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Oak Cottage Wyes Workshops
27 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
29 Ratings · 27 reviews
Michael P.recommends
August 15, 2022
Camping Cabin
Oak Cottage is fab. We stayed in the cabin and hired the hote tub for both nights. Anna the owner was fab, came to meet us when we arrived and show us around and how everything worked. The setting was fab, we took our dog and he had plenty of ground to run around in. Such a peaceful setting. Eggs, Milk , tea, coffee and flour provided. An amazing place to recharge your batteries, well worth visit isit
Fiona L.recommends
August 2, 2022
Walkers Wagon. Vargo (Gypsy Caravan)
Gypsy Caravan experience
We loved our short stay at this property. Our stand under the trees was very private and peaceful. The unique caravan is small but equipped with everything you need. A comfortable double bed with a small bunk option, even a log burner that we didn't use owing to the warm weather. We ate all our meals in the outside barbeque area under the trees. The outside rain shower is an experience, instant hot water which was very welcome. The toilet is a compost loo, indicating that the owners are conscious of their environment, which we respect. Anna brought us fresh milk and eggs, and a jar of coffee beans for making excellent coffee - these little gestures make all the difference in enhancing the overall experience. If you are looking for something a bit rustic and unique, but with all the comforts of home, we can highly recommend this property.
James R.recommends
July 28, 2022
Traditional Yurt in magical paddock
It was just myself and my two dogs in the Yurt and we all loved it. Anna and the team are very friendly and approachable and have a good knowledge of the area and suggested some nice walks. The walks we did were very picturesque with some stunning views. Everything you need is within the Yurts space surrounded by a fence and little stone walls, so you have privacy. In the Yurt, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful woodland and peace and quiet. I highly recommend it and will definitely be going back in the future.
Piyumi A.recommends
July 18, 2022
Traditional Yurt in magical paddock
Our experience at the yurt was amazing. The yurt and surrounding garden was so lovely and we had everything that we needed from the hosts. Everything was left very clean so it was a very comfortable stay. Had fun collecting cherries when the tree above the yurt dropped them on the roof! We were also happy that there was such a great walk through the woods super close.
Stephen W.recommends
July 16, 2022
Walkers Wagon. Vargo (Gypsy Caravan)
2 Night Gypsy Wagon Stay
Great experience So peaceful. To be sat outside around campfire 🔥 with a cold beer and soft music was just the best. Anna and family so accommodating Would defo recommend
Joanne J.recommends
July 14, 2022
Traditional Yurt in magical paddock
We have had an amazing two nights in our yurt. Every little detail was thought of and everything top quality The eggs, flour, milk and lemon were a wonderful gift to make the most delicious pancakes We loved the hot tub After 9 months in Bangalore my friend totally appreciated the silence and the sounds of nature We’ve thoroughly enjoyed every second The only tiniest let down ( nothing to do with the camping) was a less than pleasant experience at the local pub. But the locals in Coleford and The Dog House made up for it We love the whole area and loved the site and Anna and her husband were great hosts
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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