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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    In touch with nature , peace and quiet and a lovely lodge. Comfortable beds , super shower…… a home from home .

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous lodge, clean, tidy, well maintained and great amenities such as the hot tub and proximity of the fishing lake."

    Will look to return at some time

    Reviewed by Les5.0Jul 2023

  • "The lodge was brilliant so beautifully located and inside was perfectly looked after with so many little extras for to make you feel at home."

    The location couldn't be bettered. On its own by the side of the beautiful lake with squirrels rabbits moorhens and even a heron. This along with ducks and their 7 babies which kept us busy feeding them all week! There were goldfinches blackbirds magpies along with other birds and large fish in the lake. In all a perfect place and lodge for perfect relaxation along with of course the gorgeous hottub which was just at the right temperature. (Not too hot until some!) Thank you so much to the owners of Mallard for sharing this beautiful place with us.Steph.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Thank you we had the perfect week with our granddaughters, everything and more was available within the lodge :) hot tub was a huge hit, beds very comfortable."

    The wildlife was amazing :) we were visited on many occasions on all days by the ducks with their babies :) we loved it. Went out and about Wye Valley, Go Ape/Segways so much fun and the weather was absolutely gorgeous :) Fabulous holiday had by all thank you again.

    Reviewed by Kathrine5.0Jun 2023

  • "We booked a last minute break for Christmas."

    Communication was really good with lots of useful information. The lodge is tricky to find as the sat nav takes you past the site. As soon as you see the sign for Phocle Green its down a dirt track then a sharp left where its says phocle Lake private land. We chose Mallard which is one of only four lodges onsite so its secluded and quiet. We were pleased with the location onsite as it was the furthest away from the entrance and at the edge so no one else had to come past our lodge. However other lodge visitors walking around the lake did walk past as probably didn't realise it was a dead end. Upon arrival we were surprised by a Christmas tree along with prosecco and mince pies which was lovely. The place was immaculate, exactly as pictures and smelt nice. It was spacious with two decent size bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Supplies included were sachets of tea, coffee and sugar. Anti bac spray, tea towel, dish cloth and dishwasher tabs. Hand and bath towels along with separate towels for the hot tub, hairdryer, toilet rolls, tubes of shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The only things I would have liked to be included which were not is a small bottle of milk so we could have had a hot drink on arrival. Some cooking oil, salt and pepper as you only need a small amount for the times you choose to cook. Also some washing up liquid for when you only have a couple of items so don't need to use the dishwasher. The place is so relaxing with beautiful lakeside views with the bonus of the hot tub which we made use of even in the horrible weather. We saw rabbits, a stoat, a heron and lots of birds. We did have a few negatives but don't let this put you off booking as they aren't a problem if you are aware of them. We chose a place with TVs in each bedroom but we could only get a couple of BBC channels so had to stay in the living area instead of relaxing in bed. We would have liked to have sat out on the patio of an evening or spend time in the hot tub after dark, as it turned dark just after 4pm. However there was no outside lighting. There was a switch for an outside light but it only seemed to stay on for a few minutes then switched itself off. We left it on when we went shopping but came back to complete darkness so struggled to get from the car up the steps with our bags. They do supply torches but when hands are full it would be impoved with a few solar lights around the hot tub area and a light that can be left on by the front door and patio. We did find as the central heating was on timer we were cold at times so could have benefited from some more throws. The fire in the living area is just a flame effect with not much heat from a fan heater underneath it. So after coming out of the hot tub we could have done with an actual fire to get warm and dry our swim gear. It was winter with minus temperatures though so its probably not an issue when staying at other times of the year. For cooking lots of cutlery, crockery, pans etc were supplied, so cooking isn't too much of a problem. We could have done with some foil, a couple more pans for the hob and a casserole dish or deep roasting tray with rack but we managed to cook Christmas dinner by keeping stuff warm in dishes and reusing pans. Finally even though we loved the location the road directly behind the hedge is very close so you do get road noise. Its an excellent base for visiting loads of places. Very close to Ross on Wye with several supermarkets and pubs. The Moody Cow pub 4 mins drive was exceptional service and quality food. Also recommend short 20 min drive into Ledbury where the Feathers hotel is popular. Gloucester docks is around 25 mins drive. Hereford is around 30 mins with lots of independent shops. All in all I can honestly say we were very pleased with our choice, the negatives are minor, we have already recommended it and look forward to returning. Thank you to the owners for enabling us to have an enjoyable Christmas.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Dec 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation, very well fitted out with all mod cons."

    Comfortable and cosy in a beautiful well maintained setting. Communication and key pick up was seamless.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Nov 2022

  • "Excellent all round holiday"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Oct 2022

  • "I would just like to thank you we had a lovely holiday and the place we stayed ..."

