Review of The Cottage at No 17
Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Last year we had two wonderful stays at this picturesque 1600s cottage in Coleford, Forest of Dean. We’re not too far away from the forest as we live in Gloucester, but sometimes it’s still nice to get away for a weekend!
The cottage is the perfect pit stop whilst exploring the numerous attractions the forest has to offer. There’s so much to do in the Forest of Dean, especially with little ones. The Sculpture Trail is a fab walk, made more exciting by trying to find the 16 sculptures as you go along. I remember seeing the huge giant's chair as a child and now it seems so much smaller than I remember!
Puzzlewood is a must. It’s an area of ancient woodland which feels super mystical with exposed twisting roots, stunning rock formations and magical twisting paths to explore. It’s a dream for photographers and it’s no wonder it’s been a filming location for many famous films and TV series.
A short drive away is Symonds Yat where we enjoy walking along the River Wye and crossing Biblins Bridge, a wobbly suspension bridge! The views are just fantastic.
If you’re kid free, or have older children, there are loads of activities you can do on the river and Go Ape also looks like loads of fun. We’re definitely going to go back kid free one day as I’m dying to have a go at Go Ape!
The cottage was great to return to after our fun days out. Alex the owner is so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. If you need advice about the attractions or what to do he is more than happy to help. There were nice personal touches such as a few children’s toys and games left out for Bella and some wipes and nappy bags for Reuben! Very thoughtful!
The cottage is located in a residential area, but there are some fabulous views out the back and we never felt like we were next to lots of other houses. We had a peaceful and comfortable sleep each time we stayed. Being so close to the shops was also perfect for picking up essentials, especially more nappies and baby food! It also meant we could treat ourselves to a cheeky takeaway and enjoy whilst the children slept upstairs. I’m sure if you don’t have young children there are plenty of lovely restaurants nearby and Alex is the person to ask!
It’s a self-catering cottage with an all in one living and dining area downstairs with everything you need to make your own food, cook, wash up and clean. A stable door opens to a front seating area which is great in the summer. We could open the top half on a hot day whilst safely keeping the children indoors. A widescreen TV with plenty of channels and several DVDs entertained us in the evening. Along with several board games left in the cottage for our use! Oh and WiFi is free too, so we had plenty of evening entertainment once the children were sleeping.
Upstairs are two bedrooms and a shower room. We stayed in a cosy and comfy double bedroom which had clean, soft sheets and was presented beautifully. The second bedroom had twin beds, which could be made into a double if needed. Bella slept in one of the beds just fine and enjoyed the novelty of staying somewhere different to her bedroom! I was worried how she’d sleep, but she probably slept better than at home! We requested a travel cot and this was ready to use in the twin bedroom and Reuben also slept perfectly.
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