The market town of Coleford lies in the Forest of Dean, in the county of Gloucestershire, Southwest England. On its doorstep, ancient woodland, tumbling rivers and cider orchards await discovery. It is located right on the edge of the forest, making it a popular stop for walkers and cyclists. It is also just two miles east of the Welsh border, and a short drive from the spectacular scenery of the Wye Valley. Coleford’s town centre lies in a gentle valley, with St John Street and Bank Street ascending northward, and Lords Hill and High Street running southward. A small brook runs through the town centre and into the surrounding countryside. In the middle of the town, a short stroll from holiday cottages in Coleford, there is a vast marketplace overlooked by an ancient clocktower.
Forest House is located in Coleford, in the heart of the Forest of Dean, and was formerly a 4* hotel. The owners have converted the property into self-catering accommodation perfect for large groups of holidaymakers wishing to explore the surrounding area. Sleeps 24 in 11 bedrooms.
Many of the graceful Georgian facades facing the square hide even older buildings. A series of walking routes are a great way to delve into the town’s fascinating industrial heritage and visit a few of its historic landmarks. These include The Churches Pilgrimage, Inns of the Past, and In Mushet’s Footsteps. There is plenty to do on self-catering holidays in Coleford without leaving the town, including a pair of excellent golf courses, a cinema, and the Great Western Railway Museum. The Carnival of Transport and Coleford Music Festival are among the town’s annual events. There is also a regular farmers’ market, where you can pick up a bag of the finest fresh produce to take back to your holiday cottage in Coleford.
Many of the region’s best family attractions are a stone’s throw from the town, including the ancient forests of Puzzlewood, which have appeared in many TV shows and films, including Star Wars. The iron mines of Clearwell Caves and the Dean Forest steam railway are also popular places to visit.