The Glorious Cotswolds and Gloucester
- Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
Relax at this Georgian house hotel set in 12 acres of park and woodland
- Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds
Discover the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on a stay in Gloucestershire
- Visit Sudeley Castle
Catherine Parr, only surviving wife of Henry XIII lived here and is buried in the grounds
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- Half board
- Short breaks
Aged market towns, castles and cathedrals…
The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty dotted with hamlets, stately homes and gardens. The city of Gloucester, set below the Cotswolds Hills in the lush Severn Valley has a long history, from the Roman fort to Elizabethan port – the furthest inland in Britain.
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Orientation walk
- Saga Host
- Welcome drink
- Porterage in your hotel
- Cancellation rights
- Sudeley Castle and Gardens (half day)
- Bourton on the Water (half day).
Bondend Lane, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8ED
Relax on a country break at the the 4-star Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel, set in 12-acres of sweeping parkland. The elegant, listed Georgian hall is surrounded by attractive countryside with the town of Gloucester approximately four miles away.
The 72 classically-decorated bedrooms feature peaceful woodland views. There is no lift and rooms could be on the first to fourth floors.
Food and Drink
The hotel has a Brasserie restaurant serving a range of dishes. You can also enjoy light snacks and meals in the bar and lounge area.
Set in 12 acres of park and woodland, in the village of Upton St Leonards, the 4-star Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel is a handsome, listed Georgian house-turned-hotel. Stroll through the pretty village or put on your walking boots and hike over the nearby Cotswolds Hills. The town of Gloucester is approximately four miles away, with plenty of historic sights, a Folk Museum, individual shops, an antique market and vibrant theatre. Bath is a drive of around one hour and ten minutes away.
Out and about
Amazingly, five English counties can claim some of the landscape of rolling hills or 'wolds' that is known as the Cotswolds, although Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire are the main ones. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is dotted with charming hamlets, stately homes and gardens. The city of Gloucester, set below the Cotswolds Hills in the lush Severn Valley has a long history, from the Roman fort to Elizabethan port – the furthest inland in Britain. In 1794 a canal link to the Stroud water and Thames canals provided a direct trading route for goods to London and the Midlands. The city has since undergone a major regeneration programme, particularly at the historic Gloucester Docks. This lively, revitalised waterfront is home to Victorian warehouses converted into museums and exhibits about the city port's history, along with restaurants and bars. You won't want to miss the cathedral either. Here you can trace back the architecture from its Norman origins, through the medieval period and to the present day – craftseople are still working here restoring the structure. Admire the fan-vaulted cloisters, stained glass windows and the tomb of King Edward II, then perhaps climb the tower's 269 steps or descend to the crypt…
A visit to the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a must for nature lovers, while Bristol and Bath are perfect for sightseeing and shopping.
In addition to the included and optional excursions you might like to visit the Wye Valley to explore the caves or ride the heritage railway. Alternatively, walk part of the Cotswold Way and visit the Roman villa remains at Great Witcombe.
Enjoy a trip to the village known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ and regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England. There are a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms to explore, or you could simply enjoy some tranquil time strolling by the River Windrush, which is crossed by beautiful bridges throughout.
Included on 5 nights itinerary
This fabulous 15th-century castle has a rich history dating from the Tudor period which you'll discover as you explore the excellently-preserved halls and chambers. Sudeley Castle is the only castle in the UK that has a queen (Catherine Parr) entombed within the grounds. There's an exhibition dedicated to Catherine, who was the first queen to have her own work published, which features a number of rare original copies of her books, and love letters that she sent to Thomas Seymour – whom she married after the death of the king, Henry Vlll. There are also extensive gardens surrounding the castle which you can explore, including the Queens Garden, so named because of the four queens of England who walked among the roses here – Anne Boleyn, Catherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I.
Included on 5 nights itinerary