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Gordon's View

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Pleasant Stile near Gloucester, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our 11th stay , it's one of the best holiday homes that we visit , 'Gordon's View' is always well equipped and immaculately presented ."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2024

  • "Another lovely week."

    We have come every year since 2020 and find it a very comfortable, well equipped cottage. Beautiful views.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Sep 2023

  • "An excellent choice."

    This delightful house has the most amazing views over the Severn and in July the dawn sky was beautiful. The house itself is comfortable, spotlessly clean and extremely well supplied with everything two people could need, all in good working order. The steep terrain could be a problem for people with mobility problems, but this reviewer, with 2 recent knee replacements, coped fine. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Well maintained and comfortable but it is an old cottage so dark downstairs."

    However, the light on the landing office area with the magnificent view of the Severn was a bonus. Only addition I would like would be a small seat at the front of the house to benefit from the views outside!

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2023

  • "We have just returned home from our ninth visit to 'Gordon's View' , we enjoy the Forest of Dean area and this house is perfect for us ."

    When you arrive every room is spotlessly clean , the bed linen and towels are lovely and you are greeted by flowers in the dining room and milk in the fridge , there is a lovely garden to sit in and table/chairs and sun brolly are waiting for you , lastly the view is wonderful .

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and we had a great stay."

    What a fantastic view from the bedroom window. Only small gripe is that there were quite a few cobwebs ( and dead spiders ) hanging about. Appreciate that the little spider rascals will always get into older buildings but some of these had been there a while. Did not spoil our stay though.

    Reviewed by Chris4.1May 2023

  • "We were very happy with our stay, thank you."

    Comfortable cottage and in a lovely setting. Well equipped and comprehensive instructions on use of equipment / facilities. Did experience difficulty with the ceramic hob ( need to push controls hard ), but never used this type of hob before. Parking opposite the house could be awkward given limited space , steep slope ,and mud when wet. On balance a a very pleasant cottage in a picturesque area. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Simon4.1May 2023

  • "Beautifully located, clean, welcoming, fully equipped and charming property."

    Absolutely spot-on in all respects.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really loved the views the walking plus garden, the cottage wasn't what we expected in comfort sadly the sofas were small and uncomfortable not in keeping with cosiness next to a log burner so we decided to sit on the floor with pillows and blankets felt more romantic."

    ..the main bed in the bedroom was like sleeping on board we both have never slept on anything so awful it felt like a cheap mattress, so luckily in the second room we spotted the sofa bed and the next night slept there for the rest of are holiday it was slightly more better if anything, I can't understand why the second room is not used as the main bedroom going out onto the garden plus the toilet and shower being located there and plus no road noise but I guess the owner is relying on the views rather then the layout and comfort of the cottage, it was also the small things like we kept tripping on the floor matts down stairs as they kept moving about or no trays to put your food on to sit near the fire (a big selling point log burner) rather then a big dining table, are stay was good I don't want to sound bad as it is a beautiful location plus the garden was just great to relax in, the cottage was lovely it just needs the homely touch in comfort really and the two main things for that are sofas and beds, but will definitely head back to that location again and hopefully if any changes to the cottage would definitely return.

    Many thanks for for your helpful feedback, Terry. I am glad you enjoyed the amazing views and the garden. I am sorry to hear that you found the bed and sofa uncomfortable. I quite agree that the sofa upstairs is more comfortable than the one in the sitting room. My late husband and I bought the one downstairs to support our backs and make us sit up properly when watching TV! I am also sorry to hear your concerns about the mattress. It was in fact very expensive, but it is firm. I chose it in the hope that it would provide effective support for the back and might last longer that the previous one. However, I agree that it is probably firmer than I anticipated. I am saving up to replace it with a medium one. In the meantime, I will upgrade the mattress topper when I am next at Gordon's View at the end of the month. I am also looking for a new runner to protect the carpet in the sitting room. The current ones do sometimes have a mind of their own! I do hope that one day you will find your way back to Gordon's View, to enjoy the views and the garden again - in more comfort! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry3.4Apr 2023

  • "Amazing location and views over the Severn and Forest of Dean literally outside the back door."

    This has been a very well equipped and comfortable place but is a little tired and in need of some refreshment. The bed was very uncomfortable and the creeping carpets a real trip risk. It would also be advisable to point out the steepness of the outdoor steps and internal staircase as not possibly being suitable for everyone. Manoeuvring the refuse bins for collection was challenging particularly as the access door couldn’t be opened.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Mar 2023

  • "To say 'Gordons View' is my 'happy' place is an understatement, to show how much my husband and I enjoy going there we have just booked again for this June and next January , The cottage is always well presented and the cleanliness is first class ."

