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Spacious, cosy, secluded cottage in a woodland/bluebell setting near Tintern



Updated: 26-Nov-2016
3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath with granite/oak kitchen/diner & sunroom with woodstove

Sleeps 7+ . Large 3 bedroom cottage with farmhouse kitchen/diner set in forestry land on its own 2/3 acre sunny plot. Three bedrooms, sun room, living room, wood-burning stoves in lounge and sun room. Gorgeous natural setting and total privacy. All kitchen equipment, linen, towels, heating and wood for fires included. Up on the Welsh side of the Wye Valley, Bigsnap Cottage is hidden away, over three quarters of a mile from the nearest road. In winter, you can see down to Bigsweir Bridge and across to the Forest of Dean. All around the house, ancient woodland as well as managed forest provide a variety of wildlife including foxes and rabbits, badgers and deer and the forest is alive with birds when spring arrives. A lovely patio area is just outside the sun room to sit out under the afternoon and evening sky to watch for buzzards, owls and bats, while you barbecue your evening meal, or have a glass of wine...

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Simon is from Ammanford in West Wales and Ann from Connecticut and New York, having met working in IT. They have each had many careers in between, with Simon now back in IT and Ann running a training/facilitation and conflict resolution business. Their son Tom is at Uni and soon on to other things....

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Guestbook comments from the owner

26-29 Feb

Had a lovely cosy time whilst the weather outside was very cold! Our daughter (4) loves the squidgy puddles and mud on the track. Thanks
Feb 2016
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

This is one cottage that you will not want to leave!

Anne, your cottage is the most welcoming and comfortable place to stay. If you want seclusion but with lot's of things on the door step this is the cottage for you. The photographs do not do it justice. Everything you need is to hand and more. The wildlife, well, a stag, two deer, owls and birds of prey were all seen from the house on the track. We would definitely stay again and totally recommend Bigsnap Cottage to all our friends.

Thank you Anne

Melissa and Steve.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your time up at Bigsnap went well for you... it is a great place to relax and enjoy the woods and the wildlife - and we're glad so many turned up while you were there! We would welcome you on a return visit and hope you'll head back soon.
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A little piece of paradise in beautiful Monmouth

  • 5 of 5

We were absolutely bowled over by the beautiful Bigsnap House in the wonderful Monmouthshire woodland setting.

The moonlit road to the house was made all the more exciting with the siting of 2 fully grown stags silhouetted in the evening light on our arrival.

The house was just gorgeous with a huge kitchen, conservatory and very comfortable sitting room.

The 3 bedrooms were beautifully coordinated with crisp white bedding and spring flower duvets.

The house is very interesting with lots of lovely paintings, books and ceramics. We loved the 'tree' bannister on the stairs. The house has so much character, it was just lovely.

Ann has done a lot of thinking about making the stay at the house as comfortable as possible, so much thought and detail has gone into every room to make sure your stay is really enjoyable.

We loved and enjoyed our stay at Bigsnap very much, Ann (the owner) made our stay just perfect .Thank you so much Jacqueline Naraynsingh

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Jacqueline - thanks so much for your lovely review - I know you were all here for a course up at Humble Farm, so hopefully you'll come back someday to have a proper holiday and enjoy the woods, the sites and the quiet and peace of Bigsnap... you are all welcome anytime!! Ann
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Bigsnap Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week in this stunning property. The house is very large and is set in a beautiful location. There are plenty of walks nearby and we drove out each day and visited Monmouth, Chepstow and Ross on Wye. There is plenty to do for all ages and the house itself has plenty of games and films. There are 3 large bedrooms and although the lounge is big, we spent most of our relaxing time in the sunroom at the back of the house. There is a local shop near by and also a pub if you want to eat out. We will definitely be coming back here again and would like to thank Ann for her hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi - Thanks so much for your review and for the lovely notes the children left in the guest book. We're delighted that you loved the house and that you had a chance to visit some of the lovely towns nearby. And we'd be very happy to have you back!
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A wonderful secluded cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was fantastic with a fully equipped kitchen and two ovens plus two wood burner fires!! We had a great Xmas and nobody wanted to leave!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thought I had already responded Maria, but my listing says NO!! But very glad you all enjoyed the stay - I have to admit, it's a really wonderful place to spend Christmas...we're so glad you were there to enjoy it... Hope you'll think of us again sometime... Ann
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Perfect woodland retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of four adults and four children, and this property suited our needs completely: very spacious, flexible, wonderfully well-equipped and with a warm family atmosphere most unlike a standard holiday rental. The location in the woods was great for walking and adventures, with some excellent pubs nearby (The Brockweir Inn is our favourite.) The host was very hospitable and considerate, and there were lots of welcome extras (basic groceries, games and books, plenty of towels and bed linen) that made our stay stress-free. It took us a little while to get used to the Rayburn heating system, but once we'd worked it out, it was very efficient indeed. The wood-burning stoves were a bonus. I would certainly recommend this property to anyone looking for a woodland escape at any time of year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review Sophie - I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at Bigsnap. I was really delighted by the children's notes in the guest book - I just wish there'd been a bit more dry weather!! I hope we'll see you again sometime... Happy New Year! Ann
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Lovely cottage, would definitely stay again.

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing stay at this lovely cottage, would definitely recommend to anyone looking to stay in this area. Everything was what we expected and more. Very good value for money. Owner of this property extremely helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much - the Wye Valley is such a lovely place - glad you enjoyed the cottage! Ann
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From the Owner

This has been Simon, Ann and Tom's family home until now, when we have all moved (back) to city life. Bigsnap has been a wonderful, magical place to be a family, and Llandogo a warm friendly village to live in or visit, with some time now for us to once again enjoy city life (Cardiff). Time for YOU to enjoy this lovely spot...

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Sloop at 1.25 Miles Nearest Golf : Monmouth at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chepstow at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M4 at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Sloop at 1.25 Miles Car: necessary

Just 3 miles from Tintern Abbey, and near to many castles, abbeys and historic sites (Chepstow Castle, Tredegar House, Raglan Castle, Castle Coch amongst others!!), BIgsnap Cottage is a perfect hideaway from which to travel to see the sights of South East Wales and the Forest of Dean.

It is situated in easy reach of the Offa's Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk, and is set in a bluebell wood if you are lucky enough to be there in April/May!

Also nearby are many attractions for the children - Tintern Railway, Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean Railway, Perrygrove Railway, the Maze at Symond's Yat, Puzzlewood, and many lovely playgrounds and forest sites along the River Wye. Also at Symond's Yat (and Monmouth!) you'll find canoeing facilities, and at Symond's Yat are some lovely walks and a viewing site for some of the valley's birds of prey.

For the foodies, the Michelin starred Whitebrook Restaurant (formerly the 'Crown') is only a few miles away and the Hardwick is in Abergavenny - well worth a trip - both of these need advance booking!!!. Misbah in Monmouth is a multi-award winning Bangladeshi restaurant, and the Boat Inn at Redbrook will reward you with a nice pub meal after a walk up the disused railway path from Llandogo...

Tintern has a wide range of hotel restaurants, pubs and tea rooms when you've finished at the Abbey as well as gift shops and a great rare book shop.

On a day you need to shop, Cardiff is not far by car or train (from Chepstow), and Bristol, Bath, and Hereford are also in reach....

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Year
30 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
February half term
18 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Easter /Spring break
8 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May half term
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring/Early Summer
4 Jun 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
9 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40

As noted earlier, bedding and towels can be supplied for people using the futon in the sun-room and the put-you-ups, but will cost per person.
Also please note that we can arrange discounts for low occupancy so if please be in touch!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Quiet, peaceful, private, Bigsnap provides a retreat from the world if you want it, but is within walking and short car trip distances to a wide range of activities, towns, and historic sites . If you are a foodie you can check out the restaurants, but also note that the granite work-topped kitchen is a great place to cook your own gourmet meals... (or even taste one of ours!) .As you drive up the valley and then up the drive, you'll see how quiet and beautiful it is!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 82 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, downstairs WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, New bath tub and shower with power shower
  • The upstairs bathroom has been recently re-tiled with a new bathtub and the addition of a shower enclosure with power shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, UK kingsize
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Double bed
  • 3 doubles and a single will sleep 6/7. With the addition of 2 single foldout beds in the bedrooms, and the futon in the sun room (no curtains!!), there is some flexibility in sleeping, but there will be extra charges of £15 each bed if the foldouts or futon are used. (for linens and cleaning..) Likewise, for smaller parties there may be discounts available... especially in low season. Please get in touch!


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • On arrival, you will find milk, tea, coffee and a cake or biscuits to start your stay... We can offer a special evening meal one night during your stay, with a choice of set menus, drinks and prices. The local shop, Brown's, will have most of your immediate grocery needs, but if you are arriving late we may be able to get a small shop in...

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