Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Woodland Barn has been sensitively converted from a stables and hayloft into luxury holiday accommodation. The barn is a split level property with three floors. Access is from Littledean Hill Road on the outskirts of the town of Cinderford and the village of Littledean. There is a block paved driveway at the front of the property with space for two vehicles. Entrance is through the front door which is on the 1st floor. Please be advised that the layout of this property is not suitable for wheelchair users.
This rental accommodation is non-smoking throughout, and sleeps up to 4 people. Pets are welcome by arrangement with no extra charge.
All walls are magnolia with Oak flooring in the bedrooms and tiles in the lounge, main bathroom and kitchen. In the lounge there is a spacious corner suite, coffee table and a comfy chair with reading lamp. There is a solid oak dining table that is expandable with six chairs, a flat screen TV equipped with built in DVD player and Sky TV and a midi system with an i-pod docking station. A DVD cabinet with a large selection of blockbuster movies and selection of CD's.
The kitchen is on the 1st floor and has been fitted to the highest standard. The kitchen units are oak finish in a modern design and the work surfaces are solid granite in a black with gold fleck finish. It is furnished with all the mod-cons; fridge with freezer compartment, electric oven and a stylish induction hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and dishwasher. The kitchen is completed with top end crockery, glassware, pans, ovenware, cuttlery, and utensils. A boon to any budding Chefs!
There is a washing machine / condenser dryer in the kitchen. There is also a Laundrymat in Cinderford High Street.
There are no leisure facilities on site but there is a Sports Centre and public woodland approximately 5 minutes walk away.
Bedroom and Sleeping Areas
There are two bedrooms. They are on the 2nd floor. The walls are magnolia with Oak flooring. Both rooms have a flat screen TV with built in DVD player and Free-view and the windows have fitted blinds.
The master bedroom is equipped with a double bed, a bedside table and lamp either side of the bed, with a wardrobe and chest of drawers. There is an en-suite with magnolia walls and a tiled floor. It has a shower, toilet and hand basin.
The second bedroom has twin beds and is equipped with a shared bedside table and lamp, a built in wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
The bathroom is on the 1st floor next to the kitchen. There is a bath with shower attachment, WC, washbasin and mirror.
Grounds and Garden
There is a paved driveway to the front of the property. Large Patio and grassed area to the back of the property. Guests are welcome to sit in the garden and utilise the garden furniture which includes a 6 seater hard wood table and chairs and a barbeque for al fresco dinning.
Whether you are looking for a family holiday with lots to keep the kids busy or you simply want to relax in a luxury environment away from it all, Woodland Barn is the ideal place!
We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful barn soon.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Porthcawl 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 90 km, Nearest railway: Lydney 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
All the bedrooms and the lounge area have flat screen TV's with free-view and built in DVD players.
There is a selection of children's toys in the twin bedroom stored under the beds.
Long weekends and mid-week breaks available all year around.
Changeover day for peak periods: Friday
Short stays can be booked, but with a minimum of 3 nights.
Cost for up to 2 dogs £10 and by arrangement with the owners.
Terms of booking: £100 deposit with booking. Balance in full 6 weeks before arrival.
Plus a refundable £100 security deposit required with final balance payment, refundable within 2 days of leaving the property.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Royal Forest of Dean, once called ‘The Queen of the Forests All', is one of the most fascinating regions of Britain. Its relative isolation created by the valleys of two great tidal rivers, the Severn and the Wye, together with its hilly terrain have helped preserve a pattern of land use, culture and heritage unlike anywhere else in the country. In 1938 these woods covering 57 square miles, together with those of the lower Wye Valley were designated the Wye Valley and Dean Forest Park one of Britain’s first National Forest Parks.
Today this unique heritage and the culture of the Forest reflect a close working relationship between its people and the environment.
It was the Saxons who first realised the Forests potential for hunting and for many hundreds of years became the hunting reserve of Kings. Many of the Dean's ancient rights and privileges come from its unique heritage as a Royal Hunting Forest. But it was the Norman kings, who loved to hunt deer and wild boar, who introduced Forest Law and officials called Verderers who were charged with looking after the animals and the woods they lived in. In 1924 the Forest of Dean was placed in the custodianship of the Forestry Commission. The Royal administration involved various “officers”. However, today only the elected office of the Verderer survives and the four officers constitute the Court of Verderers. The Verderers' Court is still held at Speech House, one of the area's most famous landmarks.
But the Royal Forest of Dean soon became known for something other than hunting when the existence of coal and iron ore, together with charcoal stimulated early industrial development in the area. The underlying rocks of the Coal Measures, Carboniferous Limestone and Old Red Sandstone together with the rich veins of haematite ore gave rise to the mining and quarrying industries and this mineral wealth was soon explored, exploited and exported. The digging for iron has left distinctive galleries or 'scowles’ in the rock face; the coal mining has produced tips of waste and furnaces and forges line river courses. Today, these symbols of the Forest industrial past have been softened by time and are integrated into the landscape. These scowles, which are believed to be unique to this area of Britain, can be seen by visiting Puzzle Wood and Cinderbury.
As late as 1955 coal mining was still one of the area’s main industries with five collieries (the last closed in 1965), and is still undertaken at a few small mines operated by Freeminers. The centuries old mining rights entitle any male (and now female as of 2010) born within the hundred of St Briavels, aged 21 or more and who has worked for a year and a day in a mine to legally register as a Freeminer with the chance of being granted a 'gale’ of coal (or ore). Hopewell Colliery and Clearwell Caves offer underground tours and are ideal bases from which to learn more about the Forest’s Freeminers
The 19th century saw the major development of industry. Enterprise and innovation combined with rich natural resources brought inventions, investors and workers to the Forest from many parts of Britain. Industrialisation demanded improved communications and better transport links. In the late 19th century original tram roads were converted to railways with all the Forest towns connected to the main lines bordering the area and linking with the docks at Lydney. Lydney Harbour has recently been restored to preserve its historical importance as a key player in the industrial development of the Forest of Dean.
As a woodland, the Forest of Dean has played an important part in the heritage of Britain especially from the 17th century when the oak timber, and indeed iron, became important for the expanding shipbuilding industry. The exploitation of the area’s timber and iron ore resources continued throughout the Civil War but in 1649 recommendations were made for the conservation and management of the Forest. This was pursued by a Commission whose long-term work was scuppered by growing demand from the Navy. It was not until the Dean Forest (Reforestation) Act 1668 that effective management commenced, albeit dogged with trouble for another 120 years. During a visit to the Forest in 1802, Lord Nelson highlighted that the 'finest timber in the kingdom’ was in a deplorable state. Consequently 30 million acorns were planted across 11,000 acres, but the oak was redundant before half grown thanks to its rapid replacement in shipbuilding by iron and steel!
Despite further demands during the war years, the Forest, due to careful planting and felling programme's, has maintained much of its traditional appearance. In addition, much of the war-time felling was replanted with oak and other broad leaved mixtures. The National Forest policy of 1958 emphasised the need for timber production but highlighted the need for due regard to amenity and recreation.
Today the Royal Forest of Dean remains one of the oldest and most valuable of Britain's woodlands and one of the few survivors of the ancient Royal Forests of England.
Visit the Dean Heritage Centre to discover more about the Forest's fascinating history and heritage.
Forest of Dean
Welcome to the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire! A magical place where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy beautiful and extraordinary surroundings. The Forest of Dean, the ‘Queen of Forests', has something for everyone - fascinating heritage, spectacular and varied landscapes, plus warm and friendly hospitality.
Don't be deceived by its tranquil setting - although the Forest of Dean boasts a variety of guided walks and dedicated cycle routes, it also offers a massive selection of high adrenalin activities. With easy links to all major motorways, the Forest is perfect for short breaks or spontaneous getaways.
There are events running throughout the year and literally dozens of locations and attractions to fill your days.
A list of just some of whats on offer is included below;
Forest Food Showcase (spring and Autumn)
Winter owl evening
The Newent Onion Fayre
Speech House Fireworks Display
Coleford Carnival of Transport
Fire & Wood Event
Severn Area Rescue Association Event
Dean Forest Railway
Dean Heritage Centre
Elton Farm Mazes
Dick Whittington Farm Park (Free entry with Woodland Barn!)
Amazing Hedge Puzzle & Butterfly Zoo
Puzzlewood (used in a number of big budget movies..)
Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure
The sculpture Trail
For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.