Pike House Cottage, holiday hideaway

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Holiday Hideaway

Cosy and warm in Winter with log burning stove. A cool and charming cottage in Summer for al fresco living. This is a true holiday hideaway.

Simon and Ruth extend a warm welcome to you to their peaceful stone cottage with private enclosed garden. The cottage is available for week long stays or weekday or weekend short breaks. Stays can begin on any day of the week (subject to availability, of course).

The cottage is in a perfect location for walking, cycling (mountain biking) or sight-seeing in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean or simply relaxing around the cottage and its garden with spa facilities.

Holiday Let

Cottage from road
Cottage from road

Pike House Cottage is available as a self-catering, 2 bedroom holiday let. The cottage sleeps 4. The bedrooms are set up as 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom. We are confident this is a holiday cottage you will be delighted with.

It is possible to let the cottage occupying only one of the bedrooms and receive a discount. Please see the Prices page for details.

Personal welcome

Comfortable bedrooms
Comfortable bedrooms

We meet and greet all staying guests on their arrival and show them around.

If you come to stay at the cottage, on your arrival we will give you a full tour of the cottage and garden and explain how everything works. We will also come back to say farewell and receive the keys back from you.

Your stay is not just a business transaction to us. We give you a personal welcome into a place that is very special to us.

Winter Break

Our holiday hideaway is a cosy location for an Autumn or Winter break. The log burning stove provides a warm comforting glow and the whole cottage is nicely warmed by central heating throughout.

Even with the leaves disappearing from the trees there's plenty of colour in the cottage's enclosed secluded garden. Watch the birds feeding in the garden from your bedroom window.

Snow, rain or shine you can reach our cottage by road as the Forest of Dean district council keeps the road past the cottage open and well gritted right from Lydney, through Bream and on to Coleford.

Pike House Cottage

Pergola and patio
Pergola and patio

Our holiday hideaway is former toll house built in the early 1800s. It was very sympathetically extended in the mid 1970s. The cottage retains the charm of the old toll house while providing the comfort of a modern home.

The original part of the cottage still has the old beams. It is this original part that is now the living room. A stone surround fireplace with log burning stove adds to the charm and cosyness.

We are delighted to be able to offer our holiday cottage as self-catering accommodation in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK.

Location

Enclosed garden
Enclosed garden

Pike House Cottage is the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. It is just south of Coleford and a few minutes drive away from Clearwell caves and from the increasingly popular Puzzle Wood. Access by car is excellent. See the photo at the top of the page as it gives a good impression of the setting of the cottage.

Our cottage is just 2 1/2 miles from Park End. Parkend is the village many would consider most central to the forest area of the Forest of Dean. It is also the top most point of the Dean Forest Railway.

The cottage is set apart from other properties. It has a wonderful sense of peace and rest about it. There is some sound of vehicles but most people don't find any distraction from this and the birds singing outside the kitchen door get much more of their attention.

The cottage functioned in the 1800s as a toll house, such toll houses are locally referred to as a pike houses. Our cottage is probably the best example of a pike house left in the Forest of Dean.

Local Area

Summer's arrived
Summer's arrived

The Wye Valley is easily accessed from the cottage. The river Wye is less than 3 miles away if you drive to its nearest point through the villages of Clearwell, Newlands and then towards Redbrook. When the road reaches the A466 - which follows the Wye Valley - turn left for Redbrook and right for Monmouth.

Interestingly, you don't have to cross the River Wye to be in Wales. The Welsh border reaches to Staunton on the Forest of Dean side of the river and only a couple of miles from Coleford.

Photos on the top right are places and scenes in and around the Forest of Dean. Hover your mouse over any one of those photos to see where it was taken. Please see our Forest of Dean page for more information about the attraction of the Forest of Dean and things to do and see.

Handy, good restaurants and amenities

At Pike House Cottage there are two pubs serving meals just a short walk away. The closest is The Miners Country Inn which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The other, only a little further away, is The Orepool Inn which has established such a good reputation that you need to book for Saturday nights in advance.

Actually the quality of the eating places in the area is amazing. You'll be spoilt for choice. Another nearby place recommended by guests is The Ostrich Inn in Newland. Their website (theostrichinn.com) provides a menu with prices. A little further away is The Boat Inn. This is nestled in the Wye Valley and situated right on the edge of the River Wye overlooking the old railway bridge that crosses from Redbrook to Penallt. Their website (www.theboatpenallt.co.uk) also provides a menu with prices. A bit nearer is the Wyndham Arms in Clearwell (www.thewyndhamhotel.co.uk) with a good report from our guests. For Sunday lunch try the Lambsquay Country Hotel just up the road from us (www.lambsquayhousehotel.co.uk).

In the nearby market town of Coleford there are good shops and other amenities such as a laundrette.

For Sunday newspapers, for example, the nearest corner store is at Milkway. It's only 3/4 of mile away. There's a post office in the corner store too. Head towards Coleford and turn right when you see the sign pointing left for Clearwell Caves. The corner store is in front of you at the next junction.

Travel and transportation

Travelling from the North taking the M50 and then the A40 until Ross-on-Wye is a good route. Follow sign for Forest of Dean from there.

Travelling from South Wales, heading for Monmouth also makes a good route. Monmouth is only about 10 minutes drive from the cottage.

Travelling from the South the M4/M5 Almondsbury interchange is only 35 minutes drive by car from the cottage if you take the M48 over the old Severn Bridge.

It is only 50 minutes drive from Cheltenham taking the A40 then A48. See our "Forest of Dean" page for a map. If you're travelling from the north you might want to take the M50

Reaching the cottage by train is also possible by getting off at Lydney. Cheltenham Spa station to Lydney Junction station, for example, normally takes 32 minutes by train and trains run approximately hourly at most times of the day. The cottage is 6 miles from Lydney station.

Recent Guest Comments

Had a wonderful time

"Had a wonderful time. Feeling relaxed. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Hot tub was fantastic. Thank you both." Carol & Pete

Watching the woodpecker

"Our second visit and as relaxing as could be. Hot tub and sauna well used. Nice to lie in bed and watch the woodpecker. Thank you." Peter & Janet

Bad weather, who cares?!

"Had everything, from wind, rain and even snow. But who cared!! Lovely place, roaring fire, hot tub, sauna who could ask for more. Going home today relaxed and rejuvenated." Kate & Mike

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