Today we’re taking a sneak peek at some of our favourite cottages, all of which are within a short distance from a famous forest. From Kielder right up in the north of Northumberland through to the Forest of Dean down in Gloucestershire, they all combine the beauty of the great outdoors with a cosy cottage, so why don’t you take a look and see which you’d like to pay a visit to?
Kielder Forest – Greystead Old Church (ref. 23575)
Situated just a few miles from Kielder Water, right in the heart of the Kielder Forest Park, Greystead Old Church is a stunning Grade II listed former Georgian church. Lovingly restored just a couple of years ago, the property was transformed into beautiful holiday cottage whilst retaining plenty of the original features including the stained glass windows, Georgian panelling and the Gothic archway. With four bedrooms, Greystead Old Church can comfortably sleep up to eight people making it perfect for family get-togethers or breaks with friends alike, and with the Kielder Forest right on the doorstep you’ll never struggle for something to do. With the darkest skies in the whole of the country, Kielder is one of the best places to do a spot of stargazing and you could even pop down to the famous observatory, which is just a little way up the road.
Grizedale Forest – 3 Vale View (ref. 25709)
Or alternatively, we’ve got 3 Vale View which is just on the outskirts of the Grizedale Forest in the Lake District. It’s a traditional whitewashed property in the picturesque hamlet of Hannakin – the perfect place to catch some stunning views. In fact the property is geared towards making the most out of these panoramas with the upside down arrangement meaning you’ll be able to enjoy uninterrupted vistas from the living areas. Just down the road, you’ll be able to find the quaint village of Hawkshead, famously the former home to both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. These literary links mean that Hawkshead is a veritable haven for all of the book lovers out there, offering tours of Wordsworth’s old school and the Beatrix Potter gallery where you’ll be able to find many of her original illustrations. Or if you’d count yourself as more of an adrenaline junkie, then there’s always the Go Ape and mountain bike trails in Grizedale Forest itself.
The Forest of Dean – Ciderpress Cottage (ref. 24803)
And finally we’ve got the Forest of Dean and Ciderpress Cottage. A detached barn conversion situated in an idyllic rural location, the ground floor of the cottage features a cosy living room full to the rafters with charm, and up just a couple of steps you’ll be able to find the magnificent kitchen complete with all of the mod cons that you could ask for. Upstairs there are two comfortable bedrooms which between them can sleep four people, making it a great cottage for a family break. In the Forest of Dean itself, you’ll be able to try out a huge array of activities and things to pass the time, ranging from segway riding to bushcraft and maybe even a trip around the Westons Cider Mill.
So there’s just a small selection of some of our favourite forest cottages, we hope that you liked them but don’t forget you can always have a quick look through to the full collection – we’re sure you’ll find something to suit you!