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Squirrel Cottage is a warm and cosy ground floor cottage for two guests with full central heating. There is a gentle slope up to the front door and no steps inside the cottage, making Squirrel Cottage very convenient for both able and less able guests. There is a spacious lounge / kitchen / diner, a shower room with large walk-in shower and heated towel rail, and a double bedroom with fitted wardrobe. The double bedroom has room for an extra single bed if required; we can also provide a travel cot and a high-chair – if you would like any of these please ask when booking.
Tastefully converted from a stable, Squirrel Cottage is peacefully situated close to the gate which opens directly into the Forest of Dean where there are miles of scenic walks - or sit quietly and wait to spot the different wild life and birds of the area. The carpark is also close by.
Squirrel Cottage is fully equipped for self-catering with a full size electric oven, gas hob, microwave, toaster etc. and ample cutlery, crockery, pots and pans for two and more people. The lounge area has a comfortable three-seater sofa. A selection of books and games and a flat screen television with Freeview and DVD player will entertain you when you want to sit back and relax after a day exploring the area.
Bed linen, hand and bath towels, full central heating, electricity and WiFi are provided free of charge in all our cottages (please bring your own bedding for travel cots). In the kitchen you will find a tea- towel, hand towel, oven gloves and washing up liquid.
We live on site and personally check each cottage between lets. This ensures the high standard of cleaning is maintained and also if any maintenance is required this can be attended to promptly. We are here to answer your questions and can give you advice about different attractions, walks etc. if you ask us, but we will allow you to enjoy your break undisturbed and will not intrude.
Pets are welcome in Squirrel Cottage (the lounge / kitchen / dining area only please, not the bedrooms). With direct access into the Forest from our grounds, there are miles of footpaths to explore without needing to get in the car. Returning with muddy boots and muddy dogs? No problem, a hose in the courtyard will enable you to wash the mud away before you return to your cottage. A 'Welcome Dog box' contains a towel for each dog as well as extra information about dog friendly attractions, dog friendly pubs etc. Dogs charges per stay are: one dog £25; two dogs £35; three dogs £45.
At the bottom of the courtyard is a large lawned area, the Paddock, with picnic tables and a football goal, where our guests are welcome to relax, barbecue and play games. Adjacent is a fenced play area specially for the little ones with a Wendy House, play train, child-sized picnic tables etc.
The communal laundry houses washing machines, a tumble dryer, extra freezer space, ironing boards and irons and plenty of hanging space to drip-dry wet clothes. At the back of the laundry is the bike shed where our guests are welcome to lock away their bikes when not in use.
The local village of Yorkley is about half a mile away, there you will find two pubs, both dog friendly, two village shops, one of which also houses the Post Office, a hairdressers, community centre with children's playground etc. Lydney town is three miles away where there are sports facilities including tennis courts, a swimming pool, golf course, park with children's play area; supermarkets, restaurants and takeaways etc. as well as interesting individual shops.
The Forest of Dean is a compact area of thirty five square miles, bordered by two rivers – the Severn (world famous for the Severn Bore) and the Wye. Within the Forest of Dean are many attractions for all interests. Wildlife abounds – deer, badgers, foxes, wild boar to name a few, as well as many different birds. The Forest is criss-crossed with both footpaths and cycle paths. The 'Family Cycle Trail' follows the path of an old railway line. Graded downhill trails challenge the serious mountain biker. Canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding are popular on the River Wye. Explore ancient buildings such as Tintern Abbey and Goodrich Castle. Follow in the footsteps of the miners at Clearwell Caves and Hopewell Colliery. The Dean Heritage Centre also has many varied displays of former life in the Forest. Let your imagination run wild at Puzzlewood, a magical landscape and the filming site for many programmes including StarWars and Merlin. Swing through the trees at GoApe. Travel back in time with a Victorian afternoon tea at Aunt Martha's, re-visit the era of steam travel at Dean Forest Steam Railway and Perrygrove Railway – the list is endless! You will find information on all these attractions and more in Squirrel Cottage.
Many of our guests come back time and time again as there is so much more that they want to do and see - and the scenery changes with the seasons! Areas of the Forest are carpeted with bluebells in late Spring, in autumn the striking yellows, browns and oranges are a picture to behold!
John & Elaine Edwards joined Independent Cottages in September 2016
Nicely tucked away at the back of the courtyard just a few metres from the car park, Squirrel Cottage provides a lovely bolt-hole for two (plus four legged family members) and offers accessible ground floor accommodation.
Compact with everything needed to self-cater, accommodation comprises:
Outside: There is plenty of outside living space for when the sun shines with an area at the front for sitting outside with a glass of wine, spacious communal lawns (for BBQ's, relaxing and picnics), and a sports hall for hire (during the summer months) with table tennis/football and badminton.
Additional information: A communal laundry is available with washing machine and tumble dryer. This cottage welcomes dogs (an additional charge of £25 applies for one dog, £35 for two and £45 for three to cover additional cleaning) but please enquire with the owner should you want a pet free cottage. Towels are provided (as well as bed linen). WiFi available. Short breaks often available (three nights over the weekend and four nights during the week are the norm but more flexibility may be available outside of peak times). Prices also include heating and electricity.
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