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Jessamine Cottage

(Ref. 1033705)

Ruardean, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable cozy cottage which is well equipped and in a quiet location."

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Sep 2023

  • "Unfortunately this cottage is in a position that does not suit a holiday break."

    No proper parking, had to move car 3 times, bin lorry delivery vehicle & car. Standing from the front door the view & state of the houses looked like a traveler camp. One guy knocked at the door a d asked us if we got and old removal rubbish. Around Bath moulding, water not hot enough for a bath.

    Reviewed by Raymond3.4Sep 2023

  • "I enjoyed my stay."

    The cottage was within easy reach of local attractions. I had no problems with parking. Whilst I was there the engineers worked on the external Internet connection, so no problems there either. The neighbours were very friendly. The scenery around Ruardean is lovely. There is a playground near the church where the dog can have a run.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.1Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in the cottage."

    It was the perfect size for two people and a small dog and a great location to get to all the different parts of the Forest of Dean. Really comfy bed and sofa, everything we needed was supplied, all the appliances we needed and the cottage was clean. TV was a bit of a luxury for us as we don’t have one at home and we had no issues with it not working. The dog bed and treats were a lovely addition to make our dog extra comfy. As others have said, the WiFi is very patchy and no signal so just be prepared and pre-download maps etc. The parking was fine once we got the hang of where we could park - although it would be tricky with a big car, we were fine with a super mini. Only thing I would suggest would be updating the listing re pub and shop. The shop had closed down and the pub, well, we had a lovely time reading the terrible reviews on Google and did go to peer through the windows, but it probably isn’t a pub anyone could or would want to visit. Plenty of other pubs in the area though - I’d recommend the White Hart in Staunton.

    Reviewed by Rose4.4Jul 2023

  • "Thanks for the stay."

    Unfortunately the TV worked only intermittently, as did the internet. It would be better to have more than one (flat) pillow each. with fewer cushions. The cooker needs replacing as the top is broken as do the beds because one falls into the central hollow. Perhaps an electric fire should be provided as the electric heating kept reverting to a low temperature- the thermometer in the room usually read 15-16deg C. Other visitors commented on the lack of parking which makes unloading difficult. Nevertheless it was a quiet area , suitably relaxing.

    Reviewed by Vaughan3.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, cosy, warm and well maintained."

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Apr 2023

  • "This was a lovely stay and appreciated the milk and biscuits on arrival."

    This was a very cozy cottage and a lovely quiet area. There was a formative document informing of the area and what to do. Some information will need to be updated. The country side was beautiful and plenty of areas to go like the the Goodrich castle, where the volunteer guide was amazing and has such an in-depth knowledge. Other walks like Simonds Yat- which was good. Ross on Wye- great day out there and great to go back to the cottage to chill out afterwards.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay, and the Christmas decorations were a lovely touch."

    A couple of things could be updated though , such as the cooker, as the glass hob has a large crack through one corner and oven temperature indicator light is pushed in. Also, shower is quite poor, although there is sufficient water pressure through the taps! Otherwise, loved the cottage and cosy living room, and would recommend . Not too far from Black Mountains in Wales, as well as Wye Valley, for the walkers out there.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Dec 2022

  • "Great cottage in an ideal location"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage generally and great location."

    The twin beds were very narrow- I actually fell out of mine and the internet was slow but the rest of the stay was great and I would recommend Jessamine Cottage as good value for money.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Sep 2022

  • "The property was great for us and our small dog, very comfortable and cosy."

    all facilities were great. the only issue was the parking for the cottage which as it did not have a designated area became diffficult at times when the area around was used.

    Reviewed by M4.4Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time, the location was perfectly situated in the middle of everywhere we wanted to go."

    The property was comfortable and very clean and tidy. We very much appreciated the biscuits and milk in the fridge, and our dog enjoyed the special dog biscuits too! We didn't have one complaint. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Apr 2022

  • "Please note my feedback is based on a three week stay (we had a delay before moving to our new home) some of the issues would not affect a short break."

    On the positive side- the cottage is well positioned for walking/activities in the Wye Valley/Forest of Dean.It is cosy, clean and well appointed. The TV is very good with Netflix/Amazon etc..There is a good sized fridge/freezer. The wifi is reliable but slow. Bathroom is nice but there is no shaver/toothbrush socket. Owner is friendly and helpful. is no phone signal whatsoever at the cottage- you have to rely on Wifi calling, which proved unreliable. The lack of parking is mentioned in the listing but, it proved quite an issue with the neighbours leaving notes on the car when we parked (perfectly legally) down the road. You will need to bring the basics- there is no welcome pack (milk etc) Cosy cottage for a short stay

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Mar 2022

  • "What a lovely little cottage!"

    So cosy, warm & comfy with everything you need. It was so lovely that there was tea, coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits provided for our stay. The local pub was lovely too.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2021

  • "A rack for draining would be good."

    Plus a small bottle / tube of shampoo as I had not brought any along. Otherwise great, particularly the dog treats!

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Oct 2021

  • "This was such a relaxing holiday, I would recommend this to anyone"

    Reviewed by Danny5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, fantastic area to visit."

