River Barn

Little barn conversion in Brockweir
IN BRIEF
  • 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).

Riverside cottage in the Wye Valley
Outside seating Bench outside cottage

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.

Beautiful interior design
Dining and kitchen area Self-catering Wye cottage

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.

COsy woodburner
Wood basket Window on the Wye Stairs to bedroom

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.

Lovely bedroom with bath
Bedroom for couples in holiday cottage near Tintern Bed and bath!

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.

Shower Rolltop bath Bathroom
Bathroom with wood panelling

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner - the first basket of fire wood is provided and more is available at a small surcharge
  • Underfloor heating makes this cottage super-cosy
  • TV with Freeview and DVD
  • Radio with iPod Dock
  • Wifi
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Electric stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge with ice-box
  • Microwave
  • Washing-machine
  • Elec, heating, hot water included
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper, olive oil)
  • Board games, books, cookery books, guide books, plus an information file
  • Baby-friendly (travel cot, high chair provided)
  • Dog-friendly (one good dog welcome)
  • Pub 5 minutes' walk away
  • Superb community shop with café in the village
  • Off-lane parking
  • Safe bike storage
  • Enclosed garden
  • BBQ available to use
  • River bank with footpath just a very short walk away
  • Canoes can be launched from river bank – bring your own or hire one locally
  • Plenty of excellent places to eat out in the area
  • Great access: 15-minute drive from the M48 Severn Bridge
  • Good for train-travellers: you can get a bus or a taxi from Chepstow station

Blue chair Lovely finishing touches Cosy bedroom
Lovely interior design

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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Location map



Cottage next to river Wye - excellent walks along the Wye outside the door
Bench Cottage on quiet lane in Brockweir near the Forest of Dean

From the visitors book at River Barn, Brockweir

'We came to stay for our honeymoon. River Barn has been the perfect place to explore some lovely riverside trails as well as some more challenging walks, and is also a lovely place to do nothing. We had lots of bubble baths in the incredible tub and will miss it when we return home. The little green '40 walks' book by Ben Giles is brilliant as many of the walks can be taken direct from River Barn on foot and bike. Wonderful place, will miss it. Also the lovely horses came up to say hello everyday.'  Kylie and Gareth, Leicestershire 

'We have had a truly wonderful week away from it all. The barn is stunning, we couldn't wait to come home every evening! Would recommend Symonds Yat Rock and Nags Head for bird watching. Thank you, we will be back! x' Claire and Matt, Southend-on-Sea 

'We've had a lovely break at River Barn. The barn itself is beautiful and the surroundings are incredible - a perfect place to spend our honeymoon. Fantastic meal at The Crown at Whitebrook. Thank you.' Ruth and Stuart, Birmingham 

'A delightful little cottage, renovated so beautifully, which meant that we felt really welcome here in Brockweir. We especially loved the fact that little Emily had her travel cot made up and a treasure box of toys to welcome her. Thank you for the child-friendly touches which meant we could relax sooner! We've really enjoyed the countryside around here and being able to just join the path with Emily in her backpack was great. The village store is amazing for home provisions. We really loved our meal at The Inn at Penalt, very friendly and welcoming with a baby. The food was scrumptious! Chepstow, The Old Station at Tintern, the Abbey, Clearwell Caves, Butterfly farm and Dewstow Gardens and Grottos were great places to visit. Thanks for a wonderful week.' Amy, Rob and Emily, Tyne-on-Wear

'We came to de-stress, mission accomplished! Such a peaceful place and the barn itself is perfect; impressive attention to detail and brilliant workmanship throughout. We'll be recommending this place to our friends! Hope to be back here again one day.' Matt and Gaby, Epsom

'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.


'What a fantastic cottage in such a beautiful location! We've seen all sorts of wildlife and some spectacular sunsets, thank you Sophie and Scott for creating such a fabulous bolt hole.' Robin, Dominique & Sophie, Exeter.

'We've really enjoyed our 3 night stay in this delightful barn. The attention to detail and aesthetics are so pleasing. River bank walking is great and the village shop is a wow! It's an amazing community asset.' Linda & Phil, Hixon.

'A real gem - wonderful weather and a superb cottage to stay in. Everything perfect. Parked the car on Friday and didn't use it again until we travelled home. A perfect spot.' Barry & Liz, Luddington.  

'We have had the most perfect weekend. The cottage is beautiful, every last detail is gorgeous. We bought our dog with us here too and the walks were lovely. We didn't use the car once. Would highly recommend this to anyone.' Vicki, Lisa & Roxy (the dog), Cheshire. 

 

Bench Cottage on quiet lane in Brockweir near the Forest of Dean