This is a very pleasant guest house at Parkend in the Forest of Dean and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
Availability is shown on line and it’s easy to book. My ‘special request’ was acknowledged in a personal email as well as the automatic confirmation. The web site could show the location more clearly – it’s next to the Woodman Inn, which another guest told me did good evening meals.
We were greeted very nicely, shown around and helped with our bags.
The room was excellent and the standard double bed very comfortable. There was adequate storage, seating and television with Freeview channels, as well as a clock radio. We had a shower and toilet, and a second bathroom with a bath. One problem was that the shower did not always have enough water pressure to spray at all or for the heating element to work, while at other times it would suddenly get very hot. Presumably these occasions are when other guests are also running water. Toiletries were fine, though there was no ‘bubble bath’, and the towels were large and soft. There were facilities for making a range of hot drinks.
There is a good-sized residents’ lounge, available at all hours, with comfortable chairs and a good range of books and games. The garden is available for use and is a good size. There are several bird feeders, viewable from some of the dining room tables.
Breakfast is superb. You help yourself to fresh fruit, including a huge bowl of mixed fresh berries when we were there, juices, cereals, fruit or plain yogurt and pastries. If you’re still hungry, the full range of cooked breakfast is available, using excellent local ingredients; the eggy bread was excellent! There are home cooked preserves for the toast, and fresh decaff is available.
The hosts, Terry and Jane, were very friendly and helpful, providing slices of lemon on request and letting us store some perishable food stuffs in their fridge.
One surprise when I came to pay was that the reservation, which I had with me, told me I had paid a 50% deposit and only the balance was due. However, the whole balance had to be paid and, while I am not suggesting that I was double charged, if you are told your card has already been debited it is somewhat disconcerting to be asked for the full amount and could have been embarrassing if I had intended to pay with cash. Fortunately, they accept a wide range of payment methods, although this isn’t mentioned on the web site.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edale House is a comfortable and relaxing Georgian guest house located in the centre of the village of Parkend and in the heart of the Forest of Dean. We have 6 twin or double bedrooms (5 ensuite and 1 with private shower room) resident's lounge and bar, dining room, forecourt car park, pleasant accessible garden, central heating and free Wifi. All rooms have flat screen TVs, hospitality trays and extensive toileteries. Complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cakes on arrival. A breakfast of fresh fruit, cereals and a wide range of cooked food, to include our exclusive hand sliced bacon and local farm sausages will set you up for a full day in the Forest. Numerous local attractions are within easy reach including Nags Head Nature Reserve, Dean Steam Railway, Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood, Go Ape, Cannop Ponds and the Dean Heritage Centre.Parkend is well situated for Forest walks and cycling, cycle hire available, and has 2 excellent food orientated pubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Edale House Parkend, Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire