Puzzlewood is a maze of pathways winding through the gulleys of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges, lookouts and other things you can find on your way round?
It is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it’s easy to see why.
As well as the woods we have lots of animals, a willow maze, indoor mazes and a toddler racing track, an outdoor playground, plenty of picnic benches, a cafe and gift shop with lots of local crafts.
The magical scenery of Puzzlewood has made it a popular location for filming and to date we have played host to a number of exciting television dramas including Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis.
We have a small cafe which serves the following:
- Soup with a roll
- Homemade cakes
- Hot & cold drinks
- Baguettes, paninis and baked potatoes with various fillings
- Snacks including confectionery, crisps and ice creams in the warmer months
- Kids lunch boxes are also available and contain a roll (ham, cheese or jam), Pom Bear crisps, a chocolate Freddo bar and an apple or orange juice
- There are also a small selection of gifts on sale in the cafe
Cottages to Let
Why not rent a cottage at Puzzlewood and use it as your base to explore the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Enjoy exclusive access to the woods before and after opening hours and help us feed the animals every morning! We are sorry but dogs cannot be accommodated onsite.
Guests at the cottage, are entitled to unlimited access to Puzzlewood and its attractions, all year round, and providing there is adequate light, can explore the wood, outside of normal public visiting times. From Puzzlewood, there is direct access to public footpaths to explore the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, and wander down to Coleford or Clearwell village. For those who wish, there is the opportunity to feed the animals early in the morning. Wi-fi is available in all cottages and in the cafe.
Puzzlewood Cottage & Puzzlewood Patch
Both cottages are two bedroom and sleep four (plus cot). The well equipped kitchens contain an electric cooker with hob, microwave, and washing machine in addition to all the normal domestic appliances.
The open plan beamed living rooms have a small dining table, flat screen TV, DVD player, CD player and a selection of books, games and DVDs. The modern bathrooms are fitted with an electric shower.
Puzzlewood House is part of the original Puzzlewood farmhouse and can sleep up to eight (plus cot). Accommodation includes living room, family kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms (one double bedroom, one twin room and one family room with a double bed and bunk beds) and two bathrooms. The house is fully equipped.