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- Pretty riverside position
- Sunny double-glazed conservatory for cooler days
- Close to the Black Mountains
- Very short walk to a pub
- Sleeps 2 - 4 (plus an extra child and a baby)
- A shower room and a bathroom - so each bedroom is effectively 'ensuite'
You could be in a different century here: this is the lyrical countryside of the Monnow Valley, with the Black Mountains as a stirring backdrop. The sound of the nearby river is just right – soothing, not intrusive; and a peaceful feeling envelops you as you settle in to stay in this sweet cottage. Simple, unassuming furnishings, a great wood burner, two good bathrooms, and the plash, plash of the river to sing you to sleep... Accommodates 2-4 (plus an extra child and a baby) in a double room and a spacious twin room. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Downstairs, the high-spec oak-and-glass conservatory, decorated with cheerful pot plants, is a lovely place to sit when it’s sunny but cool outside. Next-door is the cosy sitting-room with two generous comfortable sofas and an armchair, a good wood burner, and a big TV. The spacious twin bedroom is also on this floor, with an extra fold-out bed for an additional child, a big sofa, bookshelves brimming with books, and its own shower-room (with loo and hand basin) next-door.
An open-tread staircase creates a feeling of spaciousness and takes you up to the master bedroom on the first floor with its own bathroom (with loo, hand basin, and bath with shower over).
The little garden outside has a private, sheltered sitting-area with garden furniture, but the bonus is the river bank – an ancient right of way (mostly hardly used), but yours to use as you wish, from paddling or fishing to Pooh Sticks, or just watching out for the kingfisher. The church is just a stone stile away, and it is a really pretty old red sandstone building, typical of this area. It dates back to AD600 in its previous incarnation as a wooden church, but was stone-built between 1100 and 1200. Services are still held here, too.
Things to do around Monnow Cottage
Locally, apart from the nearby Cornewall Arms – an old country pub, where pints are passed through a hatch into the spacious garden, and where only drinks and crisps are served – there are some great places to eat and drink in the area. Toi et Moi is a little gem of a place run by a Frenchman and his British wife (follow signs from Abbeydore, but make sure you book first on 01981 240244); the Bridge at Michaelchurch (where you will find generous gastropub portions with a Latin twist), is picturesquely situated in the weeping willows by the Escley Brook in the shadow of the Black Mountain; or The Crown in the middle of Longtown village is great for a pint and good, honest, well-priced pub food.
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 Monnow Cottage
'I loved the cottage - and what a fantastic setting by the river. The rural location was great, such beautiful scenery and with good local pubs and an incredible local shop close by. Despite choosing such a wet week we all enjoyed our time here and would love to come back.'
From the first visitor to Monnow Cottage (via email): 'The cottage was ABSOLUTELY wonderful - we had a fantastic time, everything about it was utterly CHARMING! Emily (the housekeeper) was lovely and helpful, as were the rest of the villagers we met. We generally like to try different places, but with this place we would love to return! It was so relaxing, and the kitchen door being open to the sounds of the river was simply heaven! Very relaxing for us city folk. Many thanks for finding us such a great place at last minute. Thanks again.' Emma and family, London
And another email from a happy customer: 'Hi Caroline,
Our short break in Monnow River Cottage was absolutely wonderful! The cottage itself was breathtakingly beautiful and the location was out of this world! We honestly did not want to leave. We were given a warm welcome by the locals in the pub and enjoyed fantastic walks around the cottage and in Longtown - the castle is a must see. The standard of the cottage was the best we have received in our many years of UK holiday cottages. We have already booked another cottage for next March and no doubt will book many more with you.
Julie, Alun & Dobby' from Bridgend