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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Lat 51.771531 / Lon -2.608924
OS field ref:
SO580082
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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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Arriving late with darkenss falling we were grateful for the friendly welcome and the tea that we recieved from The Firs Team. This included getting our motorcycle off the back of a damp trailer as the drizzle fell. There is a door from the site into the coutryside and with some simple directions from Paul that took us off for a bit of a hike when the rain finally stopped. Lots of interesting things close by, not that we did any of them, we rode off to Monmouth and Ross On Wye for a wander around the towns. Nice site, good facilities friendly people.....what's not to like??
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A fabulous find

A fabulous, adult only site, not that we mind children as we often have the grandchildren with us, but nice to have that tranquility when we don't and it is just heaven for my husband and I, more so me as I don't like dogs so this is just the most perfect site. The warmest of welcomes on arrival and as all other reviewers have said, 'nothing is too much trouble'. More and better facilities here than on most other CLs we have stayed on, with even more underway when the toilet and shower is finished, hence we have stayed twice and although almost exhausted things to do in the area, we will still think to go back as the site and owners are just so lovely, welcoming and friendly, can't praise them enough. Ensure you take the post code from the Caravan Club site listing and not from searching Google as there are a few other sites called the Firs locally and you don't want to be taking your precious van along some of those lanes as we made the mistake of doing, my mistake not my husband's as he is keen to remind me. A completely fabulous find!

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Great site

Warm welcome upon arrival, facilities such as water/hook up available. Short walk to nearby places of interest. Will definitely return.

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On arriving at The Firs we given a very warm welcome and felt very much at ease. This is fantastic place to stay and our hosts Penny and Paul were very knowledgeable and showed us plenty of things to do in the immediate area. A new toilet block was currently being finished off and if you have bicycles there is a secure lock up to keep them secure whilst you are out and about. This is an ideal place to stay if you are exploring the Forest of Dean and there are plenty of places to eat in close proximity. We will definitely be going back in the near future and “Penny - thanks for the lovely eggs”

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had a lovley stay at the firs, we were greeted by penny on arrival with a most welcome cuppa. plenty to see and do around the area, clearwell caves are worth a visit. there is a summer house with loads of information and ideas for places to visit. we had fish and chips from the tram chippy in colford they were so nice we went back another day. penny is lovley and helpful she makes sure everything is going to plan.

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