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Latimer Lodge

No Comments » Written on February 17th, 2018 by
Categories: Forest of Dean Lodges

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Latimer Lodge Bedroom Forest of Dean Lodges

Bedroom inside Latimer Lodge. Forest of Dean Lodges are very comfortable.

Latimer Lodge A lovely cosy character barn conversion with natural stone walls, oak beams, heated flagstone floors throughout.

Oodles of charm and character dating from the 17th Century, now with all the advantages of modern conveniences, this is an ideal base from which to explore the Forest of Dean and its amazing surroundings.

take a closer look at our lodge Latimer benefits from an open plan kitchen/lounge with all modern conveniences – including dishwasher, oven and hob, fridge freezer, microwave, flat screen TV, DVD player and Wi-fi connection.

There is a large double bedroom with door opening onto a secluded private terrace. Separate dining room, with bed settee for additional sleeping. Modern spacious shower room.


If you are looking for a really good holiday lodge in the Royal Forest of Dean, then Latimer Lodge is for you. It matters not what time of the year you visit or for how long. You will find Latimer Lodge comfortable, clean, warm and welcoming.

Use our lodges and cottages as a base to explore the beautiful attractions of the Royal Forest of Dean. There is so much to see and do, not just in the forest but the whole of the Wye Valley area of Monmouthshire.

A better family holiday location you wont find. Our Forest of Dean Lodges are also idea for couples breaks, long weekends, holistic and health breaks. Our couples breaks with hot tub included are very popular. A beautiful lodge made better with a soothing hot tub. Check out the main website for full details of all of our lodges, cottages, holidays, breaks and services.

It has parking for two cars. For more information on Latimer Lodge or any of the other lodges and cottages in Coleford, please follow this link or to see the video on Youtube, along with other videos of the Forest of Dean.

Private Cottages Forest of Dean

No Comments » Written on February 12th, 2018 by
Categories: Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

Private Cottages Forest of Dean – Cottage or Lodge?

Private Cottages Forest of Dean - Cottage or Lodge?

Latimer Lodge in the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean.

Private cottages forest of dean or private lodge forest of dean; what is the difference? I’ve been asked this question a number of times and my answer is always the same. The difference is akin to hair and fur.

If you trawl the Internet for the answer, you just get confused. Take this article for instance;

As nouns the difference between cottage and lodge is that cottage is a small house; a cot; a hut while lodge is a building for recreational use such as a hunting lodge or a summer cabin. As verbs the difference between cottage and lodge is that cottage is to stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging while lodge is to be firmly fixed in a specified position.

I hope that clears that little argument up. Lodge, Cottage, Cabin, people have their own names for these type of buildings. At the Forest of Dean in Coleford, we call our buildings lodges but what is important is that you are sleeping in top class accommodation, whatever you care to call it.

Latimer Lodge Forest of Dean

One such lodge is Latimer Lodge. For a couple or a couple with a child, this is the perfect holiday lodge.

“A lovely cosy character barn conversion with natural stone walls, oak beams, heated flagstone floors throughout. Oodles of charm and character dating from the 17th Century, now with all the advantages of modern conveniences, this is an ideal base from which to explore the Forest of Dean and its amazing surroundings.” See more.

This lodge is tailor made for a small family. Latimer has everything you need for a great holiday in the most beautiful part of the UK. There are few places that can match the Royal Forest of Dean for its natural beauty.

Also, Forest of Dean Lodges are also pet friendly.

Book Latimer lodge today and enjoy a great holiday in the Forest of Dean.

Chinese New Year 2018

No Comments » Written on February 3rd, 2018 by
Categories: Events

Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year 2018, Year of the Dog Zodiac sign

Which animal in the Chinese Zodiac are you? 2018 is the year of the Dog.

Chinese New Year 2018 is the Year of the Dog. I, myself, am a Rooster, or so I am told. What sign of the Chinese Zodiac are you? Check it out from this website.

The Chinese New Year starts when? Good question that. Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20. In 2018, it occurs on February 16. I found a fantastic website that tells you everything you would ever want to know about Chinese New Year.

The Royal Forest of Dean is a great place to celebrate Chinese New Year. Come to think of it, Forest of Dean Lodges is a great place to celebrate anything. Live in comfort and beautiful surroundings whilst you help our Chinese friends welcome in the new year.

Forest of Dean Lodges are available all year round and you are always most welcome.

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year?

You need not worry about missing out on the delicious Chinese food when you come to stay with us in our Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. We have several great places serving traditional Chinese cuisine. Ho Wah Court, White Horse, Hong Kong House and Lucky’s Chinese all serve great Chinese food.

AS is normal for this Blog, we have found a great website to give you the information you need. Check out the Chinese restaurants and takeaways from the Travel site Tripadvisor.

You can choose where you eat, or, if you prefer, you can get your Chinese meal delivered to your lodge and enjoy Chinese New Year there.

We look forward to seeing you here, in Coleford, for the Year of The Dog and we hope you will enjoy staying in our beautiful lodges. Contact us at any time to book your own Forest of Dean Lodge for Chinese New Year 2018.

Forest of Dean St. Valentines Day

No Comments » Written on January 26th, 2018 by
Categories: Events

Forest of Dean St Valentines Day – Treat Somebody Special

St. Valentines Day 2018

Treat somebody you love to a very special St. Valentines Day 2018.

St. Valentines Day 2018 in the Forest of Dean is something special. When is St. Valentines day? February 14th is that day in question.

Every year, people all over the world celebrate St Valentines day in all manner of weird and wonderful ways. Some people send flowers, others send chocolates, some send both. There are thousands of ways to celebrate this lovely day and we at Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford would like to lend a helping hand.

Did you know; Second only to Christmas, St. Valentines Day sells most cards? Over 160 million cards worldwide. Just imagine that?

The History of St. Valentines Day

As with many other traditions, St. Valentine is as much a half myth, half truth concoction. The Catholic Church has at least three St. Valentines or variations on the name.

One story goes that the emperor Claudius II, a third century ruler of the Roman empire outlawed marriages. He though single men made better fighters. Wives and families were therefore not the order of the day for young warriors.

The legend has it that a priest called valentine thought this unjust and continued to perform marriages. Claudius didn’t like this one bit and so had him bumped off.

More about St. Valentine

Another legend has St. Valentine as a person who helped prisoners escape from jails were they were tortured and beaten. He was of course caught and banged up himself. According to the legend, Valentine sent the first message himself. This was, allegedly to the jailers daughter. It was signed “from your Valentine”. This is the message that is used to this very day.

There are more stories of this kind. One reason for the event being held in the middle of February is, so I am told, down to the Catholic church. According to whoever, the church wanted to persuade pagans from their wicked ways. So, putting St. Valentines day smack bang in the middle of a pagan festival seemed to be a great idea.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Read more on this topic.

Mind you; St Valentines Day has not always been linked to peace, love and understanding. Oh no! During the time of a certain Al Capone, Circa 1929, there was a memorable “rub out” performed in Chicago. 5 members of Bugs Moran’s North Side gang and two associates were gunned down by other gangsters posing as policemen.

Nobody was ever caught and the “St. Valentines Day Massacre” has since become as synonymous with the 14th of February ans the love machine from the time of Claudius II.

Forest of Dean Lodges – Romantic Lodges and Cabins

The Royal Forest of Dean is a beautiful and romantic setting. Don’t take my word for it, ask anyone who has ever been. There is no such thing as going “over the top” when it comes down to showing your appreciation for somebody. Flowers and chocolates are a great idea but what about a break?

Imagine a romantic weekend or even a week in the most beautiful part of the UK. We have the lodges and cottages, as well as the staff that will make your St. Valentines Day extra special. Contact us today and book yourself one of our luxury lodges.

If you would like more information, then we are ready and available to help you at any time. We look forward to seeing you and your extra special “other half” at Coleford, Forest of Dean.

Forest of Dean Half Marathon 2018

No Comments » Written on January 26th, 2018 by
Categories: Events

 Forest of Dean Spring Trails Half Marathon 2018

Royal Forest of Dean Half marathon

Forest of Dean Half Marathon event Spring 2018. This is a very well supported even that is held in the Spring and Autumn. The Forest of Dean has got to be the most beautiful place to hold a marathon event.

There is a website available that will give you all the information you need to participate. Then again, some folk, like myself, are more the “observer” type. My running years are behind me. Well, for something as far as that, anyway.

Forest of Dean Marathon; Race Overview

This Spring Trails Half Marathon is run in the Forest of Dean at the end of March, using the same organization (but a different course) as the Autumn event. Starting on the road adjacent to the Speech House Hotel in the heart of the forest, the course then leaves the road to follow a loop of well maintained forest trails (with gentle inclines) before eventually leading back to the Speech House Hotel for the finish.

This annual event is organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean and supported by the Forestry Commission. Proceeds are used to support charities, both locally and nationally.

We are very grateful for the involvement and support of a host of individual volunteers, together with a number of local organisations who make this event successful; including the Forestry Commission, the Speech House Hotel and the Forest of Dean Motor Club.

If you wish to run in the Royal Forest of Dean Half marathon, you can register your name here.

It matters not if you are a runner or watcher, there are places available st our Forest of Dean Lodges. Relax in comfort, spend a few days with us, or longer, and enjoy the events. We have a varied amount of breaks available. Weekend and health Spa, couples breaks, Yoga and holistic breaks.

Check out the main website and see what we have available for you. Contact us for more information or to book. Remember though; Book now to ensure you get your Lodge.

Royal Forest of Dean Information

No Comments » Written on January 19th, 2018 by
Categories: Forest of Dean Lodges

..Royal Forest of Dean Information – At a Glance

Royal Forest of Dean Information is not hard to come by. Being one of the most beautiful areas of Britain, and indeed, Europe itself, the Royal Forest of Dean is a firm favourite with hundreds of thousands of people. Not all at one, you understand! I don’t suppose you could fit them all in.

Royal Forest of Dean Information

Royal Forest of Dean Information; Its better to be informed beforehand.


The new year, 2018, is well under way and people thoughts turn to their annual holidays or vacations. Blue Monday has passed. (that’s the worst day of the year, calculated as being the second Monday after Christmas). And so people want to look forward, not back.

Forest of Dean lodges, at Coleford, are very popular with visitors to the Royal Forest of Dean. The peaceful beauty of the area and the quaintness of the town are a draw to countless thousands of visitors over the year. People come for all sorts of reasons.

Visitors to the Royal Forest of Dean – What and Where?

And just like anywhere else, if you have never been to a place, you really need to get as much information as possible. It is much better to have that information before you set foot down, rather than waste time looking when you arrive.

Thankfully, modern day living has provided us with the very means to extract information at the push of a few keyboard pads.

Google will tell you everything you would ever want to know about the Royal Forest of Dean information. That is the problem! Just because the information is available, does not mean that it is useful.

Simple search terms will bring up countless thousands of pages of useless information. For instance; I’m sure you don’t want to know what the Forest of Dean District Council voted on last week? Of course you don’t. You want to know where to go, what to see and what to do on a Forest of Dean holiday.

Well, at Forest of Dean Lodges we like to be helpful. So, we have found you an all in one information pack in the shape of the Royal Forest of Dean Tourist Information Guide.

This website is a goldmine of information and its all in one place. If you are looking for such things as visitor activities, then you have got it.

Travel and Useful information? No problem, they have that as well. Take our word for it, they have it all. And, if that cannot satisfy your holiday information needs, we are at your service. Royal Forest of Dean Lodges are here to help.

Book your holiday lodge or cottage with us for the coming season and enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. There is plenty to do and see.

Blue Monday Blues

No Comments » Written on January 15th, 2018 by
Categories: Forest of Dean Lodges

Blue Monday – The most miserable day of the year

 Blue Monday - Forest of Dean Lodges

Blue Monday? You may never have heard of “Blue Monday” but the news channels make sure to mention it; every blooming year.

I was watching SKY News, as one does and there must not have bee much happening in the world, except a massive businnes going bust, landslides and mudslides and of course, Donald Trump putting his foot in it; again!

But no! Forget all of that stuff, Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year was upon us.

So, what exactly is this most miserable of days? It is the second Monday after Christmas, the time you are back in work, when the weather is rotten and all the bills from your Christmas spending drop through the letterbox.

Who thought up Blue Monday?

What a great question. How does one go about deciding which is the worst day of the year? Well, a trip to our old friends Wikipedia will give the answer:

Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation.

I jest ye not, there is a actual mathematical equation to work the whole thing out. variables used are time, weather, travel delays, time doing hobbies etc and even time spent sleeping. You can see the equation in action from this link.

Don-t get too down in the dumps though> there is also an equation for the happiest day of the year. This is generally in June, close to midsummer.

Forest of Dean Lodges: Chase away them Blues.

Yes, we have the best cure for the Monday blues or any time of year blues. Forest of Dean lodges are ideal for a weekend break, short holiday, family holiday and any type of break to revitalise and refresh you.

Choose one of our great lodges and cottages and from all the different types of breaks and holidays we offer. get in touch today and book yourself a bit of happiness. At Forest of Dean Lodges we have our own maths equation for Blue Monday: we chase the blues away.

Contact us today, we’ll be happy to hear from you.

Hugh’s Wild West BBC2

No Comments » Written on January 8th, 2018 by
Categories: Forest of Dean Attractions

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal Forest of Dean

Hugh's Wild West. Forest of Dean Lodges and Wye Valley

Chubby and with stumpy little wings. The Dipper is a great reason to visit the Forest of Dean.

Hugh’s Wild West. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal is one of my favourite TV chef’s-come-presenter. I have watched his programs for many years. He’s a sort of posh hippie.

Many of the tv prgrames he made i8nvolved eating road kill, rummaging about the forest to eat all sorts of weird and wonderful plants, as well as rearing sheep, pigs and goats, to eat, of course.

When I was searching the TV for something to watch, I came across this little gem. “Hugh’s Wild West”. I thought he had gone completely tonto! What did HFW know about the wild west?

I need not have worried. The new series started with a great documentary on the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

Hugh’s Wild West

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores the wildlife of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, the hideaway for some very particular creatures. He becomes captivated by the extraordinary life of the dipper, the UK’s only aquatic songbird. Hugh meets one of his wildlife heroes, the tireless Stephanie Tyler, who has studied these delightful birds for 40 years. With the help of wildlife cameraman Robin Smith, the pair get a privileged insight into the extraordinary underwater agility of these unique birds.

On the river, Hugh takes the chance to relive his childhood, catching minnows in the clear waters of the Wye. And nearby, wildlife enthusiast and IT technician Gareth Jones has rigged his garden with a network of mini cameras to spy on the secret lives of his animal neighbours – and his home movies are more gripping than any soap opera!

The Dipper Bird

I was completely enthralled with the section of the program dedicated to a wonderful little bird called a “Dipper”. A chubby little brown and white coloured bird, rather like a big Robin but with stubby wings more suited for swimming than flying.

If ever there was a reason to visit the Forest of Dean, seeing the Dipper would be high on the list. Almost comical to watch as it dives into the fast flowing streams of the forest and catches dinner for its checks.

Check out this great underwater footage of the Dipper in action.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018 at the Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford. Check out our main website pages for a great lodge or cottage for your holidays or weekend breaks in 2018.

Forest of Dean Lodges Happy New Year 2018

No Comments » Written on December 28th, 2017 by
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From Forest of Dean Lodges Happy New Year 2018 – Lets have a great New Year

Its that time of the year again, the New Year approaches. No doubt we will all be doing similar things that we did last new year? You know; promising ourselves many things.

That diet will start first thing on the 2nd of January! Those cigarettes are going in the bin one minute after midnight! In fact, nearly everyone makes new year resolutions that we really mean to follow through with; but we don’t seem to manage it.

What are the top ten new year resolutions?

There are, of course, hundreds, at least, resolutions that is. However; the top ten are usually the usual suspects, so to speak. I will run you through them and see what ones you will be adopting, one minute after midnight on the 1st of January.

  • Quit Smoking! Oh yes! this is a biggie. If you have never been a smoker, you cannot appreciate what this would mean as far as an achievement is concerned. Quitting the evil weed, for some people, is tantamount to climbing Everest. Often, will power alone cannot help, so, if you know somebody who is trying to quit, give them some encouragement.
  • Lose Weight: Being overweight is bad for your health, you also don’t fit into those clothes you paid so much money for. Losing weight is another huge resolution and, just like the ciggies, it seems like a long, slow, boring process. Many people will go for this one, the gymnasiums will see a spike in membership in January.
  • Spend more time with the family: Far too many of us spend a limited time with our families and friends. This is because, quite often, we are out at work. Needs must when the devil drives. Sometimes we have to do things that we would rather not be doing but, somebody has to do it. Try and make time in 2018 for family and friends.
  • Get out of debt: This is another resolution that comes around every year, just after you have spent too much money on Christmas presents. Debt is a horrible thing and getting rid of debt can be a long, hard process but well worth the pain.
  • Quit Drinking: or, more realistically, drink less. Another one that improves both health and finances. People quite often don’t remember making this particular resolution, they say they must have been drunk when they made it.
New Year resolutions 2018

        Pick a card, any card! In fact, take a few. Which ones will you be picking?

More New Year Resolutions?

Oh Yes, five more of the top ten to go. Have you spotted your particular ball and chain for 2018? No? Well, lets look at some more.

  • Enjoy Life More: Yes, a surprising one this. Everyone would like to enjoy life more, I’m sure of that. Why then do we wait for the new year before expressing this wish? Perhaps because it really is a new start, a watershed even. Best of luck with that one.
  • Learn Something New: Many people would love to take up a new hobby, travel more, learn to play a musical instrument, jump out of an aeroplane and such like. New Year is the time to promise ourselves all these things.
  • Help Others: Some folk come over all philanthropistic at this time of the year. The sudden urge to make the planet a better place and improve the lives of our fellow man or the animals that roam upon it. The urge is great, however, quite often, this is fueled by the drink and ciggies.
  • Get my life together: get organised. Clear out that shed, redecorate the house, apply for a new job, the list is endless. The need to reorganize ones life at new year can be a great incentive to actually do it. Good luck!
  • Bucket List: All those things you want to see and do before the grim reaper pays you a visit, write them down. This is a bucket list. Some people only start theirs when they think time is limited. others because they are scared they’ll forget and miss something. Swim with Dolphins, see the Taj Mahal, climb Everest, get a tattoo, the list is endless.

That will be enough, for now. How many of the above resolutions will you be breaking this new year?

One resolution you should make, the one about spending more time with the family? Why not do that and bring them to our Forest of Dean lodges in 2018? This will also cover the resolution for enjoying yourself more. Don’t wait, don’t add it to your bucket list, book a Forest of Dean lodge for 2018, we will be delighted to see you.

Until then, from all at the Forest of Dean Lodges; HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

December Weather Forest of Dean Lodges

No Comments » Written on December 11th, 2017 by
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December Weather for the Forest of Dean Lodges

December weather? This December has been a little bit different all over the UK. Suddenly, and without as much as a by-your-leave, the whole country is eyeballs deep in pure white, crispy snow.

December weather Forest of Dean Lodges

       A picture paints a thousand words. The Royal Forest of Dean in Winter


To most people, this would constitute a real bummer. trouble getting to work and back, or trouble just getting anywhere! The kids can’t get to school, you can’t get to the shops.

The car gets stuck, frozen and covered in that horrible mucky slush, snow mixed with gritting salt. Its horrible, isn’t it?

Well, not exactly; no!

The Forest of Dean in Winter

One of the most beautiful places anywhere in Europe is the Royal Forest of Dean. Spring, summer, Autumn or winter you are sure to find the natural beauty of the forest. Winter can be a real bonus. When it does snow in the Royal Forest of Dean you are treated to a masterpiece of natural art.

Nothing can quite match the fantastic landscape when the forest is covered in Snow. Trees of all shapes and sizes take on new patterns, the rivers cut through the white ground like silver blades through marzipan. The Forest is asleep, covered in a beautiful duvet of natures own making.

Photographers and painters are in paradise, literally; dramatic photographs and canvasses are created by people who admire nature and its wonders.

Snowfall in the Forest of Dean means a different thing altogether. Its pure, unblemished and easy on the eye.

Now is the time for a great weekend break in the Royal Forest of Dean. Check out the wonderful Kensley Lodge and the great offer for a Christmas break. Take advantage of this great offer to enjoy the wonders of nature, not to mention the Hot Tubs, Yoga, couples breaks, heath Spa and much more.

Treat yourself to a well deserved Christmas break in the Royal Forest of Dean. I’ve found a great weather website for the Dean Forest and Wye valley area, you can check whats going to be there when you do. hail, rain, sunshine or snow, visit the beautiful Dean Forest.