    I would just like to thank you we had a lovely holiday and the place we stayed in was beautiful I would go back definitely and I will be recommending it to everyone thank you again

    Reviewed by Joann5.0Sep 2022

  • "A second visit to Phocle Lake."

    Great stay and could not fault a thing. Have already booked to return next year.

    Reviewed by Gerry5.0Sep 2022

  • "The lodge was beautiful and we really enjoyed the peace and watching the local wildlife - birds, ducks, moorhens, rabbits - even a hare."

    Husband caught several large fish. Very helpful having a washing machine. Ross on Wye Morrisons nearby and we liked the Beefeater round the corner. Definitely plan to return.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jul 2022

  • "The lake is beautifully landscaped and only 4 lodges."

    Lots of wildlife including moorhens with their chicks, herons and families of rabbits. Extremely clean and comfortable lodge. Very well designed with plenty of light and a lovely view of the lake. Bathrooms are modern and well-fitted. Ample space for four throughout so our party of two was spoiled for space. The lodge loses a star as there was no mention of road noise. The M50 is close enough to be heard in the distance, and the lane running behind the lodge, although hidden by a high hedge, has more traffic use than its narrow size would suggest. Kitchen is well equipped except for an odd (for us) lack of frying pan and grill, so a full English is off the menu. It wasn't a major problem but these are pretty standard items of kitchen equipment so we noticed their absence. These are minor criticisms in the overall scheme and we would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.4Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property, spent a very relaxing week with beautiful quiet surroundings."

    Loved the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2022

  • "This property exceeded our expectations."

    On arriving and seeing the cabin at the end of the lake we were immediately pleased, and proved to be tranquil and relaxing. The cabin was immaculate and had everything we needed. We felt very comfortable and slept well. The hot tub was a treat and very much enjoyed. We would definitely recommend and would return.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful lodge in a quiet, peaceful location."

    Perfect for getting away from with lots of walks and places to visit in easy reach.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful lodge, excellent facilities and great use of hotub."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Feb 2022

  • "Had a wonderful relaxing time."

    Lovely cottage, good facilities. Amazingly dark skies, perfect for stargazing, from the hot tub! Only thing missing was a few boardgames or similar, should have taken a few ourselves!

    Reviewed by Martin4.1Feb 2022

  • "Lovely log cabin in a really beautiful setting by a tranquil lake."

    Very comfortable and very well appointed.

    Reviewed by William4.7Dec 2021

  • "“Mallard “ was a really well sited lodge on a private lake."

    The grounds and lake are beautifully managed. It was pleasantly presented,warm,and well thought through in respect of the space. The Hot Tub was excellent and private. A nice touch of providing towels by the owner for the hot tub, in addition to other towels and linen. There were a couple of minor issues regarding some chipped crockery and a chip in the basin of one of the en suites, they did not affect our enjoyment of the lodge. The owner Liz was very easy to speak to and said she would rectify these problems. The surrounding area and towns were lovely and lots of historical interest too. A good choice for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Nov 2021

  • "Great spot if you want to relax and do a spot of fishing, lovely area close to ..."

    Great spot if you want to relax and do a spot of fishing, lovely area close to Ross for all your needs would recommend even if you don’t fish, the view is lovely

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2021

  • "You get what you pay for and in our Opinion we could not find fault."

    Very clean and well equipped and in a lovely peaceful setting. You had everything you needed as well as being close to so many local areas of interest.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful location."

    Lovely family holiday, thank you.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very well appointed and comfortable in a lovely quiet rural location The jacuzzi was the icing on the cake"

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely secluded lodge in a beautiful location with everything we needed."

    Fishing was great too

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a fabulous few days at Mallard- such a peaceful haven."

    The lodge is furnished to a very high standard and has everything you need. Beds are comfy and plenty of hot water for showers. The hot tub was a great bonus and we spent many an hour sat in it watching the heron on the lake, the birds and the sheep nearby! Ross on Wye is 5 minutes away. We enjoyed visiting Symonds Yat East and walking to the rock - cafe at the summit! Go Ape was enjoyed by my two teenagers. It was a welcome break after months of lockdown- we will be back! Richard and Liz were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great place, great location will certainly be back"

    Reviewed by Adam4.7Oct 2020

  • "Richard and Liz have created heaven on earth in phocle lakes , we have been 3 times already and will definitely be back sooner than later ,thanks for a wonderfull week and excellent fishing,wanted for nothing."

    cheers Paul and brenda.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful location and amazing lodge, couldnt fault anything."

    The Moody Cow pub approx 1 mile down the road offers exceptional food

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wonderfully decorated, peaceful lodge."

    It is completely private where it is positioned and is beautifully designed and kitted our with everything you could possibly need. The position and view on the edge of the lake makes the location very special and there is loads to do locally. The Forest of Dean has so much to offer for outdoor lovers. The hot tub was fantastic! The whole booking process was also very easy. The only possible improvement could be that the water takes a long time to run warm and could be hotter. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2020

  • "Accommodation was immaculate."

    The lodge had everything you could possibly need. Perfect location and will definitely consider going back again.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cabin was very well presented and we had a great relaxing stay, the small touches were really appreciated and the hot tub was so nice to use in the evenings!"

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Jul 2019

  • "I really enjoyed my vacation at this cottage"

    Reviewed by Musaad5.0Jun 2019

  • "Wonderful, friendly and helpful hosts who have provided the most delightful holiday experience in a unique setting."

    So much thought has gone into the details of the accommodation and it’s surroundings that it is impossible not to just relax, enjoy the wildlife and smile from ear to ear.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jun 2019

  • "Mallard is in an ideal setting next to the lake with a hot tub to relax in and take in the scenery."

    Richard was on site and he made sure we had everything we needed. The countryside around the Wye valley is stunning and we had a lovely week exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Kieron5.0May 2019

  • "Great spot."

    Not difficult to find, helpful hosts who went the extra mile and left us a bottle of local wine (nice) and cheese (mind blowing). Hot tub was perfect and the views over the fishing pond delightful. Would definitely recommend (and in fact have done) the cottages to my friends.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Feb 2019

  • "The lodge was brilliant and the hot tub so relaxing and lovely sceneries"

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely, comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting with the bonus of a hot tub."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: king-size double (zip/link, can be 2 x singles on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x Twin (2 x 3ft) (zip/link, can be king-size (6ft) double on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Cloakroom
  • Electric flame effect stove
  • Gas central heating with electric flame effect stove, Oven, Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 1 x Smart TV with Freeview, 2 x TV with Freeview, radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot are available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Decked balcony with furniture
  • Private lakeside garden and private hot tub on a patio
  • No smoking is permitted
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: No BBQs allowed
  • Note: Life jackets are provided for children
  • Note: Alternative bed arrangements need to be requested one week prior to arrival
  • Note: this property takes a £250 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • Anglers are expected to have the appropriate fishing license and have experience in coarse fishing with the necessary tackle (barbless hooks only) Please note that electric car charging is not permitted without prior arrangement with the owner , where a small charge will be payable , depending on the size of the car

The property

A beautiful, modern wooden lodge located just outside Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

Open-plan living, Stunning, peaceful location with idyllic views, an abundance of wildlife and private fishing making this an ideal property for a small family holiday or romantic break in the incredible Wye Valley.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Ref. 957169, 951180 and 1070243 together they sleep 20

Please note that electric car charging is not permitted without prior arrangement with the owner , where a small charge will be payable , depending on the size of the car

Woodsman Lodges

Well-presented wooden log cabins in Crow Hill just outside Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. These are four of the most beautifully decorated, stylish log cabins on our books, wonderfully furnished with open-plan living areas containing a very well-equipped kitchen with modern fixtures and fittings, electric stoves. TV in every bedroom, Smart TVs with Freesat and DVD player in the living areas. King-size beds, en-suite shower rooms, family bathroom, utility areas and a delightful outside decking area with charming furniture to make the perfect chilling spot on the warmer days. These lodges are located on the edge of a lake with private coarse fishing facilities. Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will also love these lodges. You will also be within walking close proximity to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it the prime location for families and groups to come together and experience this incredible location. Nearby, the beautiful countryside town of Ross-on-Wye has your amenities in an attractive town with timber Tudor houses. There is a fantastic range of high quality shops, pubs and restaurants as well as activities in and around the River Wye to enjoy if you are more of a thrill seeker. Four superb lodges in a beautifully secluded location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Symonds Yat 6.8 miles; Monmouth 10.5 miles.

Overlooking a large loop in the beautiful River Wye is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, situated in the heart of rural Herefordshire and in the picturesque Wye Valley. This attractive town has timbered Tudor houses clustered around the striking 17th Century Market Hall, and there are excellent shops, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste. Stroll along the lovely river bank, take a river cruise or view the surrounding countryside from a hot-air balloon. Enjoy trips to Symonds Yat, Hay-on-Wye, the Black Mountains and the Forest of Dean.

Note: This cottage takes a £250 Good Housekeeping Bond

Note: This cottage can be booked with Ref. 957169, 951180 and 1070243 together they sleep 20

Please note that electric car charging is not permitted without prior arrangement with the owner , where a small charge will be payable , depending on the size of the car

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas