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. Minimum 2 night bookings.

Facilities on site ...

  • Information room
  • Recycling facilities
  • TV reception: good
  • WC (exclusive use)

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Latest arrival time: 6:00 PM

0.5 acres

Some sloping pitches

Electric amperage: 16

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Postcode:
GL16 8JE
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GPS:
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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The Firs
We arrived to a warm welcome from Mary and offer of tea followed by an informative brief on all matters necessary. We had a great pitch on the grass and settled in quickly, good job we brought plenty of levelling blocks though. The toilet and waste facilities were excellent and clean. The site is part caravan/container storage and part CL site so we had to be selective with where we viewed but generally nice. There is a pleasant walk out the back of the site which leads through bracken fields and twisting paths - very nice indeed. The site is convenient for getting to all areas of the Wye Valley so good again for that reason. We booked the site based on the principle that the reviews stated it was peaceful and tranquil, however this is definitely not the case. The B4228 is extremely busy from 4.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. every day except Sunday (oh with the occasional boy racer and lorries continuing thereon). This is of course out of the hands of Mary and Penny but (all but a very few of) the site reviews should have mentioned it, unless of course most people visiting live on the M25 (everything is relative I suppose). So all in all a mixed bag! Depends what you want, but my wife's and I's overriding remit was peace and quiet and it weren't that.

Marky Marky

Caravanner from Devon

Reviewed on 05/07/2021 13:16

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The Firs
D day - 12th April a significant date for 2021 - 'the great escape' and a significant birthday that week too. Fab welcome from Mary and Penny who couldn't do enough for us - they totally engaged in the party spirit - taking delivery of a variety of gifts and booking us in to the Miners for a birthday dinner - alfresco of course. Beautifully kept site and a great brick built bike shed too. There is a path directly into the woods so avoids the main road. Great cycling straight out from the site and less than a mile to the Forest of Dean. Thank you so much Mary and Penny for your wonderful hospitality and great sense of humour. Annie & Sarah xx

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Reviewed on 30/05/2021 16:08

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Wonderful Break during Covid

The Firs
This CL was a real find and one I am sure we will return to time and again. Penny and Mary couldn't have been more welcoming and accommodating, as others have said. Facilities are first class and extremely clean. Although we have owned dogs for many years we also appreciated a 'dog free' site. Sadly too many dog owners let their dogs roam freely on sites and then don't 'pick up' after them. It was great to have a bike store provided - a real bonus. We didn't have our bikes with us but we will next time knowing they will be safe and dry when we're not using them. We loved the fact that there were so many walks nearby and we haven't anywhere near exhausted them! We particularly enjoyed walking out from the site and exploring nearby Clearwell. Many thanks for a lovely 'safe' break this autumn.

Adkins

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Reviewed on 30/10/2020 15:23

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Fantastic access to all that the area offers

The Firs
Fantastic welcome - loved the home made raspberry jam. Penny and Mary always around to help and provided maps for the area. New building housing a secure bike store with electric to charge e-bikes, unisex toilet and black waste disposal. 4 of the pitches are hardstanding with electric. Easy access to.cycle trails and downhill trails along Dark Hill tramway from Coleford. Lots of walking direct from the campsite both farmland and open land. Lots of wildlife on site and just out the back gate - squirrels, owls, deer etc. Lovely farm shop about 6 miles west at Cowshill selling rare breed and local produce. Coleford Leisure helped us out when we had a MH issue. Only slight downside is the road noise from the B4228 which runs along the site. Affected my partner more then me so will depend on your individual perspective. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Nikal

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Reviewed on 25/10/2020 19:19

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Wonderful site. The owners were exceptionally welcoming, with a hot drink for us both on arrival. Never had that before. Helpful, maps provided and advice on tap. Beautiful clean site, easy access to the facilities. Will go back for sure. A definite 10/10

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Reviewed on 24/09/2020 18:17

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