Priory Hobbits Holt

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About this location

Hobbits Holt is located in Ruspidge, in Cinderford, close to the Forest of Dean. Our home provides residential support for six males and females who have a learning disability. Hobbits Holt is in a quiet residential area, with off road parking and no main roads.

Our team are dedicated to supporting our residents to achieve their full potential in social and educational activities as well as in their day-to-day life.

We can also support people who have:

  • Mental health needs
  • Epilepsy

Services at a glance

There are a total of six bedrooms at the site. Of these:
1 is on the ground floor
5 are on the first floor

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Hobbits Holt 156 Ruspidge Road Ruspidge Cinderford GL14 3AP

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Hobbits Holt is a beautiful, detached building, surrounded by peaceful gardens and wider countryside. There are six bedrooms in the main house. There are five on the first floor and one on the ground floor, as well as a staff sleep-in room.

Two communal bathrooms are shared by the residents, one of which has a bath and a wet room. There is also a communal kitchen, dining room and two lounges, along with an annexe that can be used by residents.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Communal bathroom
  • Communal wet room

We also have our own garden, complete with lawn and communal seating.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our rooms all come furnished.

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Hobbits Holt has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, managing finances and maintaining family relationships.

We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ to support our residents to achieve their goals.

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Hobbits Holt can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Hobbits Holt has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.


We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas
  • Those with behaviours that physically challenge
  • Those with mobility needs, as we have no disabled access


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community. At Hobbits Holt, we have close links with Priory Supported Living The Shires.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes epilepsy awareness training.

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Hobbits Holt is a short distance from the town centre. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • National park/nature reserve
  • Museum
  • Cinderford caves

Transport links

Hobbits Holt also has nearby transport links, including:

  • A local bus stop about 5-10 minutes’ walk with regular buses to and from Gloucester and Coleford
  • Close to the A48, providing access by car

A message from our site leader

Each person we support has a personal care package, which reflects their own personal needs and independent living. We are committed to providing enough support to empower and encourage individuals to develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible. We are supported by a quality assurance team whose aim is to empower individuals to take control of their lives and, where possible, work towards a level of independence which fits with their skills, confidence and aspirations.

Hobbits Holt’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

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Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

How does home leave work?

Home leave often means we drop home or pick up to promote visits, however this does depend on care packages. Some of our residents are collected by their families.

Can friends and families visit?

Yes, friends and family are welcome to visit, we do ask that we are informed in advance of all visits. There are unfortunately no overnight stay facilities for family on site, however there are local bed & breakfasts that can be accessed.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

We will arrange with loved ones on an individual basis what the best way of staying in touch is. We will always communicate major updates, and can also send over smaller updates about day-to-day happenings, like a person’s involvement in activities, if requested.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Hobbits Holt is located in an area with limited phone reception, however we do have a landline that residents are free to use whenever they wish, and their families are able to contact them on this number.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished, and all residents can personalise their rooms to suit their wishes, they are encouraged to pick their own décor and colour scheme for their rooms.

Are external doors kept locked?

We do not have a locked door for exit. The entrance is key coded to maintain security, so people are unable to just enter the property.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Residents are supported at mealtimes, dependent upon their needs and care package. They are all given choice and like to have input with their weekly menu planning. Dependent upon need, some of our residents may need further support with healthy balanced diets for medical reasons, and this would be done with involvement from the resident, or a Best Interest approach would be used.

How does laundry work?

We have a laundry room which is accessible, and our staff can support residents when it is required.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Residents can take part in cleaning and domestic tasks. dependent upon their ability and choice. Everyone who lives here plays an active role in planning their own tasks.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Based on resident need and individual risk assessment, we may place restrictions on some items, such as lighters.

How do activities work?

Each resident has an activities planner, the activities and length are dependent on the package of care and additional support. Individuals are encouraged to choose activities that they find enjoyable and rewarding. This may include recreational pursuits within the home, or out in the local community.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We focus on putting in place the right support to meet people’s needs. Our staff are trained to use de-escalation techniques with those who may present with verbal aggression. The people we support do not present with other behaviours that challenge, therefore we do not utilise other interventions.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Each person staying with us is involved as much as practically possible in their care and support plans, those that lack capacity are still given choices and our supported to make those choices. Care plans are regularly reviewed in the service and residents have a one-to-one key worker meeting each month regarding aspects of their care plans. Families may be involved in this, too, where in line with the resident’s wishes or best interests.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have a driveway that can accommodate one vehicle. Visitors are advised to park on the main road at the bottom of the foot path.

What is the smoking policy?

We have a designated smoking area outside. Smoking is not permitted indoors at any time.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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