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- Detached, private holiday barn for a couple
- Wood burner and underfloor heating
- Baby and dog-friendly
- A few paces from the River Wye and beautiful riverside walks
- On the edge of Brockweir, a very pretty village with great amenities
- Good place for car-less visitors (bus/taxi from Chepstow station)
- Canoes can be launched from river-bank
Idyllically, privately situated, with the majestic River Wye just metres away, River Barn is a beautifully considered, rustic-but-comfortable little haven on the very edge of lovely Brockweir village. Renovated and styled by an architect and an interior designer, its neat space is made spacious by clever planning. Eco-friendliness is paramount, but so are comfort and a sense of romance – the perfect recipe for honeymooners or couples who just want to enjoy each other’s company and the countryside around them. Sleeps a couple (plus a baby and a well-behaved dog).
The ground floor is the living space, with big flag stones on the floor, up-cycled furnishings, a lovely hand-made kitchen, and a cosy wood burner. There are interesting touches everywhere – openings displaying decorative objects, early 20th-century packing boxes from the Coca-Cola Company used as kitchen drawers, and vintage crockery from the `50s and `60s. A calming colour-palette of soft warm blues and neutrals unifies the space, while dashes of bright colour add zing and zip.
Stable doors lead you out onto the pretty garden. Enclosed by stone walling, it has gravel, flower beds, and the fresh greenness of trees behind. There are table and chairs for sitting and enjoying the view over the river and the totally unspoilt outlook of fields and trees to either side. The riverside footpath (Offa's Dyke) is a stone's throw away from River Barn, which can be accessed via a public footpath, and is great for taking walks with or without a dog.
Upstairs, the lovely big bedroom has a roll-top bath open-plan at one end, with uspoilt views of the valley through the roof-lights. A separate room with a secret door houses a shower, a loo and a hand basin.
Things to do in and around River Barn in Brockweir
Take strolls along the river in this stunning Area of Natural Beauty or forays along the lane into the village to pick up supplies or enjoy a drink or a meal at the excellent local pub. Or for more expansive expeditions, the Wye Valley Walk or Offa’s Dyke are on the doorstep. Wye Walker tells you about the Wye Valley Walk itself, but also gives details of adjoining local walks. The prize-winning tea room at The Old Station is just a short walk south of Brockweir, and Tintern Abbey is just a few minutes’ drive away or a longer walk through trees. For history-lovers or those who just want to be amazed by the magnificent beauty of Norman fortified architecture, Chepstow castle is great place to visit. Its strategic location right on the limestone cliffs makes it one of the most important castles in Wales, and is a dramatic sight from the beautiful Wye Bridge. Some very important Roman remains are a short drive away at Caerwent, and one of the largest and most important Roman fortresses in Britain can be seen 12 miles further away at Caerleon. The remains of the Roman garrison and baths are quite amazing, and show just how comfortable a place Roman Britain could be for a Roman.
The Forest of Dean, which cloaks the Lower Wye Valley in ancient deciduous trees, has all sorts of interesting things to see and do: GoApe at near Lydney (a network of high wires and zip wires through the treetops); Pedalabikeaway, a brilliant off-road cycling track (plus cycle hire) for all abilities; the steam train through the forest; and Puzzlewood, a mysterious place, used as a film location for many films and TV programmes, such as Dr. Who and Merlin. The Hopewell Colliery Museum explains how coal was mined in this area over time, and the limestone caves at Clearwell show evidence of iron ore mining from as long ago as 4,000 years.
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 River Barn, Brockweir
'We came to eat, walk, laugh and relax, and we did just that - with this beautiful cottage making all the difference to our wonderful stay. Just what we needed! Thank you x' Zoe & Billy, Petersfield.