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In Gloucestershire, on the fringe of the Wye Valley and on the edge of the Forest of Dean, lies Coleford. It has some fine Georgian architecture and the town centre has been designated a conservation area due to the number of historic buildings.

Once home to a thriving mining community, this picturesque town is filled with plenty of attractions and outdoor activities, making it a good choice for a cottage holiday in the west Gloucester and Welsh borders region.

There’s a lot to do in Coleford and the Coleford Great Western Railway Museum, housed in an old goods shed, is an excellent place to discover more about the heritage of the area. The Coleford Clock tower on the square is one of the town’s most prominent landmarks and the Coleford Baptist Church and Parish Church of Saint John both have strong links to the past.

Coleford also has a series of walks through the town where visitors can follow in the footsteps of past inhabitants whilst they learn more about the history of the area.

The town''s close proximity to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley ensures there is a wonderful selection of outdoor activities for all ages. The Wye Valley is a popular destination for walkers and canoeing, and a steam railway runs through the valley.

The Forest of Dean also has some great walks, has several cycling paths and offers an abundance of activities suited to children. The Sculpture Trail features a children’s playground and a picnic site in the heart of the forest and Puzzlewood is an enchanting pathway that spans 14 acres of ancient woodlands, taking you through galleys, over wooden bridges and around tree and rock formations.

No holiday in Coleford is complete without a visit to the Clearwell Caves Iron mines. This ancient natural cave system forms part of one of Britain’s oldest underground mines and the impressive caverns are absolutely breath taking.

Discover a lovely Gloucester town and its stunning surrounds; look for holiday cottages in Coleford today.
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  • Oak Bank Cottage

    Longhope, near Ross-on-Wye

    Ref: W43402

    Nestling in the village of Longhope on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Dean and on the owner’s working farm, this thoughtfully designed, detached holiday property incorporates characterful features such as an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, oak beams and underfloor heating. It is ideally situated to enjoy this fantastic area. Activities such as horse riding, cycling, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing, golfing and fishing are all available locally. Wonderful walks are available from the doorstep and guests have unlimited access to the owner’s farm which is further up the lane and has a listed woodland and babbling stream. There are many attractions to visit, Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Puzzlewood and Steam Railway which are just to name just a few. Three local pubs are within walking distance, one of which specialises in homemade pies, has a delicatessen and a homemade ice cream parlour. Should you wish to bring your horse, the owner can accommodate at a cost via prior arrangement and has a training facility, cross country circuit, arena and forage available. Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Hereford, The Malverns, Gloucester and Cheltenham are all within easy driving distances. Luxury dog beds are provided with clean blankets, as well as bowls, waste bags, towels and a dog shower in the garden. There is additional parking nearby. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast area, beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (one 6ft zip and link can be twin), one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (2ft 6in). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (full package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Stabling on request (at cost). No smoking. NB: Stream in owner’s grounds.

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  • The Barn

    Coleford, near Gloucester

    Ref: 27783

    In the magnificent Forest of Dean

    This charming Grade ll listed barn conversion offers very spacious, comfortable detached holiday accommodation with French doors leading outside to the patio and terrace. It has a large, farmhouse-style kitchen and the main bedroom boasts ‘his and her’ en-suite bathrooms. It is situated in the beautiful Forest of Dean, rich in wildlife, where visitors can enjoy many picnic sites, stunning scenery, wonderful walks and cycle tracks. Family attractions such as Go Ape, Puzzlewood, The Gruffalo Trail/Museum, Dean Forest Railway, Dean Heritage Centre, Clearwell Caves and the Sculpture Trail are within easy reach. Symond’s Yat on the River Wye, a renowned beauty spot, offers wooded, riverside walks and places to eat, or the chance to ride the rapids in a canoe. The Barn overlooks the 6th hole of the 18-hole Forest Hills Golf Club, where golfing is available - access to the course is directly from the garden. Fishing, riding, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing can be found locally. The cathedral city of Gloucester with its Victorian docks, Monmouth, Chepstow and the pretty market town of Ross-on-Wye are short drive away. Garage with shop ¼ mile, pub 200 yards and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. 2 steps to kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower room with toilet, one (5ft) with additional bunk, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Playstation 2. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Desktop PC with broadband connection and Wi-Fi. Large ½-acre lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Pool table. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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