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Castlemain Mill Holiday Cottages

4.9 (130 reviews)
Castlemain Mill Castlemain Parkend, Lydney
Tel: 01594 563479
Relax in our warm, clean, extremely comfortable and well equipped stone cottages with everything needed to make a perfect holiday all year round. Idyllic location in village of Parkend which is surrounded by beautiful forest and home to RSPB Nagshead, the steam trains at Dean Forest Railway, two pubs and a village shop. Perfect for cycling, walking, birdwatching and exploring the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Wales. These self-catering cottages have been sympathetically renovated to a high standard by the owners who live in Castlemain Mill on the same site. Castlerag and Horse Gin are converted from workshops/stables and are among the earliest buildings in Parkend. They are named after old coal mines in the immediate vicinity as the main house was previously the offices of the Parkend Deep Navigation Collieries Ltd. Secure cycle storage for each cottage so bring your bike to explore the many cycle trails around and the Verderer's or Freeminer trails are only a 15 mins warm up ride away.

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Horse Gin

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Horse Gin is a fully equipped self catering stone cottage with mezzanine bedr... more >

Horse Gin is a fully equipped self catering stone cottage with mezzanine bedroom which sleeps two in a quality Warren Evans double bed and has the option of converting the downstairs lounge futon into another double bed. In the bedroom there is a chest of drawers, 2 bedside drawer units and a hanging rail.Room Facilities:

  • Slow Cooker
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cafetiere
  • Wi-Fi
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Microwave
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Television
  • LCD/Plasma Television

Castlerag

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Castlerag is a fully equipped self catering single storey stone cottage which... more >

Castlerag is a fully equipped self catering single storey stone cottage which sleeps two in a double bedroom with a quality Warren Evans bed and the option of converting the lounge futon into another double bed. En-suite facilities are provided from the bedroom with a large shower, toilet, wash basin, heated towel rail and LED illuminated mirror with shaver point. In the bedroom there are 2 bedside drawer units and a wardrobe.Room Facilities:

  • Slow Cooker
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cafetiere
  • Wi-Fi
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Microwave
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Television
  • LCD/Plasma Television

Facilities

  • Laundry facility - free
  • Cycle Sheds
  • 4 Pubs - nearby
  • Bicycle rental - nearby
  • Mountain Bike trails - nearby
  • Patio seating
  • Dog Friendly (up to 2 @ £15 per stay)
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Café / Restaurant (nearby)
  • Garden For Residents' Use
  • Hiking
  • Shop (nearby)
  • Wi-Fi

Policies

Check In: Between 15:30 and 23:00
Check Out: Between 0:00 and 10:30
Wi-fi: Wireless internet is available and is free of charge.
Smoking: There is no smoking permitted anywhere within the property.
Parking: Parking for all guests is available on site and is free of charge.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Pets: Pets are allowed at a charge of £15.00 per stay.
Groups: Groups are accepted up to a maximum of 4 people. No stag and hen groups.

Average

4.9
out of 5
130 reviews

100% recommend

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5
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28th August 2019:

A wonderful stay , very welcoming and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be visiting again.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for such a lovely review. It was great to meet you all and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill. Elaine and Tony

5
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14th June 2019:

A very friendly welcome to a delightful cottage on the edge of the forest. Very light and airy with comfortable seating and a well fitted kitchen area. Good sized bathroom with excellent shower. Very comfortable bedroom on the mezzanine floor. Ideally located for the Dean Forest Railway.

Tips:

Tesco supermarket in Lydney not far away. Enjoyed a visit to Taurus Crafts with good café and some interesting shopping outlets. Dean Forest Railway a must and well worth a walk down to Lydney Harbour for views of the Bristol Channel.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill and the Dean Forest Railway Steam Weekend. Elaine and Tony

5
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10th June 2019:

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review. It is always a pleasure to welcome you back to Castlemain Mill. Elaine and Tony

5
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31st May 2019:

Absolutely loved our stay, perfect location and setting. Tony and Elaine are fantastic with local knowledge and ever so friendly! Thank you for such a great stay.

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The Park run at Coleford was great fun and really friendly. The Miners at Sling was fantastic food.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
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20th May 2019:

Great place to see lots of wildlife! Could just walk into the forest from the door.

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Enjoy the forest and nature.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review. It was lovely to see you again and we are so pleased you managed to see the wild boar etc on this visit. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

27th April 2019:

Very helpful and friendly when I arrived and throughout my stay

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thanks for a great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
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17th April 2019:

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

25th March 2019:

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The property adjoins a main road and there is some traffic noise especially during the morning rush.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are so pleased that you were able to experience the first 5* Severn Bore of the year and hope to see you again. The roads in the forest are being resurfaced and when combined with the current forest logging program there is more traffic than usual going through the village due to the diversions in place. This should all be finished soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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25th March 2019:

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and it was lovely to meet you both while you were working in the area. Elaine and Tony

5
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17th March 2019:

Lovely Forest location. The cottages are beautifully-renovated, clean and high quality. Tony and Elaine, the on-site owners, could not be more friendly and helpful. We re planning to come back in June/July. What a find!

Tips:

Great Forest walks, especially to The Rising Sun and The Miners Arms. The Woodman is an excellent pub, serving great food and The Fountain is also definitely worth a visit. We re planning to take a ride on the steam train from Parkend station when we return in the summer.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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25th February 2019:

Another fantastic stay at Castlemain Mill - only complaint is we wished we had stayed another day :o)

Tips:

Lovely meal at the Fountain in the village. The bacon rolls at the village Post Office cafe are amazing. Great area for cycling and walking.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review. It is always a pleasure to welcome you to Castlemain Mill and your recommendation about the bacon rolls will be passed on! Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

20th February 2019:

Our cottage was well equipped and immaculately clean with many thoughtful touches - homemade muffins, biscuits and jam were lovely surprises together with the promised milk, tea, coffee, sugar and other grocery necessities. Heating of rooms and water was first class, helpful hosts also respected our privacy.

Tips:

We had wonderful meals at the Woodman and Fountain Inns as well as takeaway fish and chips at Frydays in Bream - all generous proportions and delicious. So many things to do locally and a great drive to Hay-on-Wye for booklovers!

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill and thanks for lots of suggestions for future visitors. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

16th February 2019:

As welcoming as ever.

Tips:

Lots of lovely woodland walks straight from Cadtlemain. Abundant birdlife.

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Owner Response:

It was lovely to see you again and we look forward to your next visit. Elaine and Tony

5
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29th December 2018:

Wonderful stay. Location amazing for the forest, great local pub and hosts very friendly. Highly recommended

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review. It was great to meet you all and we are really pleased you had a lovely Christmas with all the family. Elaine and Tony

5
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27th December 2018:

We received a warm welcome from Elaine and Tony on our arrival and they were most helpful and kind throughout our stay.They are very knowledgeable about the local area and its history, with lots of information available at the cottage.

Tips:

We enjoyed an excellent meal at the Woodman Inn, but make sure you book! The location allows you to explore the forest on foot or bike directly from the cottage. Gloucester Cathedral is certainly worth a visit with free voluntary guides who will tailor the tour as required.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill. We have added your recommendation about Gloucester Cathedral to the activity suggestions information sheet in the cottages. Best wishes for a happy 2019. Elaine and Tony

5
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19th November 2018:

Beautiful cottage, very cosy and clean. Elaine and her husband were really helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend these cottages.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed the cottage and the birthday celebrations. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

26th September 2018:

Lovely, warm welcome from Elaine & Tony, with tasty home made treats to greet us. Great hosts with that perfect balance of a helpful but discrete presence.

Tips:

This is the perfect location for mountain biking/ walking & exploring the forest. Local shop/ cafe/ pub all super friendly & within walking distance.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Forest of Dean. We agree that Parkend is a very friendly village and so close to lots of activities. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

23rd September 2018:

Fantastic cottage, with everything you need. The treats left in the cottage were lovely especially the cakes. Elaine & Tony were excellent in their advice of places to visit and eat. Also Izzy the golden retriever made our holiday perfect.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for such a super review. We loved having you here and Izzy really enjoyed chilling out with you. We are really pleased you had a great stay in the Forest of Dean. Elaine and Tony

5
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10th September 2018:

We appreciated the large,enclosed garden for our dog who can be a bit of an escapologist.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review and we are really pleased that you had a successful trip to catch up with family. We hope to see you again next year. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

4th September 2018:

Loved our stay at Castlemaine it’s really is home from home to us and our hosts could not me more accommodating. We will return.

Tips:

Both the village pubs are good for food and provide varied ambiance one being very traditional the other more modern in style. Both offer a warm welcome and not to be missed is the small but quaint coffee stop at the local village post office/provisions store. On both our last two stays we have been treated to a nostalgic day with the Forest of Dean steam railway which is a short walk from Castlemaine.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another super review. We love your visits and always find out more about the history of Parkend. It would be great to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

23rd August 2018:

Fantastic hosts .. super welcoming and very helpful, made us fell at home from the off

Tips:

30 seconds and your in the forest.pub just down the road doing good food and loads to do locally.. I just put Google maps on and clicked explore this area.. easy.. beautiful area

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thank you for a fantastic review and we are so pleased you had a great stay. We agree that Parkend really is the ideal location for exploring everything in the Forest of Dean. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
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3rd August 2018:

Excellent cottage and marvellous value for money. Elaine and Tony were very helpful friendly and considerate. There is a lot of attention to detail to make your stay comfortable and the welcome pack was a real bonus.This is a wonderful location with wildlife all around you and easy access to some great walks. We loved Izzie coming in to say hello each day and she is a really calming influence. We would not stay anywhere else in the forest.

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The Fountain Inn was really welcoming and we soon got chatting to the regulars.The beer was good and we had an excellent Sunday roast there.The Woodman's definitely focussed on visitors, and whilst the food was excellent, the beer was average but there was a local cider on tap which we did not try because it was sweet. An easy walk away is the Rising Sun and we included this in a walk to Mallard Pike. Recommend Monmouth Tintern Abbey and Symonds Yat as a day out in the glorious Wye Valley.With an early start you can get to Chepstow as well.Beware of shortest routes some roads are interesting if you are not used to single track roads and steep gradients. Dean Forest Railway was disappointing running a diesel. We were sold a day rover but the service was so poor we could not benefit from it. If you have children the minature railway at Perrygrove or the Museum at Coleford are a better prospect.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting this fantastic review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill and it was lovely getting to know you all. Izzy certainly misses her new friends. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

4.5
out of 5

3rd July 2018:

The cottage had everything we needed to make us feel at home. Lovely welcome pack and selection of games on offer. We did have a small spider family who also wanted to share the bathroom! Great BBQ and outdoor area. Lovely walk down to the local pubs. Very friendly reception, and helpful throughout with great local knowledge.

Tips:

Great beer gardens at both the Fountain Inn and Woodman and we had a nice meal at the Woodman. Lovely walks and views over at Symonds Yat.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting a great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the update about the spiders which we do constantly check for but in a stone building and the weather at the moment they can appear overnight from hidden places. Great recommendations for both village pubs and walks around Symonds Yat. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
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21st June 2018:

Clean, very well equipped, nothing missed. Even has a slow cooker! All basics such as tea, coffee, milk, condiments supplied. Attention to detail regarding what you may need is available. Outdoor area includes BBQ's and coals, utensils etc. I have self catered for many years, the thought put into the cottage is second to none!

Tips:

Pubs on the doorstep providing good food. Two cafes and a shop providing more than the average groceries etc. Takeaway delivery available. Supermarkets within a short drive. The information packs and leaflets regarding the local area are readily available. Woodland and river walks on your doorstep, literally. Perfect location.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. It was great meeting you and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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15th June 2018:

Friendly, warm welcome which continued throughout our stay. The "goodies" in the kitchen were delightful. The whole stay although short was amazing. We would certainly return again.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review. It was lovely to meet you and we are really pleased everything went well. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

4
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11th June 2018:

It was good to have an area of garden with provision for us to sit out and view wildlife, especially birds. Gentle friendly dog.

Tips:

For those interested in the history of the Forest of Dean the Forest of Dean Heritage Centre is worth a visit.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are pleased you enjoyed watching the wildlife in the garden. We agree that the Dean Heritage Centre is an excellent place to find out the history of the area. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

8th June 2018:

An attractive cottage very well equipped as regards kitchen equipment and consumables, books and tourist information. I particularly appreciated Elaine's delicious home baking and the interesting book on the history of Parkend. The garden furniture was ideal for al fresco relaxation on warm sunny evenings. Elaine and Tony were very welcoming and always available to provide assistance and information.

Tips:

There are plenty of easy forest walks in the area. Bring an Ordnance Survey 1:25000 map OL14 with you - the map in the cottage is mounted on the wall and so for reference only.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We're really pleased your mining conference went well and that you got to see the boar and deer on your walks through the forest. Elaine and Tony

5
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29th May 2018:

Our second stay at Castlemain, took friends with us and they loved it too. We will be returning again for sure. Tony and Elaine are fabulous hosts in a beautiful setting. BBQ & Chiminea are perfect ways to enjoy an evening sat outside. They think of everything to make your stay a reall treat. Can't recommend enough.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another fantastic review. It was great that you brought your friends with you and showed them the delights of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. We love the way you make use of all our facilities and get to experience the forest lifestyle. See you next time. Elaine and Tony

5
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9th May 2018:

Fantastic stay all of us enjoyed ourselves. The cottage was lovely and clean. Really enjoyed the muffins shortbread and the other home made products. We enjoyed playing the games provided in the cottage. Have already recommended you to my work friends and family. Hope to stay with you again.

