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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

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:
26 February, 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 Forest of Dean district

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

To look out upon red rising mist drawing from the valley below, what a marvel. And to walk out into the woods to meet only trees, the joy.

The house was warm and beautiful. And the local pub very welcoming. I wholly recommend the house for a holiday into the quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review Cara - we are delighted that you enjoyed the house and the place ... it has indeed always brought us a lot of joy... hope we see you again sometime... Ann
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Relaxing and characterful cottage in fantastic secluded location in the woods

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely homely and welcoming property. It is a delightful cottage in a fantastic location away from it all. The cottage is equipped with everything you need and the owners go the extra mile to make your stay relaxing and easy. Thank you and I'm sure we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful large family cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit this year to Bigsnap. We love the location, the house is stunning and it's a relaxing getaway. Visited the Sloop Inn this time for food and I can thoroughly recommend it. We will be back very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your visit, for leaving the house so tidy and for your review - We will welcome you back whenever you have a chance! Ann
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  • 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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Easter /Spring break
1 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 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint Briavels in Gloucestershire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 82 m²
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 ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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