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Dexters Den - Exotic Animal Retreat

Ross-on-Wye (3mls SE), Forest of Dean

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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
pets Dogs welcome 2
grade 5 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
Luxury
Romantic
Quirky
Parking on site / nearby
Decorated for Christmas
Swimming pool
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Characterful property with private, south-facing walled garden with stunning valley views
  • Shared outdoor pool (end April-end September) within landscaped gardens and an onsite private animal sanctuary
  • Enjoy evening drinks in the African hut watching the mountain lion, ring-tailed lemurs, zebra, wallaby and reindeer
Property code: 50561

Enjoy a romantic retreat to this exotic hideaway in stunning Deepdean, 3 miles from Ross-on-Wye, in the magnificent Forest of Dean. This gorgeous, stone cottage for two guests, plus a pair of their four-legged friends, dates back to the 1600s and is one of several exquisite properties set within 60 acres of woodland and countryside. Bask in the sunshine in your own private, walled garden as you take in the views; enjoy a dip in the shared pool between April and September which is solar heated during July and August; and watch the zebras and other rare animals that have been rescued by the owners out in the fields.

 

Make your way into this inviting bolthole to find features such as painted stone walls and timber beams. Head into the welcoming lounge to watch your favourite programme on TV or a film on DVD perhaps. Prepare cosy dinners for two in the handmade kitchen, then dine together at the table. As night falls, make your way up the cottage-style stairs to the tranquil, king-size bedroom, which captures the valley vistas and has an en-suite bathroom. Savour the serenity of your personal outside space by dining and relaxing out in the fresh air. Swim in the pool during the spring and summer seasons; watch the animals out in the fields and wander the grounds as much as you like. Find parking for one car with the cottage.

 

Plan days out into your fantastic Forest of Dean surroundings: go walking, cycling or canoeing. Head to Beechenhurst, 9 miles away, to pick up trails and to see the sculptures. Explore the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which begins less than 1 mile away. Visit Goodrich Castle, 4 miles away, which overlooks the River Wye, and is widely considered to be one of the best standing examples of an English medieval castle.

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  • 1 bedroom – 1 king size
  • 1 en-suite shower room with a large, luxury shower
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
  • TV and DVD in lounge area
  • Fully secure, private, walled garden for small to large dogs
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Pub and shop 2 miles
  • Complex of properties
  • Shared outdoor swimming pool (available between 30th April and 30th September, and solar heated during July and August)
  • Swimming pool area - There will be designated areas per cottage so that only one set of furniture and soft furnishings are used per cottage.
  • Tranquil, adults-only site, regret no persons under 21 years
  • Regret no children
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Veronica 10th May 2024

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Fantastic little place in a great location. Lots to see and do, plenty of different types of walks. Frank and Lyndsey are very welcoming hosts, always available if needed. Would not hesitate to go again loved it.

Reviewed by Viviane 26th April 2024

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This is a very special place to stay. Seeing the animals every day was a real treat and we became attached to some of them. The warm cottage is beautifully renovated and refurbished. It is more spacious than it seems on the photos. The bed is comfortable and the shower excellent. This cottage has a large private back garden. There are beautiful walRead moreks nearby. We also visited Goodrich- and Sudeley Castle and Symonds Yat, but it is a little hard to find other sightseeing nearby when weather is bad. Hide

Reviewed by Deanne 8th September 2023

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Reviewed by Tracy 1st September 2023

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Reviewed by Jayne 25th August 2023

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Reviewed by Kristina 18th August 2023

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We had an amazing stay with Lindsay and Frank who were very welcoming and gave us lots of suggestions for things to do whilst we stayed. Our greyhound loved all the smells and sights of the animals around the rescue, and also lots of lovely walks not far away. Cottage was a good size for our needs and very comfortable to stay in with lots of seatinRead moreg choices inside and out. Would visit again! Hide

Reviewed by Clare 4th August 2023

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The most relaxing holiday. You can do as much as you want or as little as you like. Cottage perfect, gorgeous new shower, garden wonderful to sit and read in and eat out in. When the weather was good it was lovely to use the pool. Very relaxing just sitting animal watching too! Just as great as last year. Im sure well be back :)

Reviewed by Heather 28th July 2023

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This is one of the most special places I have ever stayed. As soon as you go through the gates its like youve escaped from everyday life to a place of peace and tranquility.. if you live a hectic life and want to relax this is the place to go. Having wild animals all around you just makes it even more magical. A truly unique place to stay, would hiRead moreghly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Martin 14th July 2023

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Setting is absolutely glorious in its own valley with woods all around making a superb location for walks and attractions along the Wye Valley. Total tranquility with just occasional animal noises to provide contact with nature. Rather than a quick zoo like tour we thoroughly enjoyed spotting the animals and tracking their movements each day as if Read moreon safari. Our cottage had a beautiful private garden and with 4 separate outdoor seating areas we were always in the sun, when available! Hide

