red Border. Nestled in the Cotswolds with sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, a visit to Hidcote is inspirational at any time of year;
  • Highgrove Gardens, Near Tetbury GL8 8PH (www.highgrovegardens.com):HRH The Prince of Wales has spent 30 years transforming the grounds of Highgrove into what have been acknowledged as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness's strict adherence to organic and sustainable methods has helped create gardens which are both magical and intriguing while being environmentally sound; encouraging both plants and wildlife to thrive;
  • Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick GL6 6TH (www.rococogarden.org.uk): The garden is situated in a hidden Cotswold valley. Its flamboyant design combines formality and informality and is a magical experience at any time of the year. Charming garden structures nestle next to informal plantings, herbaceous borders and a striking kitchen garden;
  • Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester GL7 6PF (www.rodmarton-manor.co.uk): Attractive Arts and Crafts House with original hand made furniture, painted pottery, wall hangings. A large garden of outdoor rooms with many parts including topiary, herbaceous borders and plenty of places to sit;
  • Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD (www.sudeleycastle.co.uk): Once the property of King Ethelred the Unready, later home of Queen Katherine Parr and garrison headquarters of Prince Rupert during the Civil War. Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit;
  • Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill WR12 7JU (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor): Explore the treasures collected by one man with an eye for the unusual. Be intrigued by the story of Charles Wade, be amazed by his huge and varied collection from around the world and relax in the peaceful hillside garden;
  • Warwick Castle, Warwick CV34 4QU (www.warwick-castle.com): Britain's greatest mediaeval experience. From a mediaeval household in the Kingmaker exhibition to a Victorian 'Royal Weekend Party'. Kingmaker feasts and Highwayman Suppers most Fridays and Saturdays;
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt): Spectacular all year round, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum contains one of Europe’s finest collections of trees and shrubs. 17 miles of paths to explore, it is a magical place to visit for the whole family. Famous for its beautiful displays of autumn colour, a popular place to visit in spring for the flowering rhododendrons and in the summer for the Festival of the Tree.
  • Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield GL10 3TS (www.woodchestermansion.org.uk): Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic Masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world. This Grade 1 Listed Building has been saved from dereliction, but will never be completed. Visitors walk through an extraordinary architectural exhibit in which the secrets of the medieval Gothic builders and masons are laid bare. The carvings in Woodchester Mansion are among the finest of their kind in the world.

Wildlife

  • Birdland – Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN (www.birdland.co.uk): A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various water habitats. Over 50 aviaries of parrots, hornbills, toucans and many more. Discovery Zone (indoor education area) and Marshmouth Reserve (2.5 acre nature reserve). Take time to wander and relax in this tranquil environment. Plus Penguin Café, picnic areas, play area and gift shop. The only group of King Penguins in England;
  • Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk): Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day giving you a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. You can enjoy these wonderful birds and think positively about their conservation;
  • Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Countryfile, this is a rare farm treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, Touch Barn, Fun Barn, Maze Quest and Jumping Pillows. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen;
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford OX18 4JW (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk): The Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and is an attraction for all members of the family. There are over 250 species of animals from Leaf-cutting ants to White rhinos; giraffes were a major addition in 2010. You can walk with lemurs in the Madagascar enclosure, ride on the train and be inspired by the beautiful landscaping and seasonal displays throughout the Park;
  • Longleat Safari Park, Warminster BA12 7NW (www.longleat.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Animal Park, Longleat is a “must do” for visitors of all ages! From Safari Park to Safari Boats, Hedge Maze to Adventure Castle and so much more;
  • Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Slimbridge GL2 7BT (www.wwt.org.uk): WWT Slimbridge has birds from across the world, some of which are tame enough to feed from your hand, or you can watch wild birds being fed in their thousands at a wild bird feed. During the summer months, pick up a paddle and step into a canoe for a wonderful wetland adventure.

Museums

  • Corinium Museum, Cirencester GL7 2BX (www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum): Discover the ‘Treasures of the Cotswolds’ at the award-winning Corinium Museum. Trace the story of the Cotswolds from pre-history to the 19th century. See what life was like in Corinium, Roman Britain’s second largest town. Come face to face with Anglo-Saxons. Something for all the family. Also home to Cirencester Visitor Information Centre;
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY (www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk): Multi award-winning museum for all ages and ideal for families. Home to Brum – star of the children’s TV series. Classic cars. Quizzes, old fashioned toys and hands-on activities;
  • Roman Baths, Bath BA1 1LZ (www.romanbaths.co.uk): Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in Northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water and its extensive remains lie beneath the centre of Bath. Brand new displays, costumed characters and free audioguides in 8 languages.

