Location

Situated on the edge of a lovely Cotswold town, with excellent walking and cycling on the doorstep ...

The Bolt Hole is located next to Box Lane Barn which was a traditional Cotswold stone barn before being converted into a house in 1994. The owners, Tony and Biddy, live here and can give you lots of friendly tips to help you enjoy your stay here in The Cotswolds.

The gardens include a private ‘magnolia garden’ which is available for guests’ use only.

This self-catering property is on the edge of Minchinhampton, just five minutes walk from the Commons, and has wonderful views across farm-land to the south.

The centre of Minchinhampton is a picture-postcard image of what people expect of a small Cotswold town, but with the added advantage of having a good selection of shops and places to eat, including:

  • Butcher, renowned for its local meat
  • Small supermarket
  • Organic delicatessen, with fabulous local cheese, butter and eggs
  • Chemist
  • Post office, with cash facility
  • Restaurant, pub and coffee shop ...
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In addition, Nailsworth is just five minutes away by car and has a useful Morrisons for cheap basic provisions plus William’s Fish Market and Foodhall (multi-award winning deli and oyster bar) and Hobbs House Bakery (one of Rick Stein’s Super Food Heroes, which could do serious damage to your waistline!) 

For those who prefer larger supermarkets, Stroud is only four miles away and has Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys. It also has the best Farmer’s Market in the UK (an annual award made by FARMA  to Stroud in 2013 for the second time!) The market is held every Saturday morning, and there are over 80 registered stall holders of whom approximately half attend each week.

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The Minchinhampton Commons are a large area of open grassland with spectacular views over the Stroud and Nailsworth valleys. The area is owned by National Trust and is an important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the Commons are grazed by local commoners' cattle. The area covers 635 acres and is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies.

The local road network is superb, so one can visit all of The Cotswolds as well as Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Oxford easily. Alternatively, there is a vast patchwork quilt of lanes, in all directions, enabling people to explore far and wide – and escape the tourist hot-spots.

This is also a great area for cycling and walking, and Tony and Biddy have a thorough working knowledge of all the hills and pot-holes in the locality! They can help you decide on good rides and walks, as well as supply you with appropriate guides.

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Occupational hazard for Minchinhampton golfers!

 

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