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The Hickory

Forest of Dean

Sleeps 24
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Hot Tub
Additional fee applies
Local Pub
50-99 Mbps
The Hickory is a fabulous rural retreat combining Lodge Barn and Deer Park Farmhouse on the edge of the Forest of Dean. These neighbouring properties each have a hot tub and are ideal for hosting large groups. The spectacular snooker room and games room provide hours of entertainment and the surrounding countryside can be explored from your doorstep. With a choice of expansive living rooms and 12 bedrooms across the two properties, The Hickory has everything your family and friends will need during their stay.
Full Description

Set amongst woodland in a beautiful part of the country, The Hickory is a countryside retreat for large groups. While being in a secluded position you are also just a short walk from the nearest village. You can choose to spend your days exploring the rugged countryside at Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley, get adventurous in the Forest of Dean with a range of active experiences or head to Regency Cheltenham and Bath.

The larger of the two properties, Lodge Barn is an impressive barn conversion with a wealth of living and sleeping space. Sleeping 18 it will be the hub for your stay here with a large kitchen/diner and games room. Deer Park Farmhouse is perfect for smaller families or couples in your group who would like their own space. Each house has its own unique features including a luxurious roll top bath, exposed wooden beams and wood-burning stoves.

The Hickory has large, enclosed gardens and two six-seater hot tubs (additional fee applies) so you can spend time outdoors enjoying the views. Play garden games with the children and family dogs during the day and the adults can relax with evening drinks on the terrace.

Lodge Barn

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
The front door leads into an entrance hall with space to hang coats and leave shoes.

Utility Room:
Off the entrance hall, this handy room is where you’ll find a washing machine and tumble dryer plus ironing facilities. There is also a wine fridge, freeing up space in the main kitchen fridge.

To the rear is a ground-floor cloakroom with a WC and hand basin.

Living Room:
This impressively spacious room is filled with character featuring exposed stone walls, wooden floors and a large wood-burning stove that takes centre stage. There’s plenty of seating with a large corner sofa and a comfy three-seater sofa, plus occasional chairs. Spend cosy evenings by the fire, enjoy a movie night on the Smart TV or during the summer months, throw open the doors to the garden and let the outside in. For those who enjoy a board game or two, there’s a selection in the wooden sideboard.

Warmed by the large AGA and underfloor heating, this generous room is welcoming and sociable and well-equipped for large gatherings. Exposed stone walls and wooden floors give a traditional country feel and add plenty of character. The two long tables can be placed together or separately, seating up to 18 guests comfortably, there are two dishwashers, plenty of crockery and glasses, and in addition to the AGA, there is a range-style cooker so cooking up a feast is a breeze. The central island ensures there is ample preparation space. Doors to the rear courtyard (four steps down) and to the front ensure you can let plenty of fresh air in.

External Games Room:
Go down the four steps from the back kitchen door and cross the courtyard to the former stables, which are now an external games room. Inside you’ll find a small pool table, ideal for younger guests, along with table tennis and a magnetic dartboard. There’s also a selection of outdoor games too. At the far end is a bathroom with two toilet cubicles. Please note this external room is not heated.

Snooker Room:
The vaulted ceiling and original beams give a timeless and characterful air to this expansive and elegantly furnished room. At one end there is a six-seater corner sofa and a large Smart TV and a DVD player (please bring your own DVDs). At the other end is a full-size snooker table and a traditional scoreboard. Balls, cues, and rest are provided, we ask that you please do not let children play on the table.

From the snooker room, there are doors into a wing of the barn which houses the five ground-floor bedrooms. Each of these bedrooms has an en-suite shower room with a step-in shower cubicle, WC, hand basin, mirror, and shaver point.

Bedroom One:
Decorated in calming shades of grey and white this king-size bedroom looks out over the front of the barn. It’s a spacious and peaceful room and storage comes in the form of a large antique chest of drawers. There are also bedside tables with reading lamps.

Bedroom Two:
This second king-size room is a spacious place to retreat to after a day of exploring and offers peaceful views over the rear garden. There are bedside tables with reading lamps on either side of the bed, a single wardrobe, and an antique chest of drawers.

