Little House in the Big Woods

Malt House kitchen - Wye Valley accommodation
  • Romantic place for a couple to stay – great for minimoons or anniversaries
  • Sleeps a couple
  • Lovely woodland walks from the front door
  • Close to the river Wye
  • Eco-friendly, organic and Fairtrade, where possible
  • Outside Brockweir village, but close to its amenities: good pub and award-winning community shop/café
  • Dog-friendly

This little wooden house is smartly black-clapboarded on the outside, and beautifully fitted out inside with white woodwork and lovely decorative touches. A perfect space for a couple (and a dog), the Little House is small but designed to be spacious, with everything ship-shape and in its place. Cosy and snug in the winter, it has a superb wood burner and an endless supply of logs; but its big French doors all open wide to catch summer breezes and to enjoy inside-outside warm-weather living.

Firepit in garden of Little House

Downstairs, the open-plan living-room comprises a dining-area, a sitting-area and a spacious kitchen (plus a shower room in the corner). The room is very effectively warmed by a top quality wood burner, but there is electric back-up if the weather is particularly cold. The owner, who is a dedicated ‘upcycler’ has refurbished furniture, used recycled materials and bought items from Ebay and vintage stores. She has a strong green philosophy, which is reflected in the little house, with its eco-energy, negligible carbon footprint, and use of organic, recycled and Fairtrade products. None of these compromises on comfort, however, and this little house will make you feel cocooned, looked-after, and peacefully restored.

Period features Stunning historic interiors

Upstairs, a mezzanine level has a double bed and an ensuite loo and hand basin. The stove pipe goes up into this room from below, and warms the space beautifully.

Malt House in Brockweir - close to the Wye, pub and shop Real wood fire Spiral staircase

Outside, there is an enclosed sitting-area bounded by a willow fence. French doors open out to a table and chairs and a chiminea.

Beautiful rural setting near horses, hills and the River Wye Stunning historic interiors

The Wye Valley, where it winds through the ancient Forest of Dean, is a particularly special area – not least that the river in this stretch is a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Beautiful walks abound, as do places to visit, and outdoor activities. There are plenty of good places to eat out and fine shops in the old county town of Monmouth for food (and other) shopping. Famous Tintern Abbey, inspiration for poets and artists, as well as evidence of the wrath of Henry VIII’s reformation, is a short drive away. Closer to home, Brockweir village has mysterious ancient buildings and fascinating higgledy-piggledy houses on quiet, mossy-walled lanes – perfect for idle strolling. Bridleways and ‘fairy’ footpaths lead you through woodland and along the grassy river bank, a haven for dogs and humans alike.

Main bedroom with log burner Main bedroom

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied free of charge)
  • Free wifi
  • TV with DVD and Freeview
  • Ipod docking-station
  • Good mobile signal
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Fridge (with ice-box)
  • Separate freezer
  • No dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • No washing-machine, but there is hand-wash liquid, and owner can do a wash if required
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Organic cotton bedding and towels, plus all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Elec, hot water and logs included (back-up electric heater supplied)
  • Dog-friendly (one well-behaved dog welcome downstairs, but be aware of chickens, sheep etc in the vicinity)
  • Enclosed sitting-out area with garden furniture and chiminea (fuel included)
  • Downstairs shower-room; upstairs ensuite loo with hand basin
  • Lots of books and local information
  • Great walks around the Little House, on Offa’s Dyke, in woodland, or down by the Wye river
  • Cottage has green credentials with eco-friendly/fair-trade/organic products supplied; electricity is supplied by Ecotricity
  • Village pub 20 minutes’ walk away
  • Award-winning community shop with internet café and play-area 20 minutes’ walk away
  • Situated on the edge of Brockweir village in a peaceful position on a quiet lane with pretty views, woods and fields around. Owner lives up the hill a little way, but cottage feels nice and private
  • Bike storage available
  • Owner can collect from Chepstow station if visitors arrive by train
  • Owner offers guided tours, guided walks, guided runs, ‘drive and drop', bespoke itineraries, honeymoon hampers or special hampers for all kinds of special occasions, picnics (including left in a special place to ‘stumble upon’), packed lunches, breakfast or tea-time baskets, or home-cooked meals left in the fridge for arrival.
French windows to garden Outside area with firepit Logs for cosy fires in the Wye Valley holiday cottage Little House

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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Outside area French windows to garden
The River Wye, a few steps from the Malt House holiday cottage

Location map

Beautiful rural setting near horses, hills and the River Wye Stunning historic interiors

From the visitors book at Little House in the Big Woods

"Such a fantastic, quirky little cottage, one of my favourites. The Wye Valley is wonderful and made all the better with the balmy February weather. Thanks." Clive and Dale, Derbyshire

"We've had a lovely week staying here in your cosy cottage. Very relaxing, but with enough energetic walks to keep us busy. Loved the mezzanine bedroom, and the whole place has been designed with detail and style - thank you." Kirstie and Anthony, Nottingham

"A fantastic abode in an awesome location. Everything we needed was at hand; nothing was missing. Quiet, comfortable, and the perfect place for a birthday weekend."

We both (and Roxy the dog) had a brilliant time, the weather was tip-top, we both got burnt due to how hot it has been!! The Little House is lovely and cosy - spesh as you are literally in the woods and in the middle of all the wildlife - roaring fire at night too!! Walks are amazing, so many different routes to take, like we did, and nearly ended up in Chepstow!! Will defo be back in future."

"First impressions are everything and The Little House made a fantastic first impression. Beautifully decorated with the Stove fire and view over the valley, it's perfect! I brought my partner here to propose to her, and whilst stargazing in the field opposite the cottage on a still spring night , I got down on one knee and (thankfully) she said yes - would have been an awkward break otherwise! So thank you for the perfect location for a wonderful weekend. For others who are visiting if you run or walk for leisure, Jill is a fountain of local knowledge and showed me a scenic (and hilly) running route. We will be coming back soon!" Richard and Anne

"Such a beautiful cottage and fantastic views. We loved the peaceful environment, birds singing, watching the squirrel jump from tree to tree. The Log burner is a lovely feature and so warm. Thank you Jill for the tasty welsh cakes and letting us stay in your quaint little house and the company of your very friendly hen xx." Helen and Jason, Oswestry

"Perfect weekend, the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Really appreciated all the homely touches. We would love to stay here again. xxx " Em and Steve, Bracknell