Zoe Strimpel

Forget the Cotswolds, try the Forest of Dean for a weekend break

The place is still hidden from the normal hordes of Londoners

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The roads around Monmouth are quiet but have their attractions; they cut through valleys and woods, past castles and churches. My host, soignee interior designer Neil McLachlan, explains that this part of the world is a well-kept secret, popular with minor gentry and Londoners in the know but protected from the crowds that flush in and out of the Cotswolds.  

To some, Newland is known as the ‘Chelsea of the forest’ – but it lacks the hordes of red-trouser wearers

Keen to stretch our legs after the drive from Lydney station, we stopped at Tintern Abbey and met with the medieval reenactors camped on the...

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