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. The site benefits from easy access from the main B4228 road, but this does not impact on the site tranquillity 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, deer, wild boar, songbirds and birds of prey, 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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Wonderful, Welcome, Well situated site, plus more.

Firstly, thank you to Penny, Mary and Paul for a lovely Stay. We are so happy we found this site. We live near the peak district in Derbyshire so it’s a trek but well worth it. So much so, we have been back twice more and if we get the chance this year we will again, if not a visit next year. Access and set up: Easiest CL site we have accessed over the past 3 years, you don’t need a motor mover to get in this one! Site and pitch: The site is spacey with gravelled hard standing with well-kept grass areas, pitches are surrounded by trees, which is fab if you’re a bird lover. The site is clean and well maintained. It feels very private, peaceful and safe. We needed to use a one levelling wedge, so take some with you. There’s access from the site to common land which we enjoyed walking. Very pretty. We like to BBQ when ever possible and sit out under the Stars relaxing with a glass of wine, this site is perfect for that, very little light pollution, quiet Adult only. Owners: The owners are welcoming, friendly and genuinely want you to have the best stay possible. We have been given a gift every visit, jam, eggs, and lovely Honey. They have converted their beautiful Summer house to a very informative information room which you can sit in if you want. Penny helped us with recommendations regarding the area it was like having an onsite tourist information centre. Area: Sling and Coleford: Plenty of Good food shops, restaurants and Pubs close by, some in walking distance. Outside of this area there are many pubs / restaurants that are a short drive away, We Can recommended the Woodman Inn in Parkend book as busy weekends. Forest of Dean wow! Not only can you walk to places of interest from the site, you are only approximately 10-20 mins drive at most (different directions) away from many attractions. A little bit further you are near to Cities and towns. We love Biking, Walking/ Running in nature and visiting historically interesting areas, this site is situated perfectly for all of this. We recommend the Cannop Cycle centre, good for families and those that want a Challenge or to walk/ run. Why re visit? We have only covered a fraction of what we want to do in this area, this site is a perfectly situated with the bonus of a lovey site and welcoming owners, WIN WIN ! Noisy traffic: Yes, you can hear it at times, if the wind is blowing in a certain direction or time of day when traffic can be busy, the B road is near to site but there are trees in between that seem to block it. The 3 times we have stayed it has never bothered us, we could not hear it when in our caravan or Awning, when sat out the birds were louder, and we live in a quiet cul-de-sac.
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A warm welcome

We arrived on this site on 16th August 2018 and on arrival we were met by Penny who gave us both a welcoming cup of tea along with a little pot of jam and half a dozen farm fresh eggs. We stayed on the grass pitch at the top of the hill. We had a trauma with our caravan en route whereby the towing cable had dropped down scraping along the road tearing all the cable which of course meant we had no lights on the van. Pennys other half Paul offered to fix this for us which was such a generous offer. We did not however want to put him out as he looked a very busy man so we got it fixed by a caravan company. All in all a very pleasant stay. The Miners pub just a few minutes walk away served wonderful food and a pint of bitter was only £3.35. For a decent breakfast or lunch we went to the Hopewell Colliery cafe a very short drive away. We also had a decent curry at a restaurant in Coleford called "Cinnamon".

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Great CL- pity about the road noise

The site description is misleading because the B4228 which runs alongside the site is very noisy throughout the day until late at night, and then starting again in the early morning. I think this has a profound impact on the tranquillity of the site. This is disappointing when you are expecting peace and quiet. Owners are very welcoming and friendly and the site is spot on in every other way.

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Perfect location for cycling in Forest of Dean

Spent 8 nights in June here, received a great welcome and soon felt at home. This site is perfectly situated to explore the area on foot and on two wheels. The Forest is easily accessible on a traffic free route, reached just through the village of Sling. The Ostrich pub in Newland is well worth a visit for a nice meal and the ‘Cathedral of the Forest’ is opposite, this church is also worth a visit.

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The best welcome and great location

We can honestly say this is the best welcome we have ever received. Mum Mary greeted us and was so helpful, Penny arrived later and was so pleasant and informative, she explained local walkable places of interest such as puzzlewood and clearwell caves, also places to take the motorhome and good places to park when you got there. Site is well planned with flat pitches and there is even a summerhouse with information leaflets. They deserve to do well at this new CL.
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