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We didn’t venture away from the cottage much as the forest behind the cottage kept us entertained looking for deer and boar.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. It was great to meet you all and we are really pleased you found the cottage so well equipped and enjoyed the forest location. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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5th May 2018:

Lovely well equipped cottage, we enjoyed all the goodies, lemon drizzle muffins, biscuits and plum jam.

Tips:

Beautiful drive down the Wye Valley, the bluebells were just coming out. Lots of different walks to do, we always visit the stained glass which hangs in the trees, near the Speech House.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review. It was lovely to see you both again on your latest visit to the forest. Elaine and Tony

5
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8th April 2018:

Have stayed here 4 times now and back in October. Brilliant Tony & Elaine make you more than welcome and are always helpful.

Tips:

Woodman pub recently reopened, good food but still needs TLC as can be a little noisey! Dog Friendly Rising Sun good food. Dog friendly. Dean Forest Cycles.Coffee, Cake etc. Dog Friendy. Heritage Railway rides 2 minute walk. Family Cycle ride trail nearby. Post office/shop 2 minute walk.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review with lots of advice for future guests. We are always pleased to see you and look forward to your next visit in October. Elaine and Tony

5
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20th March 2018:

Elaine and Tony are exemplary hosts. Our fourth visit was as great as the previous three. The Horse Gig was so cosy in the snow.

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Walk, or cycle, the old railway lines to Coleford or Cannop. The Fountain Inn serves good pub meals.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thanks for another fantastic review. It was amazing that you had to postpone your trip because of 'The beast from the East' only to get snow again two weeks later while you were staying in the forest. It really is a special location when there is snow.

5
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8th January 2018:

We had a very pleasant stay. Elaine and Tony were very helpful, and the welcome pack that was waiting for us when we arrived was very much appreciated after a long journey. If we return to the area then I will certainly book the cottage again.

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We were only in the area for a short stay and for a specific event. There were many nice walks; however, we weren't in the area long enough to appreciate them all.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are very pleased that the course went well and that you enjoyed the area. We look forward to seeing you all again. Elaine and Tony

5
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3rd January 2018:

We really enjoyed our stay and Elaine and Tony were excellent hosts. It gave us that Home to Home feeling. Fully recommend this venue especially if you have active intentions great walks and bike rides await.

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The information book complied by Elaine provides all the information you require regarding the local facilities etc

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Owner Response:

Thank you for the terrific review. It was really good to meet you and a time for you to catch up with all your friends and relatives. We look forward to seeing you again in the summer. Elaine and Tony

5
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31st December 2017:

Faultless + Flawless = Fantastic Great property for families. couples and friends. The accommodation is ideally located to access the Cannop Cycle Centre, Symonds Yat, Monmouth, various walking trails and more obscure trails for both walkers and cyclists. To put it simply, the owners could not be more polite and helpful! And I am about to book another stay.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thank you for a super review. It was a pleasure meeting you all and we were impressed that you managed to fit so much into your short stay. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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29th October 2017:

The cottage was lovely and welcoming, with delicious homemade jam and biscuits. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.

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Brilliant location, can cycle straight from the door to the cycle centre, mostly off road. There is a short section of road, our 5 and 7 year olds safely cycled on the pavement next to it. The kids loved puzzlewood and clearwell caves, both of which are nearby. Lots of choice for eating out nearby, or kitchen is well equipped if self catering is preferred.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for such a fantastic review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you have already booked again for next year! The tips will be very useful for future guests. Elaine and Tony

5
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20th October 2017:

Another fantastic stay in Horse Gin, thank you for making us feel so welcome. The welcome jam, cakes and shortbread were delicious and are a very kind touch. We love the bright and airy feel that you get in Horse Gin due to the large window and mezzanine. Our 3 year old loved being able to enjoy the shared garden and liked trying to give Izzy cuddles!

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We really like that you can cycle from the cottages to the Cannop cycle centre, entirely off road apart from through Parkend. The cycle centre has great Mountain Bike trails and a good cafe. We also experienced the steam railway journey from Parkend, our 3 year old thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another fantastic review. It was great having you stay again and Izzy loves her cuddles. We agree that it is easy to cycling to Cannop cycle centre and with a separate bike store for each cottage you can safely lock your bikes away when you try out other activities in the area. Elaine and Tony

5
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19th October 2017:

Fantastic all round - many thanks!

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Plenty of great, local walks and more

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post such a fantastic review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in the forest and hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

4.8
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14th October 2017:

Welcoming, friendly, very helpful. We had all we needed for a short stay.

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Walking/cycling the forest trails on the doorstep. Symonds Yat and River Wye walks Forest of Dean Railway Goodrich Castle Tintern Abbey Severn Estuary walks/ birdwatching

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in Parkend and your tips will be very helpful to future guests. Elaine and Tony

4.3
out of 5

10th October 2017:

Very welcoming, helpful and sociable.

Tips:

The Fountain Inn we considered the best public house within walking distance. Chepstow and Symonds Yat are worth a visit. Further afield The Brecon Beacons is a must.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting a great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your first trip to the Forest of Dean to visit relatives in the area and thanks for your tips for future guests. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

2nd October 2017:

Everything I needed for a short stay, but chairs look good but not to my taste

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sculpture walk is worth a go

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

25th September 2017:

This cottages is highly recommended.It is ideally situated and the owners who are close at hand are most helpful. We certainly hope to return next year.

Tips:

Parkend is an excellent centre to explore the Forest of Dean.The situation of the cottage enables good walks strait from the door. Two good pubs in the village and a good shop and post off, all with in a few minutes walk.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting a super review. It was great that you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill and we were very impressed by the amount of walking you fitted in during your stay. We hope to see you again next year. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

20th September 2017:

Another great stay. Just like home from home. Elaine & Tony are so friendly & helpful with lots of advice about the local area.

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The Woodman Inn does fantastic food but you do need to book during busy times.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review. It was lovely to see you again so quickly and we look forward to your next visit in December. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

16th September 2017:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill and hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

1st September 2017:

A wonderful stay an ideal location for dogs.comfortable cottage with lovely personal touches friendly hosts and people in area very welcoming will recommend to friends

Tips:

symonds yat is a must to visit lovely meal at Saracens head pub burford is a must also Ross on wye friendly welcome at rising sun a walk through the forest to this pub is a must if you have dogs

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review and all the useful tips for visitors to the DeanWye area. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

28th August 2017:

A lovely place to go for peace and quiet and walks in the forest. Everything provided for a great holiday with plenty to do around the area. Tony and Elaine were amazing hosts. Would definitely go again.

Tips:

Take a half hour drive to Chepstow, visit the castle and museum, pop in the charity shops and walk by the river Wye. Take a steam train to Lydney and walk to Lydney docks and then back into the town.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and suggestions for future guests. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

17th August 2017:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are looking forward to seeing you again in September. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

6th August 2017:

Absolutely fantastic,beatiful location . The cottage was beautiful and had everything in it From every sort of cooking utensils to games and books for kids.We took our 15 year old son an he really enjoyed it. There is a fantastic bbq to use under cover. Washing machine tumble dryer and drying room. We took our dogs they had the run of the garden as it is all enclosed.loved it can't wait to go back.

Tips:

Three pubs within walking distance all serving great food. Post office/shop in village and cycle hire.Steam train takes trips from village. Local towns Monmouth, Chepstow and Gloucester,lots of local farm shops and craft centres. Walks everywhere for all levels, great one at side of cottage through forest to Rising Sun pub stop for refreshments.-

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are really pleased that we could help rescue your holiday and that you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill. Great tips for future guests to enable them to explore the DeanWye area. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

4th August 2017:

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in Parkend and hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

31st July 2017:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

4.5
out of 5

29th July 2017:

A very nice and well equipped cottage. The welcome package was a nice touch with lots of information about the local area and things to do.

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Very close to the steam rail station which is a great way to get about.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a lovely review. Thanks for pointing out a couple of minor cleaning issues which have been rectified. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Parkend and hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

26th July 2017:

Thank you for all your help and advice during our stay, it really helped us out. Fabulous cottage and a lovely garden and as you know Riley the dog had the time of his life

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post a great review. We are pleased that you managed to get everything sorted out in what must have been a difficult time. Izzy has missed having Riley around and sharing the garden with him. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

4th July 2017:

First class accommodation and location

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post a fantastic review. It was lovely to meet you and we hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

25th June 2017:

Extremely friendly,helpful and knowledgeable about the area. The information provided in the accommodation about the area and attractions was very good and the little touches like homemade cakes and biscuits on arrival made a lovely welcome.

Tips:

Great location for local steam railway and for exploring the forest either on foot or for cycling

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and loved the Dean Forest Railway footplate experience. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

22nd June 2017:

Friendly, welcoming hosts, home made cakes, biscuits and jam in accommodation on arrival. Kitchen cupboard stocked with basics such as tea, coffee, herbs, condiments, cooking oil etc and there was milk in the fridge. The cottage is well equipped and comfortable, with plenty of information about local attractions and walks.

Tips:

Lots of great walks in the area, we like the Sculpture Trail and Woorgreens Nature Reserve. Puzzlewood is a popular film and TV location, with over a mile of footpaths through ravines of moss covered rocks. Further afield, Hay on Wye is a must for book lovers with lots of second-hand bookshops. The Three Choirs Vineyard near Newent offers wine tasting and vineyard tours.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post another great review. It was lovely have you stay again in Castlerag on your latest visit to Parkend and you had great weather to enjoy your favourite excursions. We hope to see you again next year. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

22nd June 2017:

Elaine and Tony went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay excellent -- they picked us up from the train station, they got us to a pharmacy when we realised we forgot our son's asthma inhaler, they even agreed to take a couple of clothing items to a charity shop for us! The muffins were delicious and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere was great. They are also knowledgable and encouraging about all the local activities.

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The bikes at Dean Forest Cycles were very good, we had them for three days and kept them in the shed at Castlemain.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting such a positive and comprehensive review. We were very pleased to help in any way to make sure you had a successful stay in Parkend. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

11th June 2017:

Fantastic stay, lovely cottage. Everything was perfect and the owners were very helpful, friendly and made sure all needs were met. Thank you for a perfect stay. We will be back!

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for taking the time to post a super review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

7th June 2017:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. It was lovely to see you all again. Elaine and Tony.

5
out of 5

6th June 2017:

The hosts were outstanding looking after all our needs sometimes before we knew they were needs. The cottage is lovely spacious and comfy with everything you need. You get a wonderfully welcome pack on arrival much of which is homemade and delicious anything you need there is no phone service ajust ask

Tips:

Lots of walking all round the area as your surrounded by the Forest of Dean there are pubs/inns which serve food very local and a lovely post office/shop/cafe all within a couple of mins walk a must is a drive to Symonds Yat on a clear day a view to top all others and Peregrines too the whole area is stunning and we'll worth a trip if you like the out doors There is no phone service at Castlemain but they have a great Internet service

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review and it was great meeting you. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Forest of Dean and loved staying at Castlemain. Your tips for future guests are very useful and although there is no mobile signal we are happy to pass on any messages from our landline. Elaine and Tony.

5
out of 5

1st June 2017:

An absolutely wonderful weekend staying in beautiful accommodation hosted by Elaine & Tony who made us feel so very welcome - we loved the homemade treats on arrival - thank you Elaine. Tony we simply loved the BBQ! Thanks for your meticulous preparations. And sitting out until dark beside the chiminea was magical. Can't recommend Castlemain Mill highly enough, from enquiry to booking to stay and all the lovely bits in between - FABULOUS!!!! We will definitely be back. Thank you both for a most enjoyable mini holiday. The Gibbs Family

Tips:

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has so much to offer and Parkend a great place to base yourself. Super cycle routes from the village through the forest. The River Wye a short drive away for walking, cycling & kayaking.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We were so pleased you tried out all the facilities and even got to watch the nesting swallows while sitting around the chimnea. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony.

5
out of 5

3rd May 2017:

Once again we had a lovely stay the cottage was clean and fresh and Tony and Elaine the hosts could not do enough to make our stay as enjoyable as possible, will most definitely be returning

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If you have a dog would most definitely recommend the Rising Sun pub very dog friendly and the food is good

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review. It was lovely to see you again and to meet Teddy. We look forward to your next visit. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

19th April 2017:

Our second stay and we will be back again. Accommodation is lovely, clean and fresh and in a perfect location to explore the area. The hosts are very helpful and ensure you have everything you need for your stay.

Tips:

We ate at both the Woodman (you need to book as it gets full) and The Fountain and both meals were excellent. Loved going to the mountain-biking centre which is an easy 3.5 mile cycle from the accommodation.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for another super review. It was great seeing you again and meeting your friends who stayed in Castlerag cottage.Thanks for the advice for future guests. Elaine and Tony

4.3
out of 5

18th April 2017:

Lovely cottage, great location and facilities. Really friendly and helpful owners.

Tips:

Good pubs nearby, great cycle trails straight from the cottage, dog friendly. Go Ape close by and Cannop trail centre.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review and we are pleased your family enjoyed their stay. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

20th March 2017:

Perfect getaway with a warm welcome. Perfect for mountain biking with trails right on the doorstep. My 8 year old daughter really didn't want to leave and it suited me well to reassure her that we would be back soon !

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Cannop bike centre and the forest itself is beautiful

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for another great review. It is always a pleasure to welcome back returning guests and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

27th February 2017:

Extremely friendly and helpful owners.Cottage had everything you needed and even had welcome cakes and biscuits and jam which was a lovely touch. Only had a short weekend there but felt like we had had longer. Would think the area is stunning in the summertime!

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Both pubs in Parkend were very welcoming to us and our dog. Only ate at the Woodman but the food was very good and very generous portions! Symonds Yat was a great afternoon out, even though we didn't get to go on the rope ferry because it was closed as the current was too strong.We did the walk down from the viewpoint which was steep so beware the walk back....was hard work!

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review and the helpful tips for future guests. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the summer. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

20th February 2017:

Couldn't have asked for any more from the accommodation, comfortable with all upto date facilities and a welcome from the owners which was like visiting old friends, we were made to feel extremely welcome, was a pity to go home.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Castlemain Mill. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

30th January 2017:

The cakes, biscuits and plum jam were a welcome extra

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Had a good meal in the Miners arms, Whitecroft

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your latest stay in the forest. Elaine and Tony

4.8
out of 5

1st January 2017:

We particularly appreciated the extra Christmas decos, lights and small edible (and drinkable) gifts that greeted us on arrival. Also the fact that the heating had been put on so the 2 houses we rented were cosy and warm from the start of our visit.

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Try the sculpture trail - it has something for everyone. Also don't miss the chance to catch a great view from the New Fancy viewpoint.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thanks for a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your hamper of our home made Christmas goodies and that the decorations etc helped to make it a special Christmas in the forest. Elaine and Tony.

4.8
out of 5

13th December 2016:

Lovely little cottage in great location. Owners very helpful.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for a great review. It was lovely to meet you on your return visit to the Forest of Dean and we hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

16th November 2016:

The cottage was very cosy with a lot of thoughtful touches. The owners were very friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very welcome. We would definitely go back.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thanks for a great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in Castlerag cottage on your latest visit to the Forest of Dean. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

10th November 2016:

Excellent base for exploring the Forest of Dean on foot or cycling. Castlerag was a very nice place to return to after a days walking. Elaine and Tony were very friendly and welcoming.

Tips:

Take OS map OL14 and there are walks in every direction. The viewpoint at New Fancy is worth a visit as are Cannop ponds and the Sculpture trail. The Speech House is a great watering hole to aim for on a walk. The Fountain does good evening meals.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for a super review and tips for future guests. It was amazing how far you walked and in so many different directions.Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

4th November 2016:

Beautiful location in Forest of Dean. Accommodation is beautifully presented and everything you could need is provided. Nice touches on arrival, homemade cakes, milk and tea bags/coffee!

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many lovely walks on the doorstep. 2 pubs and a lovely post office/shop/cafe serving fab homemade soup.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. It was lovely that you could explore the Forest of Dean in its Autumn colours and catch up with friends at the same time. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

30th October 2016:

3rd stay with Tony and Elaine. One of the best accommodation we have stayed at. Dog friendly and good area for cycling with family trails available nearby. Had loan of bike tony's bike while there and took me round the trail nearby. Well equipped and comfortable. Nothing to much trouble from them both although I will have to stop eating Elaine's cakes LOL Already booked for next year.

Tips:

Woodman Pub less than 10 mins walk for Good food and Dog Friendly. Take a torch for walk back at night! WiFi Dean Forest Cycles Dog Friendly and good coffee and cakes etc. Wifi Tesco Supermarket and Main line Railway Station at Lydney (Free car park but does get full) Take your own bikes as lock up at Cottages. Only minus point No Mobile signal at Parkend which could be a blessing for some!

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review with many suggestions for future guests. It is always a pleasure to welcome you back to Parkend and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

29th October 2016:

Very, very welcoming. Elaine went beyond to make us feel settled and her local knowledge was invaluable for food, taxis and road travel! Felt like a home from home. Everything was thought of and there were lovely extra touches that really made the stay.

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If you visit with children we thoroughly recommend both Puzzlewood and the Clearwell caves

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Horse Gin and managed to fit so much into your short visit. We look forward to seeing you again with lots of biking next time. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

25th October 2016:

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Owner Response:

Thanks for another great review. We loved having you stay and hope to see you again soon for another cycling break. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

24th October 2016:

This was our second visit, and still great. Hosts friendly, flexible and accommodating.

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Walks and cycle routes on the doorstep. Bikes can be hired in Parkend - no need to go to the cycle centre at Cannop. Good food at The Fountain.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review. It was great to see you again and we are pleased that you had such great weather to explore the area. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

23rd October 2016:

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Owner Response:

Thanks for a great review. We hope that the Forest of Dean in Autumn made up for the disappointment of your cancelled holiday abroad. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

28th September 2016:

We received a warm welcome from Elaine and Tony, and the cottage was ideal for our purposes. Modern, clean, well-equipped and with all facilities that we required, it made for a superb holiday. It is set in a lovely part of the Forest with great walks direct from the gate. Parkend is also just about in the centre of the Forest of Dean, so most of the sights of the area are within just a short drive.

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We recommend the Woodman Inn in the village for its food. As keen walkers we used the Pathfinder guide to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean a lot. Monmouth is an interesting town, and we particularly enjoyed walks around Goodrich Castle, Symonds Yat, and Newnham. Soudley Ponds and Cannop ponds were well worth seeing, and there are lots of former railway lines which criss-cross the area and link former industrial workings, now reverted to nature

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review and the great suggestions for future guests. We have ordered the book you suggested to add to the cottage resources. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

20th September 2016:

Thank you Elaine, Tony and the beautiful Izzy for making our stay so wonderful. We had the most relaxing time. You provide so many fab extras like oil and milk, amongst many other bits and pieces. And the homemade shortbread and plum jam was delicious. The cottage is lovely and all the reviews are right, it is the most comfortable bed ever! You're both so friendly and welcoming, and the scenery is amazing. We hope to come back soon!

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Owner Response:

Thank you for a wonderful review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in Castlerag cottage. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

19th September 2016:

Everything about this holiday was easy - from the booking to the information we received in emails ahead of our stay to the tips from our hosts while we there. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed, plus a few extra goodies made by our hosts. We had a really great time here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage for a relaxing getaway.

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We enjoyed meals at the local pubs (a very short walk away) and hired bikes from Dean Cycle Hire, also a short walk away. Plenty of walks nearby and a drive around the area is worth it - the scenery is beautiful!

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for posting a super review. It was a pleasure to meet your family and share ideas for exploring the Forest of Dean. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

18th September 2016:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for great review. We are really pleased that you managed to see the wild boar, deer, bats and buzzards all while sitting outside the cottage. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

14th September 2016:

Loved everything about our stay..great location, great facilities and owners were fabulous hosts. A lovely balance with making sure everything was OK to giving the privacy you need. Will 100% return for another stay. Even allowed us to take our 2 dogs which is a constant headache when looking for similar holiday cottages...really feels like a home from home!

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There really isn't much need to use your car...the Forest of Dean is literally on your doorstep! We would recommend the Speechhouse for somewhere a little different and if you can navigate well you can go through the forest paths, Go Ape only a couple of miles away and 2 perfectly adequate pubs in the village...we preferred the woodman

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are pleased you experienced the forest on your many walks and Izzy loved having new friends to socialise with. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

10th September 2016:

On arrival there was a welcome pack not just the basics milk and coffee but wee treats, very thoughtful. Owner was helpful and friendly and approachable and would help out where she could. There was everything you could think of to get started. They new the local area and were never short of ideas.

