The Priory Cottages

Newnham, Gloucestershire

2 fresh simple cottages in birdwatchers' heaven. Slimbridge is just across the water, with wonderful walks from the door


2 places


Sleeping from 2 – 4


Down the one-mile lane, left over the cattle grid and onto an unmarked track – keep going! The owners’ white farmhouse and the lovely cottages soon pop into view. The position is special and the bird life is extraordinary – so much so that Peter Scott set up Slimbridge on the other side of the water. This well-insulated home is a single-storey outbuilding divided into two wood-clad cottages, and inside has a charming simplicity. Step into a living room with a creamy sofa and armchair, a dining table, a cosy wood-burner and a TV; there are river views, too. To the side is a galley kitchen, brand new and nicely equipped; the white bathroom and separate wet room are simple but appealing. Expect cream bedspreads, white cotton, old pine, fresh paintwork and toasty terracotta floors. To the front are two grassed areas divided by a willow screen and a lovely old orchard; skirt around the Cowans’ house and you reach the river beyond. Wonderful walks start from the door, you can visit the ancient village of Awre, and cycle in the nearby Forest of Dean. Come for the peace of it all – and the birds.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-7pm, please get in touch for late check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Hose for mucky dogs, towels for drying off, stock-proof orchard for dogs to run free. Advice on walks and where farm animals are; attention drawn to Countryside Code.

Dogs £20 per pet per stay. Max. 2 per cottage.

Surrounded by fields and several footpaths within 50 yds.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £272
1 Cottage for 4
From £503 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 2
From £601 bed1 bedroom


Lovely last minute stay at Hoolet on a wet and cold weekend in Jan. The cottage was warm, cosy and considerately kitted out with everything we needed for ourselves and our toddler. The wood stove, huge bed and foodie 'welcome pack' were particularly enjoyable. Despite the bad weather we got out an about to Perrygrove Railway and the Dean Heritage Centre. The views from the bottom of the property are beautiful. Ian was very helpful, friendly and welcoming.

Jayne, Bristol

We have stayed in both of the Priory Cottages several times and will certainly go back. They are perfect for a peaceful holiday, well equipped, comfortable and spacious. There is a lot to do in the area, equally you could have a lovely holiday just walking locally by the river. With luck you will see the Severn Bore. The owners are generous and discreet and very helpful.


This is an excellent self-catering cottage, well equipped and with a superb welcome package. It is in a quiet location yet close to all amenities. Ian and his wife are excellent hosts, helpful but not intrusive. The views of the River Severn are unbelievable - just on your doorstep. This is a place to go to explore and relax.


We had a lovely stay at Hoolet with our young baby. Ian and Tricia had thoughtfully left a welcome pack of home produce. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed. It was nice to be able to do walks straight from the cottage as well as exploring the Forest of Dean a short drive away. Ian and Tricia were very friendly and hospitable and we would happily return.


Perfect for a get-away-from-it-all break. Our simple cottage was surprisingly warm and homely, and our dog Leo also settled quickly in. The orchard in front was pretty; the bare apple trees were covered in festive mistletoe, and it was great to have a safe area for the dog to be off lead, away from the sheep! We only wish there weren't so many styles on the river walk as we soon grew weary of lifting the dog over! Plenty of options for walking in the Forest of Dean however, and lots more in the region besides. We may be back, and would certainly recommend.


Read more reviews Down arrow


The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ian Cowan

  • On edge of Royal Forest of Dean - miles of unspoilt walking & cycle tracks - Suit all ages.
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet, and interesting birdlife.
  • Local attractions include: Dean Heritage Museum, Mining Museum, steam railways, Go Ape.
  • Wye Valley - spectacular scenery & numerous outdoor activities.
  • Westbury Court Gardens (NT) & Lydney Park Gardens - 10 mins drive
  • See the famous Severn Bore. It can be seen from the cottage but is much better from the bottom of the garden. Hear the roar of the approaching wave (up to 30 mins), watch the water rise, see the numerous counter currents and the magnificent standing waves