Offa's Lodge

Warm wood burning stove in cosy holiday cottage
  • 12% discount available for a couple outside the school holidays
  • Quintessential country cottage in pretty, enclosed garden
  • Cosy, romantic hideaway - perfect for an anniversary, honeymoon or short break
  • Sleeps 2-4 (plus an infant and 2 good dogs) A sofa-bed is available for an extra couple at a modest charge
  • Lovely setting, close to the River Wye and great walks
  • Good shops and pubs within easy reach
  • Child, baby and dog-friendly
  • 25 minutes from the M48 Severn Bridge

'Best holiday cottage we've ever had. Perfect in every detail. Thank you! We arrived in a thunderstorm after dark, walked in and devoured the brownies. Things we liked: cappuccino machine, comfy sofas, listening to the owl, watching butterflies in the beautiful garden. Great week of biking, canoeing, go-apeing, walking and eating.' The Carslaws, Ilkley

Offa’s Lodge makes you sigh with happiness when you see it for the first time – and the sighs only get happier  as you explore it further. The owners are true enthusiasts and have successfully transformed other buildings before this one. This is their latest project, and what a gem it is. It is situated in stunning countryside, with Offa’s Dyke path just yards away, but is conveniently close to useful local shops and very good pubs and restaurants. The Forest of Dean and the River Wye both provide endless opportunities for outdoor fun of all kinds, great sightseeing, and just the pure joy of being in such lovely surroundings. 

This lovely cottage is available for couples at a 12% discount outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, the price will be reduced automatically).

Lovely kitchen in St Briavels cottage
Kitchen sink Fresh flowers Dresser with welcome cake

Downstairs, there is a spacious kitchen, with a utility room and a shower-room-cum-loo off it, a dining-room with an antique pine dresser, and a very cosy sitting-room with a fantastic wood burner, two comfy sofas and an extended armchair - just the spot for super-relaxation. It is heaven to sit here after an energetic walk, with weary legs extended, a book in hand, a drink on the table, and the wood burner glowing. In the summer, leave the door to the garden ajar and let the birdsong drift in..........

Dining room Self catering in the Wye Valley near the river Wye

Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with an antique brass double bed and lots of hanging space and storage; a twin bedroom with a pair of very pretty French antique single beds, and a family bathroom. Both bedrooms are luxuriously carpeted, and decorated with pretty Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics.

Liivng room with cosy sofas and slide-away TV Coffee table
Comfy sofa next to wood burning stove in Offa's Lodge

Outside, the enchanting cottage garden, bordered by an old stone wall, is pretty throughout the year. Tulips in April are taken over by foxgloves in May, then roses in June – and so on. The feeling of timelessness creates a wonderfully relaxing sense of escape. A lovely wooden summerhouse makes the perfect place for children to play, or for adults to sit and dream. Inside there is a comfy sofa bed and wifi, making it a great extra space for use in warm weather. There is a little stone terrace with a rose-covered arch and garden furniture for fine days. The outlook from the garden peeps through trees down towards the river valley below, where charming little Bigsweir Bridge takes the road from one riverbank to the other.

Stunning bedroom
Vintage bed Bathroom Beatrix Potter
Twin bedroom Twin beds - holiday let St Briavels

Things to do around Offa's Lodge

The cottage is ideally placed for whatever visitors are inclined to do – whether just relaxing in the cottage and enjoying the quintessential cottage garden, or setting off for more strenuous activities. Walking is superbly catered for with the Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke nearby, as well as an enormous network of paths and trails through the forest or along the river. Cyclists are very fortunate to have the Pedalabikeaway dedicated cycle trail near Coleford, with circuits for all ages and abilities. For families, Go Ape! is a superb network of high wires and zip wires, and the steam train through the forest is wonderful. The caves at Clearwell are a fantastic network of natural caves, mysterious and atmospheric – not a surprise to learn that Merlin and Dr. Who have been filmed inside them many times. Offa's Lodge is a very reasonable drive to the Brecon Beacons National Park to the west, for superb walking and beautiful open, far-reaching views; and similarly, eastwards to the scenic Cotswolds for picturesque honey-coloured villages - both areas being under an hour's drive away.

