Introduction (scroll down for accommdation details & pictures)
Set in the Royal Forest of Dean on the border of England and Wales Squirrel Lodge gives you the perfect base to stay for that forest vacation, be it a relaxing break away from it all or a full on action packed forest holiday. There's something for everybody in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Click here to see a list of suggested activities.
The quality family self catering accommodation is on the Woodlands View site near Coleford and is just a short car journey away from the stunning vistas of Symonds Yat, the Gothic Tintern Abbey, Goodrich Castle and many more areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
Closer to the lodge there's loads of local attractions to keep you busy including Clearwell Castle and Caves, Puzzlewood where filming for Star Wars and Merlin have taken place, cycle hire for the many woodland tracks, adventurous woodland activities like GoApe and the endless woodland walks. If you fancy going slightly further afield there's the wilds of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Malvern Hills to visit and if you want to do some serious shopping there's the city of Gloucester 20 miles away.
The Lodge is situated on a small secure gated private park with coded access and allocated parking for one family sized vehicle next to the lodge. It's an as new facility which offers luxurious accommodation for a family of up to 4 + 1 (with child's pull out bed) plus cot if required.
There are two bedrooms both with freeview TV & DVD player, one king size en-suite, the other twin, separate bathroom and open plan kitchen, dinning and living area all with modern appliances fitted throughout. The living accommodation is second to none with leather sofas to relax into and a 53" freeview TV, free wi-fi internet access and DVD player provided. There is also lockable storage available outside for all your holiday needs like bikes, diving equipment and golf clubs.
Woodlands View site is just a few minutes walk away from Sling where you will find the award winning pubs Orepool Inn and Miners Inn for that meal out or you can go to the small forest town of Coleford which is a couple of minutes by car where many pubs, takeaways and restaurants can be found.
We are sure you will have a very enjoyable stay in the Forest of Dean. If there is anything we can help you with please ask. If during your stay you have any problems, cause for complaint or wish to make suggestions please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to sort anything out.
Sorry but we do not allow dogs in the lodge
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Accommdation details & pictures
Two bedrooms, one with king size bed and the other a twin, both with hair dryer, freeview TV and DVD player
Extra child's bed and cot set up when required (in the twin room in between the two beds)
Free unlimited wi-fi access
Childs pull out bed (which fits between the twin beds or can be set up in the open plan living area)
Master bedroom en-suite with shower
Family bathroom with bath and shower
Gas central heating
Fully equipped kitchen including dish washer, American style fridge / freezer, eye level microwave, hob and oven
Washing machine and tumble dryer
Comfortable leather sofas in living area with 53" freeview TV and DVD player
Patio doors from main living area leading to front of lodge
Small library of books & indoor games selection
Private gated secure site
Lawn areas around the lodge with garden furniture
Secure storage for bikes etc
Clothes drying facilities
Private parking space & short term visitors area
Included in the price
Freshly laundered and ironed bed linen
Electricity and LPG gas
Bath & Hand towels
Kitchen essentials and tea towels
Bedding for pull out bed and travel cot
Extra toilet rolls
Iron and ironing board are avaialble on request
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Lodge layout & full access statement
Detailed description & access statement
The following is given to provide you with enough information on the accommodation and site to ensure that you can make an informed decision on it being suitable for your needs.
The site is entered through security gates. These are located at the end of the short uneven compacted stone drive off the main road.
Finding Squirrel Lodge
Following the compacted stone roadway to the left and down towards the visitors car park you will come to Squirrel Lodge (which is directly to the right of the visitor car park) Your allocated parking space is directly in front of the lodge to the left of the steps leading up to the front patio doors.
The main entrance is around to the left of the lodge up a slabbed pathway which is 0.9m wide and edged to the left of it by lawn. The pathway is well lit by automatic sensor lighting as you enter it. After approximately 2.5m down the pathway there are 4 steps up to the main lodge door. Each step is 160mm high and at this point the pathway is edged to the left with a hand rail up to the lodge door. There are also 4 steps down from the other side of the door to the pathway which continues around the back of the lodge.
Once unlocked the door to the lodge can open 180 degrees and be secured in the open position against the outer lodge wall with a catch. There is a small threshold step to enter the lodge 30mm high. The entrance is 0.75m wide x 1.93m high and leads directly into the lodge kitchen area. Light switches are to the immediate left on the wall.
