Oak Cottage

UK England South West England Gloucestershire St Briavels

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Walking
Magical, secluded glamping in the Wye Valley, yards from the Offas Dyke trail

Whether it’s the high ancient trees, the uninterrupted sing-song of the birds or the warm rays of sun that seem to shine exclusively over the site, there is something (or maybe it’s everything combined) that gives Oak Cottage an undeniably magical quality. Nestled among mossy trees and dry-stone-walled paddocks on the edge of the Forest of Dean, the site is an eclectic wonderland of nooks and spaces and different forms of accommodation. You might choose the Hideaway Hut, hidden in a secret 'fairy circle' with woods all around, or perhaps the characterful red and green gypsy caravan. Then there's the traditional yurt, with a transparent roof that lets you gaze at the canopy above, and the cosy cabin with a hot tub to hire and a secluded veranda. By the time you leave you’ll be wanting to come back again and again to try them all.

Situated a matter of yards from the renowned Offas Dyke long-distance footpath and less than half a mile from the River Wye, Oak Cottage enjoys a prized position where the woods end and the open meadows begin. In keeping with the natural setting, all of the accommodation has been designed for minimal impact. Each comes with a private eco loo and an atmospheric outdoor shower under a tree, giving the feel that you're almost bathing under hot natural rainfall. Inside the rustic accommodation, you'll find proper beds, wood burners and everything you need for a comfortable stay, with attention to every detail, like the complimentary coffee beans and hand grinders or the pre-stacked pile of logs. You can also buy seasonal veg from owner, Anna's garden for rustling up your evening meal.

The wild and natural space lends itself to people who love outdoor pursuits. Anna has kindly supplied a copy of Lower Wye Rambles in each abode and, along with the Offas Dyke Trail, there's a good footpath that leads from the site down the hill to the banks of the river and along to the famous ruins of Tintern Abbey. Electric mountain bikes are also available to hire, ideal for exploring local bridleways as well as simply zipping along the narrow lanes in search of a good pub. The nearest, The George, is a comfortable two miles away and sits directly opposite 12th-century St Briavels Castle, a moated Norman keep that was once the centre of the Forest of Dean. Loop your way back via more quiet lanes and country tracks – Oak Cottage is almost two miles from the nearest main road, so it's no wonder it's so peaceful – then settle in for a night of clear skies only somewhere this secluded can afford.



Private outdoor hot showers under trees, a hot water sink, private loos for each accommodation unit. The Camping Cabin has a double bed, a log burner, an electric hob and a fridge. It also has a secluded veranda and a hot tub to hire. The Gypsy Virgo has a wood burner, electric hob, water, kitchen utensils and a fridge inside. There is a double bed that turns into a table and bench, as well as a small child bunk above. The Hideaway Hut has a king-size bed, a kitchen and wood burner and power for lighting and charging. Bedding, towels, utensils, crockery and cutlery is provided in all accommodation and all private spaces are not overlooked.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Adults only. Well-behaved pets are welcome.


Oak Cottage is situated on the Offas Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Ramble, so there are plenty of walking and cycling trails on your doorstep. Hire canoes for a day of adventure on the Wye (all hire outlets let you hire for half or full days and pick you up downstream, so you need only drift along with the current). Tintern is a 10-minute drive away, home to several pubs as well as a vineyard, brewery and the gothic Tintern Abbey in all its roofless beauty. If you’re a Netflix fan, you might also want to visit the main filming spots from Sex Education, all nearby – The house Otis lives in with his mum is just up the road from Oak Cottage and so is the corner shop they regularly visit; Anna will happily give you directions to both if you fancy trying your luck at getting a cameo role! And for the film buffs, the Forest of Dean is around a 20-minute drive away; J.K. Rowling lived here as a child, likely why it features in the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as other films like King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Food & Drink

The Miners (01594836632) in Sling is a 15-minute drive away; the gastropub has won lots of awards for their modern British food made from local produce and is made even better when paired with their servings of local ale. Owner, Steve, has worked with some of the best chefs in the country, and it shows. The oak-beamed Globe Inn (01594528300) in Alvington is under five minutes away in the car or a little more than a half-hour walk. It has a cosy log fire in winter and a good beer garden in summer. The Ostrich Inn (01594833260) in Clearwell takes around 20 minutes to reach. It's dog friendly and has a large walled garden and outdoor patios for enjoy the summer sunshine.



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The Owner Says

Situated in an AONB on the edge of ancient woodland above the River Wye. Accommodation built to blend in with the natural wood and stone landscape. Get close to nature, observe trees and wildlife from the comfort of your warm, dry, bed. 


A mixture of rustic glamping accommodation structures, including a yurt, a gyspsy wagon and two wood cabins, each sleeping two people.

Camping Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 2
A cosy cabin tucked away with a double bed, and woodburner, we provide sheets, towels and all utensils, crockery and cutlery. You also have a personal private shower and a sink both with hot water. a hot tub is also available for you to hire.

Hideaway Hut on edge of woodland

Cabin Sleeps 2
The Hideaway Hut is just a short drive away from The Offas Dyke path, our hut is set in a peacful and quite location , on the edge of hunalls nature reserve, - perfect for a couple retreat. Dogs are welcome, there's a hottub to hire as an extra, and we have electric mountain bikes available to hire.

Walkers Wagon. Vargo (Gypsy Caravan)

Gypsy caravan Sleeps 2
A self-contained, self sufficient Gyspy Caravan with everything you need in a compact space, just located on the Offa's Dyke Path. Inside there's a wood burner, electric hob, water, fridge and all kitchen utensils.


Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
Our comfortable yurt with a transparent roof to allow natural daylight in and lovely views up into the trees. The yurt is insulated with lambs wool and also has a log burner too so you're kept warm and toasty in the colder months. We provide all bed linen, utensils crockery and cutlery.

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Getting There

If you’re travelling south, exit the B4228 by turning right onto Coldharbour Road. Stay on this road for a mile and then turn right, Oak Cottage will be on your left from here. To reach it go down the unsealed track signed ‘restricted byway’ between Fayland and Oakwood house. You will then see parking spots and signs for Oak Cottage on your left.

The closest train station is in Lydney. Bus No.69 to Monmouth stops at Brockweir bridge but, from there, it's a 30-minute walk to the campsite.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Thunderbird 1

After arriving I decided not to waste time just sitting there. Let's have a walk in the woods. So within 2 hours of arriving I was sat in the woods with an ankle that looked like someone had stuck an apple down my sock. Thankfully Rowan found us. With Anna's help he got me out of the woods and back to the cabin. Took around 3 hours.. That's the quality of hosts. The cabin is top banana. The hot tub, well, it's pure decadence. Lie back under a clear, light pollution free, sky and watch the stars. Meteors, satellites and space junk. Then wrap yourself up in a towel, sit on your veranda and watch the fireflies. Toggle, one of the resident border collies, does like to pop down and help you barbeque. She's never a bother but does appreciate a good petting and the occasional tasty morsel. Gorgeous dog that adds to the chill atmosphere. The road there is single track and the site entrance is a bit agricultural thus impassable to low slung cars and their drivers (Bonus!). Just DON'T go into the woods without asking Rowan or Anna for directions and advice!
Sep 28, 2021 by Chris Fox Verified Review

Beautiful tranquil, escapism.

Just come back from our 2 night stay here in the Oakwood cottage gypsy caravan. What can I say, beautifully clean, comfortable, with idyllic peaceful surroundings. Just the thing to get away from it all! Fresh coffee and an outside shower that made me feel like I was in a bounty bar advert. We will definitely return.

Why book with Glampingly?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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