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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 882 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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...

Ann Lukens
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2017

About Ann Lukens

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....

Ann Lukens purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Ann Lukens chose Monmouthshire

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...

What makes this cottage unique

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!

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Monmouth in Monmouthshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 882 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • tennis
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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Spacious, cosy, secluded cottage in a woodland/bluebell setting near Tintern
average rating of 4.95 based on 26 reviews

A perfect location to find stillness and just be

  • 5 of 5

This is a real gem of a cottage, tucked in the middle of beautiful, dreamy woods, surrounded by spaciousness, abundant wildlife and moss covered rocks. The house is exceptionally clean and very spacious. As a group we spent most of the time in the sunroom, which is a great space to star watch. If life has become too stressful, this is a perfect place to unwind and find your centre again. The owners are very responsive and welcoming. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ri - We're so glad you enjoyed Bigsnap Cottage and we look forward to having you back again sometime...
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Gorgeous house, location and lovely, lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful week at Big Snap, the location is just superb and the house is gorgeous and very comfortable. Perfect size for 4 adults and 2 children and dogs! We loved exploring the woods and the garden and enjoyed the the total peace and privacy.

Ann was a delight right from the word go and was so helpful and accommodating.

We all fell in love with The Forest of Dean and The Wye Valley and hope to return very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review Julie and for taking care of Bigsnap... we'd love to have you back anytime!! And it's true - the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean have lots to offer ... activities, history, great food and drink and wonderful natural beauty all around.... see you soon I hope... Ann
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A perfect spot.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely welcome began a great week in this marvellous house. Everything we could have needed and more was available.the location couldn't be faulted.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review...we are so lucky that the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean are on the doorstep! Hope you may head this way again sometime...Ann
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Unique house in lovely spot

  • 5 of 5

Bigsnap house is a fabulous house in a beautiful peaceful location. It is spacious but very cosy and comfortable. It is very well equipped with lots of thought given to what might be needed. The setting is amazing. We were lucky to have lovely weather so enjoyed relaxing in the garden and found it hard to drag ourselves away. There are many beautiful places to walk which were perfect for the dogs. We would love to go back and explore more of the beautiful area, hopefully for longer next time. Ann was really helpful and communicated well, thank you for the lovely welsh cakes !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review and also for your patience when we needed to change dates. I am so pleased that the weather enables you to really enjoy the place - we always loved just relaxing and enjoying the peace of the woods around Bigsnap. We would love to have you back anytime, so let us know when you'd like to come back - I heartily recommend bluebells time... All the best, Ann
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Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of four adults and three children, and this place was absolutely perfect for us. Loads of space, huge kitchen and dining area, lovely airy bedrooms, big bathroom, complete peace and quiet except for birdsong and the noise the kids made - but no neighbours to worry about! Loads of walk/run/cycle routes on the doorstep and plenty to do nearby. I didn't want to come home. Highly recommended. Thanks again, Ann :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Katie - Many thanks for your review... we're staying for a few days ourselves and it is really amazing how quiet it is (and how loud the birds can be!)... Very glad you enjoyed your stay- hope you will come back sometime when you want a bit of peace! Ann
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Wonderful property, location and owner!

  • 5 of 5

After an extremely efficient and helpful booking with great communication we were met by the owner to make sure we had everything we needed and introduce us to the house. The house was fantastically comfortable with everything you would need - definitely "home form home". The tranquility and secluded location in the woods are unique in this modern day yet suitably close to modern comforts. Loads to do and see locally but equally attractive "staying in" on the patio or conservatory and watching nature at its best - wonderful bird life and regular deer visits.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Bruce and family for your review and for being great guests - place looked great. We hope you all (and your lovely dog) may head to us again sometime! Ann
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Nearest Barpub
1.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Monmouth, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early Autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half term
21 Oct 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Feb school hols
10 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Easter Break
24 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May school hols
26 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 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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