Perched on beautiful Shapridge Hill, at the end of a quiet track, Robin and Wren cottages are a haven of peace and tranquility. Footpaths lead from your door onto a vast network of forest paths. The local town of Mitcheldean (3miles) provides good local amenities, including pubs, Co-op. greengrocer, butcher, Post Office, library with drop-in internet access, and a number of take-aways.
Perfect for the keen birdwatcher, as an abundance of birdlife can be observed from our hide; from nuthatch to green woodpecker and if you are lucky, even red kite! In summer the house martins, swallows and swifts put on a spectacular flying display as they dip and dive over the wildlife pond and garden. Foxes, rabbits, badgers and bats all visit the garden too, so don’t forget your binoculars!
There are many outdoor activities available in the Forest; hire a canoe or a kayak and paddle down the Wye, or hire a mountain bike and take to the cycle tracks which lead you though heart of the Forest and mile after mile of beautiful woodland.
For those interested in history, within half an hour there are the Dean Heritage Centre and the border castles of Chepstow and Goodrich to name but a few. A bit further afield Hereford cathedral where you can view the famous Mappa Mundi, Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral are well worth the visit. Within an hour's drive you could take in the Cotswolds, the Brecon Beacons, or the Malvern Hills.
We booked the cottage as a last minute break having visited the Forest of Dean before. We have not been disappointed. We have had a lovely relaxing time and have really enjoyed staying in the cottage. We think it is great location and the cottage is of a very high standard. We hope to return one day and will thotoughly recommend it to our friends.
Booked Robin Cottage as a semi surprise (i'm awful at keeping secrets) for my partner's birthday on a bit of a whim, i'm very glad i did! Having visited this part of the country numerous times it was delightful to stay somewhere as cosy and romantic as Robin Cottage. Sadly our stay has been too short here and I wish we could take those breath-taking views home with us to wake up every morning! Our favourite places to visit are Puzzlewood, Symonds Yat, a visit to Chepstow Castle and Monmouth among others. There is so much to do including local walks, followed by dinner at the famous Frydays. Thank you we can't wait to come back.
Robin Cottage is a truly delightful holiday home in a fabulous setting. All the cottages facilities were excellent - once you found where the switch things on! Very cosy and comfortable. We visited the beautiful towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth and spent a lovely few hours cycling around the forest - thanks to Pedalabikeaway at Cannop Vally. A lovely mini-break for my daughter and I and just what she needed to recover after her exams.