The Firs

Chepstow Road, Sling, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JE

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  • Adults
  • Peaceful stays

Why stay here ...

The Firs is a friendly, family-run, adult-only site set within a five-acre smallholding, conveniently situated in the village of Sling in the heart of the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean. For the exclusive comfort of our guests we are delighted to be able to offer the use of a tourist information room with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and new for August 2019, a WC and separate secure storage area for cycles. The Firs also benefits from easy access to the nearby B4228 road but this does not impact on the tranquillity of the site as the pitching area is situated behind a dense copse offering both security and privacy for visitors. With a plethora of wildlife in the vicinity, including badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, deer, wild boar and garden birds (over 30 species), the site is not suited to pets, but this also makes it the perfect place to truly 'get back to nature' and relax and unwind.

Located in stunning surroundings, the whole area is rich with amazing places waiting to be discovered and, whether you are walking or driving, you can take things at your own pace and do as much (or as little!) as you like. Within half a mile are the unique and enchanting Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves, and the internationally-famous Symonds Yat Rock with its breath-taking views is just 5 miles away. Steeped in history, the area is home to both the Dean Heritage Centre and Hopewell Colliery and, being so close to the Welsh border, there are several historical buildings, including Chepstow and Goodrich Castles and Tintern Abbey, to explore nearby. For the more energetic, there are miles of scenic walks and cycle paths on the doorstep, together with 2 bike-hire centres; within 10 miles there is also canoeing, fishing, a 'Go Ape' activity centre and one of the UK's longest, tallest and fastest zip slides!

Foodies will also not be disappointed as there are 6 pubs and restaurants within 1 mile, the nearest being just a 4 minute walk away and holding the accolade of being the only establishment in the Forest to have been awarded 2 AA rosettes for the quality of its food!

The nearest town, Coleford, is just 1.5 miles away and boasts a Tourist Information Centre, cinema, golf courses, plus a good range of restaurants, cafes, take-aways and shops, including supermarkets, newsagents, post office, chemists, bakeries, butchers, florists, hairdressers, greengrocer, hardware store, petrol station and much more. Doctors'  and dentists' surgeries and a police station are also located here. Closer to home and ideal for bits and bobs and/or a daily paper, the Corner Stores and post office is just under a mile away in Milkwall. Finally, for all maintenance matters relating to touring caravans and motorhomes, and with over sixty years of experience between them, Coleford Leisure is only 2 miles away and Forest of Dean Caravans are less than 5 miles away.

For those who wish to venture further afield, Sling is served by a regular bus service and there is also a train station located 7 miles away in Lydney, providing direct links to Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Newport, Cardiff and beyond.

We should be delighted to welcome you and hope that you will enjoy your time here; if you have any suggestions that you feel would improve the site, we are always happy to receive feedback.

No pets please.

Please note - we are now open all year.

Facilities on site ...

  • Information room
  • Recycling facilities
  • TV reception: good

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Latest arrival time: 6:00 PM

0.5 acres

Some sloping pitches

Electric amperage: 16

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Postcode:
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GPS:
Lat 51.771531 / Lon -2.608924
OS field ref:
SO580082
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Gloucester
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile

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Superb site.

Easy to find. Superb reception on arrival, with the offer of coffee etc. A beautifully maintained site, the owner obviously takes great pride here. Chemical disposal point is one of the best we’ve seen. A little road noise could be heard, but is outweighed by all the other benefits here. Penny also invited all visitors to pick some plums before leaving. On one evening all visitors were invited to join Penny at the garden seating area. A most enjoyable experience, a good time was enjoyed by all. We would recommend this cl to all members of the Club, and Will definitely return.

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Absolutely Fabulous CL

Absolute gem of a site. A fab greeting from Penny offering a few of coffee on arrival. The site is immaculate and kept very neat and tidy. The location is excellent with local areas to walk to and a short time ride to the Forest of Dean, Symonds Yat and other attractions. Facilities on site were very good including a lockable store for our bikes. Would highly recommend this site to anyone and we will definitely return in the near future. Nige and Di Gasston
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Lovely CL

Lovely stay at The Firs 8/07/2020 to 22/07/2020. Great site, a little road noise but otherwise a quiet and peaceful holiday. Lovely walks from the site and further a field after a short drive. Very reasonably priced having taken the opportunity to use the special offer. Penny the site owner was very friendly and attentive. She made us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be going back.
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Fantastic site with outstanding welcome

This is a fantastic site and we will definitely be back. Absolutely outstanding welcome on arrival, couldn't do enough for us. Really good opportunities for cycling. We rode to Symonds Yat via Monmouth and the Forest of Dean family ride via the Coleford link. Both rides around 20 miles with surprisingly little busy road mileage. Yes there is some traffic noise from the road outside but all other aspects more than compensated. Ideal base to explore the Forest of Dean. Very clean and tidy site a real gem.
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Wonderful CL

What a great find this CL was.We received a warm welcome from Paul,and Frank the resident Labrador.While setting up Paul kindly offered us a cup of coffee,which we drank whilst talking to Mary,who told us all about the local area.Nothing seemed too much trouble,and we were made to feel most welcome.We did not meet Penny for a couple of days,however when we did meet she could not apolgise enough for not seeing us.Penny offered local knowledge,access to walking maps and gave good advice as to local attractions,pubs etc.There is an on site information room,which is full of leaflets,books etc.Although we were the only ones on site,we certainly did not feel alone.We returned to our pitch one day to find that Mary had left us a jar of locally made jam,along with a note and message from Penny.There is a gate on site,that leads into common land adjacent to the CL,which is wonderful for walking.I notice that some reviews have mentioned traffic noise from the road,however I can honestly say that it did not bother us at all.We mostly heard bird song in the daytime,and the local owl at night.All in all we enjoyed a fantastic week at The Firs,and will definitely be returning in the not too distant future.A massive thank you to Mary,Penny and Paul,who even gave us a lift to a local walking spot,which was most appreciated. The CL is a credit to you all.
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