Beautiful UK countryside holidays

Are You a Foodie?

Many guests enjoy the Local Produce Market held once a month in St Briavels, our neighbouring village.

Thanks to oue gloriously rural countryside and rich, fertile valleys and orchards, we're home to some of the best independent food and drink producers in the country, as well as wonderful foodie experiences and award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs.



The Forest of Dean boasts many sweet spots for those who crave a little indulgence every now and again - from exceptional cake makers to clever confectioners. Here are three tasty hangouts for you to try.

Chocolate heaven at The Chocolate Bar, Lydney

Chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, chocolate truffles and even chocolate boars are just some of the sweet delights that await you at The Chocolate Bar in Lydney. This award-winning artisan chocolate shop makesinnovative, organic, chocolates as well as Florentines and a range of selection boxes. All the flavours are original and change with the seasons, so there’s always something new to taste. Grab a table, order a drink and take your chocolate pick. If you can, book into one of their Chocolate Truffle Making Workshops. You won’t regret it.

Don’t leave without trying: a homemade caramel-latte flavoured chocolate bar.

Cake delight at Mallards Pike Cafe, near Parkend

Prepare for tasty treats galore at Mallards Pike Cafe. Go for the delicious, freshly-cooked hot and cold breakfasts and lunches. Then stay longer than you planned for a slice (or six) of one of the fabulous homemade cakes. And whilst you savour your mint Aero cupcake or chunk of blackcurrant and lemon sponge, feast your eyes on the views outside over Mallards Pike Lake. Should you need a post-cake walk, follow the track around the water’s edge soaking up the peace and quiet. It’s heavenly.

Don’t leave without trying: a rich homemade chocolate brownie - they’re always popular.

The cream of the crop at Taurus Crafts Cafe, Lydney

There’s an extra-special edge to the Taurus Crafts Cafe, set in a rustic barn near Lydney. The food and drink here is organic, sustainable and local - from the burger made with award-winning meat from local Cowshill Farm to the organic James Gourmet coffee roasted nearby. And it’s served on or in pottery that’s available to buy onsite. Best of all, Taurus Crafts provides employment opportunities to people with learning difficulties, so the vibe is warm, inclusive and welcoming.

Don’t leave without trying: a hot chocolate with whipped cream and a slice of one of their freshly-made cakes.

THE BEST PLACES TO TAKE YOUR TASTEBUDS: If you’re a cheese-a-holic 

With so many family farms in the Forest of Dean, it’s no surprise we’re home to acclaimed cheesemakers, too. To try the best cheese in the area, head to these fabulous independents and fill your basket.

Cheesemaking in action at Smarts Farm, Birdwood

Winners of numerous cheese awards over the years and supplier of the famous cheese used for the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll, Smarts Farm Traditional Cheesemaking is a family business that has made traditional, handmade Gloucester cheese for generations. They are also one of only four traditional Single Gloucester producers in the world. Book a visit to Smarts Farm to watch the Gloucester cheese being made from a traditional recipe.

Don’t leave without trying: the Smarts Farm Double Gloucester, a rich, mellow cheese with a crumbly texture.

A world of cheese at Forest Deli, Coleford

Hard cheese, soft cheese, goat’s cheese, sheep’s cheese, cheese from the Forest and cheese from close to home, plus guest cheeses from around the UK and beyond - the fabulous Forest Deli in Coleford has them all. Stay for a cheese chat with owners, Debbie and Simon, and be sure to sample their seasonal recommendations before loading up with cheese-to-go. They also do take-away cheese and gin hampers, if you like your fromage with extra spirit.

Don’t leave without trying: Debbie’s homemade bakes fresh from the oven (add them to your personalised picnic or hamper along with some cheese treats).

A cheesy lunch at Hanley Farm Shop and Cafe, Tidenham

For good local cheese without the food miles, Hanley Farm Shop is the place. Most of the produce here comes from within a 30-mile radius from the shop, including the cheeses from award-winning small-scale cheese makers. Expect an excellent range including their own mature kingdom cheddar produced with milk from their own farm. There’s a fabulous friendly cafe on-site serving hot and cold food and drinks. We recommend ordering a ‘build your own panini’ and filling it with local cheese! 

Don’t leave without trying: the Hanley Farm mature cheddar, a specialty cheese made with milk from the farm’s own cows.



