The Anchor, Lyd­brook, sleeps 12 – 22 in the heart of the For­est of Dean

Cen­tral Lyd­brook, Gloucestershire 

The Anchor is a charm­ing con­vert­ed vil­lage inn in the heart of the For­est of Dean sleep­ing 22 with hot tub, games room, wood­burn­ers, easy access to activ­i­ties, wood­land and riv­er walks,

We’ve con­vert­ed this charm­ing vil­lage inn to pro­vide the venue which will ensure you have a gen­uine­ly mem­o­rable holiday.

Indoors there’s more than enough space to sleep 22, with a cou­ple of cots for the lit­tle ones, and each bed­room has it’s own bath­room, 6 ensuite and one adja­cent. The ground floor hous­es three recep­tion rooms one of which has a dou­ble sofa bed with an adja­cent bath­room, ide­al for the frail­er mem­bers of the group.

The atmos­pher­ic lounge has a wood burn­er, satel­lite TV, DVD play­er and music sys­tem, while the old world din­ing room with its bar­rel vault­ed ceil­ing sings of days gone by and acco­mo­dates every­one round the table. There’s an addi­tion­al din­ing table in the adja­cent kitchen if you want to feed the kids separately.

On site, there’s plen­ty to keep every­body amused: a games room with table ten­nis, pool, table foot­ball and more; a hot tub to unwind after a day’s walk­ing, canoe­ing or cycling in the For­est of Dean; a bar­be­cue area and plen­ty of out­door seat­ing where you can chill and enjoy the sound of bird­song from the sur­round­ing wood­land. Is there much to do? Take a look at the tourist infor­ma­tion web­site www​.wyedean​tourism​.co​.uk

In the heart of the vil­lage of Lyd­brook the near­by facil­i­ties are superb: 10 min­utes walk will take you to a won­der­ful coun­try pub, an organ­ic restau­rant, an Indi­an restau­rant , a canoe launch on the riv­er, and the Wye Val­ley Way for fan­tas­tic walk­ing. Walk up through the wood­land above and you’ll land on the old For­est Rail­way, a beau­ti­ful even track that winds its way down to the riv­er or off into the For­est — a kids par­adise for explo­ration and adventure.

5 min­utes dri­ve will take you into the heart of the For­est of Dean with its stag­ger­ing array of activ­i­ties for peo­ple of every age and inter­est. If that’s not enough, you’re only 10 min­utes dri­ve from Symonds Yat, Ross on Wye, Cole­ford and Mon­mouth with numer­ous award win­ning options for din­ing out.


For the last 100 years The Anchor has been a vil­lage inn, and it retains that feel today: cosy lounge with wood­burn­er, bar­rel vault­ed din­ing room, a cou­ple of addi­tion­al recep­tions, a well equipped kitchen and 7 com­fort­able bed­rooms. Its an unpre­ten­tious build­ing with bags of charm and great comfort.


Set in the cen­tre of the vil­lage of Lyd­brook in the For­est of Dean, The Anchor sits in its own gar­dens with a ter­raced area with tra­di­tion­al out­door pub tables to the front with the bar­be­cue area and a large car park to the side — with room enough for up to 9 cars. Behind the build­ing sits a sec­ond gar­den area with the Games Room and Hot Tub with two acres of orchard and wood­land climb­ing up behind to the For­est above with its abun­dant paths and tracks, per­fect for explor­ing — and a great way to stroll down to the pub and riv­er with­out hav­ing to go near the road — ide­al for kids and pets.

Load­ing map…

Local Area

Explore the For­est of Dean, and dis­cov­er a fas­ci­nat­ing her­itage unlike any­where else in Eng­land – with lots of things to see and do with the kids from muse­ums and his­toric build­ings, to cas­tles and ancient church­es. Learn about the indus­tri­al archae­ol­o­gy through­out the For­est and the length of the low­er Wye Valley. 

Fol­low in the foot­steps of Dr Who, Mer­lin and Atlantis through the maze of mossy path­ways and twist­ed roots of the mys­ti­cal Puz­zle­wood, four­teen acres of ancient woodland.

Learn about our indus­tri­al her­itage at Clear­well Caves where iron ore was mined for over 4000 years. Steam through the For­est on the Dean For­est Rail­way or find out more about the sto­ry of the For­est of Dean at the Dean Her­itage Cen­tre and enjoy year-round events and festivals.or adven­ture lovers and thrill seek­ers there’s some­thing to suit all ages and expec­ta­tions in the For­est of Dean and Wye Valley! 

With such fab­u­lous scenery it’s a great place to ram­ble and it’s dog-friend­ly. Mar­vel at the wildlife, fol­low the superb four-mile Sculp­ture Trail that fea­tures 16 art works, or spot a movie or TV set. For our younger vis­i­tors, the Dean Her­itage Cen­tre has a Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar trail from East­er, based on the much loved book! 

Hire bicy­cles and explore, fly through the air on a zip wire or pad­dle down the riv­er on a watery adven­ture. Dis­cov­er the ancient forests of Puz­zle­wood, the out­door play areas and trails at Beechen­hurst Lodge or delight at our many arbo­re­al adven­tures. Intre­pid vis­i­tors can delight in a nat­ur­al play­ground con­nect­ed by zip wires, moun­tain bike trails, bri­dle­ways, ancient caves, tree­top assault cours­es and riv­er rapids. And all of this is no more than a 10 minute dri­ve away, through beau­ti­ful tree lined roads.

Pubs, bars, and restaurants

  • 15 min­utes walk to the Forge Ham­mer Inn and the Riv­er Spice Indi­an Restau­rant (0Km)


  • 400 yeards to vilage shop and mini super­mar­ket (0Km)

Essen­tial Information

  • Sleeps 22 peo­ple in 7 bed­rooms Bed Linen is provided
  • 1 Bath
  • 6 Showers
  • 10
  • Pets allowed 


View availability

Short breaks?

All year round

Changeover day

Fri­day and Monday

Facil­i­ties and Amenities


  • Fam­i­ly Rooms: 3
  • Dou­ble Rooms: 3
  • Twin Rooms: 1
  • Cots: 2

There is also a ground floor room with a sofa bed and bathroom 


  • WiFi/​Internet

For your entertainment

  • TV
  • DVD play­er
  • iPod dock

Games Room con­tain­ing Pool, Table Ten­nis, Table Football

In the kitchen

  • Cook­er
  • Range cook­er
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freez­er
  • Dish­wash­er
  • Wash­ing machine
  • Tum­ble dryer
  • Kitchen table
  • High chair provided


  • Gar­den
  • Gar­den furniture
  • Hot tub
  • Bar­be­cue
  • Park­ing

Near­by Activities

  • Ten­nis
  • Golf
  • Fish­ing
  • Horse rid­ing