Escape to The Forest in a Luxury Cabin with Forest Holidays!
Escaping to the forest has never felt so luxurious! Somehow at Forest Holidays deep inside the Forest of Dean they have managed to marry together the serenity of being in the forest, so close to nature, with a feeling of luxury, staying here feels like a treat! You can check availability and book on their website here.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley by the tourism board as part of a group of outdoor bloggers for an action packed weekend, and after my previous visit staying at The Angel, Abergavenny, taking on the high ropes at Forest of Dean Adventure, and discovering Puzzlewood and the Sculpture Trail, I just could not wait! The excitement built on social media leading up to the trip (search for #DeanWyeBloggers)…and we had an awesome weekend! A weekend where I experienced amongst other things… mountain biking, caving, clay pigeon shooting, amazing food and drink…and got to stay in a luxury cabin at Forest Holidays, what a way to spend a weekend! So here I’ll be telling you all my amazing accommodation for the weekend…Forest Holidays in the Forest of Dean!
The Forest Retreat
On arrival at the site the Forest Retreat serves as the reception, but it is also the real heart of the site. There is a very nice shop here which sells fresh bread, pastries, cakes, other food, drinks and gifts to take home with you, all with a real focus on local produce. There is something extra enjoyable about sipping a local cider or beer, while you relax after a fun filled day in the forest!
You can book a range of activities here and meet the forest ranger! Every Forest Holidays destination has it’s own dedicated Forest Ranger an expert who you can join on adventures into the forest and find out more about the surrounding area, spot wildlife, or even learn more about forest survival! There are also fun activities for kids which can be booked as well as a playground outside and a lovely deck to sit outside on when the weather is warmer! There is also a really good café/restaurant here which serves lovely hearty local food.
I shared a luxury cabin with Ed from Rexy Edventures, when we stepped inside it immediately gave me that luxury feel, it was beautifully furnished with high quality items in a minimalist style, but still very much felt homely, comfortable and a lovely place to relax. I loved the huge windows looking out over the meadow our cabin was located in, there was a deck area outside with a table and chairs and a barbecue, it gave me the sense of being grounded…serene…until the Jenga wars began between me and Ed!
Our cabin had a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a great sized bathroom, lovely lounge and then a kitchen dining area. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything needed if you fancy shutting yourselves away, cooking and having a night in. You can also order food to be delivered from the Forest Retreat to your cabin with themed nights during the week like curry night! We also had a large flat screen smart TV, which acts as an entertainment hub for the cabin, you can order films, and plug in other media sources too.
It is also fair to say that I enjoyed a very comfortable, peaceful, two nights sleep in the cabin, although this may have been as I was so tired after all of the activities we had taken part in! Joking aside, I woke both mornings feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
The cabins are positioned so you’re not overlooked, they are your own little forest hideaways for the duration of your stay. They are designed so that they are almost camouflaged in the forest, it is like they are a part of the forest, they belong here. There are 120 luxury cabins at the site, we were in a copper beech cabin which sleeps 4-6 with 2 or three bedroom options, and considering it is the cheapest option on site it was still very impressive! Features of the other cabins include wood burning stoves, en-suite bathrooms for the master bedrooms, and even out door hot tubs! There are cabins which sleep up to 8 people, the Golden Oak Hideaway built exclusively for a romantic couples holiday, and then there is the Golden Oak Treehouse which connects via a wooden bridge to an exclusive en-suite room for two!
Forest Holidays in the Forest of Dean is located on Bracelands Drive, Christchurch, Coleford, Gloucester, GL16 7NN. The location is ideal and so close to a whole host of awesome activities and places to visit. From here you can wander off into the forest on well marked paths, canoeing is within walking distance too, as is the Forest of Dean Adventure site. There you can tackle the high ropes course as we did during our last visit, have a go at archery and try their climbing wall! Ten minutes drive away is magical Puzzlewood, the Sculpture Trail, Clearwell Caves, mountain biking with pedal a bike away and much much more, there is so much to do in the Forest of Dean, it really is a hidden gem and so accessible being within an hour and a half of some major cities.
Forest Holidays also have sites at eight other locations around the UK, check their website to find out more!
Working to help protect the forest
This is something which is really awesome about Forest Holidays. Forest Holidays was actually founded by the Forestry Commission, the government department responsible for protecting and sustaining UK forests. The Forestry Commission retains a 20% share in the business and leases the land to Forest Holidays. Through this partnership £2 million a year is raised towards the upkeep of the public forests, helping to keep the forests in public ownership.
Forest Activities Festival
On the 23rd April 2017 in the grounds of The Speech House Hotel the Forest Activities Festival will be taking place. Many of the regions activity providers will have stalls at the event and many of them will be offering free have a go sessions such as archery, segways, and a climbing wall. There will also be live music, food and craft stalls and much much more, it promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family and a great way to find out more about the amazing activities this area has to offer. Find out more here.
Thanks for reading and look out for more posts from my awesome weekend in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley!