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Mill Cottage

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Lydbrook, Gloucestershire
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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Escape the hustle and bustle, staying in a beautiful converted cider mill. Explore the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, the outdoors on the doorstop.

The perfect hideaway, Mill Cottage occupies an elevated position that one cannot drive to. A steep, narrow footpath, approximately 240 yards, leads to the cottage. Once at the cottage, the peaceful location offers a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Set within 1 acre of gardens, the views that can be enjoyed are spectacular. This semi-detached, period cottage was once a cider mill, and a donkey was used to transport the produce up and down the hill. The original cider press still has pride of place at the cottage.
The gardens are a particular feature of the property, and positioned at one side of the front garden is an area of suspended timber decking with a delightful summerhouse/unstocked bar, and has views across the tree lined valley. The greater area of land however extends rearwards from this area of garden, and comprises of a steeply sloping grassy bank with a wide variety of trees, species including walnut, a large old cider apple and a number of younger apple trees, together with hazel and others. Here, there is a pergola and further seating area, so the sunshine can be enjoyed all day long. Guests are welcome to pick the garden produce, which includes wild garlic, apples, plums, pears, gooseberries, blackcurrants, whitecurrants, strawberries and blackberries. This characterful holiday cottage has the additional benefit of a balcony room off the master bedroom.
Mill Cottage is situated in the Forest of Dean, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the forest and the many activities available in the area, including fabulous walking, cycling, golf, canoeing and family days out. Located 8 miles south of the market and tourist town of Ross-on-Wye, whilst Symonds Yat, Monmouth, Coleford, Gloucester and Hereford are all within easy striking distance. Shop, pub and restaurant are within walking distance, ¼ mile away.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
Kitchen/dining room: With gas/electric range, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Narrow tread stairs to...
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, Freeview TV and double doors leading to balcony room.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Balcony room: With double doors leading to open-tread stairs down to garden.
Bathroom: With spa bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace, summerhouse and garden furniture. On road parking (240 yards). No smoking. Please note: No children under 10 years old. There is a 240 yard, steep, narrow unlit footpath to get to the cottage. There are external, open-tread stairs from the balcony room to the garden. There are steep banks, drops, steps and a pond in the garden.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2017
    The photos really don't do the cottage justice. Absolutely the best cottage we have stayed in. Just loved it!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2017
    Lovely cottage in a very nice area. Very friendly local pub that does good food and allows dogs. Well equipped local shop. Beautiful walks and views. Good old walk up the hill to the cottage but don't let this put you off, it is well worth it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2017
    It provided the ideal quiet break and we will be staying again.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    The cottage itself was lovely and fitted out to a very high standard. However, access was very difficult, via an extremely steep, narrow track which was slippery when wet. We were unable to let our large, energetic dog off the lead anywhere near the premises because of the wild boar in the nearby woodland, which rather defeated the purpose of staying at a dog-friendly cottage in such beautiful countryside.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of Mill Cottage. The steep narrow path is referred to in the details of the cottage. It is a shared path with other residents on the hill and between us we do sweep the leaves and more gravel was put down over the half term holiday to try and keep the path safe for everyone. Your stay took place the week before this was done. The property grounds are enclosed and the orchard behind the cottage whilst on a slope would allow plenty of room for a dog to run around. The Forest of Dean does have wild boar and deer and the forestry commission website www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-9fyfc5 does provide information for dog walkers. However it doesn’t state that they have to be kept on a lead.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    As a group we had a fantastic time in a beautiful cottage with everything you could want included. Very comfortable beds, very well equipped and well worth the walk up to it. The hamper was much appreciated as were all the thoughtful extras, such as the games, coffee machine and milk frother etc etc.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    fantastic cottage and great views from garden. nice little garden shed/ bar. dog friendly with walks straight into forest. if you are a energetic dog walker this is the place for you. this cottage has everything. for the price its one of the best we've stayed in. big thanks to the owners, we will return.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    It was a lovely place. Clean warm and welcoming with so many things available to use. The surroundings are beautiful the only downside for me was the walk up to the cottage itself but it shouldn't put anyone else off as that's just a personal view. Thanks to the owners

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    We thought the cottage itself was beautiful, very well appointed and clean. The beds were extremely comfortable and the real fire made the lounge very cosy. The views were stunning but were hard earned by the uphill trek to get there. It is not a place for anyone who is not fit

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/09/2017
    The cottage was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The access however is quite tricky, especially when you have luggage and supplies that you need to get to the cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    The cottage is cosy and comfortable with stunning views (the road below was quite noisy in the day but quiet at night)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    We spent the most amazing week at this beautiful cottage. It was everything we could have asked for, beautiful setting tucked away with the most spectacular views. We loved the village, so much to do to keep us busy every day never traveling more than 15 minutes. We can't wait to come back!

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