Other attractions

  • Bath: Relax in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions;
  • Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton GL9 1DF (www.badminton-horse.co.uk): The Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event, one of only six annual Concours Complet International (CCI) Four Star events as classified by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), which takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England;
  • Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham GL50 4SH (www.cheltenham.co.uk): One of Europe’s top racecourses, hosting the three day Open Meeting and the four day Festival in March. The Centaur is the region’s largest facility for exhibitions, conferences and concerts;
  • Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney GL7 5TL (www.waterpark.org): Explore this watery landscape, with loads of lakes, offering watersports, fishing, birdwatching and much, much more. Call in to the Gateway Information Centre to discover where to go and what to do;
  • Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham GL56 0YG (www.daylesfordorganic.com): The Harrods of farm shops! One of the most sustainable farms in the UK, located in 2,000 acres of beautiful countryside of the English Cotswolds, owned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford. Award-winning food in the farm shop and café and a host of things to see and do: farm tours and farm walks, cookery school and organic farm school, and relaxing treatments at the Hay Barn Spa;
  • Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton GL6 9AT (www.gatcombe-horse.co.uk): Gatcombe Park is the private country home of Anne, Princess Royal. The grounds are well known for hosting the Festival of British Eventing over the first weekend of August. The estate also holds two smaller Horse Trials, in the Spring and Autumn;
  • Gloucester Antiques Centre, Gloucester GL1 5SF (www.gacl.co.uk): Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the largest and longest established antiques centres in the UK. Over 100 specialist antiques dealers offering the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. Enjoy light lunches, homemade cakes and refreshments in the café;
  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT (www.gwsr.com): The ‘Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a scenic 20 mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse, including the exciting Greet Tunnel, one of the longest on a preserved railway. Pop along and see the driver in his cab. Break your journey at picturesque Winchcombe station. Special events all year;
  • Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons, Minchinhampton (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/minchinhampton-and-rodborough-commons): Minchinhampton Common is a large swathe of open grassland on the hill top and slopes of the Cotswold escarpment. It is a really important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the common is grazed by local commoners' cattle. Rodborough Common lies just to the north of Minchinhampton Common and offers a dramatic panorama overlooking Stroud and the Severn Vale. It is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies, starting with the pasque flower in spring and a superb display of early purple orchids in May;
  • Oxford: Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture and ancient University, Oxford sits in the heart of England, just outside the Cotswolds;
  • The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AF (www.theoldnewinn.co.uk/village.htm): A model of the actual village built of Cotswold stone to 1/9 scale in 1937. The River Windrush flows under Bourton’s famous bridges. The beeches, cherries and chestnuts are all in miniature. Music in the churches and of course, the model of the model;
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Activities

  • Walking: Most people who visit the Cotswolds do some walking, even if it is just a stroll to the village pub! The area contains some of England’s most beautiful countryside and there are over 3,000 miles of public footpaths, to enable visitors to fully discover this rich landscape. Long distance trails in, or passing through, the Cotswolds include:
    • The Cotswold Way;
    • The Heart of England Way;
    • The Oxfordshire Way;
    • The Gloucestershire Way;
    • The Wardens' Way and Windrush Way;
    • The Macmillan Way;
    • The Monarchs Way;
    • The D'arcy Dalton Way;
    • The Wysis Way.

Further information and maps can be obtained from the local tourist information centres.

  • Clay Pigeon Shooting: Chessgrove Shoot (www.chessgroveshooting.co.uk);
  • Cycling: The Cotswolds is criss-crossed with quiet country roads and lanes, as well as more challenging mountain biking terrain, making it perfect for all types of cycling. There are a number of places to hire bikes from, including:
  • Golf: There are many golf clubs in and around the South-West Cotswolds, including:

Spas

  • Barnsley House, Barnsley (www.barnsleyhouse.com): Designed by Stephen Woodhams to bring the tranquillity of the garden inside, you'll find floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds, dry stone walls, plants at every turn, and aromatic herbs hanging from wooden beams. The spa is fully equipped with five treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, relaxation room and heated outside hydrotherapy pool. The Garden Spa's treatments will soothe and refresh your body and soul. Leading essential oils specialist, Aromatherapy Associates, has also created a selection of rituals that capture the rejuvenative power of plants and flowers;
  • Calcot Manor Hotel & Spa, near Tetbury (www.calcotspa.co.uk): Calcot Spa is a haven for those looking to improve their fitness or treat themselves with some relaxation and beauty treatments. Tasteful decor, artwork and lighting, with comfortable and contemporary furniture in the lounge. Treatment rooms, each with their own styles and colour palettes. In short, everything you need to feel good, inside and out;
  • Hay Barn Spa at Daylesford Organic, Daylesford (www.daylesfordorganic.com): A nourishing space for self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. Yoga, pilates and meditation classes, workshops hosted by visiting therapists, facials, massage treatments and consultations provide exceptional holistic care for the mind, body and spirit.

Map

Map

The Bolt Hole is located on the edge of the beautiful market town of Minchinhampton, approximately 2 miles away from Nailsworth and 4 miles away from Stroud.

Travelling by car

The Bolt Hole is easily accessed by car, being located approximately 8 miles away from the M5 and approximately 17 miles away from the M4.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to The Bolt Hole is Stroud (approximately 4 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of just over 90 minutes.

Travelling by Plane

The Bolt Hole is within easy reach of a number of international airports:

  • Birmingham International Airport: 76 miles, approximately 80 minute drive;
  • Heathrow International Airport: 90 miles, approximately 90 minute drive;
  • Bristol International Airport: 39 miles, approximately 60 minute drive.

 

 

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Our aim is for you to enjoy The Bolt Hole as if it was your own home and this information is provided to ensure that you are aware of, and are able to use, all the facilities that are available.

Main appliances, furniture and facilities
Barbecue and utensils Bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels DVD/CD player
Four ring hob Fridge with freezer compartment Kettle
Microwave Outdoor table and seating Oven
Toaster Freeview TV Washer/dryer
Wireless internet Dishwasher Bathrobes
General provisions
Bin bags Dishwasher tablets Hand soap
J cloths & scourers Salt and pepper Small quantity of instant coffee
Small quantity of sugar Small quantity of tea bags Toilet roll
Washing up liquid Cling film Kitchen roll
Tin foil Toiletries Washing powder
Pint of milk Selection of herbs and spices  
Other equipment and facilities
Appliance instruction folder Fire blanket Fire extinguishers
First aid kit Iron Ironing board
Smoke alarms Tourist information Games
Vacuum cleaner    

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