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Traditional Victorian Afternoon Teas

Exclusively for guests at The Apple Store or Gypsy Rose

Treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea in the Farmhouse or Garden.  Home-made savouries, cakes, sweets and cream-teas, a selection of Tea, Coffee and Juice; in Winter toast muffins by the fire in the parlour; in Summer sit out on the balcony overlooking the orchard and valley.

From just £25pp its a great way to celebrate that special ocassion, or just to put "the icing on the cake" and make your Forest holiday really memorable.
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Victorian Afternoon Teas
Picnic Hampers
BBQ & Pizza packs

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"A lovely location and a really comfortable cottage"
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Give 'em a break!
Voted "Better than Butlins" by 2 young guests in 2017!  Explore the garden, climb trees, help with the ducks, play in the brook... enjoy being a child
"...cannot think of a better way to have spent our 10yr anniversary together!"
Children welcome! Toys and games inside and out ...
... and someone who's ready to play!
"Cottage is spotlessly clean with every home comfort"
"...comfy bed and beautiful surroundings"
"...after a hard days biking the bath was great to lie flat in under the bubbles"
"...fresh hen & duck eggs and the vegetables and fruit - delicious"


      The Apple Store and Gypsy Rose
        Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

You have found an exclusive, unique place to stay in the Forest of Dean where dogs, children and of course, guests are welcome to share our Victorian cottage home.

If you are looking for somewhere "perfect" in decor, "modern" in facilities and with "manicured" gardens you're in the wrong place.

But if you seek a warm welcome, comfortable, basic, rustic accommodation with original period features...if you have sense of adventure, fun and aren't too fussy, read on...

Our pledge: to care for you and share the home we love.
Our policy: Honesty, helpfulness & trust.

 July, August and beyond availability now!

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!

           2 nights from £150 for 2

       Booking Now for Summer 2019 
                   Deposit Secures

       The Apple Store

                 Call Us Now 07522 463679
         ***Shortbreaks, Weekends available***
Want to stay longer than 4 nights? Get in touch.
Longer stays are normally only available to trusted returning guests.

Daniel B on Trip Advisor

The Simple Life!

 Left on Feb 21, 2019 for a stay in Feb 2019
My daughter and I spent a magical 2-nights in the Gypsy Rose caravan living the simple life. We played with the gentle, friendly resident dog, fed the ducks, scoured the river for treasure and sat around the fire toasting marshmallows. The caravan was surprisingly roomy and comfortable and instantly became a home from home. Mary was a lovely thoughtful host, providing delicious bread and pastries as well as plenty of fascinating information about the local area and some much needed fire reviving assistance! We will definitely be back later in the year to experience gypsy life in the sunshine too!

            Gypsy Rose
 NEW! Gypsy Wagon Afternoon Teas
Candlelit Tea for 2 in Gypsy Rose £65


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See calendar on our Availability page for      midweek & last minute holidays

Phone: 07522 463679


Whether its a night away or a longer holiday,

The Apple Store and Gypsy Rose offer great value, cosy, comfortable accommodation.

Nestling in a wooded valley on the 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.
  • The Apple Store is the ground floor of Maytree Cottage, a one-bedroom apartment with parking directly outside and a tarmac terrace and small private garden overlooking the orchard below.
  • Children are welcome - there's plenty of space to play in the orchard and garden where there's a baby and child swing & rope ladder and a full-size swing-ball. 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.
  • NO CHARGE for 1 DOG in The Apple Store` *enhanced self-catering offer only, see Prices and Booking page We're Dog-friendly; dog treats, spare leads and bowls, towels & poop-bags are provided.                                    
  • 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.
  • No meter to feed! All electric included in the price. 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. 
  • WiFi, TV/DVD, DAB radio included
  • Double bedroom, 2 travel cots, double sofa-bed, single air-bed mattress, high-chair & child's table & chair available.
  • 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, 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 offers a 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.
  • Your stay will be in part of a Victorian farmhouse in the country with original features e.g. the clawfoot bath. It isn't the Ritz - it is a traditional, working smallholding in a Forest. You might see a spider. Or a fox. Or even a wild boar. You might see a tractor or hear a chainsaw. You are in the country - be prepared.
  • 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!
  • Keeping it Green - 33% of our electricity comes from renewable sources; we use recycled wood for heating, cooking & hot water; we recycle plastics, glass, paper, cardboard, tins etc; we make our own compost from garden & kitchen waste; rainwater is collected for plants and poultry; we buy local; use local food suppliers where possible, grow our own & use fresh seasonal produce.
  • Please do your own recycling. There are council recycling points in Blakeney and behind the supermarkets in Lydney for glass, plastic, cardboard etc.

