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Chic interiors, beautiful rooms, lovely staff, wonderful food - all this in the Forest of Dean with great walking and cycling trails. A gorgeous small hotel, one of the best. It sits on the edge of the Forest of Dean, a magical world of woodland walks, medieval castles, meandering rivers and bleating sheep. You’re in the middle of a tiny village with country views all around. Step inside to find sparkling interiors – Colin and Hari have spent a small fortune turning their realm into something very special indeed. An airy elegance mixes with golden stone walls and original timber frames, the house bearing testament to its Tudor roots. Big or small, bedrooms are divine – stylishly uncluttered with smart fabrics, robes in fine bathrooms and super-comfy beds. Those in the main house have ancient beamed ceilings, those in the old barns have original stone walls. The bigger rooms are faultless: the best beds, claw-foot baths, enormous showers, the lap of luxury. Lovely local food waits downstairs, perhaps cider-cured salmon, haunch of venison, rhubarb Bakewell tart.
Picnic in the beautiful Forest of Dean or by the river Wye - the choice is yours! Picnic hampers for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner can be picked up from reception for your perfect day out.
Enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the cosy surroundings of the Tudor restaurant or in your room if you prefer.
A friendly welcome awaits you at the Tudor Farmhouse. You will quickly be whisked off to your room so that you can start relaxing immediately. Whether you want a relaxing break, enjoying the gardens in the summer and the log burner in the lounge in the winter, or want to be active, there is something for everyone. Circular walking maps are available at reception so there is no need to get back in your car if you don't want to. Cycle storage is available if you have brought your own bikes, or reception can arrange hire for you. Join a foraging tour with Raoul or a wildlife safari with Ed or just sit back and relax. Staff are on hand to help you make the most of your time in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Dinner is one of the highlights at Tudor Farmhouse. Chef Rob Cox has put together a superb 20-mile menu, using local meats cooked to perfection and innovatively garnished. In winter you might get game terrine with pear chutney; then Welsh lamb shoulder with black cabbage and bronze fennel, or roasted Cotswold pigeon with Madeira sauce. My braised ox cheek was deliciously tender, falling apart along the fault lines, with juicy chanterelles and a dollop of sublime celeriac puree (not words I often use together).
There’s fish too, and a few vegetarian options, though it’s the meats which stand out. Do leave room for dessert - caramelised apples with spicy toffee cake (outstanding), or vanilla panna cotta with elderflower and anise hyssop (smooth and minty). If you’re celebrating something special, pre-book the 6-course tasting menu with wine flight - guests tell us it’s outstanding, and very fair value.
Breakfast is no less impressive, with a rich buffet (including tangy red berry compote, delicious almond-apricot jam, and 5 varieties of apple juice), supplemented by the full gamut of cooked options.