The Local Area

The Central England/Cotswolds region

The cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful area, with acres of National Trust common land, the Golden Valleys (Laurie Lee Country) and close to the thriving towns of Stroud, Nailsworth and Cirencester.

The town of Minchinhampton is located 1.5 miles north-east of Nailsworth in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds high above the 'Golden valleys' once prosperous for the production of cloth. Minchinhampton is an especially attractive little Cotswold town, centred on its high street and market square.

The cottage is situated just a short walk to the centre of Minchinhampton with close proximity to shops, including the famous butchers, cafes and pub, and very good chinese take away.

  • Park Terrace is listed period cottage located in Minchinhampton and is one of the Cotswold's most exquisite terrace cottages. The cottage shares a deep history within the market town and was once connected to to the Gatcombe Park Estate.
  • The ancient market town of Minchinhampton is located on a hilltop 4 miles south-south-east of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, in the Cotswolds. Minchinhampton Common, a recreational area used by walkers and golfers. The Common is also used by local farmers in the summer as grazing land for their cows. A striking feature of the Common is the long parallel ditches and mounds which used to form part of a large Iron Age fort. The views from the Common are very good with stunning scenery, west over the Severn estuary into Wales, and east to the Golden Valley and further into the Cotswolds.
  • The town's shops are located in and around the High Street and includes a general store, hairdressers, Boots the Chemist, a butcher's shop, two restaurants, an art gallery, a cafe, an electrical retailers, an antiques shop, an estate agents and several charity shops, together with The Crown Inn.
  • The main square is home to a War Memorial and an early Market House, where a local market is held every Thursday. The Market House from the 17th-century was given to the town in 1919 by the Lord of the Manor Lt. Col. H. G. Ricardo. It was lovingly restored in 1944.
  • Minchinhampton has two churches – Holy Trinity (Anglican) and Minchinhampton Baptist Church.
  • The spire of the Holy Trinity parish church was pulled down for safety reasons in 1863 and now the stub has been installed with an unusual "coronet" structure.
  • Minchinhampton is close to Gatcombe Estate of which Park Terrace is located, the home of the Princess Royal, which hosts the Gatcombe Horse Trials each year in the late summer. There is a craft fair at Gatcombe twice a year, and in the summer is visited by Gifford's Circus.
  • Minchinhampton is located close to the former Ministry of Defence airfield, Aston Down, and is now used for gliding. Aston Down is a large airfield for gliding. The 1500m main runway offers scope for high launches, sometimes up to 3000 feet when the wind direction is favourable and straight down the runway. This makes it easy to contact the abundant thermals that come from the well drained Cotswold limestone to give great soaring conditions.
  • Minchinhampton is approx 10 mins to Tetbury, Cirencester, Painswick, less than 25 mins to Gloucester and Cheltenham, 35 mins to Bath.
  • Tetbury - Antique & food shops New Highgrove shop, Westonbirt Arboretum.
  • Nailsworth - Wide selection of good restaurants & interesting shops. 'Williams' very good fishmonger & deli.
  • Stroud - Vibrant market town , famous for its award winning farmers market Sat 9am - 2 pm.
  • Cirencester - Corinium market town with a wide selection of shops & cafés & museum.
  • Painswick - charming little town with historic buildings and Rococo Gardens. The "Queen of the Cotswolds".