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The Annex

(Ref. 1055583)

Drybrook, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • well (13)
  • comfortable (11)
  • clean (11)
  • lovely (11)
  • owners (10)
  • equipped (10)

22 Customer Reviews

  • "The house was lovely and comfortable."

    Very dog friendly too. The friendly owners next door were always on hand to answer any questions. A perfect base for exploring the Forest of Dean.

    Reviewed by Jerry5.0Jan 2024

  • "The Annex has everything you need for a lovely and relaxing holiday which we had"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "What a lovely place everything you need spotlessly clean and some lovely little touches."

    We got a lovely welcome pack of a beautiful homemade chocolate cake a wine. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Many thanks glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay in The Annexe."

    Came for 4 nights with just me, 2 teenagers and the dog in a fairly rainy week, so was slightly nervous about keeping them all entertained and happy - but needn't have worried! The house was immaculately clean (and I mean, totally, utterly, spotless clean) and we couldn't have asked for better, more modern and comfortable facilities (my first time cooking on an induction hob - worked a treat!!). The lovely owners even provided us with a home-baked cake and cookies - they didn't last long with the teenagers in the house! Wi-Fi had a super strong signal, so we were able to stream movies, play games on our devices etc with no problems (essential with 2 teenagers in tow!). Plenty of piping hot water for showers or a bath, too. The beautiful but also wildlife-friendly garden and views from The Annexe were magnificent - I had a real stinker of a cold on our holiday, so spent a lot of time happily sat in the reclining lounge chairs reading and watching the birds coming to the feeders out the window. The location was perfect for a big range of activities too - we went to Go Ape, Goodrich Castle, Symonds Yat and the Taurus Crafts shops & cafe, but saw many other places we would've loved to explore if we'd had a longer stay. All were dog-friendly and lovely places to go (essential as my dog has separation anxiety so has to come everywhere with me). We loved our break in The Annexe and couldn't recommend it more highly as a place to stay.

    Hi Sally Many thanks for your great review and we are glad you all enjoyed your stay it means a lot to us This is the first time we have responded to a review and we can only apologise to all our past guests for not responding to their reviews We will make sure we do from now on good or bad as reviews help us improve your stay with us Alan & Jane PS As a lot of you have guessed yes Jane makes all the cakes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is an excellent cottage, in very good repair and well equipped and furnished - no subsided sofas here, unlike many Sykes' cottages!"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the annex, a lovely clean, comfortable and well equipped accommodation."

    Hosts Alan and Jane, made us feel really welcome , lovely treats left for our stay and really enjoyed the use of the summer house. Would highly recommend! Many places to go, that weren't too far to travel.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "The owners could not have been kinder."

    Came out in the rain to guide us in when we were lost. Wine and cake awaiting our arrival. The cottage was super cosy and very clean and well equipped. Lots of lovely doggie walkies around. We loved our stay

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Annex was just as described, clean, well equipped, comfortable and the owners were friendly, helpful and very informative about the local area."

    The surrounding area was beautiful, autumn colours and the local walks were great and on the door step. Plenty of areas to visit and explore.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2022

  • "Can't fault the property in any way."

    Jane and Alan extremely helpful with knowledge of local walks. A great base for exploring the Forest of Dean. Everything we needed for a really comfortable stay. Thank you both.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very clean, comfortable and well-equipped cottage in a great location for exploring the Forest of Dean."

    Lovely welcoming gifts of wine and home-made cakes from the owners. Very dog friendly with a lovely garden and the use of a summer house.

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent property, very clean, very well equipped , good location and views."

    Lovely welcome pack and goodies. Very comfortable furniture and bed.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2022

  • "Alan and Jane made it a real home from home."

    It was the most time we actually spent in the holiday property for years, which says it all. Great hosts, beautiful area, 5 star accommodation virtually on our doorstep. We are already planning an autumn trip, a perfect dog walking holiday.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was my second stay at the Annex, the property was very clean and warm."

    The Annex has everything that you’ll need for a stay here, I stayed for 11 nights on both occasions and the washing machine and dryer came in very handy. The location of the Annex was excellent the Forest of Dean is literally on the doorstep as well as, Gloucester 25 minutes away, and 5 minutes to Cinderford. If I’m in the area again I would definitely be booking the Annex again.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jan 2022

  • "We stayed here for four days over new year whilst visiting family."

    We couldn't have asked for better, Alan and Jane made us feel very welcome indeed. They've thought of everything and little touches such as wine and homemade mince pies (absolutely delicious!) really added to our experience. The property itself is clean, comfortable and well equipped. It's the first time we've stayed anywhere with our dog and we were slightly nervous (would she settle, would she behave, what would we forget etc!), but The Annex proved to be incredibly dog-friendly. The garden is safe and secure, and there were bowls, poo bags and dog towels had we needed them. The Forest of Dean is a great place to explore with a dog and I'd recommend The Annex as a perfect base.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2021

  • "What a lovely welcome, and how reassuring that the cottage is absolutely spotless, as I said reassuring in these strange pandemic times, this cottage is warm, comfortable and very well equipped."

    The views are fantastic watching the sunrise and sunset. The people who own it were very friendly and welcoming, but totally unobtrusive. The lady who owns the house is very thoughtful as she kindly made me a gluten free cake being celiac . The locals were all very friendly and chatty, there are some lovely woodlands just 50yrds up the road wonderful for walking the dogs or just great for restoring your soul, I saw the buck stag several times. I loved it here it was warm quiet comfortable and as a woman on my own I felt completely safe at all times. I would recommend this place, don't hesitate to book you won't be disappointed. thank you Alan and Jane for a wonderful stay. Regards Vicky

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2021

  • "The property was extremely clean and most comfortable."

    The owners were very thoughtful and left us a delicious treat. We had a most enjoyable time and the property is well located for travelling around Gloucester.

    Reviewed by Farrida4.4Nov 2021

  • "No pub in walking distance ,this is the one thing we always make sure we have when booking our holiday with sykes ."

    Hosts were great lovly welcome gifts ,but we think on this occasion lack of communication from sykes about village facilities

    Reviewed by B4.1Aug 2021

  • "The Annex was exceptionally clean and well equipped."

    The owners had left homemade cake, strawberries and cream, and bottles of wine for us! Even though The Annex is adjoined to the owner's house, we never felt intruded upon. The location is ideal for exploring the Forest of Dean.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2021

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2021

  • "A good location to reach the Forest of Dean and the Wye valley."

    The accommodation was comfortable, well equipped and the owners were very welcoming and helpful. We really enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Annex is a beautifully presented and furnished house with lovely gardens."

    It lies on the outskirts of Drybrook village but is well placed to explore the area. The friendly owners were on hand with useful information and tips about the locality and provided a very welcome cake and wine on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Annex was absolutely lovely, well equipped, and the owner was very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0May 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/dining room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven with induction hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Front garden with patio, decking, seating and ponds
  • Two well-behaved pets allowed (can be more on negotiation)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: this property is an annexe attached the owner's home
  • Note: keep front gates closed due to wild boars in the area
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times in the front garden around the ponds Please note - This property accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings

The property

Nestled in the heart of enchanting Royal Forest of Dean is this amazing rural property, The Annex is perfect for a group of friends or small family of four to rest their heads during an adventurous getaway to Gloucestershire.

Found on elevated grounds, this tranquil cottage overlooks idyllic surroundings of breath-taking countryside views, out to lush greenery and far-reaching hills through a gated entrance and is attached to the owner's home.

The front of the property boasts a large driveway with a generous garden area, featuring two soothing ponds amongst attractive gravel and plants, as well as a lovely decking area with outdoor seating where you can sip on a morning coffee as you look out the spectacular surroundings listening to the sounds of a restful water feature.

Settle in for a cosy evening in the living room/diner, resting your legs one of the quirky leather sofa or chairs whilst flicking through films on the Smart TV, resting behind is a family dining area where you can tuck into delicious home-cooking from the kitchen, or enjoy a Saturday night takeaway over a bottle of wine.

Rustle up all your meals in the fantastically-equipped kitchen, fitted with an oven, hob, dishwasher, and fridge, complemented with a glossy deep red splashback and lots of preparation space.

The ground-floor also holds a handy cloakroom with a door leading out to the owner's back garden.

Get ready for bed in the stylish bathroom, a lovely room with contemporary décor where you'll find a washing machine and a tumble dryer for your belongings, as well as a soothing bath with an overhead shower.

Once you're clean and in your comfy clothes, retire to one of the delightful bedrooms, a modest twin boasting amazing countryside views, and a double benefiting from cute décor and ample storage.

This stunning property overlooks a peaceful landscape of far-reaching verdant fields and rolling hills throughout The Royal Forest of Dean, where a leisurely stroll brings you over to Drybrook village centre, offering a village shop, pub, butchers and takeaway for you to enjoy on your self-catered stay.

Explore the incredible Forest of Dean area, seeking out fantastic attractions including Symonds Yat Rock, Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood, alongside a plethora of walking and cycling trails such as the popular Sculpture Trail.

The adventurer in you can find heaps of watersports activities at one of the many nearby lakes and rivers, take your pick between canoeing, kayaking and raft building, or on-ground adventures like abseiling, scrambling and falconry experiences.

Find even more adventure at the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Wigpool Common, or the exciting Go Ape in the Forest of Dean.

Spend a day out wandering around local towns, villages and cities, from the charming Symonds Yat, the bustling centre of Gloucester, and the historic ruins of Goodrich.

Make memories of a lifetime at The Annex, a beautiful cottage in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

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

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About the location


Symonds Yat 8.5 miles; Gloucester 14.5 miles.

The charming village of Drybrook, a former royal hunting ground, lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean and offers visitors many amenities, including a village store and Post Office, butcher, fish and chip shop and village pub. The area boasts many Nature Reserves, the closest being Wigpool Common, a 19 acre SSSI, a great place for nature lovers to see many rare species of flora, fauna and birds. 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, by bicycle or on horseback. Caving, abseiling and a high wire rope course are all on offer for the more adventurous, whilst fishing, golf, kayaking and canoeing are other popular activities in this unspoilt area. Drybrook is located close to the delightful market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, whose timbered Tudor buildings, striking 17th century market halls, majestic bridges, excellent shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes, all make these areas a must to visit. Stroll along the banks of the beautiful River Wye, take a river cruise or view the stunning countryside from a hot air balloon! Explore Goodrich Castle, a perfect example of a 12th century 'Marcher Castle', or enjoy the renowned walks along Offa's Dyke and the Wye Valley Walk. Just a short drive away, in the historic waterfront city of Gloucester, you will find Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and a spectacular Norman cathedral; you may recognise the Cloisters as they were used in the Harry Potter films. Visit Symonds Yat with its towering rock where peregrine falcons breed or The Severn Estuary, famous for its tidal bore and a great place for wildlife enthusiasts. A great Gloucestershire cottage for a memorable holiday at any time of year.

Please note - This property accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas