Monkey Puzzle Dome
- Sleeps 5 (max 5 adults, 5 children)
- Cooking facilities
- Beds Provided
- Bed Linen Provided
- Private Bathroom
- A wood-burning stove and provided bed linen keep the dome cosy
- One of 11 domes on this well-known glamping site with communal fire-pit evenings
- En-suite toilet and shower room with hot water from wood-fired heater
The Owner Says
This is one of our Simple Domes. It's called Monkey Puzzle because it sits below a beautiful specimen tree of the same name. The Simple domes are straightforward honest and simply furnished. They are 20ft in diameter and take four people, or five with a child, and are, well, 'Simply' lovely.
All the domes have a kitchen shelter outside and a private ensuite with proper flushing loo and a shower or a bath. They are also completely wood fired, with log burners inside, stick-powered rocket-stoves in the kitchen to cook on and wood burning boilers to make hot water for the ensuites.
Features & Facilities
Rope swings aplenty, a tree house, feeding and wandering about with the chickens. And the forest is just beyond the fence, through a little gate, when you feel the need to leave your dome bubble and build dens galore.
All 10 domes sleep 2–6 people in pristine, ultra comfy beds with fresh linen. The en suite wet rooms have a shower and washbasin; the water is heated when you light a tiny wood-boiler. Each dome has a wood-burner. One dome has full disabled facilities. Natural food safes and a freezer is available plus a communal outdoor washing-up area. If you’ve forgotten anything, the chances are they’ll have it for you to borrow, from sterilisers, high chairs, cots and chargers – and they’ll all be modern and clean and lovely. Each dome has its own chiminea and stick stove for outdoor cooking, and at night the huge communal firepit provides a great focal point.
The Forest of Dean is at your dome-step, so there are numerous outdoor options. A 12-mile, circular cycle track runs past the garden gate. The Forestry Commission’s Beechenhurst Lodge (01594 833057) has an outdoor adventure playground for young kids and is the starting point for the free Sculpture Trail. The Motiva climbing wall (01594 861762) is also based here, and anyone weighing over 20 kilos (approx. age 6 and above) can have a go at reaching the dizzy heights, £6 for 20 minutes.
Food & Drink
The Dome Garden has its very own, suitably cool bar that serves snacks, as well as a pizza oven; you can eat Dome Garden home-cooked breakfasts if you don’t want to make your own. Coleford has 3 butchers, selling locally sourced meat, and the Crusty Loaf bakery (01594 832360) makes a delicious range of breads that include ancient recipes twice a week. The Severn & Wye Smokery at St Briavels (01452 76019) serves delicious locally caught fish and fish-and- chips; peek through a window to watch it being prepared. Three Choirs Vineyard at Newent (01531 890233) produces award-winning English wine. The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel at Clearwell (01594 833046) offers a decent kids’ menu.
If you leave your dome unzipped, there’s a possibility of chicken poo on your pristine AstroTurf – perish the thought!
Detailed directions are sent with your booking confirmation. Don’t follow your satnav once you get to Coleford, as they don’t recognise the forestry track as a road and will direct you to the wrong side of the forest.
Take the train to Lydney, then CDS Taxis in Coleford know where to take you. (01594 834834).