You're never going to be short of choices for a place to refuel in the Forest of Dean. Kick off your wellies and mingle with the locals at these great local pitstops:

Real ale brilliance at The Fountain Inn, Parkend

A friendly, family-run village pub that's well known for its excellent meals and real ales, The Fountain Inn is a perfect pit stop for walkers and cyclists. Find it in the centre of Parkend village with woodland walks all around, plus the Dean Forest Railway and Dean Forest Cycles bike hire nearby. Pop along for a tasty lunch or evening meal and wash it down with one of the many local ales on draught. You can even stay in one of their B&B rooms for an extra-special Forest of Dean break.

Don’t leave without trying: Their homemade arancini or the coconut and spinach curry washed down with a pint of Severn Cider.

Winning hearts at The Red Hart, Blaisdon

Local people and dogs at the bar, families enjoying the huge beer garden and play area, diners tucking into hearty meals and specialist menus, that’s the vibe you’ll find at Blaisdon’s The Red Hart Inn. This lovely 16th-century pub, with its flagstone floors, low beams and original fireplaces, keeps winning hearts - and awards - thanks to its authentic, community ethos. In 2020 it was named Forest of Dean Pub of the Year and not for the first time. Pop in for one of their craft ales or spirits after finishing one of the many Blaisdon walks and book in for one of their specialist foody evenings, suchas a Taste of Asia, New York or other international cuisines.

Don’t leave without trying: The Vietnamese crispy beef and a pint of Otter.

Homegrown refreshment at Severn Cider, Awre

Join multi award-winning artisan cider and perry makers, Severn Cider, for a hugely enjoyable Cider Tasting Experience at Severn Cider. With 65 years’ cider making under its belt, this family-run producer really knows its apples from its pears. Discover how the process of cider making has changed over the years, then taste the tipples with a minimum of six ciders to try. The setting is not bad either: four acres of heritage orchards and gardens near the banks of the River Severn.

Don’t leave without trying: The Severn Cider Ploughman’s Lunch and Cider Tasting experience with a free bottle of cider to take home.

THE BEST PLACES TO TAKE YOUR TASTEBUDS: For that extra-special experience

Looking for something totally unique? We’ve chosen three memorable places to eat and drink that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or just a treat without an occasion:

A private chef experience from Hire a Chef

The ultimate luxury: a Private Chef Experience from the team behind Harts Barn Cookery School to cook for you in a place of your choosing - after all, staying in is the new going out! Maybe you fancy a decadent celebration breakfast on your Forest of Dean staycation or perhaps you want to surprise a loved one with a romantic dinner for two under the stars at your self-catering cottage? Harts Barn Cookery School will make it happen, indoor or outdoor, with a menu themed to your tastes. You can even take part in the cooking if you like, learning first then dining later. The cookery school also boasts a wide range of classes for all.  

Don’t let them leave without trying: Their signature Forest menu including wild boar and seasonal veg and herbs.

A taste of the sea at The Barn at Severn & Wye Smokery

With one of the country’s finest fishmongers and a gorgeous first-floor restaurant, The Barn at Severn & Wye Smokery is a must for the fish-lover in your life. This award-winning family-run business serves top quality fish carefully sourced from around the UK, including the Shetland Islands and Devon. The menu features mouthwatering dishes cured and smoked on site in a state-of-the-art open-plan kitchen. Don't forget to visit the food hall and gift shop at Severn & Wye Smokery to stock up on local produce to take home.

Don’t leave without trying: The Severn & Wye mixed smoked platter.

Crafternoon tea at the Rachel Shilston Studio, Lydney

For freshly-baked scones served with a large slice of fun, head to the vibrant studios of local mosaic artist, Rachel Shilston. Here you can indulge your creative side and your sweet tooth: book in for the Crafternoon Tea Experience and enjoy creating a unique mosaic of your choice. Afterwards, kick back, relax and toast your new skills with a glass of bubbles, served with delicious homemade afternoon tea.



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.


Covid 19 has severely impacted everyone


We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Our guests have visited and told us they felt reassured by the new arrival and cleaning protocols.

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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.

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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.

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
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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!

Our Cleaning

We have always considered cleanliness to be an important part of your holiday, and whilst Covid is around, we are taking extra steps in line with Visit England and Government recommendations.  


When leaving we ask you to take a few extra 'Covid Steps'

1.  Strip your bed-linen, and together with your towels place in black bag to assist our housekeeper

2.  Take recycling to the containers and place all landfill rubbish into the black bin by the garage

3.  Open windows for ventilation

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