Bedroom Three:
Bedroom three is a king-size room with views over the rear of the barn to the woods beyond. There’s a wardrobe so you can unpack properly, bedside tables with reading lamps and an occasional chair.

Bedroom Four:
With a king-size bed and views out over the rear garden, this is another restful room, where you’re bound to get a good night’s sleep after a busy day of activity. There’s an occasional chair beneath the window, bedside tables, and a wardrobe.

Bedroom Five:
The last of the ground floor bedrooms is a comfortable twin room, which looks out over the front drive. There is an antique chest of drawers for storage, bedside tables, and an unusual mirror table.

First Floor

Wooden stairs lead from the dining area to the first floor. The bedrooms on the first floor are in the oldest part of the barn. A hallway runs the length of the first floor, and there is one step up to bedrooms eight and nine.

Bedroom Six:
This is a cosy twin room with bedside tables with reading lamps and a wooden dressing table with drawers and a mirror. The high ceilings and beams are a nod to the heritage of the barn. A roof light lets in natural daylight.

Bedroom Seven:
The seventh bedroom is another twin room at the end of the house, with a low window overlooking the side. A bedside table with a lamp is placed between the two beds and there is a wardrobe, an occasional chair, and a full-length mirror.

The family bathroom features a traditional clawfoot bath, where you can easily soak away the cares of the day in a tub full of bubbles. There’s also a handbasin with a wall mirror above, a rattan chair and a WC. The original tiny windows of the barn have clever shades for privacy.

Bedroom Eight:
This bedroom features a double bed, high ceilings and beams, a roof light for natural daylight and original barn windows with views out to the woodland beyond. There is a wooden dressing table and a TV with Freeview.

Bedroom Nine:
Last but by no means least, this impressive room is the one everyone will be drawing straws for! Floor-to-ceiling windows dominate the room, framing beautiful woodland views. The high vaulted ceiling is criss-crossed by exposed wooden roof struts, which sit above a wooden super-king bed. Antique side tables with reading lamps are placed on either side of the bed, there’s a double wardrobe and a button-back occasional chair.

The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom features a step-in shower cubicle, WC and a handbasin with a mirror above it.


Lodge Barn has the most fabulous garden space for guests to enjoy with a huge, enclosed lawn (small dogs should be supervised as they may be able to wriggle under the fence or gates) offering views to the woodland beyond. It’s a perfect place for garden games, where little ones can run around to their heart’s content and for epic picnics. There’s a patio area with wooden tables and benches, and a charcoal barbecue (please bring your own charcoal). Tucked in at one end of the barn is a bubbling 6-seater hot tub (additional fee applies), where you can relax after a day walking through the forest, and with little light pollution in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, this a wonderful spot for stargazing. Beyond the hot tub is an enclosed courtyard which leads to the kitchen (four steps up), and you’ll also find an external games room with a small pool table, table tennis and magnetic darts. There is plenty of parking for 8-10 cars on the main driveway.

Deer Park Farmhouse

Ground Floor

In the evening you can set the table for six in the elegant dining area for home-cooked meals together after busy days out. The kitchen is very well equipped with an oven/hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and small appliances.

Living Room:
With views across the garden, the living room has a sofa and armchairs set around a coffee table before the wood-burning stove. With splashes of colour this comfortable room is perfect for putting your feet up and taking advantage of the smart TV here.

The separate utility keeps the noise of running washing machines from disturbing your meals. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer, and it is a handy space for drying off the dogs after a country walk.

At the back of the house the study is a useful, quiet room to catch up on work or have some time to yourself. There is a desk and chair and a wide armchair to curl up in. There is access to the garden from here along a graveled pathway.

Completing the ground floor there is a cloakroom with a WC and sink which is accessed from the study.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
The master bedroom is a private suite set apart from the other bedrooms. With a super king-size bed which can be split into twin beds on request, this large bedroom provides space to recharge. There is a large wardrobe and chest of drawers so you can fully unpack your suitcases and feel at home.

In the en-suite you find a bath with a hand-held shower, separate shower, WC and sink. Retreat for an evening soak to relax before a refreshing night’s sleep.

Bedroom Two:
The second bedroom has a super king-size bed and is a comfortable room with bedside tables and a wardrobe. With sumptuous bedding you will sleep soundly in this serene setting.

