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The Lock House Pet-Friendly Cottage in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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sleeps 6
3 rooms
2 bathrooms

The Lock House Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Lock House is a beautiful detached Grade II listed former Lock Keepers house, located at the entrance to the historic Gloucester Docks. This delightfully welcoming holiday property offers cosy accommodation including three bedrooms, a bathroom with an attractive roll top bath, two sitting rooms with open fires, original wooden floors, and a dining room that overlooks the River Severn. The garden is situated right on the riverbank, and is a wonderful spot in which to relax with a drink after a day spent sightseeing. Gloucester Docks is a short distance from The Lock House, and offers some lively attractions including award winning museums, restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, and traditional shipbuilding. Gloucester's many attractions, parks, stunning countryside and honey coloured Cotswold villages are all within easy reach of this wonderful holiday property.

Gloucester is an historic waterfront city full of Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and an impressive Norman Cathedral, the cloisters of which were used as a location in the Harry Potter films. The thriving city centre is home to a superb range of shops, markets, pubs, restaurants, and other attractions for visitors. The city is an enjoyable base from which to explore the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, which offer many country walks and picturesque villages. The Eegency town of Cheltenham is an easy drive away, and offersfascinating Georgian architecture and the world-renowned Gold Cup horse racing. There is so much for all the family to do in this lovely area, no matter what your interests.

Visitors to the Cotswolds have long treasured memories of charming towns and villages built from the famous honey-coloured stone, it now boasts a thriving community of contemporary artists working from studios and shops throughout the area.

Gas central heating with open fire in the sitting room. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, stereo/CD player, WiFi, library of books, games and DVDs. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Riverside garden with furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 3 cars. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops, bars and restaurants two mins walk. Note: Due to close proximity of deep open water at front and rear, children must be very closely supervised at all times and care should be taken with dogs. Note: This is an old property and so the stairs are quite steep, however there is a handrail down one side.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Near pub

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Mr Morgan
February 2016
An excellent location and a charming property that was warm and cosy. The two bathrooms/shower room worked well with 5 adults. It was great having a dishwasher and a wonderful large range cooker. The off street parking is valuable in this location and being a stones throw away from most amenities the cars could remain parked up safely without restrictions. The good eating places close by meant that a glass of wine could be enjoyed by all! We would happily go there again.
Mrs Herring
February 2016
We loved the location of The Lock House and everything about the house itself! We have already booked to go back in September this year. Owners very helpful. Everything and more you could want. The area very dog friendly. All you could possibly want on the door step.
Mrs Windeaty
February 2016
Spacious well equipped property, ideal for a walking holiday.
Mrs Ring
July 2016
The cottage was very attractive and in the perfect location - a car is useful for exploring, but not essential, as there's a lot to do on the doorstep. It had a pretty garden too. Loved the feeling of being in the countryside even though we were in a city!
Mrs Kilbourn
June 2016
Excellent location with 5 minutes walk to Gloucester centre, historic quays and countryside. It was a clean comfortable cottage with a quiet garden at the rear overlooking the river. Ideal property for a family break.
Mrs Evans
January 2016
The house is cosy, comfortable and relaxing. It's location is perfect to explore local attractions on foot.
Mrs Clarke
November 2015
A very comfortable and cosy property in a great location which is suitable for any time of the year. The pretty garden and lock side location would be pleasant in spring/summer for barbecues and boat watching whilst proximity to the city made it an ideal place for a winter break with the cathedral and shops in walking distance.
Mrs Morling
June 2015
The house was welcoming and spacious. In a good location, with all amenities within walking distance. Enjoyed being on the Lock and the experience of Gloucester Docks and surrounding areas.
February 2015
Excellent property. Loved the position, lovely views, spacious, clean and tidy.
Mr Stewart
November 2014
Unique property in a fascinating dockside location. Within walking distance of the whole of Gloucester - cathedral, museums, docks, restaurants, shops, cinema, etc.
Mr Rhodes
November 2014
Great spot for a holiday or short break, easy walking distance of all sites plus plenty of good eateries. Could not fault cottage well worth a visit. Great place to relax and watch the world go by.
Mrs Chiles
September 2014
The location was brilliant, right on the edge of Gloucester Docks.
Mrs Andrew
October 2014
In a terrific location, it was easy to find and good with parking. It was cosy, comfortable and not noisy. It was an easy walk to the village and to the docks with it's shops and cafes. It was close to the supermarket and very comfortable for our group.
Miss Nanning
April 2014
Cosy cottage in a perfect location!
Mr Holliday
May 2014
Superb location right in the heart of the historic Gloucester docks. Plenty to do in fact hardly used the car. Cottage was a real home from home.
Mrs Thomas
July 2014
A most enjoyable cottage in a great location with a private garden. Loved the idea it had 3 rooms where you could sit.
Mrs Muir
October 2013
Central location yet private back garden. Unique setting right on the working lock.
Mrs Muir
October 2013
Loved the location so central to town, with lovely country walks behind the cottage. Well equipped and cosy. Would definitely return and recommend.
Mr Lee
October 2013
The cottage was lovely, rustic and spotlessly clean and the location was excellent, being within walking distance of the town centre and shops at the quays.
Mrs Ling
November 2013
Excellent location. Lovely warm welcoming house to return after a long day shopping at the Christmas market and shops.
November 2013
Fantastic location, very spacious and a lovely cosy living room with open fire. Well maintained and spotlessly clean. Secure parking was also a bonus. The owners very helpful too.
Mrs O'Connell
February 2013
The setting was exceptional and the cottage extremely welcoming and comfortable.
Ms Quarmby
February 2013
Homely, lots of character, little touches like flowers, books, games. Clean pretty bedding and towels. Period furniture, spacious but very cosy. Excellent location for walking into town or exploring the area by car. Lovely to see the locks in action, can't wait to go back.
Mr Ward
October 2012
Clean, well presented property in a unique location, close to town but a little oasis of calm.
Mrs Darby
March 2013
As we do not have a car the close proximity of all amenities was welcome. We enjoyed visiting all the museums and learning about the history of Gloucester.
Mrs Shellard
August 2013
Well equipped cottage. Lovely and convenient place to stay!
Mrs Deluca
November 2012
Excellent location, plenty to do for adults and children.
Mrs Cooke
September 2012
The cottage was very handy for the historic docks and Gloucester City centre. In a nice spot with the canal running past the front and the river Severn at the rear. It was very cosy, well equipped, had car parking and a nice garden.
Mrs Hopwood
July 2012
It was great not having to use the car being within walking distance of the docks and town and great dog walking areas just outside the door.
Mrs Brown
August 2012
Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location - ideal for visiting attractions in Gloucester and the surrounding area.
Miss Richardson
July 2012
The location was great, very central and easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. The house was furnished beautifully and was clean with plenty of space.
Mrs Belsham
November 2011
The location was perfect. Safe off road parking; didn't use car at all, which made a lovely change. So much to see, need to go again. Owner very helpful, house very comfortable for 6 adults. We had a lovely holiday.
Ms. Toms
October 2011
The location was good with excellent walking for the dog close by. This is a very pretty part of the world with lots to see and do.
Ms Norton
January 2012
Location and character of the cottage. Set in a beautiful part of Gloucester close to many amenities.
Miss Turtle
September 2011
A lovely house and in an ideal position. There was so much of interest on the doorstep. It was wonderful not to use a car or any transport for a week as we had everything close to hand.
Mr Eade
July 2011
Interesting mid 19th century cottage, bags of history and fascinating location, canalside. Close to good shopping (Gloucester Quays), pubs and restaurants. Close to Forest of Dean and Cotswalds. Very helpful owners and cleaner.
Mrs Harrison
March 2011
Very interesting location with easy access to the town centre, countryside and historic docks. We were able to see the Severn bore by taking a 15 minute walk across the open land behind the property.
Mrs Thorp
March 2011
Very unusual property with bags of charm. We were a party of six adults and it was still very spacious. The owners even left soap, washing up liquid, tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits - a lovely touch. Games to play, books to read and movies to watch, they really had thought of everything. Lots to do in the local area without using the car which was lovely. We loved everything about it and would return again.
Mrs MacLeod
December 2010
We had a super holiday with the children to celebrate my husband's birthday. The Lock House in Gloucester was perfect - 5mins to the centre of the town and 5mins to the Outlet Shops on the Docks. Full marks to Sykes Cottages!
Mr Burt
November 2011
The house has a lot of history and a unique view of a working lock just outside the front door. It is also a short drive from stunning countryside and places of local interest. This property has an excellent central location and is situated just a short walk away from the town centre and a good range of restaurants and places to eat.
Mrs Edwards
April 2011
Loved the proximity to the cathedral, the city shops and the quays. Enjoyed watching the bats flying across the garden and swooping over the river in the evening.
Mrs Donovan
May 2010
Excellent location!
Mr Kruse
October 2010
It was in a great location and there was plenty of space for 6 adults. It was also wonderful that we didn't have to worry about parking.
