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Forest of Dean Romantic Holiday Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK - Romantic Holiday Let with Forest Walks on the doorstep

Up a forest track, the third of four properties, with forest walks right from the doorstep, The Old Chapel has been sympathetically converted to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. It is situated on the edge of the village of Yorkley (population approx 1,000). The cottage is 80% pine clad (walls and ceilings) giving it a very warm and relaxing feel throughout. It has been furnished to give a 'home from home' feel all in wood and/or neutral colours. The general atmosphere is rustic, with mostly wooden floors and brick window cills, it is something 'a bit different'.

Our favourite time to stay in the Forest is the first week in June when all the forest is fully out and the view from our sofas is great.

There are two bedrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. Both rooms have a double bed, so the cottage accommodates four people comfortably.

The upstairs bedroom is on a mezzanine overlooking the lounge. There is no door to this room.

The downstairs bedroom is just off the lounge.

The only things that wake us up there are the birds!

The lounge/dining room is large, and looks larger because it has 14 foot high ceilings, mostly covered in wood panelling. We have three sofas in the lounge, all of which are comfortable - who doesn't want to relax on holiday?

The beast of a wood burner in the lounge gives a very relaxed feel in the evenings, along with some candles which we keep there. Very romantic!

The kitchen is small but very well stocked as we like cooking!

There is a dishwasher and a 6 foot tall fridge. There are two large drawers for the frozen section, and a large family-sized fridge section.

The garden is small, but there is a forest on the doorstep.

We have two reclining garden chairs in the back garden and a small BBQ should you wish to 'eat out'.

We hate holiday places that have no character, and have tried really hard to make sure that our one does . It is very well furnished so there should not be anything missing for your stay, but if there is, please let us know!

If you are bringing a little one with you, we keep a travel cot, stairgate and high chair in the cottage.

A really romantic place to escape, leave all your troubles behind and just chill!

More Details

Doreen Kingston
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Doreen Kingston

I am older than I feel comfortable with. I live with my hubby just 3 miles from Heathrow so we're well used to noisy surroundings. We are both self-employed and work from home, often very long hours. We like eating (with a passion), holidays (don't get enough of them) and a bit of peace and quiet (don't get a lot of that either)!

When we purchased the cottage we were looking for something which felt like home both in terms of comfort and facilities. We wanted it to be within a 2.5 hour drive of London, have a lot of character, have forest on the doorstep and be very relaxing - this place ticked all the boxes!

We have identical twin daughters and one grandchild and I took her for her first walk into the forest when she was 3 months old - it was such a beautiful day)!

Doreen Kingston purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Doreen Kingston chose Yorkley

I was born in the Forest of Dean, and lived there until the age of 18 when I left for London, never to return except for... every 3rd weekend for 40 years we've kept going back! We still have friends and family there of course. We live 3 miles from Heathrow and we get door-to-door in 2 hours 20 minutes. When my parents died, we didn't want to sever our ties with the Forest, so we bought The Old Chapel. We no longer need to stay with family there - we've now got our own place where we can entertain and relax. Our whole family love the Forest. We love its peace, its tranquility, and its people who are very very friendly. The Foresters are very friendly folk and 'what you see is what you get' basically. You'll know when you meet a Forester, they will always stop and chat.

What makes this cottage unique

From the minute we arrive, it spells 'relaxation' - which we hardly get at home. What do we like? The extensive wood panelling, the original wooden floors, the brick window sills, the log-burner, the very high ceilings and the feeling of space this gives, the Gothic chandelier, the galleried bedroom with its beamed ceiling, the courtyard garden (I can sit out and read at night), the fact that the cottage is up a small lane, and then woodland. We also like the fact that because the lounge windows are about 10-12 foot high, you are not aware of other properties around you. You can sit in the lounge by the fire with direct views over the Forest. I could go on and on and on and on! Night-time in the cottage is, for me, one of the best times to enjoy its beauty.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came away for a complete break and could not have found a nicer place. Will recommend to friends. Thank you.
Jun 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Yorkley in West Dean

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Large bath with hair hose plus separate walk-in shower
  • The separate bathroom is on the ground floor and consists of bath and hair-shower attachment, and there is a separate walk-in shower, wash-hand basin, WC and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms, with a double bed in each) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on gallery overlooking lounge. High pine beamed ceilings. One double bed. Bedroom 2 on ground floor, once again pine-panelled with one double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: It is advisable to contact the owner if you wish to bring young children. The property is not wholly child-friendly, but we can discuss possible problems and you can decide if this property would suit your child. Outside: There is a small courtyard garden with table and 6 chairs and umbrella. There are also 4 La Fuma type lounging chairs and a BBQ. The rear garden is lit, so it is possible to read outside at night. Although the garden is small, the forest is literally 'on the doorstep'. You have the most amazing scenery just outside the door. There is a garden bench at the front of the cottage, where you can sit with a drink (or two) and just relax - my favourite place to sit when it gets dark! (The front of the cottage is also lit with soft lighting and it is this which gives it the atmosphere at night. Ten steps from the front door, and you can walk straight out into the forest. Utility Room: The large utility room at the back houses the oil boiler, a washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Rental includes bed linen, towels and tea towels, plus an introductory basket of logs for the woodburner with firelighters and kindling wood. Other: The galleried bedroom is unsuitable for young children.


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Forest of Dean Romantic Holiday Cottage
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews

Idyllic cosy, spacious, warm and inviting getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a very peaceful relaxing time at the old chapel, and loved the fact that the forest was our front garden. The owners have literally made home from home providing games dvds and books etc! We loved log burner on our one night in and felt this place more than met our needs. The kitchen and bathroom were both very modern and the owners were kind enough to provide teas coffee and biscuits which were thoroughly enjoyed 😀😀.

The Forest of Dean has so much to offer from cycle trails to prison tours and enchanted woods so there is no shortage of fun for all ages. We were lucky enough to see 3 wild boar whilst out cycling in the forest which added to our magical stay at the old chapel.

We would definitely go back and definitely recommend it.

Thank you having us Doreen.

Sally and Dave x

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sally!! You were so lucky to see the wild boar. Not exactly good looking are they? X
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Excellent comfortable property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The Old Chapel the accommodation is second to none, very comfortable, very well equipped, never been in a holiday let so well equipped, Doreen has thought of everything. The property is on the edge of the forest with lovely walks around the Forest of Dean, lots to see near by, wonderful scenery.

No question was too trivial for Doreen to answer she was very helpful. Thanks for making our stay so good.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Frances We are so,pleased you had a great time. We both love the forest of course! Hope to have you back sometime. Thanks you so much for finding the time to do such a lovely review. X
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lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We booked the cottage to spend a family holiday with our daughter. If you are looking for a quiet place in the middle of nature this is the place for you. We have enjoyed walks through the forest every morning and evening. The cottage was incredibly well equipped. We've literally found everything from kitchen tools to games, DVD's and even a sawing kit!!! Surprisingly enough coal for the barbecue was also available for our last minute decision of having a barbecue! We enjoyed cooked family meals so it was handy to have access to the supermarket (Tesco was about 10 min drive). Overall the place was clean and tidy and had some lovely features which we appreciated. As for the owners, Doreen was exceptionally prompt in dealing with our emails and the detailed information pack she posted beforehand was very helpful in reaching the cottage. I would also mention that she was extremely helpful after leaving the property too, which in not that common nowadays!

We had a lovely time at The Old Chapel and for us was truly a home away from home!!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful! Basically perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The Chapel and its surroundings was absolutely beautiful. The cottage was beyond fully equipped, and for any N. American travelers I can testify that the plumbing and water pressure was excellent - no need to worry! 100% satisfied and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing property in a gorgeous area

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at the Old chapel and again it didn't disappoint.

The property itself is gorgeous , comfortable and everything you need is there for you.

The area is amazing with the forest literally on your doorstep.

Would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming Cottage In a Lovely Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Old Chapel for 5 nights in mid-June. It is in a quiet location on the edge of the forest. It is very well-maintained and has everything we required to make our holiday relaxing and comfortable. Every amenity we could think of was available. Besides walking the many forest paths right outside the front door, we enjoyed a bike ride and a visit to Mallards Pike, as well as a visit to nearby Puzzlewood and Chepstow Castle. The chapel was conveniently located for us to make separate day excursions to both Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bath, as well. The owner, Doreen, is very pleasant to deal with and really went out of her way, above and beyond, to make our visit as smooth as possible - even so far as to make a trip to Heathrow to find the best route for us to the chapel! We would highly recommend the Old Chapel to others seeking a relaxing get away.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nags Head
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Bells Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Barry Island
Car: necessary

The Forest of Dean is situated just 12 miles away from the border of Wales. It is England's largest oak forest offering numerous trails that can be explored on foot, cycle or horseback. Walks can start 12 steps from the cottage.

The area is great for the outdoors. those who walk, hike, cycle, mountain-bike, canoe, dive, bird-watch, fish, play golf, horse-ride or indeed anyone just wishing to chill out in a relaxing rural environment.

You can cycle on safe designated forest tracks (very suitable for families) or even go down a coal mine!