    My thanks to Mrs Smith (caretaker) who is so welcoming ,

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2023

  • "Excellent property."

    Extremely comfortable and the location is excellent. Would highly recommend, great value.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Spacious accommodation for 2 Quaint cottage with pretty garden Well equipped Mattress was like sleeping on a boulder!"

    Reviewed by Sue3.8Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a gorgeous location."

    Views were outstanding. Spotlessly clean with very considerate touches....tea, coffee, milk and flowers on arrival. Plenty of local tips and information to browse through in the property. Great WiFi. Well equipped kitchen. A summer-weight duvet too! Being as it was in the 30's throughout our stay, this was most thoughtful and appreciated greatly. Highly recommended this lovely property.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely property with fantastic views."

    Everything you need for a comfortable stay. Owner helpful and responsive to any queries. Great location on the edge of the Forest of Dean with beautiful countryside and interesting towns within easy reach.

    Reviewed by Ruth3.8Jul 2022

  • "We have been for the last 3 years."

    Love the setting and the layout of the cottage. Very comfortable relaxing place to stay.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and very well equipped with everything we might need."

    The garden was a lovely extra and the views superb.

    Reviewed by Rosalind5.0May 2022

  • "In my opinion this property exceeds expectations but as explained in the description is definitely not suitable for those with mobility problems due to its position on a hillside needing steps to access both front and rear entrances, the staircase is also narrow and steep."

    The private back garden is a very unexpected asset with wonderful views of the horseshoe bend of the river Severn down below in Newnham, especially from the strategically placed bench at the top. It's only a 10 minute walk into Littledean where there is a great Fish & Chip Shop, a small grocery store and a hotel providing 'pub food'. Cinderford is 2 miles away with lots more 'Takeaways' and 'Lidl'. Kudos to Wendy the housekeeper as this quirky cottage must be a nightmare to clean with all its nooks and crannies! The provision of milk in the fridge and fresh flowers on the table were also much appreciated!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "Very clean and comfortable cottage with spectacular views across the Severn Estuary."

    A good base for exploring the nearby Forest with excellent walks from cottage. A superb fish and chip in the village where I had the biggest and best Plaice that I have ever had. We will return!

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Jan 2022

  • "It must be good as this was our 7th visit and we are very fussy !"

    !!!! The view is amazing and the area of the Forest of Dean is lovely !!!!!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2022

  • "How to start, from front porch try to get in to key access on your knees to put in code, to mat inside door that moves, traps door from shutting as you go out, others inside that travel on carpet, continuously putting all back in place."

    How do you ever turn on/off bath taps behind shower screen in bathroom, wrong tap does not fit sink, work the television find a channel you want to watch, access bathroom from bedroom down step. Books under stairs dare not even go near, as cobwebs and dust prominent, what on earth all books and such on landing at top of stairs don't even go there, told in red guide book all had been cleaned and treated. untrue. How many this cottage is supposed to cater for (i thought two) as 22 mugs in cupboard along with cups and saucers, cutlery in every drawer possibly for people using 22 mugs and more. I can appreciate it being old cottage but it just does work DIY DISASTER. Are not all electrical appliances supposed to be pact tested?

    Sorry to hear Gordon’s View didn’t live up to your expectations, Terry. You are absolutely right that the books under the stairs had got a bit dusty, since I wrote the entry in the red file! I assure you that all the books and games have now been thoroughly dusted and sprayed. It is also true that the doormat and the other mats sometimes have a mind of their own, but they are there to keep the carpet clean, as this is the main entry to the cottage. I am somewhat puzzled by your other comments. For example, the shower screen in the bathroom is hinged at the wall and simply has to be pulled back to gain access to the taps on the bath. PAT testing is not actually a legal requirement for appliances in furnished holiday lets, but I assure you they are all regularly checked. The key safe in the glazed porch is placed discreetly just below the shelf, for security reasons. Being built in the eighteenth century and extended in the nineteenth century, Gordon’s View is certainly unique with an interesting layout on a number of levels. Its character and comfort has been much appreciated by a large number of guests over the last ten years. Julia Margretts (Owner) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry1.6Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage enjoying fantastic elevated position overlooking the River Severn."

