We are Zoe and James and we have two boys Joshua (who is a teenager) and Kai (who thinks he’s a teenager) we would love to introduce you to our family-run business Willow Forest Stays.
Our Hosting Story
Our story really begins many years ago when Joshua was a little boy and we used to have family holidays with my parents. At the end of a particularly memorable holiday in Cornwall one of us thought that we might like to be hosts and have our own holiday let.
It wasn’t until 2010, when we saw an advert in the local paper that we got our chance to turn that dream into a reality. It took quite a while to renovate the old stables and hayloft but in the autumn of 2011 we finished creating Woodland Barn and welcomed our first guests and their canine companion. The serene dog-friendly cottage with private terrace and stunning views soon became a firm favourite.
A decade passed where we welcomed guests from all over the UK and from further afield too. Then in 2021 we decided to purchase an old miners cottage with a well-appointed holiday lodge that was already welcoming couples for romantic stays. We founded Willow Forest Stays and welcomed our first honeymooners to Casita Lodge in August 2021.Meanwhile renovation continued on the old miners cottage but eventually 24 at St. John’s is ready to welcome our first family in a few weeks time (Easter 2022).
WOODLAND BARN is set in a peaceful location taking in the horse-shoe bend of the River Severn and surrounding countryside. This former stables and hayloft sleeps four and has been converted into a split-level home from home retaining lots of original features.
Fully equipped for self-catering, Woodland Barn has an enclosed lawn and patio with private terrace and stunning views (the perfect spot for an early morning cuppa or BBQ watching the sunset)
Close to amenities and beautiful scenic walks, nowhere is too far away! With lots of activities and experiences to share Woodland Barn is the perfect location for your next staycation.
CASITA LODGE is set in a peaceful location opposite St. John’s Church. This former annexe sleeps two and has been converted into a well appointed comfortable and stylish holiday lodge with open plan living space fully equipped for self-catering.
This Lodge has several highlights including the log burner that turns the lodge into a cosy haven, the relaxing rain-head shower in the en-suite and the private hot tub, exclusive for our guests, the perfect spot for star-gazing.
Casita Lodge is set in a peaceful Square and is the perfect location for a romantic getaway.
Susan Mc Ryan