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Orchard Cottage

(Ref. 930735)

Blakeney, Gloucestershire Show on map

4.7

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "W had no problems with Sykes cottages there communication was excellent."

    However The shower room floor was filthy. It was so cold. he sofa was sinking and uncomfortable to sit on. We went home 2 days early. We would not recommend the cottage it needs a really deep clean. I dropped my nightdress on the shoer room floor and it got dirty and had to be thrown away. The owners seemed pleasant enough but the cottage is shabby and not being properly cleaned. I worked in a hospitality for many years .

    So sad that this guest did not enjoy their stay. Apart from a friendly greeting to them when they arrived we had little contact. I did speak to a man mid way through the stay to check all was OK but no issues were raised. Without being shown the area of cleaning concern I cannot comment - we regularly score very highly on cleaning standards. We provide extra blankets and a supplementary fan heater but despite the snow outside this week these do not seem to have been used. So sorry that the guest felt unable to speak to us about their concerns and instead chose to raise it publicly rather than give us the opportunity to rectify despite having worked in hospitality. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen1.9Mar 2023

  • "We had a fantastic holiday, made all the better for being very comfortable at Orchard Cottage."

    The hot tub is brilliant and the location enables visitors to see a variety of idyllic local landscapes and places of interest. The nearby pubs and restaurants were excellent. It was the perfect relaxing break we were looking for. Thank you to Sykes and our hosts Doreen and Tony.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very pretty and cosy place to stay for a couple of nights."

    Secluded and the views from both the hot tub and the bedroom are amazing. Bed is super comfy, bathroom is pretty modern and the hot tub was excellent. Only a couple small criticisms I have are that the mugs don’t really fit in the coffee machine, the cappuccino I made from it wasn’t a cappuccino and was more like a watery coffee and I’m not sure if the induction hob actually works, or if it does then it takes an age to come on. But apart from that, everything else was perfect. Highly recommend staying here.

    Thanks for the positive comments... In response to specific points, 1) Mugs do not fit but cups do. 2) Cappuccino maker is manual so YOU decide how strong to make the coffee. 3) Induction hob has been tested and is working fine. Like ALL induction hobs you have to put the pan on the hob before it will heat up. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cameron4.4Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely time staying in Orchard Cottage."

    The kitchen is the perfect size, the wet room is fantastic, the bedroom's comfortable & uncluttered, and outside it's quaint and charming. After seeing the sights that the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley have to offer, we spent every evening relaxing in the hot tub. We have great memories & would thoroughly recommend Orchard Cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely setting with great views, quaint little cottage was perfect for me, my wife and our little one as a base to explore the Forest of Dean."

    Would definitely recommend, and will more than likely return again in the future

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Oct 2020

  • "Really great location, cottage is nice and homely and everything is as expect but would benefit from a little refreshing and a little more luxury."

    Sofa, TV and hot tub area just need a refresh.

    Reviewed by Carl3.8Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, friendly owners who made us feel welcome and kept a respectable distance so the perfect balance."

    Good views and nice feel to the place, private and secluded enough but with a pub and village within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Oct 2019

  • "The location was perfect."

    Very quiet and peaceful. The road leading to the cottage is in serious need of repair. My car went down a pothole and burst a tyre ! My only moan about the cottage is the undercover seating area is not weather proof. The roof leaked and wet the furniture so not possible to sit out in inclement weather. The same applies to the hot tub where the roof does not cover the whole of the hotub and leaks.

    Good news! Our lane has now been resurfaced! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Sep 2019

  • "Had a lovely restful holiday, the floor in the wet room can become slippery and care should be taken, decor could do with update (walls are very marked)."

    Outside area could have done with a tidy up, (leaves everywhere).

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Jun 2019

  • "Everything was perfect!"

    It was exactly how it was described and we loved every second of it. Doreen was absolutely charming and everything we could need was provided for us, I hope to come back one day!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2018

  • "Fantastic property, very helpful and friendly owners."

    Only downside was a lack of real glasses to drink from ... only plastic, which is fine for hot tub but real glasses would have been nice.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Oct 2018

  • "Gorgeous little cottage with amazing views."

    The hot tub was perfect to unwind in after a day walking in the forest.

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Sep 2018

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Orchard Cottage!"

    The cottage was small but cozy, well equiped, perfectly clean and well looked after. The fairy lights outside and in the bedroom gave it a lovely atmosphere and the speakers in the wetroom added a quirky touch. The only thing to note is stairs are steep and our dog did struggle a bit, and the walk back from the pub is up a steep hill, but the food is worth the effort. The owners were helpfull and informative when we arrived and the info package in the cottage gave great ideas on places to go and see or eat. The hot tub was the icing on the cake and we spent every evening relaxing in total privacy with the lovely view. It was a fantastic holiday and just the relaxation we were looking for.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely time had here, peaceful with mainly the bleating of sheep as just about the only sound to be heard."

    Front of cottage totally secluded and not overlooked and in the good weather a total sun trap until early evening, only really wore any clothes when off site. The hills in the area are steep, very steep and the roads narrow. Walking down to the one pub was fun (it's closed on Wednesday by the way!) but walking back even more fun. Hosts leave you alone unless you want to, or need to, talk to them. You have your own parking spot, I recommend reversing into it for ease of driving out. Loads to do and see within a short drive and plenty of local walks if you don't want to drive.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great location for people who love cycling, exploring and photography."

    Owners were polite and courteous and cottage was private and cosy with great facilities including heated floor and Bluetooth speakers. Had a great relaxing time.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0May 2018

  • "Really relaxing break, great hosts and beautiful setting Private hot tub that ..."

    Really relaxing break, great hosts and beautiful setting Private hot tub that had a partial roof (not many tubs do so this was a bonus for hiding from the odd shower) Nicely situated to explore the area

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Apr 2018

  • "We had a fantastic time and we loved the cottage."

    Our hosts were very friendly and provided us with a welcome pack and offered us some local reccomdations to see while we were in the area. We would recommend Ross on Wye and also littledean jail but only if you have a strong disposition. In all we had a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very pretty little cottage with really friendly owners , they even let us have an additional night for free as we arrived a day late because of illness ."

    . brilliant hot tub !!!

    Reviewed by Sally4.6Dec 2017

  • "Wow!! What a lovely cottage"

    . We had a 4 night break but wish we could of stayed longer. The owners Doreen & Tony were very friendly. The Hot Tub was very relaxing. The views were amazing.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2017

  • "Fantastic little cottage."

    My partner and I had an amazing time. Beautiful surroundings, great hot tub and really nice owners. Highly recommend if you are looking for a nice romantic, relaxing break for two.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.8May 2017

  • "This holiday was just what me, my partner and our little dog needed!"

    A beautiful quiet location for lovely walks! The hot tub was an added bonus! Very welcoming friendly and helpful owners! Will definitely return soon! Can't fault the Orchard Cottage! Very happy customers!

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Nov 2016

  • "Fantastic accommodation for 2 if you're looking for quaint and cosy."

    The hot tub was the icing on the cake. So much to do in the area, 2 nights just wasn't long enough.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Sep 2016

  • "After booking our holiday we have a few problems as Sykes had wrote the wrong postcode when we booked over the phone, therefore we did not receive the details and conformation about or holiday."

    When phoning the lady on the phone could not find record of the holiday at first, which worried us knowing we had paid - this was due to the postcode being wrote down incorrect. The problem was finally resolved and we received our conformation quickly. The cottage was lovely! The owners were brilliant and could not help us enough. The pack they left was a lovely idea, with fresh eggs, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, bread etc. The cottage was very clean and welcoming. The location was perfect over looking the area - although the chickens rather noisy at night, I didn't find this too much of an issue. Had a fantastic and relaxing break! Loved the hot tub!!

    Reviewed by Lee4.8Aug 2016

  • "Had a fabulous time."

    Would recommend. Planning on going back

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Aug 2016

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Summary

  • Mostly ground floor
  • One mezzanine king-size double bedroom with TV
  • Wet room with shower, basin, WC and integrated Bluetooth speakers
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast bar and sitting area.
  • Air-source central heating with underfloor heating in wet room
  • Electric oven, 2-ring induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, Iron and Ironing Board 2 x TVs with Freeview, radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Secure bike storage
  • Enclosed decked area with furniture and hot tub
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: Due to the spiral staircase, care should be taken
  • Note: No children over 5

The property

A delightful detached barn conversion in the grounds of the owner's home and holiday cottage, close to the ancient village of Blakeney and on the south-east edge of the Forest of Dean.

This is a lovely cottage, set in an elevated position, overlooking an ancient cider orchard and offers light and bright accommodation with a hot tub.

This is a perfect romantic retreat from which to explore this lovely part of the country.

This attractive cottage has an open plan living area with whitewashed wooden floor boards, a modern well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and cosy leather sofa in the sitting area where you’ll also find a large LED, HD TV to relax in front of after a busy day exploring the area.

A contemporary wet room is also located on the ground floor.

Climb the wrought iron spiral staircase to the first floor bedroom offering a sumptuous double bed, TV, DAB bedside clock radio with iPod dock and lovely views.

To the front of the cottage is an enclosed decked area with furniture, ideal for a refreshing drink, especially with the wine cooler to hand, or for relaxing in the luxurious hot tub after a day exploring the area.

Walks to the Forest of Dean can be enjoyed from the doorstep, or why not take a stroll to the village of Blakeney to enjoy a drink in the village pub or sample a treat of local fish and chips?

A wonderful cottage for a memorable break at any time of year.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 919931, together they sleep 4.

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About the location

BLAKENEY

Gloucester 16 miles; Monmouth 16 miles; Ross-on-Wye 17 miles.

The ancient village of Blakeney lies on the southeast edge of the Royal Forest of Dean and was once a site of a Roman Villa dating back to 75AD. Equidistant to Gloucester and Monmouth, the village boasts many 16th and 17th century buildings, with a charming 16th century coaching inn, and also offers a good selection of amenities including a fish and chip shop, village store and Post Office, as well as numerous walks and cycle routes. The magnificent Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasts numerous trails that can be explored on foot, by bike or horseback. Caving, abseiling and a high wire rope course can be enjoyed by the more adventurous, whilst fishing, golf, kayaking and canoeing are other popular activities available in this unspoilt area. The eerie caverns and ancient caves of Clearwell are close by, as are the Gloucestershire Way and Offa's Dyke Path for wonderful walks. Close by, Symonds Yat boasts natural scenery and straddles the beautiful River Wye with its magnificent limestone rock, popular with climbers, and well known for its viewpoint. Visit the historic town of Monmouth, which offers a fusion of elegant Georgian mansions and Victorian courtyards, or the lovely town of Ross-on-Wye with its timbered Tudor houses and delightful riverside walks, both home to excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. The unspoilt Malvern Hills, Brecon Beacon National Park and Black Mountains, as well as lovely Cotswold towns and villages are just a little further afield.

Note: No children over 5.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas