Extending your annual leave in 2021 

2021 (Last Updated On: 22nd December 2020)

For many people, 2020 hasn’t been the year of the holiday. However, we are optimistic and excited for 2021, especially with many people rolling some of their holiday days over, increasing the number of days off they could have in 2021. 

With that in mind, we have come up with some brilliant suggestions for some extended holidays in the Cotswolds – in total, you could turn your 23 days of annual leave into 53 days off!  


Easter holidays 

Two bank holidays: Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April 

If you take 29th March – 1st April, and 6th April – 9th April off work, you will enjoy a total of 16 consecutive days away from your desk (Saturday 27th March – 11th April) 

Easter

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Easter in the Cotswolds is a family affair. National Trust properties will arrange egg-hunting trails amongst the beautiful daffodils – perfect for child-fingers and those green-fingered! It is also lambing season, so nearby places such as Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park will host activities which will range from bottle-feeding lambs to holding young chicks. The countryside will be lush and green, and there are a couple key properties we think you would enjoy: 

1 Horseshoe Cottages: Close to Cotswold Farm Park and key towns such as Cheltenham, it is an ideal location to explore the Cotswolds. 

The Old Manse: Near to Daylesford Farm, Cornbury Festival and more, this Victorian house offers the perfect base for a larger group. 

Almsbury FarmhouseIdeal for a school holiday multi-generational escape, it is close to Sudeley Castle and the Easter-themed events on offer, with complementary garden and castle tickets.  


May flowers

Two bank holidays: Monday 3rd May and Monday 31st May

In the first instance, if you take Tuesday 4th May – Friday 7th May off, you can enjoy nine consecutive days off (Saturday 1st May – Sunday 9th May) 

In the second instance, if you take 1st June – 4th June off, you can enjoy another nine consecutive days off (Saturday 28th May – Sunday 6th June) 

Alliums

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After the showers comes the flowers. The Cotswolds will bloom, with arboretums celebrating their very best displays. Spot the alliums in Hidcote Manor Garden and early purple orchids in Dowdeswell Woods. This month is also the perfect time to visit popular locations such as Bourton-on-the-Water, without the summer crowds. Here are some properties fit for your visit:  

Pilgrim Cottage: Close to Batsford Arboretum for any visits, with its own large garden that offers stunning views. 

Appletree Cottage: With parking up to three cars, and situated within popular Bourton-on-the-Water, it’s a fantastic getaway for up to five guests. 

Singer House: Located in the heart of Chipping Campden, a bustling market town, with one of the prettiest courtyard gardens you’re ever likely to see.  


Autumnal August

Bank holiday: Monday 30th August 

If you book Tuesday 31st August – Friday 3rd September off, you could escape for nine consecutive days (Saturday 28th August to Saturday 5th September) 

Festival season is upon us, with music, food, country and classic car events taking place all over the Cotswolds. There’s even the famous Sheep Racing at Frampton on Severn, if you fancy something a bit different! Spend your time enjoying the weather and enjoying all manner of outdoor activities. Here are a couple cottages that have some gorgeous gardens to relax in: 

The Landers: lovely black and white timber holiday home with an outdoor pool, perfect for grabbing that last-minute sun tan.  

The Bellhouse: You have the choice of two outdoor seating areas – a small courtyard as well as a large grass garden, and can also visit the nearby Woodchester Park (National Trust). 

Cyder Press House: Guests have several lawns to choose from, and several activities as well, including a BBQ, croquet set, swing ball, and ping pong table!  


Christmas holidays

Two bank holidays: Monday 27th December and Tuesday 28th December (due to Christmas Day falling on a Saturday) with New Year’s Day on Monday 3rd January 

If you book Wednesday 29th December – Friday 31st December off, you can enjoy 10 consecutive days off (Saturday 25th December – Monday 3rd January) 

Christmas tree

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There’s something incredibly idyllic about staying in the Cotswolds for Christmas, settling down beside a roaring fire in a quiet country retreat. Or perhaps you would prefer to be close to the Cheltenham or Bath Christmas Markets, part of the holiday hustle and bustle? The Cotswolds is nothing short of charming, and here are some properties that are perfect for any festive event:  

Grindstone Mill: A beautifully grand property which has a luxury larder company at the rear, perfect for an indulgent Christmas. 

Lovell Cottage: With a double-sided log burner, regardless of you being in the Snug or the Living Room, you can cosy up in the festive season. 

Tythe Barn: Close to both Bath and Bristol for the Christmas events, but also remote enough to enjoy the lovely countryside, complete with luxurious log burner and hot tub for the chillier evenings. 


 

Discover how to turn 23 days of annual leave into 53 days off in 2021, and enjoy an extended holiday at one of our Cotswold cottages.