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Minchinghampton & Rodborough Commons

Both these commons are within close walking distance from the cottage, giving a choice of many different walking routes, some with spectacular views over the Five Valleys. There are several different pubs within walking distance of the commons, some with restaurants. There are golf courses and even an ice cream parlour.

Amberley is very much a working village and you are likely to meet any number of local residents walking, running, riding, cycling across the commons. You (depending upon the time of year) will also almost certainly meet other local residents - including the cows if they appear at the kitchen window!

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Stroud

A short 10 minute drive or so down the road, Stroud has all you would hope for in a small market town. At the heart of the five valleys, it acts as a centre for quite a sizeable area. You should find all that you need here, including supermarkets, independent shops, an excellent cinema, a leisure centre (with a wonderful lido), and a museum and a park. On Saturday mornings there is an excellent farmer's market which is well worth a visit.  

However, there is another significant element to the town, best put by Wikipedia:  "Stroud has a significant artistic community that dates back to the early 20th century. Jasper Conran called Stroud "the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds". The Daily Telegraph has referred to it as "the artistic equivalent of bookish Hay-on-Wye"; while the London Evening Standard likened the town to "Notting Hill with wellies". The town has the largest and most diverse number of creative artists, musicians and authors outside London."

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Tetbury

A quintessentially charming English market town full of wonderfully eccentric antique and independent stores and restaurants. There is plenty to do here, and lots of great restaurants to enjoy.

Good places to visit include the historic stately home at Chavenage, the National Arboretum at Westonbrit, and The Royal Gardens at Highgrove.