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Pretty country cottage and traditional bow-top Gypsy wagon in the Forest of Dean. Rent either or both!
Ideal for walking, cycling holidays.
One dog stays FREE!
The Apple Store
Dog friendly, family friendly cottage
Next availability 1st September
Special Early Booking Offer
4 nights £270 in Sept 2016 - March 2017
when you Book before 31st August 2016
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The Wagon by the waterfall
Last of the Summer Bookings Special Offer
3 nights £175
22nd - 25th August 2016
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Stuck for a Gift? Give 'em a break!
Gift vouchers for holidays at The Apple Store or Gypsy Rose from £50
Buy now, choose any available dates in 2016 & pay the balance 1 month before your holiday.
Forest colour, Harvest foods, Cider and Wine making,
Country Markets and Festivals...
Book your Autumn Forest Break with us today!
Whether its a couple of nights away or a longer holiday,
The Apple Store and Gypsy Rose offer great value, cosy, comfortable accommodation.
Nestling in a wooded valley on the eastern edge of the Forest of Dean,The Apple Store is a secret hideaway place to stay, a haven for walkers, wildlife-lovers and those seeking a taste of the good life, while Gypsy Rose offers complete seclusion, comfort and romance - ideal for "getting away from it all" shortbreaks.
Away from the road yet easily accessible, The Apple Store is a great base for exploring the Forest of Dean/Severn estuary and Wye Valley with the Forest on the doorstep, dark skies and even a flower-bed (yes, a real bed in the garden) where you can watch the stars go by in comfort!
Children are welcome - there's plenty of space to play in the orchard and garden where there's a trampoline, baby and child swing & rope ladder and a full-size swing-ball and more garden toys coming soon. Paddle in the brook, dabble for "tiddlers", climb a tree, kick a ball, help with the animals or in the garden - we've plenty of space and time for children here.
In Summer, pick your own fruit and veg from our kitchen garden, enjoy a BBQ or Pizza on the patio or picnic by the brook, or simply chill... our south-facing garden enjoys plenty of sunshine from dawn to dusk.
In Autumn, stroll through the woods to gather chestnuts, blackberries, mushrooms and sweet hedgerow fruits - the Forest is on the doorstep! Or just take a walk around the garden for walnuts, figs, apples and plums.
In The Apple Store the Aga ensures you'll always come "home" to a warm farmhouse kitchen. Gypsy Rose has a cute Queenie woodburning stove so the well-insulated wagon soon warms up, and your kettle will be singing on the hob in no time!
Apple Store guests can go fully self-catering or simply order from our menu of good, home-cooked meals and escape to the country - your dinner will be waiting for you when you return. No clock-watching - our delicious slow-cooked dishes will be ready when you are!
Gypsy Rose guests get a basket of goodies including a generous slab of home-made cake, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, best local bacon and sausages, milk and cider - with compliments! A basket of logs, box of charcoal, sticks and firelighters is provided; simply strike a match, pull up a log and watch your breakfast cook gently over an open fire with nothing but birdsong to bother you.
Ideal for walkers, cyclists and anyone who enjoys being out and about in the English countryside, there's direct access to the Forest via footpaths and quiet single-track lanes. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and have the run of our paddock for that early morning/late night comfort break. Other pets by arrangement. (Sorry, no pets in Gypsy Rose)
Rural but not remote, the village pub, a 16th Century Coaching Inn, is a 5 minute stroll down the lane and the village of Blakeney boasts a small general store, Post Office, fish & chip shop, Italian Restaurant with takeaway, hairdressers, doctors surgery & pharmacy and church, all within easy walking distance. Lydney, a small town with supermarkets, petrol and garages, a good range of small independent shops and a mainline railway station is 4 miles away. Buses between Lydney and Gloucester pass through the village, stopping about 5 minutes walk from The Apple Store at the end of the road.
The Apple Store is ideal for 2, but can sleep up to 4 (+ baby) with one double bedroom and a double sofa-bed in the sitting room. A travel cot is available.
All on one level, so no worries for guests who find stairs a challenge, and with plenty of space outside for 2 cars and a covered patio for storage of bikes, canoes etc, The Apple Store is great for old and young alike.
Gypsy Rose sleeps 2. Children welcome by arrangement.
NB Gypsy Rose is a traditional bow-top wagon, accessed across a paddock and via steps, with a small pull-out double bed and space beneath. No disabled access, and not suitable for disabilities, young children or those with a more generous figure!
*Apple Store Prices start at £225 for minimum 2-night stay, including all electric, linen and one dog stays free.
*Gypsy Rose Prices start at £80 per night based on 2 sharing...BUT...
Follow us on Twitter @TheAppleStore1 & keep an eye on Ebay for last minute offers and great deals, or just ask!
What's On in Spring: Severn Bore, Wild daffodil meadows, Bluebell woods, bird migration, Peregrine watching, lambs in the Forest, Spring festivals, Cheese-rolling (Whitsun), May Hill celebrations at dawn (May Day), Cheltenham & Brecon Jazz festivals, Upton on Severn Folk festival, Charcoal burning at Dean Heritage, Elver-time on rivers Severn & Wye, wild garlic in the woods...
Phone or Text: 07508052619
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Ducklings hatching this morning.
Crab apples ready for Jellies and cider.
Walnuts for pickling ready now! PYO
Raspberries, new potatoes, spinach, rainbow chard, carrots... picking now.
"Mrs Beautiful" Duck sitting on a nest - babies in July??
Wrens & House Martins nesting near the house. Slow worms in the garden. Wild boar and deer seen in the woods nearby.
Now picking baby spinach & rainbow chard.
Cuckoo singing in the orchard this morning.
Bluebell woods in full bloom.
Outdoor kitchen complete & waiting for guests.
Bluebells out on south-facing banks. Bluebells in the woods by the end of this month. Wild Garlic in the woods and ready for picking now!
Kingfisher in residence!
Several guests have reported seeing a kingfisher near the brook in the last few weeks. Confirmed when the bird alighted on a log near the duck pond, about 5yds away from me while I was feeding the ducks (no camera to hand, sadly)
Sparrowhawk in our cherry tree.
Also in the garden - heron, green woodpecker, wrens, robin, nuthatch, pheasant and usual garden birds. Fox & squirrels.
Wild Boar about 300yds up the valley
Check dates for this year's Bumper Severn Bores and book now!