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The Old Pump House

Forest of Dean

Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
50-99 Mbps
A traditional cottage with original features full of character, The Old Pump House has everything you need for a family retreat off the beaten track. With a large, enclosed garden and trout pond, spacious but cosy living room and well-equipped kitchen/diner there is space for the family to spread out and find their own nook to relax in or gather for games and meals. Three bedrooms on the first-floor offer views out across the garden and surrounding woodland. Beyond the cottage, there are a myriad of forest walks and the opportunity to explore the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, and beyond.
Full Description
This secluded, woodland getaway is the perfect choice for a family looking for a peaceful spot in the forest. A short drive from Lydney and the Forest of Dean, it offers a tranquil hub where you can unwind after taking advantage of all the activities available in the area.

Hidden away down a country track which meanders through the trees, you will find the cottage set within its own enclosed garden. When you step from your car you are immediately enveloped in calm with only nature and wildlife for neighbours, including local wild boar.

Entering through the large wooden double doors you can leave your walking boots and jackets in the entrance hall. Here you can find games to enjoy outdoors in sunnier weather and it is worth looking up to appreciate the open brickwork and beams which you will find throughout the cottage. Stepping into the spacious living room you will notice the large open fire and comfortable sofas welcoming you to relax after your journey. The adjoining kitchen has a large oven/hob and a dining table to enjoy meals and make plans for the following day. Large traditional glass doors open to the patio from here letting you bring the fresh country air indoors.

Up the wooden stairs, you find the king-size double with a characterful curved window with views across to the pond and surrounding trees and a beamed vaulted ceiling. Along the landing are the family bathroom and separate toilet room, and two twin bedrooms.

The Old Pump House is set in a wonderful, enclosed garden which is a haven for wildlife. The trout pond at the rear is also home to ducks which you can sit and watch throughout the day. Picnic tables on the patio outside the kitchen allow you to take meals outside and a smaller garden table and chairs at the front is the perfect space to try and spot the wild boar hidden in the surrounding trees. With nothing to interrupt your thoughts but the sound of birds and gently flowing water, the tranquillity of The Old Pump House is unmatched.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
The front double doors open into the high entrance hall with space to keep footwear and coats.

Living Room:
Through into the living room are the open fire and large comfortable sofas with enough space for everybody to relax. If you have brought your laptop there is also desk space with chairs. Soft lighting is provided by the table lamps and feature windows looking out to the lush greenery of the forest and garden. These can be opened to let in the enjoyable sound of birdsong. Heated wooden floors will keep you warm in the colder months. Wooden stairs with an open stone wall lead up from here to the first floor.

The adjoining kitchen is a light and airy space with large traditional glass doors out to the patio. A dining table is a focal point in the centre of this space with surrounding worktops providing the perfect setting for preparing group meals. The large oven and hob, crockery, glasses and expected essentials make this a home from home. With a dishwasher and washing machine, keeping house is a breeze letting you spend more time together as a family.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
To the right of the landing, bedroom one has a king-size double where you can lie and look out through the large, curved window to the pond and forest in the mornings, catching a glimpse of birds as they fly past. With an open brick wall and high vaulted ceiling with wooden beams, this is the perfect space for parents to get away from it all. A reading chair, bedside tables and lamps give gentle lighting and space to unwind. There is storage space, a sink, and a full-length mirror to check you’re ready to head to the local pub for an evening meal.

Along the landing, past the top of the entrance hall, is the family bathroom. With a large shower, bath with skylight above and traditional white units it has everything you need. A separate toilet is next door to help making getting ready for a day out easier in the mornings.

Bedroom Two:
This twin room has traditional wooden beds with a shared bedside table and lamp. A chest of drawers with a mirror gives space for storage and a window between the beds provides glimpses of the trees and pond beyond.

Bedroom Three:
At the far end of the landing is the second twin room. With a quirky window above the door this room mirrors bedroom one with a curved window being the focal point. Opening this window, you can hear the gently babbling brook which feeds into the pond. There are two bedside tables and lamps, and a dressing table with a mirror. Completing the room are coat hooks, a wooden hanging rail and a sink.


The outdoor space and location of The Old Pump House is the icing on the cake. The enclosed garden is fenced and gated to keep wild boar out and the gravelled access provides space for up to three cars to park. Two seating areas let you bathe in the woodland views and give space to eat meals outside together on picnic tables on the wooden decking. A charcoal barbecue (please bring your own charcoal) lets the head griller show off and cook up a feast. Surrounded by woodland, you can only hear the sounds of nature and the splashing of ducks in the trout pond.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - Twin
  • Bedroom Three - Twin
  • 1 Bathroom - Family bathroom and separate toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Filter
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 50-99 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Workspace
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 3 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 Globe Inn, Alvington – traditional pub and restaurant with good food and a large beer garden (2.1 miles)
  • The Rising Sun, Woolaston Common – dog-friendly country pub with great food and a beer garden (3.5 miles)

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, Puzzle Wood Walk and the Beechenhurst Trail.

Places to Visit:
  • Lydney Park Estate and Gardens (1.8 miles)* open in Spring only
  • Dean Forest Railway (3 miles)
  • Clearwell Caves (5 miles)
  • Train - Lydney Railway Station (2.4 miles) has services to/from Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester, Chepstow, and Cardiff.
  • Taxis - Abbey Taxis; Fast Cabs

There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at The Old Pump House for an additional fee.
  • There is a deep trout pond at the rear of the property, which is fenced, however there is gated access from the garden. Children and pets must be supervised at all times.
  • There is no mobile phone reception at the property, a landline phone is provided in the living room for emergency use.


Lovely house it was perfect for a group getaway. We had a lovely time cooking together and playing games in the huge living room. The location is gorgeous and you feel very secluded. Would recommend.

| 10/11/2023

We really loved The Old Pump House and its location. It's a beautiful house and we valued the opportunity to stay somewhere with such character and space. There was plenty of room for 5 adults to relax and enjoy each other's company. A massive kitchen which was great for cooking and a really spacious stylish living room around a real fire. It was perfect to come back to after autumn walks in the woods. The Old Pump House really feels secluded without being too hard to get to. It's surrounded by woods, a perfect getaway. Bolthole Retreats were very easy to deal with. Information about the property was provided in good time and was very comprehensive. There was also a comprehensive welcome pack with some essentials which was much appreciated.

| 20/10/2023

We had a great time here with our dogs. You walk out of the property into a very large garden. From there, if you go through the gate, you are into the beautiful forest. We all loved it.

| 03/10/2023

Lovely property with some nice features. Very quiet with a large enclosed garden which the dogs loved. Well equipped kitchen and the welcome pack was a nice touch.

| 19/09/2023

Fabulous in every way treats appreciated Tracey was marvellous. A real gem tucked away and a doggy paradise.

| 15/09/2023


Activities to suit all tastes can be found within easy reach of The Old Pump House. With the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley on the doorstep there is a host of historical points of interest and stunning natural landscapes. Spend the day discovering Tintern Abbey or Raglan Castle, get lost in the enchanted world of Puzzlewood or try out some water sports at Symonds Yat. The nearest village of Aylburton is a 6 minute drive while larger Lydney is only 11 minutes. Further afield you can reach Chepstow, Cheltenham Spa, Bath, and Cardiff within an hour’s drive.