Woodlands

Outdoor seating with views and chiminea

IN BRIEF

  • Beautiful far-reaching views across the Usk Valley
  • Spacious secluded holiday home for great family holidays, or a private escape for a couple
  • Large garden and 35 acres of private land to enjoy
  • Terrace with hot tub, garden furniture and chiminea
  • Lovely walks from the front door
  • Fun things for children: trampoline, ping-pong, darts, games, Playstation
  • Dog-friendly
  • Within easy reach of Monmouth for good shopping
  • Good pubs a short drive away

Woodlands is a beautifully situated private country cottage, now extended into a good-sized holiday home for 2 to 6 adults, plus 2 children. An infant and up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome, too. Surrounded by 35 acres of its own land, much of it an SSSI, and a large garden, it is wonderfully secluded, but not far either from useful amenities. A terrace with hot tub and garden furniture makes the most of the dramatic plunging tree-fringed view down into the Usk Valley; and a light-filled oak-framed conservatory sitting-room makes a fantastic space for year-round relaxation whether in sunny weather with the doors flung open; or in front of the raised open fire in the winter months.

Oak sun room with huge sofa

The house also has a second smaller sitting-room with another open fire, a TV and a piano great for those times when not everyone in the party wants to be doing or watching the same things. It opens out onto its own terrace via French doors, again with the same wonderful view.

Lovely garden and acres of woodland
Big TV in sun room Lovely decor
Stunning room to relax in

The L-shaped kitchen/dining-room has everything you will need for family catering and entertaining, as well as French doors out to yet another terrace with garden furniture and a BBQ. Adjacent to the kitchen is a downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin.

Plenty of outdoor seating for large families
Raised terrace for sunny louging Outside dining
Terrace with hot tub

Upstairs are three double bedrooms, plus a twin room for children. The back bedrooms – one double and the twin open out onto a back terrace with access up to a lawn above and the trampoline. The master double has an ensuite bathroom, and there is an additional family bathroom on this floor.

Hot tub!

THINGS TO DO AROUND Woodlands

Woodlands has 35 acres of land to enjoy, so you don't even need to step off the property to enjoy great walks and games of hide-and-seek. But beyond this, local walking is wonderful, too, whether you walk west down into the Usk Valley, or venture east into the Lower Wye Valley to enjoy the River Wye, the Forest of Dean and all the sights that proliferate in that area. There is a great picnic area at Black Rock near Caldicott (part of the Welsh Coastal Path), where you can watch the 'lava-net' fisherman wading out and throwing out their nets to catch fish, a practice that has been going on for centuries.

Outdoor seating and house

Local activities include fly and coarse-fishing, cycling in Chepstow Park Woods or at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean, and natural swimming in the rivers. For sight-seers, the area is rich in important ancient monuments, such as Tintern Abbey, the Roman remains at Caerwent and Caerleon, and the magnificent Norman castle of Chepstow, strategically and picturesquely-positioned on the limestone river cliffs.

Dining room
Kitchen Kitchen dining area
Large dining room Seats large family for dinner

There is plenty of choice for eating out: at closeby are The Star Pub on Star Hill (great steaks) and The Carpenters in Llanishen, which serves good pub food in huge portions – great salads and fish, good beers and wine; in Chepstow, you will find The Riverside Wine Bar, a tapas bar on the river which is good for a snack and a drink; The Lime Tree, a good Mediterranean bistro, with jazz evenings on Thursdays; The Mythos Meze Bar, a good, informal, noisy-but-fun Greek restaurant. The St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in the countryside between Chepstow and Caldicott, is a resort with golf, pool, gym, spa, and a restaurant which serves good food.

Shopping is good in the country town of Monmouth, about 15 minutes' drive away. It has independent shops including two butchers and a really good greengrocer, but it also has a Waitrose, an M&S food and a Co-op. There are plenty of cafes, boutiques, a market, some good Indian restaurants, two Italian bistros and a Thai pop-up.

Living room with open fire

Piano Cosy living room

The nitty gritty

  • Two open fires, logs supplied
  • Huge TV in the bigger sitting-room with Sky and full choice of programmes
  • TV with DVD-player and lots of DVDs in the second sitting-room
  • One of the double bedrooms upstairs has a TV with PlayStation
  • Wifi
  • Mobile reception
  • Landline phone (honesty box for calls)
  • Big fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine
  • Electric stove
  • Store cupboard essentials included: tea, coffee, sugar, oil, s&p. Beer etc in fridge available to drink, but the owner would be grateful if it could be replaced
  • Lovely soft spring water (treated and safe to drink)
  • Games, books, tourist info and information file for visitors
  • Piano
  • Apple Mac available to use in study
  • Bedding, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning materials included
  • Heating, electricity and hot water included
  • Downstairs shower room has shower, loo and hand basin
  • Bathroom ensuite to master bedroom has bath with hand-held shower, loo and hand basin
  • Family bathroom on first floor has bath with hand-held shower, loo and hand basin
  • Large garden has hot tub, garden furniture, BBQ and chiminea, and trampoline (parents must be responsible for their children while using this)
  • The main terrace has: two sofas and a chair with seat cushions, two sun-loungers, a large wooden table with benches, a hot tub, a chiminea, and a large sunshade
  • The terrace outside the smaller sitting-room has: a metal table and chairs
  • The terrace outside the kitchen has two wooden armchairs, a table, a sun-lounger and a BBQ
  • 5 mountain bikes available to use
  • Ping-pong table and darts board in stables
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 well-behaved dogs very welcome
  • Despite fencing in all areas of potential danger, parents must be aware of the following and be responsible for their children, in particular smaller children: these are drops down from the terrace and the higher lawn, the trampoline, the ruined cottage at the very top of the garden, the hot tub, and the open fires inside the house. The woodland is available for all to enjoy, but please remember that small children can get disorientated and possibly lost
  • Massage therapist can visit: see info file in property for details
  • Lots of great walks from the front door and down to the stream
  • Plenty of private parking

Main bedroom Bedroom
Exterior on approach Bedroom with outside patio door
Twin room Bathroom

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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Fantastic terrace seating area with amazing views
Exterior Trampoline!
Plenty of parking space

From the visitors book at Woodlands

'A lovely home in a beautiful location - thank you very much!' Alessio, Riccio & Rebekka, Zurich, Switzerland

'Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. We had a lovely, relaxing time.' Lydia & Craig, London

'A lovely few days. Enjoyed the peace and quiet and wonderful views, relaxing in the hot tub and playing table tennis!' Chris & Sarah,Worcester/London