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Take a bath robe. Must have a car or a bike to enjoy the area, plenty nice places to see not too far from the cottage. Lots of places to eat.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for such a great review. It was lovely to meet you both and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and had the opportunity to catch up with family in the area. Elaine and Tony

4.8
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5th September 2016:

We received a lovely welcome from Elaine and Tony. They are excellent hosts and can't do enough for you. The cottage was comfortable and snug.

Tips:

We enjoyed the railway, walks in the forest, Tinterne Abbey, Symonds Yat. We only had a few days but there are many places to visit in the immediate area. If you want to travel a little further Ledbury is a charming historic town with Eastnor Castle a couple of miles away. An interesting house with lovely grounds and very dog friendly. The Woodman's Arms in Parkend is great for food and service.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in Castlerag cottage and thank you for your great tips for future guests. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

2nd September 2016:

Lovely location. Hosts are very friendly and most helpful. Elaine welcomes her guests with a home made treat from her kitchen which is much appreciated after a long journey. The accommation is excellent. Just sorry we could not stay longer. Loved the blackberry picking.

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Good place for walking, bike riding etc. or just having a quite restful break. The local pubs serve excellent meals and the company there is good to.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for the super review. It was great having visitors from Oz and we hope you all enjoyed the wedding. Blackberry picking from the hedgerows is an autumn tradition that we were happy to share.Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

26th August 2016:

Our second stay at the cottage this year and surely not the last. Its a lovely cottage and beautiful surroundings. Tony and Elaine are very welcoming and helpfull. We wish we could have stayed longer.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are pleased you enjoyed your second stay as much as the first time. You certainly managed to fit a lot into your break. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

11th August 2016:

From start to finish we couldn't fault the property or the owner's, biscuits and jam awaiting you when you arrived as well as everything you needed to make tea/coffee while you unpacked and made plans. Helpful advice about the area and what to do with your day.

Tips:

If your a star wars fan go to puzzlewood which isn't far as parts of the new film where recorded there as well as dr who and Merlin. The sculpture trail isn't far and is a great walk , if you're brave there's an open air pool not far away...

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are very pleased that your family enjoyed their stay in Castlerag cottage and experienced lots of things to do in the area. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

7th August 2016:

Great location, great facilities. Such a lovely setting and the owners couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in Castlerag cottage. Elaine and Tony

5
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6th August 2016:

A little gem, great value, clean and comfortable accommodation in a great area to get out and about. Will definitely be ret.

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Plenty of eating options within easy distance, lots for kids (and big kids) to do.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure having you stay in Horse Gin and help you enjoy walking and cycling in the forest. We look forward to seeing you again. Elaine and Tony

5
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5th August 2016:

This was the first time we had stayed in a cottage and they were amazing. They made us feel so welcome, they adviced us on where to take the dog and where to eat. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I can't wait to go back, we had a lovely stay which my sister brought for me after she had stayed.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for the super review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay as much as your sister did and look forward to seeing you again. Elaine and Tony

4.8
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2nd August 2016:

Cottage was really nice, had a great stay. Owners were very welcoming and helpful with information.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay in Horse Gin cottage. Elaine and Tony

5
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29th July 2016:

Absolutely fabulous, could not be more welcoming and the owners have thought of everything to make your stay stress free. The small touches like the homemade jam, bicuits .. even a dog treat for our dog made us feel that we were fully accommodated.

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Take your bikes. Plan your visit before you leave each day as there is no or limited wifi availability in the Forrst of Dean.

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Many thanks for a great review and sharing tips for future guests. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in Castlerag and our free WiFi does help to plan your day even though the forest has limited coverage. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

18th July 2016:

Lovely cottages, very well equipped in a beautiful location,owners are brilliant can't do enough for you,would highly recommend to anyone.

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Lovely forest walks, pubs nearby to eat, and places to visit only a short drive away.

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Many thanks for a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in Castlerag and managed to see the boar before you left. Elaine and Tony

5
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17th July 2016:

Elaine and Tony have a fantastic place, we only scratched the surface of what the area offers, and wished we'd booked two weeks. We'll be back next year. All the little touches make you feel at home.

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The Woodman serves excellent food, the area has a lot to offer.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We loved having you stay in Horse Gin and look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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12th July 2016:

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Thanks for a terrific review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we were pleased that you and the dogs had the opportunity to relax and experience life in the forest. Elaine and Tony

5
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9th July 2016:

Excellent cottages, equipped with absolutely everything you may need, whatever the weather. Set in beautiful fully enclosed surroundings, and so peaceful. The owners are on hand should you need any help or advice - we would definitely stay again, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend visiting to anyone else that is looking for a relaxing break in a stunning part if the country.

Tips:

A lovely 30 minute walk through the forest ending up at The Rising Sun for a pub lunch. A trip on the Steam Train from Park End to Lydney with stops along the way. A visit to Lydney Harbour with lovely views of the estuary across to the Severn Bridge. A chilled afternoon pint or two sitting outside at The Woodman in Park End. Sightings of the wild boar (lots of them !).

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review with lots of ideas for future guests. It was a pleasure to have the whole family stay in both cottages for a pre-birthday relaxing break and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Elaine and Tony

5
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2nd July 2016:

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Many thanks for a great review. It was a pleasure to have you stay in Horse Gin Cottage and experience life in the forest. We are really pleased that you managed to get some relaxation time away from work. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

21st June 2016:

Excellent accommodation the cottage had everything you wanted just like a home from home. The cakes biscuits and jam on arrival were a really lovely touch. There was even a biscuit for your dog. Hosts were very welcoming and very friendly. Would recommend this stay to anybody wishing to walk in the Forest of Dean. Definitely the best self catering accommodation we have stayed at.

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If you are keen on walking this is an absolutely amazing place. And the dog will love it too.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Forest of Dean and look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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19th June 2016:

A lovely cottage in a fabulous location. The owners Elaine & Tony were incredibly welcoming and helpful with information about the local area and things to see and do.The cottage was very comfortable with everything needed of our stay.

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So much to see and do in the Forest of Dean and the cottage is perfectly located in that places of interest are only a short drive away. We visited Puzzlewood, Symonds Yat, Clearwell Caves and Beechenhurst Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. We had dinner at the Rising Sun, which was a short walk from the cottage but worth it for the good food!

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are really pleased you enjoyed experiencing the Forest of Dean. We hope to see you again. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

15th June 2016:

What a pleasant place to lay your weary head after a torturous journey from Frinton - on - sea. Wish I could have stayed for 2 weeks rather than 2 days. No wild boar siting on this trip but the local PO and cafe sell wild boar sausages. Maybe next time.

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Try the friendly cafe /PO on the main road.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for the great review. We agree with you that it is fantastic for Parkend to have a friendly and well stocked shop which includes a post office and cafe. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

13th June 2016:

Excellent in every way.The cottage is stocked with everything you would need and more for your holiday. We had a wonderful family time here. The hosts are happy to meet your every need.

