The first thing you notice when you arrive at the dome garden is the unworldly domes - they look like spaceships that have somehow landed in the forest. They are so unlike ordinary tents that going inside one you enter another world ... but the irony is that it's the opposite of hi-tech.
It's comfortable, for sure, but many of the things we think of giving us convenience in the modern world aren't there: there's deliberately no wifi, meaning you talk to each other instead of checking messages all the time and you need to cook for yourselves, chop wood and feed a wood-burning boiler to heat the hot water. And that's when you notice the strangest thing happening.
What might seem like chores in ordinary life become real pleasures that reconnect you to the way our ancestors lived. You find yourself saving scraps of packaging that could act as kindling to light the next fire. If it rains there's pleasure at the sound of it falling on the dome because the design means there's no problem with leaks. If the night is clear you look up through transparent panels at the stars in many of the domes.
We visited with our 7 year old son and he was enchanted the whole time, particularly by the chickens who laid eggs for him on the first day. Enchanting
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique collection of 12 geodesic domes in a beautiful garden in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Dean.The domes have en-suite facilities, wood fired hot water boilers and stoves as well as timber decks, firepits and forest kitchens. It's like the Eden Project only you can stay in it, play in it and sleep in it. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dome Garden Hotel Coleford
- Dome Garden Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire - Coleford