The Firs

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

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Ideal for ...

  • 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

Recycling Facilities

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Postcode:
GL16 8JE
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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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Lovely reception by owners

The Firs
We were pleased with the site layout, 4 hard standings just as you enter the site to the left with a grass pitch on the top of the grassed area next to the facilities, which also had a lock up store for push bikes. We arrived but no one was about , we did manage to catch someone's attention in the house eventually the lady offered us coffee or tea and showed us to our pitch. The site also has caravan storage at the top of the site. We visited just after Covid19 restrictions were lifted, Sanitising facilities were available in the facilities building, none at the drinking water taps, or gate, this would have been better as many people were using the gate who were not staying on site and we also noticed none used anything when filling their water butts. We enjoyed the stay here but as the owners were thinning down the woods behind the site the traffic noise was very load and intrusive, it is a pity as the site is lovely. Due to the excessive traffic noise we will sadly not return.

Kiaboy

Caravanner from Derbyshire

Reviewed on 24/11/2021 15:03

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Wonderfully welcomed by Mary with a tea and coffee.

The Firs
Very pleasant site and great links to the Forest of Dean by bicycle via tracks and old railway lines. Great to cycle mainly off road. Very friendly campsite hosts. We were lent a map of the Forest which was handy although it is still easy to get a bit lost with so many tracks. Would definitely return.

Stan15

Motorhomer from Warwickshire

Reviewed on 14/10/2021 09:51

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Quiet Site, lovely location, very warm welcome

The Firs
The Firs is a first rate CL. Although it is relatively near a busy - ish road, it is well screened by trees - but we were on the grass pitch, furthest from the road - those closer may not be so quiet. The facilities are very good, and kept scrupulously clean by Mary. Mary is very welcoming, offering a cup of tea on arrival, and in our case begging us to pick some plums as she had a glut ! There are three pubs within easy walking distance offering good food at reasonable prices. It gives easy access to the cycling and walking tracks in the Forest, and bike hire is in easy distance at Cannop and Parkend. The site is right on top of Clearwell Caves (quite literally!) which are worth a visit. We will certainly put it on our list for a second visit

Abergarfan

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Reviewed on 28/08/2021 20:50

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The Firs
On the Friday evening of August bank holiday we decided we'd like to find a site rather than drive all the way home from Alton Towers. Having used the CMHC app to look for availability & phoning several sites I was met with laughter at the prospect of finding a pitch. But not from this warden... she looked at her pitches, juggled things, & after an initial no she called us back & said she could accommodate us! When we arrived, the welcome was warm & we were given all the info we needed (details of a local pub & a curry house that delivers!). This site is IMMACULATE. Probably the best kept site we have ever stayed on. It is peaceful & has beautiful scenery. The facilities are superb. We will definitely return & stay longer next time.

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Reviewed on 28/08/2021 17:47

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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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