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Autumn and Winter Deals in the Forest of Dean

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Autumn and Winter Deals in the Forest of Dean

Autumn and Winter Deals in the Forest of Dean

Autumn Winter Breaks Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley are beautiful Autumn and Winter.


There is more to an annual holiday than a summer break. We live in a modern world and long gone are the days when a town or village would shut down en mass for a two week period. Places such as Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria would literally empty and head off in coaches to Blackpool and beyond.

Working lives have changed and so have working practices and so we have to adapt. For this reason, the Forest of Dean is the ideal all year round holiday.

At our Forest of Dean Lodges and Cottages, we have the accommodation to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, with the most comfortable furnishings ad the best natural views and location anywhere in Europe.

What is more, you can also bring your family pet as we are pet friendly.

Autumn and Winter Breaks

The range of holidays and breaks on offer at Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford are available all year round. We have couples breaks, breaks with hot tubs, health and beauty breaks and lots more besides. It is always a good idea to on our main website.

If you are thinking of an autumn or winter break in the Forest of Dean and Wye valley, then why not contact us and see what we have to offer you. It is also a good idea to book your autumn or winter break early to avoid disappointment. We are available to answer your questions and offer any advice you may need.

We look forward to seeing you and your pets here, at Coleford, in the beautiful Forest of Dean any time of the year.

Please contact us at any time.


Forest of Dean Weddings 2019

No Comments » Written on June 5th, 2018 by
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Forest of Dean Weddings 2019

Forest of Dean Weddings 2019

Forest of Dean Weddings

How romantic a location can you get? Forest of Dean Weddings. Thanks to Capture This Moment


Having a wedding in the Forest of Dean in 2019 sounds really wonderful. Its something that is becoming ever more popular, especially with people who are on the side of mother earth and those who want something more historically traditional.

OK, having your “normal” wedding is cool, the church/ registrar, wedding dress, suited and booted grooms. But, “a special day” is a really a special day and a little imagination can go a long way.

What got me onto this line of thought was the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markel. I was out to tell the world and his wife all about the Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford and how it would be a fantastic weekend to book in and watch the wedding from there, in great style and comfort.

It was then that it dawned on me that Forest Of Dean Lodges had nothing on the website about wedding receptions, services or Forest of Dean honeymoons.

So, I did a little bit of research on Google and was astonished to find that the weddings ceremony in the forest of Dean was very popular and that there were many places offering weddings services,wedding receptions and even honeymoons in Dean Forest.

Can you host a wedding at Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford?

Weddings in the Forest of Dean

As elegant as any church isle and a Clematis covered Pergola for your service.


Yes! Of course, was the answer From Erica Hastings, the owner of Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. When I explained what I had in mind, Erica told me she would send me all the information I need. I will update this post as soon as I get that.

Meanwhile, while I have my thinking hat on, there is, in Coleford, a company that goes by the name of Designed for Beauty, they can do the hair, make-up, tanning and anything else you could think of that goes into the mix for that perfect wedding.

Other Forest of Dean Weddings venues

  • Bells Hotel. Lords Hill, Coleford.
  • Blaisdon Hall.
  • Clearwell Castle.
  • Forest Hills Golf Club.
  • Perrygrove Railway.
  • The Belfry Hotel.
  • The Speech House Hotel.
  • The Wilderness Centre.

If you are planning to have your destination wedding in the Forest of Dean, then why not contact us and see what we can offer you. For those who don’t know what a ‘Destination wedding’ is; A destination wedding is a ceremony held more than 100 miles from the brides home.

You must have seen or even heard of people going to far flung places to get married? well, that is called a destination wedding and the Forest of Dean is as exotic a place to get married as anywhere outside the UK.

Before you make any hard decisions, please, speak to Forest of Dean Lodges and see what we can arrange for your special day.

Registration Office & Licences

The legal side of a wedding day is the job of the Gloucestershire Registration Services. These are the people who can help and advise you with the legal requirements for weddings and other official events.

Gloucester Registration Services have a great FAQ’s page on their website that dals with th most often asked questions. So, if there is something you need to know, check out the FAQ’s page first.

If that doesn’t get what you are looking for, there is a Help & Advice page. If all else fails, you can contact them via email or telephone. For the Forest of Dean Registration office at Cinderford, you can contact them here.

