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General

  • Ensuite shepherd's huts on a quiet site in the Forest of Dean
  • Puzzlewood, Clearwell caves and canoeing within 10 minutes' drive
  • Barbecues and firepits provided; woodfired hot tub for hire

Psst… fancy fleeing away for a forest foray? 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. And if you really want to be sure of keeping warm, have a chat with the folk on site to see if you can book a session in their woodfired hot tub (advance booking highly recommended).

Please note

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

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

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

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


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10

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100% would recommend this park to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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A secret escape to the forest ❤️07/30/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBryony P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    We love these and the area. It’s the second time we’ve stayed this year. It’s very secluded and the three bits are placed well so that you still have your privacy! There is an AMAZING pub in walking distance called the The White Horse Inn (a must visit for delicious food!) There is a gate behind the huts that lead into the forest. We saw a lot of deer which was lovely to watch. You can walk to the river from here and down to Symmonds Yacht - doesn’t take long! Steep in places mind. Lots to do there as well.
    The hut is well equipped with a hot plate, small fridge and all the cutlery/plates you’ll need. Lots of firewood to use to new you warm at night if you need it. Hardly any internet signal, but that didn’t bother us! Would highly recommend it.

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The perfect getaway!07/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLauren O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Foxglove 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Amazing self contained Shepard huts, much bigger that I expected them to be. Has everything you need for a getaway, cutlery and crockery available, as well as pots and pans, a toaster and kettle. Wine glasses and mugs, even a coffee decanter! Small fridge there too! Bathroom with a good shower. Very clean throughout. Fire pit with ample amount of wood and more available at no extra charge! Lovely hosts greeted us and showed us around, couldn’t have asked for more, they had truly thought of everything. Unfortunately the hot tub wasn’t available for us as the other guests had booked it out, and we were so envious when we saw it! Definitely would book again, and would make sure to book the hot tub! Will be booking to go again! Also liked how the huts weren’t in someone’s back garden, you are completely on your own in the country side (apart from the other guests of course). Be aware there’s no WiFi, which to me made it an even better place to be with no distractions. Just you and wildlife, bliss!
    P.S the pub down the road (the white horse) has excellent food and beer! With very welcoming guests!

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Brilliant02/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomisobel s.Confirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Very secluded. The hut was clean and well equipped with decent quality necessities. We were the only ones there which was great. A whole forest on your doorstep can't be bad!

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Unique stay in the heart of the forest02/17/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBryony P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    We loved how unique it was. Log burner with unlimited fuel. Cute little kitchen area to prepare food. Well equipped kitchen. Prosecco glasses as well as wine glasses (very important!) Lovely little hamper waiting for you. Met on arrival and shown around. Comfy bed. High quality items in the hut. Situated right next to forest for amazing walks. Also less than 1/2 a mile from best pub - The Whitehorse Inn, Staunton.

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Cosy hut in wonderful central but secluded location01/27/2020

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

  • Acorn 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Location - central and ideal. Remote and secret as advertised!

    Cosy cabin which was a real get away from it all break.

    Warm welcome from the family to settle us in.

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Wonderful stay. Clean, snuggly, lots of firewood and well equipped.01/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHayley H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Foxglove 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    LOVED the location, the shepherd hut, he log fire, the welcome pack. It was the peaceful New Year getaway that we were after.

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Homely and fresh hut with all the facilities you need for a getaway.12/22/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSophie R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Foxglove 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Everything!! Thank you for an amazing stay, the outside may look small but inside is everything you could need, including an en suite, comfy bed, toaster, kettle, electric hob, wonderful log burner, chairs and table, and the welcome basket was so lovely! So clean, tidy and welcoming! Absolutely loved it :)

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    Nothing! Even with wind and rain it still felt cosy.

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Friendly site which was immaculate. Owners really friendly11/12/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Acorn 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Wood burner, hot tub, bed, kitchen was really efficient and the walks directly into the Forrest.

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Warm reception, cosey and homely feel inside the hut, great …09/24/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLauren H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Warm reception, cosey and homely feel inside the hut, great kitchen facilities, en-suite and comfortable bed. Very cute setting. Incredibly peaceful and relaxing.

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    No hot water in shower and no outside light

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Fantastic!09/02/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartyn J.Confirmed

  • Bluebell 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    What a beautiful site! Stunning views, immaculate accommodation with everything you could possibly need. Very welcoming, great location. Will definitely be staying again :)

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Features

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Themes

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Camping 2.0

Shepherd's huts

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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
Monmouth Bus Station — 3.1 miles
Ross on Wye: Cantilupe Rd Coach Stop — 7.8 miles
Chepstow Bus Station — 11.7 miles
Train stations
Lydney Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Chepstow Rail Station — 11.7 miles
Cam & Dursley Rail Station — 13.9 miles
Ferry ports
Lydney Harbour — 9.1 miles
Sharpness Old Docks — 9.1 miles
Bristol Docks Ferry Landing — 21.2 miles
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 21.7 miles
Bristol International Airport — 29.3 miles

Directions


The entrance is next to the 30 mph sign, big black gates, and a space to pull in. You will be met on arrival by one of the family.

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 (3.0 miles)
  • Goodrich Castle (4.4 miles)
  • Raglan Castle (9.0 miles)

National Trust

  • The Kymin (1.8 miles)
  • Skenfrith Castle (7.9 miles)

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

On-park accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Secret Escape to the Forest cancelation 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 cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

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

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • 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-park accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Secret Escape to the Forest? From $104.60 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

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

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

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

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