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Holidays in Stroud

A Cotswold town with a huge draw for actors, musicians and writers

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Nature walks around Stroud

Surrounded by the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and cut through by the Cotswold Way walking route, Stroud is perfect for a walking or active holiday in the Cotswolds. Having grown around the rolling Cotswold countryside Stroud is known for its hilly town of narrow cobbled streets and its beautiful location. Stroud is full of galleries and street performers as well as being a hub for café culture, arts, literature and outdoor living. Any one of our glorious Stroud holiday cottages will put you near the heart of this market town which values speciality taste, quality and local produce.

Explore the many cafés and restaurants to enjoy some of the finest dining and enjoyable locations throughout the whole of the region. Sit back and watch the world go by as you make the most of the sleepy Cotswolds and the beautiful market town of Stroud.

There are a huge selection of specialist shops and galleries that all sell locally made goods and produce from the area. When you consider that the town also has some of the finest larger stores available you can rest assured that the shopping experience you’ll have in Stroud is one of the best around. On a Saturday you can enjoy what is truly one of the best farmers markets in the country, as you browse the various stands and stalls all selling the best of what the local agricultural industry can provide. To go along with this wonderful market, Saturday mornings in Stroud are also a time when a whole variety of street performers show off their skills and talents to the passing public.

View of Stroud

On the edge of the town is Stratford Park, formerly a stately home, this area is now home to a brilliant leisure centre that has both indoor and outdoor pools as well as a state of the art fitness centre. The Museum in the Park grounds shows off the wonderful history and vibrant culture of Stroud and the surrounding valleys.

If you’re looking for a relaxing place to spend an afternoon, then you should consider Park Gardens. This area of well-maintained gardens is home to some impressive floral displays and offers a small amount of escapism right in the centre of the town.

"There's a large number of festivals throughout the year in Stroud..."

Be sure to mark Stroud festivals fortnight on your calendar, this 2 week extravaganza of events sees five different festivals take place within this short period at the start of September each year. Whether you’re hoping to get in touch with the countryside by enjoying the Stroud nature festival, or instead you’re looking to enjoy some up and coming musicians in the Stroud Fringe Festival, you won’t be disappointed in what’s on offer.

Due to Stroud’s location, Stroud makes an ideal place to base a holiday for exploring the rest of the Cotswolds region. With the motorway not far away, you can easily hop on and head off to the larger towns of Gloucester and Cheltenham. With plenty of attractions all around this wonderful area, you can easily find something that will keep both adults and kids entertained.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Stroud. Why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Museum in the Park

Learn about the interesting heritage of Stroud in this wool merchant’s mansion.


Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in the restaurant’s lively and friendly atmosphere.

Painswick Rococo Garden

Relax in these beautiful gardens, famed for their white blanket of snowdrops.

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