“very fetching and peaceful” The owner was very friendly and accomodating, quite happy to let me stay for one night when a lot of other owners on this site are funny about that (even after I said I would be able to come back for a few days in the autumn!). Little owl is a very comfortable studio with lots of new fittings but it retains a rustic feel. Lovely skylights over the bed etc. It was warm and a nice bottle of juice was there on arrival. Key was easy to pick up and the setting is stunning and secluded- on a hill looking over a valley at the end of a farm track, feels like a real getaway, what a nice place.
“Beautifully renovated house in a beautiful setting.” House provided everything we needed for a relaxing week away from London. Plenty of pubs and things to do in the area aswell! Will definitely be back.
“a real treasure of a cottage” A warm welcome and a homemade barabrith by the owner greeted us at this lovely cottage
The cottage was well eqipped and even nicer than the photos and an ideal bases from which to explore the area. We intend to return same time next year!!
“Fantastic stay in the beautiful Wren cottage” Wren is a lovely little one bedroomed cottage finished to a very high standard, your every need is catered for by the owners and plenty of added extras to make your stay even more enjoyable. It is set in a beautiful area with gorgeous views and a lovely little wildlife garden. Pets are warmly welcomed here.
Close to Micheldean and Ross on Wye there is plenty to see and do.
We would definitely recommend a stay in Wren cottage, where a relaxing stay is guaranteed.
“Spacious house with everything you need to have an enjoyable stay!” I stayed in the White House with a group of 8 friends for a short weekend break to explore The Forest of Dean.
This house is very spacious and can easily sleep 10 people with just about everything you could need plus more! Lovely big living room area with a piano, TV and DVD's, we really loved the fireplace and made use of this in the evening, this house really does have a homely feel to it.
The kitchen is very well stocked with cooking utensils, pots and pans a dining table and breakfast bar. There is also a games room with table tennis which we kept ourselves entertained with in the evening. The house has a lovely garden area, which would be lovely in the summer time, as we stayed in January we weren't able to make use of this.
Amazing views from the bedrooms which were more than adequate for our stay with wardrobes and most importantly for the women the many mirrors! The En-suite in the master bedroom was also very useful as there were 7 women, so no fighting for the shower in the morning.
We really did enjoy our stay in the whitehouse and the landlady was very helpful if we had any questions or queries or couldn't find something.
Dan was also very accomodating, we booked for a weekend but asked if we could stay a few extra hours on the Sunday and this was no trouble at all. A real pleasure to deal with.
I would definately recommend this house and we hope to return again in the summer months.
Thank you for a lovely stay.
“A little piece of heaven” Just returned from an amazing 5 night break, it was meant to be 4 but we had to add a night as we were enjoying so much. Sue and Peter were so welcoming and had thought of everything. Plenty of towels for the pool, a little bottle of wine for my birthday, milk, orange juice...The list goes on. The place was immaculate and so safe for our children. The pool was lovely, clean and heated well. It is situated in amazing surroundings with plenty to do in the immediate area. Will definitely be visiting again. Thank you Sue and Peter for an amazing little winter break.
“Absolutely superb” Great facilities, great hosts. Excellent bathroom, kitchen and sitting area - fantastically cozy and an impressive functional use of space. Desirable atmosphere with all you could need. Good location - pubs are within short driving/cycling distance with a wickedly local and olden feel unlike any modern pub. I severely recommend The Royal Exchange as well as The Glasshouse. An hour’s drive can get you near to everything the Forest of Dean can offer. The sculpture trail is a nice walk but has dreadful “sculptures”. Everyone near the coach house has an excess of apples free for the taking.
My only complaint is the bed - I see others have complimented it, but for my partner and I it was a tad unsuitable. Heads sank all the way through the pillows, and each stir would create a strange sqwarking from within the bed. Very strange, a bit disturbing. I used the some of the cushions from the sofa as a replacement for pillows and had a good giggle at the similarity between the bed’s noises and my partner’s. Also the bed side lamps are inappropriately bright so I had to swap some stone. Oh also could do with a lamp on the coffee table next to the sofa. All of this is just nitpicking - the coach house is wonderful I very nearly rated it 5/5.
Mandi and family are lovely, with great knowledge and recommendations. We entered the coach house before meeting Mandi but instantly felt welcomed and snug. Various information is supplied in leaflet form as you enter the sitting room, as well as a prebuilt fire and a small treat.
I really strongly recommend staying here, it’s so perfect for couples. Also I must re-recommend The Glasshouse (it’s everything a pub should be - you park on a carparking bit down the road/opposite because it doesn’t have its own huge car park because it’s not a modern fool. It has excellent lighting inside and fab food) and The Royal Exchange - please eat here too - which is a bit more modern feeling but still cozy and much nicer than the majority of its equivalence (strongly recommended the pie).
You have never met such a power shower either - it must use tankfulls of water but it feels so good.
“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.
“Lovely cottage in a great location” We booked Cider Press Cottage for a week's family break along with our 5 month old puppy. The cottage was just what we were looking for; three bedrooms with an open plan living room/kitchen and a nice fenced-in garden.
The forest itself is just beyond the cottage so plenty of walks right on the doorstep and all the local attractions are within an easy drive, with Lydney just 10 minutes away.
Finally, just to mention Sue who was a wonderful host, friendly and helpful.
We would highly recommend
The colourful Forest of Dean is rich with history and greenery, with intrigue around every turn. Book your holiday rental in the Forest of Dean for a magical rural getaway.
About Forest of Dean
Famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films, the Forest of Dean truly is a magical place. But it has far more to offer than just recognisable scenes from Harry Potter, as it was once an elite hunting forest for royalty, and a historical mining location. There's a lot going on here beyond the colourful flora that crops up throughout the year!
What to Do
The rivers running through the forest provide some great opportunities for fishing, though you will need to secure a permit in advance.
Top Forest of Dean Travel Tips
Because this is a semi-rural area, public transport isn't always ideal, so a car is definitely the best way to get around.
For a magical trip into the countryside, why not book a holiday rental in the Forest of Dean and explore everything it has to offer? You'll have a magical time!
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