    Cottage was nice & clean. Enjoyed the log burner in the evenings. Useful desk area upstairs together with a 2nd room that could be used to sit & relax in with direct access to the lovely rear garden. Directly from the back gate it is just a short walk to some beautiful forest strolls. Would definitely stay again when visiting the area.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location with spectacular views."

    Well equipped and spotlessly clean. It doesn't have private parking, next door was working on their property and were very accommodating, so it wasn't a problem for us. Gloucester, Ross on Wye and Monmouth are all about a 30 mins drive away. Plenty of walks in the Forest of Dean. The old traditional cinema in Cinderford is well worth a visit, £6.00 a ticket to see the latest Bond film. The Bracken Cafe and Winebar, also in Cinderford, has great food, is good value for money, has friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2021

  • "Gordon’s view was the perfect peaceful place for unwinding."

    The views across the River Severn were spectacular and the garden was beautiful. Plenty of good walks from the doorstep but beware it’s a long way down and back up again! The walk through the Forest of Dean to Soudley Ponds was particularly good (again, beware of the steep descent). We had a very relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Sep 2021

  • "Apart from the lack of a second bedside light in the bedroom, this cottage was almost perfect."

    It was lovely and spacious with a gorgeous garden and amazing views and walks straight from the back door into the forest.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Aug 2021

  • "Great cottage, everything you would expect, home form home, nice rear garden, views spectacular, ideally situated for visiting local tourist attractions and The Forest of Dean."

    Reviewed by George5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was immaculate and very comfortable."

    The views are stunning. It is a bit isolated as Newham is very quiet now, with few shops. The weather was unkind, but we managed one sunlit evening on the patio. Slept very well. Very well equipped and spacious cottage

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is very comfortable, and the views are amazing"

    Reviewed by Edward3.8Jun 2021

  • "I found the air freshener used too strong and offensive."

    The cottage was spotless so why use it?

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage with stunning views."

    We spent hours just looking out from the cottage and the gardens at the view across the Severn. Location ideal for exploring the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7May 2021

  • "Gordons View is a comfortable and always very well presented holiday home , the view from the house and garden is great !"

    !!!! The area the house is set in is very picturesque - lovely woodland and estuary walks and drives , a number of small towns are an easy drive away !!!!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2021

  • "Had a fantastic stay at the cottage."

    It is cosy, well equipped, a bit quirky and so peaceful. We were lucky with the weather so could enjoy the garden and the absolutely amazing views. A great location to explore the area and plenty of walks on the doorstep. We very much hope to return.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2021

  • "Clean, well equipped and comfortable cottage with amazing views."

    Had all we needed for the week and was a great base to explore the area. We didn’t have any problems at all but it might be worth noting for others that there are stairs up to the front of the property and the ones inside to the upstairs are quite steep so you need to take a bit of care! We would like to return here to explore the area more fully without the current pandemic and its necessary restrictions.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Oct 2020

  • "The location of Gordons View close to the main A48 road and the excellent access to the Forest of Dean with plenty of good local amenitys makes this a very good place to stay at any time of year ."

    The cottage itself is very warm and comfortable with great views and would highly recommend it to anyone who has not visited this area before .

    Reviewed by Roger4.4Mar 2020

  • "Another lovely week spent in this warm and comfortable cottage which is always very clean and well presented , this was our fourth visit and we shall be returning in the summer, if all the above is not enough the view is amazing !"


    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2020

  • "Cottage has an outstanding location, the view is a knock out!"

    Nearby parking a huge bonus, the car was a must for getting around locally. Cottage had everything we needed, very much hope to book it again in the future.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage with outstanding views !"

    !!!!!.This was our third visit and hopefully we shall return next year !!!!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was charming and very well equipped."

    The view of the River Severn and the Cotswolds beyond from the front windows has to be among the most spectacular in England. The owner, with whom we had to communicate several times because of a problem with a broken kettle, was pleasant and helpful too. This is the second time we have rented a holiday cottage this year. On both occasions, we have been left wondering why cottage rental companies are not more transparent about one aspect of the properties they advertise which can affect people, like ourselves, who are light sleepers or sensitive to noise. Both were located on fairly busy minor roads. Both had bedrooms on the front of the property, facing the road. It doesn't tend to be a problem at night, but cars begin to pass the door of Gordon's View at about 5 in the morning and traffic rises to a peak of about one car every minute or so during peak hours. It is only by about 9 pm that the peace and quiet of the country start to return. Could I suggest that you consider some sort of rating system for properties which would give potential customers an indication of how quiet, remote or traffic-free a cottage is? It would relieve a considerable amount of anxiety and would help to ensure that future clients can be sure of being able to unwind and leave the world behind for a week if they wish to.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "I think the best parts of our stay were the tremendous views from the property, the cleanliness of the cottage and the care taken over explaining every aspect of the property and use of the appliances inside."

    Everything seemed to be prepared just perfectly for us.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Apr 2019

  • "Cottage is super ."

    Great location . wonderful views etc. Very clean, Facilities good, lovely garden .

    Reviewed by Toni4.7Mar 2019

  • "Our second stay at this really lovely cottage , Warm , cosy and very clean , Hopefully we shall return in the autumn !"

    !!!! ps: and the views are wonderful !!!!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2019

  • "Very comfortable, well equipped property."

    Excellent wifi reception. Beautiful views.

    Reviewed by Barbara M5.0Dec 2018

  • "Beautiful Cottage with Magnificent View."

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Nov 2018

  • "Gordon's view cottage was a complete delight to stay in, from the fresh flowers and tea tray on arriving to discovering how perfectly clean and well equip it was, their was nothing not provided, sitting in the pretty garden admiring the stunning view was a complete tonic, we could not recommend this place enough."

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0Sep 2018

  • "Cottage facilities were very good and it was spotless."

    nice having two bathrooms! Lots of visitor attraction information, books, videos etc. TV, Video recorder etc was better than some other properties we have visited. The views from the cottage over the river Severn, especially in the morning, were spectacular at times.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2018

  • "It needs a hair dryer but the cottage is in a great location with nice views."

    Would recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jul 2018

  • "Very clean and comfortable holiday cottage , the views are spectacular and the upstairs snug and garden are really lovely , would certainly return to this holiday home !"


    Reviewed by Mary5.0Apr 2018

  • "Fabulous place, facilities,location, surrounding area."

    Just the perfect weekend.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2017

  • "Gordon's View was a very good cottage to stay in."

    It is in a lovely spot with beautiful views.There were fantastic walks nearby and good places not far away where you can obtain a good meal.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Sep 2017

  • "We go to a different location each year which is why we would be unlikely be booking this property again."

    Reviewed by Arie4.8Jun 2017

  • "The View from the Cottage on arrival is fantastic."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2017

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  • One first floor double bedroom
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC (access via small sitting room)
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with pantry
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Ground floor sitting room with woodburning stove
  • First floor small sitting room with doors to garden.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, DVD, stereo, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Small front garden, steep rear garden with patio, furniture and distant views
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Young children need to be supervised in the steep back garden
  • Please note this property has a maximum occupancy of two people
  • Please note: Steep stairs within and outside of property, may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.

The property

In a spectacular location, Gordon's View is a beautifully presented detached cottage in Pleasant Stile, close to the charming village of Newnham-on-Severn and the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean.

This Gloucestershire cottage offers elegantly furnished accommodation including a comfortable double bedroom, a snug with a double sofa bed and a warm and welcoming sitting room with cosy woodburning stove, ideal for curling up as you enjoy the views.

Outside this Gloucestershire cottage are a small front garden and a rear cottage garden with elevated decked area, a perfect place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views with a refreshing drink.

The thriving village of Newnham-on-Severn is just a 20 minute walk away; sitting on the banks of the River Severn it offers traditional inns, individual shops selling local crafts, antiques and books as well as a village store and pharmacy.

Just a short distance from this charming Gloucestershire cottage are the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley where you can enjoy long lazy days exploring on your bike, on foot or on horseback.

Visit the nearby city of Gloucester, or venture along the banks of the River Severn, or even over the border into Wales.

This lovely location is ideal for a country cottage holiday.

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About the location


Newnham-on-Severn 1.5 miles; Gloucester 14.5 miles.

The little hamlet of Pleasant Stile is very well situated, just one and a half miles from the thriving village of Newnham, and less than 15 miles from the lovely city of Gloucester. Perched on the side of Littledean Hill, with stunning views across the meanders of the River Severn to the Cotswolds, Pleasant Stile is less than a mile from Littledean, which has a shop, Post Office and two pubs. Newnham-on-Severn has more amenities, individual shops and traditional inns. Close by is the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering 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 other popular activities in this unspoilt area. 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). Visit the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, with timbered Tudor houses and excellent shops, pubs and restaurants, in the heart of rural Herefordshire. The Severn Estuary, famous for its tidal bore, is a delight for bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and bore surfers alike. This unspoilt area has something to offer at any time of the year.

Please note this property has a maximum occupancy of two people

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas