1500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside to explore, mapped walks and cycle routes and a host of added extras…

we aim to give you a true holiday experience.

Why Notgrove Holidays?

Our Holiday cottages offer more than just a place to stay, with 1500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside to explore, mapped walks and cycle routes and a host of added extras we aim to give you a true holiday experience. Enjoy fresh eggs for your breakfast laid by Notgroves resident chickens, meet the alpacas, and have a cuddle with the donkeys and goats. Our animals love to be fed and fussed by our guests and we insist that everyone meets them during their stay.

We have mapped out farm walks and the best cycle routes, we can have bicycles waiting for you when you arrive and walking/cycle maps are included in the cottage welcome packs. We also have a tennis court for hire and can arrange horse-riding, fishing and clay pigeon shooting prior to your stay. Our range of catering options mean everyone gets a true break, from fully catered holidays to a well needed meal on arrival or breakfast hamper, these can be tailor made to suit your needs. See our full range of Bespoke Extras here

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Footpath sign at Notgrove

The Notgrove Estate

The Notgrove Estate is a 1500 acre family run working farm owned by Harry and Diana Acland. Set high up in the Cotswold Hills it has 400 acres of grassland in deep valleys and 100 acres of woodland and rolling arable fields. The farm has a mix of sheep, cattle and arable and has diversified with two horse livery yards and a holiday cottage business.

In the last few years Harry and Diana have put in new foot and bridle paths and entered into a wildlife conservation scheme planting 200 acres of special plots planted with wild bird mixes, corn bunting mixes, pollen and nectar mixes for bees and beetle banks that promotes the preservation of our natural wild birds.

The scenery changes with each season as does the pattern of farming; we have an abundance of lambs and calves in spring, harvest in summer, colourful autumn leaves and dramatic winters, often with snow.

The village of Notgrove consists of only 30 cottages, the Manor and the parish Church, making it wonderfully peaceful. The holiday cottages are situated in the village giving you a true feel of the village life. The other cottages are rented out to tenants, many of whom work on the Estate helping with the farm, Estate maintenance and the holiday cottages. The neighbouring village of Cold Aston (1 mile walk) has a wonderful country pub The Plough Inn which has just been refurbished and offers great food and ales.

Nestled in an ideal location to visit many of the Cotswolds most popular towns, villages and attractions. Notgrove is a mere 3 miles from the beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water and the market town of Northleach and just a twenty minute drive from Burford and Cheltenham. With Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park just along the road and The Wild Life Park at Burford we have plenty to keep the kids entertained.

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Children

Children are very welcome in all of our cottages (and outside them), and we actively encourage them to make the most of the countryside and space Notgrove has to offer.

The games room situated at the Village Farm holiday cottages has table tennis, a mini pool table, and table football as well as a selection of books, games and toys – the games room is open to all our holiday cottage guests.

Outside we have our animals who love to be fed and petted by our smaller guests. The children can collect eggs from the chickens, feed the alpaca and donkeys and play with our nutty goats. Peppa our holiday cottage dog is always ready for a cuddle or ball game and is super friendly.

Baby Items

We are well aware of the stress involved in packing the car up for a family holiday when babies and toddlers are involved. Therefore for our littlest visitors we can provide the following baby/toddler equipment to make your stay simpler (and your car packing much easier). Please book baby at least 1 week prior to your stay.
Travel Cot
High Chair
Booster Seat for table
Baby Bouncer
Toddler Step
Non-slip bath mat
Toilet Training Seat
Potty
To book any of these items please email Kate holiday@notgrove.com or call 07760 337441.

Dogs – Canine Charter

Being dog owners ourselves we understand that your holiday would not be the same without your four legged friend and we welcome well behaved dogs (and well-behaved owners) in our cottages. We supply some dog poop bags and a water and feed bowl. Dogs are welcome to explore the Estate with you, but they must be kept on a lead when you pass through fields containing livestock. Inside the cottage we would be grateful if you and your four legged friends could follow a few doggy rules…..

  1. Please do not leave dogs unattended inside the cottages unless they are in a dog cage.
  2. We would be grateful if our furniture remained fur free, so please do not allow dogs to sit on it!
  3. We do not allow dogs upstairs in the cottages; we find they prefer a bed by the wood burner anyway.
  4. Please do not use cottage towels to dry your dog, if you would like a ’doggy’ towel we will be pleased to provide one.
  5. Please wash muddy dogs off before allowing them into the cottage; they are welcome to dry in the utility area.
  6. Please respect the Notgrove residents and other holiday guests and do not allow your dog to cause any sort of nuisance to neighbours.

We charge £30 per dog per stay and have a limit of 2 dogs per cottage unless otherwise agreed.

Things to do whilst you are at The Notgrove Estate

Walking

Notgrove is an ideal spot for people keen to enjoy the countryside and enjoy a Cotswold walking holiday. Three national walking trails cross and border the Estate, The Macmillan Way, Diamond Way and Gloucestershire Way. In addition to this we have set up marked walks around the farm, along tracks and open grassland, each cottage has a map of the farm showing these routes.

Notgrove Farm Holiday Estate Map

Download our Walking and Hiking Map of Notgrove

For more information on local walks and things on, visit the Cotswold Conservation Website www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk

Cycling

Being keen cyclists themselves Harry and Diana have mapped out some of their favourite cycle rides for you to enjoy. We have miles of lovely country lanes you can cycle, shorter routes include visiting the local coffee shops in Guiting Power, Winchcombe or Sherborne (or the pub of course!) For those who are more ambitious we have routes visiting Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester. Or cycle along the Windrush Way to Burford  and the Coln Valley to Bibury or Cirencester. Each cottage has a cycle map with our favourite routes mapped out. Harry cycles on a Saturday morning – all are welcome to join him – only one rule applies and that is that you have to find somewhere to stop for coffee and a bun.

We can also hire bikes for the duration of your stay, click here to see hire prices. If you would like to hire bikes please email Kate at holiday@notgrove.com or call 07760 337441

Download the country bike ride course

Other Local Activities

Located in the heart of the stunning Cotswolds, there is so much to do during your stay that we simply can’t list them all…so here are our top picks.

Bourton on the Water and the Slaughters: 4 miles

Bourton is one of the busiest of the Cotswold towns, so best visited after the coach trips have left for the day, but an absolute gem nonetheless. Nearby however are the 2 best small villages you would ever wish to visit in Upper and Lower Slaughter.

The Cotswold Farm Park: 4 miles

The Cotswold Farm Park – Home of Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park as featured on Countryfile – learn about rare breeds, pet the animals in the touch barn, feed lambs and goats and enjoy the various playgrounds. A wonderful day out for old and young.

Cotswold Wildlife Park: 4 miles

Cotswold Wildlife Park – Burford – Lions, Tigers and everything in-between, the wild life park offers up close encounters with natures finest, with lovely grounds and a children’s playground, you may even get to stroke a giraffe.

Birdland: 4 miles

Penguins, Flamingos and many more winged varieties reside at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water,  just 3 miles down the road. Meet the keepers and watch the birds being fed throughout the day and take a walk through the marsh mouth reserve a 2.5 acre nature reserve – look out for kingfishers, frogs, toads and many other species.

The National
Trust:

National Trust – we have many National Trust sites in the area, from stunning gardens at Hidcote to Roman ramains at the Chedworth Villa. To see National Trust properties visit their website.

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Sudeley Castle: 8 miles

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is just eight miles from Broadway & Cheltenham. It has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past, with royal connections that stretch back over 1000 years. Today it is a much loved family home and popular visitor attraction.  See what’s on.

The Cotswold Motoring Museum: 4 miles

The Cotswold Motoring Museum – The Motoring Museum is overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and in intriguing collection of motoring curiosities, it is a genuinely captivating experience and a fun day out at Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds.

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Cheltenham Racecourse: 14 miles

Cheltenham is at the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing, where owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders dream of having winners. It’s the place where the most important races are run. Hundreds of thousands of racing fans come to Cheltenham every year, but you don’t need to be an expert to have the time of your life. Read more

Bourton Equestrian Centre: 4 miles

Horse Riding – Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre is just 3 miles from Notgrove Estate and offer a 1 hour pony trek across beautiful countryside and including a paddle in the river for £30 per person. To book a pony trek or lesson call 01451 821101 or see their website

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Naunton Downs Golf Course: 3 miles

Naunton Downs Golf Club is an 18 hole, par 71 golf course, situated in a beautiful area of outstanding Cotswold countryside just outside Cheltenhamin Gloucestershire, known for it’s charm and tranquility. Read more

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Ian Coley Shooting: 10 miles

Ian Coley Shooting can be found in Cheltenham and offers a gun shop, shooting school, sporting agency and air rifle range. For more information, visit their website.

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Daylesford: 11 miles

Over thirty-five years ago, Daylesford began to turn their family’s farmland over to sustainable, organic farming, first in Staffordshire and then in the Cotswolds. What began as a simple passion for real food has grown into Daylesford as we know it today, one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK. Find out more