Reviewed by Louise 7th July 2023

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You can only admire the work these amazing people do for the animals, the location is stunning and extremely peaceful. The cost is not begrudged as the animals benefit but does not reflect in the accommodation

Reviewed by Mary 23rd June 2023

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Adored garden with its views of various animals especially on hillside. Cottage worked well, enjoyed the linen sheets, new to us. Whole place a wonderful escape from city life

Reviewed by Diane 16th June 2023

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Had an absolutely wonderful week with my 2 cocker spaniels. A warm welcome when I arrived after a long drive and some very welcome treats to enjoy. The cottage and garden were fantastic, so pretty and relaxing - it felt like another world. The various animals that could be seen from both the garden and the communal areas made it even more special. Read moreReally enjoyed the swimming pool. It was great to have a cooling swim in the high temperatures we were lucky enough to have. A truly magical stay! Hide

Reviewed by Hilary 9th June 2023

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A fabulous stay in a unique environment, we loved just sitting and watching the animals. The cottage is delightful, comfortable, well equipped, clean and furnished in keeping with the age of the property. We visited during a heat wave but the cottage was wonderfully cool and we enjoyed sitting outside for breakfast and evening drinks. The area is bRead moreeautiful with good restaurants and quirky shops in Ross on Wye. Frank & Lyndsay were great hosts, friendly and happy to chat but also unobtrusive. Hide

Reviewed by Jane 22nd May 2023

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What an amazing place. The cottage was lovely, well designed & equipped; and the garden was great for the dog and us. We enjoyed the viewing area of the sanctuary and loved looking at the wallabies, capybara, zebra and mountain lions - a unique and fantastic experience.

Reviewed by Dianne 24th March 2023

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This is the most wonderful magical place to stay. The views and whole experience are second to none. The hosts just lovely. I would recommend it to everybody.

Reviewed by Robert 30th September 2022

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A peaceful stay in a well equipped cottage. The owner was there to provide help, if required, but allowed complete privacy with no interference. A unique and special place within beautiful surroundings.

Reviewed by Karl 23rd September 2022

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Beautiful little cottage in a spectacular place. Thoroughly recommended. Only thing to note is there is no shower, just a (huge!) bath.

Reviewed by Debbie 9th September 2022

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We really enjoyed our stay at Dexters Den - what a fabulous location and we loved seeing the animals . Our dogs also loved it and our private garden where they could explore and be safe . What a wonderful place for a relaxing stay - its a beautiful area and lovely hosts - we also loved the pool - a very special and unusual place to stay - would thoRead moreroughly recover Hide

Reviewed by Angela 2nd September 2022

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Absolute heaven for animal lovers like us. What a unique opportunity to stay in a luxurious setting while supporting the upkeep of these beautiful rescued exotic animals. Beautiful cottage, Netflix and swimming pool a bonus not that want to spend much time away from viewing area so relaxing. Lindsey the owner is so lovely and works tirelessly for hRead moreer precious animals. Our dog loved the secured garden with mini maze we could view serval cats from garden .loved every minute we will be back. Hide

Reviewed by Lesley 29th July 2022

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Idyllic, beautiful location, so peaceful, and perfect for exploring the Wye Valley. Dexters Den has its own private garden that backs onto to paddocks and the Serval enclosurewe were in heaven to be greeted each morning by horses and Zak the Serval. The cottage, was well equipped and contained everything you could need. This was all surpassed thougRead moreh by the wonderful work Lindsay, Frank and team do on their animal rescue sanctuary, truly fabulous for anyone who loves animals. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 15th July 2022

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We were completely blown away by this wonderful cottage and grounds. The owners Lyndsay and Frank are amazing We cannot recommend staying at Dexters Den enough, it truly is a breathtaking experience. The weather was on our side so we got to use and enjoy the swimming pool as well as seeing some of the rescued animals. We will most certainly be bookRead moreing a holiday there again for next year, loved every minute. Hide

Reviewed by Christine 8th July 2022

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Amazing location felt like we were on safari watching the animals. It was so quiet and peaceful. Dexters den perfect inside and out. Garden with 3 seating areas was so good. We managed to eat every meal but one outside. Enclosed garden was perfect for our dog Bessy. Having the pool was fantastic used it every day and I thought each cottage having tRead moreheir own area was such a good idea. There was really nothing to fault the paddocks. Hide

Reviewed by Terry 3rd June 2022

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Very nice hosts. The cottage was superb and had everything you need. The big bath is also great. The location is amazing with frequent views in the garden of lots of animals. The shared sitting area at the front of the house was also amazing. It's very close to great places to visit. Highly recommended.

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