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Idyllic Four Star Cottage In Village Location, 10 minutes walk Clearwell Castle



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
Cottage in Clearwell, Forest of Dean, England - Dogs Welcome, Log Fire, 200 Yds Pubs And Restaurants, Free WiFi

The picturesque village of Clearwell is on the edge of the Forest of Dean, south of Coleford in an attractive valley adjacent to the Wye Valley Area of outstanding Natural Beauty. Wainlete is a very well equipped spacious one bedroom cottage originally built circa 1700, restored and extended to provide a high standard of accommodation. It is located on a quiet country lane in a row of four cottages, with parking outside the front door. We welcome you to a haven of tranquillity - away from the hubbub of modern life, a real ‘cottage’ feel but with a home from home range of amenities and facilities. A paradise for walkers having many varied walks on the doorstep: there are maps and books provided in the cottage, covering leisurely strolls to full day hikes in the Forest, or along the Wye Valley and Offa’s Dyke paths. All in all, Wainlete is the perfect setting for a leisurely break away from it all, and with central heating and log fire it is cosy at any time of the year.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I am a Chartered Environmentalist working for a large engineering company in Bristol, but have always been proud to be Welsh and live in north Cardiff, not far from where I keep my horse. I love the countryside, and spend most of my spare time out and about in it, be it walking, riding or at music festivals. My son and daughter are grown up now, and only sporadically live at home!

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Speaks English, Finnish

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have a guestbook on our website, but here are a couple:

What a lovely cottage in a wonderful location! Very snug and cosy with everything you could want. Richard and Meriel.

Fantastic cottage, the personal touches made all the difference. The dogs loved the open fire too! The cottage is so cosy we enjoyed a couple of nights in. We will all be back again! Fay and Neil, Jasper and Chester.

Had a lovely, kid free weekend, made use of your typed up walks, very enjoyable. Thanks for providing an ideal parent retreat. Will hope to make use of it again, babysitters pending!

A very relaxing fortnight in the most well-equipped cottage we've ever stayed in. Much appreciated the food basics so we didn't have to shop from scratch & the wine went down very well too, thanks! The food at the Butcher's Arms was very good and reasonably priced and a friendly welcome is to be had at The Lamb! Trish and Baz, London.
Apr 2008
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34 Reviews

based on 34 holidaymaker reviews


Very cosy cottage with everything I needed and dog friendly.

  • 4 of 5

Definitely a 5 star stay- very welcoming/cosy cottage with everything I needed. Owner even thought about the dogs with dog biscuits and blankets.

Had a wonderful stay and enjoyed all the information about the area and vicinity.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I do like to ensure all guests enjoy their break... even four-legged ones!
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Cozy, well equipped, dog friendly cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage for a long weekend, as a base for exploring the Forest of Dean and local area. The cottage was clean, warm and cozy, and extremely well equipped. The owner provided everything needed for a comfortable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay, Jayne
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

Wainlete feel like coming home from the moment the frontdoor opens. Lovely cottage in a friendly Village.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I do strive to make sure all guests feel completely at home! Jayne
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very homely

  • 4 of 5

very clean and welcoming cottage with additional treats of wine and doggy treats. well equipped with good quality towels and bedding. cottage well situated for exploring the area and we tried several of the "easy" walks identified in the tourist brochures. thoroughly enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving a review for Wainlete, glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Tidy place to stay whilst exploring the Forest

  • 4 of 5

Neat little village, friendly area, easy to get to all parts of the forest, well-equipped house, lovely welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

very nice little cottage, spotlessly clean and lots of information left for us, walks etc etc.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks both, so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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From the Owner

I bought the cottage as I wanted a getaway in the heart of the countryside in a peaceful village location but not too far from the nearest shop! Wainlete has the history and age that I was looking for, and had been sympathetically modernised. The location is perfect, with an easy to maintain enclosed garden and a park and open space for the dogs to be able to enjoy a break too. The fact that the renowned Ostrich pub restaurant is just a mile away helped too, and the local pubs and restaurants in Clearwell itself are friendly and welcoming to visitors like myself. I also wanted a cottage close enough to my home and work so that I can look after all the changeovers myself to ensure my guests get the best welcome each time, and everything is spotless for them.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cardiff/Bristol at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Lamb at 200 Metres Nearest Motorway : M48 at 15 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel at 300 Metres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Wainlete, on the border of the stunning Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, is the perfect base for walking a beautiful and historic region of Gloucestershire. The scenic delights embrace bare moorlands on the eastern edge of the Black Mountains, rolling country of the Wye and golden valleys, dense woodland of the Forest of Dean and the dramatic limestone gorge of the lower Wye nearby. Red kites and peregrine falcons soar the skies whilst otters hunt the waterways and fallow deer and wild boar haunt the secluded woodlands of the Forest. Only perhaps at the famous Yat rock will you be aware of more than a handful of like minded souls looking for peace and solitude. Major recreational trails include Offas’ Dyke Path National Trail, Wye Valley Walk, Marches Way and the Mortimer Trail. We provide: OS maps, Jarrold walking guide books, other published walks, our own walks from the cottage door, backpacks and binoculars. Walks range from half an hour to all day hikes.


