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Brookbank Folly

Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire (Ref. 6733)


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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely beautiful place, spent 2 amazing nights here as a short break."

    It was such a lovely setting & the owners are so helpful & friendly. We will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by MApr 2022

  • "It was a lovely stay Richard and Susan were very accomodating Everything was there that we needed and they provided us with a lovely welcome pack."

    It was very relaxing holiday and we settled in really quickly and we would happily visit again

    Reviewed by JacquelineApr 2022

  • "Beautiful property with welcoming hosts."

    Very relaxing long weekend with every amenity catered for.

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely, it's location is beautiful and the whole place felt warm and welcoming."

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2021

  • "There was no extra single bed."

    Not suitable for older people, as the floors were sloping and the bed was not level. Hob needs replacing as did not heat up well or go red. All markings for the hotplates had been rubbed off. Microwave needed a instruction leaflet. Crockery especially bowels needed to be increased in amount, only 2 large provided. Very small fridge, leaked at times because dial had moved. Sofa sagging on one side. Owner very welcoming, lovely hospitality box left for us.

    Reviewed by TonySep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    The photos did not do it justice. It is so warm and cosy inside, also cool when the weather was in the 80s during our stay. The kitchen was very well equipped and the toiletries provided were lovely. The garden was beautiful and private. This cottage is well situated for visiting local beauty spots and long walks in the Forest. The owners are lovely and very helpful. the two dogs are so much fun. A fantastic place for a break.

    Reviewed by RosalindSep 2021

  • "Quirky little cabin, very peaceful."

    Little bit far out of the village, you could not walk to the pubs. But everything else was great, owners super friendly and helpful, 2 beautiful dogs

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2021

  • "Unique and quirky."

    Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by ChrisAug 2021

  • "Very unusual property, really fun to stay in."

    Lots of nice extra touches provided including nice toiletries, very generous welcome basket, loads of cleaning and household sundries, books, DVD's, games, local maps. Very clean and comfortable, lovely private garden to enjoy. The owners and their two dogs were very welcoming and helpful. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2021

  • "Brookbank Folly is an idyllic getaway for two people."

    The cottage is beautiful with amazing attention to detail. The owners are very helpful and their dogs are fun! The countryside is beautiful. We were lucky with the weather.

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2021

  • "Fantastic place ,such a relaxing atmosphere would definitely return ,"

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "All as expected and wanted and more."

    Will be going back sometime.

    Reviewed by MartynJun 2021

  • "Sue and Richard were the most hospitable of hosts."

    We were greeted with a basket of goodies and nothing was too much rouble. Richard even gave us a lift when we had broken down. The cottage was such an inviting and quite luxurious space, where we very quickly settled. The location was beautiful, and a quite retreat that was just what we needed. I've never slept so well away from home. We will be returning as soon as possible.

    Reviewed by FranMay 2021

  • "The quietness the Cottage itself was amazing I thoroughly enjoyed staying there"

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2020

  • "Perfect in everyway"

    Reviewed by MohammedOct 2020

  • "The cottage was so cosy and magical."

    The welcome pack was lovely and we felt at home. The owners are lovely people too and the dogs. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by CharmaineOct 2020

  • "This little cottage is absolutely beautiful inside and outside."

    Really fantastic.

    Reviewed by HollyOct 2020

  • "Pictures don't do it justice at all, we were blown away by the folly."

    It was just what we needed for a get away. The folly was cozy and bright at the same time. The kitchen was well equipped, bed was comfy and shower worked well! We only wished we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by JessOct 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time in this brilliant quirky cottage."

    We enjoyed the area, with direct access to the forest, it was perfect.

    Reviewed by EleanoreSep 2020

  • "Nice friendly people, nice not having WiFi but annoying sometimes when you feel like going out somewhere for the day and need to book up online to require tickets."

    You probably will say why you didn’t you book up these events before you come away but all things you like doing is weather permitting. Fortunately weather was perfect every day. Peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

    Reviewed by GinaSep 2020

  • "Nothing in particular"

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2020

  • "Lovely folly which was fully equipped for most events"

    Reviewed by KenJul 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage unique in every way."

    Would strongly recommend it if you want a peaceful relaxing break.

    Reviewed by SeanFeb 2020

  • "Cottage was cosy, clean and very well equipped."

    Surroundings were peaceful and just what we wanted for a break.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJan 2020

  • "Immaculate cleanliness instantly noticeable ..."

    Immaculate cleanliness instantly noticeable Cosy feeling Everything you need to hand Warm welcome from Richard Welcome pack and fresh flowers instant hit Would recommend

    Reviewed by KimJan 2020

  • "Lovely little hobbit house to stay in and very warm with plenty of heating."

