We booked one of the cottages owned by the hotel through a well known holiday cottage website. I must say that the pictures don't do the cottage justice as it is much more spacious than advertised and very clean. I think that's where the good points end. Starting with the cottage, the beds were uncomfortable, no blind in the kitchen and water not very hot. We found the staff at the hotel, clubhouse and golf shop very unhelpful and on occasion, rude. The website advertised "Satellite TV" and although there was a very ancient sky box, we could get less channels than on normal free view. Also advertised was "golf discounts" - this turned out to be untrue, there was no discount for people staying in the cottages. We took our dog with us and despite obeying the rules and keeping our dog on a lead, the next door neighbours (who seemed to be permanent residents) had two dogs that were never on leads and roamed free and therefore we had to be careful to keep our dog away from them. We ate in the clubhouse on our last night, staff were rude and did not make us feel welcome. Food and drink was overpriced and very basic. Overall, not impressed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the Forest of Dean in the historic market town of Coleford, this exceptional hotel and leisure complex offers an 18-hole parkland golf course, clubhouse, superb restaurant and bowling green.With spectacular views of the surrounding countryside as well as the rolling parkland, lakes and woodland of the golf course the Bell Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind. With friendly yet professional service, guests can expect their stay to be both enjoyable and delightfully memorable. The Hotel has a traditional, historic feel coupled with a great range of modern facilities. Each of the 53 en-suite rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed and they all include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, biscuits and tea & coffee making facilities. Many also boast beautiful views over the golf course and bowling green. There are accommodation options to cater to all types of traveller, from Single, Double, Twin and Family rooms to spacious Suites and 2 rooms that are suitable for wheelchair users. Their staff are available 24 hours a day, ensuring a warm welcome whatever time guests arrive.The Clubhouse bar is open all day every day and serves drinks and bar snacks throughout. Guests are free to relax and have a game of pool, watch Sky Sports or keep an eye on the afternoon’s play in the conservatory and terrace suite which has views over the bowling green. For some truly superb cuisine, Potter’s Restaurant offers a fantastic selection homemade dishes all of which are made from fresh locally sourced produce wherever possible.Founded in 1973, the Forest of Dean Golf Club at Bells offers a 69 par eighteen-hole golf course that is both a challenge and a joy to play regardless of ability. It also incorporates a large practice ground, putting green and a well-stocked golf shop.The Hotel also boasts a county standard bowling green, with has its own patio seating area and is overlooked by a south facing balcony.With such a spectacular location and excellent facilities, it is no surprise to learn that the Hotel makes for a wonderful venue for weddings and other special occasions. It is also ideal for corporate events and conferences with several different meeting rooms available in a range of different sizes.The Hotel is situated in the Forest of Dean in the town of Coleford just a 35 minute drive from Gloucester and 12 minutes from the A40, what’s more it offers plenty of free on-site parking. The city of Gloucester offers excellent transport links and there is also a local station at Lydney, just a 13 minute taxi ride from the Hotel. For those flying in, it’s just under a 90 minute drive from Birmingham International Airport.Situated in the unspoilt beauty of the Royal Forest of Dean, an area of outstanding natural beauty, visitors to the Hotel will never be short of things to do. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bells Hotel And The Forest Of Dean Golf & Bowls Club Gloucestershire - Coleford