Swapping the familiarity of home for something totally different is an adventure in itself. Wow your mates with tales of sleeping in a castle, next to a river or in a yurt. The region is home to an array of quirky and unique places to stay. Here’s just a taster... click here for a full listing of what’s on offer.
Brooks Vintage Horsebox Glamping … For the best of both worlds
This trio of 1970s Bedford horseboxes is set within the grounds of a relaxed country house hotel. With foldaway beds and bunks, you can sleep the whole family in one of these and with an outdoor heated pool, sauna and the hotel restaurant on your doorstep, this is ‘best of both worlds’ territory.
Mrs Mills Yurts … For that festival feeling
On the slopes of May Hill, these decadent yurts are stylish, with power for charging and wifi in the snug. For teens reluctant to camp, their worries will soon be forgotten as they enjoy the luxuries of glamping with the option to enjoy a menu of hearty home-cooked meals or there is always the campfire for the true adventurer.
Seven Hills Hideaway … For nature
This secluded luxury den offers all the comforts of home, with a wood burner, en suite bathroom and comfy beds but is beautifully set up to acquaint guests with nature. There is plenty of space to kick a football about as well as indoor and outdoor seating areas for those competitive family board game days. The dog can come too!
St Briavels YHA … For royalty
This medieval castle has been converted into a youth hostel, with dorms and private rooms available where you can be a king or a queen for the night. There are six-character rooms including The Prison, complete with 16th & 17th century graffiti courtesy of the prisoners. While there is no TV, the emphasis is really on the social occasion of making new friends and sharing experiences.
Forest Holidays … For adventure
Located in the trees and meadows at the heart of the forest, these cosy log cabins, each equipped with a hot tub, are perfect retreats after a day packed of adventure. A forest ranger runs night-time wildlife walks and bushcraft activities. Cycle hire is available on site and Forest of Dean Adventure is right on the doorstep, offering an assault course, climbing tower and more challenging activities.
The Chickenshed … For design dudes
Designed by award-winning architects, this modern retreat sleeps a group of up to eight, is fully equipped with hi-tech kitchen gadgets and has marvellous views of the Sugar Loaf in the distance. Next to woodland and surrounded by two private acres of land, the site has lots of space to explore and you can bring the family dog, too.
Whitemead … For the social scene
A woodland wonderland, this forest resort has enough on offer that you may never leave the grounds. With a swimming pool and spa on site, and a plethora of activities outside to enjoy, the days will fly by. The evening entertainment venue hosts tribute nights to some of pop’s biggest stars, from Arianna Grande to Lionel Richie, as well as discos and interactive comedy nights.
Sterrett’s Caravan Park … For community and chill
On the banks of the River Wye, this caravan park and campsite is right in the thick of it. There are activities galore nearby, including fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking and some good country pubs as well as an amusement centre. While away those summer evenings with a BBQ and chill in the recreation area. In fact the area is host to a huge range of camping options, including Broadstone Park, Bracelands, Greenacres, Greenway Farm and Forest & Wye Valley Camping.
St Pierre Marriott Hotel … For luxury
In between the exits of both Severn Bridges, St Pierre is perfectly positioned at the gateway to the region. Rooms are kitted out with flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet. There’s a heated indoor pool, a spa and bar and grill. This is the place to stay if the family wants a bit of spoiling.