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- Beautiful peaceful situation with a river view and sixteen acres to enjoy
- Luxuriously furnished one-storey cottage with terrace and enclosed garden
- Play-barn with table-football, snooker, table-tennis, punch bag
- Countryside fun for children: island and camp fire for ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures
- Swing-chair overlooking river for peaceful contemplation
- Dog-friendly: great dog walks (2 good dogs welcome)
- Discount for a couple outside the holiday periods
In the foothills of the Black Mountains, on the eastern fringe of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Riverview Cottage sits within the historic Tudor farm estate of Allt Yr Ynys (meaning Hill above the Island). Situated where the rivers Monnow and Honddu converge, and on the cusp of England and Wales, Riverview Cottage has a stunning view over the Monnow, with a backdrop of sixteen acres of pasture and woodland - all accessible from your doorstep. Sleeps 2 to 6, plus an extra child, an infant and up to 2 well-behaved dogs.
There is a 15% discount available for a couple outside the school holidays, based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, you can select this option)
Large French doors open out from the kitchen/dining-room onto a south-facing terrace, inviting in the sounds and scents of nature. In spring, you can admire the primrose-festooned bank; in summer, the Weeping Willow rustles gently in the breeze; and the spectacular view of the river, with the sound of it passing by, can be enjoyed all year round.
The open-plan kitchen/dining-room is the perfect focus for convivial family meals. Really well-equipped, there is everything you could possibly need for happy self-catering. The French doors create that wonderful sense of inside-outside living in the spring/summer, and let in plenty of light in the colder months.
The sitting-room has two very comfy sofas, a great wood burner, and a TV with DVD
The kitchen is the hub of the cottage and the convergence of two wings, and at either end of each wing is a beautiful room with super-king-size bed and lots of space. A twin room with standard-size single beds is next to one of these, and these beds can be zipped together to create a super-king bed, if liked. The family bathroom (with bath, separate shower, loo and hand basin) is next-door. There is a bed available for an additional child to go into either of the big bedrooms, as liked.
The bedroom at the other end is the master bedroom, with ensuite bathroom, French doors with a view of the Black Mountains, and a little private terrace with table and chairs.
Outside the cottage, you have the best of all worlds: a terrace with garden furniture overlooking the river, surrounded by tree-tops ringing with bird song; but open the garden gate and you are out into the sixteen acres of beautiful woodland and pasture, with the river and its tributary as a focus. A stone's throw from the cottage, you can cross the hand-built wooden footbridge onto a 'Swallows and Amazons' island, where you can walk your dog, explore nature, sit round the camp-fire, star gaze, play cricket, hide and seek, skim stones, or have a picnic. Or there’s a big play-barn filled with fun things for children of all ages – table-football, table-tennis, snooker and a punch bag, plus space to hang out and be parent-free.
Or you might choose to relax in the romantic swing-chair on the water's edge, perhaps with a book or a pair of binoculars. This is a well-known spot for nesting Dippers and Kingfishers - view a beautiful video of the kingfishers here. It is easy to nod off here, with the hypnotic sound of the river as background music...
THINGS TO DO AROUND Riverview Cottage
There is so much on your doorstep here that you may not even choose to venture further. But if you do, there is plenty to enjoy. The Black Mountains are right here, with wonderful walks up to panoramic views. Offa’s Dyke path is close by, and it climbs up to Hatteral Ridge for a brilliant walk along the spine of the hill. From there, you can drop down to Llanthony Priory to investigate the ruins of this beautiful abbey, but also to enjoy a drink and a meal in the pub very uniquely located right inside the abbey grounds.
Hay-on-Wye to the north is really worth a day trip, for its famous second-hand bookshops, but also for its brilliant deli, good boutiques, art-house cinema, galleries and ice-cream parlour (starring the wonderfully delicious locally-made sheep’s milk ice-cream). With ice-cream on the mind, do also try Rowlestone Court Farm, about a 10-minute drive away, for their excellent ice-cream (made from cow’s milk this time). But they also have a café for snack-style lunches, farm animals to look at and a play area (open between May and October and between and 11am and 4pm). Also within Rowlestone is Ty Gwyn Cider Shop and Bar, a multi-award-winning craft cider company, open on selected days thoughout the week.
