“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.
“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
“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.
“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.
“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!!
“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.
“Great Lodge, Great Location” Our stay was fantastic. We had a warm welcome from Sue when we arrived, The Lodge was very spacious, and lovely touched throughout. It was really useful to have a folder of local emergency numbers and one of many of the local attractions. But also the small selection of book, boardgames and dvds available and touches like a muddy boot tray, fresh milk in the fridge on arrival, very good wifi. Good parking outside and lovely outside area to be able to sit outside and enjoy the weather or food.
Great location close to many attractions, we didnt have to drive longer than 40 mins to get to any of the places we visited. Also close to some very good local pub restaurants. Really recommend The Woodman.
We liked how well thought out everything was, the quietness of the site and how central the location was.
Our only downside was we all lacked a phone signal so having wifi was a good.
“Would love to stay again!” We had an amazing Christmas staying at Woodland barn, the cottage is very modern with all the appliances you would need. We arrived to lovely welcome gifts and the cottage was beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree. The cottage has stunning views with a great location as there is village nearby which is very convenient. The barn has a large patio and garden great for all seasons! Dog friendly too :) great walks close by. I would definitely recommend.
“Accommodated in style whilst fishing the Forest of Dean!!” Accommodation of a 5* rating. Nothing left unprovided; support from the owners as good as if it were coming from your parents. We would recommend this holiday let to anyone from the Queen to an honest office cleaner looking for peace and tranquility in a wonderful part of the UK.
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!
Top Destination reviews
Squirrel Lodge at Woodlands View
Lovely spacious accommodation in a great location
Lovely and clean, well equipped and spacious - three of us had plenty of room to spread out! Although the temp outside dropped to 0, it was still nice and warm. And lots of thoughtful touches that help whilst on holiday. The area also has lots to do, and some nice pubs and restaurants. The Miners Arms down the road is 10 mins walk and serves lovely food. …
Our weeks stay in this lovely cottage was perfect!
All our needs were catered for. Everything we could want was provided, even down to wellies and umbrellas. Linda had thought of everything.
The cottage was cosy and beautifully appointed, and the luxury hamper was a welcome touch.
We would certainly stay here again. …
We enjoyed our stay at the Silhouette Cottage, the accommodation was perfect for us 4 and our pet dog. Spotless and cosy,very well presented,nice modern kitchen, large lounge (with log burning fire place)and conservatory, lovely bedrooms too. Everything and more than expected! Would have loved to stay for longer... The White Horse pub next door was great too for food and drinks! …
The Retreat luxury Holiday Accommodation with Fantastic views and a Hot Tub
Booked a 2 night break here for myself , brother and mum. Accommodation perfectly fitted the needs of my mum who is disabled and uses a walking frame , the wet room shower was great . The accommodation had everything we needed and was good quality ( pictures don’t do it justice)
Great location with lots of places to visit nearby , beautiful view
Really friendly and knowledgeable hosts …
Holiday House - Newent- Gloucestershire
Excellent house, excellent location
Beautiful Georgian house, very comfortable, clean, well equipped and as we stayed over Christmas the house was seasonally decorated, complete with a Christmas tree. Not only that but the owner, Andrew, left a welcome pack of wine, mince pies, marmalade and chocolates. If that wasn’t enough, he was at the house with a lovely and much appreciated hot drink on our arrival too! A home from home. The house is in the market place of a small town but has enough amenities to cater for all needs. We hope to return at some point. Many thanks go to Andrew. …
Mireystock Forest Retreat With Private Indoor Heated Pool
Family Christmas Break
We were a family of three generations and all had a wonderful stay at Mireystock. The house was very well equipped and we had no problems at all in cooking a full Christmas dinner. The provision of slip on shoes to travel backwards and forwards to the annex, together with bath robes, slippers and pool towels was a thoughtful touch. We enjoyed spending time in the bar and playing on the full sized snooker table. We also enjoyed walks from the house and were fortunate enough to spot a wild boar in the forest. The house was spotlessly clean and cosy and Lucy was very helpful, both prior, during and after our break. We would have no hesitation in recommending Mireystock, we had a lovely time, thank you. …