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The Cockerel - Exotic Animal Retreat

Ross-on-Wye (3mls SE), Forest of Dean
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5
star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Internet access
Working farm
Luxury
Romantic
Quirky
Decorated for Christmas
Swimming pool
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Enjoy a tranquil getaway in a hidden valley complete with 60 acres of grounds and an exotic animal sanctuary
  • Take a dip in the shared outdoor pool (end April – end September)
  • Spend relaxing evenings watching the mountain lion, lemur, zebra, wallaby and reindeer from the African Hut
  • Property can be booked by a couple for one bedroom at reduced price of £1018 in September and £898 in October 2023; £1018 April-September 2024, please contact enquiries

 

Property code: 50562

Set on an established working farm within the heart of the Forest of Dean, this lovingly restored barn with many original features and eclectic style is just perfect for an adult only retreat, whatever the time of year. The 17th-century rural cottage offers a breathtaking backdrop of rolling fields, woodlands and a unique safari-style experience. Indulge in rare peace and tranquillity, whilst you delight in the antics of the many exotic breeds that live here. Walk through the woodland and enjoy the outdoor pool with a backdrop of established gardens. This retreat offers simple access into the Forest of Dean, The Wye Valley, rich in colour, and well waymarked river paths for enthusiastic walkers, as well as Symonds Yat Rock (7 miles) for those simply wanting to enjoy fantastic views. The vibrant market town of Ross-on-Wye (3.5 miles) with its brass band stand next to the river and local produce market is also not to be missed.

After a stroll through the gardens, take a step inside this delightful cottage to find an open-plan kitchen/diner. The dining area with solid wooden table and chairs further complements the exposed beams and white-washed stone. The kitchen area enjoys an open aspect onto the dining area. Hand-crafted from dark wood, it is well-equipped with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer. Just off the dining area you will find a king-size bedroom where the bespoke woollen curtains will shut out the world and pure linen bedding promises the perfect night’s sleep. Refresh in the morning in the en-suite shower room with WC. Head up the stairs into the mezzanine lounge; this cosy space is perfect for relaxation and to enjoy a good catch up after an evening meal, with rich soft furnishings and artwork further enhancing its traditional style. You will find a super-king-size bedroom on this floor, beautifully finished with an en-suite bathroom with a wooden panelled bath and WC.
Step outside to enjoy the fantastic outdoor space with solar lights, picnic bench, umbrella, BBQ and rustic BBQ preparation area. Beyond this, explore the shared grounds with heated outdoor pool (available between 30th April and 30th September and solar heated in July and August). Also enjoy stunning English country gardens and acres of woodlands of which you are free to explore. The owner’s private animal rescue sanctuary is on site, and you can watch the exotic and farm animals in the fields, and from the communal areas. The sanctuary is supported by income from the onsite holiday cottages.  For further details search WildSide Exotic Rescue Forest of Dean. 
  • 2 bedrooms – 1 super-king-size and 1 king-size
  • 1 en-suite bathroom and 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
  • TV and DVD in lounge area
  • Private outdoor space with BBQ, picnic bench, parasol and seating.
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Pub and shop 2 miles
  • Complex of properties
  • Outdoor swimming pool (available between 30th April and 30th September, and solar heated during July and August)
  • Swimming pool area - there will be designated areas per cottage so that only one set of furniture and soft furnishings are used per cottage
  • Tranquil, adult-only site, regret no persons under 21 years old
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Jace Quick

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Jace.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Tony, 15th September 2023

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A lovely cottage in a lovely location, despite some very wet weather we had a fantastic week stay. Owners very welcoming and helpful. Would definitely visit again.

Reviewed by Miranda, 8th September 2023

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Reviewed by Morag, 14th July 2023

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We had a wonderfully relaxing week, despite the weather not being of the best. Highlights were watching the animals and going out after dark to see the magical lanterns hanging everywhere (we're going to get some for our garden!). Lindsey and Frank were helpful and friendly hosts and we enjoyed seeing Lindsey walking around with a baby wallaby in tRead morehe pouch of her apron. Sadly we decided it was too chilly to swim in the pool (other guests were braver than us and seemed to enjoy the experience). Hide

Reviewed by Judith, 7th July 2023

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The experience of staying!SELECTED! !ENDOFSELECTED!is unique. We loved the peaceful location and our hosts were so welcoming. How lovely to see the wonderful work the sanctuary does and to be able to watch the animals enjoying their new homes.

Reviewed by Nick, 30th June 2023

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Reviewed by Gill, 2nd June 2023

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A fantastic place to stay on so many levels. The joy of seeing rescued animals content as well as superb accommodation.

Reviewed by David, 16th September 2022

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Really enjoyed our stay, very comfortable, peaceful, and such a lovely setting. Towels and sheets were a luxurious touch, as well as the furnishings. The owners were lovely and very accommodating - all the comforts of home, highly recommend!

Reviewed by Billie-Jean, 19th August 2022

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Reviewed by Jane, 1st August 2022

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What a fantastic break we had. Comfy cottage, welcoming hosts and the most amazing location. We spent more time just sitting watching the animals than we did out exploring the beautiful local area. I've never gone back to anywhere I've stayed before as I always want to try somewhere new but will definitely be coming back here. Absolutely love it.

Reviewed by Cameron, 15th July 2022

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Lovely converted barn, lots of feature, had all the essential things for a self catering holiday

Reviewed by Edward, 8th July 2022

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Luxurious stone-walled cottage in an idyllic setting. There is a wonderful sense of being cradled in the gorgeous, lush valley, with the animal sanctuary adding a special touch. Lindsay and Frank are friendly and attentive hosts, and their love for the place and the animals is a pleasure to behold.

Reviewed by Caroline, 1st July 2022

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Wonderful location, stunning views, friendly hosts and great facilities. Loved just watching the amazing animals and knowing our stay was helping to give them a better future in the care of Lindsay and Frank. Thank you for a very special stay.

Reviewed by Simon, 17th June 2022

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Great place in a beautiful setting. Well equipped with comfy lounge furniture & beds. We had a lovely stay and the exotic animals are a great addition to the experience. Would definitely stay again.

Reviewed by Suzanne, 10th June 2022

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What a wonderful place to stay, peaceful and tranquil. Lovely cottage and pool. Seeing the animals was amazing, absolutely magical. Will definitely come back.

Reviewed by Adrian, 3rd June 2022

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The cottage, part of an old building, had been tastefully restored with plenty of space, nice furnishings and some lovely pieces of sculpture. An excellent place to stay set in beautiful surroundings.

Reviewed by Clive, 13th May 2022

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Fantastic get away from it all. Peaceful location with wonderful wild animals to watch. A very special place !

Reviewed by Ann, 29th April 2022

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This is a very special location, with peace and quiet in abundance away from it all with the bonus of delightful hosts and many animals to look at. The pool looks lovely (in warmer weather) and an important part of why I booked the cottage. The cottage itself is quirky and beautifully furnished.

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