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"Peaceful and almost lived up to our expectations.…"
A decent conversion of an old building reached down a forest track and set on the English-Welsh border. Fairly easy to find and the usual welcome hamper was there on our arrival but so too was a somewhat overpowering smell of wet-dog. I open all the windows, roam the house armed with some expensive perfume which I strategeically dab about the place and finally, on the second day, load up on scented candles from the local supermarket (a mile or two away). This is a useful lesson to me. Next time I search for self-catering holidays I must tick the box which says 'no pets'!
This rental did, however, prove to be as relaxing as I thought it would be. The log fire, stream outside the door, forest setting and huge lounge made for a good woodsy vibe although once my seven year old realised we were surrounded by birch trees he could only be coaxed to venture to the edge of the forest (something about Slenderman's preferered habitat).
On the whole, a great location--we lost count of the times we crossed and recrossed the borders between Engliand and Wales as we explored this areas. Although the setting is peaceful and rural, it is very easy to get to the local shops, supermarkets and to places like Cheltenham or the Brecons for a day trip out. I have stayed in places which charged a similar rent and got a bit more for the money in terms of a better kitchen (rather basic), bathroom (functional) and decor (not at all great-grandma but still needed some refurbishment). But there are three bedrooms, plenty of room for six and this is excellent for children--especially those who are a bit older, have lots of energy and can go off to explore on their own.
When we got home we read the news reports about a school in Lydney--the nearest town--which had been infested with false widow spiders. Ironic, given the fact that we thought the riskiest part of the holiday was the tall man in a black suit lurking in the woods.Read moreLess