Perched high in the Forest of Dean, with breath-taking views of the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons, a delightful and intimate cottage for up to 6 people and their dogs; with a Hot Tub & Sauna integrated into a huge decking (See all our photos here: Gallery).
"Truly stunning…the pictures don't do it justice...a magical place." (See Guest Reviews)
Built in the 1850's and retaining much of it’s original charm, the Cottage has been extended on 5 levels of delightful, spacious, yet intimate living; most rooms open to a huge decking with a sauna and a hot tub ready for you to enjoy the amazing views or gaze at the constellations.
Ideal for adventurers or for those seeking a relaxing or romantic forest hideaway, maybe adding an extra touch of luxury with a Swedish Massage or other Spa Treatment; all set in magical and ancient surroundings. Lovers of good beer have plenty of choice and there's a good selection of eateries and restaurants close by.
"Sensational, beautifully furnished…cozy but spacious…we fell in love the moment we saw it! " (See Guest Reviews)
Whilst retaining many original features e.g. low ceilings and thick and uneven walls, the Cottage has been modernised on 5 levels, with 3 bedrooms, one en-suite, a superb family bathroom, cloakroom/toilet, three lounges/living rooms, a shabby chic dining room and a traditional & well equipped kitchen.
Many of the rooms open to a huge decking area for al fresco dining, wrapping up in front of the chiminea or relaxing in the hot tub and sauna - all with breath-taking views of the Wye Valley and Black Mountains.
Throughout, you will find comfortable, quality furnishings & décor reflecting the rustic nature of the Cottage and it's surroundings; you will also find a good range of facilities and extra touches - all designed to make you feel welcome and at home.
More detail and photos can be found at ‘The Cottage’
Adventure & FUN
No matter what your age or skill level, there’s a wealth of adventure and fun awaiting you.
Young adventurers can build a den or discover sculptures hidden in the forest; take a steam train, walk or cycle the trails that lead nowhere or everywhere, splash or canoe the Wye and more. The more adventurous can canoe through rapids, do some serious off road biking, take to the trees at ‘Go Ape’, go rafting, quad biking or surfing The Severn Bore.
A short drive to Chepstow to discover the 'National Diving and Activity Centre'; home of one of the longest zip wires in the world and a host of other activities.
For suggested links and more photos, go to ‘Adventure’
Relax & Romance
At the end of a long day, or at any time, relax in the hot tub overlooking the panoramic Wye Valley or gaze up at the stars.
Retreat to the sauna, relax in the Hot Tub or treat yourself to a Swedish Massage.
If you want some 'me time', there are plenty of nooks and crannies within and outside the Cottage to hide away with a book, listen to your favourite tunes or whisper sweet nothings.
As the sun goes down over the ever changing landscape, curl up in front of the chiminea, turn your eyes to the darkening skies and spot shooting stars, satellites or constellations.
For more about this, go to ‘Relax’
Mystery & History
Tintern Abbey, sitting majestically on the banks of the River Wye; one of a wonderful range of historic monuments and sites nearby.
The Holy Grail is reputed to have been kept in an old Roman Temple a few miles away; and the Forest has a wealth of other myths, legends and reported paranormal activities, owing to its ancient forest status.
The myth about the Holy Grail might be a tall tale but the Celts and Romans certainly settled in the area; the area is recorded in The Domesday Book in 1086; and was a royal hunting ground as far back as William The Conqueror. Apart from this, the area has a rich history of Castles, Abbeys and Manors. More recently, the forest had a thriving iron and coal industry, served by a complex rail system; there's still much evidence of it, including disused mines and the rail tracks are now converted to trails for walkers and cyclists.
Links for historic monuments & site can be found at 'Mystery & History'.
Feel the Force
After dark, the gardens come to life with fairy tale illuminations.
'Feel the Force' by day, as you seek out the locations of the recent Star Wars movie; or follow in the footsteps of Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis; explore Clearwell Caves or ride through the forest on a steam train. The area has a fascinating, ancient and unmatched history; including Castles, Abbeys and Forests once hunted by Kings.
By night, the garden’s fairy tale illuminations come to life and it’s time jump in the hot tub, marvel at the galaxies and tell tales of ghosts and demons.
For more go information, go to 'Mystery & History'.
Eat, Drink and be Merry!
There’s nothing to beat dining ‘al fresco’ on the decking and marvelling at the ever changing and amazing view before you.
By night, the garden illuminates and you can cosy up in front of the chiminea or log fire with a beer or glass of wine.
The kitchen is well equipped for your dining needs and the shabby chic dining room easily accommodates 6 people.
Good beer fans won't be disappointed, there are some great local breweries such as Hillside Brewery (who offer Brewery Tours), many pubs and inns sell their beers and others. We have a traditional 'local' a short walk away and a wide range of eateries and restaurants within a few miles there's also a 'Chippy' in Lydbrook and many takeaway restaurants a short drive away, in Cinderford.
Links for cafes, eateries and Inns are found at ‘Eat Drink & Be Merry’