The area is great for mountain biking with a mix of wide forest tracks and tight single-track. There are two waymarked XC loops and seven technical downhill runs, as well as a family trail. There is the Verderer's Trail (11 km), and the red-rated Freeminer's Trail (7 km). The main downhill run is Ski-Run along with Endo, Mr Rooty, Corkscrew, Flatland, Sheepskull and the OC). There is an uplift service too! More at

Local areas of interest include Tintern Abbey (above which Wordsworth wrote his famous poem); Clearwell (with its ancient caves; Puzzlewood (extraordinary forest scenery where Dr Who, Atlantis, Merlin and Star Wars have been filmed and where, it is told, Tolkien got his inspiration for the fabled forests in Middle Earth.

The beautiful Wye Vallley (an area of outstanding natural beauty) is just a 20 minute drive away and canoeing and rafting can be done there.

Symonds Yat (just above the Wye Valley) has the most beautiful view and through a telescope set up by the RSPB you can see buzzards, goshawks hobbies and a pair of peregrin falcons.

Offa's Dyke was built in the 8th century directly above the Yat to separate England from Wales.

The spa towns of Cheltenham and Bath, not to mention the towns of Cardiff and Newport are all within a one hour drive. For those with energy, there is a Go Ape 1.5 miles from the cottage, right next door to a small lake called Mallards Pike which along with our picnic chairs provides a very relaxing place to read and chill out.

The renowned St Pierre golf course and Celtic Manor (where the Ryder cup was held is a 45 minute drive.


The nearest beach is Barry (a one hour drive). You can also visit The Gower Coast in Wales which is beautiful (a 2 hour drive).

There is a large open-air swimming pool in Lydney (2.5 miles away which is usually open from June through to September but is NOT HEATED!

The Dean Forest Steam Railway runs through 4.5 miles of beautiful woodland. There are 5 stops enroute taking in woodland walks, country pubs or wandering down to the Severn estuary to explore Lydney harbour with its fantastic views across the Severn.

The International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent is a half-hour drive away. They have 'experience' days with the birds of prey. Please look on


A car is essential here as public transport is very limited.

The nearest railway station (2.5 miles) is Lydney where you can catch trains to Newport and Cardiff. (The fare is taken on the train by conductors!). The nearest main railway station is Gloucester which is a 30 min drive away. The nearest airport is Bristol, a 40 min drive away. The guest who travelled the greatest distance to stay at the chapel was a single lady who flew in from Washington DC and got all the way to the Forest by public transport and loved it!


From London Heathrow 2¼ hours.

To Cheltenham, a 1 hour drive.

To Stratford & Shakespeare, a 1¼ hour's drive.

To Cardiff: a 1 hour's drive.

To Wales ½ hour's drive.

Wild boar which are mainly noctural can be seen if you are lucky. They churn up the roadsides as they hunt for roots to eat. In fact they churn up the grass verge outside the chapel sometimes!

You see sheep in our lane sometimes.

For children, there is a big barn which houses a very good soft play area called Dick Whittiington's. It is full of trampolines and slides etc etc. Our grandkids had an amazing day there recently.

Further Details:

There are 2 convenience shops in the village along with a medical centre. The best stocked shop is the Post Office which is just down the hill from the Bailey Inn. There are also 2 pubs. The first pub (a 3 min walk) is a typical Forester pub, where you find very good pub grub at very reasonable prices (Sunday lunch: roast meat and 8 veg, plus 12 home-made puddings). The other pub, an 8 minute walk has entertainment a couple of times a week but does not serve food.

There is a large supermarket (Tesco) 3 miles away which is open daily until 10 pm. There is a 24 hour Tesco 12 miles away in Chepstow. The nearest bank is in Lydney 2.5 miles. There are many restaurants in the Forest, details of which are in the brochure at the cottage.

If you like fish, you should visit the Severn & Wye Smokery Ltd. They sell great fish which is still smoked traditionally and there is a deli there too. I think you can still eat there sometimes in the evenings.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Yorkley, Gloucestershire

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
During main holiday periods, weekly bookings only. Short stays are possible outside of main holiday months, but the minimum length of stay is 3 nights. Changeover day is Saturday for weekly stays. Deposit: for both weekly and short stays a £100 deposit is needed to secure booking. The balance due 6 weeks before arrival. There is also a £100 breakages deposit which is refundable within 2 days of leaving the cottage.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday during peak periods. Time of arrival: 3pm. Time of departure: before 10.30 am. Arrival time can be flexible if no one is vacating the cottage on the day you arrive. Short stays are possible outside main holiday periods.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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