Out and About

Amberley

Amberley is a pretty Cotswold village on the edge of Minchinhampton Common with far reaching views. Just round the corner from the cottages is the popular local, The Black Horse and a short walk through the village is the Amberley Inn, a small hotel with a couple of bars and a restaurant. Both of these pubs have great local ales and decent pub food. The village also has a local shop open in the morning which provides all your requirements if you don’t want to take the car. For more information see:


Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons

The commons are owned by the National Trust but the local farmers have graziers’ rights to turn their cattle and horses out between May and November. The commons are home to rare plants and butterflies and are also popular for the historic golf course and wide open spaces for walking, running and cycling, not to mention the kite festival and the local ice-cream factory, Winstones ices. The commons are a paradise for dogs. For more information see:


Food and drink

Stock up at Stroud Famers Market or the Jolly Nice Farmshop. Visit the renowned William’s Food Hall or Hobbs House Bakery in nearby Nailsworth. For more information see:

Apart from the Amberley pubs, try the following local pubs and restaurants: every village has a pub and every visitor has a different favourite. For more information see:

Activities

The area is full of footpaths and we provide local maps and walks guides. The Cotswold Way is not far away. As an alternative, try something different like riding or gliding or you can even go sailing!

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The cottages are convenient to so many attractions for all ages, whether the weather is sunny or wet. You can visit typical Cotswold villages, castles, Roman villas, wildlife parks or if you are lucky with your timing, Giffords Circus, on the common. There are museums for wet days and open gardens for sunny days.

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Explore the area’s industrial past along the partially restored Stroudwater canal or on a visit to one of the working mills. The cottages are convenient for the famous small towns of Cirencester with its Roman past, Tetbury with many antique shops and Painswick, home of the 99 yews in its churchyard..

It is only an hour to Bath, Bristol or Oxford and many visitors use the cottages as a base to visit the honey-trap towns and villages of the North Cotswolds but with the advantage of being able to return to the tranquillity of our lovely area.