The kitchen covers an area 3.4m x 2.4m and is lit with 6 ceiling spot lights. The floor covering in the kitchen area is vinyl. Worktops are 0.93m from the floor and are to 3 sides of the kitchen. The micro wave oven has controls which are 1.6m from ground level, the oven is floor standing and the fridge door is 0.95m from the floor and it is on top of the floor standing freezer. The taps in the kitchen sink are lever type.
As you walk out of the kitchen area onto the carpeted area you will see the thermostat to control the heating located on the wall to the front left. This controller is 1.5m from the floor and turned clockwise to increase the heat and anti-clockwise to reduce it. To turn the heating off completely turn anti-clockwise until the dial stops.
To the right of the kitchen exit the fully carpeted open plan living space continues. Firstly there's the dinning area which is 2m x 3m with a fully movable dinning table 0.8m wide by 1.5m long at a height of 0.75m together with 6 dinning chairs. The dining area is lit with two multi bulb ceiling lights.
Next to the dinning area is the main living area. Within the 4m x 5.8m area is a leather 3 suite piece, which comprises a single arm chair, double and treble seat settees. In the middle of the area is a movable coffee table. The 53" freeview TV is mounted above the glass fronted coal effect fire and storage areas lie underneath both along the full width of the living area. A storage unit is also provided on the opposite wall. The living area is lit with multi bulb ceiling lights.
All windows in the dinning and living areas are covered with vertical blinds. These are rotated closed by gently pulling the cord hanging from the side of the blind. The blinds can be fully opened by using the ribbed cord when the blinds are in the fully open position. Please do not let children of any age play with these blinds / cords as harm may come to them or they can be easily damage the blinds and they will need replacing.
If you turn left when you exit the kitchen area through the door you will enter the corridor to the bathroom and bedrooms. The doorway is 0.7m wide leading to the corridor which is 0.84 wide. On the immediate right is the bathroom which is 1.70m x 2m. The sink has a mixer lever tap and a shower over the bath at the right hand side. The height of the bath side is 0.3m. Lighting in the bathroom is provided by a cabin style light fitting.
Leading off the corridor to the left is bedroom 1 which measures 2.8m x 2.97m, the double bed is centrally positioned with a minimum gap of 0.5m at the foot and 0.75/0.6 on the sides. There is a bed side cabinet with table lamps on each side of the bed and a dressing table with storage space beneath it and a mirror on the wall at the foot of the bed. In addition to the table lamps the room is light with a multi bulb ceiling fitting. The freeview TV / DVD player is mounted on the wall in the corner of the room. Through the first doorway in the bedroom is the walk in cupboard/dressing room measuring 1.67m x 1.48m There is plenty of hanging space and extra shelving. Through the second doorway in the bedroom is the en-suite room. This measures 1.67m x 1.48m and contains a sink with lever taps, a toilet and walk in shower. The room is lit with a cabin style light fitting.
Further down the corridor outside bedroom 1 is bedroom 2. This measures 2.94m x 2.77 and contains 2 single beds which are on either side of the room. The gap in the middle of them is 0.6m wide and contains a bed side cabinet with a table lamp at the head of the beds. The room is lit with a multi bulb ceiling fitting and the TV/DVD player is mounted on the wall at the foot of the beds. The doorway leading off the bedroom leads to a walk in cupboard / dressing room which is 1.17m x 2.06m with plenty of hanging space and extra storage shelving.
Single put up bed – The 5th bed is a single pull out bed suitable for a child. The bed is stored in the walk in storage area in bedroom 2. When un-folded it will fit between the twin beds or can be put up in the living area to suit individual guest requirements.
Besides the main entrance there are further doors for exit purposes. The keys to these additional doors are kept in the Lodge and are for emergency purposes only. One exit door is from the side of the dinning area and the other is a double patio door leading out from the living area.
Outside the Lodge
Outside through the kictchen exit to the right down the steps and along the pathway you will find the outside storage area. Keys to this is found in the lodge.
Walking around in hours of darkness
The site and lodge are well lit but as an extra safety measure we recommend that you bring and use a good torch when walking about especially outside of the site area as some roads and walkways may be uneven and country side lighting sometimes sporadic