St Briavels, Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Cottages
Occupying one side of the courtyard of this attractive and historic smallholding, Church Farm Cottage is situated in a quiet lane on the edge of St Briavels, perched high on a limestone plateau overlooking the River Wye in the heart of the ancient Forest of Dean. It's a fantastic base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while at the same time, allowing you to make most of its tranquil setting to really get away from it all with your family or friends.
Constructed from local stone, the cottage has been skilfully and sensitively converted to a very high standard from a Grade II listed, 16th century barn. Full of character and immense charm, you can almost see the history oozing out of the original oak beams in the living room. With it's warm decor and stunning baby grand piano it's a great room for guests to lounge in.
Outside you can sit quietly on the cobbled and paved area at the front or if you're feeling more energetic, enjoy a game of table tennis (perhaps organise a whole tournament if there's a group of you!) in the large barn adjacent to the cottage.
Kitchen/Dining Area with oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and solid pine dining table/chairs.
Living Room with two sofas (one converts to a double bed), armchair, original beams and baby grand piano.
Bedroom One with king size bed (5ft), chest of drawers, dressing table, walk-in cupboard and dual-aspect windows.
Bedroom Two with zip and link beds offering the choice of king size double bed (5ft) or twin beds.
Family Bathroom with independent shower over bath.
Cobbled and paved sitting-out area in front of the cottage and additional grassed area within the owners' garden. Barbecue. Adjacent barn with table tennis.
Children welcome. Travel cot provided. Sorry no pets. No smoking. WiFi broadband. Garage and parking for two cars.
The location offers many varied attractions in the area. Footpaths and bridleways are plentiful and guests have direct access across the owners' land through woodland onto local paths. A whole range of outdoor activities are available locally such as cycleways through the Forest of Dean, fishing and canoeing on the River Wye at Monmouth and Symonds Yat, and for steam enthusiasts, the famous Forest of Dean Steam Railway.
For a family day out Puzzle Wood and the Sculpture Trail are popular destinations in nearby Coleford and there are numerous historic sites such as Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey within easy driving distance.
For a day's exploring the cathedral cities of Hereford and Gloucester as well as the Cotswolds beyond, are well within reach.
St Briavels itself has a friendly pub (The George Inn) and a moated Norman castle, which is open to the public - a great attraction for kids.
"Although May the weather initially was very cold and there was plenty of hot water and the central heating was very good. The cottage was very cosy"Patt 2018-05-08
"Delightful barn conversion beautifully situated beside the church and castle within easy walking distance of the pub and village shops. A perfect place to start from to explore the many footpaths in the area."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-05-22
"Great cottage with ample space for friends or family to get together. Wonderful location for walking."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-11-23