Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Spring Cottage enjoys a beautiful setting surrounded by indigenous forest set above the River Wye, only 5 minutes from Tintern. Visit Wales accredited with 5 stars, the cottage features two spacious bedrooms, kitchen with dining area, lounge with wood burner, detached conservatory and extensive woodland and garden.
The Wye Valley has long been a favourite of holiday markers and offers something for everyone - adventure (cycling, canoeing, tree assault course), activities (walking, golf, fishing etc.), culture (Tintern Abbey, Raglan Castle) and fine food and drink (Wye Valley Brewery, Parva Farm Vineyard, Crown at Whitebrook).
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gower Peninsula 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol International Airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Chepstow 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There are two bedrooms in the cottage - one featuring a king size bed and the other two singles (which can be pushed together to form a king - mattress topper provided). The bedrooms are newly decorated and carpeted and have ample storage space.
The newly fitted bathroom suite includes a full length bath with separate shower above, heated towel rail, WC and counter top basin.
The newly fitted kitchen/dining room is well equipped and contains an electric hob and cooker with hood above, dishwasher, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster and kettle. The room also contains a large oak dining table and chairs.
The utility room contains storage for dirty boots and coats, a washing machine and the boiler.
Featuring a modern wood burner, exposed stone walls and wooden beams, the lounge is the perfect place to rest those weary legs after a day outdoors. The lounge is equipped with two cosy double sofas, stocked bookcase, television, VHS and DVD player.
A detached wooden-framed conservatory with comfortable seating area next to the house is the perfect place to enjoy warm summer afternoons with a good book or glass of wine.
|Further details outdoors|
There is over an acre of private garden at the house.
Immediately adjacent to the house is a traditional cottage garden with outdoor seating.
Above the cottage is an apple orchard and beyond this woodland which is carpeted in bluebells and wild garlic in Spring.
Footpaths departing from nearby the house lead either downhill to the River Wye with it's riverside meadows (5 minute walk) or uphill through the forests to open farmland sitting on top of the valley.
Welcome pack including freshly baked bread and locally sourced eggs.
Pantry and bathroom essentials all provided including toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, tea, coffee, sugar, olive oil, soap, shampoo, salt, pepper.
Limitless supply of wood, kindling and fire-lighters also provided. During the winter months, depending the time of your arrival, the fire will either be laid or lit prior to your arrival on the first day.
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
The Wye was recently voted the public's favourite river; no wonder - it winds through some of the UK's most spectacular scenery. The Wye Valley, covering parts of Monmouthshire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire, is know as the birthplace of tourism as 18th century visitors were lured to the area with posters and etchings showing dramatic scenery and quaint villages. Today it is designated an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB), containing stunning viewpoints, dramatic cliffs, tranquil woods, rolling meadows and rambling river paths that still casts a spell over its lucky visitors. Beside the countryside itself, there is an incredible amount of major historical landmarks (such as Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey) and a thriving culture scene.
Brockweir, the nearby village, boasts a good pub, which serves food, and (a little way up the hill from the village) a really good community shop with a café. It sells excellent bread, deli products, and all sorts of really good local produce, from meat to veg. The fine county town of Monmouth is ¼ hour’s drive, and Chepstow, for both the town or its race course, is the same distance in the other direction. The attractive small town of Newland, with its beautiful church, dubbed ‘the Cathedral of the Forest’ is close, and there is also a good pub there called The Ostrich. For enthusiasts of fine dining, The Crown at Whitebrook, with its Michelin-starred cooking, is a must.
Golf: For the professionals, The Celtic Manor (22 miles) on the outskirts of Newport is a world-class golf resort that hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. Closer to home in Coleford is the Forest of Dean Golf Club (8 miles) and Forest Hills Golf Club (9 miles). Monmouth Golf Club (11 miles) is a fine 18 hole course with spectacular views over the Valley. There is also the famous Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club (15 miles) which is set around the spectacular stately home once owned by Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce.
Walking - No doubt one of the great attractions of the area is the year-round walking, and many walks, short and long, are close at hand. The best known routes - Offa's Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk - both pass through the village and it is a few moments walk from the cottage to join either.
Canoeing: A highlight of any visit to the Valley is canoeing or kayaking down the Wye on a warm summer's day. These can be rented in Monmouth or Symonds Yat.
Fishing: The Wye is renowned for it's fishing. Bigsweir Fishery (3 miles) own a beautiful 2 mile stretch of the Wye offering double bank fishing between March and October. Grange Springs Fishing Lakes (5 miles) and Big Well Fly Fishing (8 miles) offer lake based coarse and game fishing respectively.
For Children: Go Ape! (11 miles) is a great day out for children and adults alike. The ‘high-wire forest adventure’ involves following a giant obstacle course up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels, together with zip lines, high ropes and swings.
Back on land and next to Go Ape is The Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail which is a circular 11 mile cycle route through the beautiful Forest with numerous lakes providing great picnic spots.
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28 Apr 2014
"Calming, relaxing and charming"
Lovely views and wonderfully clean. A welcoming happy cottage. We loved Spring Cottage and Brockweir and the Wye Valley. We would happily recommend it to other visitors.… More
21 Jan 2013
"Amazing rural retreat"
We stayed at Spring Cottage last week for our anniversary - and will definitely be going back!
David made us incredibly welcome on our arrival. He gave us a great recommendation for a place to eat that evening, and some ideas for the rest of the week. The cottage itself was beautifully decorated and amazingly peaceful. I loved looking out over the woodland.
Before we booked I read the reviews on here, and was a little worried about the road to the cottage. I had a chat with David prior to booking and he reassured me that as long as you are sensible it is perfectly easy to get up the hill. I have to say I am not quite sure what the other reviewer was talking about - as we managed it perfectly easily.
I would definitely recommend Spring Cottage to anyone - although I don't want the whole world to know about it as otherwise it will be too difficult to book it again for our next trip! :)
16 Jan 2013
"A beautiful retreat"
Myself and my husband wanted to get away to the countryside on our own to celebrate our anniversary and staying at Spring Cottage really made it special. The cottage is beautiful, very light and airy… More
8 Jan 2013
"Amazing cottage with fantastic doorstep walks"
We stayed for a week at Spring Cottage for the New Year, it was a superb location and the Cottage itself was exceptional standard. Everything that you require for a Cottage holiday was provided to the highest standard. It was clean, homely and hidden away in a delightful part of Brockweir.
It was a pleasure to meet the owners, David and Violet, who lived next to Spring Cottage.
As stated on thier website, the access road is very narrow with potholes, however, once the initial nervous drive upto the Cottage is completed for the first time you will soon navigate the roads, but well worth it when you arrive at Spring Cottage.
Even though it was wet for the first part of the week we managed some great walks with our dog everyday - Tintern Abbey, the Devils Pulpit to name a few.
The cottage had everything we needed and an easy 20 min walk to the local pub, The Brockweir Inn, which is very welcoming and offers excellent food.
We highly recommend Spring Cottage and have no hesitation in returning in the not to distant future.
8 Jan 2013
"Beautiful cottage in idyllic surroundings"
We had a lovely stay in Spring Cottage for 3 nights, and can certainly recommend for future guests. I would ignore the negative comments of the first reviewer as our experience was wholly positive.
True, the drive up the Underhill lane is very narrow so please take care driving - especially after dark. On the plus side, there is ample parking by the cottage and the views are excellent.
The cottage is lovingly maintained inside, and the mixture of old and new is very well presented. You will feel right at home once you get the log burner on too! I would imagine it would be even better in Spring/Summer to take advantage of the garden and conservatory. Local walks are right on your doorstep, you can't go wrong.
We'd recommend Sunday lunch in the Brockweir Country Inn at the foot of the hill; very friendly staff and locals and they server great local ales too. Another recommendation is the Anchor in Tintern right by the Abbey. Chepsow (for the castle and races) and Monmouth (market town) are also easily accessible and nice to explore.
Overall, I would certainly recommend Spring Cottage to anyone looking for a base to explore the Wye Valley. Beautiful, tasteful, and very homely indeed.
8 Jan 2013
"Secluded, peace and quiet, great walks, excellent accomodations for two"
My wife and I (and dog) stayed here for the Christmas break and had a superb time. The cottage is really well located for river or hill walks literally out your front door. Brockweir is a one pub town (and only a pub!) that is lovely and a short 15 minute walk down the lane. Publican is kind and generous, people were really friendly - especially to dogs.
The cottage is really well appointed for two. There is a sunroom that materially expands the size of the place in warm weather and would make this great for a family. Kitchen is one of the better ones my wife and I have seen for holiday cottages - well appointed and works well. One comment - but this is true for every holiday cottage - I would trade a kingdom for a sharp knife in the kitchen!! A generous supply of wood for the fire was much appreciated.
This is a great cottage and a great part of the world to spend a week unwinding and walking - rain (if you don't mind, we don't) or shine.
10 Dec 2012
"nice cottage but cannot recommend"
Spring Cottage is a nice cottage, but I cannot recommend it for the following reasons: 1. The cottage is not 5mins from Tintern. It is about 1 mile away from Brockweir, but this is down one of the mos… More
I am very sorry to learn of your experience following your holiday at Spring Cottage and wish you had mentioned some of these issues when you were staying at the cottage so they could have been addressed, where possible. Answering your criticisms in turn:
1. Access to the cottage is via a single lane surfaced road which is narrow in places. This is clearly stated on our website. The recent heavy rain has meant a number of potholes have appeared along the lane and the local highways authority is aware and will be filling them.
2. Whilst we try to accommodate guests' requests for earlier arrival times and did our best to have the cottage ready for 3 o'clock, unfortunately on this occasion it was not possible. Knowing that we had work taking place at Spring Cottage the week before your arrival, we had informed you that gaining access to the cottage before 4 was unlikely to be possible but that you could arrive earlier as you didn't want to drive in the dark but that access to the cottage was not guaranteed.
3. We apologise for the smell of paint - we had redecorated the cottage the week before your arrival and efforts had been made to ventilate the cottage prior to your arrival.
4. The location is one of the most convenient for walking in the Wye Valley with a number of footpaths departing from the doorstep.
5. Again, apologies if your struggled with the road and if our neighbours were discourteous in anyway.
6. An e-mail confirming receipt of funds was sent along with directions and arrival information. If asked I could have provided a receipt.
7. The boiler is less than 2 years old and is modern and highly efficient. It is an oil fired boiler which is slightly noisier than gas fired boilers. Again I apologise if you found it noisy and if you had issues with the temperature of the water - this could have easily been rectified if you had contacted us.
21 Sep 2012
"A fun family holiday in a beautifully presented cottage"
What a place, they seem to have thought of everything. It is hard to fault the place that is clean, well equipped and beautiful, the bonus was the play-room for kids.
The woods are great for dens and camps and the house for some serious luxury and fun in the kitchen. There is so much to do in that part of the world and the cottage is great to get back to after a hectic day walking, kayaking or cycling.
24 Aug 2012
"Fantastic cottage in beautiful area"
Great cottage - even better than we expected & definitely more spacious than it looked in photo's. Couldn't fault it in any way, a real "get away from it all" cottage with fantast… More
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