    Loved the spacious bathroom and cosy lounge

    Reviewed by LyndaNov 2019

  • "Absolutely incredible place and lovely people, was the perfect get away."

    Reviewed by AbigailAug 2019

  • "Had a lovely time!"

    Reviewed by NathanAug 2019

  • "Wonderful folly, peaceful location, friendly welcome."

    .. The perfect getaway

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2019

  • "There was dead flys everywhere, all the cutlery needed cleaning due to them having dead flys and dust covering them."

    We needed to vacuum the floor, the cottage was covered in cob webs and dead spiders, loose floor tiles, I would not recommend this cottage, especially considering it is in the owners garden, which is something you have failed to mention on your website.

    Reviewed by MarcusJul 2019

  • "A beautiful, quirky cottage in amazing surroundings."

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2019

  • "Just that the bed could of been more comfortable mattress seen better days ,But it was a lovely cottage we were made to feel quite welcome,and the welcome pack was very nice ."

    Reviewed by ToniJul 2019

  • "This is a quirky but fun place to stay."

    The cottage is only 8 eight years old but has been made to look (very successfully!) a hundred years old. It was comfortable with most of the modern facilities you could wish for although we found the fridge a little small and we could not find (probably our fault) a cheese grater. The setting is idyllic and very peaceful.

    Reviewed by SMay 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect in every way."

    Plenty of places of interest within a 10 mile radius.We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by MaureenMay 2019

  • "We had a lovely time the owners dogs were lovely and playful."

    Very nice place to relax. Would definitely go there again.

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2019

  • "I had an amazing break at Brookbank Folly-just what was needed!"

    The owners were very discreet but available if needed. I do think a note to say there are dogs that do visit the garden from time to time as though I do adore animals, to be advised in advance would have been good. The location is perfect being only a few miles from the town. The forest walks are on the doorstep & are fabulous. Thank you

    Reviewed by RachelDec 2018

  • "Booking through Sykes was a very smooth and simple process."

    Contacting the owner was straightforward. The owner was friendly, polite and helpful, and the bottle of wine and other goodies on arrival was a nice touch, as were the Christmas decorations. The cottage was clean, comfortable and adorably quirky, and tea, coffee, soap, towels, etc were all provided, almost like a hotel. Plenty of heating was available so it was nice and warm. There are local shops for essentials, and a petrol station. No internet/wifi and next to no mobile signal meant we were out of contact (very peaceful once you are used to it!); and probably due to bad weather, there was some variable reception on some tv channels. The folly is down a long narrow track on the side of a hill, in a secluded part of the owner's garden. Accessibility: There is a narrow gravel path down a slope from the car park space then up to the property, probably 20-30 yards, and in all there are then four steps up when you get there. Low doorways in places so taller people need to stoop to avoid headaches. Quite a narrow gate on the way in, might be a squeeze with a big car. The owner has a couple of friendly dogs who come and say hello now and again. Mitcheldean and other local towns are pretty ordinary, but the property is very close to the Forest of Dean.

    Reviewed by JoeDec 2018

  • "Fantastic location, quirky property and owners extremely helpful."

    Highly recommend

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this 'hobbit house' looked small from outside but like the tardis it was big inside!"

    So warm and comfortable and everything was provided, and as it was our first self catering holiday it was so good. Slept very well and feel so much better for our holiday in the Forest of Dean. All places that we wanted to see were all within the place range, so easy to travel to and return to "our home" each day. We used our sat nav to get us there but reading instructions of how to get there we didn't see 'Rank Xerox' building and according to Richard it has been closed for about 9 years and is just used as small business. Ian used to work for rank xerox!

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2018

  • "To advise all visitors to take a pair of slippers or soft shoes as 90% of floors are ceramic tiled"

    Reviewed by KevonOct 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful area."

    It was all we imagined it to be and more.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2018

  • "Brookbank Folly is the most amazing, quirky little place we have ever seen."

    Real little "Hobbit " house in the most wonderful location. Folly was very warm and cosy and very well equipped, even had electric blanket on the bed. Owner met us on arrival and went through all the relevant details with us. Felt like we were in a fairy tale the whole time we were there. Garden area is so still and calm, all you can hear are the birds singing. Anyone who likes gorgeous quirky little places with peace and quiet will adore this little place like we did. Love it.

    Reviewed by MariaSep 2018

  • "The cottage exceeded expectations."

    The owners were extremely friendly but discrete. Everything you thought you wanted was available and even things you didn't know you wanted was provided. I would recommend to family and friends. A successful holiday. Yes, we would use Sykes again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2018

  • "Wonderful little cottage."

