Notgrove Holidays

UK England South West England Gloucestershire

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury glamping pods in the heart of the Cotswolds

The Notgrove estate is like the Cotswolds in miniature. Within its boundaries you’ll find everything that typifies the region – rolling hills dotted with sheep, gargantuan oak trees alone in the fields, small copses of ash trees and stony, moss covered walls. But ‘miniature’ is, of course, a relative term. This ‘miniature’ is still a whopping 1,500 acres and, though well covered with footpaths and cycle routes, takes a good few days to explore. You can really get lost in the landscape. Not lost in that ‘oh damn, where on earth are we?’ sense, but lost in that dreamy holiday sense. Lost in the way that it’s nice to get lost.

Set in the heart of the estate, and beyond a collection of converted farm barns, are the Notgrove Holiday pods. Here since 2016 and furnished inside with a double bed and a sofa bed, the pods have everything you could need for a luxurious camping break. There’s an in-built, en suite shower room, a dining space and a sink and kitchen area, plus electricity and heating throughout. It’s up to you how much kit and caboodle you bring along. You can use it as a cosy camping alternative, or you can pay for a few added extras and keep the packing to a minimum – add all the utensils, crockery and cutlery for £35, all the bedding and linen for £30.

Outside, the site has a games room for bad weather and, while the small shop for is no longer running, you’ll inevitably find any essentials on days out exploring the local villages. Notgrove’s resident animals (donkeys, goats, alpaca and chickens) live in the paddocks opposite the pods and welcome cuddles from guests. Beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water is less than four miles away, famous for its picturesque high street, flanked by long wide greens. Hire a bike onsite and enjoy the cycle there. In the summer you can dangle your feet in the River Windrush, which drifts gently through the centre, and picnic on its banks.

Every village has a wealth of independent shops and cafes, each one a perfect pit stop as you explore the surrounding countryside. Three national walking trails cross the Notgrove estate, The Macmillan Way, Diamond Way and Gloucestershire Way, all of which dip in and out of various hamlets along the way. Or you can hire a bike onsite and follow one of the routes owners Harry and Diana have drawn up in the small booklet of maps you’ll find in the pod games room. It also contains some other handy information – the nearest pubs, how you can book the site’s tennis court and a few of the local attractions. It’s there so you don’t get lost. Or do get lost. Depending on what sort of ‘lost’ you mean.

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Facilities

Pods each have an en suite shower and WC, a double bed and a sofa bed, dining table and chairs, a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave, TV with Freeview and DVD player, Wi-Fi, heating, electricity and water, decking, firepit and seating outside. The site also has a games room with table football, table tennis and other games and a small shop. A small games pitch area for football and outdoor games, plus, of course, the vast 1,500-acre farm estate with mapped out walks and cycle rides. Meet the friendly donkeys, goats and alpaca too. You can pre-arrange clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and fishing, plus there is bike hire and a tennis court for use (bring your own racket and balls).

Suitable For

Families and couples, groups (by appointment) and no hen or stag dos.

Nearby

The Cotswolds is renowned for its quaint towns and villages, Notgrove lies within a 15 mile radius of its most famous, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford. Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park (01451 850307), as seen on the BBC's Countryfile, is 5 miles away, and The Cotswold Wild Life Park (01993 823006) is 15 miles. For a little history try Sudely Castle (01242 602308) or Blenheim Place (01993 810500). Cheltenham Race Course (01242 513014) is also just 12 miles away, making Notgrove a handy base for visiting the varied race meets held throughout the seasons.

Food & Drink

The pod site has a small shop offering essentials you may have forgotten and the nearest pub is The Plough (01451 822602) at Cold Aston which is 1.5 miles away. It's a wonderful, 17th-century inn and an easy walk from the pod site over fields or along a quiet country lane. The Black Horse (01451 850565) at Nanunton is 3 miles away and again can be walked or driven. The nearest grocery shops are in Bourton-on-the-Water at 3.5 miles.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Set on the 1500 acre Notgrove Estate in the heart of the Cotswolds, we offer a true holiday experience. Enjoy a fun-packed week or just a quiet weekend getting away from it all, eating out on your deck area, with a beautiful sunset and looking out at the stars from the cosy warmth and security of your snug pod. Meet the animals, explore the estate using the mapped out walks and cycle paths and enjoy our host of bespoke extras.

Minimum night stays – Friday and Saturday nights must be booked as 2 nights, ban holidays are a minimum of 3 nights Fri-Mon. School holidays are a minimum of 2 nights – these can be any nights and we will take 1 night booking where gaps allow, please call us in this instance.

Group Bookings – we are happy to take group bookings, for bookings of more than 2 pods please contact us prior to booking.

Accommodation

5 pods within the grounds of a vast farm estate.

Campion

Pod Sleeps 4 5 Available
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Location

Contact Notgrove Holidays, Village Farm Glamping Pods, Notgrove, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 3BS

Getting There

From the North: Proceed south on the A429 Fosseway, turning right at Bourton on the Water on the A436. After 3½ miles, take the left turning to Notgrove. Follow the lane round a sharp right hand bend and just 100 m afterwards you will see a turning on the left into a field signed Village Farm Holiday Cottages. Turn down this track and the barns are at the bottom beyond the holiday cottages. From Cheltenham: Leave Cheltenham on A40 then take A436 to Stow-on-the-Wold. After 5 miles ignore a turn right to Notgrove and Turkdean and after ½ mile take the right turn signed to Notgrove. Follow the lane round a sharp right hand bend and just 100 m afterwards you will see a turning on the left into a field signed Village Farm Holiday Cottages. Turn down this track and the Pods are at the bottom beyond the holiday cottages. From the South: From Cirencester go north towards Stow on the A429. After 9 miles go over the roundabout junction with the A40. Immediately after this, turn left signed Turkdean/Notgrove. Go through the village of Turkdean and after 2 miles ignore a turn right signed to Notgrove and continue on, take the next turn right to Notgrove and follow the lane. Ignore a turn right signed Notgrove, continue on past a farm yard on your right, just afterwards is a turning right along the edge of a field signed Village Farm Holiday Cottages, take this and the pods are at the bottom of the track beyond the holiday cottages.

The nearest train stations are Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Kingham and Cheltenham. Notgrove is fairly remote, though, so you'll need a car to get around. Each pod has parking for 1 car next to it, additional cars can be parked in the main car park.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★☆

Peaceful romantic stay

Nice, quiet clean pods. Info on suggestions of what you can use microwave and hot plate for would have helpful. Info on local pub and hub being down up would have been appreciated. If you happen to be there when families are there it can be slightly noisy. Pub at cold Ashton is good, nice atmosphere and food
May 20, 2019 by Charlotte
★★★★★

Excellent location, great campsite

We stayed in the pods in early December and had a brilliant time. The pods themselves are warm and fitted out perfectly, and the campsite provided some wood for the burner. The Plough at Cold Aston is a short walk away and Notgrove is well placed to walk the Windrush valley route, which takes in the lovely villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. The managers were kind enough to send on some lost property as well. Highly recommended!
Jan 3, 2017 by lblair1991
★★★★☆

Nice podds lclean and conplrte

Lovely place nice podds the only thing is that the shop is not always open on the right times. To bad because i want to buy some stuff. For Kids great things to do and lovely Animals.
Aug 10, 2016 by Wouter en Jennifer

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