Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
• Visit England 4 Star 'Excellent Standard' • Comfortable Cotswolds touring base • Flexible booking • Convenient town & countryside location • No need to drive • London 90 mins by train • Canalside • AONB • Country pubs & restaurants • Waitrose • Multi-award winning farmer's market, best in the UK
• Character apartment, second floor, easy access public transport. Canal side, ideal as a base for walking holidays or touring the Cotswolds. Two double bedrooms, or a double room plus a twin single room. Shower room. Open plan living room with fully equipped kitchen and small dining table.
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Bell House is ideally situated to enjoy the convenience of a short walk to the shops, cafe's, & nightlife of the town centre, or, equally within a few minutes walk in the other direction, the peace and quiet of scenic walks up to the Commons, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some excellent country pubs & restaurants. Being quite literally on the doorstep of the junction of the two Cotswolds Canals, the locality has an additional dimension as the canals are being restored as a leisure waterway stretching from the Thames to the Severn, with interesting walks along the canal system in assorted stages of restoration.
Located at the Gateway to Stroud, known for its steep streets and cafe culture. Reputedly Stroud boasts the largest concentration of artists and craftsmen in the UK.At the heart of the Five Valleys, & centrally located for visits to the spa towns of Bath & Cheltenham, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Tetbury & the Cotswold Villages. Easy reach of the Forest of Dean and further into South Wales.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Stroud 300 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details outdoors||
Lockside garden shared with the other residents of Bell House & the Lock Keeper's Cafe. One free allocated barrier controlled parking space, additional public parking 200 metres (£2/day). Covered secure locked cycle storage.
The restoration of the Cotswold Canals - the Stroudwater Navigation (7 miles/12km) and the Thames and Severn Canal (29 miles/46km) - will see the connection of England's two greatest rivers; the Thames and the Severn for the first time in over seventy years, a very exciting and interesting time for the area. Further information may be obtained from The Cotswolds Canals Trust, Bell House.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds are well known for breathtaking rolling countryside, gentle hillsides ('...wolds') and sleepy 'typically English' villages. This region is an area popular with both the English themselves and all visitors.
Bell House provides an ideal base for visits throughout the region including the spa towns of Bath and Cheltenham, and historic Cirencester, Gloucester, Bristol, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon....
Bath, a designated World Heritage Site, is one of Britain's most beautiful and historically significant cities; The Regency Spa town of Cheltenham is a significant venue for art/music/literature festivals; Gloucester's historic Cathedral featured in the films of J K Rowling's first Harry Potter books; Oxford is home to one of the most prestigious Universities in the World; visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon...
Diverse shopping opportunities, from specialist boutiques & designer outlet, to world class antiques and chain stores.
Something for everyone...
The Cotswolds has many well known attractions but here are a few of the more unique experiences from just across the road up to within a 30 minute drive: local canal restoration, history in the making (www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org/brimscombe) ; take a trial flight in a glider, an adventurous way to take in the stunning local views; Bibury's Arlington Row, its origins dating from 1380, found in 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds' William Morris; the Severn Bore, a 'spectacular natural phenomena'; Hetty Pegler's Tump, part of the Cotswold's Neolithic history, and so much more..
It's a five minute drive (or a healthy walk up hill) up to the Commons with some of the most beautiful National Trust managed common land in the country, with outstanding and far reaching views over the Cotswolds, and towards the Severn Estuary and Wales beyond. Horses and cattle roam freely across the Commons, and the grassland slopes are home to rare butterfly and wildflower species including thirteen species of orchid. Minchinhampton Common has many interesting and important archaeological features, some dating from the Neolithic period.
The area is perfect for Walkers.
A few local things to do that you just shouldn't miss out on....
A natural event - (www.severn-bore.co.uk)
Excellent dining in nearby villages - The Black Horse, Amberley (www.blackhorseamberley.co.uk), The Halfway House, Box (www.wildinthecotswolds.co.uk)
Sophie's Restaurant in Minchinhampton - Cotswold Life Restaurant of the Year 2005, Good Food Guide 2006 (www.sophiesrestaurant.co.uk)
Cheeserolling - May bank holiday (www.cheese-rolling.co.uk)
Stroud Farmers Market - every Saturday morning, Award Winning Market of the Year 2010 (www.fresh-n-local.co.uk/markets/stroud.php)
Westonbirt Arboretum - especially autumn colours (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt)
Equestrian events at Gatcombe Park, Badminton Horse Trials, Polo Club Cirencester, Cheltenham Races.
The Cotswold Water Park - a complex of 140 lakes situated 4 miles south of Cirencester (www.cotswolds.com)
Gliding out of Aston Down Airfield (www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk)
Hot Air Ballooning
Horseriding - family run Burnt Ash Farm is located in Minchinhampton (www.burntashfarm.co.uk)
Golf - Minchinhampton Golf Club, founded 1889, comprises 3 golf courses, each of different character (www.mincholdcourse.co.uk; www.mgcnew.co.uk).