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Ruardean Hill near Drybrook, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1049730)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, clean comfortable and great setting with beautiful views."

    Very friendly locals and great walking for the dogs....they loved Wenchford! The conservatory was a great bonus and plenty of parking space. Thankyou for a great time Lynda and family x

    Thankyou so much! Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon! Regards Leigh x Property Owner

    Reviewed by LyndaJun 2022

  • "We had one of our best holidays ever, and as regular travellers all over the world, it says a lot."

    Much could be attributed to the loveliness of your property, how well it is equipped and maintained, and all the small details that made us and our dog feel super welcomed. The space was super clean, the view from the outside decked area is stunning and peaceful, and the village is quiet and sweet. One of the things that stood out for us was how welcoming the neighbours and the community were. They helped us to find the best space to walk the dog (and it is very near!) and invited us to join the Jubilee celebrations with the warm community. Thank you for this lovely property, we had a wonderful time and we will come back and recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by TillyMay 2022

  • "Excellent house for a long or short stay,the owner Leigh was great also with all necessary updates and emails."

    Fabulous welcome pack of wine chocolate cookies milk ect.The house is v spacious lovely and clean with all necessary utensils. Lovely view from the conservatory. House very warm and lots of hot water. Great off street private parking. Certainly recommend this and hope to return again soon. Thanks Leigh from your irish visitors.

    Thankyou so much! So pleased you enjoyed your stay! Hopefully see you again soon :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeonardMar 2022

  • "Meadowbank is a very comfortable, spacious and very well equipped house that met our needs perfectly (5 adults, 2 toddlers)."

    Beautiful views across the valley and close to many walks, parks and places of interest. Would definitely return - thank you.

    Dear Pam, so pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for your lovely review and I welcome you back in the future. Regards Leigh Property Owner

    Reviewed by PamNov 2021

  • "Loved the house!"

    Very comfortable, very well equipped and so peaceful. A nice short walk to the forest. Lovely views from the conservatory. Couldn't ask for anymore. We had a very relaxing break with no issues.

    Dear Sarah, so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the beautiful Forest of Dean. I hope to see you again soon. Regards Leigh Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "This was a lovely property that managed to be uncluttered but still relatively homely."

    Kitchen had all of the things we needed. We only had one minor niggle: I know the listing mentioned that one of the double bedrooms is on the ground floor - it's actually in what appears to be a converted garage that is accessed through the kitchen and then utility room. Good water pressure in the shower. Good strong WiFi. The property is 5 mins walk from the forest: turn right out of the property and then immediately right down Duttons Lane and it turns into a forest path, which was lovely for walking our dog.

    Dear Rob, so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Forest of Dean. We feel the downstairs bedroom although it is accessed through the kitchen and utility room is ideal for teenagers wanting their own space or elderly people. We really hope to see you again in the future! Regards Leigh Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobOct 2021

  • "Meadowbank is a lovely holiday home in a great position for exploring the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley."

    We particularly liked the conservatory with a view, and watching the sheep in the fields opposite. The house had everything we needed and felt very homely. The only negative was that the sofas in the lounge were too soft and deep, so quite difficult for older people.

    Dear Elizabeth, Thankyou for your lovely review and I’m so pleased you had a lovely stay. I have taken your advice about the sofa and have renewed it along with two armchairs that are more suitable for an older person. Hope to see you again. Regards Leigh Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "Meadowbank is in a perfect location, in a quiet peaceful small village but close to plenty of things to do."

    The house is spacious and well equipped with lots of little extras, to make our stay more comfortable and like a home from home. We explored the local area and had a fantastic week. Leigh the host was so lovely and always available if needed. Thank you

    Reviewed by LucyAug 2021

  • "Meadowbank is situated in a perfect location with a lovely view and has easy access to all amenities that you'd need for normal life."

    The owner went above and beyond to make us feel right at home and succeeded. It's a place and property that was loved by all, with plenty of things to do nearby and we'll certainly will be going back

    Reviewed by MattJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Meadowbank, the property is beautiful, we would love to ..."

    We had a lovely stay at Meadowbank, the property is beautiful, we would love to stay again the forest is so close its perfect for the dogs they loved it

    Reviewed by JillianJun 2021

  • "The accommodation was excellent as it was spacious, clean and very homely."

    The views from the garden were amazing and the location was great. The whole process from booking to checking in was easy and I C was kept informed of my booking right up until a few days before. Great service and would highly recommend Sykes Cottages to anyone.

    Reviewed by KimMay 2021

  • "The house was absolutely lovely and the views were incredible."

    There was everything there that we needed, they'd even left us a dog chew - for the dog of course. The kitchen was well stock with utensils, plates, pans etc and we had everything we needed on hand. A nice touch was the pint of milk, teabags, coffee and a packet of chocolate biscuits. On the downside, the sofa looked really comfortable but unfortunately was very soft and you sank into it - not in a good way either, it took a good effort to get back out again! That said, I would definitely recommend this property as a base to go exploring the area. There were also some nice woodland walks straight from the property itself, which was a bonus - double bonus we saw a family of wild boar, that was wonderful.

    Reviewed by TeresaMay 2021

  • "We all enjoyed our weeks holiday so very much."

    Everything we could have wanted was freely at hand,including books and games for when weather was not at its best.The house was particularly impressive.Every room seemed to have been recently re-furbished to a very high level. Thank you so much we were fortunate to have found such a great holiday home We very much intend to return again in future Regards Ken Fitzhugh.

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2020

  • "The house is beautiful, amazing views and so clean!"

    Plenty of walks and places to eat with such friendly people!

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double bedroom, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, separate bath, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory with sofa bed
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • High chair and stairgate available
  • Off-road parking
  • Large patio area with table and chairs
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 1.1 miles
  • Note: Gate across drive must always be kept shut due to wild boar roaming the village
  • Travel cot, high chair and stairgate available

The property

Resting on the fringes of the majestic Forest of Dean in the quaint village of Ruardean is this spacious holiday accommodation, Meadowbank.

This semi-detached property has been designed with a group of families and friends in mind, perfect for those seeking to explore the area’s wealth of attractions and activities.

The interior of the property enjoys a real home from home aura and is complete with views of an unspoilt countryside landscape, acting as a backdrop to your relaxing break with your family.

Enter into the porch, where you can leave behind your muddy boots and raincoats before making your way to the sleek kitchen, where a range of quality appliances awaits the chef of the group to cook up a storm.

Once your meals are prepared, regroup with your family at the dining table to delight in your dish and toast to a wonderful holiday.

Relax into your evening within the sitting room, where you can light up the fire to offer a gentle warmth to wash over the room, as you sink into the sofas and tune into the TV.

During balmy evenings, soak up the views of the countryside setting with a cup of tea in hand in the light-filled conservatory, a joy to rest in.

Once the evening has drawn to a close, catch your rest before the next day’s adventure in one of the four well-presented bedrooms, each served by a large family bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate bath.

On the ground floor is the master bedroom, housing a double bed and good wardrobe storage, whilst upstairs there is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom, ensuring a flexible sleeping arrangement.

Containing to impress, the property comes with a washing machine so that you easily freshen up your clothes and within the conservatory, there is a double bed for any additional guests that you may be bringing.

Access to the rear garden is gained via the utility room or side gate, where the large decked area overlooking the countryside, provides a great spot for enjoying a spot of alfresco dining.

For your local amenities head into the pretty village of Drybrook, where you will find a village store and Post Office, butcher, fish and chip shop and village pub.

The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides a plethora of walking and cycling routes, as well as other attractions, including the ruins of Ruardean Castle awaiting to be discovered.

The International Centre for Birds of Prey is also close by, as well as Wigpool Common, a 19 acre SSSI, making Meadowbank a great base for nature lovers to see many rare species of flora, fauna and birds.

Those feeling more adventurous can visit Go Ape or go kayaking on the River Severn.

Other places from the cottage, which are worth a visit includes the pretty village of Symonds Yat, the historic waterfront city of Gloucester and the Norman medieval castle ruin of Goodrich.

Bring your family and friends to this wonderful base for that break that you have been longing for.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas