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Character country cottage; 360 degree views; spacious, comfortable and warm



Updated: 05-Dec-2016

This charming cottage offers a relaxing rural retreat, set in the midst of the Herefordshire countryside, with far-reaching views to be seen from every window. Our cottage is ideally located for enjoying walking or canoeing along the beautiful Wye river, swimming in the River Monnow, or for hiking in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. The historic market towns of Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth are each about 15 - 20 minutes drive from our cottage. The tourist destinations of Hay-On Wye, Symmonds Yat and the Forest of Dean, are also very accessible, as are many notable attractions of Herefordshire: historic houses, ruined castles, ancient churches, specialty food producers, and even Welsh wine.

The cottage has been recently renovated and tastefully decorated to a high standard. The spacious kitchen is well equipped with a preparation 'island', dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Along with a microwave, you may enjoy the exceptional taste of food cooked in the radiant heat of the electric (easy to control the temp.) Everhot cooker. There is a large dining room adjourning the kitchen with a table that seats six, or you might like to eat al fresco on our outdoor table and chairs while enjoying the expansive view over country fields. A highchair is available for young children.

There are two family rooms, one with a good variety of games for under 7 year olds. The drawing room has comfortable sofas and super-efficient 'Clearview' log wood burner. The main bedroom has a wonderfully large, spring pocketed Super-King size double bed, the other twin beds, plus a cot is available for use for children 3 and under. The spacious bathroom has a walk-in-shower and roll-top bath (with lion feet). There is a second loo on the ground floor. The utility room is equipped with a washing machine, a clothes dryer and a drying rack. There is broadband wi-fi access at the property and a television with DVD player and Freeview channels.

The cottage is south facing, with outdoor seating allowing you to soak up the sun and the view to the Black Mountains.

There is space for parking three cars in the gravelled drive and garden across the road from the house.

The house is easily accessible from the M50, with Bristol or Cardiff only an hour away.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are a family of four: Andrew and Sandra, with two primary school aged children. This is our own holiday house which we have enjoyed visiting since 2009. We have got to know the area extremely well and will be happy to share our knowledge of the famous, and as-yet-undiscovered, wonders of south Herefordshire. The cottage has a distinctive style and charm and it is comfortable and well stocked. In our kitchen essential food items are available for guests to use, and we offer complementary Herefordshire cider and crisps for you to enjoy. While we do not live near our cottage we visit frequently and our neighbour directly across the road, Marina, is often on hand to welcome guests, and is happy to assist with any queries.

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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


A beautiful property ideal for a weekend retreat

  • 5 of 5

A lovely welcoming property where you could relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside. I would thoroughly recommend the property to others.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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a lovely cottage, in a beautiful spot

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay in Sandra's cottage. The setting was gorgeous, and the house was just what we were looking for. The house was clean, and the kitchen was well-stocked. The lounge is comfortable, and the place comes with lots of toys for young kids. There's a CD player, so bring your own AUX connector (or CDs). There's a reasonable fish and chips nearby (~15mins), and while you're in the country, it's <20mins to big country towns. The upstairs big bed is actually two beds pushed together, which isn't ideal, but that was the only downside. We'd certainly come back.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, I am delighted you had a good stay in our cottage. I am also sorry that you found the large bed disappointing. Many Super King size beds are of the 'Zip Link' variety: this makes it easier for them to be lifted, shifted and installed, and means they can be used as two very wide single beds if occasion requires.
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Idyllic and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for six nights. It was a delightful cottage, wonderfully comfortable and with breathtaking views. Absolutely loved the place. Would highly recommend this property for anyone looking for a relaxing cosy retreat in a rural setting. As our young daughter of six years old remarked, 'It was the best cottage out of all the cottages we have stayed in!'

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you found the cottage comfortable and relaxing. It was lovely to have you.
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Idyllic country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 peaceful nights at this lovely cottage. The log fire was perfect for the chilly evenings. There were very few vehicles passing and the views from all the rooms were of the lovely countryside. We found quite a few places to eat out within a short drive. Perfect weekend break.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you enjoyed our part of rural Herefordshire and that you had a good break.
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Beautiful, deceptively spacious and well equipped property in a peaceful location.

  • 5 of 5

Nestled in the Herefordshire countryside, this beautiful country cottage surpassed our expectations. The property was deceptively spacious and full of character with all you need for a relaxing home from home. The cottage was very well equipped, including some basic store cupboard food items that we found useful in the stunning kitchen; there were detailed instructions left for all appliances as well as recommendations for local attractions and places to eat. The property was peaceful and comfortable with enough space to relax both inside and out with great views to the front and rear of the property. We only stayed two nights, but wish it was longer so we could explore the gorgeous countryside and further enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the cottage (the wood burner in the living room was a very welcome touch on a cool night). The cottage was very clean and in good condition, with a mix of period charm and modern facilities along with ample parking for a couple of cars. I would certainly recommend this property and will hopefully return for a longer stay in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your appreciative comments, I am very glad you had a good break and found everything to your satisfaction.
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Peaceful home from home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage with our two young daughters for a long weekend and fell in love with the place.

It is beautifully furnished and spacious, with glorious views, nestled in the middle of rolling countryside.

The local farm shop (Little Pengethley) has delicious food and you can get fresh eggs even closer from the vicarage in St Weonards (delightfully there is an honesty box, and you select and pack your own eggs). It's a lovely walk down to the village, where there is also a local shop for essentials.

We had a fun day trip to the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (about 20 mins drive) which the children adored; there is also a giant maze, crazy golf and a tea room onsite.

We loved the whole stay and hope to return soon for a longer break.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your 'Herefordshire' experience staying at our cottage. Thank you.
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From the Owner

We love this area of Herefordshire for being so wonderfully rural, often with sheep in the fields around. Our comfortable cottage, with its wonderful views over the countryside, affords a relaxing break. There are many things to see and do in the surrounding area. A (relatively) undiscovered place is Garway Hill, which is visible from our front door: after a gentle 20 minute walk to the top there are stunning 360 degree views over 7 counties. We think some of the best hill view points in the country can be found in Herefordshire: at Symonds Yat, Black Hill and so on. This area is a walker's paradise. Other highlights include canoeing on the River Wye, visiting ruined castles and visiting the near by market towns.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Hereford at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : M50 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 3 Miles

1. Cities and Towns - Hereford it is a fine city with ancient origins. Its Cathedral is open much of the day year-round, contains the unique Mappa Mundi and chained library. Ross-on Wye and Monmouth are both attractive market towns easy to reach. The famous book festival town of Hay-on-Wye is a 40-minute drive from our house, through the Golden Valley.

2. Walks – Climbing Garway Hill (visible from our windows) is highly recommended – there is a 360 degree view over 7 counties from the top: definitely worth the 20 minute walk up the gradual hill. Even closer is Saddlebow Hill, Orcop: a short, steep walk offering fantastic views. A relatively easy, memorable walk is up Black Hill (made famous by Bruce Chatwin): to top is a rocky knife-edge offering fantastic views of a bleak, imposing Offa’s Dyke on one side, and over far-reaching farm land on the other. The place to get a spectacular view of the Wye river is from Yat Rock at Symonds Yat East. The Offa’s Dyke Path, along the Wye Valley, or the Herefordshire Path are all easily accessible from our house.

3. The Three Castles – Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castles defended the Marches from the Welsh. There is a walking route to take them all in (17 mile circuit) but you could do them in a car in a couple of hours. Goodrich outside Ross (English Heritage) is an unusual sandstone castle with wonderful views over the Wye, and Raglan and Usk ( both beyond Monmouth on A40) magnificent.

45. National Trust and HHA – The gardens at Kentchurch Court (very close to us) are open much of the year, if not the house. The Kymin just outside Monmouth is a little pavilion but worth going to for its fine views over the town and countryside. The Weir (NT, north of Hereford) offers a lovely Wye-side walk and when its gardens are in season it’s great. Croft Castle (NT), Yarpole near Leominster, is a splendid stately home with mostly seventeenth and eighteenth century collections. There is a large garden, a playground for children, and parkland offering many walks. Hampton Court (HHA) (no, not that one: near Leominster) is a medieval castle with award-winning gardens, 1000 acres of parkland, and lots of interesting events held throughout the year. Also near Leominster is Berrington Hall (NT) with its Capability Brown landscape. Hellens in Much Marcle is the evocative home of the Munthe family, ancient medieval interiors and fine gardens (closes end of Sept). Eastnor Castle (HHA) outside Ledbury is great fun, huge early-Victorian interiors and extremely well set up for family visits. Hergest Croft at Kington (great for walks) has marvellous gardens and plant sales, and a tea room in a fine Victorian parlour even if the rest of the house is private.

7. Where to take children – Swimming, paddling and tadpole fishing is possible 10 minutes from our house in the River Monnow, Skenfrith. The Forest of Dean has numerous attractions for children – a Steam Railway, ‘Puzzlewood’ (unique place: worth googling), the Amazing Hedge Puzzle and the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Wye Valley Minature Golf among them. Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean offers a cafe, playground, ‘Adventure Play’ for older children, ‘Tree Top Junior’, a climbing tower, family cycling and the Sculpture Trail (see above). The Clearwell Caves near Coleford are also worth a visit.

8. Activities – You can canoe with the Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre or Hereford Canoe Hire. Fly-fishing is possible in the Rivers Monnow and Wye. For cycling Pedalabikeaway, Cannop, Forest of Dean has a range of waymarked routes to suit all abilities from gentle off road family rides, technical cross-country routes to full downhill lines. Pony Trekking is possible with Trevelog Farm, Llanthony Valley or The Equestrian Centre at Holme Lacy. The Old Forge Academy, Garway Hill offers a hands-on experience of the traditional art of blacksmithing: suitable for all ages. Cruises on the River Wye are also available from Symonds Yat. The Clearwell Caves, in the Forest of Dean are worth a visit. Gardens worth visiting are many and include: Brobury House Gardens, Hergest Croft Gardens; Ralph Court Gardens, Bromyard; Abbey Dore Garden; Kentchurch Court Garden.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
November & December
1 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year
16 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
January & February
10 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter holidays
30 Mar 2017 - 19 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
26 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
July & August
1 Jul 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £60

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


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


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • caving


  • Bathroom 1 - There is a toilet, separate bath and shower, and a handbasin
  • Bathroom 2 - A second toilet is on the ground four


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Super Kind Size double bed and a large wardrobe
  • A portable cot is available for use.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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