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Private Rural Retreat in 3 Acres With Stunning Views Across The Forest Of Dean



Updated: 05-Sep-2016
House in Staunton, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire - Walkers And Cycling Paradise With Access Direct To The Forest Of Dean And Wye Valley

Steepmeadow House is a stunning rural retreat in a picturesque hill top setting. It is within a private 3 acre plot with panoramic views of the Forest of Dean. The modern kitchen, open plan living and dining area on the first floor maximise light and the stunning views with large east and south facing windows. It is the ideal place to relax, take in the view and snuggle up in front of the log burner. Three bedrooms are on the lower floor, each tastefully decorated with its own bathroom. The cabin is set down the drive from the house. It is a spacious suite with king size bed, en-suite shower room and breakfast table. The Cabin is not fitted with a kitchen, although a kettle, toaster and small fridge are provided. The cabin is optional allowing 8 guests, if you are a party of 6 the cabin would not be needed.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We (Brenda and Jeff) have lived in Staunton for over 30 years. In 2012 we took the opportunity to buy Steep Meadow as our retirement retreat (stunning panoramic views and a very comfortable home). However feeling too young to retire (young at heart!) we decided to rent the property as a holiday let and stay in our current home.

In Spring 2013 we refurbished the property to a high standard: comfy beds, crisp bedding, soft fluffy towels, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean.

We believe that Staunton is the most stunning village in the Forest of Dean, friendly, welcoming and natural. It is important to us that you enjoy your stay, if you have any requirements please contact us as we live in the village. Equally you may prefer to retreat to the privacy and beauty of Steep Meadow.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

May 2013, Chelsea

"Without a doubt, this house has the best panoramic view of any house we have ever seen! Really words cannot express how beautiful the outlook over the village, forest, & fields is. The house itself is wonderful too - modern, spotless, & very cosy. So many lovely & thoughtful touches - very well equipped kitchen, comfy sofas & beds; lovely linens; big fluffy towels; games for the kids, maps & brochures, idyllic patio, BBQ & table, & absolutely delicious sponge cake!"

July 2013, Cumbria

"Fantastic luxury home which is well equipped. Magnificent views in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Great walks and cycle rides on the door step with an abundance of wildlife to see and hear. This is our second visit to the FOD and we much prefer this area, easy reach of forest activities and quaint Monmouth. We only ate out once as the Aga was a dream to cook on. Our 8 year old loved playing in the paddock and the playroom, and especially enjoyed the visits by 'Socks' the dog."
Apr 2013
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely stay in a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This property is really nicely laid out for a family holiday. The lounge/diner is perfect with floor to ceiling windows. The Aga in the kitchen is always on, which can make things a bit hot, but a fireguard is provided to keep little fingers safe! The bedrooms are downstairs, really generously proportioned - we actually put the travel cot in the en-suite, kept it dark for baby to sleep! The landlords baked a beautiful cake for our arrival. There are loads of little and longer walks right from the door of the property and lots of open space to explore. Perfect for a family get-away or a group meet up. The games room in the roof is a total bonus -seperate living areas if you need to escape!

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house, great surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The house is stunning, with fantastic views, had everything we needed. We had 4 adults, an 11yr old, an 8 yr old and an 18 month old, it was great to be able to set off from the house on the bikes, found a great little route for the kids and the dads found great trails further into the woods. A short drive to Symonds Yat for walks too.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning & beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage with stunning views in a beautiful part of the country. It's contemporary & quite luxurious. We had never visited the Forest of Dean before but we will again. Down by the river it's like being in the Dordogne. Our favourite place was Symonds Yat where we did kayaking & canoeing. I would highly recommend the whole experience....the cottage & it's location.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have rented many holiday homes both in the UK and abroad and Steep Meadow is now top of the list.It has an excellent position with lovely views from the lounge and garden.The house was spotless and is very well equipped with quality fixtures, fittings and equipment throughout as well as a lovely home made cake to welcome you !

The house is in a great position just a few minutes walk to the village of Staunton and easy access by road to all of the surrounding towns and attractions

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


A car is recommended as public transport is poor. Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham airports are approximately 1 hour, Heathrow is approximately 2 hours.


Monmouth and Coleford are both within 10 minutes drive and have local amenities and supermarkets.

Further Details:

Steep Meadow is within the boundary of Staunton Parish common, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The common is undergoing a re-generating scheme and has wild Exmoor ponies grazing to revitalize the pasture.

There are walks straight from door through the forest and to the Wye Valley Walk, Wysis Way and Offa's Dyke Path. Bird watching on the meend with its wildlife - deer, foxes, wild boar. Nearby canoeing, Go Ape!, golf, fishing, cycle trails and horse riding. There are also many local Golf Courses including Rolls of Monmouth and Celtic Manor, home to the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Sep 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter/Spring 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
7 Apr 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring/Summer 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Steep Meadow: £250 deposit
Balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival

Cancellation refunds
Up to 8 weeks – no cancellation charge
4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks – no refund

If you require the house for 8 guests (therefore including cabin) prices for the cabin are as follows per week: £195 peak season, £150 low season.

Breakages: Credit card details will be securely held in case of any damages, breakages and discrepancies.

Changeover Day:
Changeover Fridays, arrival from 3pm or by prior arrangement. Checkout 10am.

Notes on prices:
4 nights available from £695 low season, £750 peak season

Please note this is not available during bank holiday and half term weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 bed) or sleeps 8max (4 bed with cabin) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: King size bed, en-suite shower and bath. Private entrance onto the patio garden Bedroom 2: Double bed, with bathroom across the hall Bedroom 3: Twin room, en-suite shower room Option cabin: King size bed en-suite shower, fridge and kettle.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Outside: The house is built on a hill top setting with banked gardens and sheltered barbecue area. With the 3 acre plot there is a field below which is flat and perfect for football and family games. Ample parking. Utility Room: Useful room next to the kitchen and access to outside. Additional sink, washing machine with in built tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean linen and towels are proved for Steep Meadow House and Steep Meadow Cabin. If guests wish to stay longer than a week, or require a mid week change arrangements can be made.

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