7 Woodland retreats you can buy
Want to own a pocket of paradise? A year of lockdown and discovering the joys of nature has sent us into a slow living, nature-loving frenzy with people snapping up woodland idylls. Want to know where's up for grabs on your doorstep? Read on.
Are you sitting in your townhouse or suburban semi thinking ‘I wish I was in the woods’? You’re not alone. A year of lockdown has given the nation a taste of the simpler life, from all those hours spent wandering in local woods to off-road biking or just pounding the parkland of our towns and villages.
The lust for rural respite is no passing fad however, instead it has turned into some kind of arboreal gold rush, with people snapping up woodland at a rate that rivals the bonkers housing market.
Estate agents say prices for woodland in some cases have risen by 25 per cent in a year, with wooded plots regularly receiving more than 50 enquiries.
And small woodland agent woods4sale.co.uk reports that sale volumes are up by 50 per cent in a year.
What’s to love about owning a wood? A survey found that compared with the UK average population, woodland owners experience greater satisfaction with life and feel more positive that they are doing something worthwhile. Plus (added bonus!) when you buy there are no chains, no furniture to move, no council tax or surveyors fees, and definitely no neighbours!
Fancy having your own pocket of paradise to camp out, walk the dog or create your own thriving corner of conservation (so 2021!) or having a place to sling up a hammock up between two oaks and star gaze?
Here are 7 pristine woodlands and nature spots in and around Glos & Worcs you can snap up right now.
Keiler Wood, Blaisdon, Gloucester
How much? 3 acres for £49,000
This beautiful wood is bordered along its long southern boundary by open farmland. WIth gorgeous panoramic views it’s a truly spectacular place to camp or walk. In the Spring and Summer you’ll be walking through wildflower meadows and all year round this wood is home to a fascinating hoard of wildlife such as fallow, roe and muntjac deer along with smaller mammals such as foxes and badgers. You may even spot a wild boar, although elusive!. A great one if you still want the comforts of modern life on tap as its just a few miles from the shops and restaurants of Gloucester.
Shelley Wood, Birdwood, Gloucester
How much? 5 acres for £75,000
This lovely wood is full of daffodils, wood anemones and celandine from Spring that look so stunning against the burnt gold and amber of the trees here. Always wanted your own bluebell glade? Your wish is our command. It has mature oak trees and delightful camping clearings with views across the fields. No traipsing for miles to reach it either, Shelley Wood is at the end of a recently restored length of woodland track so there’s excellent access for vehicles and even a parking area.
Muntjac Wood, Hereford
How much? 4.5 acres for £69,000
Muntjac Wood has been designated as ancient semi natural woodland which is a pretty special thing with so many of the UK’s ancient forests disappearing. And oh hello! You get your own stream! You’ll find long established broadleaf trees thriving here. Hazel and Alder trees mean it’s birdsong central and the woodland floor is home to swathes of wildflowers. In addition, it’s level throughout and the access is fantastically easy, directly off a minor public road and over an excellent, recently constructed stone track. There are pretty views over surrounding fields and as per its name, Muntjac and fallow deer including an unusual black muntjac, have been spotted and tawny owls are known to inhabit it. Best of all you won’t get disturbed, there are no public footpaths running through Muntjac Wood or the larger neighbouring woodland.
Quercus Wood, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire
How much? 5 acres for £75,000
Just over the border is the glorious Quercus Wood near Warminster. It boasts sunny glades illuminated by spring bluebells and truly gigantic Scots pines and oak that have overseen the forest for centuries (Quercus is the Latin name for oak trees) and the wood is named after the oak tree as there are a number of fine specimens dominating the canopy. The secluded location along a well maintained track and away from human habitation provides excellent cover for more timid bird-life including the tawny owl, European Honey Buzzard and dartford warbler. There are two big storage containers included in the sale (handy for that hammock!) this really peaceful retreat has easy access off a public highway.
Wild parcel of land for sale, Moreton-in-Marsh
How much? 0.25 of an acre for £15,000
Want something low maintenance with bargain basement price tag (relatively), then snap up this rarely available parcel of permanent pasture land located just outside the village of Draycott, Gloucestershire, between Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. The land is currently used for grazing and has an idyllic location -all within distance of the chi-chi shops of Cotswold towns.
Got a wad of cash burning in your pocket (we can dream) … then how about:
Nant Ey Eira Forest, Powys
How much? 751 acres, offers over £8 million
A large, impressive commercial woodland planted in the late 1960s on some of the best land available, this property was a silver medallist at the 2015 RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards. If you always wanted your own personal Narnia this is it.
And finally, there’s a wood for sale in gorgeous Cornwall – soo rare – if you always wanted to own a little piece of Kernow.
Mawgan Wood, Gweek
How much: 6.98 acres for £60,000 (freehold)
An actual piece of Cornwall? Yes, you heard us right. Leave the crowds to it in the usual tourist hotspots and snap up instead this beautiful bright mixed woodland above the Helford Estuary. Mawgan Wood lies above Ponsontuel Creek and the attractive hamlet of Gweek is less than a mile away with its village shop, country pub and boatyard café. The wood is east-facing with a minor road below, and you’ll be surrounded by mature full-canopy beech trees and Douglas fir. Access is by an unsurfaced track and this good-sized wood has plenty of timber and charm. And the vendor may be willing to sell additional woodland to the northeast of Mawgan Wood too we read, so what are you waiting for!