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This classy, comfortable 20-room retreat for gourmand grown-ups is housed in picturesque former farm buildings in Clearwell village in Gloucestershire's beautiful Forest of Dean. There's a quietly attentive atmosphere, with good service from owners Hari and Colin Fell, who can arrange anything from in-room massages to vineyard visits. The restaurant serves great food and drink, making the most of scrumptious local fare such as wild boar, craft gins and ciders and mouth-tingling cheeses. Local attractions include Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood ancient forest and activities such as canoeing on the River Wye, cycling and walks galore - dogs can stay - and themed breaks: how about foraging, a wildlife safari, jewellery-making or even stargazing?

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THE DETAILS

Location

You can spot wild boar, red kites, deer and various species of birds on Tudor Farmhouse's thrilling Wildlife Safari in the forest with expert naturalist Ed Drewitt.

The inn is on a quiet high street in a picturesque village. Nearby, you'll find the Clearwell caves and Puzzlewood forest.
By car: under an hour from Bristol, 1 hour 30 minutes from Birmingham and 3 hours from London. Free on-site parking.
By train: London to Chepstow takes 2 hours 30 minutes. It's a 20-minute taxi to the hotel. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Couples, friends and small groups who appreciate good food and wine and a grown-up atmosphere will adore Tudor Farmhouse. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere with a cup of tea sitting in a comfy armchair by the open fire in the cosy lounge.

Service & Facilities

Staff automatically fetch a warm blanket so you can enjoy an al fresco nightcap in the pretty garden.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Board games
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The Roost (suite) is reached by a wooden staircase and has a huge tiled bathroom, small lounge with pink armchairs, separate toilet and a big skylight. Snuggle up in bed and you can enjoy a fantastic view of the star-filled skies.

Hatchling, Hen, Cockerel, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, Nespresso machine, mini fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Try the Marmalade Mule cocktail - like a Moscow Mule but with gorgeous local Chase Marmalade Vodka, lime juice, bitters and ginger beer. We loved the afternoon tea for the savoury-toothed - sandwiches, wild sausage roll, cheese and onion foggy, cheese scone and a brownie. Yum!

Restaurant: modern British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include lamb rump, pork tenderloin and torched halibut. Open daily for breakfast, afternoon tea and grazing, and dinner. Sunday lunch served 12-2pm.

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