Monks Hall

Restored Monks Hall - real wood fire and old-world charm
  • Unique historic house, but with all contemporary comforts
  • Sleeps a couple, or a couple plus 2
  • Lovely for romantic breaks or family holidays
  • Child, baby and dog-friendly
  • Close to excellent village pub and fantastic community shop/cafe
  • A very short walk to the River Wye for riverbank strolling
  • Superb local walks
  • 20 minutes from the M48 Severn Bridge

A truly historic building, which once belonged to the monks of Tintern Abbey, and which is believed to be the oldest house in the Wye Valley, this beautiful property bears witness to the passage of many centuries. Originally a 12th-century monks’ hall with an ‘undercroft’ below for animals, and extended in the 14th-century, Monks Hall has recently been carefully renovated and furnished to provide a romantic, atmospheric place to stay. Very cosy in winter and beautifully cool in summer, this Grade 2* listed property sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an infant and one good dog). Situated in pretty Brockweir village, with lovely views from the garden across to the hills, Monks Hall is only a few strides from the River Wye. Conveniently, it is only a 20-minute drive from the M48 Severn Bridge, making it a really accessible location for short breaks as well as holidays.

Luxury accommodation near the River Wye Brockweir near the river Wye - the ideal getaway

The renovation of Monks’ Hall was an enormous feat. The owner, an expert in historic restoration, worked closely with archaeologists and English Heritage to bring this very special building back to life. In the early stages of the renovation, it was visited by Kevin Macleod of Grand Designs, who commented that it was a truly remarkable property. It is a testament to the owner's abilities that the house is warm and comfortable, and fitted out to a high standard, without compromising its historic features. Some superb modern touches – multi-coloured lights on the stairway, top spec bathrooms, and good entertainment technology make this as much a convenient and approachable living space as a historic gem.

Superb holiday home in the Wye Valley with modern amenities Monks Hall - luxury holiday cottage

Downstairs, a huge doorway with solid oak door leads you into a spacious well-equipped kitchen, with a range oven, a useful island topped with Welsh slate, and a big round table for convivial meals or working on enormous jigsaws. A comfy sofa means you can also relax and watch the flat-screen TV on the wall while taking breaks from the task in hand. There is also a downstairs loo.

Monks Hall in Brockweir - close to the Wye, pub and shop Oroginal features, beautufully restored - a perfect getaway for couples Stunning luxury cottage on the Welsh border

The first floor is the main boast of the house: a wonderful drawing-room with an enormous 14th-century fire-place (and top-of-the-range wood burning stove), original leaded-light windows, antique furniture, oil paintings, generous Knole sofas and well-filled bookshelves. A doorway leads out onto steps down to the garden, and a utility space is nicely hidden behind the staircase. In summer, there is a sense of breezy elevation, with beautiful vistas from window seats across to the hills of the Wye Valley. In winter, with the gentle light from candles and the glow of the wood burner, this space becomes cosy, romantic and utterly peaceful.

Self-catering kitchen, Wye Valley

The top floor has a lovely double bedroom with super-king bed and superb ensuite shower-room and loo, and a twin bedroom with a lovely bathroom and loo next-door.

Bedroom at Monks Hall Shower and loo at Monks Hall Stylish holiday cottage features

The garden is perfect for sitting in the sun and watching the horses and ponies in the fields on the hillside slopes. The sound of the nearby brook, which feeds into the river, creates a dreamy backdrop to an alfresco meal, or simply some very peaceful r&r. There is also a Roman-style wood-fired pizza-oven for pizza-making fun, or for cooking roasts.

Twin room with exposed beams Bathroom at Monks Hall, Brockweir, Wye Valley

Monks Hall can simply be a place in which to relax, or to use as a base for a plethora of great things to do or interesting places to visit in the Wye Valley area. Children will love the steam train which runs through the Forest of Dean, the dedicated cycling track at Pedalabikeaway, the caves at Clearwell, and (for older ones) canoeing down the river Wye. And wild swimming is a superb way of getting intimate with the local wildlife, if that’s your bag. For those who enjoy ancient monuments, Tintern Abbey is just down the road, and the beautiful old county town of Monmouth is twenty minutes away (with all facilities and superb food-shopping). Walking in the area is superb, with many footpaths curling through the forest, or following the course of the river Wye. Eating out is excellent, with good pub food and a pint at The Boat Inn at Redbrook, or excellent Indian food at the award-winning Misbah Tandoori in Monmouth. And for those who would like to enjoy the luxury of a pint or two without having to drive home, The Brockweir Country Inn (which serves food, too) is just a few steps away.

Stunning exterior of Monks Hall Stone country cottage Tintern Abbey, close-by

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied, first basket free of charge)
  • Free wifi
  • Mobile reception
  • Large flat-screen TV in the kitchen with Sky (including 'Variety' package) and DVD-player, plus TV in twin bedroom
  • CD-player/radio
  • Ipod/Iphone docking-station
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • 6-burner Rangemaster gas hob with electric oven
  • Large Smeg fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Iron and ironing-board
  • Elec, gas, heating and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (ask caretaker for travel cot, high chair etc)
  • Dog-friendly (one well-behaved dog welcome on ground and first floors, but not on the second floor where the bedrooms are situated)
  • Garden furniture
  • Roman-style wood-fired pizza-oven in the garden
  • Ensuite shower-room with loo in master bedroom, plus separate bathroom with loo next to twin room
  • Additional downstairs loo
  • Lots of books and local information
  • Great walks along the river Wye and along wonderful woodland trails (the river is a couple of minutes' walk away)
  • Very good village pub (with food) a few steps away
  • Excellent community shop close by, with great local produce, a cafe and a play-area
  • 20 minutes' drive from the M48 Severn Bridge
  • 20 minutes' drive from the lovely county town of Monmouth, with great food shopping, cafes and bistros
  • Close to Michelin-starred dining and good local pubs
  • Near Tintern Abbey and other historic sites

The River Wye, a few steps from Monks Hall holiday cottage

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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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Stairs to garden Pizza oven in garden Cottage garden

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From the visitors book at Monks Hall, luxury Wye Valley cottage

By email: 'This is just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed our weekend at Monks Hall. It is a truly fantastic cottage to which we hope (and intend) to return. Best wishes, Justin' (from Hull).

'We are so blessed to have stayed in such a lovely house, surrounded by such beauty. We had a magnificent time. We loved cooking in the superb kitchen, and relaxing by the fire. And the bedrooms were so cosy and peaceful. Many thanks.' Valerie, London

'Beautiful house - lovely to see so much oak, old and new. Luxury and tranquility - a good combination, perfect for a relaxing weekend. The surroundings echoed this, and we wandered happily around the village and up and down the river. The village shop was great, and we made it just in time for the Saturday morning market at St. Briavels for more delicious vegetables and bread.' Pam and Mike, Penzance

'Beautiful house in a beautiful setting! One of our favourite stays. Everything was great! Thanks so much.' James and Sherry, Canada

'I was so excited about visiting Monks Hall after much searching on the net, and I have to say it exceeded my already high expectations. The house has been beautifully restored, with so much obvious love and care given to it. I kept discovering little nooks and crannies and interesting features the longer I stayed here. The house is very well equipped, the best I've ever come across, and cooking here was a sheer delight. The blackberries we picked made a lovely accompaniment to the apple pie. It's a fantastic place. Congrats on what you have achieved, and many thanks for sharing it.' Gilly, London

'A really relaxing week in a beautifully restored 14th-century house - would love to know more about it. Walking from the door was a real bonus. However, best of all has to be the village shop - we spent some time there every day, and it was a delight to cook their produce in your superb kitchen.' Sue and Derek, Norwich

'My 66th birthday. Wow!! What a place to celebrate in. We came not knowing what it would be like, but it was fabulous!! If I could have searched for years for somewhere to stay I would never have found anywhere as magical as this. The whole place is full of history and character, you just melt into its warmth. The fact that there is no TV in the lounge is its best feature: you can sit and dream endlessly, looking into the flames of the fire and the flickering candles. Well done to whoever restored this beautiful cottage, you didn't spoil a thing. God bless this house.' Sandra and Tony, Bristol

'What a house - really exciting to stay in and so imaginatively and luxuriously appointed. Quite a visit! The walks are fantastic - and rather long if you get lost on the way back from the Devil's Pulpit! Think the Devil was interfering with our map-reading. Every day we had blue sky and sunshine; every night the sky was full of stars. What else was there to want?' Jenny and Ernest, Elstree

'Felt like we have been absorbed into Monks Hall, and now that it's time to leave, we're really sad. Perfect honeymoon - thank you.' Mark and Rebecca, Tadcaster