The General Stores, Mill End, Mitcheldean, GL17 0HP

(Entrance round the back in New St, opposite KCL Hair Salon)

If you are sat nav-ing, you will probably find The Stenders, which Mill End becomes when it starts to climb the hill out of Mitcheldean, so follow directions for The Stenders – Mill End is a very short stretch of road as the historical name suggests!

NB the main entrance for guests to the house is not through either of the doors by the stone steps at the rear of the car park, but through the large wooden gates, past the BBQ, into the courtyard garden and into the oak and glass room.

 
 

Key Information and Basic Arrival Details at a glance

  • The General Stores, Mill End Mitcheldean, is on Mill End, within a stones throw of Mitcheldean Church
  • It is a long half timbered building with three large, former shop windows looking onto the street
  • The entrance is round the side of the house, in New St, into a gravelled car park with blue tourism signs
  • You can enter New St from the lower end, opposite KCL, but it is a very sharp left or 3 point turn or reverse into the car park
  • Or you can continue up Mill End and turn left into Baynham and left again into the top end of New St
  • Park three cars, side by side, tight to the bottom of the car park, then four cars, then 2 abreast x 3 straight in from the gate
  • Enter the garden on foot through the large wooden gates and down the stone steps into the courtyard
  • Arrival is after 5.00pm and departure by 12.00 noon on a 2 night weekend booking
  • White cotton bed linen and towels are included
  • Full use of the outdoor hot tub and indoor spa facilities is included

 

Directions

Below are maps and instructions on getting there and finding the house.

If travelling from Bristol by car –

By far the quickest route is via Chepstow and along the A48 towards Gloucester on the Welsh side of the river. This avoids all the small villages in The Forest itself, and any potential rush hour traffic or road works in Gloucester.  Remember to take the left hand slip road signed Forest of Dean and Chepstow, after the brow of the hill, and go over the OLD BRIDGE – if you go over the new bridge by mistake, take the M48 back to Chepstow on the Welsh side of the river!

Proceed along the A48, and through Newnham on Severn – about 30 minutes. Out the other side of Newnham, and through Broadoak, and under a railway bridge – you will pass Glevum Conservatories on your right, and a Texaco Garage on your left. Continue up the hill after the Texaco Garage. You will see signs, on the right hand side of the road, to Flaxley and Mitcheldean. The turning itself is on the left and fairly concealed, on the brow of the hill, before a cottage.

Mitcheldean is 4 miles from this point, along beautiful country lanes. Follow signs for Flaxley, past the abbey and chapel, and then proceed right to Mitcheldean. Once you enter Mitcheldean, at The Lamb pub, turn left onto the mini roundabout, and then immediately right. When you see the church infront of you and the now closed George pub on your right hand side, turn left into Mill End St.

If travelling from London or the North –

Come off the motorway at Gloucester, and leave it on the A40 – the Ross and Monmouth Road. Continue on the A40 and follow signs for Ross-on-Wye, until you reach the village of Huntley. Then turn left at the lights, taking the A4136 for Monmouth. On arrival into Mitcheldean, The Lamb Pub will be on your left. Turn right at the mini roundabout and proceed over the brow of the hill. When you see the church infront of you and The George pub on your right hand side, turn left into Mill End St.

Parking

The gravel car park is fairly tight but can accomodate ten to twelve cars on the basis of those in first will be the last out.  Congratulations to the Joyce Hen Party Crew who displayed the most orderly and sensible parking we have ever seen.  Twelve cars in the car park and room for two more! Go Girls!  It can be done!

Getting there by bus or coach –

National Express (08705 808080) operates coaches to Ross-on-Wye (around 4 miles/7 kilometres away), Newent (around 5 miles/9 kilometres away), Monmouth (around 10 miles/16 kilometres away), Gloucester (around 10 miles/16 kilometres away) and Chepstow (around 18 miles/29 kilometres away). There is a good service provided throughout the forest, for example; there are direct coaches to Ross-on-Wye, Newent and Gloucester from London Victoria, which take around 3 1/2 hours and also stop at Cheltenham and Gloucester (journey time from Gloucester 15 minutes approx) click for this route and timetable. For information on local buses please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk for available bus routes or for bus timetables visit ww5.gloucestershire.gov.uk .

Getting there by train –

National Rail (08457 484950) trains stop at Gloucester (around 10 miles/16 kilometres away), Lydney (around 10 miles/16 kilometres away) and Chepstow (around 18 miles/29 kilometres away). Gloucester train station is directly across the road from the Bus Station where National Express coaches also stop.  Bristol Temple Meads is about an hour away by car or taxi.

Getting there by taxi –

For information on local taxi services we recommend: Pam’s Taxi Service, who also have 16 seater mini buses for evenings out – 01594 860 575, oe07843 615 044 – or Private Hire firm A2B – 01452 222 222, 0800 1577 387, A2B-taxis@live.co.uk.

Getting there by plane –

Bristol International, Cardiff International and Birmingham International are the nearest airports:

Bristol Airport (0870 1212 747) – approx 35 miles/56 kilometres away
Cardiff Airport (01446 711111) – approx 49 miles/79 kilometres away
Birmingham Airport (0121 767 5511)

Click here for Forest of Dean Bus Services
Click here for FirstGreatWestern train timetable for Bristol to Cheltenham and Gloucester
Click here for FirstGreatWestern train timetable for London to Cheltenham