Situated between the rivers Wye and Severn, in the western part of Gloucestershire, on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire, the Royal Forest of Dean is within easy reach of the Cotswold’s, Gloucester and Cheltenham, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Monmouth and the Wye Valley.
Within 30 minutes drive is the historic town of Gloucester, capital of the Shire. Gloucester’s Docks contains an Antiques Centre, fantastic historic waterside architecture, restaurants and bars, as well as a designer outlet centre and a new cinema. There is also an impressive and ancient cathedral which was used in the Harry Potter films. The restaurants and shops of Cheltenham (with it’s Gold Cup Festival in March) and Bristol are within only a further 15 minutes drive (total circa 45 minutes from the house).
The fantastic scenery of the Wye Valley is also within easy reach, containing the attractive riverside settlements of Symonds Yat, Redbrook, Brockweir, Llandogo and Tintern with its wonderful Abbey. Also within easy driving distance are Bath, Somerset, the Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon. There are museums at Chepstow and the Nelson Museum in Monmouth is worth a visit with it historical goodies. Lots of the nearby villages have local festivals throughout the summer and there are Christmas markets too.
If you wish to take a course in painting, drawing, sculpture writing or photography there is the Wye Valley Arts Centre at Llandogo which offers 2 and 4 day courses. For horse lovers and racegoers there are Racecourses at Chepstow, Hereford and Cheltenham. Other attractions include Castles at Chepstow, Raglan, Goodrich and Caldicot, as well as the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust. Footpaths nearby include The Wye Valley Walk, Poets Path Walk, Wysis Way and Offa’s Dyke Path which runs the whole length of the Welsh Border and passes close by Fly Fishing at Big Well.