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Reading Room Cottage

(Ref. 943645)

Lydbrook, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "The Reading Room is a very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    It is easy to live in and everything has been provided for a comfortable stay. Well positioned for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Dec 2023

  • "A really quaint cottage in a beautiful and quiet setting, especially this time of year."

    Very tastefully decorated and all the utensils you could need. Delicious cake and milk to welcome us. We had a problem with the back door but it was dealt with very promptly. The owners, Alison and Rob are very friendly and Alison texted to give extra instructions on the day we arrived; as I was ill on the Thursday night, so unable to travel until Saturday, she even offered an extra night, which we were unfortunately unable to take advantage of. The cottage is central for a lot of the Forest of Dean attractions. There is a good fish shop and general stores in the village, which we made use of. Excellent place if you want a quiet break. Ideal at this time of year, if you want to experience the beautiful colours in the forest.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Nov 2023

  • "Overall, the cottage is well stocked with what you would want and is very comfortable."

    It is well situated for exploring the Forest of Dean. the Wye Valley and the Welsh borders. There was a small problem with a leak under the sink but this was dealt with quickly when we mentioned it. Getting out of the parking space was a challenge at weekends but during the week was fine when the neighbours had gone out. WE had an enjoyable week and would recommend this property to anyone. These are suggestions rather than criticisms- 1. Butter dish would be useful. 2. Bread bin too would be good but perhaps there might be space issues.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Sep 2023

  • "What a pleasant and comfortable cottage with a lovely garden to relax in to the background noise of the nearby brook."

    We also found a delicious cake on our arrival, left by the helpful owners. the cottage has very good facilities apart from the somewhat slow WiFi. A pleasant little park on the banks of the River Wye is less than 5 miniutes walk away.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2023

  • "It was a lovely property with everything we could wish for in a beautiful location."

    A stones throw from the River and Local Pub. It felt like home from home.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage with everything you need."

    Great location for exploring the area

    Thank you.. such a lovely time of year to enjoy the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2023

  • "We immediately felt very comfortable in the 'Reading Room Cottage'."

    We were particularly pleased with the welcome cake. The cottage is lovingly furnished and very well equipped. We didn't miss anything. It is quiet and very spacious. We can only recommend the accommodation.

    Thank you so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rolf5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderfully equipped and comfortable cottage in an ideal location for exploring the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley."

    The welcome tray contained a beautiful cake and fresh milk and Alison was in touch by text after our arrival just to check that everything was ok. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Thank you so much... we're pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alma Felicity5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was homely, comfortable, had everything that you would need."

    The owners were welcoming and there if anything was needed. I would highly recommend the cottage and will definitely be back.

    Thank you so much, glad you had a good Christmas. We look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Dec 2022

  • "Reading Room Cottage was perfect."

    A wonderful location to explore the area in a beautiful setting. The cottage was clean, comfortable, beautifully decorated and equipped with everything we could need. The welcome cake was much appreciated and the owners fixed a minor problem on the day we reported it and were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this cottage to anyone.

    So pleased you enjoyed your holiday despite all the rain! Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2022

  • "Comfortable, and with all that was required."

    We enjoyed our stay and sampling the Forest of Dean's delights--we will return. I have quite a large car and did not find parking an issue!

    Many thanks for your feedback...we hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage perfect base for exploring the dean brilliant pub for beer and Indian take away very good hosts"

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very nice property clean and comfortable with a lovely conservatory and patio ..."

    Very nice property clean and comfortable with a lovely conservatory and patio area, Within easy reaching distance to the Forest of Dean and Ross on Wye

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Sep 2022

  • "This was a very clean and comfortable holiday home."

    The kitchen was well equipped, the living room was very comfortable and the main bedroom was large and comfortable. Even the garden was tidy! It was a nice touch to for the owner to leave a fruit cake on the table and some milk in the fridge. Only two very small points - there was a lack of storage in the main bedroom and hardly any hangers in the wardrobe.

    Thanks for your helpful feedback....we hadn't noticed that the hangers had "disappeared".. we have restocked!!!! Glad you enjoyed the garden.... it's done well considering the lack of water this summer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2022

  • "Comfortable, clean and well thought out cottage in a great location."

    Lots of attention to details to make your stay enjoyable and friendly owner nearby for any problems. The river Wye is a couple of minutes walk with access for kayaks etc, past the local pub which serves curries + takeaway, and it's close to Symonds Yat (15 minute drive) and the Forest of Dean (cycle centre 10 minute drive). Lots to do and explore in the area. Recommended!

    So pleased you enjoyed your holiday...hope we shall see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful little cottage with everything we could have needed."

    Lovely to have outside space and a table to eat in the fresh air. Cozy and comfortable accommodation and perfectly placed for us to explore the area. Lovely friendly owners who communicated with us well and were available for any problems - we didn’t have any though! Would highly recommend to others.

    That's lovely, thank you. So pleased you enjoyed this lovely area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage which suited us for our break."

    Had everything we could have asked for , clean comfortable and a well stocked kitchen regarding equipment.Owners are lovely, extremely helpful. A great base for exploring the area and with the river Wye just down the road .

    Thank you.So pleased you had a good holiday. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kylie5.0Jun 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi.Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio, lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 0.05 miles

The property

Nestled in the pretty village of Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, is this delightful two-bedroom cottage, Reading Room Cottage.

Steeped in history, the cottage sits in a quiet lane close to the River Wye.

Enjoying a superb location within the Wye Valley AONB with easy access to The Royal Forest of Dean, Reading Room Cottage is a fabulous dwelling for couples or a family of three.

An off-road parking space greets you upon arrival, where you can unload your bags with ease before entering your new holiday home.

Step into the porch where you can discard any coats and shoes, before making your way into the welcoming sitting room, featuring plush seating, a Smart TV and a gas fire, it is the perfect space to return to after a day of exploring.

Impress your loved ones with delicious meals, prepared in the well-equipped kitchen/diner, with handy dishwasher and washing machine, ready to enjoy at the dining table for four over a bottle of wine.

On warmer days, why not savour your meal out in the rear, enclosed garden as you enjoy the last of the day’s sun?

A babbling brook runs past the bottom of the garden and creates a peaceful backdrop.

Climb the stairs up to the first floor, where you can wash away the day with a refreshing shower, before choosing from one of two well-appointed bedrooms, a king-size and a single, both with plenty of storage for your belongings.

Explore your surroundings, where right on your doorstep you will find the welcoming Forge Hammer and River Spice, serving tasty Indian cuisine with a takeaway option also, ideal for when you fancy a break from the kitchen.

Within the village you can also picnic in Lower Lydbrook Park, stroll along the River Wye, and the many scenic footpaths which run from the cottage, stock up on essentials at the convenience store, or sample the local fish and chips.

The cottage, and the area, is rich in history and offers a fascinating insight into our industrial past.

Venture into the Wye Valley AONB where you can enjoy unspoilt walking and cycling trails, whether you’re hiking up Coppett Hill for exceptional views, explore the remarkable Goodrich Castle, following the Ross on Wye River Walk, or hooking your catch of the day at the Upper Hill Court Fishery, there is something for everyone!

Head to Ross on Wye, where you can treat your loved ones to a tasty meal at one of the many delightful eateries, including Man of Ross, Leonards at 39 or the Kings Arms, wander through the Thomas Blake Memorial Garden, catch a live performance at The Phoenix Theatre or peruse the local art at Made in Ross.

Be sure to visit Symonds Yat, where you can spot the local wildlife at the nature reserves of Miners Rest and White Rocks or climb the renowned Symonds Yat Rock which offers breath-taking views at its top.

Continue onto the Forest of Dean, where a plethora of activity awaits, including cycling, caving, kayaking and watersports on the River Wye, crafts, guided tours, archery and food and drink experiences.

All this and more awaits with a stay at Reading Room Cottage.

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

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About the location


Ross-on-Wye 7 miles; Symonds Yat 7 miles; Monmouth 9 miles.

The lovely village of Lydbrook is situated between the Wye Valley and The Royal Forest of Dean, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestling amidst the village’s picturesque houses are the delightful tea rooms, fish and chip shop, village store, Post Office and a number of pubs with restaurants. Close by is the famous Goodrich Castle, a perfect example of a 12th century "Marcher Castle", while just 7 miles away, overlooking a large loop in the River Wye, is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, in the heart of rural Herefordshire. 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas