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The Old Vicarage Is Timeless, In An Unspoiled, Rural, Peaceful Village

Bedrooms 7
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

House in Awre, Nr. Newnham, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England - Close To The Forest Of Dean & Wye Valley, Visiting Distance Of Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Monmouth

The Old Vicarage is Grade 2 listed and is in an unspoiled, rural peaceful village, with panoramic views to the River Severn, Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. It is set within four acres of beautiful mature gardens and a cider orchard and we make award winning, cider. There are walks from the garden into the fields leading to the River Severn, famous for the Severn Bore, wetland birds and the stunning lightscape across the Severn. The village of Awre is three miles from the Forest of Dean, renowned for its walking, cycling, canoeing, photography, bird life, animals and has historical market towns and pretty villages all steeped in history. It is within easy distance to of Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Abergervenny, the Black Mountains, Chepstow and Monmouth. Guests who enjoy staying at The Old Vicarage are those that appreciate peace, beauty, countryside, being active, creative or relaxing, observing birds, seeing huge skies and wild life.

Mrs May Bull
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 February, 2017

About Mrs May Bull

Nick has been making cider at The Old Vicarage since he was a small boy and I married into the family and together we have used our home as a country guest house to welcome guests for many years. We have now had the opportunity to renovate the stables to add self catering accommodation. We have always loved living in this tranquil and beautiful place and have always wanted to share it with others. Nick has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience about cider making, the geology and history of the Forest of Dean and is very happy to spend time talking with guests. I was a teacher but am now involved with Severn Cider and my love is growing our vegetables, herbs and flowers, natural dyeing and our local vibrant church. We both believe in and enjoy cooking with local whole food.

Mrs May Bull purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Mrs May Bull chose Cotswold district

This Grade 2 listed property was bought by Nick's father, as a retired air line pilot as a new venture - it was in a poor condition and came with a market garden. Since then there has been continual renovation with the vision of maintaining all the original features of the property whilst enhancing the comfort. We have stayed here because we love the peace, tranquility amazing skyscapes and the diversity in flora, fauna, bird life and habitat: being close to the wetlands of the River Severn, surrounded by the Cotswolds on the south east side and the River Wye and Forest of Dean on the north west. Our peace and uninterrupted views are guaranteed by the village of Awre being in the centre of the huge meander of the River Severn.

What makes this cottage unique

The Old Vicarage has the advantage that whilst being totally rural; three miles from the main road, it is actually very easy to access a whole range of places within a thirty minute radius. Groups staying here can diversify between those that want to be outdoors and active to those who want to relax and be quiet or for others who want to be creative with photography, writing, bird watching, painting or just soak up the atmosphere or experience God's presence: perfect for christian groups.

In addition there is the whole cider experience for those who are interested, as our cider is both made and sold here and for that reason we are a licensed premises. Tasting sessions can be arranged. When booking please let us know if you would like to do some cider tasting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

See Trip Advisor 10 reviews all 5 star

"We booked The Old Vicarage for a 40th birthday celebration, 4 couples, no children this time! The house has some really comfortable accommodation and plenty of it! Amazing views and some wonderful cider" March 2015

"We stayed at the old vicarage as a group of 6 couples for a weekend and had a great time. The accommodation is split between the main house and a newer converted barn with the owners sharing the old main house with the guests. The converted barn has been finished to a high spec with a very good kitchen and large comfortable lounge with large tv and wifi. The main house with most the bedrooms is vey different, full of history and old fashioned furnishings which make it very interesting to explore. We used the converted barn most of the time but the large sitting room in the main house with open fire for a baby shower during the day.

We also made good use of the cider which is brewed on site - over all would definitely recommend." February 2015

"The Old Vicarage is a large, superbly equipped house in an excellent location. A friendly welcome is guaranteed, and the house has everything family gatherings need for an enjoyable stay."

" Firstly, thanks for a great weekend. Fantastic accommodation in a magical, scenic area. First class hosts who made us feel really welcome and at home. Excellent food especially the Barbecue under the oak tree. Venison, Wild boar and the best Rib eye you've ever tasted! 10 hungry Yorkshire men are not easily satisfied, but we certainly were on this trip. On top of all this we had Cider, Perry and Local beer. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended!" Andy June 2013
Dec 2013
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High Wycombe, Bucks, UK

Delightful location but needs more clarity

  • 4 of 5

The Old Vicarage is indeed a beautiful and timeless property set in a gorgeous garden with endless places to enjoy. But the actually property is just behind in The Stables - still really lovely and beautifully positioned - which has the living areas and two bedrooms, and then there are some bedrooms in the Old Vicarage. May and Nick who are so lovely and helpful, live in the Old Vicarage and the bedrooms in the house are truly special. The cider is something special too! The 'BBQ' is actually a fire-pit with a cooking plate so although it would have been an experience to cook on it we decided to give it a miss.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful countryside holiday

  • 5 of 5

We went as 2 families with 4 children. We had a wonderful stay, with lots of lovely countryside to explore. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable. Our host were generous and made our stay really fun and relaxing. Top holiday destination! We'll be coming back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning countryside break

  • 5 of 5

We went as 2 families with 4 children. We had a wonderful stay, with lots of lovely countryside to explore. The accommodation was clean and very comfortable. Our host were generous and made our stay really fun and relaxing. Top holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Very enjoyable stay

  • 4 of 5

Our three generation family group stayed here over the Easter period - we all appreciated the spacious accommodation in The Stables and the quiet rural location. We did not have to go far to visit some good attractions - our favourite was Puzzlewood and we also enjoyed Clearwell Caves and Perrygrove - would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A small piece of perfection

  • 5 of 5

My job every year is to find a large house for our party in a different part of the U.K. Came across this house. booked and waited to arrive. No fears of disappointment. Nick and May are a wonderful couple who have opened up their house to visitors. It is an old house, so don't expect perfection, but it is very comfotable, well equipped and able to handle our group of 11 with ease. The location is perfect for exploring the area and there is so much to do and see that a week wasn't enough. I could ramble on for ages, but I really do not think you would be disappointed if you stayed there. Just don't spoil the magic of the place please

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring to Summer
26 Feb 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Jul 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn/ Cider Making Season
6 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Book by phone, email or through Owners Direct
Deposit with booking, 50% refundable up to a month before arrival, less than one month, no refund unless able to re-book, then full payment refunded. Deposit 25% of booking fee. Full payment to be made 30 days before arrival. Damage waiver by credit card. When full payment has been received we ask you to give your credit card details by phone or on arrival. We would not take anything from your card unless there had been a prior discussion with you

Changeover Day:
Change over day flexible.

Notes on prices:
Price reduction for weekly bookings and smaller groups. Please contact us through Owners Direct or by phone 01594 510282.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gloucester in Gloucestershire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main house: one ensuite, one shower and loo, one main bathroom with bath, shower and a separate loo. Stables: one ensuite, one main bathroom with loo, shower and bath.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 12 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are four double rooms & a single in the main house and two double bedrooms in stables plus two discreet beds in lounge, which can be a double, plus a sofa bed. If some guests prefer, they can be B & B and enjoy the tranquility of the dining room.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: In the Stables there is a superb upstairs lounge and downstairs a huge kitchen, diner with conservatory both look out on to the gardens and meadows leading to the River Severn. The property is 300 years old and comprises of both the main house and adjoining stables, which have been recently renovated to maintain the character of the property whilst creating comfort and timelessness. The owners live in the main house, but guests have their own separate entrance and accommodation. Outside: The Old Vicarage is set within 4 acres of mature gardens and cider orchard. There is also a cider house, where cider is made from September to Christmas. The stables has its own private garden and patio and there is a huge BBQ area under mature oak trees. The main house shares a courtyard with the stables where one can sit and enjoy the evening sun and may be a glass of cider or any other drink as the property has a license. Guests of course can bring their own! The house is south facing with views from south, east and west. There are swings for children, space to play ball games and trees to make dens. There is outdoor furniture on each side of the house. Utility Room: Large washing machine, tumble drier, hanging space for outdoor clothes and plenty of space for out door shoes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: High quality towels and linen are included. Normally the property is cleaned for arrival. If you would like maid service during your stay please let us know. Other: The conservatory has lovely views and opens out into the huge garden. There is an additional drawing room with open fire in the main house. There is a bbq area under the canopy of mature oak trees, which keep you warm and dry from evening dew.

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