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Wren Cottage

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 19 reviews

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. As part of our package we have a special fishing permit which gives acces to all the Forest of Dean Angling Club ponds and lakes for the duration of your stay. (

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
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
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
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

Fishing permit for Forest of Dean Angling club 6 lakes

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 19

28 Dec 2014


"By far the best dog friendly cottage we've ever stayed in."

The initial booking process and arrival procedures were well communicated with no issues. This cottage has got to be the most dog friendly cottage we have ever stayed in, from the dog towels and couc… More

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Christmas at Wren Cottage. We have two dogs of our own and so understand what makes a good holiday for a dog when we go away ourselves. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with other holiday makers and we hope that next time you come we will get to meet you.

25 Nov 2014


"Lovely cottage in very pretty location"

Spent a week here with my partner for a bit of rest and relaxation. The cottage is lovely - nicer actually than I expected from the photos online which was a pleasant surprise. The kitchen is very wel… More

It is so nice to hear what a good time you and your dog had in Wren Cottage! Our cleaner did mention that she had turned off the wi-fi by mistake during your stay, and we have decided it would be a good idea to put up a "do not switch off" notice so that it does not happen again. Thank you for making the time to write a review, we really appreciate it!

14 Nov 2014


"simply wonderful"

Where to start, i have so many good things to say about wren cottage and the owners! we were met and welcomed on arrival, and asked to let the owners know if we needed any assistance or advice during … More

We are really glad you enjoyed your relaxing break at Wren Cottage and thank you for your kind comments. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future!

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!

15 Sep 2014


"Delightful little cottage in a great location."

Lovely cottage. Very dog friendly location. Owners were really nice. Would love to stay there again.… More

Thank you for your great comments. We are so glad that you had a great stay and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

1 Sep 2014



We could not have hoped for a better location or setting.The cottage has been tastefully renovated,retaining original features but being brought bang up to date.The view is stunning and at night,wow,f… More

We are so glad that you and your little girl enjoyed your stay with us. We love this place too! We hope to see you again one day in the future.

17 May 2014


"A little slice of heaven"

Perfection. Quirky. Serene. Peaceful. Hilly! Just some of the words to best describe Wren Cottage and it's location. You need a car. And to be quite mobile-it's a trek from the house up a st… More

We are so pleased that you and your dog, Kyp, had such a lovely time. Thank you so much for your amazing comments! We really appreciate it.

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.

9 Mar 2014


"Stunning location, perfect cottage for two"

My partner and I stayed for five nights in Little Wren cottage in March 2014. The cottage is situated in a serene area which was ideal for the peace and quiet we were seeking. The cottage is very well… More

Thank you very much for your kind comments, we are really glad you liked Wren Cottage and enjoyed your stay with us.

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.

Review 1-10 of 19

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Calendar last updated:26 Jan 2015

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