Covid 19 has severely impacted everyone
We have taken on board the new guidelines and are open for bookings
We hope everyone stays safe and healthy and our first guests have visited and told us they felt reassured by the new arriaval and cleaning protocols.
Covid 19 Statement
Our commitment to your safety - the serious stuff
We fully understand that we now live in a different world, and our customers will want to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and hygiene of our self catered cottage.
Please be assured that we have taken steps to minimise risks for our guests and staff. We are following government guidelines and are accredited with the "We're Good to Go" Visit England Industry Standard
Check-in and check-out will be done with “social distance” in mind. A key lock box is where you will retreive your key. The code is provided on confirmation of your booking. Please contact us if you have any queries - we're always happy to chat and explain things - at a distance!
We have always considered cleanliness to be an important part of your holiday, but whilst Covid is around, we are taking extra steps in line with Visit England and Government recommendations. We leave a checklist completed by the cleaner for you to double check on arrival. Pillow and mattress protectors are changed on every 'changeover'. If you would prefer to bring your own bedding and/or towels, we won't be offended and will even reduce the price if you contact us before your balance is paid.
When leaving we ask you to take a few extra 'Covid Steps'
1. Strip your bed including mattress and pillow protectors, and place in black bag
2. Take recycling to the containers and place all landfill rubbish into the black bin by the garage
3. Open windows for ventilation
4. Leave any DVDs or books/ maps that you have used on the table so they can be quarantined
Showing Covid Symptoms
If you develop any signs of Coronavirus- we ask you to notify us immediately and head home where you can follow your local authority guidelines. If you develop symptoms before your stay, please let us know so we can reschedule your stay for when you feel better.
We ask our lead guest to agree to provide their contact details for the NHS Test and Trace (optional) to assist in the long term aims of controlling the spread of Covid 19.
And don't forget - until further notice, you must ensure that your reservation meets current government travel restrictions - including NOT visiting if you live in an area subject to LOCKDOWN
Despite the necessary rules and restrictions, we want to assure you that we will continue to offer you our best service and we will continue to do everything we can to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
We thank you for understanding and your co-operation and look forward to welcoming you.
Lockdown experience - the fun stuff
Here at Oakgrove Cottage, we have been lucky to experience lockdown in a wonderfully serene environment. Wonderful walks, my mission to find a new footpath on every outing has kept me on my toes. Seeing the bluebells , wild garlic, and other glorious colourful plants in the sunshine, has made me appreciate where we live on the borders of England and Wales. The lack of traffic and aeroplanes in the clear skies above has made it more special.
With its kingfishers and wild pigs, the forests in Gloucestershire are perfect for nature safaris
How do you fancy wild swimming around Usk or in the River Wye?
Explore the rich heritage of the Forest of Dean and maybe get a glimpe of the wild boar
The wild pigs were once native here, before being hunted to extinction. But then, 10-15 years ago, they were reintroduced by an anonymous breeder who released a few into the woods. As prolific breeders with no natural predators, the boars quickly multiplied and today there are an impressive 1,500 of them. Deep into the forest, imagine the words and rhythm of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and maybe you'll hear snuffling and grunting and the sound of twigs snapping under trotters.