Deanwood Holiday Cottages in the Forest of Dean is run by husband and wife team, John & Elaine Edwards. This is an exciting new venture for them, having only moved to the Forest of Dean at the end of September 2011.
This is a new venture for us. We had spent all our married life living and working in Suffolk where we raised three children and had many good friends, and were the proprietors of an upmarket bathroom showroom. With the last of our three children happily married in August 2011, we took the plunge and at the end of September 2011 moved to the beautiful Forest of Dean – new area, new home and a new business! A totally new beginning!
We had no experience in the self catering holiday cottage business – except perhaps the best experience of all – over the years we have enjoyed many self catering holidays in the UK with our three children and this wealth of experience is helping us in our decisions. We ask ourselves ‘what would we like?’ ‘what would we expect?’ ‘what would we think?’
One thing which was very important to us when taking our own self catering holiday, was the cleanliness of our self catering cottage. Unfortunately, we have on occasion spent the first evening of our holiday cleaning our holiday cottage. We are therefore very particular that our own holiday cottages are cleaned to a high standard, and as on-site owners we can keep a close eye on this.
As dog lovers, we know how important it is to be able to bring your pet on holiday with you, and what better area to bring your dog to than the beautiful Forest of Dean with its miles and miles of footpaths, and how much closer can you get to the Forest of Dean than here at Deanwood Holiday Cottages, where a gate from the paddock and a gate from beside the car park give you access straight onto the footpaths of the Forest of Dean! We have added touches such as the Welcome Doggy box which contains a dog towel for drying off after those long walks, a poop-scoop and supply of disposable bags.
The Forest of Dean is also criss-crossed with cycle paths so we know many of our guests will be wanting to bring their bikes with them on holiday. We are therefore building a secure bike shed so that you have somewhere to leave your bike for those times when you don’t want to take it with you. We also have a good selection of maps and suggested bike routes for the cyclists.
We know it is going to be a learning curve, we have lots of our own ideas which we want to implement over the coming months, and we also appreciate those guests which have taken an interest in what we are planning and have given us their own good advice. Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you back again to Deanwood Holiday Cottages, Forest of Dean!
One Year On!
John & I have been here one year! A very busy year, lots done, some very visible improvements and lots of unseen work too –
Most of our cottages now have new flooring and leather suites in the lounge; where there was previously a ‘rubbish dump’ we now have a landscaped Car Parking area; we also have built a secure bike shed; bed linen and towels are now provided free of charge in all our cottages; we have an enclosed children’s play area – these are just a few of the more visible improvements which we have made over the year.
We were also delighted to receive 3* grading on our cottages from the Enjoy England national tourist grading body in May, and especially pleased to have achieved a score of 100% for Cleanliness with the comment ‘Excellent standards of cleanliness were in evidence with obvious attention to detail.’
This coming year we intend to keep that high standard and we also have more improvements in the pipeline, as well as on-going maintenance – another busy, but hopefully very enjoyable, year ahead!
A very big thank you to all our guests who have left such lovely comments in our Visitors Books. Makes all the hard work seem worth while. We look forward to welcoming you back again!