Tintern Abbey Cottage has a fantastic location
Dining at 18C Tintern Abbey Cottage Monmouthshire
Warmly comfortable sitting room with woodburner at Tintern Abbey Cottage. Wye Valley Forest of Dean
Sparkling upstairs bathroom with spa bath and shower at Tintern Abbey Cottage. Wye Valley Forest of Dean
Spacious master bedroom with superking bed and Abbey View at Tintern Abbey Cottage. Wye Valley Forest of Dean
“As garden ornaments go its hard to beat. A 12th century monastery in picturesque disarray with frothing beechwoods for a backdrop. The lawns of Tintern Abbey Cottage slide down to meet the Cistercian sanctuary after which its named. Today its gorgeously restored.”
– The Sunday Times, November 2012
5 star graded. The proud winner of the Best Self Catering Place to Stay in Wales 2010 and 2018. Winner of Best Visitor Welcome 2015 and numerous other awards.
Originating from the 18th century, Tintern Abbey Cottage is chocolate box cute and has been transformed into a smartly contemporary and deliciously comfortable holiday house in an ancient body. It is right across the road from the mighty roofless Abbey, of which it has glorious panoramic views
The cottage directly adjoins the Wye Valley Walk, and the Monmouthshire Way, is in the heart of the ancient conservation area of Tintern and there are several pubs, a couple of small cafes and two busy hotels in easy strolling distance -all offering food and several featuring local produce. The village even has a prizewinning vineyard and a microbrewery both open to visitors! Also in the village are a craft centre and vintage book shop. There’s a bus stop at the bottom of our drive so you could walk along the wonderful Wye Valley or visit Chepstow Castle or Racecourse and get a bus back .
Importantly, we are walking distance of the Church ( the functioning one) and several hotels plus the Old Station with wedding licences – so ideal for the bridal party to stay or for wedding guests.
The village is a popular tourist destination and particularly in summer is busy with everything from morris dancers and folk bands to cricket matches, coach tours, festivals, music, weddings and numerous other events taking place. Its nevertheless surprising that when the closing bell rings at the Abbey peace returns.
This cottage is often chosen for reunions,honeymoons, and significant birthdays by couples requiring a little extra space.
Tintern Abbey Cottage is a family holiday favourite ( lots to do locally including numerous family orientated attractions, plenty of sporty things to interest active older children , major sports events in Cardiff, and geocaching, the WiFi , are hits with teens) . We have many walkers ( every walk from easy lanes to canalside to open mountain within reach within about an hour ). Tintern Abbey Cottage is very popular for family reunions , significant birthdays and anniveraries, and chosen by professional couples wanting a little extra space for a honeymoon or just to relax. Film crew and professional performers come too . All people who want comfort, location and civilised convenience.
Private off road parking for 3 cars. More at a pinch
The cottage is within the original walls of the Abbey precinct grounds. (The listed wall still runs round the woodland next to the garden). Detached, it stands in its own spacious garden back from the road (which was built for stagecoaches ) and has full frontal views of spectacular Tintern Abbey. Together with its thick stone walls and double glazing this keeps it quiet indoors despite its convenient village location.
The front garden is sloping and unfenced due to the view and the conservation area.The rear garden is fully fenced and catches the afternoon sun so this is where the terrace with table and chairs is located.
Within the village there are several cafes, pubs, restaurants and hotels so plenty of places to eat and drink without driving. One cafe sells basics such as eggs and milk. There is also an antiquarian bookshop and a craft centre.
Walking is amazing from the doorstep with both woodland and riverbank trails. Offas Dyke, the Wye Valley walk,the Monmouthshire Way, Tintern Trail, all pass through the village.
The village boasts a prizewinning vineyard and a brewery which have regular opening times and are worth a visit. Hic.
There are regular buses to Chepstow and Monmouth from close to the bottom of our drive. These make it possible to take a bus and walk back along the riverbank.
On summer weekends the village becomes busy with lots of events such as jumble sales, a good fete, a produce show , cricket matches, morris dancers etc and films are shown at the Village Hall once a month nearly all year. . .Visitors are always welcome.
Nearest full town facilities such as bank, supermarket, vet, are approx 5 miles ( Chepstow).
Adjacent to the cottage is the Abbey Hotel closed down since 2014. It is subject to a long drawn out planning application. Apart from its poor appearance (though its not visible from the cottage itself) there has been no effect on the cottage guests . If and when this is to change we will advise booked guests- so no need to worry.
YOU MUST CONTACT US A WEEK BEFORE BEFORE ARRIVAL TO OBTAIN THE DOOR CODE and let us know your planned arrival time please. THE CODE IS FREQUENTLY CHANGED . (we try to be there to meet you on arrival but this is not always possible and without the code you will not gain entry!)
NOTE We are aware of planned roadworks on the A466 Wye Valley Road in spring 2020 . These will affect your journey and your SATNAV will not take account of them! Please print and use these suggestions!
Leave M4 / M48 at Chepstow ( ie over OLD Severn Bridge.) Turn off motorway. Counting roundabouts as follows
At St Arvans village follow the main road right and then round a series of bends, you will now start to glimpse the River Wye on your right. Continue to village of Tintern. Beware speed restrictions. They are enforced.
The cottage is clotted cream colour and its drive is the very first driveway off to the left on entering the village after the speed signs. You will most clearly see the signs for the( closed down) Abbey Hotel. Turn left up the drive between the hotel and the cottage. Note that some SATNAVs send you up the tiny lane behind the closed Abbey Hotel ( entering near the Royal George and arriving behind the cottage). This is not wrong but its awkward and unecessary. Stick to the main road till you see the cottage and come up the drive next to it!!
Drive up and behind the cottage and you will see our gated driveway. Access is through the BACK door down two steps near the garage. It has a code box. There is no key.
NB Monmouth is at the junction of three rivers. Careful which bridges we are talking about !!
From M5/M50 (from M6 the North or M42 and the East)
Follow M50 to A 40 Ross on Wye Dual carriageway to Monmouth roundabout ( theres only one. ..( If you want to pick up food the easiest option is to turn right and into the town at this point, at the bottom of town high st there is a Waitrose open most nights till 8. and an M and S food as well as small shops. Petrol station near Waitrose has a Budgens shop within it and the petrol is the last before the cottage ) Yes, cottage has fridge, freezer ,microwave , oven with grill After shopping retrace steps and…..) Otherwise …
Straight on half mile to traffic lights at bridge over River Wye.
Turn left over Wye Bridge signed Tintern Chepstow Gloucester and at the other bank
Turn right at the mini roundabout in front of Lidl on to A466
Continue along this A466 Wye Valley scenic road for approx 10 miles. Beware of speed traps at Redbrook.
Beware also of drivers enjoying the scenery and not watching the bends!. They do cause nasty accidents on this road.
You will cross the “international frontier” (a river bridge with traffic lights at Bigsweir you are now entering Wales. Croeso! ) and then pass though Llandogo. Note Browns shop on right hand side which is a tardis and has most daily needs.
Continue into Tintern. If you are early you may like to turn left into Tintern Old Station where you can walk your dog and Easter school holidays to end of October half term there are good toilets and a prizewinning cafe.
The village is strung out along the River with several hotels and we are the very last building on the right hand side at the other end. As you pass the Abbey on your left you will see the ( closed down) Abbey Hotel on your right and next to it an uphill drive We are the clotted cream coloured cottage on the left of that drive. Go up the drive and left behind the cottage and you will see our driveway
(Note that some SatNavs will try to take you over to the Abbey. This is wrong.
Also note that some SATNavs take you up the tiny lane from the Royal George behind the Abbey Hotel and to the back of the cottage. This is not wrong but unecessary and inconvenient. Stick to the main road and come up our drive!.)
Access is through the BACK door down two steps near the garage. It has a code box and opens with the code we have given you. There is no key.
There is damage to the A466 between St Arvans ( the village to Chepstow side of Tintern) and Tintern itself. This could affect arrivals to Tintern Abbey Cottage from the M4 but is not likely to affect arrivals from the M5/M50
At the time of writing the damaged area has traffic lights which have next to no effect on your journey however we have heard that in spring 2020 the road will again be completely closed and diversions will be in place.
If you should arrive at St Arvans from Chepstow and find that the Wye Valley A466 Road is closed this is what you should do ( it sounds dreadful but in fact only adds a very few minutes to your drive. )
At St Arvans village look for the Piercefield pub. After the pub is a stone fountain and a left turn signed Devauden, Trellech. .Take this left turn and uphill.
Continue about 1.8 miles to a wooded area.
For Tintern Abbey Cottage
If you have a satnav reset it now and tell it to go St Arvans to Tintern Abbey VIA Pontysaison
Take a narrow right hand turn signed Tintern and the Cot for 1.5 miles Its a narrow downhill lane which will wind down and pass Ravensnest fishery on your right and bring you to fish ponds. (This area is called Pontysaison which means Saxons Bridge and was the site of an important battle with saxons) . You need to go straight on downhill following the Angiddy river and you can do this by driving either side of the ponds. (So either cross the first bridge on your right and then go left , this is a narrower option OR keep left not crossing the bridge, pass houses on your left and take first right alongside pond and then bridge on right.) Pass the ancient ironworks site on your left and keep going downhill and into Tintern rejoining the A466 and the River Wye at the Royal George Hotel. Turn right. You will see the Abbey on your left and shortly afterwards you will see our drive on your right .Tintern Abbey Cottage is the very last building in the village on your right.
Dual carriageway to Monmouth roundabout ( theres only one.) Straight on half mile to traffic lights at bridge over River Wye. Straight over at lights, do not cross river Wye, get into left lane. 300 yards to next exit left signed Rockfield and Trellech BEFORE TUNNELS . . At exit turn left up Beech Road, 300 yards. Turn left at top of Beech Road .( If you want to pick up food the easiest option is to turn right at this point, over road bridge and left at Garage. Right across River Monnow bridge into cattle market where there is a Waitrose open most nights till 8. and pedestrian access to High St with other shops including M and S Food. . Yes, cottage has fridge, freezer ,microwave , oven with grill After shopping retrace steps and…..
200 yards then sharp bend right, recycling point on right, over small River Trothy bridge and 100 yards to first LEFT uphill signed Trellech. Continue uphill and onwards for about 5 miles
On entering the village of Trellech be very careful at STEEP bends round churchyard. Pass Lion pub (food) on left continue through village and after 250 yards or so -take next left exit.
IMMEDIATELY LEFT AGAIN (round Spring Villa ) onto the Llandogo Road. Continue a couple of miles along this winding road until road slopes very slightly downhill and there is a Forestry Commission Car Park ( Whitestone) on your left, Turn right signed Tintern here. Continue downhill all the way into Tintern arriving on the main A466 with the Wye Valley Hotel on your left. Turn right and go right through village passing Tintern Abbey on your left. . Cottage is the last building on the right hand side before leaving Tintern.
In 2009 we bought the Tintern Abbey Cottage and undertook a total renovation to conserve its 250 year old slate and stone heritage and create a “smart new house in a wonderful old body – and with a million dollar view”. It was immediately awarded its five star status and within months won the Best in Wales Award. Come see!
This quote is from guests October 2011 – “Tintern Abbey is just over the road although it may as well be in your front garden. It appears out of the mist on a chilly October morning and it just takes your breath away.”
Originating from the 18th century, Tintern Abbey Cottage is chocolate box cute and has been transformed into a smartly contemporary and deliciously comfortable holiday house in an ancient body. Right across the road from the mighty roofless Abbey, of which it has glorious panoramic views, the photos show how amazingly close we are to it! The cottage directly adjoins the Wye Valley Walk, is in the heart of the ancient conservation area of Tintern and there are several pubs a couple of small cafes and two busy hotels in easy strolling distance -all offering food and several featuring local produce. The village even has a prizewinning vineyard and a microbrewery both open to visitors! Also in the village are a craft centre and vintage book shop. There’s a bus stop at the bottom of our drive so you could walk along the wonderful Wye Valley or visit Chepstow Castle or Racecourse and get a bus back .
The village is a popular tourist destination and particularly in summer is busy with everything from Morris dancers to cricket matches, coach tours, festivals, folk music, weddings and numerous other events taking place. Its nevertheless suprising that when the closing bell rngs at the Abbey peace returns.
Tintern Abbey Cottage has a warmly comfortable sitting room with slate type floor, rug, woodburner and flatscreen TV, as delightful on a summers evening as for opening your Christmas parcels.
There is a very well equipped fitted kitchen, through an arch / open to the large dining area. There is a back door from the kitchen to outside .
Also down stairs is one of the three bedrooms with its en suite. ( good shower over bath,dinner plate rain head) , WC and washbasin, shave socket, towel radiator.
Accessed from the driveway is a lockable bike store which also houses our dustbins , barbecue and outdoor draught game.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, both with exceptional Abbey views,. When set up as doubles they have 6ft beds which can also be converted to pairs of 3ft twin beds. All bedrooms have their own radiators and TVs with DVD players radio alarms and ipod docks plus hairdryers, mirrors etc..
A travel cot is available on request and fits comfortably into the master bedroom ( It fits into the other upstairs bedroom but does not leave much access space) . We have hairdryers.
The master bedroom has a safe.
The upstairs bathroom is between the two bedrooms and has spa bathtub with shower over, ,WC,basin, shaver socket. towel radiator and of course Abbey views!
The pretty back garden with its lavender hedge is fenced and gated to be suitable for pets and children. There is a terrace with large table , brolly and chairs.there is low level lighting round the parking area.
The front garden is much larger and is unfenced to make the most of the fabulous views. Children and pets are welcome there -but should be on a lead due to the drop to the drive and to the road. Adults will enjoy sitting watching the Abbey- especially in the late evenings when it is illuminated and the bustle of the day ends .We have a stone bench for the purpose!
The off road car parking area has lighting. It now has room for three estate cars or four compact cars when very tightly packed.in. The more usual one or two visiting cars have plenty of space! Parking is at a premium in the village so this is valuable to our guests.
The cottage is easily reached, being in the conservation area of from historic Tintern , 10 minutes drive from both the Severn Bridge (M48) at Chepstow, and 15 mins from the dual carriageway north to M50 / M5 / M6 / M42 at Monmouth, making it a convenient choice all year round.
Winner of Best Place to Stay in Wales 2010 ( this award given only every 3 years) and our three cottages also won best Visitor Welcome 2015 and Best Self catering 2018. These awards are very much contested and winning once is special. Three awards…..
Awarded the coveted five stars for facilities and quality by Visit Wales, the owners also hold the “Croeso Cynnes Cymreig ( Warm Welsh Welcome) award .The cottage also holds awards for facilities for walkers and cyclists.
The cottage sleeps 6 and we have a travel cot and a highchair for a baby , a portable stair gate and a nursery fireguard ,plus we welcome pets. however we think that if you exceed 7 bodies ( adult child or pet bodies added together ) or bring a second travel cot you may feel a little cramped. The cottage is of cottage proportions and is not a modern large house. Please see the photographs. Space is particularly to be considered during the Christmas season when we also have a full sized Christmas tree. Very beautiful but also taking up space! We do not want you to feel squished.
Green Business Tourism Scheme Gold award. Please see the website section called “our Green Credentials “for fuller details).Renewed 2011,12 13 . 2014 For reasons of cost we no longer renew the badge but we have not dropped the highly green ethic..
We have green air source heating and we participate in the recycling scheme run by Monmouthshire County Council.
We are always happy to discuss any aspect of the cottage and its suitability for your holiday, and to describe the cottage and its features to you over the telephone. Please call us on 01600 860341 from within the UK or +44 1600 860341 from overseas.
We can supply photographs of any aspect of the cottage on request if this assists you.
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Inside the cottage, we maintain a visitors guide to the facilities, information about the locality as well as other important information including contact numbers for the local emergency services and hospitals.
We welcome registered Assistance dogs free of charge and the information pack also includes contact details for local Vets with a 24hr service including callout.
The old cottage building is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly.
It is possible to enter the house from the parking area without using any steps by going via gently sloping grass lawns and along slate chipping paths but doors are not really wide enough for wheelchair access.
The ground floor can be used by people reliant upon zimmer frames but you may require assistance getting into and out of the bath / shower as the shower is over the bathtub. The bath is standard height.
The space within the en suite bedroom between the end of the bed and the bathroom is not great but it is just possible to pass along to the bathroom with a zimmer frame. Beds can be repositioned on request and the room can be organised as a twin or as a superking double.
There are no steps within the ground floor of the house . There is a small ramp kitchen to dining room and another from en suite bedroom to the dining room. These ramps are surfaced with the same porcelain tiles as the rest of the flooring. They are further painted with a slip resist treatment. Nevertheless like all hard floors they are inclined to be slippery and we recommend rubber soled slippers and not socks. They are however better for those with mobiliy problems than the step they each replaced.
The paths throughout the property garden comprise a dense layer of slate chippings.
Locks and latches
Décor and colour contrasting
Flooring black slate effect with colourful striped rug.
Electric Hob and Oven (Range style)
Washer and Tumble dryer
Fridge and freezer both with outward opening doors
Cutlery and glassware
Cooking utensils and glassware located in a drawer unit in the kitchen (soft close drawers)
Cooking knives located in a knife block on the work surface.
Dining room chairs
TV and DVD player
Smoke Alarms and emergency exit
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