About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Sleeps 4 - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with views of the River Severn & countryside
Woodland Barn was originally a stables and hayloft owned by the local Collier. Over several years it was converted into a cosy character cottage. It has been a holiday let for the past 6 years welcoming couples and families. Woodland Barn is dog-friendly.
Located on a quiet road on the outskirts of the town of Cinderford and village of Littledean, Woodland Barn is the perfect base from which to explore South Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire (all of which are approximately 30 minutes drive away). Close to many amenities including two supermarkets and several traditional shops including a butchers, artisan baker and grocers.
2ND FLOOR - BEDROOMS
sleeping 4 with a master double bedroom en-suite and a twin room. Both bedrooms have flat screen TV's complete with DVD player, freeview TV, Oak floors and blackout blinds with exposed beams in the master bedroom. Both bedrooms have a view of the open fields and woodlands with the meandering River Severn in the distance.
1st FLOOR - KITCHEN & FAMILY BATHROOM
A small staircase leads down into the fitted Kitchen with exposed beams, quartz work surfaces, induction hob with grill / oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, washing machine / condenser dryer and slow cooker. We have included many home comforts throughout the cottage for your convenience.
GROUND FLOOR - LIVING SPACE
A small staircase leads down into the Lounge / Dining area where we have SMART TV and SKY, free unlimited WiFi and DVD player with i-pod docking station. There is a selection of CD's, DVD's, books and a toy chest for our younger guests. A table that sits 6 with a High Chair available upon request at no extra cost.
Woodland Barn has underfloor heating throughout.
PATIO, BALCONY AND LAWN AREA
Double doors lead out onto the patio and balcony with enclosed lawn. The external wall is made of Forest Stone and is the original outer wall of the stable, Enjoy the views of the meandering River Severn, the fields and surrounding forests perfect for al fresco dining.
Woodland Barn has off road parking with a paved driveway suitable for up to two vehicles.
We are happy to take up to 2 dogs by arrangement. Should you forget we have some doggy bags, leads and bowls for your use.
INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL FEE
All bedding and towels, a Kitchen Pack (including washing machine tabs, dishwasher tablets, bin bags, kitchen and toilet roll, soap, tea, coffee and sugar).
We like to welcome our guests with a choice of drink (red or white wine, local ales, ciders or perry), a box of chocolates, fresh milk and fresh cut flowers.
Zoe and James Gilding
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Zoe and James Gilding
I am a Forester and have lived in the Forest of Dean all my life. I am a wife and a mother to two boys. As well as managing Woodland Barn I also work for several breastfeeding charities and teach Sunday School at one of the local churches.
Zoe and James Gilding purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Zoe and James Gilding chose Littledean
When we first saw Woodland Barn back in 2010 it had crumbling walls, broken windows, holes in the floor and climbing ivy everywhere. Originally it had been a stables and hayloft but hadn't been used for sometime. Even though it was very run down and in desperate need of renovation walking around the site it had a unique charm and I found it easy to imagine myself living there.
What makes this Cottage unique
Woodland Barn is all about the view. They are ever changing throughout the day depending upon the weather. There are days when frost is on the ground and the fields are a sea of white or when fog is hanging low in the valley, the sky is blue and sun shining and you feel you are on top of the world! Evenings when the view is so clear that you can see the twinkling lights of Gloucester city. Days when you can (with the help of binoculars) watch the natural phenomenon that is the Severn Bore as it travels up the river from the terrace. If you are very lucky when its warm and the weather is good you might even see the hot air balloons as they follow the bends in the River Severn travelling up from Bristol. Our guests often comment on al fresco dining and enjoying the views from the terrace. Although located in a residential area Woodland Barn benefits from being off the main road. Close to the amenities in town yet far enough away for our guests to relax in comfort. Our guests often say that they feel Woodland Barn is well appointed and a good base from which to explore the surrounding area. We have concentrated on fully equipping the kitchen to make things easier for our guests including some items that may not be considered standard such as a slow cooker and blender. Our guests say that Woodland Barn feels like a home-from-home. We are dog friendly. We have an enclosed garden and woodland walks just a few minutes away. Outside the barn is a tap to wash your dogs paws and inside there are towels, dog bowls, collar, lead and bags should you need them.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fantastic location with amazing views
The owners were very helpful from the offset and replied to any questions we had very quickly. Lovely house and well equipped and the bottle of wine was a lovely touch. Highly recommended
Thank you Simon for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We like to offer 10% discount to all our repeat guests so hope to be able to welcome you again soon.
Zoe and James
Fantastic place to stay. Beautiful well decorated and fully equipped little cottage. Wonderful view even in the rain. Great touches with chocolates,wine,flowers and milk. Would highly recommend.
We stayed for 3 nights 10th-13th November. We thought the cottage was lovely, very well equipped and homely. First dog friendly place that actually provides easy to use stair gates and such a well equipped kitchen. Very secure garden areas which dogs can roam freely and also admire the great view! Could easily stay for two weeks as so much to do close by including dog safe forest walks on your door step.We have stayed in the Forest of Dean many times and wished we had found this cottage earlier. We will most definitely stay here again. We absolutely loved it !!!!!
Matthew & Rachel , Bella & barney 🐶�🐾�. From Oxford
Ps thank you very much for the chocolate & wine !
So glad you all enjoyed your stay. It would be our pleasure to welcome you again sometime.
Zoe & James :)
Absolutely amazing view
Nice clean cottage.
Wine and chocs nice.
No downsides at all- Thankyou
Relaxing, peaceful break
This place exceeded all our expectations. So clean and well equipped with views to die for. Our dog loved it too: the enclosed garden was a real bonus. Wouldn't hesitate to come back.
Just packing up to leave but we don't want to go. Peaceful, great location for walks, everything you need. Super comfy beds and a view to die for. We'll certainly be back
Thank you for your review Nicky. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. We would like to offer you a 10% discount when you book with us again.
Zoe & James
EATING OUT Within walking distance of The Fern TIcket (dog friendly), The Mount Pleasant in Cinderford and The Belfry and Littledean Guest House (dog friendly) in LIttledean. By car The White Hart and Speech House welcomes dogs. FREEDOM LEISURE AND SPORTS CENTRE Just a few metres from the barn is a sports centre with an indoor swimming pool and sports courts. They have regular public swimming sessions. WOODLAND WALKS There are many walks all around the Forest of Dean that take in the lovely scenery and woodlands - details of some of the local walks are kept at Woodland Barn. Other places to walk that are a short drive away include Cyril Hart Arboretum, Speech House Woods and Lake, Beechenhurst (home of the Sculpture Trail), Cannop Ponds and several Nature Reserves. You are surrounded by wildlife including several types of deer, wild boar, squirrels, many different types of birds (including birds of prey) and even some Exmoor Ponies in the woods closest to the barn. The Forest of Dean is beautiful all year around but particularly so in May and October. CYCLING You can hire a bike for the day and follow one of the many cycle paths that wind throughout the forest and are marked for varying abilities including one for families. For those of you who like a little more excitement The Forest of Dean is one of the premier locations in the UK to do Mountain Biking - we have trails suitable for all abilities - don't forget to bring your camera! FILM LOCATIONS The Forest of Dean has been the location of many episodes of BBC series from Doctor Who to Merlin and blockbuster films such as Jack the Giant Slayer and Starwars : The Force Awakens. Gloucester Cathedral was transformed into Hogwarts for the first two Harry Potter films and for Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows. Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood have been particularly popular with filming crews. Puzzlewood 's twisted woodlands have a magical feel about them and are quite unique and rumoured to be the inspiration of J. R. R. Tolkien when creating The Lord of the Rings. AERIAL ADVENTURES Go Ape at Mallard's Pike - fly down zip wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle crossings up in the tree canape whist enjoying the amazing views of the forest and ponds below. (Also at Go Ape the Segway Experience - explore an all rugged terrain through beautiful forests). Chepstow Diving Centre is home to one of the longest zip wires in the UK and at Beechenhurst their is a smaller zip wire for children and a 13m adventure tower that you can climb up and abseil down. At Perrygrove Railway discover a village of tree houses hidden up in the trees with a ladder tower and wobbly suspension bridge, especially for young children but enjoyed by all! STEAM RAILWAY In the last few years volunteers have been working to clear woodlands and mend tracks of the original railway that ran through the forests connecting the villages to one another. For children Days Out with Thomas the Tank Engine and for Adults a sophisticated dining experience aboard their luxury dining train (booking essential). AUNT MARTHA'S VICTORIAN TEAROOMS For a truly unique dining experience pay a visit to Aunt Martha's Victorian Tearooms. As soon as you enter you will be transported back to 1897 when her Majesty is celebrating her diamond jubilee - (booking essential). SYMONDS YAT Take a day to explore Symonds Yat with it's Butterfly Zoo, Amazing Hedge Puzzle, Roman ruins miniature golf course and relaxing River Cruise in the West. In the East enjoy woodland walks, searching for King Arthur's Cave, crossing the Biblins Suspension Bridge and the spectacular views from Symonds Yat Rock. LOCAL CRAFTS Visit Taurus Crafts in Lydney where 14 artisan businesses make and sell everything from chocolates to textiles, stained glass to jewellery - you can buy many unique gifts and watch the crafts people at work. You may even get the opportunity to try yourself. Children's activities run throughout the school holidays. INTERNATIONAL BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE Is the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world with an international reputation for its conservation work and leads the world in a number of species of birds of prey and owls bred in captivity. Housing over 280 birds of prey from owls to eagles, kites to falcons. They hold 3 flying demonstrations per day. During Winter pre-book an evening with the owls with hog roast and mulled wine! KAYAKING AND CANOEING DOWN THE RIVER WYE Enjoying the Wye Valley, it's stunning scenery and the wildlife on the riverbank. A range of guided trips to suit all abilities available from March each year. A unique way to explore the area. OUTLET SHOPPING Visit The Quays at Gloucester Docks and Labels at Ross-on-Wye for retail and local shopping at its best. CLEARWELL CAVES Find out all about the heritage of the Forest of Dean. Walk through the caves or if you are feeling brave arrange to go caving. Not to be missed at Christmas time.