Just in case you need reminding, the last year or so has been pretty awful. Although to be fair, personally we have had good health throughout. Still though, after all the lockdowns, postponed and cancelled trips, redundancies and general bleakness recently, we were very excited to finally be packing our bags for a trip that we wouldn’t normally think to book – a staycation in a log cabin in the Forest of Dean. Something different!
We stayed in a 2 bedroom Golden Oak cabin in the Woodland area (rather than meadow), which really was out in the forest! It really did give the feeling of being away from civilisation and out in the woods.
The cabin was quite big, and was very comfortable, especially when you remember it’s a log cabin in the woods.
The main bedroom was at the back of the cabin, and had an en suite bathroom, whereas the smaller twin room was to the left of the corridor with a large bathroom opposite.
The main living room is at the back of the cabin, with a floor-to-ceiling window looking out in to the forest, on to the balcony / decking with jacuzzi and BBQ area.
The living room has a log burner, and the entire cabin has underfloor heating, which will be very cosy in the winter!
The cabins are very well equipped – here’s what’s included if you’re interested.
Check in was at 16:00 on Monday afternoon, and check out at 9:00 on Friday morning.
This definitely wasn’t a cheap trip – £800 for 4 nights (and realistically 3 full days) is expensive to a cheapskate like me (we generally travel very cheaply!), but it was good to try something different, and have the guarantee that we’d definitely be able to go on holiday during the pandemic given all the cancellations and postponements recently!
One hidden fee that stung us slightly was the price of the Wifi, which is £60 as you have to buy the “Entertainment pack”, and unfortunately the ‘free wifi’ provided is too poor, and there was no mobile signal anywhere in the cabin.
Despite the cost, I’d definitely recommend booking a short break away with Forest Holidays, especially if you can find a stay at a good price. I’d be tempted to book for a winter weekend in the future, which seem to be a little cheaper than summer dates.
Tips for staying in a Forest Holidays Golden Oak Cabin
– Don’t bother bringing dish soap / sponges / etc. They provide these.
– Bring a tea towel (or oven gloves) if you want to use the oven, as these aren’t provided.
– They offer a takeaway/delivery service which isn’t bad, if you don’t fancy cooking/BBQing every day.
– Buy and bring your own logs/lighters for the burner to save money, they are £12 a bag.
– Buy and bring some Nespresso Virtuo coffee pods (the large ones) to use in the machine provided.