    Peaceful and relaxing break on the edge of the magical forest of Dean. No phone signal or WiFi but that to us was a bonus. So many places to explore nearby. Owner very friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend this little folly for a stress free break.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "The Folly would benefit from a new mattress my wife had to sleep on the settee and I never got a good night sleep."

    We were informed that the property had had a water leak in the cupboard in the bedroom. This was treated by a heater not a dehumidified. The whole folly smelt mouldy and damp. We were very disappointed with the general state of the folly a renovation is needed particular with the floor tiles and the creeping damp in areas of the folly The outside could do with a uplift. We may have been unfortunate and arrived at the wrong time?

    Reviewed by NeilMay 2018

  • "We had a great stay at the Folly and found it peaceful and restful."

    It's a good place to use as a base for the Forest of Dean, down a narrow lane but easy enough to negotiate. Michael and his wife Sue were welcoming and we had a guided tour of our cute little home for the week. This is a unique property and it's our intention to go back in warmer weather, there is so much to see in this area and offers plenty of choice for everyone.

    Reviewed by EricaFeb 2018

  • "We had a brilliant time staying in the folly in December."

    They had a lot of snow - 1 foot deep so we got our car snowed in and had to walk everywhere! It was magical. The hosts were extremely helpful and kind and helped us to get up the track back to the main road when we were leaving as the ice was terrible. The only thing I would say is there is no WiFi and our mobile phone signal was rubbish, so we had no access to the internet.

    Reviewed by LucyDec 2017

  • "The cottage was absolutely breathtaking."

    A gorgeous little place to stay in a beautiful part of the world, full of quirkiness, charm and rustic appeal. We would return in a heartbeat, in fact, we were sorry to have to leave!!

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2017

  • "Lovely little quirky cottage, the welcome pack was much appreciated."

    No wifi for a week meant that we had time to explore the area without disruption.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2017

  • "Gorgeous little cottage, cozy and romantic, perfect for our wedding anniversary, had a wonderful time xx"

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2017

  • "Amazing place, lovely setting and fabulous owners."

    Would highly recommend this magical cottage!

    Reviewed by LisaMar 2017

  • "Richard was very welcoming and we soon felt at home in his lovely hand made folly."

    With it being winter, it was lovely to come back to the warmth of the cottage from a long day exploring the area and the Forest of Dean.

    Reviewed by CarolineJan 2017

  • "This is an idyllic retreat snuggled into a wooded hillside with lots of delightful design details and everything carefully thought out."

    From the cottage, there are a lot of walks in the surrounding woodlands and other interesting places to visit. With Asda doing a home delivery, you don't need to go near towns and with very intermittent mobile signal, it really is a get away from it all location.

    Reviewed by KathrynSep 2016

  • "This is an 'Escape Location Rental'."

    The entrance via Jubilee Road is single lane and requires care negotiating. TV OK, no Wi-Fi and not great phone coverage (3 & Vodaphone). If you bring food (Not frozen - no deep freeze) for the period of the rental and some good books you could stay the in the cottage. Locally there is a small Co-Op in Mitcheldean and a large one in Cinderford. It would be a shame to stay in since the location on the north east corner of Forest of Dean is perfect for exploring the forest. It is also a good location for sight seeing along the river Wye or along the Severn.

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted handmade kitchen, dining area and sitting area and coal-effect electric fire.
  • Electric wall radiators with electric fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, Wifi, DVD, stereo/CD player, small library of books and games
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garden and patio area with handmade furniture and BBQ
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles.

The property

This outstanding, bespoke, single-storey Gloucestershire holiday cottage is situated on the outskirts of the Gloucestershire village of Mitcheldean, on the edge of the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean.

Lovingly hand built with timber from the forest itself, this delightful Gloucestershire holiday cottage offers warm and cosy accommodation, with a wealth of character features including beautiful beams, stained glass windows and wooden floors, which seamlessly combine with contemporary modern comforts.

The spacious open plan living area in your Gloucestershire holiday cottage features a handmade kitchen, dining area and sitting area, which has the added benefit of a coal-effect electric fire and overlooks the pretty cottage garden; with a private patio area, the garden is a perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this unspoilt area.

The forest offers many stunning walks and cycle routes, which can all be enjoyed from the doorstep of your Gloucestershire cottage.

If you fancy a day trip, why not visit the historic waterfront city of Gloucester with its Victorian Docklands, magnificent Norman cathedral and bustling city centre boasting a superb range of shops, pubs and restaurants?

A wonderful Gloucestershire cottage in an ideal location for discovering this beautiful part of the country.

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About the location


Ross-on-Wye 6 miles; Gloucester 13 miles.

The thriving village of Mitcheldean, with its old timbered houses and narrow streets is situated close to 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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