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Forest of Dean Romantic Holiday Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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:
22 June, 2017

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 Forest of Dean district

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 Gloucestershire

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 ...
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


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: Jun 5, 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: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A super relaxing break away cottage.

  • 5 of 5

A really friendly and helpful host. Lots of information provided and instructions within the cottage were easy.

This was a peaceful and well equipped holiday home with every little detail thought of. We loved the open fire the most and the gorgeous window in the gallery bedroom let light in to make it spacious. A great home for a family to get away to with a small drive to Ross on wye / Symmonds Yatt.

We loved it! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

The Old Chapel is so well equipped , there was nothing that we needed that was not there. The situation is so lovely right next to the forest and the place has a wonderful atmosphere. Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful cottage, very well equipped and so welcoming, even decorated for Christmas. It was warm, clean and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the wood burning stove given the time of year. Nice welcoming letter from Doreen explaining everything. We visited Coleford, Symonds Yat ( unfortunately no Peregrines sighted), Lydney and the pub in the village a few times. And of course walked in the lovely forest. A good holiday all round.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May/June 2017
20 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June/July 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July/Aug 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
September 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Sept/Oct 2017
23 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nov/Dec 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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.
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