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Discover a well-kept secret

The South Cotswolds was recently named by the Lonely Planet as 'one of the UK's best-kept secrets'. This is where you'll find Stroud, a market town nestled within stunning scenery. Whether you enjoy long country walks, cycling, golf, fishing or boating, there's a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy in Stroud. Walkers are particularly spoilt, with incredible feature walks that take you on wildlife-rich journeys through valleys and along canals. Try the Stroudwater Canal Walk, which was devised in association with the Royal Geographical Society.

Still unfinished: Gothic Woodchester Mansion

Explore the history of this spooky Victorian mansion by taking a tour around the house. Surrounded by Bluebells - and famously unfinished to this day - the picturesque house is a rare, Grade I listed building and well worth the visit. There are even overnight ghost tours. Not for the fainthearted�

Step into your TV

Fans of TV's Poldark can walk in his footsteps by visiting Chavenage House, which was Trenwith, the Poldark family home. The house is open to the public from the beginning of May to the end of September. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Stroud? With the M5 close by, there are plenty of places to stay, including Nearby Stonehouse Travelodge. Also close to the M5 is Gloucester Travelodge, just north of the town. Or to the west of Stroud is the Cirencester Travelodge, less than 30 minutes' drive away.