Adding to the exceptional accommodation, the en-suite has a double-ended bath with a hand-held shower, separate shower, WC and sink.

Bedroom Three:
This final bedroom is more compact with a king-size bed and bedside tables. Offering the same high level of comfort, you will awake ready for an exciting day ahead.

Shower Room:
Across the landing, bedroom three can have sole use of the shower room. There is a separate shower, WC and sink.


Views stretch for miles around Deer Park Farmhouse and these can be enjoyed from the garden. The six-seater hot tub (additional fee applies) adds luxury to your stay and is the perfect place to while away an evening. With a fully enclosed lawn, children and dogs can play safely enjoying the freedom and space. Off-road parking for up to four cars is available on the gated driveway.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedrooms - Lodge Barn: 9 bedrooms - 1 x super-king, 4 king-size, 1 double and 3 twin bedded rooms. Deer Park Farmhouse: 3 bedrooms - 1 x super king-size, 1 x king, 1 x super king-size (can be twin on request)
  • 6 + Bathrooms - Lodge Barn: 7 bathrooms (6 are ensuite) and a ground floor cloakroom with WC. Deer Park Farmhouse: 2 x en-suite bathroom, 1 x shower room
  • Hairdryer - 7
  • Fire - Two baskets of logs are provided (1st October - 31st March)
  • AGA
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 18 and 6
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - 2 Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided) - 3
  • Highchair - 3
  • Games Room
  • Ping pong table
  • Pool table


  • Dog friendly - 4 + 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Hot tub - 2 x Seats 6 - additional fee applies
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 14 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping: Nearby Lydney (2 miles) has a Lidl and a Tesco supermarket. Chepstow (8 miles) has Lidl, Tesco, and an M&S Foodhall. If you are in search of a little retail therapy Gloucester Quays is a 30-minute drive with lots of shops and plenty of places to eat. Cribbs Causeway in Bristol is 30-minutes in the other direction.

Eating Out:
  • The George Inn & Millingbrook Lodge, Aylburton – a friendly village pub with local real ales and home cooked meals (0.9 miles)
  • The Cross, Aylburton – dog-friendly pub in the centre of the village. Serving real ales, fine wines along with a traditional pub menu (0.9miles)
  • The Globe Inn, Alvington – traditional pub and restaurant with good food and a large beer garden (2.1 miles)
Walks: The Forest of Dean is criss-crossed with miles and miles of walking trails where you might be lucky enough to see some of the abundant local wildlife which includes deer, wild boar, and foxes. Sheep also roam freely in the forest so please ensure your dog is under control when exploring. Other walks include the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Puzzlewood and the Beechenhurst Trail.

Places to Visit:
  • Lydney Park Estate and Gardens - open in Spring only, the gardens include 8 acres of woodland, Roman ruins, and an exotically planted deer park (1.8 miles)
  • Taurus Crafts, Lydney – a visitor centre hosting arts and crafts workshops, a gift shop, café and refill shop (1.5 miles)
  • Symonds Yat – walk to Symonds Yat Rock for stunning views across the river (9 miles)
  • Tintern Abbey – beautiful, ruined abbey in a charming village (9 miles)
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences.
  • It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties.
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • 6 well-behaved dogs are permitted at The Hickory for an additional fee. (4 in Lodge Barn and 2 in Deer Park Farmhouse)
  • A security/housekeeping deposit of £500 is required.
  • There are two hot tubs at The Hickory, there is an additional charge of £225 for use of the hot tubs to be requested at time of booking. Please make yourself aware of the rules and the hours of use.
  • Please note that the hot tubs are not available for guests arriving on a Sunday. We can arrange for them to be prepared on Monday during your stay if required. Please contact us to discuss.


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The location of The Hickory makes it an ideal spot for exploration with natural delights such as the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley on the doorstep. The Forest of Dean is one of the most interesting places in the UK lying within the embrace of two great tidal rivers, the Severn, and the Wye. The landscape, heritage and culture created are quite unlike anywhere else. The village of Aylburton is a mile away where there is a good food pub. Lydney is just two miles away with a selection of shops and restaurants. Chepstow, Cheltenham Spa, Bath, and Cardiff are all easily accessible.