    Only issue is that there is no designated parking space and the parking is a bit of an issue.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic Cottage, really cosy, clean and close to centre of village."

    Beautifully quiet. The perfect get away.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2021

  • "An excellent getaway location for two."

    Clean and well equipped. The only downsides are the lack of any outside area to sit in and the lack of any dedicated parking.

    Reviewed by William4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and cosy."

    It was in a peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was just what we needed, a proper escape from the hustle and bustle."

    The dog treats and basket were a lovely touch as were the cookies and milk for us. The village is very quiet and parking can be tricky but the neighbours are all very friendly - we only needed to park 50 yards away one night - the rest of the time we could see the car from the window. We ate at the cottage most nights (the kitchen is well equipped) but also had meals out in Symonds Yat and Monmouth. Long bath with plenty of hot water was appreciated after the walking and the sofa and tv were perfect for relaxing. The birdsong as I lay in bed reading in the morning, with the windows open, was uplifting and so so relaxing. Check out OS map OL14 to see how well connected the village is - we walked at Symonds Yat and also visited the Forest a few times - Sculpture trail was a great walk and next time I'm booking afternoon tea at the SpeechHouse hotel for a treat!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jun 2021

  • "Cottage rightfully furnished to ensure a lovely stay with a Very comfortable bed and sofa"

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0May 2021

  • "The best cottage available online!"

    Reviewed by Victor-mark5.0May 2021

  • "Sweet little cottage which had everything we needed to make our stay in this beautiful part of the country really enjoyable."

    So much to see and do in the area that we would like to return and we would definitely come back to Jessamine Cottage.

    Reviewed by K5.0Apr 2021

  • "A charming small cottage very warm and cosy."

    There is no allocated parking so it means parking against a wall a little way from the cottage. It was always possible to find a space. There is no garden and only a small seated area outside. My dog and I found some fields down a footpath very near the cottage which was really convenient until the farmer moved cattle into it the second day of our stay. We were very comfortable and there was loads of hot water.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is cosy and would recommend to friends unfortunately parking was an ..."

    The cottage is cosy and would recommend to friends unfortunately parking was an issue the lane is busy with private owners coming and going plus there visitors so most days after returning to the cottage there was no space to park without obstructing the lane also some cleaning products would be good left in cottage for use and a bigger door mat inside front door to help keep the carpet dry and clean we had a very wet week so was trying to keep floor dry was a problem

    Reviewed by Marilyn3.8Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and cosy, the photos don't do it justice."

    We felt very reassured by how spotlessly clean everywhere was.

    Reviewed by Harriet4.7Aug 2020

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  • One king-size bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Roadside parking for two cars on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Front gravelled area with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Check-in is on a Friday or Monday.

The property

An enchanting, white-washed cottage, dating back to 1860, this characterful abode can be found resting in an idyllic position in Ruardean, on the outskirts of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Jessamine Cottage is a beautiful stone-built holiday home, in the perfect position for a couple seeking a rural and romantic retreat in Gloucestershire.

Enter into the charming living/dining room and settle down on the sofa as you surround yourself with the character of the room; boasting exposed stone walls and rustic beams, you can find evidence of the cottage's history around every corner.

Once you've spent some time relaxing in front of the Smart TV step into the amply-equipped kitchen to prepare an evening snack, modest in size but with a good range of utensils and appliances, you'll be sure to whip up a romantic meal in no time.

Enjoy your meal times at the dining table tucked beneath the wooden staircase, or head outside and dine alfresco as you watch the sunset over the countryside.

Make your way upstairs and enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath before bed, the king-size bed conveniently doubling up as a twin on request, this snug spot offers a beautiful skylight window so you can watch the stars from the comfort of the covers.

The local village is remote yet offers all you could need in terms of amenities including a Post Office with a village shop and a pub where you can enjoy a rewarding beverage after a day of rambling in the Forest of Dean.

Enjoy everything the Forest of Dean has to offer such as Symonds Yat Rock, Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves and the Forest of Dean Sculpture trail.

The surrounding area is home to a fantastic range of facilities to suit all ages and tastes, with a plethora of watersporting opportunities from Canoeing, cycling and abseiling to wild swimming, to falconry experiences, gorge scrambling and so much more, not forgetting the plentiful walking and cycling routes and bridleways to explore.

Head to Hereford to discover its rich history, with attractions such as its 7th century cathedral, chained library popular for its feature in Game of Thrones, Black and White House Museum, Cider Museum and so much more!

Visit Gloucester with its picturesque docks, scatter of museums and good selection of eateries, or spend a day unwinding from the comfort of Jessamine Cottage.

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About the location


Mitcheldean 4.5 miles; Cinderford 3.5 miles; Monmouth 10 miles; Gloucester 16 miles.

The village of Ruardean is situated on the northern edge of the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The forest offers numerous trails that can be explored on foot, by bicycle or by horseback. Caving, abseiling and a high wire rope course are on offer for the more adventurous, whilst 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). Also within easy reach are the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, in the heart of rural Herefordshire, boasting timbered Tudor houses and excellent shops, pubs and restaurants, and The Severn Estuary, famous for its tidal bore, which is a delight for birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts and bore surfers alike. This unspoilt area has something to offer everyone at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas