Dean Cottages, Abenhall, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire
Wren Cottage has bags of character and charm. The cottage has a fresh and modern look, whilst the original stonework gives it the cosy feel! Dogs are welcome in Wren Cottage by prior arrangement. The Forest is a great place for dogs! The path outside the cottage leads onto a vast network of footpaths and forest tracks - one could literally walk for miles straight out of the door and across the entire Forest!
Ground Floor: Entrance via a stable door to a modern kitchen with electric cooker-dishwasher, fridge and granite-style worktop. A flight of three stone steps leads to the lounge where a wood-burning stove set in the original fireplace invites you to a romantic evening in with your loved one! The lounge contains a sofa, TV/DVD and drop-leaf dining table and chairs. Large glazed double doors lead form the lounge to the forest track outside.
First floor: Solid oak flooring throughout the upstairs gives this cottage a warm feel. A narrow staircase leads to the bedroom where you can enjoy your morning cuppa as you admire the rural views from your bed. The bedroom is mezzanine style and a bi-fold oak door leads to a shower room with toilet washbasin and heated towel rail.
Garden: There is a large, shared wildlife garden with excellent views across the valley. In the garden ther is a birdhide for the use of guests, a wildlife pond, and a picnic table for eating out on sunny evenings, or just take your gin and tonic and enjoy the views and the birdsong! The garden is fenced and can be used to exercise dogs off leash provided they are supervised. There is also a poop scoop and pooh bin provided.
Parking and access: The cottage has a designated parking space about 50 metres uphill from the cottage. Access is via a single track unmade road which can be subject to bad potholes in bad weather.
Little Owl, our studio apartment with pretty Shapridge Common on the doorstep. The accommodation is open plan with kitchen, lounge- diner, bedroom and a separate spacious shower room. The accommodation is all on the same level and parking is within 10 meters.
Kitchen area with electric double oven cooker, fridge with ice box and comfy bar to sit and chat or eat your breakfast at.
Lounge area with sofa and easy chair, flat screen TV and Blue Ray, nest of tables and drop leaf dining table night store heater and mock electric log burner. Little Owl has Free Wi-Fi.
Sleeping area double bed and bedside tables, large chest of drawers and hanging rail. Shower room has an electric shower and heated towel rail.
Parking and access: There is a designated parking area within 5 metres of the studio. Access is via a single track unmade road which can be subject to bad potholes in bad weather.
Wildlife garden situated at the bottom of the slope near the cottages
Laundry room under the studio with washing machine and tumble dryer. Bed Linen, towels and electricity are included in the price.
There are many outdoor activities available in the Forest; hire a canoe or a kayak and paddle down the Wye, or hire a mountain bike and take to the cycle tracks which lead you though heart of the Forest and mile after mile of beautiful woodland.
The self catering properties are perfect for the keen birdwatcher, as an abundance of birdlife can be observed from our hide; from nuthatch to green woodpecker and if you are lucky, even red kite! In summer the house martins, swallows and swifts put on a spectacular fling display as they dip and dive over the wildlife pond and garden. Foxes, rabbits, badgers and bats all visit the garden too, so don’t forget your binoculars!
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 take in the Cotswolds, The Brecon Beacons, or the Malvern Hills.
As animal lovers ourselves, we know that it is great to be able to take your pet with you on holiday and know that they are having a good time too! The Forest of Dean is the perfect location for dogs in particular as there are miles upon miles of footpaths to explore and lots of good foresty smells to investigate.
Facilities For Pets:
A large secure garden for your dog (Dog poo bins, scoops and bags are included in the price).
The loan of leads, pet beds, food/water bowls, towels, sofa throw, cat litter tray included in the rental.
Chews, and treats for dogs and cats available at cost.
Delivery of pet food (by prior arrangement only), charged at cost plus an additional £2.00 for delivery.
We welcome a variety of pets by prior arrangement at a charge of £10 per pet in bothWren Cottage (which has been awarded “Pets Welcome” by Quality in Tourism) and Little Owl our studio apartment.
Disabled facilities by arrangement - please enquire for details.
Children are welcome by arrangement.
3 Star Visit England.
Telephone: 01594 541391
Email: [email protected]
Sleeps: 1 to 2