Arrival, Directions & useful information



The address: The Reddings, Joys Green Road, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire GL17 9SX

For directions & where to find the keys, click on the link below.

Directions Guide


to help you prepare...

Arrival & departure times You are free to arrive after 4pm, 'checkout' is by 11am on your departure day.

Linen and towels Your beds will be made up before you arrive, we'll also provide a bath and hand towel for each person; if you're intending to use the Hot Tub or Sauna, you may wish to bring additional towels + a robe.

Space for our clothing Each bedroom has a fairly large set of drawers, but the ceilings are quite low (it's an 1850's cottage), so there's no space for wardrobes. However, there's a large cupboard for communal use + a couple of clothes hangers.

Outside shoes/Slippers We ask guests not to wear outside shoes in the cottage, so you might want to bring slippers/pumps (also useful for walking to and from Hot Tub & Sauna).

Babies/Small Children If you're bringing babies, you'll need to bring a cot, bedding & highchair; we do have 2 stair gates.  The Garden is 'rustic', uneven and steep in places; the decking does have good railings but care should be taken when accessing or leaving the decking - we therefore suggest you supervise small children when using the decking and garden, and keep to the paths. 

Things to Do When you arrive, you'll find a Welcome Pack which includes things to do in the area; we also recommend you take a look at this: 25 FREE Adventurous things to do in the area.

Real Ale: We’re fans of Real Ale, if you are too, there are plenty of great pubs in the area, details are in our Welcome Pack at the Cottage. However, if you’d like to do a Brewery Tour, we recommend Hillside Brewery, which is about 15 minutes drive from the Cottage, the guys at the Brewery are really passionate about producing yummy beer and are really friendly. We suggest you call and book a Tour before you arrive - be sure to tell them we’ve recommended you and they’ll give you a discount!

Walks/Trails: There are a multitude of trails and walks in the forest and along the River Wye, but we have some favourites which are included in the Welcome Pack at the Cottage. However, here are details of a couple of our favourite walks - which are at least half day outings. The first is on Coppett Hill, preferable starting at Goodrich (you can also visit Goodrich Castle), we recommend you follow this link for details of the walk but also search on line for other recommendations. We also recommend a couple of other walks - which can be downloaded here

Essentials We'll leave instant & filter coffee, tea bags, semi-skimmed milk, sugar & orange juice + there's also cooking oil and a range of fresh and dried herbs; hairdryers, toilet rolls, washing powder, liquid soap and tea towels are also provided as well as an iron & ironing board; for more details about the facilities e.g. sound system, follow this link Cottage Facilities.

Grocery Deliveries Many guests arrange for groceries to be delivered, most use Tesco.  There's another house, close to us, named 'The Reddings Chaple', they often get our post/deliveries; we suggest you are clear with stores that they need to look out for The Reddings - we have a large white stone outside with the word 'Reddings' on it.  The address is on the left hand side of this page.

The nearest shop There’s a Premier Shop in the Village, which is good for basics (and beer!), but the nearest supermarkets are located in Coleford & Cinderford (10 minute drive away), both have a pretty good Co-Op, takeaways and cafes; for a better selection, you need to drive 15-20 minutes to either Ross on Wye or Monmouth, both have 2 or 3 supermarkets (Monmouth has a Waitrose). Both towns also have a pretty good selection of other shops and cafes.

The nearest Pub The Royal Springs (Lydbrook) is about 10 minutes walk away, mostly off-road, take a look at their TripAdvisor Reviews; it’s a fairly traditional pub, with good beer and food; other pubs will require you to drive, though a couple (e.g. The Saracens Head & Speech House) can be reached if you’re up for a day’s walk with a pub break. More details will be left in the Cottage, also see this list of Top pubs in the area

Eateries and restaurants There’s a good selection within 10-20 minutes drive, we provide details for you at the Cottage or see this list of Top Restaurants in the Area

Logs We provide logs for the fire and Chiminea + kindling, firelighters & matches.

BBQ There is a BBQ & tools, please bring your own coals (Log Fire lighters are suitable for BBQ).

Parking There's off-road parking for up to 4 vehicles - please note: park outside the gates.

Outside shoes/Slippers We ask guests not to wear outside shoes in the cottage, so you might want to bring slippers/pumps (also useful for walking to and from Hot Tub & Sauna).

Access & security The decking is on two levels, accessed straight from the drive, the lower level is accessible by steps; it's surrounded by either railings or toughened glass. We'd describe the garden as rustic, it's quite uneven and steep in places; but there are good paths, which we ask guests to keep to. It's surrounded on 3 sides by the forest or neighbour's property; on one side, the road passes by, but it's quite difficult to access the road other than via the drive and gates. The garden is fenced but it's not totally secure - determined dogs & children might find gaps, so we'd recommend you keep an eye on them! NOTE: During the winter, especially if its wet, the decking can become slippery, even though it's cleaned regularly; please take care!

Privacy A resourceful member of the paparazzi could probably get a shot of you for the tabloids, but we'd say you're likely to feel pretty secluded whilst in the garden or on the decking.

Do you have any questions? - Text or call  07949 005456