Bristol Airport and Cardiff Airport are both about an hours drive. Use of a car is recommended, though there is a regular bus service to Clearwell from Coleford. 10 miles to M4, M5, M50.


Clearwell Castle, Clearwell Caves, Puzzle wood and Perrygrove Railway are all within 1 mile. The market town of Coleford is 2 miles away. Tintern Abbey (6 miles); Chepstow (10 miles); Symonds Yat (10 min drive) and Hereford, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Worcester, The Malverns and South Wales all within an hours drive.

Further Details:

Set in a gentle valley, the centre of the village is dominated by a 14th century stone cross. Clearwell lies within a Conservation Area and there are many fine buildings in the village. Notable among these buildings are Clearwell Castle and the Church of St. Peter. Clearwell's history can be traced back to Roman times and evidence of early iron workings can be seen at Clearwell Caves, an award winning mining museum. Tourist attractions within a mile include Clearwell Caves, Perrygrove railway, and Puzzlewood. The village hosts Good Pub Guide pubs and restaurants. The Lamb, 100 yds from the cottage, has real ales straight from the barrel. At the cross, the Wyndham Arms serves good food in front of the impressive large fireplace. Opposite, the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel features a romantic candlelit restaurant, ideal for that special occasion.

Next door is the Butchers Arms, an inn with a large range of facilities including a fine restaurant. Children are welcome in all the hostelries in the village. Dominating the village is Clearwell Castle, built for the Wyndham family in 1727 on the site of a Tudor manor and is a fine early example of Gothic revival architecture. It was England's first neo-gothic mansion.

Coleford offers usual facilities including various Shops selling local produce, a Post Office, Banks, chemist, Supermarkets, a Cinema and petrol station. Along the valley brook to the west of Clearwell is the charming medieval village of Newland where the 'Cathedral of the Forest' crowns the hillside. The Ostrich pub here is a fine eatery described in the Good Pub Guide.

Many places of interest are easily accessible with Tintern Abbey (6 miles); Monmouth 8 miles, Chepstow and racecourse(10 miles); Symonds Yat (10 min drive) and Hereford, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Worcester, The Malverns and South Wales all within an hours drive.


Rental rates

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1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
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1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
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1 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Changeover fee £75
Pet Fee £0

Please contact me for stays other than 7 days to confirm a price. For last minute bookings, made within 10 days of start date, a 20% discount will be applied.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is typically a Saturday, though this is very flexible especially outside peak times. Arrivals from 3pm and departures by 10.30, again flexible. Out of season text us for latest checkout time.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Short breaks are available all year. Contact me for 20% discount for last minute holidays within 10 days of start date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Wainlete is just one bedroom but has a large bathroom and kitchen that would equally serve a 3 bedroom cottage- some I saw had tiny bathrooms and kitchens. I love the separate shower, and the exposed stone walls and open fire in the sitting room. The thick walls ensure the cottage stays cosy for a long time after the heating has gone off, and is never draughty or cold. The small garden has far reaching views of the fields and valley and is a pleasure to sit in of an evening with a glass of wine. I especially enjoy the housemartens that nest under the eaves every year, in the mornings in spring and summer I lie in bed watching and listening to the parents feeding their young and teaching them to fly.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Fully tiled bathroom, with bath, wash basin, wc and large separate shower. Big fluffy towels and toiletries provided.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with king size bed with goose down duvet. Dressing table, hairdryer and ironing facilities, and plenty of storage.


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: We maintain the cottage to the prestigious four star English Tourist Board grading showing an excellent standard throughout and the Pets Welcome award. Wainlete has full gas central heating, and all gas and electricity is included. WiFi details for access to free internet. The log fire will be laid ready for your arrival and the first basket of logs and bucket of coal is free. We also leave detailed instructions on how to light the fire and keep it going! The cottage is in a rural location, so please be tolerant when it comes to sounds and scents - it’s all part of being in the country! Outside: Pretty patio garden with patio set for two, countryside views. Secure to keep even the most houdini of dogs in. 100 yards down the lane is the entrance to the local park, with enclosed childrens play area, and open fields for dogs to run in. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : All towels, bedlinen and tea towels provided. Property cleaned immaculately between each let. Separate dog feeding bowls, towels and bedding provided if dogs staying.

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