The Apple Store at Maytree Cottage offers a quiet retreat in a beautiful Forest valley, a large garden bordered by stream and waterfall, south-facing sun terrace and private garden patio with Pizza Oven, Gas BBQ and outdoor dining, play area including swings, trampoline and swing-ball etc.
Children welcome, dogs welcome.
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***Remember, what you pay is all you pay.***
No extra charges for electricity, parking, bedding and linen, WiFi, use of BBQ and Pizza Oven, outdoor toys, parking etc. Fresh breads to your door daily at no extra charge. And 1 dog stays FREE!
No nearby roads, very little traffic noise, a real garden; both The Apple Store and Gypsy Rose have their own private gardens, and share the orchard, lawn and kitchen garden.
No gimmicks either; it's an authentic Victorian cottage and large garden.
Secluded, not remote, The Apple Store is one of the few holiday cottages with a large garden and orchard, and away from noisy roads, shops and pubs. There's plenty of space to kick a ball, play on the swing or trampoline and paddle in the brook, and give the dog a run. With direct access to the woods via footpaths and tracks, we've lots of lovely walks right on the doorstep for you and your "best four-legged friend".
Ideal for weekends and short breaks for walkers, cyclists, nature-lovers and dog owners. In summer, pick your own fruit and veg from our kitchen garden, enjoy a BBQ on the patio or picnic by the brook, or simply chill...our south-facing garden enjoys plenty of sunshine all day long.Its a short walk from the house into the Forest where deer and wild boar roam free; a 10 minute stroll to Wenchford ponds, stream and BBQ area, and its about a mile from the house to Mallards Pike and Go Ape. The Dean Heritage Centre and Dean Forest Railway are a few minutes away by car, and Clearwell Caves, the Sculpture Trail, Puzzlewood and castles at Chepstow and Goodrich all within easy reach. The River Severn, famed for the Bore, salmon and wildlife is within walking distance, and The Wye Valley, with Symonds Yat and Tintern Abbey just 20 minutes drive away through the Forest.Regency Cheltenham, Roman Gloucester, Hereford, Tewkesbury, Abergavenny, Monmouth and the beautiful cities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff are less than an hour's drive - all grand days out from The Apple Store.
The village is a 10 minute walk away, where there's a Chip shop, pub and Italian restaurant/takeaway and small general store. Buses stop about 300 yards away, and for the energetic, a local bike-hire company will deliver and collect cycles to the door.
The Apple Store is fully equipped for self-catering, with the electric Aga keeping the place cosy and warm in winter as well as being a fantastic cooker, and there's a microwave oven and induction hob too for summer months.
Guests are welcome to pick their own fruit and veg from the garden, or take whatever is needed from the farm "shop" - eggs, produce and fresh farmhouse baking are available daily on a donations basis.
Don't want to shop or cook? Just say and we'll get all you need of the best local ingredients for a full English breakfast and deliver to your door.The owners live in the adjoining farmhouse, and The Apple Store has its own private entrance, terrace and garden, sharing the orchard with the owners (and the ducks and hens!)
The Apple Store apartment is on the ground floor of the 3-storey farmhouse; the main photo shows the upper 2 storeys of Maytree Cottage, which can be seen from the approach road. The terrace, parking area and garden are below Maytree Cottage; parking and covered area for storage, washing line etc are immediately outside The Apple Store, and there is a small area of garden on this level, with the orchard accessible via a sloping driveway to the valley floor.
NB. The Apple Store can accommodate 4 adults; there is 1 double bedroom and a double sofa-bed in the sitting room. A travel cot and highchair are available.
Large garden and orchard, ideal for children and pets. PYO fruit & veg in season, BBQ/outdoor kitchen & dining, farm-gate food on site.
Maytree Cottage, with The Apple Store, lies about a mile outside of the village of Blakeney - an ancient settlement dating back to Saxon times, now straddling the A48 between Gloucester and Chepstow. The village is about a 10 minute stroll away, where there's also a good Fish&Chip; takeaway, an Italian restaurant, a country pub and restaurant, hairdresser, Post Office and small general store. Lydney, with several supermarkets, cash points etc is just 4 miles away.
The Forest of Dean surrounds Maytree Cottage and is easily accessed via public footpaths, forestry tracks and single-track roads making the location ideal for dog-owners, walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Within minutes of leaving the door you can be in the Forest. Or head east down the lane and an easy walk across open fields will bring you to Gloucestershire's coast - the Severn estuary - where the famous Severn bore rushes in from the Atlantic at full and new moons.
Go Ape, the Dean Heritage Centre and Forest steam railway are perhaps 5 minutes by car, and the small town of Lydney with its supermarkets and Taurus Craft centre is just 4 miles away. Buses run hourly from Blakeney to Lydney, and from there on into the Forest, or to Chepstow.
The Apple Store is situated in a quiet valley, with a few cottages dotted across the hillside opposite and just two neighbouring detached cottages some 20 yards away. It is a sleepy, private place where its pleasant to sit out on the terrace on a sunny day with nothing but the orchard and waterfall below and the Forest stretching away across the valley. Buzzards, red kites, peregrines and herons make regular fly-bys on sunny days, and as the evenings draw in and the stars appear, bats dance to the song of our local owls. Deer make brief appearances on the opposite bank, squirrels raid the walnut trees, and on the odd occassion the wild boar make a visit to clear up our windfall apples. If your dream holiday is sitting in the sun with a good book, a cup of tea or maybe a glass of good cider, surrounded by old England at its best, this is the place for you!