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Mill Cottage

Lydbrook, Gloucestershire
Grade 4 Star rating
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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.
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, 16/11/2018
    We all had a super week.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2018
    Lovely cottage, very nice welcome package. Beautiful setting, with fabulous view across the valley. Shop confidently located nearby. Loved the wood burner and well equipped kitchen. Great enclosed garden for our dog. Would come again. Thank you.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    The house was lovely but the garden was too overgrown to enjoy/appreciate the views.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    we had a very pleasent stay at Mill Cottage! you can see and feel that the surroundings sufferd from the mining over the last decades. Hopefully the people who live in Lydbrook keep the energie to rebuilt! they where so very nice to us in the village!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the cottage to others

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/04/2018
    A beautiful cottage in an excellent location. Fay and Jake welcomed us by text message at the beginning of our stay to ask that we let them know if we needed anything but the cottage was so well stocked that we really couldn’t ask for more. The best things: fully enclosed garden for the dog to play whilst we cooked on the excellent gas/electric oven; a generous welcome hamper with coffee, milk, Kettle Chips and wine(!); giant, comfy beds; excellent location for exploring the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley – on the sunniest day we walked from the cottage to Symonds Yat and the Biblins to espy peregrine falcons and then back along the Wye; we marvelled at the gibbous moon through the wonderful astronomical telescope; the smaller telescope also allowed us to peek at deer and birds on the other side of the valley when we got up for the riotous dawn chorus. Other reviews have called the cottage ‘secluded’ – it is certainly secluded by big-city standards, but be aware that it is attached to another cottage that has a view over the garden, and they did have a party on Saturday night, though every other night felt sufficiently private and quiet. The walk to the cottage is steep in places but if you’re young and fit then it won’t prove a challenge – we took about six trips up and down to get all of our stuff back into the car at the end of the break and whilst it felt like quite a climb the path surface is sound, and wildflowers break up the climb for those wanting to take it slower! We would love to stay in the cottage again – Fay and Jake were excellent hosts, despite us never meeting them, and we look forward to seeing the work on their veg patch and the orchard develop, to spotting more grouse and boar prints on the footpath by the pond, and to finally making it to The Forge and Hammer for a curry!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Lovely cottage which has been finished to a fantastic degree of luxury. Just a couple of observations which I'll come to at the end, but they don't blight the overall experience. Start at the bedroom: Great big bed, very comfortable. Has a lovely little conservatory overlooking the valley. Nice and bright are to read. Bathroom. big bath with shower. Didn't try the Jacuzzi in the bath. Kitchen. Finished and stocked to a high standard. 6 hob modern stove. Nice sharp knives; new pans; loads of glasses crockery for the dishwasher. Library. well stocked books; DVDs; games etc. Another great place to read, or in our case a jigsaw. Living room. Great room to chill out Observations: The cottage is at the top of a steep hill with no vehicle access. Sure was fit at the end of the week. The back path is not finished and can be slippy and v steep. If you have any ailments be aware, its not a hill you want to do if you can avoid it (ie make sure you don't run out of milk). Log fire. I have a wood burning stove and used to them (lighting and operating). This is a weird design and we could never really work out how it was meant to work and not go out. We did have it up and running and it did warm up the room

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    This is a fantastic cottage with everything you could want and more.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/04/2018
    I would recommend this cottage to any able bodied person. The only problem I could find was the climb from the car park up to the cottage itself. If there was an easier way of getting our luggage etc from the car up the hill then I would have said it was perfect. It is not wheelchair friendly. We found the attention to detail first class and made me glad to have booked, as well as the décor and layout. I was particularly impressed with the nitelites, a clever touch. We will definitely be back at some point. A beautiful cottage in a beautiful area, shame about the hill though.

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 14 reviews collected by Reevoo
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