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Cottage on the Common

(Ref. 1008335)

Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic cottage super clean and cozy."

    A great welcome pack greeted us after our five hour journey plus the gentleman known as Robert.Although we were in November the weather favoured us for the week and we found lots of local towns and attractions and soon realized how close to Wales we were. Great location far away from the madding crowd surrounded by nature and silence.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2023

  • "Very relaxing stay very well equipped."

    Sofa not very comfortable felt like you were falling forward, The lane could do with the brambles being cut back & a few of the pot holes being filled in. However this would not stop us from booking again in the future. Lovely welcome pack very friendly & helpful owner,

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very well equipped cottage, has everything needed for the full length of your stay."

    Spotlessly clean, and very tastefully decorated. The lane is narrow but ok with care. We enjoyed a very nice relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Norman4.7Oct 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage that had all you need for a relaxing break."

    The oil heater is being replaced by electric powered run by solar so with its own well that supplies the water it is a great eco property. Lovely welcome gift, Rob was very friendly, sent a greeting even whilst away himself. If I could change anything I would cut back some of the brambles in the lane to give more natural light for the cottage and fill some of the dips in the lane for a smoother drive. But that's just minor. Fabulous stay.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a Lovely stay at the cottage the owner Robert is very pleasant and charming, ideal for evening walk on walmore common and wildlife spotting great to see Muntjac deer walking past the window on the track outside ."

    Good location for easy access to Forest of Dean and Wye Valley .Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and well equipped, the welcome pack was a thoughtful extra and much appreciated."

    The access to the cottage really does need work carried out, I.e. hedges cutting back both sides, we drive a Kia picanto and we were brushing the hedges both sides. Also the holes in the track require filling as it does the suspension no good. Access from the track to the main road could do with a mirror on the opposite side so you can see traffic coming, it’s a 50 mph road and we did feel we were dicing with death when pulling out. These are minor negatives and easily rectified which would result in a top score.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Jun 2023

  • "It is a great cottage -well equipped in every respect - in a very peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage, lovely rooms, could not fault it."

    Everything we needed, really appreciated the welcome gifts too!! Ideal location for exploring the area. Close to Gloucester town and the Forest of Dean. We had a very enjoyable week!

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Apr 2023

  • "A very nice property."

    Everything met our expectations exactly. Just one thing I would mention though is that access to the property is by way of a rough track. If you arrive in something like a low-sprung sports car then you probably won't be able to reach the house.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2023

  • "A delightful little cottage in a lovely quiet location, ideally situated for exploring the Forest of Dean and Gloucester."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage is ideal for a quiet holiday, ideal to visit the surrounding area."

    Very welcoming, all information regarding cottage, appliances, surrounding area provided in a folder. Everything you need is provided. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a beautiful charming little cottage."

    Perfect hideaway for me. This was exactly what I wanted. The facilities were fantastic, it was cosy and warm despite going there at the coldest time. I was undistubed and it was so peaceful. The welcome basket was so cute and a wonderful touch. I really recommend this place highly - Thank you :-)

    Reviewed by Kellie5.0Dec 2022

  • "This cottage is an absolute gem."

    It has everything you need for a comfortable stay and is maintained to a very high standard.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Nov 2022

  • "Perfect cottage."

    Every detail thought of to make for an ideal break.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Nov 2022

  • "Just superb."

    We had a wonderful week of peace and relaxation. The location is lovely and the cottage is fabulous.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Oct 2022

  • "We were warmly welcomed by Rob when we arrived."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. A lovely welcome pack awaited us on the table, along with information on the cottage and useful pointers for places to eat/ shop etc. The cottage is situated at the end of a long narrow lane...we really enjoyed the peace and the lack of light pollution. Be aware leaving the lane at the main road is tricky, and the the traffic is fast..take care. Places to visit are all within easy reach. Would recommend Lydney Harbour - fabulous views of the Severn, Tintern Abbey is also worth a visit. We had no trouble filling a week here. Would also highly recommend the Severn and Wye Smokery which is just up the road from the cottage... delicious food- wonderful desserts!

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Oct 2022

  • "The directions to find the property were brilliant."

    The cottage was immaculately clean and contained every conceivable item needed for a comfortable stay which made for a 1st class break.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage, everything you need for a relaxing week."

    The cottage was clean and welcoming, the track to the cottage was a little quirky, but you soon get used to it. We had a lovely comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Aug 2022

  • "The cottage had all we needed for our holiday."

    However the seating in the lounge was not very comfortable. The location was quiet and we were happy there. Though the access lane was a bit of a challenge at first, we got used to it! We were warned about that before hand so we knew what to expect. Overall we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Aug 2022

  • "The Cottage on the Common is a very charming cottage just right for our stay in Gloucestershire."

    It was very comfortable and well equipped for all needs. I would recommend a stay here to friends and family. The only thing that may have been better would be more outdoor facilities or access to a garden space. There really was only one place to sit which was at the front of the cottage. Also it is a little close to the main road.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Jul 2022

  • "Delightful cottage with all the right amenities."

    Wonderful comfy king sized bed; great nights’ sleep. The weather was fabulous for cycling around The Forest of Dean and we spent many an evening watching the sun go down on the bench outside the cottage looking at the wildlife in the hedges and meadow. Lovely owner and host Rob was there if you needed anything and we plan to return to this lovely holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Paula4.4Jul 2022

  • "The property was very hard to find, it was a small entrance between bushes off the busy A48."

    .we had to ring the owner to help us find it...he was very helpful. The road to the cottage was VERY BUMPY and long. Once you get to the cottage it is beautiful, can't fault it, it has everything you need.There are cows in the field just behind the cottage, who came to the fence to see us. The owner left us a lovely welcoming gift of 2 bottles of cider and some lovely biscuits, very nice indeed. We took our electric bikes with us but didn't get to use them much as not alit round there...Essco garage and a pub...the pub is called The Severn Bore, we can't recommend it MUST go for the Sunday carvery it was delicious and only cost £9.95!, we ate there 3 times and the food was always lovely and the staff are so friendly. Was a lovely cottage but wouldn't stay again due to the location

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jun 2022

  • "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 Peter4.7Jun 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 Sarah4.7May 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 Margaret5.0May 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 Jane5.0Apr 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 Jennifer4.4Mar 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 Kevin5.0Mar 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 Philip4.7Feb 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 Helen5.0Feb 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 Thomas5.0Jan 2022

  • "This cottage is wonderful!"

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

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jan 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 Paulina5.0Dec 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 Astrid4.7Nov 2021

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

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Nov 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 Chris4.7Oct 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 David5.0Oct 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 Christopher5.0Sep 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 Michael5.0Sep 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 Frank4.7Sep 2021

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

    Only one complaint: very slow wifi/broadband

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Aug 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 Diana5.0Aug 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 Clare5.0Aug 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 Diane5.0Jul 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 Suzanne5.0Jun 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 Gregory4.1Oct 2020

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

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 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 Daniela5.0Oct 2020

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

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Mar 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 Ann4.7Jan 2020

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

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

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Nov 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 Karen5.0Oct 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 Mark5.0Oct 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 Ian5.0Aug 2019

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  • 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


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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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