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Nearly all of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) lies in the county of Gloucestershire. This is classic English countryside: honey-coloured cottages adorned with flowers, pretty villages, bustling market towns and lush green scenery. There are lots of lovely holiday cottages in Gloucestershire to rent for a self-catering break - idyllic English country cottages abound.
The Cotswold Water Park, in the southern part of Gloucestershire, is great for outdoor types. The disused mines and reservoirs form a great habitat for wildlife, and there are some pleasant walks and some designated areas for swimming and watersports. Who needs a coastal holiday cottage when you can stay in the Cotswolds and enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing?
There's a visitors information centre, just near Ashton Keynes, where you can find out more about available activities and local wildlife - this is a particularly good spot for birdwatchers. The little café in the information centre is perfect for a light lunch or afternoon tea. Next to the visitors centre is Cotswold Outdoor store, packed full of clothing, tents and other equipment from the world's leading outdoor brands - a great place to visit if you are on a walking holiday in the Cotwolds. The visitors centre and outdoor store are housed in unique energy-efficient premises.