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Self-Catering Mitcheldean

Brookbank Folly Countryside Cottage in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

From: €312 weekly Guests 2 Rooms 1 Bathroom 1

Brookbank Folly Countryside Cottage Self-Catering

Holiday home
Brookbank Folly is a bespoke, timber framed detached cottage situated on the outskirts of the village of Mitcheldean on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, 13 miles from Gloucester. Offering single storey accommodation all over the ground floor, the cottage can sleep two people in one double bedroom. The cottage has a shower room with shower, basin and WC, and an open plan living area featuring a handmade fitted kitchen, a dining area and a sitting area with coaleffect electric fire. Outside, guests benefit from a garden and patio area with handmade furniture and BBQ, and there is also off road parking for two cars. Brookbank Folly is conveniently based for a variety of activities including walking and cycling on the numerous forest trails, and is within easy reach of Ross-on-Wye and Gloucester.

Area
Mitcheldean is a Gloucestershire village, close to the Royal Forest of Dean, with old timbered houses and narrow streets. The Forest of Dean is England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering walking, cycling and horseback trails, along with caving, abseiling and a high wire rope course. Fishing, canoeing and golf are also available in the area. The market town of Ross-on-Wye is close by, in Herefordshire, and offers a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, while a short drive away is the historic city of Gloucester, home to Victorian Docklands and a Norman Cathedral, the cloisters of which were used as a location in the Harry Potter films.

Region
Visitors to the Cotswolds have long treasured memories of charming towns and villages built from the famous honey-coloured stone, it now boasts a thriving community of contemporary artists working from studios and shops throughout the area.

Amenities
Electric wall radiators with electric fire in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, 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.

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  • Garden
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
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  • Towels provided
  • TV
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Self-Catering Reviews