Forest of Dean Self Catering Holidays 2019

No Comments » Written on April 8th, 2018 by
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Forest of Dean Self Catering Holidays 2019

The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is a great place for a holiday in a self catering cottage or lodge. Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford has the very best in self catering holiday cottages and lodges. There is also a great range of breaks, days out, vacations and services available.

 Royal Forest of Dean Cycling Club

Royal Dean Forest Cycling Club out for a ride.

For instance; Couples breaks with hot tubs, Holistic breaks, health and beauty weekends, Spa breaks and, as well as more of that, you can also take your pet with you. Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford is pet friendly.

About The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean or The Royal Forest of Dean?, it matters not if you use the prefix “Royal” because everyone knows there is only one Forest of Dean. Which is a pity?

The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire, England. It forms a roughly triangular plateau bounded by the River Wye to the west and northwest. Herefordshire to the north, the River Severn to the south, and the City of Gloucester to the east.

The area is characterised by more than 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) of mixed woodland, one of the surviving ancient woodlands in England.

A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest. Although the name is used loosely to refer to the part of Gloucestershire between the Severn and Wye, the Forest of Dean proper has covered a much smaller area since medieval times. In 1327 it was defined to cover only the royal demesne and parts of parishes within the hundred of St Briavels,[1] and after 1668 comprised the royal demesne only. The Forest proper is within the civil parishes of West Dean, Lydbrook, Cinderford, Ruspidge, and Drybrook, together with a strip of land in the parish of English Bicknor.

Forest of Dean Work

Traditionally the main sources of work have been forestry – including charcoal production – iron working and coal mining. Archaeological studies have dated the earliest use of coal to Roman times for domestic heating and industrial processes such as the preparation of iron ore.

The area gives its name to the local government district, Forest of Dean, and a parliamentary constituency, both of which cover wider areas than the historic Forest. The administrative centre of the local authority is Coleford, one of the main towns in the historic Forest area, together with Cinderford and Lydney.

Forest of Dean and the Holiday Industry

The Forest of Dean is a very special place for hundreds of thousands of holiday makers over many generations. The very nature of the Forest itself is enough to attract people from all walks of life to this beautiful and idyllic part of the United Kingdom.

It is no wonder people flock here. The forest is beautiful, dramatic, colourful and ever changing with the passing seasons. It is a firm favourite for photographers who want that perfect shot, artists who seek inspiration, walkers, cycle riders, bird watchers and many more outdoor activities. You can also bring your pet with you, how nice is that.

Self catering holidays in the Dean Forest are a great option. With a self catering cottage or lodge, you have the freedom of movement not afforded you with hotels or resorts.

If you would like to spend some time in the Forest of Dean, then contact us at Forest of Dean Lodges and we will be happy to make sure you have a holiday to remember.

Self Catering Cottages Forest of Dean

No Comments » Written on April 4th, 2018 by
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Self Catering Cottages Forest of Dean

Self Catering Cottages Forest of Dean – Self Catering Holidays in the Forest of Dean

Self Catering Cottages - self catering Forest of DeanCottages

Self catering cottages or self catering lodges? People call things by different names but, in the end, you are talking more or less about the same thing. Forest of Dean holiday cottages at Coleford are an exceptional way to enjoy a summer holiday, short break or one of our many special type of breaks. Such as couples weekends with hot tubs?

The great things about the Forest of Dean cottages self catering holidays are many fold.

Why self catering Cottages?

Well, if you are the type of person who dotes on their pets then this is for you. At Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford, Monmouthshire, we are pet friendly. Yes! You can enjoy your summer holiday, winter break, couples weekends or whatever and still be with your pet. Pets are not just allowed in our Cottages and Lodges, they are welcome!

The Dean Forest is the best place in the world for a holiday with your pets. The great outdoors is where dogs like to be and it also gives the pets owners a great excuse for some extra exercise.

Self catering gives you the freedom of movement. There can be nothing worse than having to abide by a hotel or resort timetable. There are plenty of places close to our cottages in Coleford to stock up on supplies, you won’t have to waste time routing out shops.

You come and go as you please and you are free to visit anywhere around the Wye Valley that takes your fancy.

Please, check out our main web pages and see what we have to offer you as far as self catering holidays in the Forest of Dean goes. Our cottages are beautifully furnished, clean and comfortable. The Dean Forest is one of the most beautiful natural treasures anywhere in the world.

