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Oak Cottage Wyes Workshops
34 reviews
· St Briavels, England
2 acres
4 units
4 Glamping
Magical, secluded glamping in the Wye Valley, yards from the Offas Dyke trail
Whether it’s the high ancient trees, the uninterrupted sing-song of the birds or the warm rays of sun that seem to shine exclusively over the site, there is something (or maybe it’s everything combined) that gives Oak Cottage an undeniably magical quality. Nestled among mossy trees and dry-stone-walled paddocks on the edge of the Forest of Dean, the site is an eclectic wonderland of nooks and spaces and different forms of accommodation. You might choose the Hideaway Hut, hidden in a secret 'fairy circle' with woods all around, or perhaps the characterful red and green gypsy caravan. Then there's the traditional yurt, with a transparent roof that lets you gaze at the canopy above, and the cosy cabin with a hot tub to hire and a secluded veranda. By the time you leave you’ll be wanting to come back again and again to try them all. Situated a matter of yards from the renowned Offas Dyke long-distance footpath and less than half a mile from the River Wye, Oak Cottage enjoys a prized position where the woods end and the open meadows begin. In keeping with the natural setting, all of the accommodation has been designed for minimal impact. Each comes with a private eco loo and an atmospheric outdoor shower under a tree, giving the feel that you're almost bathing under hot natural rainfall. Inside the rustic accommodation, you'll find proper beds, wood burners and everything you need for a comfortable stay, with attention to every detail, like the complimentary coffee beans and hand grinders or the pre-stacked pile of logs. You can also buy seasonal veg from owner, Anna's garden for rustling up your evening meal. The wild and natural space lends itself to people who love outdoor pursuits. Anna has kindly supplied a copy of Lower Wye Rambles in each abode and, along with the Offas Dyke Trail, there's a good footpath that leads from the site down the hill to the banks of the river and along to the famous ruins of Tintern Abbey. Electric mountain bikes are also available to hire, ideal for exploring local bridleways as well as simply zipping along the narrow lanes in search of a good pub. The nearest, The George, is a comfortable two miles away and sits directly opposite 12th-century St Briavels Castle, a moated Norman keep that was once the centre of the Forest of Dean. Loop your way back via more quiet lanes and country tracks – Oak Cottage is almost two miles from the nearest main road, so it's no wonder it's so peaceful – then settle in for a night of clear skies only somewhere this secluded can afford.
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St Briavels, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Anna B.Joined in March 2021
39 Ratings · 34 reviews
Martin S.recommends
September 30, 2022
Walkers Wagon. Vargo (Gypsy Caravan)
Gypsy caravan glamping.
We loved our stay in the gypsy caravan. A bit like camping in the woods but much warmer and far more comfortable. The hot outdoor shower added a special ‘back to nature’ feel . It’s right on Offas dyke trail and would be a wonderful place to break up journey if you’re attempting that monumental hike. We will certainly be back one day.
Nicola Z.recommends
September 29, 2022
Hideaway Hut on edge of woodland
A Beautiful Hideaway
If you want to unplug, chill out and get lost this is the perfect place to do it. We absolutely loved our stay as did our dogs! Forest Bathing strongly recommended. Anna and Rowan are kind authentic people who care for the land they have and show it in the spaces they have lovingly created.
Paul H.recommends
September 20, 2022
Traditional Yurt in magical paddock
We loved our stay and will return. We had such a lovely, peaceful stay and as others have said the hot tub is a must. It is a truly beautiful, peaceful spot and was a much needed break from the busyness of life....
Simon Q.recommends
August 29, 2022
Traditional Yurt in magical paddock
Super yurt hidden in the Wye Valley
What a lovely place to stay! The yurt is situated in a beautifully quiet location, just seconds from a whole range of footpaths to explore. It has a homely, rustic feel with all the amenities that are needed to enjoy a relaxing stay. Anna was extremely welcoming and the perfect host.
Paul C.recommends
August 29, 2022
Traditional Yurt in magical paddock
Therapeutic and rejuvenating
The yurt is in it's own small garden ESC space with all facilities set out inside that space, the space is half in half out the forest. It's very quiet and peaceful and you are encouraged to maintain this serenity. Very therapeutic.
Hayley R.recommends
August 21, 2022
Camping Cabin
The stay in the cabin surpassed my expectations, the peace and quiet and location was divine, just on the edge of the nature reserve, so many lovely walks. The cabin was equipped with everything you need with some lovely touches. Anna is the best host, friendly and helpful but not in your face. I wouldn't hesitate to book again.
From the host
Situated in an AONB on the edge of SSSI Hudnalls nature reserve an ancient woodland above the River Wye. Bordering the Royal Forest of Dean. Accommodation built to blend in with the natural wood and stone landscape. Get close to nature, observe trees and wildlife from the comfort of your warm, dry, bed.
Nearby attractions
Oak Cottage is situated on the Offas Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Ramble, so there are plenty of walking and cycling trails on your doorstep. Hire canoes for a day of adventure on the Wye (all hire outlets let you hire for half or full days and pick you up downstream, so you need only drift along with the current). Tintern is a 10-minute drive away, home to several pubs as well as a vineyard, brewery and the gothic Tintern Abbey in all its roofless beauty. If you’re a Netflix fan, you might also want to visit the main filming spots from Sex Education, all nearby – The house Otis lives in with his mum is just up the road from Oak Cottage and so is the corner shop they regularly visit; Anna will happily give you directions to both if you fancy trying your luck at getting a cameo role! And for the film buffs, the Forest of Dean is around a 20-minute drive away; J.K. Rowling lived here as a child, likely why it features in the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as other films like King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Food and drink
The Miners (01594836632) in Sling is a 15-minute drive away; the gastropub has won lots of awards for their modern British food made from local produce and is made even better when paired with their servings of local ale. Owner, Steve, has worked with some of the best chefs in the country, and it shows. The oak-beamed Globe Inn (01594528300) in Alvington is under five minutes away in the car or a little more than a half-hour walk. It has a cosy log fire in winter and a good beer garden in summer. The Ostrich Inn (01594833260) in Clearwell takes around 20 minutes to reach. It's dog friendly and has a large walled garden and outdoor patios for enjoy the summer sunshine.
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