Our Story

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).

 

 

About Properties

Woodland Barn

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

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.

 

What's So Special ?

Cleanliness
Our 3 step cleaning process includes: Sealing all our hard surfaces to protect against bacteria and viruses for six months. We fog the entire cottage between guests using a safe and natural product that's also food safe and has been proven to kill Covid-19.  Our Cleaning Team do a through clean leaving each room smelling lovely and fresh ready for our guests. We fill the dishwasher with crockery, cutlery etc and run it and leave it sealed ready for your arrival. We leave a sealed plastic box containing your kitchen pack and more.
Added Value
Our kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering and some added “extras” so whatever you decide to create you should be able to find what you need. We like to provide our guests with a small kitchen pack and some other necessities that we hope will be helpful during their stay. We also like to leave a welcome pack of locally sourced apple juice, award winning fudge, tea, coffee, sugar and milk. Over the years we have listened to guests feedback and have included many of their suggestions, if there are any items that you feel are missing please do let us know. 
No Extra Costs
We wanted to make booking easy for our guests. At Casita Lodge there is no additional charge for heating or electric, for bedding or towels,or for Wi-Fi. We try to provide as much as we can as standard so that you can start relaxing from the moment you step inside the door.
Central Location
One of our guests commented in a review that ‘nowhere is too far’ and many other guests have mentioned how the central location of Casita Lodge makes it easy to explore the surrounding areas. Casita Lodge is located close to all amenities including woodland walks and guests can explore the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Wales with journeys ranging from 5 – 45 minutes.
Our VIP Club
We like to think that Willow Forest Stays are a little different to other vacation rentals you may have stayed with.  We like to keep in touch with our guests at whatever part of the journey they are at with us future, present or past.  Through our VIP Club we offer several ways that our guests can save. 
Stunning Views
Woodland Barn is situated in the heart of The Forest of Dean, on a quiet residential road, high upon the hillside overlooking woodland, countryside and the horseshoe bend of the River Severn. On a clear day, with the help of binoculars, you can see the Severn Bore from the terrace. But, my favourite days are when the fog is low in the valley and the skies are blue, you can’t see the river but the air feels fresh and I feel like I’m walking high above the clouds. Later on in the day the fog clears to reveal far reaching views once more.
Dog Friendly
James and I love to take our dogs on holiday with us, after all they are part of our family. We are pleased to welcome up to 2 dogs at Woodland Barn FREE and we provide the following items as part of our standard : an outdoor water tap and towels for a quick wash and dry after woodland adventures spare lead, collar and bowls ‘I’m on holiday’ dog tags with our contact details on the back a soft and cosy blanket so that your dog can enjoy lying on the sofa or in the comfy chair doggy bags a toy We have a few requests :- We would be grateful if you could help keep Woodland Barn clean and tidy by cleaning up after your dogs and not allow them on the beds. Please can we ask that you don’t leave your dog alone – there are links to walking routes in our on-line Guest Guide and some information on dog-friendly activities and places to eat in our Guest Guide and Blog. We do not supply dog beds or crates, please can you bring your dogs usual bedding to help them to feel at home.
Enviromentally Friendly
While creating Woodland Barn we have been mindful of the impact on our local environment. Here are our environmental credentials : ORIGINAL FEATURES during the conversion we were able to keep many of the original features of the old stables and hayloft. Our building team sourced Forest Stone and Natural Slate to have minimal impact on the local environment. KINGSPAN THEMA is installed throughout the property with a good insulation value helping to maintain ambient room temperatures with minimal heating output. UNDER FLOOR HEATING has been installed in all the rooms. Every room has its own control panel that has been pre-set to an ambient room temperature. Under floor heating doesn’t generate as much heat as traditional radiators and consequently is more energy efficient. MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ECODAN is an air source heat pump. For every 1kW of electricity that is used it converts air into energy up to 3kW and uses this to provide domestic heating and hot water. It also reduces CO2 emissions.
Previous
Next

Our Team

Patricia Whatson
Executive Director

Emily Austin
Marketing Director

Michael Reed
Customer Care

Susan Mc Ryan
Creative Director

Search

October 2022

  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31

November 2022

  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
0 Adults
0 Children
Pets
Size
Price
Amenities
Facilities

Compare listings

Compare