The Dene View | Forest of Dean

What can I say about my first experience visiting the Forest of Dean? Well, to start with, we have chosen the best accommodation that could find in the area via Airbnb.

That was our first experience using the website and we just wanted something special. Something that we could remember not just the place visiting I couldn’t be more delighted by our choice.


The Dene View cottage is a beautiful guest house in the middle of the tiny hamlet of The Pludds, in the Forest of Dean.

Hosted by a lovely couple, Julie and Mike, it is also their home. That explains how comfortable we felt during the two days I have spent there.


As soon as we walked through the entrance, we were welcomed by Olive, the sympatric dog from the family. Olive is very docile and she is definitely getting used to all attention given to her from the guests who stayed in The Dene View before. It wasn`t different with us.


There is a vast garden, chickens, and even a private workshop, where Dr. Mike works during the day. But I am going to talk about it later here.

After showing us outside of the property, Julie and Mike took us to the room. It’s a spacious suite with some personal touches that really make the difference.


Such as a nice selection of books and maps to explore the Forest of Dean, a huge bathroom, and a fine selection of tea and coffee. That is all about comfortable in that room.

You can also use the fridge in the kitchen, just in case you are not in the mood of eating out. Julie and Mike also provide some takeaway numbers needed, anyway.


There are actually two entrances in the house the front door key is available for the guest, to have your own private time. But they welcomed us to spend some time chatting in their comfy lounge.


Olive is a nice companion and she feels very comfortable with the presence of new people in the house. And after some wine, we felt more than welcomed.

We had plenty of time to explore the area around, walking through the forest and even paying a visit to the pub in a village next to The Pludds, The Malt Shovel Inn, for a nice meal.


The Dene view is certainly a guest house with a plus and a wonderful excuse to visit the Forest of Dean itself.


Published November 22nd 2015 here.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.