Notgrove Holidays, Cotswolds, glamping pods & staycation review

Tbe Notgrove Estate is an impressive array of different accommodations for a beautiful holiday in the Cotswolds, nestled amongst some of the most stunning of countryside.

Welcome to Poppy, our little pod on our 2md stay at Notgrove
Welcome to Poppy, our little pod on our 2md stay at Notgrove

We’ve now been twice and will definitely stay again. Why? Because it has everything you need for an incredible break in the Cotswolds, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away or a family holiday.

Accommodation at Notgrove

On both visits we stayed in the glamping pods on site, first in Buttercup and then in Poppy.

Poppy, our little camping pod at Notgrove
Poppy, our little camping pod at Notgrove

You also have the option of luxury barns (sleeping between 6 and 30 guests) or safari tents (sleep up to 6), both which are suitable for larger family or friend groups, however with just Lily and me, we find the glamping pods much more affordable – and everything we love too.

Evenings are perfect for relaxing
Evenings are perfect for relaxing

What I would like to add is that everything is so well spread out across the estate that you rarely come across any other guests, despite there being so many different accommodation options – it is always peaceful and as relaxing as you would like!

The glamping pods have everything you need, with a double bed, living area with small pull-out bed, tiny washroom with toilet, shower and sink, and a little kitchen with single hob, fridge and kettle.

Views across the countryside from Notgrove glamping pods
Views across the countryside from Notgrove glamping pods

You can save money by bringing your own bedding and kitchen utensils/plates etc, or have them as an add-on ready for your arrival.

Each pod is kept private by its own little boundary of flowers and hedge, so you can relax outdoors without coming across other visitors if you wish.

The pods are surrounded by beautiful flowers
The whole estate is well maintained and surrounded by beautiful flowers

You face onto the alpaca field, which is a beautiful little walk to see the goats, pigs and other animals on the farm. Behind the pods, there are extensive, unspoiled views of the stunning fields.

What do I need to bring?

Everything or nothing! Depending on what you want to pay, you can have the basic room packages or pay more for bedding, plates, cutlery etc. You can also add on firewood for the log burner!

Toasting marshmallows outside our camping pod
Toasting marshmallows outside our camping pod

With just Lily and me in the pods, we find it cheaper and easier just to bring a sheet, blanket and some sleeping bags, as well as our camping box that is filled with our picnic set of plates and cutlery.

You also have a little fridge so can bring your own milk, teabags and coffee to make a hot drink, and any food you may need for your stay.

Birdwatching at Notgrove
Birdwatching at Notgrove

Again, cooking utensils can be hired if needed, but for our little weekends we tend to use the little kitchen for basic meals or make picnic lunches in the pod to enjoy on the picnic bench outdoors.

Food & Drink

You have plenty of options for eating, whether you want to make something and enjoy it in your accommodation or head out.

There are plenty of places to eat at Notgrove :)
Hungry? There are plenty of places to eat around Notgrove

The Nuttery is their own licensed cafe and bar in the Notgrove village, where you can find coffee and cakes through to delicious breakfasts and meals, just a few minutes’ walk from your accommodation. Follow them on Facebook here!

You’re also only 3 miles from the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water where you can find a whole range of restaurants, cafes and small supermarkets.

An early morning coffee stop in Bourton-on-the-Water
An early morning coffee stop in Bourton-on-the-Water

The team also recommend some local pubs nearby that are walkable from Notgrove, however we haven’t ventured there before.

Things to do on site

There is a lovely games room on site with pool table, piano, football table and table tennis.

Relaxing in the games room
Relaxing in the games room

Outdoors you can find some football goals, benches to relax on as well as a wooden climbing frame for the kids.

You are also able to hire bikes to support your stay – and even now book quad bike experiences too!

Plenty of space to run around in the fresh air
Plenty of space to run around in the fresh air

There are so many cycle paths that lead you around the beautiful countryside as well as walking paths, whether you’re looking for a walking holiday or just an evening leisurely stroll!

Find out more about bike hire and cycle routes from Notgrove here.

You can hire bikes. We took our own but there are some fantastic paths around Notgrove to enjoy
You can hire bikes. We took our own but there are some fantastic paths around Notgrove to enjoy

Location

You are situated in the beautiful Cotswold Hills, surrounded by stunning views.

So safe for all the family to enjoy

The estate is not more than 10 minutes by car from Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, as well as close to Bourton-on-the-Water, which is not only a stunning little village with beautiful bridges to explore, but also home to attractions such as Birdland and the Model Village.

Villages nearby can get busy in peak times, but are beautiful for walks
Villages nearby can get busy in peak times, but are beautiful for walks

In the summer or at weekends we recommend going into the village early as it can get busy, but it is such a beautiful place to wander.

For even more exploring, you are also close to Upper and Lower slaughter, Northleach and Stow-on-the-Wold.

We’ve loved the Cotswolds every time we have visited, and Notgrove is nothing short of perfect whether you look to explore all the gems of the Cotswolds, or just wish to relax in the stunning countryside.

Lily loves wandering around the Notgrove Estate
Lily loves wandering around the Notgrove Estate

The staff have always been so helpful, the accommodation has always been so clean, and even in the peak of summer, the whole estate has been so peaceful.

What’s more, everything is so well maintained and you’re in the perfect location to enjoy everything the Cotswolds has to offer.

Prices start at just £60 per night for two people in the pods, but we recommend booking well in advance as they do get booked up quickly!

Climbing around the outdoor play area
The beautiful outdoor play area with wooden climbing frame and little den behind!

Address & Postcode

Village Farm Holiday Cottages
Notgrove
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 3BS

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