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Arles Barn

Shortstanding near Symonds Yat, Gloucestershire (Ref. 905720)



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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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Reviews & Ratings

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice holiday apartment for two and a dog!"

    Warm ,clean and cosy! In a good position for Symonds Yat walks and the New Inn an excellent pub for dinners.

    Reviewed by GarethSep 2021

  • "What a fantastic place."

    Location is superb for an unhurried break in lovely countryside. Absolutely ideal for walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers and anyone who wants a quiet break in a well kept, well appointed quality cottage.

    Reviewed by TonyAug 2021

  • "A torch is vital to see around the path for access."

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2021

  • "This is a great property in a great location, be prepared to walk some decent slopes to see the best of the area."

    Easy to visit near by towns, we tried Ross, Monmouth and Abergavenny. The Barn is excellent, well set up and ideal for a couple, everything you ned is there, even the WifI was right. There is only one downside really, it's not easy to off the drive, the view both ways is obscured, the road isn't too busy but some drivers take the mick with the speed. Best to get someone to see you out. Good pubs x 3 all walkable, the New Inn being the nearest and the best (food and drink), there's even a little shop up the road. I'll be going back.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "There was no grass area for our dog to lay down on."

    . The owner's garden had plenty of grass area to be able to fence some off to go with the cottage but there was only a small patio area. We did have to take our dog across the road to relieve himself to start with - not something you want to do at 6am!

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2020

  • "A lovely, peaceful place to stay within easy reach of outdoor beauty, was made better still by the best weather in September this year."

    Beautiful sunrises woke us each morning which could be viewed across the splendid backdrop of the Forest of Dean.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "Beautifully furnished, warm and cosy."

    All the facilities you would ever need. Went that extra mile with covid preparation. Very friendly and helpful. Thouroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2020

  • "Comfortable and perfectly located."

    Lots of walks accessible from the property, thus reducing car usage. Shop and pub nearby.

    Reviewed by BridgetMar 2020

  • "Very comfortable accommodation in a beautiful and convenient setting."

    Our dog had a lovely time sitting on the veranda and looking at the view. There are a variety of eating options nearby, we can recommend The Globe for value for money and the New Inn for being a nice country pub with decent ale and good food. There are plenty of walking and sightseeing options and some lovely woodland walks five minutes away so we didn’t have to use the car every day. The owners are very approachable and helpful with information about the local area. A very nice place to stay.

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2020

  • "Cottage divine in every aspect and could not have hoped for better hosts."

    Would - and have already - recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2019

  • "Our third visit to Arles Barn shows how much we love it here."

    The owners are always very welcoming and not intrusive. A great place to stay with lovely wooded walks on the doorstep. Thanks go to Graham & Pauline.

    Reviewed by Jill DianeJun 2019

  • "We found Arles Barn to be of very high quality ."

    It was very comfortable , spotlessly clean , well equipped and in a beautiful setting . Graham and Pauline made us feel very welcome without being intrusive. Graham was a mine of information about the area . Lovely walks and the pubs served good food .

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at Arles Barn."

    It has been lovingly restored and is tastefully furnished with a spacious bathroom and is spotlessly clean. The patio at the front is sheltered and a nice little sun trap where you can sit with a drink and admire the stunning view across to the hills. One day we walked with our cockapoo from the Barn to the viewpoint at Symond's Yat (it's an easy walk) where we bought lunch, then carried on down through the woods to the riverside where there are hotels and cafes. We visited Tredegar House, Newport and another day, Tyntesfield near Bristol (National Trust) after Graham mentioned it to us. The owners Pauline and Graham were very helpful and left us to enjoy our surroundings. They very kindly forwarded a birthday card which didn't arrive in time. The stamp had fallen off. It had to be collected from the sorting office, Graham paid the necessary and posted it on. Really kind of him. The New Inn is 50 yards down the road. We can definitely recommend it for good food, selection of drinks and service. The Speech House hotel is a short car ride away and does a tasty lunch or afternoon tea and is also dog friendly. It is so nice to be welcomed with a dog!

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "A very comfortable place to stay."

    A real home from home. Good location for lots of walks and places to go. The walk to the view point above Symonds Yat from the cottage was easy on a good well signed path , the views down to the river valley and the Falcons nest site were spectacular . The local pub served very good meals and had a good selection of beers and wine.

    Reviewed by RachelApr 2019

  • "Arles barn was set in a lovely location beautifully furnished and quite cosy with wonderful views however it is set right on the roadside with some noise and leaving in the car would benefit a mirror to see traffic approaching."

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2019

  • "What a fantastic cottage !"

    Great location, with an amazing view over a valley and v close a lovely Country pub. Cottage has everything you would need for a weekend or longer. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AndyApr 2019

  • "A fantastic holiday - easy to book and no hassle at all!"

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2019

  • "Excellent views and ideally situated for places of interest."

    Owner Graham was very helpful with advice on places to visit

    Reviewed by HeatherMar 2019

  • "The barn was amazing, a real labour of love."

    Warm, comfortable, cosy. It felt like home instantly. Hosts Graham and Pauline were fantastic, Graham pointed us in the direction of some great local walks. Spoilt for choice with places to go, things to see. Fantastic local dog friendly pubs. We loved our week there.

    Reviewed by JamesNov 2018

  • "The owner was very helpful and gave us information appropriate to the area."

    Reviewed by SueSep 2018

  • "Arles Barn is a beautiful barn conversion, finished and furnished to a high standard."

    Graham, the owner, was very friendly, and really helpful about places to visit, or to eat. With lovely views, Arles Barn is ideally situated to explore the Forest of Dean and surrounding area, including a walk to Symonds Yat from the barn. We really enjoyed our stay, and thoroughly recommend Arles Barn. Graham and Catriona

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2018

  • "A very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by GeoffAug 2018

  • "Arles Barn is a delightful and convenient holiday centre for exploring the Forest of Dean area."

    The owners very helpful and friendly. The location benefits from its proximity to an excellent dog-friendly pub serving very good food.

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2018

  • "This was our 2nd holiday at Arles Barn."

    We hope to return sometime as it is very comfortable & peaceful. A good place to stay for not only Symonds Yat & the beautiful Wye Valley but also for visiting Monmouthshire & Herefordshire.

    Reviewed by RuthJun 2018

  • "Arles Barn is well situated for the Forest of Dean."

    It has been beautifully refurbished to a high standard. It is well equipped. The owners were very helpful and advised us of places to visit/walk and obviously take great pride in the Barn. There are super walks for humans and dogs nearby. We would highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by MarleneDec 2017

  • "Excellent facilities, very helpful owner."

    Very Cosy. Near to pub and great walking. Ideal for two people and a dog.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2017

  • "Superb location, close to lots of visitor attractions and lovely towns and villages."

    Owner couldn't be more helpful.

    Reviewed by John PeterSep 2017

  • "Wonderful friendly owners made this a delightful experience"

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2017

  • "A very comfortable cottage with everything we needed."

    This is a great base for a walking holiday and exploring the local area. The owner was very helpful and made us feel at home.

    Reviewed by MatthewMar 2017

  • "We did not book directly with Sykes and the other site gave the wrong location but it didn't matter to us anyway"

    Reviewed by PatriciaNov 2016

  • "The details of the property, and the cozy feeling of the decor, despite being right next to a road we where amazed by how quiet the area is, very relaxing, the owners where very polite and great for local tips on places to visit and see."

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2016

  • "A lovely location and stunning views from the cottage, windows and patio."

    There were plenty of great walks straight from the door and pubs within easy walking distance.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2016

  • "A great place to stay, with really nice owners who were very helpful with places to visit etc."

    There was lots to see in the area and it was in walking distance to pubs and shop. The barn has been converted to a high specification and has everything you need, it was also very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by MichelleMar 2016

  • "Accommodation was outstanding."

    Been to Gloucester before and really enjoyed the break. The host was awesome.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2015

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and a lovely place to chill out, with lovely views across country side."

    Reviewed by TrevorOct 2015

  • "The cottage was perfect and most comfortable."

    Would strongly recommend this cottage and certainly would return.

    Reviewed by HazelSep 2015

  • "The Barn was everything we could have wished for and more."

    It was warm, cosy and there was a very comfortable bed to end the day.

    Reviewed by BronwynSep 2015

  • "The Barn is excellent, a home from home with some very nice touches."

    The Barn is ideally placed for visiting all that the forest has to offer.

    Reviewed by NigelAug 2015

  • "What a beautiful well appointed barn conversion."

    Very peaceful. Owner very friendly with very helpful advice about the local amenities. Barn has been excellently decorated with high attention to detail.

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2015

  • "Arles Barn was better than we hoped for, it was warm clean and well equipped."

    We will return at some point I'm sure. It was well located and ideal for walks in the country.

    Reviewed by JustinMay 2015

  • "Wonderful cottage with wonderful owners within a lovely area."

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2015

  • "A cosy, well fitted barn with lovely views."

    Had a warm welcome and lots of information from the owner. It is conveniently sited for many different activities and we enjoyed walks in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

    Reviewed by KateApr 2015

  • "An extremely well equipped cottage with a very friendly and knowledgeable host."

    Reviewed by Sarah JaneApr 2015

  • "The barn was a fantastic location and the owners could not have been more helpful."

    It was perfectly priced for what you got and that is often hard to find. The barn was lovely, well equipped and it was full of little touches which made you feel at home straight away. Brilliant shower and bed which is always appreciated after a long days walk.

    Reviewed by SallyMar 2015

  • "The location was perfect and the cottage was really comfortable and warm."

    The locals were all very friendly and helpful. The local pub was dog friendly so we could have a meal out and take the dog with us.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2014

  • "High standard of accommodation and helpful owner"

    Reviewed by JenniferOct 2014

  • "Great place."

    Enjoyed being able to take dog; very dog friendly down there. Lots places to visit and very relaxing can't wait to go back. Lots pubs and great food; The Dog and Muffler was fab!

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2014

  • "A lovely location, an excellent area for walking and lots of tourist destinations nearby."

    Reviewed by JulietJul 2014

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The property

A delightful barn conversion cottage, set in the grounds of the owner's home, ideally located in the heart of the village of Shortstanding, on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire.

Comfortably furnished throughout, this charming Forest of Dean cottage combines traditional features with modern day comforts, making it ideal for a romantic retreat for couples wishing to explore the beauty of the Cotswolds.

Set solely over the ground floor with views across the owner's cottage garden and beyond, this Forest of Dean barn conversion offers a bright and airy king-size double bedroom and a shower room.

The charming open plan living area, with exposed stone walls and a slate floor with underfloor heating, plays host to a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, where you can enjoy romantic candlelit dinners, and a cosy sitting area with an electric stove, ideal for those chilly evenings.

Outside, the front patio is the perfect spot for relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine after a day exploring the fantastic attractions this area has to offer.

Many walks and cycle routes can be enjoyed from the doorstep of this Forest of Dean cottage, with the Wysis Way and Wye Valley Walk running close by.

After a day discovering these wonderful trails, enjoy an evening at the local pub, which serves excellent food and real ales.

Symonds Yat offers long distance views across the River Wye from the viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock, as well as boat rides on the river, lovely riverside walks and lots of welcoming pubs.

Within an hour's drive you can find numerous unspoilt Cotswold towns and villages, the Brecon Beacons National Park, The Black Mountains and Malvern Hills.

This wonderful Forest of Dean barn conversion truly is the ideal retreat for a romantic break, at any time of year.


  • All ground floor
  • One king-size double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric stove
  • Oil underfloor heating with electric stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Lockable store for bikes and kayaks
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8 mins walk, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Although all ground floor, there are four steps to front door and three steps from the living area to bedroom. Note: Property not suitable for Infants.

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About the location


Coleford 2 miles; Whitchurch 6 miles; Symonds Yat 6.5 miles; Cinderford 8 miles.

The intimate village of Shortstanding lies on the north east edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, offering a traditional country pub serving classic British food, real ale and showcasing regular live entertainment. Many lovely walks and cycle routes can be enjoyed from Shortstanding, with the Wysis Way running just north of the village and the Wye Valley Walk also close by. Just two miles away, the pretty village of Symonds Yat straddles the River Wye, with is glorious natural scenery and magnificent limestone 'rock', a favourite breeding spot for Peregrine Falcons, the spot is popular with climbers for its wonderful viewpoint. The Royal Forest of Dean, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England's largest oak forest and offers numerous trails that can be enjoyed on foot, bicycle and even horseback. The site is fantastic for adrenaline junkies, offering fantastic caving and abseiling opportunities and a high wire rope course. You can also try your hand at fishing, kayaking and canoeing and practice your golf swing on the many nearby golf courses! The riverside towns of Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye make a great day out, offering a mixture of elegant Georgian mansions, Victorian courtyards and timbered Tudor buildings as well as a fabulous array of unique shops, restaurants, cafes and lovely walks along the banks of the River Wye. Visit Goodrich Castle, a perfect example of a 12th century "Marcher Castle", Hereford with its historic cathedral and Mappi Mundi World Map, and the waterfront city of Gloucester, where you will find Roman foundations and Victorian Docklands. The stunning Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park are also within easy reach, making this unspoilt area a great holiday destination, at any time of year.

Region Information

Note: This property is not suitable for Infants.
Note: Friday check in only - alternate check in days call reservations to confirm.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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