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Rainforest Chapel

Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, GL14 3YA (Ref. 938318)



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37 Customer Review(s)

  • “We had a fabulous stay at the Rainforest Chapel which we chose as it was close to family who we hadn't seen for over 18 months due to the pandemic.”

    We weren't disappointed! ...

    We weren't disappointed! The Chapel has been designed very well with lots of lovely, quirky touches and it was a very relaxing space. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed during our stay. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch too. The village is small but has a convenience store and a pub, I would recommend the Fish & Chip shop, good price and the portions were very generous. We were very close to the Forest of Dean and enjoyed a few walks from the cottage during our stay.

    - Claire, June 2021

Rainforest Cottages

Resting in the delightful Forest of Dean village of Ruspidge are these two wonderful properties, Rainforest Cottage and Rainforest Chapel, each enjoying their own unique features and style and perfectly positioned for an outdoor adventure in Gloucestershire. One is Grade II Listed chapel, renovated and brought into the 21st century with quirky furnishings, rustic style and original features, while the other has its history rooted 200 years ago when it was first built, now presenting a mix of classic and contemporary to offer a fantastic holiday home. Being positioned in Ruspidge means you have all you need for a self-catered stay on your doorstep, with the village home to a local shop and a pub, and the nearby town of Cinderford, just under two-miles away, hosting even more selection. Both cottage boast views over the Forest of Dean National Park with access into numerous beautiful forest walks, as well as interesting attractions like the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail which sees visitors meander through a tranquil woodland art trail discovering 16 discreet and nature-inspired sculptures along the way, can you spot them all? Excitement can be found at the fantastic Go Ape Forest of Dean, challenge your fears by swinging through the forest canopy along a treetop adventure trail, or for another perspective enjoy a Forest Segway tour taking in the idyllic scenery as you go. Ruspidge is also well-positioned for day visits to Cheltenham and the famous Cheltenham Races, get dressed up and place your bets at this prestigious ground. Embark on some riverside walks along the River Severn and the Severn Bore, wander around Gloucester Docks and Cathedral, and further afield Symonds Yat, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the banks of the River Wye, makes an extremely scenic spot for a picnic. Brecon Beacons, Oxfordshire, Bourton-on-the-water, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and much more can all be found within driving distance, promising attractions of all kinds to suit all ages and tastes. Enjoy an adventure from Rainforest Cottages.

About the property

A spacious and unique cottage, converted from an old, Grade II Listed chapel and resting in the village of Ruspidge, just under two miles from Cinderford, Rainforest Chapel is a wonderful holiday home in Gloucestershire.

Brightly lit thanks to several original chapel windows, decorated with Ercol furniture and enjoying high ceilings and a quirky style, Rainforest Chapel sleeps four guests in two bedrooms.

Enter into the porch where there is space to hang your coats and store your boots after a day out, before heading through the charming chapel double doors and into the stunning open-plan living space.

Original wooden floorboards offer a rustic feel, while the well-equipped contemporary kitchen with a stylish breakfast bar bring the property into the 21st century.

One step takes you up to the sitting area, with two snug armchairs set before the TV with games consoles and a feature fireplace, with a dining table and chairs behind.

The ground-floor is home to the double bedroom as well as the excellent bathroom with mood lighting.

Up on the mezzanine level, overlooking the open-plan living area, is the second bedroom, with two single beds, it’s a unique space to retreat to at the end of the day.

Delight in a holiday like no other staying at Rainforest Chapel.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1018978, together sleeping up to 8 guests.


  • Mostly ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x mezzanine twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with seating area
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and separate WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 2), dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Electric radiators throughout, underfloor heating in bedrooms and bathroom and electric fires
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV with full Sky, Xbox, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample roadside parking
  • Front courtyard area
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: There is one step up to the dining and sitting area and two steps to the ground floor bathroom
  • Note - Please find that the Rainforest Chapel is a grade 2 star listed building and is over 160 years old, thus there is a degree of charm and character that comes with living in such a unique dwelling, and that it may not be suitable to all guests that might expect the very highest living standards of a new dwelling thus
  • The living room fire place is a 'feature' fireplace only for visual purposes
  • The bath hot water has been restricted in temperature and is very slow filling
  • You might feel a chill or draft on 'very cold' days due to the original windows and solid walls
  • Note: Rainforest Cottage is 0.2 miles from Rainforest Chapel

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About the location


10.4 miles Ross on Wye , 15 miles Gloucester, 13.2 miles Symonds Yat

Ruspidge is a lovely little village situated in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The village offers its guests a wonderful selection of amenities, with local shops, pubs, and a children's play area, it offers everything you could need for a self-catered stay, while nearby Cinderford boasts a wider selection. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity within the local area, with the Lightmoor Pool (Royal Forest of Dean Angling Club) being just a short trip from the village, as well as Soudley Ponds being home to a a raft of ducks, making a lovely spot for a morning stroll. Situated between the River Severn and the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can expect to find a plethora of wonders just a stone's throw away; take a trip to the Clearwell Caves, a hidden world where you can learn of the iron ore mining, the main industry in the Forest of Dean, up close on a tour, or give beer pilates a go for an experience like no other! You will also find a good selection of sporting opportunities including archery, paddle boarding, scrambling and rock climbing just to name a few, or if you're seeking a more relaxed day out venture to the cathedral city of Gloucester; explore its history in the Blackfriars Priory site, Museum of Gloucester and the Jet Age Museum, or indulge in a day of retail therapy with plenty of shops to take your pick from. In easy reach, you can find Cheltenham too, home to Cheltenham Racecourse with its wonderful races and various events throughout the year, as well as the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty being just a scenic drive away too.

Region Information

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  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas