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Cosy Cottage with bird hide in stunning location Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Cosy Cottage with bird hide in stunning location

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 36 reviews

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Description from owner

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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

SUMMER SPECIAL: 20% OFF 1ST-25TH AUGUST (discount included in quote)

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCESS TO ALL OUR RENTALS IS VIA A SINGLE TRACK UNMADE ROAD (In bad weather there can be some bad potholes).

Further details

• Rental includes a pint of milk, teas and coffees, a welcome tray of biscuits 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 (average £2 per day)

* 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!

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

2 seating areas to enjoy the views - one with built in BBQ

BBQ equipment available upon request (£5 supplement to cover cost of charcoal and cleaning)

Location description from owner

The England 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!

Mitcheldean

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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Key Info

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed
  • 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Karen R
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
21 Aug 2016
Years listed:
5
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 22 Jul 2011. Located in Forest of Dean, it has 36 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £254 to £384.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 21 Aug 2016.

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“Nice cosy cottage”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2016

It was perfect, really relaxing break. Cosy cottage in a lovely setting away from roads. You can walk straight in to the forest and surrounding countryside and has good views from the doorstep. The owner was very welcoming on arrival.

Thank you for taking the time to review Wren Cottage. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay!

“Perfect hideaway!”

Reviewed 5 Jan 2016

We stayed in Wren Cottage for a week over Christmas with our dog and 2 cats! We visit the Forest of Dean regularly for daytrips but it was lovely to spend a whole week there, exploring new places. The cottage is well located with walks from the doorstep, or you have the option of an easy drive to other parts of the Forest. The cottage itself is perfect for two (plus pets!) and has everything you need. And if you find something that you need isn't there Karen and Lis are most helpful. The logburner was wonderful and made the cottage feel very cosy. We were not cold at all! We loved the wildlife garden with it's beautiul view across the valley and was it was great to be able to let our dog have a runaround and play some games. We look forward to coming back again when it is dry and sunny!

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We're glad you and your four legged friends enjoyed a lovely Christmas in the Forest! It was nice to have some cats to stay for a change. Sorry it did not snow -not even a frost! We enjoyed meeting you and look forwards to welcoming you back in the sunshine!

“A beautiful cottage in a lovely area”

Reviewed 1 Jan 2016

We stayed for the weekend - not long enough though! A lovely cottage - very comfortable and cosy!.The views from the cottage are wonderful and so many walks from the doorstep. Wood burner was lovely during the evening - there was everything you needed in the cottage. Dog friendly to - wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage to others. We will definitely be back!

We're so glad you liked Wren Cottage! We never tire of the views ourselves, being lucky enough to live here. We look forwards to seeing you again soon and thank you for the review.

“Lovely and cosy dog friendly cottage in beautiful surroundings”

Reviewed 30 Aug 2015

For a getaway from hectic work schedules - this was a hidden gem in the Forest of Dean. Karen and Lis are impeccable hosts ensuring that all your needs are met. The cottage was extremely well equipped and the tranquil setting ensured we both swtiched off and slept incredibly well! It was lovely to be in a cottage that was truly dog friendly. Crumble has never been more relaxed on holiday!! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wren Cottage.

Thank you fro your lovely comments and we're so glad that you had a relaxing time here. It was great to meet you both and Crumble too!

“Beautiful cottage in a tranquil setting.”

Reviewed 5 Jul 2015

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.

“Fantastic views, cute cottage”

Reviewed 28 Sep 2014

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!

“I would happily live here.. its beautiful”

Reviewed 24 Mar 2014

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.

“Everything we wanted”

Reviewed 28 Feb 2014

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.

“a lovely located cottage.”

Reviewed 16 Jul 2013

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.

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

Reviewed 9 Apr 2013

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.

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