A couple of miles up the road is your local - the George Inn at St Briavels, which offers good pub fare in the setting of a 16th century traditional inn. In fact foodies will rejoice in the fact that this area is great for eating out – whether it is gastropub cooking at the Inn at Penallt, or pub grub with a pint at The Boat by the river at Penallt and the Brockweir Country Inn in the centre of pretty Brockweir village. The Butcher's Arms in the village of Clearwell is offering guests staying at Offa's Lodge a discount on their meals (not in conjunction with any other discounts). Monmouth at 10 minutes away is a lovely county town with all the food shops – and more - that you could possibly need during your stay.

Bigsweir bridge near Offa's Lodge holiday cottage in the middle of the Wye Valley

The nitty gritty

  • Woodburner (logs supplied, first basket free of charge)
  • TV and DVD player ( and selection of DVDs)
  • Broadband/wifi
  • CD player, radio and iPod docking-station
  • Landline telephone with honesty box, as mobile reception is not good
  • Well-equipped kitchen with useful utility room next-door
  • Electric 6-burner range-cooker with two ovens
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing-machine  and tumble-drier
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil, herbs)
  • Bedding, towels, and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials)
  • Electricity, central heating, and hot water included
  • Bathroom with bath and toilet; and separate downstairs shower and toilet
  • Stairgate available
  • Games and toys for children; chess set and board games for adults
  • Welcome cake
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot and booster high chair upon request
  • Dog-friendly: two well-behaved dogs allowed downstairs only
  • Tourist information leaflets, books and magazines
  • Pretty summerhouse with wifi and sofa-bed, for use in warm weather (no heating), and lovely stone-flagged terrace
  • Barbecue and garden furniture
  • Secure fixed bike rack behind cottage, and, upon request, option of storing bikes in locked shed, if preferred
  • Private parking outside cottage for 2 cars
  • Famous Offa’s Dyke path 100 yards from door, plus other great walks
  • The Wye river a 5-minute walk from cottage
  • Owner can supply anything special for a stay, from Champagne to bespoke hampers or home-cooked meals (discuss with owner directly once a booking has been made)
  • Monmouth and Chepstow, with their good range of shops, places to eat and historic sites a 10 minute and 20 minute drive respectively. Good local shops at Llandogo (5 mins drive) and Brockweir (7 mins drive)
  • Good food pubs in nearby Newland, Clearwell and St Briavels; and local hotel within 5-minute walk offers coffee and snacks, and dinner upon reservation. The Butcher's Arms in Clearwell is offering guests staying at Offa's Lodge a discount on meals (not in conjunction with any other discounts)
  • Michelin-starred restaurant less than 3 miles away
  • Near Tintern Abbey and other historic sites
  • 20 minutes drive from the M48 Severn Bridge
  • This lovely cottage is available for couples at a 12% discount outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, the price will be reduced automatically).
Comfy sofa next to wood burning stove in Offa's Lodge

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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Summer house Garden path Lovely cottage garden
Beautiful cottage near the Forest of Dean and river Wye

Location map

Holiday retreat near the Wye
Lovely cottage Flower garden at cottage
Lovely cottage Flower garden at cottage
Holiday retreat near the Wye
Lovely cottage Flower garden at cottage

From the visitors book at Offa's Lodge

‘Amazing happy time. Perfect for kids and dogs. Lovely. Thank you.’ The Richardsons, Buckinghamshire

'Dave and I would like to thank you for a very nice stay. The cottage was more than expected, “wonderful”. We have been to The Forest of Dean many times, but this has been the best. See you again soon.' Mo & Dave Brearley

'We have been looking for a perfect cottage in the Forest of Dean for a few years and finally found it! Some lovely walking and nice to come back to a roaring fire. Lovely walks from the door too. Many thanks for a lovely holiday (choc brownies were to die for).' Sara and Paul, North Yorkshire

We have stayed in many cottages over the years but this cottage ticks every single one of our very fussy boxes! I think everyone who stays here is saying" I want to retire here!". Love the cottage, love the area and yes, we will be looking for a cottage to buy in this area! Many thanks for a lovely weekend break!’ Colin and Chris from Banbury

'Thank you for providing us with an intimate, cosy, and romantic stay. Your cottage is really lovely, and made so even more by the chocolate brownies. You`ve really done a great job of thinking of everything your guests could need or want. It`s been a magical weekend in a magical piece of the countryside. Thank you.' Anton and Jaine, London and Hereford

'A truly lovely cottage. It felt just like a home from home and as if we had borrowed it from friends. The best holiday let we`ve ever had. Thank you so much for the lovely brownies, cordial and marmalade, too. We will come back for longer next time!!' Diana and Mark, Crowborough

'A beautiful cottage that we could move into today. Best holiday home that we have stayed in, with everything provided. Nicky - you have wonderful taste in decoration, colours and attention to detail. We will be back.' The Hart family, Cornwall

'Thank you for sharing this little piece of heaven with us. It has been a time of renewal, restoration and replenishment. The cottage is so welcoming, and truly feels like a "home from home". We so appreciate your attention to detail in creating such a warm, welcoming space.We will be back!' Sandy and Paul, Tetbury

'We loved the look of Offa`s Lodge when it came online, but it is a million times better in reality, and we feel so lucky to have stayed - Nicky, you have achieved perfection! We have been enchanted by the forest and this little bit of heaven, and we will return. Oh yes, and those yummy brownies....thank you very much!' Charlotte and Michael, Pembrokeshire

Via email to the office:

Hi Caroline,

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at Offa's Lodge, and just wanted to say we had a fabulous time there.  The cottage was even nicer in real life than in the pictures - we loved it - so comfortable and cosy and plenty of space for us all.  Loved the summer house too and the garden was absolutely beautiful - so full of colour - was fantastic to sit outside on the two lovely sunny days we had whilst there and take it all in - very relaxing.  Fantastic location - close to everything - walking, canoeing, cycling - the kids went mountain biking in the forest and also went canoeing on the River Wye, which was so easy to book (on previous holidays to Wales we had tried to do this but it was so expensive per person and so many stipulations that we were put off, but we called up the canoe hire company in Monmouth and popped down in the afternoon and after a bit of a safety talk, were on our way - easy peasy and the kids loved it).  Please tell Nicky and David, the owners, that they have a lovely home.

Kind regards,

Jayne Field

'We've stayed in many holiday cottages over the years and this has got to be the best one yet. So comfy, with everything we need. Had a couple of muddy bike rides in the forest and it was lovely to come back, have baths, and warm up in front of the fire. The brownies and cordial were fab. Thank you so much. Will highly recommend Offa's Lodge.' The Harris family, Plymouth

'After struggling to decide what to get my parents as a thank you present for all they did at our wedding, we chose a weekend at Offa`s Lodge. We made a great choice! After scoffing the brownies, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to change the locks, demand squatters' rights and live here forever.' The Pownalls and the Stewarts, Shropshire

'What a wonderful cottage!! We have had a wonderfully relaxing break which got off to a fabulous start with the home made bakewell and elderflower cordial. Thank you. Should you ever consider selling... We take lots of cottage breaks in the UK and this is definitely top of the list; we will look forward to a return visit.' Ian and Lesley

'The cottage looked good in the pictures but it's even better in reality!! I will take some decorating ideas home with me. Inspiring! Very well stocked. There wasn't a thing we wished for that wasn't here. Thank you.' Mark and Ineke, Harwich

'We've had a fabulously relaxing week in this impeccable cottage. Thank you!' Jane, St. Albans

'What a lovely happy stay in a beautifully furnished and homely cottage. Appreciated the Caroline Zoob prints and Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics; home from home! Baileys near Ross-on-Wye was wonderful, highly recommended to future visitors. Many thanks, Nicky. Hope to meet you on a future visit.' The James family, Petersfield

'Absolutely stunning cottage and beautiful surroundings. We were made to feel welcome from the start. It really made the place feel like home...if only!!' Johnny and Louise, Leeds

We celebrated Peter's 48th Birthday in the perfect cottage in the perfect part of the UK! Thank you.' Peter, Stacey and Georgia, Cambridge

'What a wonderful stay we have had. The cottage is superb - with everything we needed! Thank you so much! P.S. Brownies and hand written note made a really lovely touch P.P.S. Brownies tooooo delicious. Many thanks.' Joseph, Olly and Kit, London

'Beautiful birds, bees, butterflies, blooms and brownies! The weather gods smiled on us! Have had a lovely relaxing 4-day break in a wonderful cottage. Many thanks.'
William and Jill, Todmorden

'Simply wonderful!' The Goedekings, Schwalmtal, Germany

Summer house and garden Flower garden at cottage
Summer house and garden Flower garden at cottage