Harts Barn is situated on the edge of the Forest of Dean in its own picturesque setting and is only 10 minutes away from the Wye Valley.
This old Norman hunting lodge is one of the oldest properties in the Forest of Dean, built by William Duke of Normandy to keep his hounds when he came to hunt the hart in the Forest. The main house and surrounding buildings have been sympathetically restored and incorporate a creative centre for traditional crafts and interiors as well as a cookery school and farm shop.
An excellent venue for a day out, it is simply "a place not to miss" on your visit to the West Country.
Enjoy a stimulating visit for both young and old, where the owners always having new ideas to entertain visitors. You can browse around the craft shops, enjoying the surroundings and relaxing taking refreshments in the courtyard.
Johannes was Sergeant of Arms to the King and eventually the family took the name Sergeant and had their own coat of arms.
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The Forest of Dean was designated as a National Forest Park in 1938, the first in England. This particular designation was not concerned with nature and conservation of the area, but more concerned with its natural beauty and its potential for outdoor leisure. Today, it is still a working forest and the Forestry Commission manages it sympathetically and sensitively while liaising on conservation matters with the main conservation bodies. These ancient woodlands and its variety of wildlife hold many surprises just waiting to be discovered!
The area to the north of the forest itself offers another haven for those of you wishing to explore more open land and rolling hills, with farmland, market gardens and vineyards, offering a contrasting geographical landscape.