The Whitehouse is an extended tradiitonal stone-built forest cottage locate in the village of Pillowell in the Forest of Dean. The edge of the forest is 2 minutes walk away. The cottage is extremely comfortable with 5 bedrooms (one with en suite bathroom) and sleeps up to 10.
There is a huge living room with piano, TV, DVD and a games room/dining room with large oak dining table (seats 10-12), full-size table tennis table and good selection of board-games. The kitchen is well-equipped with an extensive range of crockery and cooking utensils and an adjoining breakfast-room . Beautiful garden with fruit trees, lawns and flower beds. Patio and outdoor dining area with exterior lighting and a good range of garden furniture including a large circular wrought-iron table with parasol shade, folding gazebo and BBQ. All bed linen, towels, utilities inclusive.
The Whitehouse provides an ideal base for exploring this beautiful area with its wealth of wildlife, natural scenery and historic monuments.
Please note that there is no telephone or wifi.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Nearest beach||50 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Lydney 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (4), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The region is characterised by rolling countryside with many wooded hills, rivers, charming villages and historic towns. The great river Severn defines the S.E. boundary of the area, flowing through the cathedral city of Gloucester and widening gradually to over a mile across at its mouth where it is spanned by 2 stately suspension bridges. The area is studded with romantic ruins including Tintern abbey, Chepstow and Monmouth castles.
The forest of Dean has been populated at least since Roman times and is of great historic interest retaining vestiges of its varied past as a centre for charcoal-burning, iron and coal mining and forestry. It represents one of the largest tracts of historic forest in England with many varied broad-leaved and coniferous trees - some of them hundreds of years old.
The cottage is situated right next to the forest which offers a wealth of outdoor activities including mountain-biking (family trail with cycle hire 2 miles away), canoeing and kayaking on the river Wye (Symonds Yat 4 miles away), a high wire forest adventure course at 'Go Ape' (2 miles), as well as an extensive network of forest trails. The area abounds in wild-life; highlights include peregrine falcons, goshawks, deer and wild boar. In the Spring, the forest floor is carpeted in some areas with magnificent displays of bluebells and other wild flowers. Clearwell caves are within easy reach as are the atmospheric ruins of Tintern Abbey. A steam railway operates from Parkend, about 1.5 miles walk through the forest from the house.
The nearest pub and shop are about 1/4 mile away. Chepstow and Gloucester are within 30 minutes' drive, while Bristol can be reached within 45 mins-1hr. The nearest main-line railway station is in Lydney, approx 3 miles away. Further afield, the attractions of S. Wales are within easy reach (Brecon Beacons National Park is about 1 hour's drive away).