After days out wandering in the wild forest, put your feet up in a spacious and welcoming room at Forest House. The boutique hotel fills each of its eight rooms with a balance of homely touches and modern details such as plush super-king beds and cushions in cosy fabrics. Enjoy a spa-like experience in your bathroom with luxurious Elemis toiletries and a power shower that will leave you feeling refreshed after woodland walks. Make yourself at home with a cup of tea or coffee (there’s hot chocolate, too) and dunk the complimentary biscuits while watching your flat-screen TV. Rooms also have a DVD player, so you can bring your own films to watch or borrow one from the hotel’s library.
The hotel is housed within an 18th-century grade II listed building in the historic town of Coleford, in the heart of the Forest of Dean. It’s been sympathetically refurbished, retaining original features and the period style of the property with sash windows, an antique wooden door and a picture rail in the dining room. A beautifully manicured garden of topiary bushes and scented flowers, such as lavender, surrounds the hotel. Dotted with wooden seats, it’s the ideal place to sit in the sunshine on clear afternoons and get lost in a book. On days when adventure beckons, walk 2 miles down the road to Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves or take a short 3 mile drive out to the awe-inspiring Wye Valley and Beechenhurst. There are also plenty of trails to follow including ones for cyclists and another with sculptures to spot.