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Cottage on the Common

Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1008335)

4.9

(32 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "We were made exceptionally welcome and nothing was too much trouble for the owner."

    The only minor issue we had was that we were not aware before arrival that the water was well water and not mains. Whilst the kitchen cold water tap was UV treated non of the others were.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2022

  • "The lane to the property was a bit scary initially but we got used to it, and the common beyond does make up for this, with amazing birdsong although most of them stayed hidfrom sight sadly."

    We found that turning right out of property was impossible due to speed of road and lack of clear visibility but was not a major problem. Property well equipped and clean. Bed very comfortable, sadly sofa less so. Downstairs especially the kitchen a little dark even though we were there in June. Kitchen small but well equipped, I did find accessing the microwave a bit awkward as it is under the staircase area, and the lack of recycling facilities in the area was frustrating (obviously this is not the fault of the property, but the local council, but we did take much of our waste home to be composted or recycled). Owner friendly and helpful. Would stay there again if I was looking for somewhere in the area.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2022

  • "This cottage was excellently equipped and clean; the owner was friendly and helpful; the welcome pack much appreciated."

    Yes, the access lane is very narrow and bumpy, and, as others have mentioned would surely not be good for a low vehicle, but the peace and birdsong at the end of the lane were worth the ride and the lane was a bit of an adventure for us, as we don't have one like it where we live in suburban Kent! We even ended up having to wait for some local chickens to move on a couple of occasions! This was our first trip to this lovely part of the country and the cottage location proved to be very convenient for exploration of Gloucester, Hereford, The Forest of Dean and along parts of the Wye and Severn Rivers. Margaret

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2022

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and we appreciated the welcome basket of local treats."

    The travel directions were excellent, although the narrow lane down to the cottage would be tricky to spot if a guest arrived for the first time in the dark. The owner is helpful and friendly and there is lots to see and do in the local area.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2022

  • "This was a beautiful, immaculate cottage in a very peaceful location and the welcome pack was very much appreciated."

    The main problem was access to it, the track was very pot-holed and hedges overgrown and there were no passing places if you were unlucky enough to meet another vehicle. Not very suitable for a low slung or wide vehicle.

    Reviewed by JenniferMar 2022

  • "Excellent cottage with high quality shower room and kitchen."

    Nice little welcome hamper too. All in all very good value and recommended. Access would be tricky if you have a wide or low slung car due to the narrow track

    Reviewed by KevinMar 2022

  • "Nice cottage at the end of a long lane ."

    Be aware in a low slung car . Also use what3words to find it. Kitchen was well equipped with good appliances and tools . The sitting room was nice with the log fire with a lovely tv . Very slight downside is slowish internet but no big deal and the sofa bed wasn’t the most comfortable thing to sit on. Downstairs shower room was really nice . Bedroom upstairs was good with lots of storage . Rode out storm Eunice on our last full day , helping owner Rob to clear the lane of downed trees and debris. He even drove us into Gloucester for fish and chips as we had a 12 hour power cut . Overall a lovely cottage and a nice stay .

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 2022

  • "The cottage is in an excellent location for visiting the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Welsh boarders."

    Lovely remote location with all amenities you need. Clean and tidy and we appreciated the effort made by the owner to make us feel very welcomed.

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic stay, the cottage had a great location and was so secluded and private we were able to relax and escape from our busy lives."

    The cottage is spotless with a great bathroom lovely furnishings. Great location for visiting, Cheltenham and Bristol and also Gloucester is less than 15 minutes away if you need to do a big shop.

    Reviewed by ThomasJan 2022

  • "This cottage is wonderful!"

    Brilliant facilities, so cosy, in a lovely place and such a warm friendly owner.

    Reviewed by EmmaJan 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely house, great location for an escape to the country that is still close to the city!"

    The owners left us a lovely welcome basket, the area is beautiful and the house is very well equipped! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to have a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by PaulinaDec 2021

  • "What we appreciated was that the cottage was quiet, very clean, warm and had everything you needed for a comfortable stay."

    Listening to the owls from the cottage was a lovely surprise. We enjoyed the welcome treats, a lovely touch and introduction to the local pale ales and cider. Thank you Rob and Gillian for a wonderful self-catering experience.

    Reviewed by AstridNov 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, very clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Reviewed by NormaNov 2021

  • "Gorgeous cottage!"

    We had a lovely 3 night break. Beautifully clean and very remote (which is exactly what we wanted) so it was super quiet. The lane which leads up to the cottage is very narrow, but it's easy to turn around at the end and there is a perfect space to park. The kitchen is so well stocked with everything you could need - we did breakfast every day and dinner one evening. The dishwasher made cleaning up nice and easy! The only thing we would change is the sofa in the lounge which wasn't as comfy as it could have been, but it was fine for a few nights watching Netflix when we weren't out. The log burner was lovely and cosy though, and there was plenty of wood for three nights.There is a beautiful 15 minute walk up the side of the house and across the fields to the River Severn, which made for some amazing photos at sunset. We went to the White Hart at Broadoak for dinner twice and had fantastic food and really good service - it's just 8 minutes up the road. We also went to Gloucester Cathedral, the Forest of Dean, Cheltenham and the Roman Villa at Chedworth - all are worth a look depending on what you're into, and the cottage was a perfect base for us, with everything within an hour's drive. We met the owner and he was very friendly and went out of his way to be helpful which left a brilliant impression! Overall a really lovely stay and we would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "The location is lovely, peaceful, and far enough from the road to be private."

    Only slight negative - I stand in excess of 6', the light fittings don't! WiFi and phone signal are very slow, but smart TV was useful.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "This is a lovely secluded little cottage and we had a super holiday while there."

    It was clean and kept to a high standard. There was a good supply of equipment and everything needed for a comfortable relaxing break. Thank you for the welcome pack too.

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2021

  • "Must stress lane is long and bumpy and on exiting on to main road is very hair raising esp."

    when turning right !

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "The cottage itself was excellent ,furnished and equipped to a very high standard."

    The only slight negative was the access to the cottage.

    Reviewed by FrankSep 2021

  • "Lovely quiet location and everything we expected provided."

    Only one complaint: very slow wifi/broadband

    Reviewed by RogerAug 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this lovely, homely cottage."

    After some very long and challenging walks (we would recommend Haresfield Beacon), the cottage was the perfect place to come back to. Thankyou to our hosts for the welcome pack and for making us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by DianaAug 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely sparkling clean and had everything you could possibly want or need."

    Very modern, well appointed and luxurious. Plenty of hot water, fridge and freezer space, towels and linens. really quiet spot off the beaten track but easy to access so many fantastic venues,sights and places.

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2021

  • "Cottage on the Common is a cute, cosy cottage."

    It's nicely decorated, very clean and comfortable. We had everything we needed there. We met the owner a few times, he was very friendly. It's in a great location for visiting the Forest of Dean, Gloucester and lovely nearby towns.

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "Cottage on the Common is down a very bumpy track which needs to be navigated carefully if you have a low car - but it is worth it for the peace and quiet of the location."

    The cottage is one of the best we have ever stayed in. Spotlessly clean, very well equipped and very comfortable. The welcome basket of goodies was delicious too. The cottage was warm and had excellent lighting - we love to read and there were good lamps in all the rooms. We took the footpath to the side of the cottage, crossed the road into Goose Lane and found a footpath that took us via a field of friendly goats to the River Severn. We also took a riide on the Forest of Dean steam railway and walked in the Forest. We hope to return to this lovely location.

    Reviewed by SuzanneJun 2021

  • "Stayed here 31st October to the 7th November 2020 The turning from the main road was a little hard to find The track down to the cottage was rather narrow a bit steep and very wet and muddy but worth it at the end The cottage was lovely with all you could wish for, a good sized bedroom with a toilet, a kitchen with washing machine and dish washer we made good use of both, a good size lounge with a wood burning stove which we used, and a most wonderful shower although downstairs, nicely decorated and furnished and clean."

    We will make a return visit in the future..

    Reviewed by GregoryOct 2020

  • "The cottage is warm and cosy, modern and comfortable, great kitchen and the log burner was useful as it was cold."

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2020

  • "A wonderful cottage which has all the facilities you could wish for."

    The bed was so comfortable , it was hard to get up in the mornings... Very quiet and idyllic surroundings and helpful hosts. We will return soon.

    Reviewed by DanielaOct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage enjoyed every moment ,very peaceful , thank you to the owners who left us a welcome pack"

    Reviewed by ValerieMar 2020

  • "Apart from a couple of plumbing issues, which I'm sure will be sorted, and a long bumpy muddy drive, the cottage was warm and comfortable, fantastic bed."

    - Boiler playing up, leaking pipe in the En_suite toilet, Slightly loose toilet seat in same room. The Host is aware of these small niggles and said they will be fixed, Unable to go for a walk, To Muddy, But that's Winter. Got some good drives around local villages, Beautiful scenery, would recommend this Break.

    Reviewed by AnnJan 2020

  • "Great getaway, was very lucky with weather."

    couldn't be any better. Would defo stay again.

    Reviewed by EmilyNov 2019

  • "Home from home experience."

    From the peace and quiet to the amazingly comfy bed which was so fresh smelling and beautifully clean. We loved the layout of the cottage and it's decor is a very high standard. We even had a few warm days where we opened the windows and listened to the birds singing. Don't let the bumpy lane put you off it's a little piece of heaven when you get to the end.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2019

  • "We were delighted to find the cottage was absolutely spotless clean, and very well equipped with everything for a very comfortable stay."

    We both felt that it was the best cottage we had stayed in, and we have stayed in a lot of places. The high standard was appreciated!!

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2019

  • "It was so refreshing to go to a cottage that we recognised from the description and photographs."

    It was also the first time that my wife has been so impressed with the cleanliness she was happy to use all the plates, mugs etc without giving them a quick "once over". The cottage overall was to a very good standard and we would have no hesitation about recommending it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by IanAug 2019

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Summary

  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size bedroom with en-suite basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with FreeSat, DVD player and WiFi
  • Central heating and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop, deli, restaurant, cafe 0.5 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

The property

This country cottage, close to the village of Westbury-on-Severn, is an excellent base for those looking to explore the unspoilt countryside of Gloucestershire, including the nearby Forest of Dean and beyond.

The property offers an exceptionally well equipped kitchen with table and chairs and all the appliances you could need.

The kitchen leads into a bright, comfortable and cosy living room with hardwood floor and tasteful artwork on the walls, with a sofa which converts into a sofa bed.

On those chillier evenings, there's a woodburning stove to keep you warm and give the room an even more welcoming feel.

Also on the ground floor is the contemporary bathroom with its generous sized shower, toilet and basin.

Upstairs you will find the spacious, attractive bedroom with king sized bed, en-suite toilet and plentiful storage.

Although there is no designated garden area, a bench sits at the front of the cottage where you can relax, perhaps with a glass of wine in the early evening, and listen to the many birds in the hedgerow opposite and those further afield.

The cottage, which is attached to the owners property, lies beside Walmore Common, accessed through a gate a few metres away.

Walmore Common is an SSSI, mainly because of the birds it attracts.

Although, sadly, the numbers have declined over the years, it still draws a wealth of different species, particularly in the winter months when the migratory birds such as Canada geese and Bewick swans arrive.

Occasional birdwatchers, on their way to the Common, walk past the house with their binoculars and tripods.

During wet winters the area floods and it's like living on the edge of a lake!

The flooding is controlled, and eventually drained into the river Severn.

The Common perfectly reflects the changing seasons so when the young wading birds have fledged in Spring, cattle and horses are brought onto the common for grazing.

There is always something to see here!

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About the location

WESTBURY-ON-SEVERN

Littledean 3 miles; Gloucester 10.5 miles; Ross-on-Wye 11.5 miles; Monmouth 17.5 miles.

The bustling village of Westbury-on-Severn lies on the banks of the River Severn and offers a Post Office, a traditional pub serving real ale and good food and the National Trust property of Westbury Court Garden, a 17th century Dutch Water Garden. Nearby the thriving village of Newnham-on-Severn is steeped in history and offers specialist shops to suit all interests, along with traditional pubs and cafes. This charming village, part of which is designated Conservation Area, has a tree-lined main street, many listed buildings, a striking central clock tower and is ideally located for watching the spectacular Severn Bore. The Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers numerous trails that can be explored on foot, bicycle or horseback. Caving, abseiling and a high-wire rope course are on offer for the more adventurous, while fishing, golf, kayaking and canoeing are also available. Gloucester is just a short drive away, where you will find Roman foundations, Victorian docklands and a spectacular Norman cathedral (whose cloisters were used in the Harry Potter films). Littledean, with its unique Jail Museum and Quadrophenia Collection, Westbury Court Garden, the only restored water garden in the country and the ancient caves and eerie caverns of Clearwell Caves (as seen in Dr Who and Merlin) make for great family day out. The ancient market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth have excellent shops, pubs and restaurants, plus many black and white timbered buildings, or visit the historic walled town of Chepstow with its celebrated race course and impressive Norman castle. Also Cheltenham is well worth a visit with its famous Gold Cup horse racing. A little further afield, discover the beautiful Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacon National Park. A great location for a relaxing break or activity holiday at any time of year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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