Forest of Dean Holiday Cottage
Welcome to the Forest of Dean, an area of Gloucestershire county that is filled with charm, character and activities for you to investigate and enjoy throughout your stay with us and available the entire year-round. The area has culture and heritage unlike anywhere else in the whole of England. The Forest of Dean, bordered on the southeast by the River Severn and on the southwest by the River Wye, which forms most of the border with Wales is one of the most distinctive areas of Britain having a seductive charm and a unique character. The stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery have inspired artists, craftspeople, inventors, poets and playwrights, as well as the many visitors who return year after year. The Forest of Dean is one of the most fascinating regions of Britain nestling between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Vale. Its relative isolation created by the valleys of two great tidal rivers, the Severn and the Wye, together with its hilly terrain have helped preserve the land throughout the centuries. The Royal Forest occupies an area of 204 square miles in the western part of Gloucestershire. There are approximately 20 million trees that cover the Royal Forest of Dean area, including beautiful specimens such as oak, beech, ash, birch and holly. In 1939 the woodland area became the first park in England to be designated as a national forest. One of the remaining Royal Forests in England. The Forest of Dean is believed to have connections with author JJR Tolkien. Some believe the time he spent at Lydney Park Estate gave him the inspiration for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Author JK Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) moved to Tutshill near Chepstow, at the age of nine, and her family still lives there. There are many great things about The Forest of Dean and the surrounding areas, however, one of the most enticing is the amount of amazing and varied activities that are available to both locals and visitors alike throughout the year. Visiting the Forest at various times of the year allows for a multitude of different experiences. Visit during the springtime to enjoy the magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas and flowering shrubs in Lydney Park Spring Gardens. Where you can also view some of the best Roman remains in Britain, including a Roman Temple. This is also the time of year when the woodlands transform themselves into a picturesque scene with a soft carpet of bluebells. The heady smell of the fresh flowers combined with the visual feast never fails to draw visitors, photographers and artists to the wooded areas. Arrive in the summer and celebrate, enjoy the sunshine and the beauty of the area by going for a hike or hiring a bike and riding the trail with the family. Explore with a cruise along the River Wye from Symonds Yat or visit the nearby Yat rock and watch the Peregrine Falcons, which have been nesting successfully for the last 20 years under the watchful eye of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. However, this is not the only way to see animals in the area with the county renowned International Centre for Birds of Prey putting on shows multiple times a day throughout the week for adults and children. But if animals of the avian variety do not interest you then there are not one but two Llama parks in the area for both viewing and trekking. The forest is at its best in the autumn when the majestic oaks, beeches and larches turn golden and russet and forest forays will reveal autumn fruits, fungi, and berries. A great time to enjoy walks around the nationally recognized Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail which allows you to look upon works of art that have been inspired by the heritage of the forest itself all within an easy-to-follow 4.5m trail. The Royal Forest of Dean is also home to Clearwell Caves. A unique iron mining museum that has an impressive system of underground caverns that date back to the beginning of the bronze age. The Forest is home to Puzzle Wood which contains pre-Roman open cast iron workings and a maze covering 14 acres of pathways and rock ravines, with secret passages and hidden doorways. The Forest has its own museum that houses a collection of artifacts that illustrates the historical importance of the area. The areas around the Forest also hold many interesting attractions within a short distance from the Forest itself. To the north of the Holiday Cottage Forest of Dean is the market town of Newent and the Vale of Leadon. This area provides a mixture of market gardens, farmland hills and vineyards. The Forest Hills Golf Club allows for the more relaxed sports fan to enjoy the day on the green in the area as well as the opportunity of more strenuous activities with the Go Ape company also running opportunities on a daily basis in the area. No matter what you may have in mind for your visit, be it a relaxing day taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoying a nice glass of wine or going on an all-out sports extravaganza, the Forest of Dean is a place that will help you realize these desires.