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The Butterfly Zoo is amazing. On site there is also amaze, crazy golf and laser. A lovely day out and very reasonably price.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a fantastic review. It was great to meet you and to help you explore the Forest of Dean, even find some wild boar! We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

4.8
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13th June 2016:

Had a great time. Elaine and Toby were super helpful and attentive, but also left us to it - they hit the right balance! The cottage was lovely comfortable and homely Their knowledge of surrounding area and activities was great.

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Enjoy the surroundings and take advantage of the BBQ. It's under cover so go for it even if it's raining!

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We were impressed that you successfully did the Verderer's Trail and cooking on the BBQ in all weathers is definitely an Aussie way of life. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

7th June 2016:

Lovely cakes, great running tips!

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Owner Response:

Thanks for posting a great review. It was good that you could experience running through the forest even spotting some boar on the way round. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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24th May 2016:

Fabulous little gem in the heart of the Forest of Dean, lovely cottage, very clean and modern, just wish we could have stayed longer. Proprietors Tony and Elaine welcomed us with home made biscuits, jam and cake, so relaxing and homely. Can't wait to go back, free wifi is a god send as there is no mobile signal in the area

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Great local pubs, lovely food, plenty of walking, running, bike trails for the outdoor type, lots of places of interest near bye.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review and it was a pleasure to have you stay in Castlerag Cottage. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

23rd May 2016:

Elaine and Tony are excellent hosts who make you feel very welcome as soon as you arrive. After your journey it's lovely to arrive to homemade cakes biscuits jam even milk and water in the fridge. The cottages are to a high standard with everything you could need they are very warm and cosy. Great for families in a lovely location. If you want to relax and switch off from city life this is definitely the place to go. Izzy the dog is gorgeous and our girls adored her. We can't wait to visit again.

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The cross Inn aylburton excellent food very welcoming for families. Yat rock is a must the walk down to symonds Yat is great fun for kids although a steep walk back.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review. It was good that you could visit the places you planned to even though the weather wasn't too good. Izzy loved her cuddles and misses the girls. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony.

5
out of 5

19th May 2016:

Our second visit to Castlemain Mill cottages, and it lived up to expectation. The home made cakes, cookies and Blaisdon Plum jam are a lovely welcoming touch. There was milk in the fridge, and tea, coffee, hot chocolate, oil, sauces etc in the cupboard. Elaine and Tony are excellent hosts and always helpful.

Tips:

Plenty of good walks in the area (books available in the cottage). Our particular favourites are, Bradley Hill in springtime for the spectacular bluebell woods, the stained glass window on the Sculpture Trail near the Speech House hotel and the circular walk from The Old Station Tintern along the bank of the River Wye. Good train service from Lydney to Cardiff or Cheltenham, for a day out without taking the car.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review and we were really pleased to see you again. Lots of ideas for future guests to explore the area. Elaine and Tony

5
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11th May 2016:

Great hospitality, loved the dog and the peace and quiet.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the super review. We loved having you stay in Horse Gin Cottage and Izzy really enjoyed all the cuddles from the girls. Elaine and Tony

5
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3rd May 2016:

Our third visit to Castlemain and this will not be our last. The weather wasn't brilliant but the cottage was warm, cosy and as well equipped as ever. Nothing is too much trouble for Elaine and Tony. We had forgotten our flask and telescope, both which they provided for us. The garden is coming on and we look forward to using the outside furniture next time!

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Our 18th visit to the area but we found three walks, two straight from the cottage, which we had not done before. The book provided is very good for off the beaten track walks. Tony is also a mine of local information for walks and bike rides. The industrial history of the Forest is well worth exploring.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for another fantastic review and it was great to have you stay with us again. Hopefully you will see the wild boar around Castlemain Mill on your next visit. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

19th April 2016:

Fantastic location-brilliant cycle tracks straight from the house. Beautiful area. There's a secure shed to lock bikes in and a hose to wash them off after a muddy ride! The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Essentials were provided such as sugar, tea bags, olive oil etc and some delicious little homemade cakes/biscuits. The owners were very helpful and friendly. We had a lovely weekend, Thank you!

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We ate at The Bell in Skenfrith-about 20 mins drive. Exxcellent food!

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Owner Response:

Thank you for a great review and we really enjoyed sharing the local area and wildlife with you. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

12th April 2016:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Horse Gin cottage. The cottage was extremely comfortable and a home form home. The homemade jam, cupcakes and shortbread were a grateful welcome, our girls thoroughly enjoyed them. The cottage has been cleaned, decorated and is set to a very high standard throughout. Elaine and Tony were extremely kind and helpful, making our stay very relaxed and stress free.

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We visited the Perrygrove Railway Treetop Adventures - our girls 3&6 thoroughly enjoyed themselves - wear wellies if it has been raining. Place to have a picnic. Lovely walk through the woods to The Rising Sun Inn - very welcoming and friendly pub. We enjoyed walking down to Parkend village - girls enjoyed walking over the bridge by the railway, finding sheep and exploring the area.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the excellent review and we are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks also for the tips for future guests which will be very useful. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

12th April 2016:

We had an excellent stay here, the location is perfect and the attention to detail was spot on. We will definitely return!

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Food was excellent at the woodman

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for your great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

11th April 2016:

Fantastic hosts who are very knowledgeable about the area and make you feel incredibly welcome. The cottages are both delightful in their own ways. Our 18 month old son loved being able to walk and play in the terraced garden and enjoyed petting the very patient dog - Izzy! Overall a perfect location for a family holiday, mountain biking and walking straight from the cottages.

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Lots of great mountain biking and walking in the forest and surrounding area. Rising Sun pub is great for beer and food and is family friendly. Symonds Yat Rock is a good spot for a view and walks under it, and there is a pub (Saracens Head) that does good food at the foot of the Rock. Many family attractions in the area generally.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for a fantastic review and your recommendations for future guests. We loved having you stay and Izzy is missing all the cuddles and attention. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

9th April 2016:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure to have your family stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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1st April 2016:

Everything we hoped the holiday would be & more. Superb accommodation, & host's who looked after our every need & gave their local knowledge freely & enthusiastically too. They are also a dab hand with a bike spanner & a mixing bowl (lovely welcome cake & shortbread). I'll definitely be booking again

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Two great pubs less than 5 mins walk

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for your fantastic review. It was great having you all here and we are pleased your cycling activities were so successful. Elaine and Tony

5
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29th March 2016:

Tony and Elaine were extremely friendly and welcoming hosts and couldn't do enough for us. The level of service even extended to home baked hot cross buns for the easter weekend! They had excellent knowledge of the local area including activities and things to do and were more than happy to offer suggestions and maps for our temporary use. The location of the cottages (Parkend) was also excellent, surrounded by Forest tracks and conveniently close to the local bike hire centre, RSPB Nagshead and the local steam railway if the mood takes. There was also an excellent cafe in the village.

