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Kensley Lodge

(Ref. 943797)

Broadwell near Coleford, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely Christmas get away great location and dog walks."

    Reviewed by Vicky4.4Dec 2022

  • "The cottage is so cosy and well furnished."

    We had 4 adults sharing and it was a perfect size for us. The shower always had plenty of hot water and the underfloor heating made us feel nice and toasty. The location is ideal, secluded enough to really relax and feel properly in the forest, whilst also being a short drive from key forest attractions like the Sculpture Trail, Speech House, Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves as well as local towns/villages like Coleford and Lydney.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Dec 2022

  • "Nice cottage , Hot tub a great feature , luckily there was only two of us and our dog staying there , would be extremely cozy for 4 adults let alone 6 ."

    Great location especially if you have dogs , with lots of nice walks in the forest .

    Reviewed by Andy4.1Nov 2022

  • "A beautiful lodge in a fantastic location."

    Absolutely loved our stay. Only concerns were, its a bit small for 6 people, but perfect for 4. Broken blind in one of the bedrooms ment you has to keep it open and a slight leak under the sink. The hot tub was great especially at night under the stars. Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend Kensley lodge.

    Reviewed by Glenn4.4Oct 2022

  • "The property was lovely, nice and secluded and really quiet."

    The hot tub was a really nice hot tub, well maintained and clean. Inside the property, all the important things (kitchen, beds/bedrooms, bathroom) were all very clean and the other rooms were decent. There were places that could do with a little freshen up (decor-wise) but nothing too serious, the bathroom could do with a lock though!! The place itself is very small though, even for 4 people, but aside from that a fantastic and lovely little space to stay for a week away. :)

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Oct 2022

  • "We arrived to Chaos Somehow our booking Wasn't logged I called the owner & the cleaning team arrived by which time I had already made our meal so we didn't want the upheaval The cleaning team were Absolutely Lovely & couldn't do enough for us given this was now 9pm ."

    The following day the cottage was cleaned whilst we were out & I spoke with the owner & Sykes & agreed on a partial refund to compensate .Having had this experience &seen first hand the Mes that the cleaning Team face & the Hard work they do I Hope the Owner Appreciates & Values them & what they do & the Dedication they show .So we would like to say a Big Thank you to the girls that looked after us & Salvaged our holiday

    Reviewed by Una2.2Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a very quiet pretty area."

    Cottage & hot tub was spotlessly clean & comfortable. Only minor point is some maintenance/updating needed on a few things but this didn't detract from what was a very enjoyable & relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.1Sep 2022

  • "Lovely lodge with comfortable beds, surrounded by forest!"

    The hot tub was the icing on the cake! Would thoroughly recommend!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic location in the forest, perfect for walking our dog plus the fields at the end of the drive perfect to walk round."

    Trish there daily, offered great tips and really friendly. All communication with Erica good, she responded quickly to us. The lodge is lovely, bedrooms quite compact but still fine, hot tub great. We would definately come and stay again. Only things we would say is lounge furniture tired and could do with an update outdoor lighting needs sorting for the darker evenings and mornings.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Sep 2022

  • "Great location, lovely lodge with extremely helpful and friendly cleaner, she was a great help in picking places to visit and where to eat out."

    We would definitely recommend this lodge as there is loads to do on your doorstep. Hot tub was great and well needed after a day's activity. Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our visit to Kensley lodge very much."

    lovely surroundings, fabulous woodlands and the hot tub was great. lots of places to visit in a beautiful area. Not being allowed on the grass area was dissapointing as we very much wanted to play croquet and badmington. The beds were very confortable, but lounge furniture very dated. The Shower door over the bath leaks. Having a smart TV with Netflix would have helped with the children in the evening as very ltd channels and no phone signal at all, but it was nice to be away from people ringing. I would still recomend this lodge, but being fenced off from the other lodges for privacy would have be much better instead of trellis, especially behind the hot tub and in front of next doors parking bay by the lodges front door. The cleaner who turned up on our last morning was lovely.

    Reviewed by Mandy3.1Aug 2022

  • "Excellent location in the Forest Of Dean our dog really loved her walks."

    Plenty to see and do in this area. The stone walled property was very quaint and clean. Adequately equipped, really enjoyed using the hot tub, plenty of towels provided.

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful setting, cottage was lovely, spotlessly clean, your cleaning lady is a star!"

    Hot tub was a lovely bonus, btw I've left you a bath plug that fits

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Kensley cottage."

    The property is in a brilliant location with most of the sights of the Forest of Dean within a 15 minute drive. It is well equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay, we particularly enjoyed the hot tub. We had our dog with us and there is a brilliant field which is fenced off within a 3 minute walk of the property - great for training and walking off the lead. Perhaps the only small criticism is that the bathroom is a little dated.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Apr 2022

  • "The lodge is well located on the edge of the forest."

    Everything in the lodge met our expectations apart from how reporting that the pop up waste for the bath was broken and appeared broken. The result was we couldn't empty the bath from the very start. I informed the owner, Erica, by WhatsApp and she meant to txt her reply to her cleaner Tash, to check our lodge, Unfortunately she sent the text to me in error...… stating - and I quote " When you're up there the idiots in Danby Lodge have managed to get the plug stuck in the bath and they can't get it out" There are no words to describe how we felt. We were insulted that she should speak about any guest in this way. She also got it wrong we were in Kensley lodge,not Danby. Tash the cleaner called the next day and confirmed it was indeed broken and a new part would be ordered. We spent the whole week emptying the bath with a corkscrew from the wine opener in the drawer. No apology or further contact from Erica when it was confirmed by Tash that the bath mechanism WAS BROKEN and not because we were IDIOTS.No apology or goodwill gesture. Tash is helpful and friendly - this problem was out of her remit. Best pub to eat in was The Woodman at Parkend. Coleford is a bit run down, the chippy was ok though. Symmons Yat had loads of potential. Great to walk down to river Wye over Bibbins bridge and back over the river by the hand pulled ferry.

    Thank you for your feedback and for bringing the issues to our attention. Please accept our apologies for the message which was sent to you in error. The bath plug has now been replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carmel3.1Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in the forest."

    Ideal for plenty of walks with your dog with an enclosed field near by. Local town and pubs are only a 5 minute drive. Hot tub was good and kept cleaned.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Apr 2022

  • "Cosy cottage."

    Great location. Wonderful staff on site. Hot tub was Wonderful.

    Reviewed by Sue3.8Mar 2022

  • "Tash was a super helpful addition to our stay, always on hand to assist us with a smile And nothing was too much trouble x Hot tub was serviced everyday and beds were super comfy."

    Very enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Mar 2022

  • "We stayed Monday to Friday with our 2 dogs and thoroughly enjoyed our stay ."

    The cottage was great ,clean, warm and well looked after as a barn conversion it had some really nice original features. Coming out of the cottage you were right in the forest ,the dogs loved this and it was great not to have to use the car if you wanted to go for a walk . The lady we met who worked there was really friendly and helpful .Pubs and shops not too far away . Will definitely go again .

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2022

  • "Hi this is a beautiful lodge in a beautiful setting."

    I would say not really suitable for 6 people due to such a small sofa bed. Think the suite could do with an upgrade as it’s not very comfortable. Other than that lovely stay and the lady who greeted us was fantastic

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Feb 2022

  • "Really nice cottage, home away from home in terms of comfort and the hot tub was wonderful too!"

    The support provided by Sykes and the cottage owner was also appreciated in finding alternative dates for our stay. Will certainly recommend both Sykes and this particular cottage!

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jan 2022

  • "Really easy to book."

    The lodge was gorgeous and cosy and had everything we needed. The hot tub was a fabulous treat after a day in the woods on our bikes. Definitely going to go back!

    Reviewed by Stacy5.0Jan 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely lodge."

    Very clean with everything we needed. The lodge was always warm and cosy. Hot tub was clean. Good location.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great stay."

    The cottage was lovely and had everything that was needed for a perfect stay. Really good location and close to local parks and places of interest. The hot tub was fantastic, so relaxing. Really enjoyable stay and would return.

    Reviewed by Leeanne4.4Nov 2021

  • "Very lovely and cosy lodge!"

    It had everything we needed and the hot tub was great! Great location, as there is lots of walks around the lodge and it’s a short drive to Symonds Yat! It is very nice that the accommodation allows pets to stay. The one thing is that check out at 10 am is very early and makes the morning very rushed. I think it would make a big difference changing check out to 11am. We had a lovely weekend at the lodge!

    Reviewed by Georgia5.0Nov 2021

  • "This property is lovely however it is not really suitable for 6 adults as the sofa bed is really only suited to one adult and is not really comfortable enough for more than one night."

    No other complaints, lovely place to stay for a few days, hot tub an added bonus! Lovely setting in the forest and even spotted wild boar which was a highlight. Would definitely return or recommend

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.1Oct 2021

  • "It was very disappointing, as we made plans according to what was available when buying ."

    It said there was a games room ,when there wasnt one at all . 2 Pets were welcome , I only took a little shiatsu that had to spend most of her time inside a cage as she wasnt allowed to go upstairs cause she had paws, said by the owner the day before we went in . Hot tub we were not allowed to change the temperature of the 38 degrees that was set ,following days the temperature was set to 29 degrees by whoever's was doing the daily maintenance. So after that we didnt make much use of it . There was a SPA treatment clinic also advertised , guess what ? No one to operate in. In my opinion it hasnt been operating for quite a long time . In the end the only positive aspect was the silence and the green from the evolving forest . No space for the kids to recreate close to the lodge except the long walks around the forest which was ok in the end. We made plans according to what we bought and I felt a bit tricked. Overall we didnt have the holiday we was expecting . So very disappointing!

    Thank you for your feedback,we have fed your comments back to the owner. We apologize for the issues you had during your stay. The games room was a glitch in the system that appeared in the features section of the website. Your points will also be reviewed to ensure that our property descriptions are correct and not misleading. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fernando2.5Aug 2021

  • "Bike parks near by and lovely local walks Very beautiful and peaceful"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Wonderful location, quiet, easy access to the forest , brilliant to have our own hot tub, definitely recommend to others"

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay, so quiet and peaceful, the lady’s were very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Will be back!"

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great place and wonderful area."


    Reviewed by Idris4.1May 2021

  • "Nice little cottage nestled within the forest."

    A comfortable fit for the two of us. Piping hot water and good underfloor heating. Hot tub was kept nice and clean. Would use again.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4May 2021

  • "My family and I had an absolutely wonderful early May Bank holiday break at Kensley Lodge celebrating my 50th birthday."

    Kensley Lodge is a real break away off the beaten track away from stresses of work, school, uni and general life! The accommodation was very clean, offered lots of character and cosiness and the separate dining room was perfect for birthday celebrations. The hot tub was a real treat and in just the right place for all afternoon sun, birdsong and looking out onto the beautiful Forest of Dean surroundings. Erica was helpful yet discreet and left us to our own devices but was in contact for arrival and departure and the lovely lady (Tash?) who came to clean the hot tub everyday was very kind and thoughtful buying me some chocolates on my birthday! We explored locally visiting The Sculpture Trail, Monmouth, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat with a canoe trip and ate out at The Potting Shed for brunch and Ye Old Ferrie Inn which offered delicious locally sourced food - a perfect get away and memories to treasure. Thank you Erica and your team at Forest of Dean Lodges. We will definitely be rebooking for another break to reboot our bodies and souls. Sally, Rob, Issie, Dom and Saffy (the spaniel who loved the walks in the well located open forest/field close by)

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2021

  • "What would have been nice would have been a pint of milk tea coffee after a ..."

    What would have been nice would have been a pint of milk tea coffee after a three hour drive,just to chill out before going off to find the shops

    Reviewed by Derek4.1Apr 2021

  • "When meeting Erica she was quite abrasive towards us and never greeted us either on arrival or over the phone - there was a misunderstanding over the key code and she did not make it easy on us or a great impression."

    There was no welcome letter and we had to root around for the welcome pack which should give you all the latest measures and information including the wifi password. The wifi did not work for 3 out of 4 days. The pack was filthy, quite obviously the same pack used since the beginning of Erica's venture into hospitality. With covid this should have been chucked while on lock down and a new pack made for these new times, the fogger will not clean be able to clean inside the pack. There was no clear indication of any recycling and all the rubbish was dumped together, the glassware was dirty from previous tenants and the shower is a hand held stick shower. The toilet and shower are in one room downstairs next to the kitchen and lounge area, all open plan and would make it very uncomfortable if two couples stayed. The rooms are small doubles. The linen was lovely, more than enough crockery/cutlery and the position is perfect to go off exploring the Forest, I won't be returning as I thought it overpriced.

    Reviewed by David3.1Oct 2020

  • "It was a lovely break and could not fault the service."

    The WiFi was down the first night but Erica was great with this and responded quickly to any queries. Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Jade3.8Sep 2020

  • "Everything was absolutely stunning."

    ... sometimes you stay somewhere and the pictures are not representative of the experience, hence I was a little unsure.... but, beautiful accommodation, beautiful surroundings, peaceful and we all said we would go back again! The owner made herself available and was excellent with communication. Thanks for a great and relaxing break!

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage itself was great, just what we needed and the location for us was superb."

    We thought the info was a little dated for example about shops and local pubs but on the whole we would recommended it.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Aug 2020

  • "The location, staying right near the forest really peacefull and relaxing"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2020

  • "Sofa bed was very uncomfortable- mattress is to thin Could do with a shower ..."

    Sofa bed was very uncomfortable- mattress is to thin Could do with a shower even an outside one by the hot tub Better directions to lodge (we werent given worcester lodge- forest of dean so didnt know what we were initially looking for) Lodge itself was cosy, had all we needed Wifi worked well Lovely walks Information book was good had lots of local contacts also takeaway menus given inside was a good idea (we used a local chinese)

    Reviewed by Laura3.4Dec 2019

  • "Slight doggy smell on arrival which was remedied by me when I bought a airfreshner spray."

    I think if the cleaners sprayed around whilst cleaning it would be best. Also I would have appreciated a few tea bags, sugar, coffee. & milk etc as a welcome when we arrived as we have had at previous stays. other wise a very comfortable and enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Julia4.1Oct 2019

  • "Good location for attractions."

    The cottage was in the forest of Dean. Very relaxing surrended by the forest and fields which had about three holiday cottages and a large house too for holiday rental .quite remote extra bonus for us was being dog friendly too :a excellent place to relax and able to recharge oneself (+ family) the cottage itself was excellent clean and well decorated. Plus provided all the essentials cookies.fridgefreezer .bath/shower at a high standard and bedding plus bath towels disadvantage no washing machine /dryer (personal opinion) would be great if each cottage had their own hot tub and included in package so able to use as and when hope this as been useful thank you thoughly enjoyed our week would consider to book again with sykes and same cottage too

    Reviewed by Gwen4.4Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful and the perfect place to stay in."

    Location perfect with walking trails outside the property. Would highly recommend the place

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was delightful, but mealtimes were challenging with 6 people, with only seating for 4!"

    Also, it was a surprise that loo roll was not included, as it has always been included in previous self-catering cottages we've had.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.4Oct 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen and electric woodburner effect fire
  • Dining room with double sofa bed.
  • Underfloor heating with electric woodburner effect fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private 7 seater hot tub
  • Open bike store
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars, additional spaces available if required
  • Front private patio and access to shared picnic table and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk and pub 12 mins walk
  • Note: On site beauty treatment room with hair, beauty and holistic treatments available This is at an extra cost and requests would need to be made with property owner after full balance payment received
  • Note: WiFi may be intermittent
  • No stag or hen or similar
  • Please note this property has a disinfecting fogging machine that disinfects the property after each booking

The property

Coleford 1.25 miles.

A heart-warming barn conversion, part of a Grade II listed building, near the village of Coleford, decorated in natural stone walls, oak beams, and flagstone floors.

Discover the beautiful open-plan lounge, the floral patterned sofas, reclining chairs and floor rug tie the layout together well.

Close by, a compact kitchen is graced in an oak finish, while a separate dining room features a glass panelled door which opens up onto the terrace area with views over the open fields and out to the forest.

There is also a sofa bed on hand should you wish to invite along extra guests, and a contemporary high quality bathroom to finish the ground floor.

This lodge has two centrally heated double bedrooms, both with original beams, stone walls and a sloping ceiling.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 943807, 943808 and 966152, together they can sleep up to 26 people.

Forest Of Dean Lodges

These group of lodges are set in private lands in the Forest of Dean and has direct access to the mountain bike trail. All designed to a standard of quality with an abundance of character, you will be intrigued by the one-of-a-kind features; exposed stonework and enchanting beams bring a true sense of tradition to the interiors, a lovely place to relax with your loved ones. The open-plan living area is perfect for socialising, and welcomes you in after an eventful day, your own haven to dish up those home-cooked meals, before settling down on the sumptuous sofas in front of the TV. There is even a cosy electric woodburner effect fire which you can set ablaze on those cooler evenings. The bedrooms lie on the upper floor in Kensley and Danby Lodges or ground floor in Latimer Lodge, all styled in a beautiful fashion, bringing guests a peaceful night’s sleep, and offering a heart-warming base to wake up to, every day that goes by. Lastly, a family bathroom is located on the ground floor, a contemporary addition to the layout. Outside is where you will want to be, spending some time on the patio area, perhaps with a refreshing drink, or even better, why not arrange a pamper session at the on-site beauty treatment room, providing everything from hair styling, to body massages. Coleford is a small town in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Close to Coleford is the town of Lydney which sits on the banks of the River Severn and is in an area that is a delight for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Just a short drive away, in the historic waterfront city of Gloucester, you will find Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and a spectacular Norman Cathedral. Also within easy reach is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, in the heart of rural Herefordshire, boasting timbered Tudor houses, shops, pubs and restaurants and the town of Symonds Yat. A wonderful choice for a holiday to remember.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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About the location


Monmouth 6 miles; Lydney 7 miles, Ross-on-Wye 10 miles; Gloucester 19 miles; Chepstow 13 miles; Lydbrook 3 miles.

Coleford is a small town in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The town has a range of shops, bars and restaurants and is just four miles from the Welsh border. The Royal Forest of Dean is England's largest oak forest and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The forest offers numerous trails that can be explored on foot, by bicycle or by horseback. Close to Coleford is the town of Lydney which sits on the banks of the River Severn and is in an area that is a delight for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Just a short drive away, in the historic waterfront city of Gloucester, you will find Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and a spectacular Norman Cathedral (whose cloisters were used as a location in the Harry Potter films). Also within easy reach is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, in the heart of rural Herefordshire, boasting timbered Tudor houses and excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. This unspoilt area has something to offer everyone at any time of the year.

No stag or hen or similar
Please note this property has a disinfecting fogging machine that disinfects the property after each booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas