Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Forest of Dean: hotel review

July 3, 2015

In a remote gem of a village, this hotel offers fine food, luxury and history, with plenty of walks on the doorstep

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Certain hotels you don’t so much visit as sink into – those rare places that feel immediately comfortable but, in their remoteness and beauty, offer a complete escape from your daily grind. After a hard week at work, isn’t that precisely what you want from a weekend away? You need a place to retreat, de-stress and regroup. You need Tudor Farmhouse.

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“Ask people around here if they’re from England or Wales and they’ll say Forest,” said owner Colin Fell, as we motored from Lydney station through the Forest of Dean. This somewhat isolated enclave – above Bristol and the river Severn, almost Wales, not quite the Cotswolds – remains relatively unknown. Outdoorsy types come to get muddy in the Wye Valley, and history buffs love Tintern Abbey and Raglan Castle, but the area lacks the picturesque, ivy-clad villages that would attract day-trippers.

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