our friends

This section is of our friends includes people who have written nice stuff about us in the press, people who have stayed here and sent us nice e-mails and details of nice friends, colleagues and suppliers in The Forest of Dean who will contribute to you having a much nicer time here!


Lavender’s Blue Floristry – based in Mitcheldean, a lovely local and very creative florist

Jo Balme – Fabulous Flowers – based in Gloucestershire, unique, quirky, always pretty flowers and floral displays

The Vintage Hire room styling, vintage china hire and themed teas from Newnham-on-Severn

 Kushi Carsquirky, unique & funky 1950’s-style vintage Indian Ambassador car based in the Cotswolds.

Cotswold Vintage Party Hire – vintage party hire for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, hen parties, baby showers

Baa Stools – beautiful British sheepskin foot stools and bar stools

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Capture this Moment – creative photography by Kathryn Goddard in the Forest of Dean

Blenheim Photography – contemporary wedding, portrait, commercial and event photography

Simply Secretive – a boudoir-style photography studio based in Gloucestershire, female photographer

Lemon Photographic – specialist in capturing great images and making people smile

Kelly Weech Photography – contemporary female wedding photographer

Christy Blanch Photography – creative wedding and portrait photographer

Jake Davis – contemporary design by Jake Davis


More than Bubbles -luxury soaps, fragrant candles, handmade in Mitcheldeanusing traditional processes

Bathing Beauty – ex international model, osteopath, mother of three, micro producer of ‘free from’ bath and beauty products

Sue Gilmour Chocolate – luxury chocolate bars and truffles

My Calm Room – pamper and spa treatments

artisan foods

Wye Valley Granola – a delicious healthy artisan cereal made of oats, seeds and nuts, based in Ross-on-Wye

The Artisan Kitchen – Small is beautiful – preserves and pickles are handmade and homemade in Gloucestershire

Kitchen Garden – luscious jams, preserves and chutneys made in Stroud, Gloucestershire

Rubies in the Rubble – the tastiest chutneys, made in the nicest possible way

Franks Luxury Biscuits – infamous Wye Valley fruit cake and gorgeous mini short-breads – based in Herefordshire

Native Breeds Charcuterie – locally reared, smoked & prepared in Lydney – sent to The Ivy & Rivington Grill

Kitchen Flowers – jelly made from edible flowers, Rose Petal Jelly, Lavender Jelly and Elderflower Jelly

coffee & cakes

The Chocolate Strawberry – beautiful bespoke contemporary cakes for any special occasion held at The General Stores

Sparkles and Sprinkles – everything to create fantastic cakes @ Harts Barn, & cupcake decorating classes at The General Stores

Ethical Additions – coffees with a conscience (and great flavour!) – based in the City of Gloucester

Cake Aspirations – wedding cakes and celebration cakes, based in Ross-on-Wye

Hetty’s Tea Party – based in Gloucester Docks, yummy cakes and sweet treats

Little Darling Cakery – pretty cakes and bakes in Bristol and the South West

specialist drinks

Bespoke Brewerymicro brewery based in Mitcheldean, with wine bar open on Friday and Saturday evenings

VQ Country Wines – a local winery with naturally grown fruits and flowers

Dragon Orchard – Producers of the finest Cider, Perry and Apple Juice at Dragon Orchard near Ledbury, Herefordshire

May Hill Brewery – brews traditionally crafted real ales at Holly Bush Farm, May Hill, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

McCrindles CiderMcCrindle’s Cider produces a small batch product made using fruit from a single year’s harvest.


Go Ape – anything from tree top adventures to forest segway experience safaris

 Battle Sports Gloucestershire – is the ‘live’ version of the best computer based war games

Puzzlewood –  Imaging yourself in Middle Earth. Puzzlewood is said to be JRR Tolkien’s inspiration for those fabled forests.

Way2go Adventures –  Spend some time on the Wye, river, one of the best recreational rivers  in the UK and where British tourism began

Tipi Adventure – unique break & canoeing expeditions on the River Wye

Inspire 2 Adventure – outdoor adventure activities in the Forest of Dean

Shack Revolution – The Shack Revolution boys James & Richard provide and other fun filled cocktail demonstrations and master classes


Bukuu –  Stunning, elegant, unique and exclusive Teardrop pods to hire

Mrs Mill YurtsStylish Yurts located on May hill – between the Forest of Dean and The Wye Valley.

Mad Dogs & Vintage Vans – Boutique glamping in the heart of the Wye Valley. Glamping in vintage caravans.

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