A trip over to the lower Wye Valley opens up a huge choice of great things to do with families, from off-road bike trails for all ages and abilities at Pedalabikeaway to a mysterious woodland landscape at Puzzlewood, the location for many a film. The Steam Train through the forest is a popular option, as are the limestone caves at Clearwell. Canoeing from Symonds Yat is fun, and you can climb up to the Yat Rock to see a view in a million, and watch the Peregrine Falcons nesting on the cliffs. Two gentler activities include a visit to the Butterfly Zoo and the maze next-door.
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at Riverview Cottage
'Riverview Cottage was one of the loveliest cottages we have stayed in. Everything was perfect! The location was absolutely stunning. Jo and Jason could not have been more helpful. Our group consisted of 4 fussy adults and 2 fussy teenagers and everyone loved their stay – and definitely want to return. Very highly recommended!' Lynn and friends, Marlow
'Every aspect of the cottage was excellent and Jo and Jason were incredibly helpful owners. The 16 acres of grounds were an absolute paradise for 9 and 11-year old boys. The owners are very relaxed about the boys exploring every corner of the land and putting the streams and fields to good use. The proximity to excellent walking on Offa's Dyke and other great walks in the Brecon Beacons was a real bonus. It is also well located for accessing places to visit such as Hay-on-Wye, Monmouth, Raglan and its castle, Blaenavon and the Big Pit museum and many more. A great long weekend.' Lee family, Bicester
'Beautiful cottage, well equipped and very well done. Enjoyed peaceful walks and photography. Visited the Small Breeds/Owls Farm at Kington (amazing place). Oakchurch Country Store is amazing for local jams/meat/produce. Jason and Jo, you are creating something very special here and thank you for the personal touches - eggs, wine etc. We will return.' Debbie & Graeme, Gosport, Hants
'Riverview Cottage has been renovated to a very high standard - staying there really was like being in your own home or visiting a friend - no detail has been overlooked. Jo and Jason couldn't have been more helpful, from unpacking groceries prior to our arrival, to giving us advice on local walks and pubs. The setting is idyllic, with the river running in front of the property, and an incredible 'Swallows & Amazons' island to explore (complete with campfire) which is brilliant for adults and children and alike. We would highly recommend a stay here.' Susan, London
'We have had a wonderful 5 days in a fantastic cottage - Dippers and Kingfishers down on the beautiful river where a lot of 'relaxing' was done plus a great evening spent round the campfire - magic! Jason and Jo, we would have loved to have stayed much longer but unfortunately the Grandchildren have to go back to school. This is a MUST stay location and we will spread the word.' Roger, Jane, Pip, William, Jenny & Georgia
'A wonderful 10 days with great weather. No rain! A lovely cottage with everything you could need. A peaceful and relaxing location with lots to do nearby. Hatterall Hill is a good walk, we also climbed Pen y Fan. Big Pit was really interesting and going underground seeing a pit for real was fun. Our children enjoyed The Barn and held their own 'Olympic Games' each evening.' Fiona, Tom, Oliver & Victoria Burley
'One of the best holiday cottages we've ever stayed in. Fantastic attention to detail with nothing too much trouble. Our hosts, Jason and Jo and family made us feel truly welcome and couldn't do enough to ensure we had an amazing time. We wish you all the luck for what is a definite winner. See you soon for more of the same.' The Jackson Family, Berkhampstead
'A truly amazing place with truly amazing hosts. Thank you so much.' The Harris', Berkhampstead
'What a gem! You have been to so much trouble to create a very special place to stay. We so enjoyed our walk down to the river. Always exciting to find fresh otter droppings. Thank you so much.’ Liz and Jamie, from Evesham