Where to stay

Lots of accommodation options in the Forest of Dean

Where to stay

Visiting the Forest of Dean

If you’re coming from elsewhere for your float experience, the magic of the Forest of Dean awaits you!

This really is an amazing place.  There’s loads to see and do and outdoor activities aplenty, as we explored on our page about the Forest of Dean.

Where to stay in the Forest of Dean

We recommend taking at least a few days to explore the area and make the most of what’s available, in which case you’ll need somewhere to stay.  There’s a really wide variety of lovely places on offer, with something to suit all requirements and budgets. From camping and glamping, B&Bs and self-catering cottages or hotels, providing for big groups or small ones, the Forest of Dean has it all. And if you’d like to bring your dog, there are plenty of options for them too.

Here are just a few options…

Deanfield Guest Accommodation, Parkend

“We are a 4 star, Visit England Silver bed & breakfast situated in the village of Parkend, 1.5 miles away from the unique ‘Float in the Forest’.  Our en-suite accommodation is perfectly situated, surrounded by cycle & walking trails and the Nagshead Nature Reserve. We have enclosed parking for all guests and secure cycle storage.  Picturesque Parkend has a post office, cafes, cricket green, pubs with restaurants, shops and cycle hire. Dean Forest Railway runs to our unspoilt village.  Add all this to the award winning Deanfield breakfast and you have the perfect start to your day.”  

Find out more on the Deanfield website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

Perry Pear cottage, Mitcheldean

“Converted from an old outbuilding ‘where the cider mill donkey once lived’.  Views from every window and a cosy wood burner for the winter.”  

Find out more on the Perry Pear cottage website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

George cottage, Mitcheldean

“George cottage is a delightful, cosy holiday cottage, filled with books, quirky art and eclectic furniture. It has a private garden with seating, hot tub, firepit, BBQ and outdoor wood-fired sauna. Sleeping up to seven guests, the cottage is perfectly located in Mitcheldean, a quiet rural village close to all amenities but right in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Dean. It is ideal for those wanting to enjoy outdoor activities, water sports and local attractions but close enough to explore the local towns of Hay-on-Wye, Ross-on-Wye & Monmouth.”  

Find out more on the George cottage website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

Happy Cow Cottage, Symonds Yat East

“Cosy little dog friendly cottage that sleeps up to 4. Log burner, small enclosed garden and private parking for 1 car. Walking distance to the beautiful Yat Rock and Symonds Yat for riverside pubs and canoe hire. You can walk for miles from the cottage on the Wye Valley Walk and the Forest of Dean is on the doorstep. ”  

Find out more on the Happy Cow cottage website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

Oakgrove Cottage, between St Briavels and Brockweir

“Stunning peaceful rural retreat nestling on the borders of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.  This stone cottage is an ideal base for 2 people to enjoy the woodland walks such as Offa’s Dyke and Wye Valley Walk, and wonderful wildlife- (badgers come to the patio for evening snacks), deer, pheasants and birds galore.  Plenty of culture and heritage to explore – castles, mines, and steam railways, with cycle routes and river exploits for the adventurous.  This detached cottage is on one level with its own private garden/patio.”  

Find out more on the Oakgrove cottage website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

The Hop Garden at Kingstone Brewery, Tintern

“Looking for something a little different, then look no further!  The Hop Garden offers a great selection of glamping options, including a shepherd’s hut, glam belle tents, glamping cabins and a converted horsebox! Located in the stunning Wye Valley AONB, the meadows surrounding the Hop Garden are full of wildlife including deer, rabbit, pheasants and badger. Adjacent to award winning Kingstone Brewery, a real working micro brewery where many different types of beer are brewed by the owners of The Hop Garden.  Tours available which include some tasting!  With toasty wood burners, soft beds and en-suite facilities in their furnished interiors, The Hop Garden certainly puts the glam into glamping!”  

Find out more on the Hop Garden website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

May Hill Farm Cottages, Longhope

“Lavender Cottage is beautifully situated with views over the Welsh mountains, and outstanding views and countryside all around. It sits in a tranquil setting on an old fashioned farm, unspoilt by progress. Sleeps two in twin beds, kitchen/dining and bathroom, home from home getaway, a hidden gem! (pictured)

We also have Mutlow Cottage, sitting in an idyllic spot on the main footpath to May Hill. The cottage recently renovated boasts beautiful interior done to a high spec, landscaped gardens with fabulous views of the rolling countryside. Sleeps 4 plus a quirky captain’s bed for two kids or small adults, logburner, 2 bathrooms, towels and bed linen all included.”

Find out more on the May Hill Farm cottages website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

Edale House Bed and Breakfast, Parkend

“Edale House is a Georgian style building built in C 1850 and was originally known as Parkend Villa. In the years, before and immediately after the Second World War this building was used as a doctor’s surgery and the home of Bill Tandy, Author of “Doctor in the Forest”. The property was converted to a guest house in the mid 1990’s.  We are currently 4* rated offering 6 rooms over 2 floor, with a mixture of Doubles, Twins and Superiors. 5 rooms offer en-suite whilst one offers private facilities. We also offer a dedicated guest lounge, Honesty Bar and an Award Winning Breakfast, we are walker, Cyclist friendly and have 2 rooms that are dog friendly..”

Find out more on the Edale House website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell

“A gorgeous small boutique hotel, in the middle of a tiny village with country views all around. Step inside to find sparkling interiors. An airy elegance mixes with golden stone walls and original timber frames, the house bearing testament to its Tudor roots. Big or small, bedrooms are divine – stylishly uncluttered with smart fabrics, robes in fine bathrooms and super-comfy beds. Those in the main house have ancient beamed ceilings, those in the old barns have original stone walls. The bigger rooms are faultless: the best beds, claw-foot baths, enormous showers, the lap of luxury. Lovely local food waits downstairs, perhaps cider-cured salmon, haunch of venison, rhubarb Bakewell tart.”

Find out more on the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel website and please mention Float in the Forest when you stay there!

Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association website to find out the latest information and many more options for places to stay.

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