Situated on the edge of the unspoilt Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest remaining natural forest, and the idyllic lower Wye Valley, Oatfield offers the discerning visitor a superior venue. The superbly equipped, award winning cottages have been sympathetically converted from Grade II listed 17th century stone farm buildings to provide some of the most luxurious self catering accommodation in Gloucestershire. All have exposed beams and loads of character, most have wood burners, some have 4-posters and Jacuzzis. Indoor games room with pool table etc, tennis court, croquet lawn/fun putting green, childrens play area.
In a peaceful, relaxing setting but perfect for an active or touring holiday, Oatfield is ideal for a romantic break, walking or family holiday. Explore the Cotswolds and Welsh borders with Bath, Bristol, many castles and hosts of other attractions all within 1 hours drive. Short breaks available (low season). All inclusive prices. Pets & children welcome.
On site activities: We have an all-weather tennis court (proper tennis shoes essential), croquet lawn and kids' putting green, and you can play boules on the lawn. The enclosed children's play area has swings, slides & a climbing frame. For rainy days there is an indoor games room with pool table, table football, table tennis, air hockey, darts, and some children's toys and ride-ons.
There are usually sheep grazing in the orchard, and plenty of bird-watching opportunities with swallows, nuthatches, wrens, woodpeckers, chaffinches and dozens of other birds frequenting the gardens and orchard. If you're lucky you may spot one of the badgers that visit most nights - their run can be seen behind Betony. You can help collect eggs from our hens, feed the ducks and stroke the friendly rabbits and cats.
A public footpath runs alongside the farm, and leads through bluebell woods to the hamlet of Gatcombe, from where the path gives lovely walks along the bank of the Severn in either direction.
Local Pubs and Restaurants: There are many good pubs and restaurants and in particular our local pub, the 'Red Hart at Awre' is one of the Forest's best and is recommended in all the leading pub guides. Good value, imaginative food is served everyday with excellent wines and beers; dogs welcome in garden, children welcome in restaurant. The Cock Inn in Blakeney, 1 mile away, also serves good food and has a large garden for children & dogs.
There is a good range of take-away foods in Lydney nearby (3.5 miles), as well as Tesco, Coop and Somerfield supermarkets. There is a 24hr esco at Chepstow. Blakeney (1 mile) has an excellent open-all-hours local shop that sells just about everything.
Local Activity and attractions.: The Forest of Dean offers unrivalled opportunities for walking, cycling and mountain biking (hire bikes available nearby), horse riding, canoeing on the river Wye, Quad bike racing and paintballing. An excellent leisure complex at Lydney has a pool and gym, there are also many local Golf courses and fishing lakes.
Attractions include a preserved steam railway (Thomas the Tank Engine visits 3 times a year), unique 'one man' coal mines, Clearwell Caves - Roman iron ore mines, river cruises, two vineyards, several museums and an acclaimed Bird of Prey Centre.
For small children there are two excellent soft-play centres, one of which (the Dick Whittington centre at Longhope) also has go-karts and farm animals. For over 10s the 'Go Ape' high wire forest adventure is very popular.
The Forest of Dean, just west of the Cotswolds, is a beautiful corner of Gloucestershire near the Welsh border. Between the Forest and the River Severn, Oatfield is in tranquil countryside but within 15 miles of the bustling towns of Chepstow, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Ross on Wye and Monmouth. Bristol, Bath and Hereford are within easy reach. In & around the Forest area lie the old mining towns of Coleford and Cinderford, numerous castles (eg Goodrich, Chepstow & Caldicot) with stunning views of the River Wye from Symonds Yat, and many attractions such as the Dean Forest Railway & Perrygrove Railway, Clearwell Caves, Hopewell Colliery, the Beechenhurst Sculpture trail, National Bird of Prey Centre, Lydney Park Gardens, Harts Barn & Taurus Craft Centres, and the Dean Heritage Centre. Sporting activities include fishing, cycling, golf, riding, llama trekking, off-roading, canoeing, rope courses, clay pigeons, paintball and of course walking, with acres of unspoilt forest to explore.
Other Activities: Canoeing, archery, clay pigeon, paintball, llama trekking, Go Ape
Golf: Several golf courses nearby, many set in beautiful countryside, including the St Pierre Golf and Country Club at Chepstow (16 miles), Monmouth Golf Club (17 miles), the Forest of Dean Golf and Bowls Club and Forest Hills Golf Club (both approx 9 miles), Orchard Golf course (13 miles), Gloucester Golf Club (19 miles), and Lydney Golf Club (4 miles).