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.
- 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