The added bonus? With countries in Europe calling on travel strikes (at the time of writing, France is calling on 36 days of disruptions), your holidays in the UK won’t be affected. There is nothing worst than your long awaited vacation running into industrial disputes.

Take no chances, check out our website or call us today and book yourself a beautiful self catering cottage in the Forest of Dean.

Saint Patrick’s Day Breaks 2019

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Saint Patrick’s Day Breaks 2019

Saint Patrick’s Day Breaks in the Forest of Dean

Saint Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

Duke of Cambridge, Saint Patrick's Day Irish Guards

HRH Duke of Cambridge is the Colonel in Chief of the Irish Guards

March 17th is a long anticipated date in the calendar for millions of people. Not just the Irish, oh no! New York, Liverpool, Dublin Perth and a thousand other cities hold Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Even the British Army have Saint Patricks Day parades. Regiments such as The Irish Guards parade with Shamrock presented to them by a member of the Royal Family. They are then given the rest of the day off.

No matter where you go, you wont be too far from an Irishman of some shade of green and, you can bet, it will be a great day.

Saint Patrick’s Day in the Forest of Dean 2019

The best way to enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day is to prepare before you start. make sure you have suitable accommodation beforehand. We have special deals in the Forest of Dean Lodges and we will be happy to make sure you have a luxury cottage or lodge, if you book early that is.

You might also want to fi¡nd out what is on and where. A great source of information for anything happening in the Forest of Dean is the Wye Valley Tourist Site.

There is a great night to be had, starting at 18:00hrs at a place called the Brewery Tap. This is a full on Irish Night for Saint Patrick’s Day frivolity. See the Hillside Brewery at Hollybush Farm for more details.

There will be more places hosting these events, so, check on Google and make sure you contact us to book your lodge or cottage.

Your all welcome.


Mothers Day Offers Forest of Dean 2019

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Mothers Day Offers Forest of Dean 2019

Mothers Day in the Forest of Dean Lodges

Mothers Day Forest of Dean 2018

Celebrate Mothers Day in Forest of Dean lodges

Mothers Day UK falls on Sunday March 31st

We all celebrate the day but do we know anything about it? Mothers Day and its traditions stretch back to 1908. A simple of Google will give you the details, should you be interested to know the history of Mother’s Day. I “borrowed” this, just in case.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family. As well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. The most commonly in the months of March or May.

I took a look at the main Wikipedia article on Mothers Day and I was amazed at how little I knew about it. I thought this was some long held pagan holiday but, as usual, I was wrong.

We have a lady called Anna Jarvis to thank for Mother’s Day, she held a memorial to her mother in St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. This is the very same place you will find the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

That’s the history lesson over with. But it is nice to know these facts. After all; one never knows when one will be asked a Mother’s Day related question in a pub quiz, does one?

Mothers Day Celebrations Forest of Dean 2019

Now, the lovely people at Forest of Dean Lodges, which are in Coleford, Gloucestershire, they have asked me to tell all who will listen that Mother’s Day in the Forest of Dean is a superb way to treat mum.

Not only is it a beautiful place for a holiday but the Forest of Dean Lodges also have mini-breaks, health and fitness breaks. There are couples breaks and a range of other long term and short term breaks and stays.

While your staying in one of these Forest of Dean lodges or cottages, you can also pop down to the Designed for Beauty Salon and treat your mother to a makeover or some other great beauty treatments they have available.

Imagine your mum’s face when you she pulls up to a Forest Retreat that also offers Spa and Beauty treatments?

There is a special Mother’s Day package that cost a miserable £37.50 consisting of a Hot Tub, Hydrating Hands and Fabulous Feet.

That beats the hell out of a bunch of flowers and costs about the same.

Treat your mum like a queen this Mother’s Day, take her to the Royal Forest of Dean.

Dog Friendly Cottages Forest of Dean Lodges

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Dog Friendly Cottages Forest of Dean Lodges

Dog Friendly Cottages in the Forest of Dean – Your dog is as welcome as you are to Forest of Dean Lodges.

Pet Friendly Cottages in the Forest of Dean

Could you leave your pet behind and go on holiday? No, of course not.

Dog friendly cottages in the Forest of Dean ensure that you and your best friend have a great holiday together. We’ve all been in that situation. You want to go on holiday but there are several good reasons not to. Your dog and his welfare sometimes prevent you from having the holiday you want.