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Hire bikes in the village and go on a ride. If you are feeling adventurous, take the off-road track up to the Cannop Cycle Centre and have a crack at the downhill Verderers Trail. Alternatively there is the family cycle trail which is a 12 mile loop clockwise through the forest. There are plenty of local walking opportunities and if you are lucky you may stumble across Wild Boar. In terms of sightseeing both Tintern Abbey and Symonds Yat are about a 25 minute drive away and Goodrich Castle is 20 mins. On rainy days its about 40 mins into Bristol which is a vibrant interesting city to visit.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the fantastic review and for sharing ideas for other visitors. It was great to welcome you to the Forest of Dean and we hope to see you again soon.Elaine and Tony

4.8
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29th March 2016:

Simply awesome and real relaxing location...

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure to meet your family and we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay.Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

20th March 2016:

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Forest of Dean. Elaine and Tony

5
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18th March 2016:

Ths is a ""AAA++++++++++ place to stay from the accomondation to the owners Tony and Elaine everything is was PERGECT everything you could ask for wad in the cottage All the extra they add are amazing every thought went in to every detail. Home baked goodies and everything neded for a cup of tea/coffee even hot chocolate was a life saver after a long trip

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Have kids the GO APE JUNIOR is amazing and a must do

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Many thanks for the super review. It was great to welcome you back to the forest from your home in Canada and we were really pleased you found Castlerag so comfortable. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to the UK. Elaine and Tony

5
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14th March 2016:

My stay was a pleasure due to the very friendly landlady and landlord and the comfortable and beautiful house. I'd like to come again here!

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great review. We were really pleased to have you stay with us again and look forward to seeing your new installation at the Sculpture Trail. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

6th March 2016:

Excellent accommodation. Everything you need for a comfortable stay is provided and of the highest standard. Great hosts who are very welcoming and helpful. Looking forward to a return visit!

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Try the Woodman pub for an excellent meal. A trip on the railway is worth it and their cafe at Norchard provides a lovely lunch.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for the great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your latest stay in Parkend and look forward to seeing you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
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29th February 2016:

This was our second visit. The cottage is warm,welcoming and clean. Everything you need is provided and if its not, Elaine will find it for you! Tony and Elaine are wonderful hosts and Elaine's homemade cake and biscuits are delicious. The cottages are set in pretty gardens and there is outdoor furniture and a BBQ for the summer months.

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We are very familiar with the Forest of Dean but for first time visitors, Tony is very knowledagble. The area is wonderful for walking and cycling, many walks accessible right from the doorstep. There are two pubs in Parkend serving food,both in walking distance of Castlemain. The Wye Valley is on the doorstep and the beautiful county of Monmouthshire.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for another fantastic review. It is great that you like staying in our cottages and find the area around Parkend so welcoming. We look forward to seeing you again in April. Elaine and Tony.

4.5
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22nd February 2016:

Made to feel very welcome and comfortable from the moment we arrived... Was given lots of useful advice and directions regarding local aminites(the forest and mtb trails!) We had no need to use the car to get in the forest- it was literally out of the gates and we could whizz to the cycle centre and the mtb trails in 10minites on the bikes! Everything was there from a hose to wash our bikes off with to a towel to dry our dog!

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Owner Response:

Thanks for the great review. We really enjoyed sharing the local area with you. Elaine and Tony

5
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21st February 2016:

Marvellous accommodation set right next to the forest. Fabulous for the dogs - not only did they have the forest but also had the grounds to run around in. The hosts were amazing and made sure that our stay was perfect. Lots of pubs around that you could walk through the forest to get to. All this and the cottage was a reasonable price. Thank you!

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5
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18th February 2016:

Lovely cottage and great hosts!

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Great base to explore the outdoors on foot or by bike. Lots of local pubs with nice food and beer selection.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for taking the time to post a great review. We were very impressed that you managed to explore the area for three days by cycling, running and walking. Next time, the challenge is to try the Verderer's Trail. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

15th February 2016:

Great accommodation in a stunning location, with the beautiful Forest of Dean literally on your door step.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for a super review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the Forest of Dean as special as we do. Elaine and Tony

5
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9th February 2016:

Elaine and Tony were always on hand to help. Eg to organize Internet, to work the washing machine or anything you couldn't work out yourself. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The cottages have been well designed and furnished. Everything is there to make a smooth, comfortable and happy stay. The bed is one of the cosiest I've ever slept in.....a job to get out of it in the mornings! Elaine and Tony's knowledge of the area was a great help for walking and cycling.

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For a tiny village there is a lot going on. The food was excellent at The Woodman just a few minutes walk. A lovely walk through the woods brings you to The Rising Sun pub at Mosely Green where you find food and good beer.This is great for children and dogs (although you do have to be careful of the open pond!) There is village cricket in the summer. There are so many walks and cycle tracks the choice is difficult. And much more. A wonderful place for outdoorsy people!

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thank you for your fantastic review. We have loved having you stay at Castlemain Mill on your visits to Parkend, especially with your dog Lizzie on the latest trip. Elaine and Tony.

4.8
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6th February 2016:

I only put 4 in "location" as our "ideal" would be a flat walk into the middle of Parkend. Everything else about our stay was fab. Couldn't fault the accommo, or our hosts.

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Taurus Crafts, just west of Lydney, was a new find. Mallards Pike great for an easy flat walk. The Post Office shop is handy, with good opening hours. Too much to see and do on a short visit to the Forest.

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thanks for a great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your latest stay in Parkend. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony

5
out of 5

3rd February 2016:

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for your great review. We look forward to seeing you all again with your bikes in the future. Elaine and Tony

5
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18th January 2016:

The beautiful ancient stone house has been changed into a modern, very comfortable and aesthetic apartment offering all facilities needed for both relaxing and stimulating holidays. You'll find there a lot of information about the fascinating Forest of Dean including cycling, walking trips etc. Your landlady and landlord have all respect for their guests and are at the same time as helpful as they can be: friendly, communicative and if you are lucky they might show you some particularity of the area. On your walks through the forest you'll see maybe deer and wild boar.

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Walking is better than cycling in my opinion, but you have at small Parkend not only a cycle hire but as well a shop, postoffice with money service, coffee shop, restaurants. In the summer a steamRailway! And firs of all the various and impressive natural surroundings.

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Owner Response:

Thanks for the great review, it was a pleasure to meet you. We are looking forward to seeing your new sculpture at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Elaine and Tony

5
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3rd January 2016:

Excellent in every way, and our hosts went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We will definitely return and recommend to others. The accommodation is surprisingly spacious, and very warm and comfortable. We loved it. Our little dog was made exceptionally welcome.

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Elaine and Tony gave us lots of good recommendations. We ate at the Woodman Inn Parkend and had a lovely walk to the Rising Sun which we loved. We also took the steam train to Lydney Junction and walked to the old harbour which gives stunning views over the Estuary. We visited Symonds Yat on our last day, and left feeling there was loads more to do in the area.

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Owner Response:

Many thanks for the great feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon. Elaine and Tony.

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