Local Area

There are so many beautiful places to visit, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:-


Christmas Cottage is situated on Gumstool Hill famous for the Woolsack races. Behind the cottage is Chipping steps a cobbled lane of weavers cottages. Christmas Cottage is a five minute walk from this historic market town which is well known for its numerous antique shops and its close proximity to Prince Charles residence Highgrove. The town offers a variety of specialist shops, including the Highgrove Royal estate gift shop, together with bistros, cafes, pubs and restaurants which offer a good choice of food and drink. In the opposite direction from the front door, a five minute walk, is the The Royal Oak a 1780’s Inn.

Tetbury is such a special place and is known as a "architectural gem" with many of the houses still looking as they did 300 years ago.

Our picture shows the 17th-Century Market House.

Westonbirt - The National Arboretum

Four miles south is Westonbirt Arboretum home to one of the nations finest collections of trees, 15000 of them including Redwoods and rare Acers. There is a 40 foot high tree top walkway plus 17 miles of footpaths, a perfect way to relax.

Coaley Peak

A beautiful picnic spot on the Cotswold Way.  At 800 feet the views over the River Severn and distant Brecon Beacons can be spectacular.  Also a good spot for sunsets.


Best known as the home of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's Slimbridge Reserve, which was started by Sir Peter Scott.  A nature reserve for birdwatchers but also for other wildlife.


International horse trial three day event in early May at the Badminton Estate.

Woodchester Mansion

Woodchester Mansion is a Grade I listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful valley. It is an unfinished building.  On open days its well worth taking a guided tour, particularly if you are interested in construction, architecture, carvings or bats.

The grounds and valley can be freely explored.

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Nikki & Gareth Birmingham

3rd December 2018

Just here for a short break but it has been lovely. Its a beautiful cottage in a great setting. Done some good walks – if only it had been a bit drier! We’ll just have to come back again to see the views in the sunshine next time.

Tracey & Jack W.Sussex

28th October 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage with all the added luxuries. We will be back next year, Found it very relaxing with lovely day trips out. Thank you

Beth and Lucien Ottawa Canada

1st October 2018

We have had a marvellous time again this year at Christmas Cottage. Thank you so much for making our stay such a comfortable and happy experience. Your cottage is a true delight and the village of Tetbury is amazing. Thank you for all the goodies you left for us so kind of you. Warmest wishes

Chris & Marcus

26th September 2018.

Our third stay at Christmas Cottage and it always feels homely and welcoming. We love the sheep!! The hamper goodies were much appreciated – thanks again. Also the phone call was a nice personal touch and was appreciated. Wishing you a happy success in this new venture at Christmas Cottage. 

Heather Neil & Iain, Nova Scotia, Canada

26th August 2018.

Leaving reluctantly! Christmas Cottage is so beautiful and comfortable, they have thought of everything from practical to vanity – clothes pegs for laundry to a lovely dressing table and make up mirror. Thank you for making our stay in the Cotswolds so comfortable and relaxing. 

Ruud, Petra and Zoe, The Sneeh Netherlands

6th August 2018.

Thank you Catherine and Paul for the lovely stay at Christmas Cottage. We really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful house. The welcome basket completed the whole package. Everything is well thought of and good looked after. We will surly recommend this cottage to other visitors of the Cotswolds. All the best, Ruud, Petra and Zoe

Wendy & Geoff - Newcastle

27th July 2018.

Thank you Catherine and Paul for such a relaxing stay in your lovely cottage. So close to the town centre yet so very peaceful – we enjoyed all the tasty welcoming morsels too. Our visit to Highgrove was the highlight – absolutely stunning. 

Diana & Tony

22nd July 2018

You have been such wonderful hosts – thinking of everything we might need during our stay. Also so nice to deal with and speak to thank you. We will certainly recommend to others, all the best Diana & Tony

Paul & Carol, S. Wales

30th June 2018

Really pleased our forth visit to Christmas Cottage has been an excellent break. This lovely property is such an excellent base from which to enjoy Tetbury and area. Thank you for such an enjoyable stay.

Jonathon & Kathy, Wensleydale

9th June 2018.

Thank you Catherine and Paul for this our second stay in lovely Christmas Cottage. The Cottage is perfect and surroundings delightful. A wonderful place for a holiday. 

Sherry & Marty, Perth Australia - Ben & Amy, Iceland

4th January 2019.

Here from Australia.  Enjoyed the cosiness of this beautiful cottage.  Found it to be in a great position - with it being winter we stayed in and cooked quite a bit. There was everything in the kitchen needed to make this easy and trouble free.  Having hairdryers and the extra touches provided such as robes is a really nice touch for someone who has travelled so far and without room in cases for "everything".  Thank you so much.

Sue & Rob Paul & Chris

27th January 2019

Cottage lovely - welcome pack most pleasing - thank you.  Tetbury lovely as ever even in the rain.  Many thanks.

Jeremy Rachel Bethany & Ruby

22nd February 2019

Thank you so much for our stay here at Christmas Cottage. We all enjoyed our stay so much we did not want to leave. Our time here has been amazing and we do not want to leave Tetbury let alone the cottage itself. We have all loved all the little touches such as the bathrobes and all the movies and books!  We also loved the hamper that you left us it was really handy.  We really love the location being really close to the shop was good for the female members of our group.  Thank you so much.

Helena and Robert

6th March 2019

We have enjoyed so much the extra days (at Christmas Cottage). Your cottage is lovely and all the little extras have made our holiday very special. Many thanks and maybe we will visit your cottage in the future.


Contact Information:

Christmas Cottage
36 Gumstool Hill, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8DG


t: 07899 956 184 / 07746 594547