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Secret Escape to the Forest: Exterior

General

  • Ensuite shepherd's huts on a quiet site in the Forest of Dean
  • Puzzlewood, Clearwell caves and canoeing within 10 minutes' drive
  • Barbecues, picnic tables and firepits provided

Psst… fancy fleeing away for a forest adventure? Slope off quietly if you can – the whole point of Gloucestershire getaway Secret Escape To The Forest is to keep things as peaceful as possible.

The forest you’ll be secretly escaping to is the fab Forest of Dean, on the cusp of the border between England and Wales. It forms the stunning surrounds for this family-run site five minutes’ drive from Coleford and 10 minutes from Monmouth. Many a mile of track awaits for folk who fancy wandering in the woods (keep your eyes open for deer as you go…), and the River Wye’s a 10-minute drive away for riverside rambles and canoe trips.

Even closer than any of these is the little village of Staunton, 10 minutes’ walk away and home to a splendid country pub with a tasty food menu. If you’d rather stay squirrelled away serenely on site, you can cook meals at your shepherd hut’s little kitchen area or settle down outside, where each hut has a picnic table and barbecue or firepit for alfresco meals. That firepit’s a handy thing to have around on chillier evenings, too, as is the woodburning stove inside the hut…

Please note

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

Guests must bring their own duvets, pillows, sheets and towels when staying in rental accommodation. You will not be allowed to stay if you do not bring these items.

As the shepherd's huts have steps they may not be suitable for people with reduced mobility.


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Reviews

9.4

Overall rating based on 40 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  97% described as Peaceful ?

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Very enjoyable relaxing stay near the Forest of Dean xx very clean si30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLinda M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Acorn 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    We Liked the peacefulness, quiet location of the cabin, but it was still near a pub and not far from coleford , the cabin was smart and clean and had a very comfortable bed x you also had a gate tsking you into the forest fir walks xxxwe would stay again xit also had a fire pit bbq which was so nice to sit around x the owners also left a bottle of bubbly and some yummy crisps fir us thank you xxx see you again soon when we are up visiting Forest of Dean linda may xx

    Disliked: 

    Nothing we disliked

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Wonderful bank holiday away at Secret escape to the forest!30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Foxglove 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Location,views,peaceful,very helpful owners,clean and tidy!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Everything31/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCarly M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Acorn 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Everything

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Highly recommended - clean, friendly owners, peaceful.21/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful, tranquil, easy access to the forest and a great local pub. Comfy huts with wood-burners. Just lovely!

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Lovely shepherd hut with everything you will need.05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Acorn 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Lovely shepherd hut with everything you will need.

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A lovely stay but a bit cheeky to keep the hot tub picture advertised25/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Foxglove 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Lovely setting, beautifully done huts, well equipped, good location.

    Disliked: 

    There was a picture of a hot tub on the website and yet they’ve not had one for 2 years! Bit of false advertising!!

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Loved31/01/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomETEVALDO D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Loved

    Disliked: 

    I liked the location of the facilities, but I didn't like the information passed saying that it had a jacuzzi, when we got there we were very disappointed because it didn't have it.

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We booked this getaway with Secret Escape to the Forest …31/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMiss Elizabeth Rose W.Confirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    We booked this getaway with Secret Escape to the Forest as our first holiday together as a young couple. I have recently just started teacher training so a break was very welcome! Upon arriving, we were greeted by Imogen who drove down to the cabin with us. We were given a welcome hamper which was lovely, including a bottle of prosecco and plenty of snacks! Imogen gave us a tour around the cabin and told us how to set the fire and set up the hot tub. The kitchen is adorable and has everything you need to cook a full meal, we cooked for two out of the three nights! The ensuite is also wonderful and super cosy, and we were very impressed with how hot the water was in the shower and the taps! There was plenty of things to do nearby, and we went to Puzzlewood on one day and Mallard Pike the next. We will definitely be staying again! Despite staying in October when the weather is cold, the small fire in the cabin is super easy to light and provides plenty of warmth! Thank you to everyone who made our stay wonderful! Ben and Lizzie.

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    There was no wifi but we liked this! The perfect escape from reality for a while :D

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Beautiful stay, we wish we did one more night. Simply stunning x05/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRio B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Foxglove 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    We loved the location, the hut itself, the free hamper, the hot tub, the cleanliness, the hosts, the burners.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, apart from no phone signal but that was actually nice!

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Lovely site with great access to days out.04/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLucy-Anne E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Absolutely beautiful surroundings with really good access to days out if you want that.

    The shepherds hut was very very clean and looked lovely and cosy! Really lovely set up.

    The hot tub is great, and a good supply of fuel for it.

    A lovely little touch having not only a bench for our side but small picnic chairs too. Meant we could sit round the fire every evening.

    Disliked: 

    Lack of utensils or cooking supplies. I know this sounds silly but we like to cook a little breakfast every morning and enjoy, however there was a tiny induction hob with the option to heat one pan, and then only 1 pan that worked.

    Also missing basic things like forks (there were knives and spoons) and the tiniest fridge known to man that once a carton of milk was in, there was no room for anything else.

    Such a shame as that’s the only thing I could think would need improving.

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

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Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

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Location

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  • Staunton Road, Staunton, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, GL16 8NT
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.8086°N 2.6474°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 5.0 kilometres
Cantilupe Road — 12.6 kilometres
Bus Station — 18.8 kilometres
Train stations
Lydney Rail Station — 13.2 kilometres
Chepstow Rail Station — 18.8 kilometres
Cam & Dursley Rail Station — 22.3 kilometres
Ferry ports
Lydney Harbour — 14.6 kilometres
Sharpness Old Docks — 14.7 kilometres
Bristol Docks Ferry Landing — 34.1 kilometres
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 35.0 kilometres
Bristol International Airport — 47.1 kilometres

Directions


The entrance is next to the 30 mph sign, with big black gates and a space to pull in. You will be met on arrival by one of the family. Please check your email after you have booked for additional information and directions.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

You’ll want to start with a wander (or few) around the Forest of Dean… If standard woodland trails aren’t doing it for the kids, take them over to Puzzlewood (10 minutes’ drive) to meander along magic-themed paths in search of fairies, unicorns and dragons. And if that’s not their scene either, add a bit of adventure to the equation on the treetop rope courses at the Go Ape park (10 minutes), or sign up for raft building, climbing and other escapades in Coleford.

Caves, canoes and castles should certainly be on the schedule too – start by getting underground at Clearwell Caves (10 minutes), then return to the surface for canoe trips from Monmouth (10 minutes) or Symonds Yat (15 minutes). If you pick the latter, you may end up paddling past Goodrich Castle; if not, it’s worth driving up there (15 minutes) to see the ruined Norman pile.

If you’ve got an eye for all things that move, take the trip to Coleford (five minutes) to visit the Great Western Railway Museum and ride on the Perrygrove Railway. Should you prefer to peek at pretty little things, make your way to the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (15 minutes).

Must see

  • Caldicot Castle & Country Park (4.8 kilometres)
  • Goodrich Castle (7.1 kilometres)
  • Raglan Castle (14.5 kilometres)

National Trust

  • The Kymin (2.9 kilometres)
  • Skenfrith Castle (12.7 kilometres)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Secret Escape to the Forest cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Secret Escape to the Forest will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does Secret Escape to the Forest have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Secret Escape to the Forest dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Secret Escape to the Forest? You’ll want to start with a wander (or few) around the Forest of Dean… If standard woodland trails aren’t doing it for the kids, take them over to Puzzlewood (10 minutes’ drive) … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Secret Escape to the Forest?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Secret Escape to the Forest? From $132.67 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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