Mrs Willson
November 2010
We had a lovely week at The Lock House. The cottage is ideally situated for exploring Gloucester and surrounding area. There are lots of things to see and do.
Mrs Howard
June 2010
The 'Lock House' is a lovely old cottage in its own perfect little grounds. The location was quiet and secluded even with the locks being used regularly. A lovely haven that I would recommend to anyone.
Mr Davies
September 2010
There was literally nothing to fault..I've never said this before!! The Lock House was beautiful and historic. The bathroom was out of this world - modern and yet still in keeping. Seriously, this was a lovely place to stay! Also, the location was perfect. The Cathedral and shopping mall etc were within a fifteen minute stroll, and it was rather nice being right on the redeveloped, yet still working, canal. If you wanted to travel further afield, the Forest of Dean, Stratford on Avon, Bath - everywhere was within a 20 minute to 50 minute drive at most. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
December 2009
Very close to Gloucester town centre and the quays. Hardly used the car at all. Also close to Cheltenham. Had a great weekend.
Mr Bennett
August 2010
Very convenient location. Interesting historic site. Well equipped kitchen.
Mrs Middleton
July 2010
Fantastic location, comfortable accommodation, beautiful area, friendly people.
Mr Ward
July 2010
Excellent location - we didn't use the car all week!
Mr Hayes
March 2010
Good central position for exploring the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean
Mr Almond
November 2009
Location, space, had an open fire, parking, docks development, efficient booking process.
Mr Faulkner
October 2009
Needed space and time to relax in. The Lock House Cottage fulfilled all our needs. A wonderful and very historic location. Great place, appreciated the opportunity to spend time there.
Mr Clarke
October 2009
Good location and well equipped cottage.
Ms Scarfe
January 2010
The house is central without being town centre. Almost everything we needed was supplied. It was very warm and welcoming.
Mrs Felton
July 2010
Very nice cottage with good location.
Miss Wellington
November 2009
Excellent house and in a brilliant location. Warm, homely and plenty big enough for 6 adults. Overall an excellent break.
Mr Benyon
September 2009
The location was very good, easy walking distance of shops and restaurants, also good location for touring the area.
Mr Mrs Taft
January 2010
We had a lovely Christmas. Cottage was lovely and warm and there was everything you needed for cooking Christmas dinner. So near to town and other attractions. We are ready to book for next year.
Mr Sterkenburg
September 2009
The lock at the front with beautiful narrow boats and friendly lock keeper. Everything in walking distance, beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and the historical docks Everything needed was in the house, we only missed a BUTLER!
Mrs Hafford
March 2009
Lovely period cottage which was of a very good standard. We had a lovely time. The Cathedral and shops are all within walking distance which is a great advantage.
Mrs Bass
August 2009
The cottage is lovely, we were very comfortable here and its location was very interesting and different. Something to watch from the window - the working lock.
Mrs Bryant
May 2009
Good location for travelling around the Cotswolds. House was very clean and tidy. Great farm shop nearby.
Mrs Howard
July 2009
Great location, best equipped cottage we've ever been in.
Mr West
June 2009
This was probably the best holiday cottage I have ever visited. Whilst the cottage itself has been very well modernised and is well fitted out, it preserves many of its original features such as wooden floors and fireplaces. However its main feature is its' location which is quite unique. The front faces the working lock and the general hustle and bustle of the historic docks - and the back garden faces the relative tranquility of the River Severn.
Mrs Smurthwaite
July 2009
We had a wonderful time. The location was fabulous, the property clean and up to a very high standard. We were in the city, yet sitting in the garden it was so peaceful and quiet it felt like we were in the countryside; birds singing every morning. It was home from home!!!
Mr Sherlock
January 2009
We found the Lock Keepers Cottage at Gloucester to be very welcoming and cosy and just right for our requirements over New Year. The cottage is very well appointed and the owners had gone that extra step to make us feel welcome.
Mrs Dyter
June 2009
The cottage was beautiful. We were there when the Tall Ships were in harbour which was a bonus.
Mr Hopper
February 2009
The Lock House is perfectly located for exploring the historic docks and city centre of Gloucester. A great location and an interesting house!
November 2015
A very cosy and characterful property with everything needed for a comfortable' home from home' stay.The welcome milk and biscuits, tea and coffee made us feel at home immediately.The house has all the extras you need to enjoy a stay at any time of the year from barbecue and outside furniture in the pretty garden in summer to board games and books tv/dvd/music in winter.There were no "if only there was a..." conversation as everything had been provided. The location is great unless you have very small children as the water is very deep just outside the door. Very close to the centre of the city plus the very smart Quays development is on the doorstep so loads of choice for eating out within a pleasant stroll.
