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“Ensuite camping!” 5 of 5 stars
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Beeches Avenue | Mile End, Coleford GL167da, England   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Alsager, United Kingdom
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“Ensuite camping!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We found The Dome Garden on the internet whilst looking for a unique camping experience for 3 children. We were seduced by the idea of a dome tent with hanging "cocoon" beds for the children......and ensuite facilities (more about them later).
After 3 hours travelling, we turned down a side road and........domes!!! We were welcomed by Mo who showed us to our dome and instructed us on the use of the rocket stove, the storm kettle and the two wood-burning stoves (one for heating the dome, and one for heating water). He then showed us the wood store and wood chopping facilities, the chicken coop and the communal area with pizza oven - where you can opt to make your own pizza - a great way to bring the families together. We attended two pizza nights where Mo demonstrated his expertise with a pizza oven!
Our children soon settled in, with the youngest (aged 3) soon making new friends and the eldest 2 enjoying the rope-swings/zip-wire.
The dome was large enough for all 5 of us - 3 single beds (2 of them suspended from the dome frame) and a central double. There was a small area where you can remove your footwear, and then the bathroom: a shower, sink, loo and log burner - you light this log burner which warms the water stored on the roof.
Outside, each dome has an outside eating area with a food store, a stove and tables and chairs. It was great and worked well - after a little practice - we made jacket potatoes that the children said were the best ever!! On one evening, we even prepared a meal during a thunderstorm - complete with lightning and a downpour.
Once settled in, our children found the perfect time in the morning to check the chicken coop for eggs and succeeded in providing us with over half a dozen during our stay....and they were so impressed.
All-in-all, a great place to relax and for children to have freedom to roam in safety. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My husband camps with the children but I won't - however I made an exception when he showed me this website and agreed that with an 'en suite' bathroom I might be persuaded to try 'glamping'. I am so glad I did. With our two children in tow ages 11 & 10 and the bikes loaded on the roof rack we headed off to this secluded spot. The Dome was spacious and so bright and light. The 'ensuite' is a wonderful bonus - with hot water ingeniously heated by a wood burner. We were fortunate to have wonderful weather which meant we could make the most of the amazing cycling in the area from family cycle paths to scary mountain biking right from the back gate of the Dome Garden. When we were back at the Dome the kids disappeared off playing with all the other kids on the zip wire or swings or harassing the chickens for eggs! If like us you didn't fancy cooking you can opt for the cooked breakfasts and evening meals on offer which are very sociable. After 5 days I felt truly rested and reinvigorated, the kids had had a blast even with the ban on electronics and the husband had thoroughly enjoyed chopping wood and lighting fires. Remember this is upmarket camping not a hotel so if you are like me and you like some creature comforts whilst getting away from it all then I would highly recommend it.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

There are many family reviews of the Dome Garden already on this site, and I agree with just about all of the comments.
One important consideration is the weather though. I'm not an avid camping fan, so I was a little unsure initially of opting for any "outdoors" stay in the British summer. Clearly the organizers had me in mind when they planned this place. Enough warmth is provided by the wood burners in each Dome tent (yes, a wood burner in the tent - it gives you some idea of the size of these things!); plus also wood burning kettles and boilers provide more creature comforts in the Domes. Yes, running hot water (and flushing toilet) for each Dome. Amazing. Not really camping at all.
Elsewhere tree swings, zip wires, fire pits and the woodland next door keep kids of most ages amused.
And if the weather really isn't playing ball - even in the pouring rain, the awning over the communal dining area allows alfresco munching (you can opt for the hosts to cook for you, which I heartily recommend!) without being soaked by the elements. And if you get a little cabin fever, then a jaunt to Monmouth's antique shops, the Forest of Dean's shadowy lanes, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat or even Chepstow Castle are all a modest drive away.
Probably the high spot is the almost immediate communal vibe you feel, with everyone getting on and kids making friends instantly, all cheered on by hosts Jonny and Helen, who simply can't do enough. Pizza night is a triumph, not in the sense of making any of us a pizza chef, but in terms of bringing people together. Don't miss out, it is fabulous.
We've already booked a return visit... which is usually the ultimate sign of how good it was.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We had a wonderful weekend at The Dome Garden with our 3 boys - aged 13, 12 and 10. My husband and the boys all loved lighting the fires, chopping wood, playing on the rope swings and zip wires, collecting eggs - and I loved the proper beds and duvets and en suite bathroom! The pizza evening was great - as was the cooked breakfast. We can highly recommend and hope to return again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had a long weekend at the Dome garden with my 6 & 8 year old kids. We had been there 2 years ago and had slightly mixed feelings as things were just coming together then. This time round we had a whale of a time. Firstly, the location, right on the edge of the Forest of Dean is easy to get to and has easy access to countless bike trails of varying difficulties. The Domes are warm and well equipped. Lots of cooking facilities which we made full use of. The wood burning stoves are dead easy to use. Best of all are the kids facilities - swings, tree houses, chickens, zip wires all added to the experience. The kids made friends and spent the time running around engaged in various activities like wild boar hunts. They had to be almost dragged away on the last day. The owner, Jonny was most accommodating about our departure time and that allowed us to maximise our long weekend.

Overall, the cost is not insignificant, compared to "proper" camping but I, for one, much prefer a large water proof dome and en suite facilities for my precious holiday time.

Many, many happy family memories!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Splendid site for a family holiday. We had excellent weather so that also helped - not sure if it would have been as fun if it was raining all the time.

Very close to all the key attractions in the Forest of Dean.

Sleep was excellent - even though you are woken at sunrise you just seem to naturally turn over and go back to sleep.

All the domes are different - different numbers of beds, shower or bath or both etc. so give some thought to what you will need for your stay.

Quite high tech approach to camp cooking that didn't phase us as we have a stove at home.

Johnny and Mo are very friendly, helpful and approachable.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Just got back today. Went with family including two 6 year old boys. The weekend was perfect. The domes are amazing and the atmosphere of the place is great. Its camping without the need to pad across fields in the dark for the toilets! You still feel active, keeping the fires going but at the end of the day you have a comfortable bed to sleep in.
We met some great people and the boys had a fantastic time. We had the hanging beds for the kids and they loved them.
Highly recommend it as this place is unique and unlike anywhere else i have been.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beeches Avenue | Mile End, Coleford GL167da, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Forest of Dean > Coleford
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Coleford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique collection of 12 geodesic domes in a beautiful garden in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Dean.The domes have en-suite facilities, wood fired hot water boilers and stoves as well as timber decks, firepits and forest kitchens. It's like the Eden Project only you can stay in it, play in it and sleep in it. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Dome Garden Hotel Coleford
Dome Garden Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire - Coleford

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