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Wren Cottage

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Excellent 5/5

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Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2

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Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Perched on beautiful Shapridge Hill at the end of a quiet track, Wren Cottage which is the perfect romantic getaway. The cottage is a haven of peace and tranquillity and the large wildlife garden enjoys stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Footpaths lead from the front door onto a vast network of Forest paths and tracks, you can literally walk for miles!

The cottage benefits from a large wildlife garden with its own birdhide and excellent views. Feeders are provided with plenty of nuts and seeds for you to top them up if you wish. If you love wildlife, you will love the garden, for example watching the swallows skimming the surface of the pond for insects in summer and witnessing the house martins mobbing a hobby overhead! .

Inside the Cottage has been renovated to high standard, and retains much of its rustic charm, including it's large fireplace which has now been fitted with a woodburner to set the scene for those cosy, romantic evenings in. You will also find a modern electric convector heater in each room! There are superb panoramic views over the valley from the picnic table in the wildlife garden. Wren Cottage has been awarded a 3* rating by Visit Britain, so quality is assured!

Wren Cottage welcomes pets by prior arrangement at a cost of £10 per pet. The Cottage has been awarded "Pets Welcome" by Visit Britain and therefore fully meets the criteria which have been devised to ensure holiday accommodation meets your pet's requirements.

There are many outdoor activities available in the Forest; hire a canoe or a kayak and paddle down the Wye, or a mountain bike and take to the cycle tracks which lead you through mile after mile of beautiful woodland.

For those interested in history, within half an hour there are the Dean Heritage Centre and the border castles of Chepstow and Goodrich to name but a few. A bit further afield Hereford cathedral where you can view the famous Mappa Mundi, Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral are well worth the visit.

Within an hour's drive you could also take in the Cotswolds, The Brecon Beacons, or the Malvern Hills.

Mitcheldean is the nearest town 3 miles away, providing a small supermarket, Post Office, Butcher's, Green Grocer's, Fish & Chip Shop and Chemist's. There is a wider variety of shops and facilities at Cinderford, 5 miles away.


Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 68 km, Nearest railway: Gloucester 23 km
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The ensuite is fitted with a shower, heated towel rail and shaving point. All rooms have an electric convector heater. There is a heated towel rail in the ensuite

Further details outdoors

One designated parking space 50 metres uphill from the cottage

Picnic table is provided in the wildlife garden

BBQ available upon request

Further details

• Rental includes a welcome tray of fudge and choclate and a bottle local fruit juice all sourced locally

• A generous basket of logs is included in the price

• Electricity is by pre-payment metre (£1 coins accepted)

* Heating is by modern convectors in all rooms

Please note that this is a rural area and broadband tends to be super slow rather than super fast!

The Gloucestershire region

The Forest of Dean is an extensive area of ancient woodland stretching from Mitcheldean in the East as far west as the River Wye and south to the banks of the Severn. The region is rich in flora and fauna, and is beautiful in springtime when the woods are adorned with successive carpets of wild daffodils (Newent), bluebells and wood anenomes. Early morning or dusk are the best times of day to spot some of the wildlife including fallow deer and wild boar. For avid bird lovers the Forest of Dean is a joy, with the possibility of spotting the goshawks at New Fancy View, the peregrine falcons at Symmonds Yat Rock, dippers nesting in the banks of a stream or the pied flycatchers which make their nests in the hollowed out trunk of an oak tree. In summer be sure to look out for the many and varied butterflies which reside in the Forest including the white admiral, purple hairstreak and sliver washed fritillary.

The Forest is an undulating landscape and your walks may well be accompanied by the sound of a stream babbling along a valley bottom as well as strident birdsong. There are many views to be admired from the hill tops across Forest and rivers, towards the Malvern Hills or to the Welsh Mountains across the border. Try May Hill for the best vantage point over the Forest!


There is plenty to do in the local area! Here are some examples;

• The sculpture trail at Beechenhurst Lodge

• Puzzlewood - an old open cast mine reclaimed by the landscape

• The family cycle trail / trails for more advanced riders.

* Fishing with the Forest of Dean Angling Club (permit provided for free)

• Canoe/kayak hire available at various points along the River Wye

• The Dean Heritage Centre, museum and cafe with walks into the Forest from the centre

• Goodrich Castle, dating back to the 11th century perched on a hilltop above the River Wye

• Tintern Abbey , majestic ruins of a Cistercian abbey the banks of the river Wye

• Westons cider, find out about cider making and taste the various different ciders on offer

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Review 1-10 of 27

5 Jul 2015


"Beautiful cottage in a tranquil setting."

We loved the cottage so much that although we'd booked for 3 days, we ended up stayed for 4. Our hosts Karen and Lis were super welcoming, even changing our welcome tray to be vegan friendly at the last minute. Overall, we found Wren Cottage itself very comfortable and cosy. The bedroom was pretty and restful, with a handy en suite bathroom. The kitchen equipment provided was comprehensive - only thing we couldn't see were scales, but there was a jug so we could convert to cups. The half door in the kitchen was good for leaning on to watch squirrels. We also loved lurking on the sofa in the sitting room watching the bats at dusk. The internet connection was reliable if a bit slow. But who needs the internet when you have the outdoors? We enjoyed superb walks through the woods and fields and spent lots of time in the beautiful nature garden trying to spot another badger (we saw one on the first night). We drove out to Chepstow to look at the castle, to Dewstone to look at the subterranean gardens, to the Dean Heritage Centre to play with ferrets and took numerous walks. Everywhere we went was lovely and quiet - this is an unspoilt gem of a destination. Don't tell your friends or they'll all want to go.

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and positive review of Wren Cottage. We really enjoyed having you to stay and hearing about your wildlife adventures! We are looking forwards to welcoming you back one day soon.

28 Sep 2014


"Fantastic views, cute cottage"

We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It was refreshing to escape the rat race and hear nothing but birds singing and sheep bleating. The cottage was very cosy, and Lis and Karen had thought of everything, even including a towel for the dog. The wildlife garden was a fantastic idea, with its little hide, although I think the exotic creatures were feeling a little shy, as we only saw squirrels and dragon flies, and a couple of Jays, didn't see any wild boar (not sure whether to feel happy or sad about that!) The sheep that passed the cottage twice a day, having a quick nosey into the cottage as they passed were hilarious. Would recommend as a relaxing, escape from the big smoke, and the dog have it the paws up too. Fantastic for walking and mountain biking too.

Thank you very much for your review, we are glad you had such a good time in the forest. It really is a stunning place and we feel privileged to live here!

24 Mar 2014


"I would happily live here.. its beautiful"

Beautiful cottage, perfect for short weekend breaks. Would liked to have been nearer a local pub/food place so that i could walk there and back safely at night/evening. The owners were really welcoming, but did not intrude on my stay. We took our dog and it was perfect for her to run around the local fields/woods. Would visit again, just need to get some time off work... :-) Thank you

Thank you for your great comments, we are please you and your dog enjoyed your stay.

28 Feb 2014


"Everything we wanted"

We had a lovely few days in wren cottage. There were some lovely little touches that were very welcome. It was beautifully clean & comfortable & very well kitted out. The cottage itself & surrounding area was very dog friendly which was important to us. The owners couldn't do enough to help us. We didn't want to leave & will certainly be back. Thank you.

We are please that you found our cottage and environment so welcoming to you and your dog. We look forward to seeing you again.

16 Jul 2013


"a lovely located cottage."

We were one week at Wren cottage and it was a very nice week. The cottage is very nice, well equiped at a very quiet location. You can hear the birds, the sheep, and the pheasant who returned every night under our window. From here you can walk a lot and also visite places as Cardiff. It is a nice place when you want a quiet relaxed stay.

So glad you had a great week at our cottage and thank you for your kind comments.

9 Apr 2013


"Perfect relaxing getaway, great location for walks in Forest of Dean"

We have just returned from a long weekend at Wren Cottage. We found the cottage to be finished to a high standard and equipped with all you need from the kitchen to the fab log burner in the lounge. There is a great safe, enclosed garden area just down from the cottage enabling our dog to run around as well as being a relaxing area to chill. The location of the cottage allowed us to easily visit local areas of interest and complete walks we had found through The Pathfinder Guides, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean book. We walked, Symonds Yat, Goodrich and Tintern Abbey with Symonds Yat being our favourite. Local pubs we found which allowed dogs were Red Hart Inn, The Dog and Muffler and The Rising Sun Inn. We have not been able to decide our favourite of these but it is between Red Hart Inn and The Dog and Muffler. All 3 were very welcoming and had no issue with taking our dog in. We also got a Chinese takeaway from Mitcheldean which was good. Locally in Mitcheldean there was a coop which was good for fresh bread etc but nothing else there really and the local pubs do not allow dogs. Although we were aware there was no wifi or internet service at the cottage, there is also no 3G anywhere locally, so when we were out and about and wanting to find local information, be aware you will not be able too. This is just what we have become used too, having all the information at the touch of a button so maybe just do all your research before you leave home.

Glad you and your dog had a lovely time in Wren Cottqge. We will have to try the Dog and Muffler for ourselves! Yes, internet access can be a bit problematic, however we do have Wifi in Little Owl if you come again.

10 Feb 2013


"Very quiet and remote, just what we wanted"

My husband and I wanted a weekend getaway to get out of the busy city life, and made an excellent choice. The Wren Cottage is very compact so ideal for just a (long) weekend and we loved the log fire (logs were generously provided FOC). Everything is modern but with the genuine cottage characteristics. One small thing is that the floor was rather noisy in the bedroom making it creek when we moved in the bed. Perfect location for going for long walks however everything was close enough for shops and food/drinks. We walked into town for fish and chips, absolutely stunning setting and helpful owners. Thank you!

Thank you for your positive comments, pleased you enjoyed your weekend.

1 Dec 2012


"Peace and quiet"

Lovely romantic cottage for two and a happy dog. Great for walks and a good base for surrounding area

So glad you and the dog enjoyed the cottage and surrounding area.

24 Aug 2012


"A little piece of heaven"

This was the most amazing place. Everything you could possibley need is already thought of. The peace and tranquility is so breathtaking every bird can be clearley heard. The views from the paddock used only by the guests are awesome. Left there relaxed and refreshed. Booked again !!!!

We are glad you loved your stay and enjoyed the haven we have tried to create. Thank you for you lovely comments.

Review 1-10 of 27

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      Calendar last updated:29 Aug 2015

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