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- Picturesque detached stone cottage overlooking the River Wye, with beautiful unspoilt views across the river to the woodland beyond
- Direct access to the river and the Wye Valley Walk
- Close to the lovely village of Brockweir (and a 10-minute walk to an excellent pub)
- Sleeps 2 to 6 (plus a child and an infant)
- Eco-friendly cottage in wildlife-friendly garden, restored with traditional materials
- 15% discount for a couple outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed
Fairhaven is a gorgeously pretty holiday escape, combining traditional cottagey looks with some really comfortable contemporary features. Sleeping 2 to 6 (plus a child and an infant), this lovely stone-built cottage is situated on a quiet lane just outside the delightful village of Brockweir, with a completely unimpeded view of the beautiful River Wye and ancient woodland behind. It was recently renovated to a very high standard of comfort without compromising any of its rustic charm, and is cosy for a couple but spacious enough for 6. The owners are passionate about traditional restoration, and this eco-friendly house has been renovated in accordance with SPAB guidelines, with natural, traditional and environment-friendly materials - lime mortar, locally-sourced wood and solar power.
There is a 15% discount for couples outside the peak periods based on the use of one double bed (when you book for a couple, the price adjusts automatically).
Downstairs, the lovely big kitchen has plenty of storage and stainless-steel work surface, as well as a very generous-sized island with stools to sit at to watch or help the cook in action. There is a kitchen table for informal meals, a larder, a big American-style fridge/freezer with ice-maker, a little sofa, a double-oven range with 5-burner electric hob, as well as all the appliances, equipment and utensils you could possibly need for happy and easy self-catering. There are also culinary herbs planted just outside the kitchen door.
The cosy sitting-room is next-door with its original tongue-and-groove panelling on walls and ceiling. Two deep leather sofas face both the wood burner and the big TV, and there is a bookshelf brimming with novels, guide books and reference books. An unusual little dining-room with pink heavily-mortared walls reminiscent of a Tuscan farmhouse, and a wood burner in the hearth, is snug for warm candle-lit winter dinners. Otherwise, it’s a great space for working on a huge jigsaw or playing board-games, or as a quiet tucked-away room for catching up on emails. There is also a downstairs wet-room shower with loo and hand basin.
Upstairs, there are two beautifully simple twin bedrooms with heavenly views through the windows. You are spoilt for bathrooms/shower rooms in this cottage: on this floor, there is a shower-room with loo and hand basin and, next-door, a bathroom with loo and hand basin. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, an ante-room (a daybed here is great for a small child, and there’s plenty of room for a cot), a dressing-room, and an ensuite shower room with loo and hand basin. The master bedroom has the same unforgettable, pretty, peaceful views. All the bedlinen is Egyptian cotton, and all the toiletries and cleaning products are eco-friendly.
At the back of the first floor, a spacious and airy sitting-room leads out onto a raised terrace via big doors, as does the master bedroom’s ante-room. This wonderful outdoor verandah has some beautiful contemporary rattan furniture, lending it a rather Antipodean feel, and steps up to yet more of the private garden behind – to more sitting areas and some grassy space at the top. An extremely fetching little rustic ‘homesteader’ cabin surveys all of this – used for storage, but adding to the general air of Aussie charm in this unusual back garden. The cottage-garden planting is generous, tumbling, and profuse, with self-seeded plants hopping about the place, and some lovely wild long-grass areas for encouraging the rich wildlife of this AONB.
Outside to the front of the cottage, there is a flag-stone terrace running the length of the house, bordered by cottage garden plants and herbs, with yet another place to sit and catch the sun. Here, you can admire the lovely view over fields, river and woods, or dine alfresco as the bats begin to flit. The other side of the quiet lane, there is a small meadow and some orchard belonging to the owners, where children can run around and play, where you can pick fruit in season, enjoy a barbecue, or walk down to the river. There's a jetty at the river's edge directly in front of the cottage - perfect for a summer plunge. The meadow is a haven for wildlife, home to all sorts of creatures from dormice to owls, with regular visits from deer - a really enchanting sight early on a summer's morning.
Things to do around Fairhaven
You could simply just relax in the cottage and enjoy its pretty surroundings, perhaps including a visit to the village pub (which serves good food) or a meander through the woods and along the river. Or it can be a great base for a plethora of activities or visits further afield. There is a very wide variety of things to do with children: the wonderful GoApe! near Lydney (a network of high wires and zip wires through the tree tops), the dedicated cycling track at Pedalabikeaway, the steam train through the Forest of Dean or, for older ones, the caves at Clearwell. Great sightseeing can be had at Tintern Abbey just down the road, and the beautiful old county town of Monmouth is just 20 minutes away for its excellent food shopping, good bistros and cafes. For great walking, join the Wye Valley Walk at the river’s edge, or investigate the enormous network of picturesque walks through the forest, wading through seas of bluebells in spring, mushroom-foraging in the autumn or glow-worm spotting in July. And of course the river itself provides opportunities for canoeing, fishing, and lovely riverside picnics (www.wyevalleypicnics.co.uk ). It's possible to be completely self-sufficient in Brockweir, as there is a superb community shop in the village, which stocks groceries, local fruit, veg and meat, and has a cafe with wifi and a great children's play-area outside. Tintern Old Station, which displays some of the old carriages once rolling-stock on the now defunct railway line, is a nice place to stroll to. The station has just scooped three awards, and its Victorian Tea Room won the prestigious Gold Award in the Best Tea Room in Wales category in the True taste of Wales Awards at the Royal Welsh Show 2012.
The nitty gritty
Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Fairhaven
Not so much an enquiry as a huge thank you. We have just returned home from our holiday, split between Fairhaven and Monks Hall. We had a wonderful holiday. Fairhaven in particular was magical and an incredibly relaxing place to be. We will be hoping to return. I've never stayed anywhere where I could feel so completely at home. The cottage was superbly equipped - I only wish we'd had longer - I'd have baked a cake for the cake stand. Please pass on our thanks to the owners. Both my boys would move there tomorrow if they could. A river, woodland, views and a home to curl up in after a day - perfect. A little - rather funny request - but if the owners would tell us what they use for laundry - the smell of the sheets was lovely.
Thank you again,
with very best wishes
Suzanne (from Petersfield)
'A fantastic week at Fairhaven. Gorgeous house in amazing location. So much to do - will have to come back. Thank you.' The Roberts family, Leominster
'The house is beautiful, and you have thought of everything. We have had a fantastic stay in a wonderful location. Thank you.' Caroline, Matt, Frankie, Rosa, Lucy & Angelo, Harrogate
'Our honeymoon was lovely here - a warm cosy well stocked house - obviously lovingly restored. Our 2 and 4 year old girls loved the space to run around in. Thanks. x' The new Mr & Mrs Curtis, Hertford
'A charming house in Brockweir. Stunning views and a very peaceful getaway. Will definitely be back in the near future. Thank you very much.' Laura & Michael, Wolverhampton
'We had a fantastic time. Lovely place! Hope to be back soon.' Smitha & Vasanth, Bristol
'Morning, we've just returned from Fairhaven. Everything was perfect. The place was beautiful, full of everything we could ever need. My mum loved it, so a big thanks to you.' Marcus, London (by email)
'Absolutely lovely house in a beautiful setting. What a magical place to celebrate my 60th birthday with all my family. Thank you so much for such happy memories. Highly recommended.' The Wright family, Aylesbury
'Beautiful house in gorgeous setting.' the Clearys, Melbourne
'A perfect weekend getaway that ended too soon. A beautiful well-stocked cottage in a gorgeous position. Couldnt want for more.' Alice and Marnie
'We had the most fabulous stay .Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us. So beautifully decorated and everything we could ask for. The river view is wonderful. Our 16 month old daughter enjoyed seeing the horses every day.' Kerri and Martin, Surrey
'Lovely cottage with great river views. Bottle of wine with a cosy fire and good company. Perfection!' John, Heather, Pete, Barbara, Jean and Chris, Nuneaton and Devon
'A lovely peaceful break in a cottage full of character.' Kim, Gareth and Eva, Bridgend
'Beautiful cottage with lots of lovely features. The wood burner made it really cosy on chilly evenings. Cottage was spotlessly clean.' Rebecca and Keith, Stratford-upon-Avon.