Your hosts - Zoe & James

our hosting Story

How it all Began . . .

Our journey began with a memorable stay in a lovely dog-friendly holiday home in Cornwall.  We were inspired and captivated by the idea that one day we could be hosts.  Consequently, during our stay, we bought a notebook and began making plans.  A home from home with a touch of luxury, in a peaceful location, where dogs are welcome with no hidden fees. Years passed and we forgot about our pipedream.

 Woodland Barn

Then one day while flicking through the local newspaper I spotted a tumble-down stable and hayloft.  It was perfect!  We went to have a look and I immediately fell in love. We started the lengthy process of purchasing our first holiday home.  Our dedicated team worked tirelessly on the conversion despite several challenges.  And finally, we welcomed our first guests in October 2011.  Since then we welcomed visitors from all over the UK and beyond and received many wonderful reviews.

Casita Lodge & 24 at St. John’s

However, in 2020 James had the opportunity to purchase a 200-year-old miners’ cottage in need of refurbishment and a cosy lodge perfect for romantic escapes.  After much discussion, we finally took a leap and started the long purchasing process and founded Willow Forest Stays.  In August 2021 we welcomed our first honeymooners to Casita Lodge and continued to welcome couples looking for a peaceful location where they could re-connect. Meanwhile, we were also refurbishing 24 at St. John’s. Finally, after much anticipation, we welcomed our first family to stay.  Since Easter 2022 it’s been our pleasure to host families and friends seeking memorable stays and rejuvenating short breaks.

our holiday homes 🏡

Woodland Barn🐕

 

Dog-friendly with amazing views and a private hot tub

Nestled in a peaceful location, Woodland Barn (Willow Forest Stays) boasts breathtaking views of the horseshoe bend of the River Severn and the surrounding countryside. 

Fully equipped for self-catering this split-level conversion is perfect for couples and families. You can enjoy a spacious garden with a lawn, patio, private terrace, and secluded hot tub, all with stunning views. Furthermore, amenities and tourist attractions are conveniently located nearby, ensuring you have a memorable stay. 

At Woodland Barn, we are happy to welcome up to two dogs, providing an enclosed garden and scenic walks right from your door. The Forest of Dean is a dog-friendly destination with an abundance of walks, activities, and pet-friendly pubs and restaurants. For more information, you can explore our blogs, in addition to checking out our dog-friendly highlights on Instagram.  

 

Casita Lodge 💕

Romantic Getaway with Hot tub in the idyllic Forest of Dean

Welcome to peaceful Casita Lodge (Willow Forest Stays), a former double garage in the Forest of Dean. This charming retreat is located opposite St. John’s Church and is ideal for couples seeking a relaxing and peaceful getaway.

Casita Lodge offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere with an open-plan living space designed specifically for couples. You can cook delicious meals in the fully equipped kitchen, enjoy a romantic dinner in the dining nook, or cuddle up by the log burner and watch your favourite romantic movie. Lastly, you can relax and unwind in your private hot tub.  Nestled in a beautiful courtyard garden, it provides the perfect setting for quality time spent together.

Allow the peaceful surroundings, cosy comforts and cherished moments at Casita Lodge to create an unforgettable stay.

Forest of Dean holiday cottage - 24 at St John's

24 at St John's🐕

Peaceful Cottage with Private Hot tub

The charming 24 at St. John’s (Willow Forest Stays) is located in a serene area opposite St. John’s Church. It can comfortably host up to six guests in its three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

Modern & Stylish Inside

Upon entering, you’ll discover an open-plan kitchen and dining area with a breakfast bar  Moreover this space also functions as a convenient workspace, equipped with plugs, USB ports, and excellent Wi-Fi connectivity. 

The cottage boasts a cosy snug with reclining chairs, SMART TV and a log burner that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. There is a sunroom where you’ll find more seating and another SMART TV.  

Relax & Unwind Outside

You can access the spacious garden through the French doors, which feature raised seating, a coal BBQ, and a private hot tub exclusively for your enjoyment!

It is our pleasure to provide a pet-friendly environment, welcoming up to two dogs. With an enclosed garden and picturesque walking paths just outside our doorstep, your beloved companions will quickly feel at home.

We can offer flexible accommodation for larger groups when 24 at St. John’s and Casita Lodge are rented together.


OUr brand values & promises

Cleanliness
It is our goal to maintain the clean condition of all our holiday cottages. We take pride in our commitment to use eco-friendly and sustainable products. Our holiday homes receive frequent positive feedback regarding their cleanliness and tidiness. Upon arrival at our holiday home, we promise you will be greeted with a clean and fresh atmosphere.
No Hidden Fees
We aim to remove any extra charges for essential amenities like heating, electricity, linen, towels, Wi-Fi, logs and kindling, hot tub usage and bringing your furry friends along. We provide you with everything you need to enjoy your self-catering holiday included in one price. We promise to provide you with a hassle-free direct booking process.
Sustainability goals
We prioritize eco-friendly practices by using cleaning products from Smol, Method, and Ocean Saver. Our holiday homes feature sustainable toilet and kitchen rolls from Naked Sprout, supporting the 'Just a Drop' charity. Our electric cars are charged by solar panels, and we utilize air-source heat pumps for underfloor heating at Woodland Barn and hot tub at 24 at St. John's. We promise to continue to implement ideas to reduce our carbon footprint so you can enjoy an eco-friendly stay.
VIP Club
Our excellent communication is often mentioned in our feedback. So, we have created a VIP Club to help us stay connected. We reach out and inform you of cancellations, last-minute availability and much more. We promise members a 10% discount and other benefits to enhance your experience.
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Local Expert
From the moment you book with us too long after your stay has ended (if you become a VIP member) we will ensure you stay connected. Our enthusiasm stems from the love of our holiday homes highlighting their unique features and sharing what we love about them. We love living in the Forest of Dean and couldn't wait to share our local expertise with you all. Upon booking we promise to send you a virtual guide filled to the brim with personal recommendations to help you make the most of your holiday.
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