When it comes to glamping in Gloucestershire, Seven Acres enjoys the very best setting, marrying a rural idyll with easy connections – Stroud, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Gloucester are all under 20 minutes’ drive away.
Places to eat
Our local pub, the Butchers Arms, is a traditional Cotswold inn with plenty of personality, top-notch ales including local brews, and superb fare that’s definitely a cut above. What’s more, it’s only a short walk from our site, so you can stroll down and make a night of it.
As you probably know, we’re right in the heart of Laurie Lee country (we even named our beautiful gypsy caravan, Rose, after his most famous book, Cider with Rosie). Laurie’s cherished local, the 300-year-old Woolpack in Slad, is another popular place for a pint and a plate of food. There are plenty of places to eat in Stroud, too – we love Falafel Mama and Star Anise Arts Cafe, as well as Lavender Bakehouse in Chalford – but you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes.
If retail therapy is your preferred way to unwind, you’ve come to the right place. Nearby Stroud plays host to Shambles Market and a farmers’ market at Cornhill on Friday and Saturday respectively and offers a range of high-street and independent shops all year round. Cheltenham offers all the chain stores and some very upmarket boutiques as well as the lively Brewery Quarter which offers a cinema, indoor crazy golf, and a range of restaurants and shops. Whatever your Cotswolds shopping style, it’s all within easy reach.
Art buffs will find plenty to occupy them during their Stroud glamping stay – there must be something in the landscape that inspires the many creative types who cluster here. Visit Pegasus Arts for one of the widest ranges of arts materials in the Cotswolds, get hands-on at a workshop at the Centre for Science and Art or Atelier, or see a show or a live band at Stroud’s Subscription Rooms or the Playhouse in Cheltenham.
Painswick, Queen of the Cotswolds
Nearby Painswick is the epitome of a quaint Cotswold village, and offers a few super eating options including the elegant Falcon, the homely and dog friendly Painswick Pooch, St Michaels for foodies, or Olivas for coffee aficionados (it’s run by a Colombian!). There's also the brilliant and quirky Rococo Gardens, famous for its annual show of snowdrops.
Gloucester and Cheltenham
Gloucester and Cheltenham are within easy reach by car or bus, and there's plenty to occupy solo travellers, couples and families in both. Glorious Gloucester Cathedral was used as a set for the first two Harry Potter films, and there are several excellent museums in the city; the newly developed dock area incorporates the National Waterways Museum and some jazzy bars and restaurants, including a cafe on a narrowboat. The regency town of Cheltenham is famous for its fantastic festivals; Literature, Jazz, Music and Science - they're all well worth the trip if you're staying with us while they're on. It's also the birthplace of Gustav Holst, composer of the Planet Suite.
Gardens, Houses and Walks
If outdoor pursuits are more your thing, we have some fabulous walks right from our doorstep. We're not far from the Cotswold Way, so you can easily access and walk some sections of the 100-mile National Trail. Newark Park (National Trust), Woodchester Mansion, and Berkeley Castle are all a short drive from our site. The internationally renowned Slimbridge Wetland Centre is about 20 minutes away; you can watch the adorable otters being fed or indulge in some serious bird-watching.