*Apple Store Prices start at £90 for 1-night stay, including all electric, linen and one dog stays free.
*Gypsy Rose Prices start at £85 per night based on 2 sharing

Book both Gypsy Rose and The Apple Store together for £139 for one night B&B - you'll have accommodation for 6 in the apartment and wagon

Follow us on Twitter @TheAppleStore1 & keep an eye on Ebay for last minute offers and great deals, or just ask!



             Phone or Text:
07522 463679

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                     Latest news from The Apple Store

22nd August 2018
In the garden now - "windfall" apples, figs, blackberries, raspberries, spinach, potatoes, herbs Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Bay, Oregano, fennel. Coming soon, Tomatoes.

3rd January 2018
We're currently experiencing a HUGE number of bookings for 2018! 
On New Year's Day I had to say "No" to 3 people who left booking too late - the dates they wanted were already booked. 
You can reserve the dates you want today with a deposit of just £50 for 2 nights, £80 for 4 nights. Simply drop us an email.
"He who hesitates is lost" so don't delay - we've never known it so busy!

Is 2018 the year of the new "Barn"? ... watch this space!

29th December 2017
We've been busy all through December& fully booked over Christmas and New Year, through to mid-January, with the Spring calendar filling up with bookings already.
An unusual fall of snow in December kept us in for a couple of days before Christmas but festivities went ahead as planned with visits from family, friends and another Collie filling the house with fun. Wassailing our Apple orchard on 6th Jan seems to work - there's a big barrel of cider in the farmhouse kitchen... help getting through it would be much appreciated.

2nd December 2017
Here comes Christmas! PYO mistletoe in our orchard, stock up on artisan cider and perry from our Award Winning neighbours at Severn Cider, pick a tree (we've got a Forest full of 'em) and sort those stocking-fillers from local country markets. The lights are going up all over Furnace Valley, and Good News - the local council have put in new streetlights so we can see even more stars!

8th November 2017
The Forest looks stunning in Autumn colours at the moment. It won't last long - the leaves will disappear in the first winter winds. Book your Autumn break now, and don't forget to pack a camera; the deer are "in rut" so very visible with their magnificent antlers, wild boar are easier to spot as the bracken dies down, and fish are jumping our waterfall!

20th July 2017
11 new beaks at the duck breakfast table this morning.
Congratulations to Mrs Beautiful I'm-a-very-special Duck and Francis Drake on your lovely family.

1st June 2017
Late frost in early May affected the walnut and apple trees - looks like a poor harvest this year.
We're picking peas, spinach & chard, salad and early potatoes now, with soft fruit (currants, gooseberries and lots of raspberries) looking good for later this month.
With lots of returning visitors again this year we've plans to expand... watch this space! Come as Guests, leave as Friends!

1st March
Lambing season, and the new babies are out in the Forest. Our neighbour is bottle-feeding some orphans; just ask and you can lend a hand!
Wild daffodils and wild garlic (makes great pesto, and its Free!) in the meadows and woods.

9th November
Dry warm weather has brought out the very best of colour in the Forest this Autumn. First touches of frost this week will soon bring the leaves from the trees. Book an Autumn colour break now! We'll have a Supermoon and 4-star Severn Bore this month, too!

28th September
Walnuts ready now!
Still picking figs & raspberries.

11th September
Picking raspberries, apples & figs now.
Walnuts in October.

10th August
Ducklings hatching this morning.
Crab apples ready for Jellies and cider.

25th June
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??

10th May
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.

3rd May
Cuckoo singing in the orchard this morning.
Bluebell woods in full bloom.
Outdoor kitchen complete & waiting for guests.

11th April
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