Miss Kneale
October 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.
Miss Kneale, October 2020
October 2020
This little cottage is absolutely beautiful inside and outside.. Really fantastic.
Miss Stawarz, October 2020
September 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.
Ms Cartwright, September 2020
September 2020
We had a fantastic time in this brilliant quirky cottage.. We enjoyed the area, with direct access to the forest, it was perfect.
Mrs Miles, September 2020
July 2020
Lovely folly which was fully equipped for most events
Mr Harris, July 2020
July 2020
Nothing in particular
Mr Currie, July 2020
February 2020
Lovely little cottage unique in every way.. Would strongly recommend it if you want a peaceful relaxing break.
johnmC689GQ
January 2020
Just returned from 4 days and would certainly recommend this cosy cottage for a very relaxing break It was immaculate and provided everything you would need including a food welcome pack and fresh flowers
Mr Rea, February 2020
January 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
Mrs Mills, January 2020
January 2020
Cottage was cosy, clean and very well equipped.. Surroundings were peaceful and just what we wanted for a break.
Mrs Drayton, January 2020
November 2019
Lovely little hobbit house to stay in and very warm with plenty of heating.. Loved the spacious bathroom and cosy lounge
Mrs Harrison
May 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.
Mr Smith
April 2019
We had a lovely time the owners dogs were lovely and playful.. Very nice place to relax. Would definitely go there again.
Mr Bosak
December 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.
Mrs Lewis
December 2018
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
Ms Woods
November 2018
Fantastic location, quirky property and owners extremely helpful.. Highly recommend
Mr Rendell
October 2018
To advise all visitors to take a pair of slippers or soft shoes as 90% of floors are ceramic tiled
Mrs Lawrance
October 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!
Mrs Walker
September 2018
A beautiful cottage in a beautiful area.. It was all we imagined it to be and more.
Mrs Van Der Voort
September 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.
Mrs Curtis
September 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.
Mr Fairbairn
July 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.
Mr White
May 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?
Mrs Kibble
February 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.
Mrs Swanson
December 2017
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.
Mr Booth
October 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!!
Mr Parker
August 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.
Mrs Neilson
May 2017
Gorgeous little cottage, cozy and romantic, perfect for our wedding anniversary, had a wonderful time xx
Mr Bolton
August 2016
A beautifully built cottage. The owner showed us around the property on arrival and ensured that we had everything we could need including local maps and directions to all types of attractions, locations and eateries.
Jamie I
July 2016
My wife and I recently stayed at this delightfully charming and quirky little cottage. The owner, Richard, was extremely friendly and helpful. His two dogs are seriously lovely. The cottage itself was great. If you are looking for a place to stay whilst visiting the area, this is a great place to be.
Miss Casey
June 2016
It was extremely quiet which is exactly what we wanted and was the most important requirement for my holiday, no other holiday makers around! The only sounds we heard was from the birds. Perfect.
Mr Collis
March 2016
The whole experience was brilliant. The cottage is a really wonderful place. Every little touch has been so well thought out. A perfect place to unwind from the stresses of life. A truly magical week.
Mrs Alexander-brown
January 2016
The cottage was perfect! The owners charming and discreet.
Mrs Etheridge
July 2015
The cottage felt like we were in a fairy tale.
Ms Caughlin
June 2015
What a beautiful little holiday place! It was everything we hoped it would be, and the pictures really don't do it justice. A wonderful, unique little cwtch away from the world. It was a perfect base for exploring the Forest of Dean and had everything that we needed for the week. A lovely welcome pack and the owners were so friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend!
Mrs Taylor
June 2015
Everything! The property is fabulous and so are the owners. The location is wonderful and quiet.
Mrs Felstead
May 2015
Brookbank Folly was an ideal getaway, very peaceful and with welcoming but unobtrusive owners.
Mrs Fairbrother
May 2015
Liked its quirkiness and it was a good base to explore the Forest of Dean. Nice and peaceful, could have been miles from anywhere.
Jane30_11
April 2015
Wonderful little cottage. Relaxing with everything to make it home from home. Loved the quirkiness, cosy, beautifully furnished and immaculate. ..highly recommend :)
Mrs Smith
March 2015
Liked staying in a quirky cottage and it was a good base to explore the Forest of Dean.
Mrs Hucknall-swallow
January 2015
A well earned relaxing, remote, quirky and cosy break. The owners have certainly created a magical, comfortable and welcoming hobbit cottage. Loved it!
Mr Green
January 2015
An excellent quirky property in a beautiful location.
Mr Parkes
September 2014
Perfect relaxing holiday in a beautiful part of the county.
Mrs Moore
September 2014
The property was idyllic. So quaint peaceful. It felt like a million miles away from home! The surrounding countryside/Forest of Dean was stunning, we visited many nearby attractions. (Raglan Castle...Clearwell caves...Symonds Yat...The international birds of prey centre....to name but a few!)The property was comfortable beautifully set out. The owners were lovely, so unobtrusive. We were able to really relax had a wonderful stay.
Guest
August 2014
This is a great place to unwind , quirky is not the word ! You keep looking for Snow White or the dwarfs to march around the corner . So close to the Forest of Dean
Mrs Stephenson
July 2014
It was romantic and secluded, and yet handy for lots of attractions and things to see/do.
Kirsty S
June 2014
Gorgeous cottage in a lovely peaceful setting that is also a great base for exploring the forest of dean and surrounding area. The cottage has everything you could need for a romantic and relaxing stay and is just fantastic. Some points to note (in no particular order): Take slippers, the floors are really quite cold! The windows and door are both a bit draughty but the heaters work well and their use is included in the hire price. The lane to and from the cottage is a little scary (some of the locals are a bit mad on the driving front) due to being very narrow. We got a lovely welcome pack of wine, crisps, porridge, milk and marmalade. There was also some coffee and tea there so we didn't have to shop straightaway. Mitcheldean has a co-op and small local store for food, plus takeaways, but no sit down restaurant. The front steps can get a little slippery and be careful not to turn the outside light switch off - you'll never find the keyhole without it! Overall it's a fab little place and we would highly recommend it.
Mr Bull
April 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at this little cottage. Warm welcome, good facilities and lovely setting. Highly recommended for an out of town break.
Mrs Bunker
April 2014
A fabulous, quirky cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location.
Mrs Hines
April 2014
The hosts were great, available if you wanted them, but unobtrusive if you didn't. The accommodation was perfect, exactly as described.
Guest
April 2014
What an amazing little cottage! This little, secluded bolt hole was fantastic and we loved every minute. The owners kindly left a great welcome pack and the little touches, like fresh milk in the fridge, were really appreciated. Just on the edge of the Forest of Dean, this was a great location and was perfect for exploring. If you are looking for somewhere to eat we recommend The Kings Head (9 miles away on the a40 towards Gloucester) where the homemade Steak & Kidney pie was to die for! The cottage is some way down a little winding lane but is easy to find. We could get mobile phone signals but no internet access with Three Mobile. This place is highly recommended, great value, and we will definately be going back for a second visit.
Mr Wilson
February 2014
This is a stunning property in a beautiful location, right on the edge of the Forest of Dean. The cottage is hand-built and full of character, perfect for a romantic weekend or a relaxing and peaceful break away from everyday life. The owners were very welcoming.
Mr Clode
January 2014
Lovely quirky cottage. Quiet, cosy and a warm welcome from the owners.
Mr Osgood
December 2013
Character cottage with modern conveniences.
Mr Shaw
December 2013
Cosy cottage and very quirky!
Guest
December 2013
We chose this cottage for its quirkiness and also because of other very positive reviews.We loved every minute of our stay and could have stayed another week.Plenty to do in the daytime.We visited caves,cycled in the forest of dean,visited symonds yat for walking and cycled along the river to Monmouth.Spent our evenings cooking in the well equipped kitchen and chilling out on the settee in the lounge which puts down into a bed.As we had great weather we were able to sit out in the front garden.So peaceful at the cottage as on a no through road so minimal traffic only to other propertys nearby.Owners have three dogs that also come to visit and buzzards circling above.The owner was very nice,very unintrusive but helpful if asked anything.The cottage is amazing and very well built.Lots of quirky points to it.We both loved it and would recommend it to anyone.Cant think of anything negative.
Mr Birchall
October 2013
We liked everything about this little cottage. Top place to stay, and lovely people who own the property.
Guest
October 2013
we stayed at the folly in august for my retirement it was fantastic its even better than what you see in photo,s. Richard and Sue were very welcoming and couldn't do enough for you with a lovely welcome basket, I can,t recommend this property enough anybody that goes there will not be disappointed.Pete and June from Cleethorpes
Mr Baxter
September 2013
A real gem! This quirky little hideaway has it all, beautiful location, peaceful, clean and cosy. Very welcoming owners. Will certainly be coming back.
Miss Meeks
September 2013
Me and my partner loved everything about this cottage. We have been to a few, and this is my favourite yet. I loved the quirkiness of it, and the location. Really peaceful and away from everything, but in easy reach by car to everything if you wanted to. Owner very nice, but left us to it. Cannot fault it at all, and will definitely recommend to friends.
Mrs Inwood
August 2013
Brookbank Folly is a very secluded place to stay and is ideal for exploring the Forest of Dean and its surrounding area. It is a very relaxing place to stay, its quirkiness makes it very special.
Mr Skudder
August 2013
Brookbank Folly was beautiful. Nothing was very far away which we wanted to do, and it was lovely to end up at Brookbank Folly at the end of the day and relax with a glass of beer or wine a great holiday.
Guest
June 2013
Brookbank folly, was perfect, relaxed, chilled, and quiet, was a fabulous week. That myself and partner enjoyed, would definatly return, was a very warm welcome we had on arrival :). Had some fantastic photo opportunity while exploring the towns and local facilities. Dean heritage centre with the gruffalo made the stay even better, also taking number of visits to adams farm for both the animals and milk was even better!! Can't wait to visit again! Thanks x
Mr Harris
May 2013
Delightful place, fully equipped to meet all your needs and a beautiful, well maintained garden to enjoy in the evening. Owner couldn't be be more helpful in every aspect. Will certainly go there again and will most certainly recommend it to anyone.
Mrs Freeman
March 2013
Both the cottage and the setting were lovely. Nice and private and we enjoyed the woodland walks from the door (we truly could walk straight from the property into the forest!)
Mr Hall
March 2013
Fantastic little folly in the middle of a beautiful area. Felt very safe there and it was very quiet and relaxing.
Mr Godwin
February 2013
The 'different-ness' of the cottage and the peace and quiet.
Mrs Nash
February 2013
It was peaceful with beautiful surroundings.
Miss Westerman
January 2013
Amazing atmosphere! A genuine gem. Great friendly owners and a totally stress-free few days.
Mrs Pourrat-ramu
October 2012
Charming atmosphere of the cottage and the forest very close, extraordinary style, the owners great hospitality and the fact that it is within walking distance of shops and public transport.
Mrs Merrett
October 2012
The location and the property were absolutely excellent. The owners made us very welcome; the 'tour' of the cottage was very helpful and informative. On previous holidays to cottages, and an avid cook, I have always found the kitchen very lacking in equipment and came with my own, but it was not necessary as it was all there!
Mrs Devonshire
September 2012
It was like staying at a fairytale cottage, a wonderful time was had.
Guest
September 2012
When we arrived at the cottage the owners were there to meet us they were both very nice people and gave us info on the cottage and surrounding area they left us alone all week but were there if you needed help they introduced us to there dogs . It's a real little hobbits cottage and very romantic with lovley natural wood made from the surrounding Forest of Dean . The location was nice if you like to get away from it all with lots of walks from the cottage . I loved the cottage and its great for a get away from it all type hoilday I did love it but I think next time I would like to be more in a village setting with a pub near by . Saying that I would come back to this cottage if I need some peace n rest type hoilday .
Mrs Forbes
August 2012
It was in a lovely tranquil area. The owner was very helpful and we had a lovely enjoyable time. All amenities were within walking distance - the perfect little hideaway.
Mrs Pearson
July 2012
We had a great week at Brookbank Folly. The owner was very friendly and helpful. We would love to spend another week there.
Mrs Bailey
July 2012
The property is extremely quirky and full of character and we loved every minute of our stay. The owners provided us with such a warm welcome, including a lovely goodie pack, which started our holiday off in great style. It was a really cosy, private cottage, and sitting in the garden listening to the birds over breakfast or evening drinks was really peaceful. It's a great place to explore the area, including the walks from the doorstep. We would highly recommend this cottage for a holiday.
Mr Abbott
July 2012
The owner had an exceptionally friendly and helpful attitude without being intrusive.
Mrs Oldfield
June 2012
Property is unique and attractive. Great base for days out. Wonderful food at local 'Hart Craft Centre'.
Dr Raw
March 2012
Brookbank Folly is unique and a credit to the creative genius who built it from locally-sourced materials. The owners were friendly and welcoming but not at all intrusive. It is full of character, warm, quiet and perfect for two people to enjoy a peaceful rest from the world. The Forest of Dean with its excellent walks and cycle trails is easily accessible from the cottage and we also visited Hereford and the Waterways Museum at Gloucester.
Mr Brewer
February 2012
It was just what we wanted. Contact with the owners was excellent. We really enjoyed it!
Miss Robinson
January 2012
The cottage was so comfortable and cosy, quirky and different. The owners were very welcoming and left us a welcome pack. The surrounding area was lovely, the Forest of Dean delivered a wonderful walk with hooting owls at night.
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
January 2012
Beautifully crafted cottage, just like a fairytale. The pictures honestly do not do this place justice. If anything I would describe it as a picturesque re-imagination of "snow white & the seven dwarfs cottage" or a house scene from "the legend of zelda". Owners leave you in peace, to your own devices and beautiful covers for the windows for extra privacy. A very romantic place in the middle of nowhere, only a few hamlet-like houses surrounding, a distance down the road & the woodland just behind for peaceful walks. Perfect for a couple seeking a romantic getaway together. There are plenty of movies, board games and the remarkably quaint kitchen to keep oneself occupied. Very warm interior (which is one of the major things I look for as I tend to get cold easily) and the very romantic fire place in the front room, complimented by the cow-skin rug, is very effective at keeping you warm on those winter nights, snuggling on the sofa with a movie!!! We will definitely be returning! A romantic weekend I will never forget...
Amy P
January 2012
Beautifully crafted cottage, just like a fairytale. The pictures honestly do not do this place justice. If anything I would describe it as a picturesque re-imagination of "snow white & the seven dwarfs cottage" or a house scene from "the legend of zelda". Owners leave you in peace, to your own devices and beautiful covers for the windows for extra privacy. A very romantic place in the middle of nowhere, only a few hamlet-like houses surrounding, a distance down the road & the woodland just behind for peaceful walks. Perfect for a couple seeking a romantic getaway together. There are plenty of movies, board games and the remarkably quaint kitchen to keep oneself occupied. Very warm interior (which is one of the major things I look for as I tend to get cold easily) and the very romantic fire place in the front room, complimented by the cow-skin rug, is very effective at keeping you warm on those winter nights, snuggling on the sofa with a movie!!! We will definitely be returning! A romantic weekend I will never forget...
Miss Richardson
December 2011
Brookbank Folly was exactly as described and more. The welcome that we received from the owners and the breakfast pack was lovely, we will be returning without a doubt. We had a relaxing weekend and enjoyed our afternoon walk in the forest. Thank you very much!
Guest
December 2011
Sue and Richard were so welcoming and friendly. The cottage is gorgeous, very homely and a real treat. We had a fantastic holiday in the peace and quiet. Its secluded but also not far from many tourist spots. We will be back and looking forward to seeing Harry and the rest of the dogs :-))
Mr Carter
October 2011
Brookbank Folly was a fantastic cottage and the owners were so welcoming and had supplied a welcome basket of goodies and nothing was too much trouble. An absolute pleasure and we will be going back.
Mrs Brassington
October 2011
The Cottage was in a peaceful location and in great proximity for the many great walks to be enjoyed within the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. The Cottage was very cosy and comfortable. We were able to enjoy the sound of the Owls calling in the evening. The owners were very welcoming. A lovely basket of goodies was awaiting us in the Cottage on arrival. This I found to be a very welcoming and a thoughtful touch. We hope to make a return visit and we could happily have stayed a second week!
Mrs Harris
September 2011
Good location, friendly hosts.
Miss Kovalcsik
September 2011
The owner is very friendly and the area is nice and quiet. We had a honeymoon there and it's a perfect place for a romantic getaway. The cottage gives a warm feeling, full of love.
Miss Hatcher
August 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was marvellous and in an excellent location for exploring the local area. We received a very warm welcome and hope to return one day. We would definitely recommend the cottage to our friends.
Mrs Squires
July 2011
The warm welcome that we received on arrival and the peace and tranquility in such a unique property.
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