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The Old School

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Ruspidge, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • great (8)
  • garden (7)
  • cottage (7)
  • clean (7)
  • property (7)
  • everything (6)

16 Customer Reviews

  • "Stunning property, nice surprise with the chocolate's, wine and flowers left for us"

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew3.8Feb 2024

  • "The old cottage was beautiful."

    Spotless, comfortable and everything we needed. Great location to explore the many walks. Such a gorgeous little home. We will be back :)

    Very happy to hear you had a nice Christmas holiday at the Old School. Thank you for your lovely feedback, really does mean a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is a beautifully presented cottage with a lovely host for whom nothing is too much trouble."

    We have no hesitation in recommending The School House as a great place to stay for a holiday in The Forest.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments Sue. So glad you enjoyed your time there. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Property was fantastic and had everything we needed."

    Thank you for your kind review Stuart. So happy you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2023

  • "Gorgeous holiday home, it was immaculate with everything we could possibly need and all in excellent order."

    Staying here was an absolute joy, the shower is great, the garden is fab and very private, the owners have gone above and beyond to ensure a good stay. Yes the traffic noise is very loud at times, as to be expected on a main road, we would definitely stay here again and can definitely recommend.

    Thank you so much Amanda for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and tidy, as was the garden area."

    Very secure as my dog enjoyed wandering around without the worry of escaping. Would recommend A tv in the bedroom as some people like to stretch out and watch tv in bed.

    Thanks very much Marie, the bedroom tv is a good idea Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had a 5* stay at the old school."

    Lovely little cottage, newly rennovated and immaculately clean. Had all the amenities we needed for a week and more. Great secure garden for our little dog. Owners very helpful and attentive. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend - couldn't ask for more!

    Thank you so much Katie! It means a lot to us to hear such positive feedback. We hope to welcome you back in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really lovely little place to stay."

    Beautifully furnished and clean. It was my old primary school so was very keen to stay and feel a little nostalgic, it was very comforting.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are very happy to hear of your connection to the property and glad you enjoyed your stay at The Old School. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maryanne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Property perfect for our needs."

    Extremely clean, comfortable, well equipped and a great base for exploring the area.

    Thank you Kevin! So glad you enjoyed your break at The Old School. Come and stay again soon :0) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Immaculate cottage, everything you might need was provided."

    Forest walks & places to visit all nearby, we saw deer, ponies and boar. Gardens neat & secure fencing, both to keep dogs in & the wild boars out ( yes, we had a 3am visit by a family of piggies going through the recycling bins, I loved seeing them) Only downside was traffic noise during am/pm rush, but the property is on a road so hey. Would we stay here again? Absolutely!

    Thank you so much for that lovely review! Very glad you had a good holiday. Come and see us again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kristine5.0Aug 2023

  • "Superb property."

    Very high standard. Extremely well suited and prepared for furry friends. Never normally revisit places we have been but this is one we would have no qualms returning to..

    Thank you Phil! Welcome back any time ☺️ Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phil4.4Aug 2023

  • "Beautifully developed 2 bedroom house which was originally a school."

    A great deal of thought has gone into providing guests with what they would like and need. This they have achieved `hands down` There is space to park two cars, off road, and there is a a charger for an EV. The location is close to two supermarkets and there is very good access to the Forest of Dean and the Wye valley. We will return again. David and Clare Jackson

    Thank you so much for that lovely review! We look forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a little gem hidden away in a small village by the Forrest of Dean."

    If you fancy a break from the smoke, here you’ll find fresh air and plenty of walking routes. And lovely pubs too, I recommend the Lyons Inn. Great Sunday Lunch! The property itself is brand new and super clean. The flower pots in the garden are a lovely touch! Lainey, the host was super helpful when we left a jacket behind she was more than happy to post it to us! Cannot recommend enough!

    Reviewed by Fred5.0Aug 2023

  • "I would highly recommend this property ,it was very well presented and clean when we arrived, the enclosed garden was great as we had our dog with us and we felt it was very safe for her to run about in it ."

    The bike storage was an added bonus so our bikes were locked away safe . We found the location very handy for cycling in the forest me and my son managed to find a path in to the forest just at the bottom of the hill which took us on to the family biking trail which goes all the way round the forest which was Fantastic. The only negative comment I would make is we were surprised at how fast cars travel down the road and how noisy they are . But overall a very nice place to stay .

    Thank you so much for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again :0) Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely delightful cottage in a perfect location for exploring lots of brilliant attractions."

    Beautifully decorated cottage with pretty much everything we needed and a blissful absence of clutter. Slept well thanks to it being lovely and quiet with comfy beds. Thank you!

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback! We’re so happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Francesca5.0Jul 2023

  • "Modern, well equipped and clean."

    Everything is tasteful and works well. Owners have done a good job. Only problem is that the cottage is right on a very busy road. So there is constant noise even with windows closed. Garden is more noisy.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Jul 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x bunk ( can take up to 120 kilos)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent ( EV charger excluded)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Designated parking for 2 cars
  • Multi-level garden with lawn, furniture, BBQ and bike storage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: There are steps in the garden; please take care

The property

Nestled upon the outskirts of Ruspidge, within the Gloucestershire countryside is The Old School, a lovely, two-bedroom cottage.

Just paces away from a shop and a pub, whilst enveloped by several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Old School rests in a prime position to explore the heart of Royal Forest Of Dean, inviting four guests and two furry companions.

Benefit from designated parking for two cars, before stepping through the multi-level garden and into your new abode.

Be greeted by the open-plan living space, stylishly furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining seating for four guests, and plush sofas to lounge upon after a day of travelling.

Rustle up delicious meals to be enjoyed indoors or set the patio table to relish in an alfresco affair; in the garden you'll also locate bike storage, perfect for avid cyclists, looking to venture along the nearby Forest of Dean trail.

As day turns into night, head upstairs to be welcomed by two well-appointed bedrooms, a double and a bunk room, both serviced by a sleek bathroom, housing both a bath and a shower.

Awaken to plan your itinerary, starting off locally with a bite to eat at the White Hart Inn pub, whilst a convenience store is nearby to stock up on the essentials.

Venture into rural Gloucestershire to hike through the Cyril Hart Arboretum, explore the Forest of Dean by following the Sculpture Trail, enjoy a leisurely stroll along Soudley Ponds, or brush up on your local knowledge at the Dean Heritage Centre.

Travel into the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Ross-on-Wye riverside walk as a recommended stop off, whilst travelling south will lead you to the Clearwell Caves, where you can follow a guided, underground tour, and Puzzlewood, ideal for all the family.

Round off your break in the city, brimming with art, culture and history, where you can tour Gloucester Cathedral, the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Gloucester Prison, and the Museum Of Gloucester, before returning home in time for sundowners.

Experience all of this, and more, at The Old School.

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

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas