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Forest Holidays Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

These Cabins are Fantastic, from the moment you arrive the staff make you feel welcome. We arrived around 15 minutes before the 4pm check in time and we where advised to come back at 4pm to collect the keys. True to their word we came back and got the keys to our Cabin.

Never having actually been on a holiday such as this I really didn't know what to expect, we pulled up outside our cabin and walked up the bridge and through the door in to a very welcoming site, the scrabble board had been set up with the word WELCOME and the home screen on the TV had all of our names on there welcoming us there.

My daughter, who is 2, loved running between all the rooms and finding out where everything was, my wife and I walked around the massive rooms to get our bearings.

The kitchen is well stocked with all the utensills you will need and Tesco is only a few miles away if you don't want to pay the retreat prices. The Hot Tub is just lovely and a great way to chill out. Having to run outside in the winter in your dressing gown and swimming shorts may sound cold, and it is, but to jump in to the Tub is such an amazing feeling.

The cabin staff help out by coming round to see to show you how everything works. I bet if you asked he'd even show you how the kettle worked that how helpful they are.

The only things i would change would be the bedside cabinets next to the beds as I think on a number of occasions that our daughter came close to hitting her head on them, lucky she didnt. But thats the only thing.

We will be going back, we loved it,

Fantastic

Room Tip: Rooms in the middle of the access roads will have more traffic than the ones down each lane, i wouldnt know which ones they are but they give you a map so if you can I think you may want to change it,
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank David110182
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

We did a four night stay in a Golden Oak cabin in November 2011. Cannot fault it. We have stayed at Center Parcs in the past but apart from both being set in a forest there aren't many similarities and Center Parcs is nearly twice the price.
The cabin was excellent, nicely designed, everything was in working order and the kitchen was very well kitted out. The outdoor hot tub was brilliant and we used it every evening. A few other reviewers mentioned being overlooked and this is true to an extent but everyone just tended to mind their own business. Noise wasn't an issue either.
There are plenty of walks although being November it was just starting to get a bit muddy so bring your walking boots. We did venture out one day and drove to Gloucester - great for shopping and Gloucester Quays is also very interesting.
Overall, this cabin holiday is a great break for adults. We appreciated the peace and quiet but if you have a family of lively children you may need to plan carefully as this site does not have the entertainment on tap the same way that Center Parcs does. We are definitely coming back.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank 120316Simon
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Last year we stayed at the Keldy cabins, and they were good. These cabins are superb, not much to look at from the outside, more like sheds on stilts, but once you walk over the small bridge to the front door, that's were the basic nature of the park stops. The actual cabin was roomy, clean, and everything worked! The back of the cabin (lounge) had full height windows, so you could appreciate the setting you were in.

As with all these types of parks, there could be more room between the cabins, but if that were the case, the prices would be higher. We didn;t find it much of an issue, as the cabins were sighted an different angles, so you did not have a direct view into someone elses cabin, unless you stood outside on the deck, or stood by the window looking out. However, I am sure that there is more interesting things to look at than other peoples habits.

There is a good in cabin entertainment system, where you can pop the radio on, or just watch the selection of standard channels. If you are so inclined, there is WiFi internet access for each cabin. However at £9.95 per day, thought that this was a bit greedy, not that I used it or intended to use it.

Checkin was at 4pm, and as we entered the retreat for registration, there were quite a few poeple in there, but they had plenty of staff on, and we were seen and onto our cabin within a few minutes.

They bake their own bread on site, but it is work ordering for the next day, as this does go very fast.

If you donlt fancy cooking on an evening, we frequented the New Inn, which is very close to the park. When you leave the park, come to the end of Bracelands Drive, turn left, and if going by car, it's about 2 minutes down the road. It has a nice atmosphere, and is very reasonably priced too.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

What can I say? This place is amazing. The cabin we had was the Golden Oak and it was fantastic. The rooms are nice and spacious and well equipped. There's everything you need for long weekend including pots, pans, towels, slippers, microwave, oven, toast, kettle etc.
The icing on the cake for us was the hot tub. We used it every night and was a nice added bonus. Plenty to do and see in the area and a trip to the Harry Weston cider factory is well worth it. This place is well worth the money and we will defiantly be coming back. If you are one of these who love centre parcs for its main club house and water slides you will NOT like this as it hasn't got anything like that here.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

these are nice but not cabins, more like bungalow houses. Very nice cathederal ceilings.
Houses too close together, and head on, thus can see each other easily, not staggered like center parcs. Not much wildlife. In center parcs there are little ponds which act as wildlife magnets. there are no ponds here and thus not much wildlife outside windows. Squirrels and birds thats all -if you put out food for them.
We did not have hot tub so cant comment on that.
sink was smelly, we had to leave plug closed all day. also black gunge on pipe below sink -disgusting -especially with the money paid for this - couldnt store things there due to this. Staff didnt seem bothered when we told them. the bin was broken -a common occurence they told me. they drove around with a new one the next day.
Would like to explain more on comments made by other on cycling paths not suitable for young kids : there are a lot of very long steepish hills, ok to go down if brakes are good and control but kids cannot cycle up by themselves. I used a trailer bike for my 6 year old and I was totally knackered by days end. but you cannot avoid them if you actually want to go somewhere. We ended up putting bikes on car and driving somewhere flatter on 3rd day.
non-forest local attractions:
steam railway only runs on a few days, phone them to check. caves are really good. so is merlins forest . all these cost approx £20 per family. print vouchers from heritage centre before you go to save 1/2

Total ripoff £15 for one day wifi access. It should be free as it is on hotels and other places costing far less than this.

Room Tip: dont let the kids have the keyboard if you dont want to have to pay for inadvertent internet access.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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