Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A beautiful, luxuriously appointed two bedroom country cottage in the heart of the South Gloucester countryside benefitting from breathtaking views and complete tranquility.
Tomar is a newly renovated traditional country cottage set deep in a mature landscape of rolling hills and greenery as far as the eye can see. With tasteful interior decoration and a high-spec kitchen and bathroom the cottage is homely but luxurious. Only 4 miles from Chepstow and 2 miles from Lydney, the cottage isn't as remote as its spectacular views make it out to be. Bristol is 30 minutes away, as is Gloucester, but sitting right on the fringe of the Forest of Dean, Tomar is ideally placed for an outdoor pursuit / walking holiday, or just relaxing on the glorious south facing veranda soaking up the view with glass of wine.
The cottage sits on a green hillside with commanding views across and down one of the valleys which form the Wye Valleys basin. The approach is up a winding path from the private parking space through the lovely garden where the spacious house sits with a plethora of usable outdoor space.
Downstairs in Tomar is a beautifully adorned series of rooms, with the living room taking centre stage in the oldest part of the house, dating back to the mid 1700's. This room is an enticing and cosy contrast to the rest of the house and echoes its traditional layout and feel. There is a wood burning stove and large LCD TV and lots of space to relax in the evening or to escape the heat in the mid-summer. There is a good quality double sofa bed to accommodate 2 guests and there is also the convenience of a downstairs cloakroom/WC.
Stepping down out of the living room is the sun room bathed in natural light from the east and south facing almost wholly glazed room. Bring the outside in by opening back the large folding doors onto the connecting decking and garden.
The beautiful country style kitchen-diner also enjoys a southerly aspect, with french doors opening out onto a very large veranda with steps down to the garden. Self catering is a pleasure with the benefit of a gas range cooker, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The dining table can comfortably seat 6, and there is further patio furniture with table seating for 8 on the veranda - the perfect spot for an evening barbeque.
Upstairs, natural light peeks in everywhere giving a light and airy feel despite its cottage proportions. The second bedroom at the back of the house has a double bed and the vaulted ceiling with skylight gives a sense of peace and quiet. An east facing window with views over the Severn Estuary makes this a special room. A spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower and free-standing bath takes up the rest of the original cottage's footprint.
Across the landing is the larger of the two bedrooms with a double aspect taking in the very best views of the region. There is lots of space in this wonderful room for the king-size bed which sits beneath a large opening skylight.
The private garden is a mixture of lawn and flowerbeds, with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peace. Traffic noise is non-existent and the road is a dead-end with no through traffic apart from the occasional horse!
Tomar lies in countryside scattered with pleasant villages, intertwined by the River Wye and the Severn Estuary. There are a number of very good pubs, all serving food and children and dog friendly, within a few miles drive. Cycling around the quiet country lanes is easy and safe.
Chepstow and Lydney are a short drive away providing supermarkets, shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Forest of Dean is a popular destination for walking, mountain biking, cycling, riding, fishing, shooting, art galleries and sightseeing. Symmonds Yat Rock is a wonderful look out point with good facilities at the edge of the forest which looks down over the famous Wye Valley. The Wye is a haven for an array of water sports, including canoeing downstream which is organised by a number of local clubs and available to anyone.
Motorway links to the Southwest, North Wales and East to London are only a short drive over the Severn Bridge.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff/Bristol, Nearest railway: Lydney|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
An easily accessible and popular holiday destination.
Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean is one of the most fascinating regions of Britain nestling between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Vale. Its relative isolation created by the valleys of two great tidal rivers, the Severn "known widely for the Severn Bore" and the Wye, together with its hilly terrain have helped preserve a pattern of land use, culture and heritage unlike anywhere else in the whole of England.
The Royal Forest occupies an area of 204 square miles in the western part of Gloucestershire.The 20 million trees that cover the Royal Forest of Dean include oak, beech, ash, birch and holly trees. People who live in and around the Forest are known as Foresters. The areas name is derived from one of the primeval forests of England.In 1939 the woodland area became the first park in England to be designated as a national forest.One of the remaining Royal Forests in England.
The Forest of Dean, bordered on the southeast by the River Severn and on the southwest by the River Wye, which forms most of the border with Wales is one of the most distinctive areas of Britain having a seductive charm and character that is uniquely its own. The stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery have inspired artists, craftspeople, inventors, poets and playwrights, as well as the many visitors who return year after year.
Arrive at the forest in April and May to enjoy the magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas and flowering shrubs at Lydney park Spring Gardens, where you can also view some of the best Roman remains in Britain, including a Roman Temple. May is also the time of year when the woodlands transform themselves into a soft carpet of bluebells. the heady smell combined with the visual feast, never fails to draw visitors, photographers and artists to the wooded areas such as Soudley .
Arrive in the summer and celebrate the beauty with a cruise along the river Wye from Symonds Yat or visit the nearby Yat rock and watch the Peregrine Falcons, which have been nesting successfully for the last 20 years under the watchful eye of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The forest is at its best in the autumn when the majestic oaks, beeches and larches turn golden and russet and forest forays will reveal autumn fruits, fungi and berries. a great time to enjoy walks around the Sculpture Trail and visit the Cyril Hart Arboretum near Speech House, which has over 200 varieties of trees.
The Royal Forest of Dean is also home to Clearwell Caves. A unique iron mining museum that has an impressive system of underground caverns that date back to the beginning of the bronze age.
The Forest is home to Puzzle Wood which contains pre-Roman open cast iron workings and a maze covering 14 acres of pathways and rock ravines,with secret passages and hidden doorways.
The Forest has its own museum that houses a collection of artifacts that illustrates the historical importance of the area.
To the north of the Forest of Dean is the market town of Newent and the Vale of Leadon This area provides a mixture of market gardens, farmland hills and vineyards
The Forest of Dean is believed to have connections with author JJR Tolkien. Some believe the time he spent at Lydney Park Estate gave him the inspiration for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Author JK Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) moved to Tutshill near Chepstow, at the age of nine, and her family still live there.