The biggest problem is not the cost of boarding kennels, although it is a factor. If, like me, you had a dog who had separation anxiety, you would understand. My dog would howl like wolf, sometimes for days, if he was separated from us.

Dog Friendly Cottages – One good reason to take them with you.

Their dogs might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig or try to escape. Usually, right after a guardian leaves a dog with separation anxiety, the dog will begin barking and displaying other distress behaviors within a short time after being left alone-often within minutes. see more.

This was my dog all over. Its as distressing for the owner as it is for the pet.

This is one of the reasons why we at Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford allow you to bring your pets on holiday with you.

Having your dog on holiday with you is priceless. It also cuts out any worries you might have about leaving them behind. Your dog is as welcome on our Forest cottages and lodges as you are.

As I mentioned above; there is also the cost of boarding kennels. These days, even a minute Chihuahua will cost you a fortune to be put up in a boarding kennels. Some kennels are cheaper than others but 36 pounds per day is about average for a good boarding kennels. That is for one dog!

So, forget the separation from your best friend, forget the sky high boarding fees. Bring your dog with you to our Forest of Dean cottages and we will spoil him as much as we spoil you.

The other great bonus? He has the whole of the Forest of Dean as his playground. You will both have a great holiday. If you need any more information, please contact us.

2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

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When is the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is very popular and finding accommodation can be a real challenge.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup will be held on Friday 16th of March. As we all know, this is the day before St. Patrick’s Day. So, you can expect a happy weekend from those Irish jockeys.

You may know, or not know, that the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup will be held not very from our Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. A quick look on Google maps will show you how close we are to Cheltenam. 27.3 miles from Coleford in the Forest of Dean to the Cheltenam racecourse. You can be there in well under an hour by car.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

According to our friends at Wikipedia, the Cheltenam Gold Cup is the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 m), and during its running there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Horse Racing is a very popular sport, after all, it is the “Sport of Kings” and HM Queen is a great patron. The Cheltenam Festival is a very popular event and accommodation can be hard to find.

Our Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford make it ideal for this sporting event. We are far enough away to avoid mass crowds and traffic but close enough to attend the festival on a daily basis. This way, you get the best of both worlds.

Over the 4 days of the Cheltenham Festival, there are expected to be over 260,000 visitors. As you can imagine, the accommodation will not hang around.

For this reason alone, check out our Forest of Dean accommodation and book yourself in for the whole of the festival. Nobody likes to miss out on this fantastic sporting event. You might also want to stay longer and celebrate St. Patrick’s day in the Forest of Dean as well. You are more than welcome.


No Comments » Written on February 18th, 2018 by
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School holiday dates Wales 2018 Forest of Dean Lodges

School holiday dates are very important dates to know. Just ask any school kid.

Wales School Holiday dates are very important dates. Who says so? well, the school kids for a start.

There has been arguments over many years about taking children out of school for holidays during the term. This can lead to prosecution, in some cases. There have even been long, drawn out, court cases where parents have challenged the policy of taking their children out of school during official school terms.

Parents who are going abroad for their holidays face hikes in prices for foreign travel. Sometimes the prices are hiked so high, people can’t afford a trip abroad during the summer holiday breaks. This leads to some decisions that are conflicting with the law.

So, it is important to plan ahead. Check out the school holiday breaks for Wales and then check out our Royal Forest of Dean Lodges for those periods. Plan ahead and book ahead, that way you won’t be disappointed.

School Holiday Periods 2018

  • February (spring) half term 9 Feb – 23 Feb 2018
  • Easter holiday 23 Mar – 13 Apr 2018
  • Summer half term 25 May – 1 June 2018
  • Summer holiday 20 July – 3 Sept 2018
  • October half term 19 Oct – 4 Nov 2018
  • Christmas and New Year 2018-1921  Dec – 2 Jan 2019

Bank Holidays 2018

  • 30 March 2018 – Good Friday
  • 2 April 2018 – Easter Monday
  • 7 May 2018 – May Day
  • 28 May 2018 – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 27 Aug 2018 – Summer Bank Holiday

There are many links from where you can get information on school holidays 2018. here, for example, is another great website that parents will find helpful when planning their Forest holidays.

Often, you may find variations in school holidays from county to county and country to country. The great thing about the Internet is access of information.

If you live in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you will need to check with your local council for holiday terms. There is a government website for England and Wales that has a post code search for school holiday terms. Follow this link.

Latimer Lodge

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Inside Forest of Dean Lodges

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.