May 2013
Booking service efficient,the owner living 20 miles away could pose problems if there was an emergency,in fact we had to call him out for something minor which seems a shame,if he had someone local he could call on it would be useful.But he attended willingly enough.Spacious house,furnished & decorated nicely,liked the novelty of overlooking both the canal & the river,unfortunately the inclement weather prevented us from fully enjoying the amenities.Loved the location of the house though.And being within easy walking distance of museums & shops was ideal as we do not drive.Favourite experiences were the various museums,the cathedral & the shopping outlet,particularly the antiques Centre.My only criticism would be the apparent lack of public transport,though we didn't have occasion to use it on this holiday, we might like to travel further afield if we visited again.Hopefully there would be more buses in the holiday season.
October 2013
This is an amazing house to access the town centre and Quays, everything you could need is here, the house was clean and very homely. the stairs are steep and my elderly mother couldn't get up them so we did have to buy a z bed for downstairs for her to sleep in but this was no problem but worth bearing in mind with disablied people. I can not find anything to fault and we will definatly be returning again. The milk, tea coffee and biscults in arrival were a lovely touch and as all beding and towels are included it made for a easy stress free break.
November 2014
We finally managed to get our busy daughters and their partners together for a holiday. And there was something for everyone, although we all enjoyed watching the comings and goings through the lock. The canal lock was at the front of the house and the River Severn at the back, with various paths for country walking and walking easily into the city. We all loved this wonderfully well equipped cottage with its helpful owners. A special nod to Vanessa on The Cafe on the Cut for a particularly memorable breakfast.
Rhod P
February 2015
Wow! What a lovely home this is. We really enjoyed staying here. We were visiting from Australia for a family wedding and this was an ideal place to stay. As we were arriving late in the evening straight from the airport we really appreciated having the heating on and house warmed prior to our arrival. This cottage is well situated within an easy walk to the city but being next to the lock it felt more like a country house. It was a lot bigger than I expected and there was plenty of room for a family of 6 adults. Our only issue was that being a family of tall people fitting into the standard sized double and single beds was a challenge. The only other slight problem was that the markings on the oven controls have been wiped off so our first use of the two ovens didn't go quite according to plan! While the home itself lends to a family with young children, the proximity to water and easy access to same would concern me.
November 2012
Just returned after a week at The Lock House and would highly recommend this cosy retreat. Ideally located to visit all Gloucester has to offer on foot as well as the wider area by car, a great day out had at the Sculpture Park in the Forest of Dean. the Lock House is very well appointed and the cooker was 5 star!
Jo J
February 2013
For us, this Lock House could not have been more perfect. The owner sent us directions and was friendly. The directions were spot on and we settled in without any problem at all. The lounge at the front of the house with its open fire was not huge but cosy and had all you need, TV with DVD, a stocked bookshelves, nest of tables, lamp etc. The large dining room at the front of the house had a very large table perfect for family eating, again a stocked information and book shelf with games for a rainy day. Pictures of the local area and in keeping with the character of the cottage are dotted throughout. Into the breakfast room which was at the back of the house. A dresser, a table and chairs for 6, music system, house keeping book, table mats, ornaments etc all provided. We set a lot of time in here, it was lovely. Off the breakfast room was a downstairs shower and utility room. The shower was one of these multi jet things - water every where, fantastic. A toilet and washing machine in there too. The other side of the breakfast room was the kitchen with double oven.with extractor fan Loads of crockery and cutlery, all utensils you would need, a fridge freezer, plenty of cupboard and work surface space. Back door leading to the small back garden overlooking the river. A picnic and normal bench to enjoy the view. The driveway is also accessible this way. A large drive accessed by large lockable gates off the main road. Upstairs. 3 bedroom - a double and twin at the front and a double at the back. Bedding all in keeping with the period, clean, cosy. Lovely period furniture in the main, beds all comfortable and spotlessly clean The location is amazing. The nearest bar/cafe/restaurant in under 5 minutes walk away. Shops and other attractions a few minutes further. Perfect location to see lots without driving. If you want to drive tho the private parking makes things easy.
November 2012
The cottage was beautiful. It was really spacious and well equipped. It is ideally located for visiting Gloucester and the surrounding area. Many attractiona and amenities were within walking distance.
October 2011
Central, comfortable great holiday for all the family. Small garden but adequate and we enjoyed a B-B-Q. Docks a wonderful experince lots to see plenty of eateries to choose from and all an easy and pleasant walk from cottage.
December 2011
Very wel located, nice house, many things to do and to see.
December 2011
Everything we needed was there and all was beautifully clean The location by the lock is great and the prison across the road is unobtrusive. It was very easy to walk to the cathedral and town centre as well as the waterways museum The retail outlet in the quays is good value but they would not let me walk with my bike in there.
September 2012
Stayed a week in this lovely homely grade 2 listed cottage. It was in a great spot right on Gloucester docks and only a few minutes walk from the city centre. We had beautiful weather so the garden was very welcome. It is very unusual having the canal on one side of it and the river severn on the other. You can take a pleasant walk in both directions along the canal or river bank. The historic Gloucester docks and the retail outlets are a work in process and there are several units not yet taken, but it is still worth a visit and should be really nice when it is completed. The cottage was very well equipped with everything you could need for your stay and a welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee and biscuits was great. There was only 2 of us staying but it is plenty big enough for a family, with 3 bedrooms a lovely large bathroom and an additional downstairs shower room with WC. It has a good sized kitchen with a large cooker, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Great place, really enjoyed it.... Thanks
Sheila MacLeod
January 2011
The Lock House was thoughtfully planned and well equipped for a group of 6 adults. We much appreciated the heating being on when we arrived as it was very cold in November. The house was well positioned for visiting Gloucester and the Cotswalds. We really enjoyed our stay
August 2011
Great for watching the activity through the locks. Everyone has a wave! Clean and spacious cottage in an ideal location for historic Gloucester docks. Easy walking distance to cathedral, town, restaurants, bars, retail outlet and antiques centres. The Lock House includes everything you need for your stay, although no Internet access in the house - it is available in cafe/bar at the docks though.
July 2010
An unexpected treasure in a perfect location. The house brought back many memories for my family of older times. It was quiet and very pleasant to stay. The upstairs bathroom is wonderful especially the bath with the view!.
September 2010
This is a fabulous little cottage in a superb location. There were six in our party, myself and my husband our two grown up daughters and there partners,and there was plenty of room for us all. With two bathrooms,a breakfast room and dining room as well as a cosy lounge,the inside was more than ample. The front of the house is a working lock, which kept us entertained on many an occasion, (the lock keepers are very friendly and always had a wave for us) whilst the back garden is an idyllic little oasis of peace and quiet, with butterfies and dragonflies. There is so much to do in this area we couldn't fit it all in, but I would strongly reccomend, The Cotswold Farm (as seen on t.v.) The international bird of prey centre, and the forrest of Dean. Take a half hour trip on a boat along the canal, the skippers commentry is very informative and humorous. The pubs and restaurants nearby are excellent, and the refurbished dock area is stunning, especially if you like antiques, although there are fantastic designer shops too. I can not praise this are enough, myself and my family absolutely loved the place and the warm friendly people. I did not want to go home. seen on t.v.
February 2010
Lovely house - cosy lounge with fire. Walking distance to shops/ cafes/ restaurants. Also, some good walks with the dog! An enjoyable stay.
Gilly Taft
February 2010
Such a warm and welcoming cottage, a minutes walk from the Gloucester docklands and designer outlets. Everything you need for a great break. The cottage is well set up with everything we needed for a great Christmas. There is always somewhere to go and my husband was so happy to have a weeks holiday with no driving. A few minutes walk and you are in the centre of Gloucester. I have to say it is a womans dream escape with every amenity to hand.
December 2009
Lovely house, very spacious, everything that is needed for a holiday and plenty of good advice on restuarants and things to do. Also good secure parking. Would recommend to friends and family.
November 2012
Just returned after a week at The Lock House and would highly recommend this cosy retreat. Ideally located to visit all Gloucester has to offer on foot as well as the wider area by car, a great day out had at the Sculpture Park in the Forest of Dean. the Lock House is very well appointed and the cooker was 5 star!
September 2012
Stayed a week in this lovely homely grade 2 listed cottage. It was in a great spot right on Gloucester docks and only a few minutes walk from the city centre. We had beautiful weather so the garden was very welcome. It is very unusual having the canal on one side of it and the river severn on the other. You can take a pleasant walk in both directions along the canal or river bank. The historic Gloucester docks and the retail outlets are a work in process and there are several units not yet taken, but it is still worth a visit and should be really nice when it is completed. The cottage was very well equipped with everything you could need for your stay and a welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee and biscuits was great. There was only 2 of us staying but it is plenty big enough for a family, with 3 bedrooms a lovely large bathroom and an additional downstairs shower room with WC. It has a good sized kitchen with a large cooker, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Great place, really enjoyed it... Thanks
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